Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Color Matters

Some people shy away from color, but I love wearing dresses with bold prints -- and colors to match. This Donna Ricco dress featuring purple and metallic flowers is easy to wear and will work on so many body types. You can't go wrong with a fit and flare dress. Plus, I got such a good deal on RueLaLa.com!


Outfit Details

Dress: Donna Ricco Metallic Floral Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

I deliberately did not wear a lot of accessories so the dress could take center stage. I also chose a pair of sandals that had a bit of sparkle to them. It helps bring out the subtle silver metallic threads in the fabric.

ShoesSJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Giddy Dress Sandals

Monday, April 15, 2019

Same But Different

Every once in a while, I will love a dress so much that I will get it in multiple iterations. Enter today's fantastic creation from Alice + Olivia.


I have a floral version of this dress, but I could not resist this elegant lace version featuring a velvet collar and tiered lace skirt. Isn't it beautiful? It's feminine, chic and totally me.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Ellis Lace Dress

I know it's a bit fancy for work, but I just wanted to wear it today! Soon, it will be too late in the season for velvet, anyway.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Chain Fabric Peep-Toe Wedge Pumps

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Little Sunshine

If you're looking for a delicate, feminine look -- whether it's for work, brunch or a night out -- a lace dress is always a good option. I was drawn to this Trina Turk creation for a few reasons, but the yellow floral lace design tops the list.


Dress: Trina Trina Turk Arroyo Lace Dress

Find the dress at Amazon or Nordstrom Rack. The dress runs large, so I recommend you size down. I'm wearing a size two -- and it's too big on me!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lancer 85 Strappy Patent Leather Pumps in Nude

If you're looking to invest in a new pair of shoes, I highly recommend nude pumps or sandals. They go with everything and really help elongate the legs.


What is your go-to shoe? Leave a note in the comments!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Inspired

It's Monday and it's raining -- so of course I can't help thinking of that song, "Rainy Days and Mondays," by The Carpenters. I was actually introduced to this song via The X-Files. I have discovered so many great songs, new and old, from television and movies. I even have a whole playlist of 70s hits on Amazon Music that was inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy.

Where do you find sources of great music? Leave a comment and let me know.

Outfit Details

DressShoshanna Monticello Sleeveless Floral Lace Dress

Today I'm in a Shoshanna sheath dress featuring vibrant blue hues and a high neck. I think this combination really works with my coloring and frame.


ShoesLoeffler Randall Piper Wedge Scallop Sandals

I couldn't decide on a shoe for today's outfit, but I think these wedges actually enhance the colors in the floral lace pattern. The shoes don't match exactly, but that's fine; you don't want to get too matchy-matchy with accessories anyway (although I am guilty of doing that on a regular basis).

Pop Culture Update

It's been awhile since I updated my readers, all twelve of you, on what I'm reading and watching these days. Here's a quick rundown:

Watching:
This past weekend, my mom and I went to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. What a fun show. From the costumes to the music to the performances, I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend you see it if it's coming to your town.


On Netflix, Chapin and I just finished Russian Doll. I think I enjoyed the show more than Chapin, but I love anything with time travel, and a day repeating over and over definitely has that sci-fi element. I would describe the show as a modern Groundhog Day with a morbid twist. Verdict: Recommend!

Reading:
I just finished two amazing books that I definitely think you should pick up:

The Beekeeper's Promise by Fiona Valpy: I don't normally like historical fiction, but this novel weaves between two women, one in World War II-era France and one in modern day France, and just pulls you in. You may cry, but I promise you'll love the story.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal: I actually met the author, who lives in Atlanta, at a signing back in February. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you will love this modern retelling set in Pakistan.


Oh, and the reason I'm always reading two books at once: I read one on my Kindle while I'm on the elliptical and one in hardback before I go to sleep at night. It's my way of unplugging.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In the Spring of Things

It's starting to feel like Spring... finally! I'm celebrating the season in this floral dress from Ted Baker. I don't love all the pollen, but it's amazing to see all the trees and plants bursting into life. Spring is certainly a wondrous time of year.


Dress: Ted Baker London Daissie Floral Skater Dress

Buy it now at Amazon!

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Didin Wrap-Around Leather Sandals

Monday, April 1, 2019

Seasons Change

Where did Spring go? Georgia always seems to be switching between two seasons. Saturday I was in short and today I'm back in Winter attire.

Today's dress, from Kate Spade New York, is in a beautiful navy shade and features a velvet bow at the waist. It would be the perfect dress to wear around the holidays. But since I just bought it -- for a great deal, of course! -- today will have to do. At least the weather is cooperating, as this dress definitely is more Winter than Spring.

As my husband said this morning, though: "I'm ready for it to be warm!" I agree!


Dress: Kate Spade New York Velvet Bow Fit and Flare Dress

I love the dress, and it even has pockets, but the darts at the bust are a little too defined for my taste. I adore the feminine details, though; in addition to the bow, the ruffles around the edges are just adorable.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Satin Ankle-Tie Sandals

In other news, I am excited to report that I earned a first place award this past weekend in the Topgolf 5K Run -- it's my first! I placed fourth out of all female runners, and was first in my age group. I also took the top honor in the Overall Masters Female category. (I guess "master" is a nice way of saying you're old!) My time was 22 minutes, 44 seconds, with an average page of 7:21 per mile. I don't normally go that fast, but I pushed myself -- and it paid off!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wardrobe Fun

Today's dress is one I would describe as casual, fun... and a little flirty. What I love most about this dress is the combination of colors. I love how all these different hues -- blues, pinks and even some silver and gold -- match up perfectly with a day in March that's a little bit cool, a little bit warm, and definitely beautiful.


Dress: Parker Josie Striped Knit Dress

Rent it via Rent the Runway, as it's no longer available to purchase.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Flowers

Spring is here! We had a beautiful weekend here in Atlanta, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. I love this mild weather, even though my car is already covered in green pollen! Oh my allergies!

Today's dress is one I saw and instantly had to own! How could I resist a blue floral lace sheath dress?


Outfit Details:

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Tri-Tonal Floral Lace Sheath Dress


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lancer 85 Strappy Patent Leather Pumps in Nude

In other news...

  • Chapin and I are both loving our new Peloton bike. I'm very competitive, so the way Peloton ranks you against other people who have taken each class really gets me to work harder. Chapin continues to be impressed with how fit I am, but I've been working out steadily for almost 20 years, so I hope I'm in decent shape. ;)
  • Are you watching the TBS Original Miracle Workers? Highly recommend!
  • Support local bookstores! I visited Johns Creek Books and Gifts over the weekend, where I picked up Finding Dorothy and Daisy Jones & The Six in hardback. Sometimes it's nice to have actual books to read. Yes, I paid more than I would have on Amazon, but I like giving back to the local community where I grew up.
  • I'm counting down the days until Avengers: Endgame comes out. I've seen Infinity War more than 25 times, probably. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Chapin can't get over how obsessed I've become with a Marvel movie. Check out the latest trailer below!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Heart of the Matter

I just adore dresses with whimsical prints, so I was immediately drawn to this long-sleeve Parker dress featuring a hand-drawn heart pattern. It was like something out of Project Runway! Plus, the collar, keyhole and overall design make the dress a very chic addition to my wardrobe.


Outfit Details



Shoes: Jimmy Choo

It's a windy and cool day in Atlanta, so I was glad to have the opportunity to wear this long-sleeve dress before it gets too warm. 


March in Atlanta is so unpredictable... in the 70s one day, and the 40s the next! Welcome to the South, I guess!

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Case of the Mondays

Happy Monday! I had such a great weekend, so it was hard to come back to work today, especially since I am still adjusting to the time change.


Today's Outfit Details

Dress: Adrianna Papell Pleated Plaid Lace V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress

I bought the dress during the last Dillard's clearance sale, so I got a great deal on it. It's sold out on Dillards.com, but you can still find it at Amazon. I was worried the dress looked too much like one I already own, but since it was so cheap, I decided to go for it. It's funny I wore this other dress almost three years ago to the day!

The fit is a little off with this dress. I'm wearing a size 2, but the top is huge on me, and gapes everywhere. I might need to get it altered; it's such a cute dress, so I definitely want to wear it again.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

Weekend Highlights

  • Our new Peloton bike was delivered! Chapin has worked out every single day since we got it! I'm so proud of him.
  • Chapin and I had fun date night on Saturday, going to AIX, a new local French restaurant, and then a comedy show at Laughing Skull Lounge, where we saw The Lucas Brothers.
  • While we were dining at AIX, Joel McHale came in! I loved his show, Community, so much. I didn't get to talk to him, but I snapped this picture.
What a weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Shift

This week has seemed endless. It feels like it should be Friday -- but it's only Thursday! The weekend can't come fast enough!

Today's dress is a beautiful lace creation from the Shoshanna brand. While I don't love shift dresses, I got a great deal on this one, so I couldn't resist.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Blue Lace Shift Dress

Shift dresses tend to make me look very boxy and widen my frame, so I don't buy them often. I have hips, and shift dresses don't really give you any shape, which results in a very square silhouette. The design here is smart, though; the eye is drawn upwards to the v-neck and lovely lace detail that you can see at the shoulders. I love the beautiful blue color, too. You just can't go wrong in blue.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Luna 100 Glitter Peep-Toe Pumps

I'm excited for this weekend, because not only can I catch up on some sleep, but our new home exercise bike will be arriving from Peloton! I can't wait to try it out!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Velvet Allure

Black Halo created a velvet dress with ruched sleeves... of course I had to buy it!

Velvet and ornate sleeves are extremely trendy this season, so seeing the two combined in one dress makes for a very fashionable outfit.


Outfit Details


Also available in burgundy!


The biggest drawback of velvet is that it tends to show every wrinkle and flaw, but this dress is fully lined, so I took the risk. I liked that it had long sleeves, too, although it's already feeling more like spring than winter here in Atlanta. 

Shoes: Tamara Mellon Frontline 105 High Heel Sandals

With a little black dress, anything goes when it comes to footwear, but I wanted to offset the heaviness of the dress with a pair of sandals. These Tamara Mellon heels and their partly clear straps really help elongate the leg, too!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Metallic

I'm so off my game today, and will most likely be bleary eyed the rest of the week. Why? Daylight Saving Time! It's become one of the most dreaded days of the year for me, and one that I hope ends soon! Apparently, it's one of the deadliest mornings on the road, and according to The New York Times, results in an increase in heart attacks and strokes, too.

Sleep is important, people!

ME THE MONDAY AFTER DAYLIGHT SAVING:



Since I'm so tired, I wanted an easy breezy dress to wear today, and I immediately thought of this Parker dress. I wasn't sure I would like the dress on my frame, but I absolutely adore it. The big, puffy sleeves are reminiscent of late Victorian era fashion, and the metallic hues and bohemian vibe combine to produce a modern, chic look. There aren't even zippers; you just put the dress on and go!


Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Metallic Smocked A-Line Dress

The dress is still available at RueLaLa.com, so contact me if you want a personalized invitation to shop this online store. I find so many great deals here.

The Briana dress by Parker, available at Saks, is almost identical to the dress I'm wearing -- except for the ruffled skirt. Sometimes brands will make similar versions of their designs, and sell an "exclusive" look on one particular site. I wonder if that's what happened here!


Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Taylor Closed Toe T-Strap Pumps

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Affordable Fashion From AQUA

It's almost the weekend, but not quite... Happy Thursday!

AQUA, an in-house brand at Bloomingdale's, is not only super affordable, but the designs are incredibly chic as well. Just remember that the craftsmanship isn't going to be of the highest quality; you get what you pay for, I guess!


For example, today's dress isn't lined, but since it's not a tight-fitting dress, I wasn't too upset over that detail. I only spent about $35 on the dress, and that's not bad for such a cute outfit.

Outfit Details

Dress: AQUA Floral Velvet Puff Sleeve Dress

I was drawn to this dress because of its high neck and puff sleeves, two features I love. Plus, it's velvet!

Velvet has definitely been a trend this winter, and I have several new velvet dresses in my closet already.

I've never bought an AQUA dress before, but the next time I see a cute design, I won't hesitate.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lottie Metallic Leopard Print Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

So Gucci

Today's dress reminds me of a Gucci dress that Lara Spencer wore on Good Morning America. As I can't afford Gucci, the dress is clearly from another brand: Kaimilan.


This red fit and flare dress is actually my first piece from Kaimilan, a brand I discovered on RueLaLa.com, still one of my favorite fashion bargain sites. The red is so vibrant, and I really like the black ribbon (with white stitching) that appears at the waist, sleeves and on the bow. It's just a really cute dress.

And it has pockets!


Outfit Details

Dress: Kaimilan Red Fit and Flare Dress


Amazon is selling the dress, but in an extra-large only. You can also find the Kaimilan brand on Zulily and StyleWe.com, a site I was not familiar with until today. Not too many sites carry this brand... yet.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Windblown

It's suddenly very windy and cold in Atlanta, so out come more long-sleeve dresses! I adore this black, gold and silver dress from Rebecca Taylor, although I'm not sure I chose the right shoes to wear with it. I was in a big rush to leave the house this morning, so I didn't really think things through like I normally do! Oh well...


The dress is so lightweight and delicate, and you can see in the windblown photo above that it flows really well when I walk.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Scattered Tulip Clip Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bronx Black and Gold Buckle Sandals


In other news: RIP Luke Perry. I was so sad to hear of the actor's passing today. A certain zip code will never be the same...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Night Sky

Today's dress is one I coveted for a long time before finally giving in and buying. I just love it! The sillhoutte is nothing new, but the sparkle and navy/silver color combination had me at hello!


The pattern is actually comprised of mini dots and stars -- the perfect night sky -- and the dress moves so well when I walk. It's visually so beautiful, so if you're looking to splurge on something new -- I recommend this Kate Spade dress, which is still available.


Outfit Details:

DressKate Spade New York Night Sky Dot Mini Dress


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Memento Tizzy Textured Leather Sandals


As Seen On!

Hannah wore the dress during the funeral scene in the second season of 13 Reasons Why!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Pink Is My Signature Color

OK, so pink is not really my signature color, but I can't help thinking of that line from Steel Magnolias, since pink was definitely the color of the moment at the 91st Academy Awards last night. There were all different hues, but everyone from Helen Mirren to Jason Momoa to Julia Roberts herself turned up in pink.


Other notable colors of the night included black and metallic, but I've been partial to color (of late), so I'm honoring the trend today by wearing pink myself in the form of this mini dress from Black Halo.


Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Madley Mini Sheath Dress in Grenadine

In addition to the color, what I love about this dress is the structure of the over-sized sleeves. I think they are just amazing. I'm such a sucker for a structured sleeve.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Max 120 Multicolor Suede & Metallic Leather Ankle-Strap Platform Sandals

I stayed up too late watching the Oscars... and didn't even make it to the end of the show! At least I saw the moment that counted: that amazing performance by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. I still haven't seen the movie -- I'm behind on movie watching due to the plethora of good TV -- but I've had this song stuck in my head since last night. I plan to watch A Star Is Born... and soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Olive for Fashion

The weather here in Atlanta continues to seesaw -- warm one day and cold the next -- so I'm wearing my winter dresses while I can!

I love the bold olive color of this body con dress, and the little details, like the chains running up the sleeves, help it stand out. It's really very flattering on the body and helps show off your curves.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Lena Knit Dress in Olive

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Fawn Dress Pumps in Magnate

These shoes are actually gold and black striped, and I love them with the dress. They really complement the olive color and bring the whole outfit together.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Uniform Sensibility

When I see a dress with a little collar, I just have to have it! Case in point -- This navy Black Halo fit and flare dress.


The fact that it has long sleeves was just an added bonus! I'm worried it looks a little like a school uniform, but I still love it.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Emmaline Long Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress

ShoesSJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Taylor Closed Toe T-Strap Pumps


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Be My Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm not big on celebrating Hallmark holidays, but it's nice to have a day that's all about love. When we were first married, Chapin and I made a pact to only go out to dinner every other Valentine's Day, but now we usually just keep things low-key at home. Chapin is making me dinner tonight, and we exchanged gifts last night.


Chapin bought me a pair of beautiful Adina Reyter earrings as a Valentine gift. I have been drooling over these "Three Amigos" earrings ever since I saw them on Meghan Markle! (Mine are white gold, while I think Meghan's are in yellow gold.)


The earrings are so delicate and will go with everything! Plus, the fact that there are three stones reminds me of me and my sisters (my best friends in the world). Check out my Instagram to see a close-up look at the earrings!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Trina Turk Knightly Floral Printed Dress

The dress overall is so feminine, but I do wish the sleeves were a bit shorter. I don't know if sleeves that hang almost to the elbow are flattering on anyone!


Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps in Raspberry

As Seen On!
Supermodel Niki Taylor was seen wearing the dress to a recent Maybelline event.


Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Romance Is In the Air

Valentine's Day is this Thursday, so I figured I would start my parade of red and pink outfits with this dress from Alice + Olivia.


Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Angelita Striped Ruffle Asymmetric Midi Dress

The dress is flirty and fun, and the perfect Valentine's Day dress with its red, pink and nude pattern. It moves beautifully when I walk, and the little cap sleeves show of the arms and shoulders and make the dress seem extra feminine.

You can find the dress at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. There are only limited sizes available, though.

You may be wondering why I didn't wait to wear the dress on Valentine's Day! Well, it was around 70 degrees in Atlanta today, but the temperature is supposed to drop tomorrow, so I wanted to wear the dress while the weather was still so mild. It's been such a weird winter.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

I debated whether to wear pink, red or nude sandals, but finally ended up in these Jimmy Choos. Any of those colors would have worked, though!