Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Loving Those Stripes

I've been loving BCBGMaxAzria's latest collection of dresses, which is heavy on stripes and body con designs. This latest dress has a very flattering neckline, small flutter sleeves and a ruffled hem, making it super chic for work, weekend outings and more.


Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Striped Ruffle-Hem Dress

The dress is still available at several online retailers -- and it's on sale! Find it at BCBG.comNeiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th.


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Giddy Dress Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Body Con Black

This body con LBD is chic and professional, yet still shows off your curves, so it's perfect for work -- and after work -- engagements. It's simple but still has some surprise design elements, like the higher neck, cleavage cutout and little flutter sleeves.


Outfit Details

Dress: Bailey 44 Bewitched Cutout Body Con Dress

Unfortunately, both the dress and shoes are no longer available. But you can still shop for a little black dress on the Bailey 44 website, or browse the brand's full collection on websites like Bloomingdale's.

What I love most about an LBD, aside from making you look slim and fabulous, is that they tend not to go out of style. An LBD is a great investment piece, one you can definitely plan to wear for years to come.

Bailey 44 is not actually an expensive brand, though. Most dresses retail for around $200, and go for much less on sale.

Shoes: Prada Patent Leather Cap-Toe Pumps in Nude and Black

Chapin bought me these pumps last Christmas, and they are ideal for work, going with just about everything. Prada pieces tend to be so classic -- another great investment piece. What's on your wish list this Christmas? Leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Chill

It's so cold in Atlanta! Today's dress is one of many new long-sleeve dresses I have recently added to my closet. It's one of my favorite looks for winter. I don't mind bare legs -- but give me sleeves, please!


Outfit Details

Dress: Maje Ralina Fit and Flare Dress (options available on eBay)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Fawn Pumps in Pewter Prismatic

I know the shoes seem like an odd pairing with the dress, but the prism pattern picks up reddish hints from the fabric, making for a beautiful effect.

I look exhausted today, probably because I didn't get enough sleep last night. Am I the only one who feels off every time there's a full moon?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Step Into the Sun

Happy Monday! I feel like I got so much done this past weekend, even though it wasn't really much. Highlights include brunch at Buttermilk Kitchen, seeing Terminator: Dark Fate with some friends, baking chocolate chip-walnut-banana bread, finishing a book (The Islanders) and spending some good quality time with the hubby and our dogs. I love being a mom to three pugs, even though I will never get to sleep in again. Tulip is usually up by 5:30 a.m. -- demanding her breakfast -- no matter what day of the week it might be!


Today's dress is one I thought I would wear while the weather is still decent. Although the mornings have been cold, by afternoon it's in the 60s... but that all changes tomorrow when an Arctic Blast moves in. UGH!

Outfit Details

Dress: Kate Spade New York Poppy Field Shirt Dress

The dress is cute and comfortable, and I love the bold floral pattern and ruffled edges. It's definitely a "me" dress!

You can still buy the dress on the Kate Spade website or 6pm.com.


Shoes: Prada Bow Tie Platform Sandals (no longer available)

P.S. Since today's dress is called Poppy Field, I immediately thought of that scene from The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her friends must trek through a field of poppies to get to the Emerald City. The name of today's post is a lyric from the song that plays when they finally head to that infamous gate.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sporty Spice

I'm feeling so sporty today in this polo dress from the Parker brand! The dress is super comfortable and perfect for this crazy busy day in the office.

I also wanted something comfortable because I'm feeling so off today... I didn't sleep well, then struggled through my entire morning workout. Hopefully I can get some rest tonight! I hope I'm just feeling this way because of the time change and not because I'm getting sick. Ugh.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Parker Monty Knit Polo Dress

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, November 4, 2019

80s Throwback

This dress immediately takes me back to my preteen days in the late 1980s, when ruffled skirts were all the rage. I love the modern twist that the Alice + Olivia brand has given this simple little black dress (LBD), with a sheer neckline, fitted bodice and short hem. It's probably more suited to a cocktail party than the office, but I just have to consider my work my own private runway. Where else would I wear such a fabulous dress?


Outfit Details:

Dress: Alice + Olivia Janice Ruffled Black Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bronx Black and Gold Buckle Sandals

Milestone Celebration

This past weekend, Chapin and I celebrated a fairly huge milestone: two decades together! This month marks 20 years since Chapin and I had our first date, and 16 years since we got married.


We decided to celebrate at a local restaurant called Arnette's Chop Shop. We both wanted to try it just because of the name, but the food was also supposed to be very good.

I started off with the Louie Salad, which is appropriate since Chapin's first name is Louie! It's a seafood salad, with bits of crab and shrimp, so of course I loved every bite. It's a fairly large salad, though, so next time I will probably get another starter. I worried if I finished it, I would not be hungry for the next course!

I had the tuna special for my entree, which was fabulous. Chapin started off with the Wagyu Beef Ribs and had a steak special for his main meal. He only eats red meat a few times a year, almost always when we go out for a nice dinner, so don't think he eats like this very often. ;)

For our sides, we agreed on two: the Loaded Twice Baked Potato and the Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon & Apples. Chapin said just about everything on the menu had bacon, and he was right -- even a dessert!

The staff was extremely welcoming and even the owner came over to say hello. He wanted to meet this other Arnett!

And finally... dessert! The staff brought us a chocolate flourless cake with espresso ice cream for our special anniversary dessert, and then I topped that off by ordering the Chop Shop Sundae! Ice cream is my weakness!


We got a huge bowl with a scoop each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, then three "sauces" (caramel, hot fudge and strawberry), then a variety of little bowls of toppings. There was everything from sprinkles and Oreo crumbles to the aforementioned bacon! It was heaven.

I'm glad Chapin and I could celebrate our anniversary doing what we love best: eating and drinking! Ha!

Fashion Details:

Dress: Black Halo Bowery Ruched Floral Velvet Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Emily Crisscross Platform Sandals in Ballet Pink Metallic

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rosy Outlook

I didn't get a chance to wear this dress over the summer, so I'm wearing it now while the temperatures are still nice. The high today is 76 degrees in Atlanta -- just beautiful!


Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Rose Bloom Floral Lace Dress

The dress is so feminine, with an old-fashioned rose floral print on a very modern silhouette. The square-neck neckline is sexy -- in a subtle way -- with a handkerchief hemline that completes the look.

The look is a combination of all my favorite dress attributes: comfortable, chic and ultra flattering.

As for sizing: I'm wearing an XS for reference. BCBGMaxAzria tends to run big, so I would size down if you're between sizes.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Khan Clear Strap Sandals in Gold

The clear style seems to be sold out, but you can find this same shoe in a variety of other options at stores like Bergdorf Goodman online.

Necklace: Kendra Scott Elisa Silver Pendant Necklace in Dichroic Glass


Weekend Update

As it's Monday, here are some highlights from my weekend:

  • Chapin and I went out Saturday night to our favorite local Mexican restaurant, Zama, to split a plate of nachos (our weakness) and enjoy some drinks -- beer for him, margaritas for me!
  • Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet the author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell, at an event moderated by Atlanta writer Emily Giffin, whom I have met off and on throughout the years. It was a fun night!

With Candace Bushnell, wearing a Shoshanna Dress

With Emily Giffin - You can see my SJP shoes in this photo!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Over the Head

The only thing I don't like about today's dress? There is no zipper! Since I put on all my makeup, including lipstick, before finally getting dressed, anything that has to go over the head poses a potential makeup-smudging-on-clothes problem. Fortunately, I managed to get the dress over my head without incurring any damage. Phew!


Dress: Maje Rayom Daisy Print Eyelet Dress

The dress is lightweight, and perforated in this eyelet pattern all over, so you must wear a white slip underneath (it comes with the dress). Overall, it's very comfortable, and ideal for crisp Fall days that are a little on the chilly side -- like today!


I also adore the long puffed sleeves. Long-sleeve dresses are getting easier to find, but they still probably make up less than 10% off my closet.


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Strut Dress Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Red Warrior

I'm gearing up for a busy week, so I thought I would start things off in a bold color. Red is such an attention-grabbing hue, and when it's paired with a unique silhouette, it makes for such a memorable ensemble.


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Giana Ruffle Sheath Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy Embroidered Satin Pumps (no longer available)


I wasn't feeling that great this past weekend -- the changing weather, going from temperatures in the 90s to the 40s, makes my head hurt with the pressure -- so I tried to rest and relax as much as possible. Sometimes you need that downtime to be at your best!

Our fridge died, so one of the highlights of my weekend was picking out a new one. It was delivered today!

I also hit a new PR (personal record) on the Peloton bike for a 45-minute ride. I have been loving the Tabata rides from Robin Arzon. She really gets my heart rate up.

  • Output: 537
  • Calories Burned: 444

I really feel like I get more out of the bike than any other cardio machine. I've been working out consistently for almost 20 years now, so at this point, I'm fairly fit. I have a slow heart rate, and it takes a lot to wear me out. Even running... I definitely don't burn as many calories in the same time frame. If you want to switch up your workout routine, I definitely recommend this bike.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Feeling Like Fall

It's mid-October and it's now truly starting to feel like Fall. I just want to enjoy this mild weather while I can. Even though today's high is 78, I still felt it was time to bring my long-sleeve dresses out of hibernation... like this beautiful floral dress from Parker.

 

Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Brooke Floral Long-Sleeve Dress

I adore the teal color -- it's so on trend right now -- and the design is ultra flattering. The dress is also really comfortable, so it's perfect for the office. Mondays are always so busy for me, so it's nice to wear something that isn't binding on these stressful days.


Shoes: Sophia Webster Andie Bow 100 High-Heel Sandals

These shoes exemplify why women love shoes -- they are so gorgeous and chic. I have been loving the designs from Sophia Webster lately, so hopefully more styles will go on sale soon. You really have to keep an eye out for a good deal on this brand.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Jailhouse Hot

I guess I'm sticking with stripes this week! This Parker dress is casual and chic, but does remind me a little of an old fashioned prisoner outfit.


Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Penny Striped Knit Dress

The dress is so comfortable, made of a knit material that shows off your curves. I'm wearing my normal size in this brand, a small, but it's a little big since the material stretches so nicely!

Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps (no longer available)

I sure went matchy-matchy today with the shoes and dress both being striped, but that's how I roll.

Monday, October 7, 2019

It's Finally Sweater (Dress) Weather!

It finally feels like Fall, which means I am not sweating profusely the moment I step foot outside. Today's dress is still sleeveless, but it's made of a heavier, sweater-like material that is perfect for this grey day in Atlanta.


Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Dotted Stripe Body Con Dress

While horizontal stripes aren't the best choice for a body con dress, I was drawn to the flattering details and overall design and color scheme.

You can find the dress at several online retailers, including the BCBG website, Lord & Taylor and Saks Off 5th.

I know the dress is a little casual, but hopefully the fancy pumps help dress it up a bit!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Arielle Suede Pumps


The photos really don't do a good job showing off the beauty of these shoes! I just love them. They are sparkly in the front and have sparkly heels, too! I love a girly shoe.

Weekend Update:

Since it's Monday, here's a quick rundown on what I did this weekend. It wasn't much... which is a good thing:

  • I slept -- a lot. Saturday morning I slept in until 11 a.m. Getting 12 hours of sleep is a rarity for me.
  • I finished Demi Moore's book, Inside Out: A Memoir. I gave it three stars. I enjoyed it, but felt she could have revealed a lot more. For example, I was interested to know about how she built her career, how she made certain choices and why.
  • Chapin and I finished the Netflix show, Unbelievable. It's very compelling, and very relevant in today's "Me Too" society. It's definitely worth a watch, though you won't want to binge it all at once -- it's too heavy for that. I think we watched two episodes at a time. There are only eight total, so you'll still finish fast. 
  • Chapin cooked for me both Saturday and Sunday nights. He is such an amazing chef. I am so lucky he's my husband.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Allison

TGIF! It's been a long week, so I'm extra glad today is Friday. As you can see from my face, I am exhausted; I have been stressing about work and not really sleeping well as a result. I'm looking forward to a restful and relaxing weekend.

Today feels like the unofficial last day of summer, even though it's October 4th. The last few weeks have been so hot in Atlanta, but temperatures are supposed to cool down starting tomorrow. I can't wait. 


Outfit Details

DressALLISON New York Cotton Stripe Maxi Dress

This dress is my first from the ALLISON New York brand. I was drawn to the neckline, the sweet, ruffled straps (adjustable!) and the overall look; it's the perfect dress to wear on a hot day, when you want something light, airy and just really comfortable. (It's also ideal for a more casual Friday at the office!) I will definitely buy the brand again! #ALLISONGIRLS


ShoesLoeffler Randall Miranda Espadrille Wedge Sandals

These shoes are no longer available, but you can shop espadrilles and other sandals on the brand's website.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cornflower Blue

I was mostly drawn to this dress due to the color; isn't it an amazing shade of blue? It reminds me so much of the Cornflower Blue straight out of a box of Crayola crayons.


Outfit Details

Dress: Kate Spade New York Flora Dress

I bought the dress on sale, mostly because I knew the fit would be slightly off at the top. Anytime you have something fancy around the armpits, even a detail as small as scalloped edges, it just never works. Overall, though, it's just a pretty dress, so the benefits do outweigh that one flaw.


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Infinity Pumps

The shoes are sold out, but here's a very similar style.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Fun Prints, Atypical Silhouette

Today's dress is a little different for me, but I love it! I was drawn to the fun print -- it's travel themed, so it's full of palm trees, waterfalls, guitars, flowers and more -- but I also really liked that it was a fit and flare dress... with a twist!

  • No zippers; just a few buttons at the collar.
  • One ruffle down the middle.
  • A little shorter than normal for me, hitting above the knee.

I think it all comes together for a cool, casual and chic dress that you can easily dress up or down. I might try it with a belt next time.

Outfit Details



Shoes: Schutz Miranda Heeled Sandals in Rose (sold out)

I kept with the fun theme of today's outfit by choosing these Schutz sandals. They look like they are spattered with different colors of pink paint, and since there is pink in the print on the dress, I thought it was the perfect fit.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Vacation Dreams

I wore this dress for the first time this past May, on our way to the Turks & Caicos! I would love a beach vacation right about now...


Outfit Details

Dress: Free People Isla Floral Midi Sundress

You can still buy the dress, even though it's been in stores for about six months. Find it at:


The dress also comes in black!

The dress is made with very thin material, so it's perfect for hot weather. It will be in the 90s again today in Atlanta, so even though it's technically Fall now, it still really feels like the middle of summer.


I love the print and the ties at the shoulders. It's casual but super chic!

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Gabby Espadrille Wedge Pumps (no longer available)

I adore these wedges and have worn them all summer long!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunset

Today's dress brings to mind a quotation from The Hunger Games series, when Peeta tells Katniss about his favorite color (orange). In the following passage from Mockingjay, Katniss reminds Peeta of their conversation once he's lost part of his memory.


This orange color is definitely a sunset orange, don't you think?


Outfit Details:

Dress: Karen Millen Orange High Neck Keyhole Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper Strappy Sandals

Orange and gold are perfect colors to wear today, because... It's the first day of Fall. Bring on the pumpkin spice!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dresses for Less

Since I have way too many dresses, I recently decided to clean out my closet and part ways with dresses that I (a) had not worn in at least two years or (b) that simply didn't fit me well. I had a rack full of about 140 dresses at my neighborhood porch sale this past weekend. I tagged each and every one, thinking each time of when I had last worn it, or when I had originally bought it. Some people have smell memories; I have dress memories.


Ultimately, though, I ended up selling... only four dresses. Hardly anyone came to shop, so I was hugely disappointed. I spent a lot of my precious weekend hours getting ready for the sale.

I've decided now to sell some of those dresses on Poshmark, a site for buying and selling fashion. Check out my items here. I plan to add a lot more dresses to my Poshmark "closet" in the coming weeks. If Poshmark is a bust, I will try some local consignment shops, but Poshmark takes 20% commission as opposed to 35% at local boutiques like Alexis Suitcase, so I definitely want to see if Poshmark can work for me. eBay is another option I might try.

If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments!

Outfit Details

Today's dress is one I've owned for a few months. The pastel pink color combined with the knit fabric make it perfect for spring, but since I waited too long to wear it, a hot day in September will have to do! The high today is 95 degrees, though. Sheesh!

Dress: Parker Paulette Knit Pink Dress

You can find the dress at Amazon and the Parker website. My husband even paid me a compliment today: "For a high neck dress, that's pretty," he said.


Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Gem Sandals

I adore these shoes! Aren't they beautiful?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sparkle and Shine

The colors of today's Rebecca Taylor dress are so beautiful, and they are getting me excited for fall. I'll be very glad when these searing temperatures start falling! It's just way too hot out.


Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Giverney Fleur Dress in Metallic Amethyst

I love the more laid back nature of today's dress, and though you can't really tell in the photo, it's full of metallic threads that help the whole look shine. The dress is mostly sold out, but you can still find it at Saks Off 5thZappos and Amazon!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Edina Sparkle Sandals

What better way to showcase these gorgeous Jimmy Choos than with a metallic dress to match! I guess I'm a kid at heart, because I still love anything that sparkles.

Monday, September 9, 2019

98 Degrees

It's so hot! I love summer, but I can't take much more of these high 90s temperatures in September. Sheesh!

At least I still have time to wear some of my cute summer dresses, like this one from Marc Jacobs. I just love this little dress so much, from the black and white striped piping to the fit and flare silhouette. There is just one thing I would change: make the straps adjustable. Oh well - nothing is perfect, right?


Outfit Details:

DressMarc Jacobs Red Floral Belted Dress

Buy it now at YOOX.com! If you like the print, here's a wrap dress version for sale.


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Queen Sandals

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Yes, Wear White After Labor Day

Just call me a rule breaker, because I hate following "rules" when it comes to fashion. If you want to wear white after Labor Day... wear it! Fashion is about wearing what makes you feel beautiful and confident.


I'm probably breaking more than one rule with today's outfit, since the dress is white and navy -- and I'm wearing black and white shoes. But the shoes, with their dotted pattern, matched too perfectly with the pattern on the dress; I just had to put them on!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Carter Geo Lace Dress

The dress is no longer available to buy -- but you can rent it!


Shoes: Sophia Webster Mika Polka Dot Leather Pumps (no longer available)

You can probably tell by my shiny face that it's extremely hot and humid in Atlanta. The temperatures are still in the 90s, and Fall seems so far away. I look forward to that crisper weather arriving soon. In the meantime, hopefully you are taking advantage of all those end-of-summer sales; I know I am!

Happy shopping!

Monday, August 26, 2019

My Love of High Neck Dresses

I have a long neck and small shoulders, so I've always loved turtlenecks and high neck tops and dresses. There is something about the design that is so flattering on my frame.

That's probably why I'm so in love with today's Kate Spade dress, which features a high neck, flutter sleeves, and cute bow design. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was meant to be mine.


Outfit Details

Dress: Kate Spade New York Smocked Clip Midi Dress

Find it online at the following stores:


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Strut Dress Sandals (no longer available)

I'm still coming off a high of having Sarah Jessica Parker comment on one of my Instagram posts. I may be wearing her shoes every day for the foreseeable future. ;)

SJP and the Power of Instagram

I love social media! It puts us in touch not only with our friends and loved ones, but with people we admire and strive to emulate (from a distance). Sometimes, those individuals will reach back out to their fans, and over the years I've had dialogues with authors (Emily Giffin, Liane Moriarty), models (Paulina Porizkova responded to a comment I left on one of her posts), TV actors (Caroline in the City's Eric Lutes follows me), but never have I been so excited about an interaction with a celebrity.

Sarah Jessica Parker left a comment on my last post. Yes, the iconic SJP, whom I have loved since I was a girl watching Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and later as a woman watching Sex and the City, knows I exist in this world.

That was enough to make my day... my year!

Long live SJP!




Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Maje You Look

This Maje dress, with its embroidered material and overall flattering fit-and-flare design, is the perfect summer LBD! It's airy and light, and just makes me feel beautiful.


Dress: Maje Black Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Monroe Sandals

Monday, August 19, 2019

Parker

Chapin and I hosted a fun dinner party Saturday night, but all the cooking, cleaning, baking and clean-up made the weekend fly by! I'm also deep into re-watching Felicity, one of my favorite 90s shows, which is really making me reminisce about college. I can't believe next year will mark 20 years since I graduated Emory!


Outfit Details

This Parker dress is one I've had my eye on for quite awhile, and it finally went on sale. I love the overall design, with the flutter sleeves, v-neck and tie waist; it's very cool-casual, perfect for summer.

Dress: Parker Elijah Striped Chiffon Flutter-Sleeve Dress

Find the dress on the Parker New York website, as well as Neiman Marcus and Revolve Clothing.

Shoes: Vince Camuto Leera Espadrille Ankle-Strap Wedge Sandals in Pea Pod

The mint green stripes seem to get lost amidst the gold, silver and black, so I wore these wedges (color: Pea Pod) to bring the color out a bit. The shoes were a gift from my sister-in-law, and they are just so comfortable. They come in a variety of colors, too.


Buy these wedges on Amazon, Dillards.com, Lord & TaylorMacys.com, NordstromZappos and the Vince Camuto website. They seem to be everywhere!

I'm gearing up for a busy week, so... Happy Monday!