Monday, August 3, 2020

Something Pretty

Sometimes you just need something pretty to perk you up! I think these Sophia Webster crystal sandals are just so beautiful, and they are a perfect multi-colored match with this Shoshanna dress. What a perfect way to start a new week.


Outfit Details


Find the dress at Saks and Anthropologie (in petite), as well as the Shoshanna website. There is a clasp at the neckline if you prefer a keyhole effect. The print reminds me of confetti, with metallic silver boxes layered on top. It's a very comfortable dress, too.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Danae 100 Embellished High Heel Sandals (no longer available)


These sandals are just gorgeous, with multi-colored crystal beads adorning the peachy nude hue. Sophia Webster does it again! If you haven't bought a pair of her shoes yet, it might be time to treat yourself. Just remember: they run really small!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

All Dressed Up...

I may be a little dressed up for work today, but where else am I going to wear such a fabulous frock? I can't remember the last time Chapin and I even went out to dinner. I guess these are the times we are living in.


Outfit Details

Dress: Belle Badgley Mischka Julia Jacquard U-Neck Sleeveless Floral Print Fit and Flare Dress

The dress, which I bought at Dillard's months ago on clearance, is unfortunately no longer available. I'm a big fan of the u-shaped neckline, as I think it's super flattering and unexpected, and I love the colors and overall style of this dress. It's definitely me! It even has pockets!


The fit and flare silhouette combined with the t-strap pumps has a slight 1950s vibe, which matches with the book I'm getting ready to finish tonight: Recipe for a Perfect Wife. I really am enjoying it and am sad to see it end! If you're looking for something to read, I highly recommend it.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Taylor Closed Toe T-Strap Pumps (no longer available)

These exact shoes are sold out, but SJP's site has a few t-strap styles for sale.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ruffled

This pale pink dress from BCBGMaxAzria is full of ruffles from head to toe! The design is sweet and feminine, perfect for a hot summer day in Atlanta.


Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Ruffled Eyelet Dress in Dare Bare Pink

The dress is available on the BCBG.com website as well as Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

The dress is a little tight fitting, so size up to be safe. I'm wearing a size 2 for reference.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Alissa Platform Wedges in Blush and Gold

The shoes also come in Cork and Black! These shoes are super comfortable, and while the shades of pink don't match up exactly, I think they go really well with this dress.

Weekend Update!

So what did you do this weekend? Like most people, my husband and I just stayed home. I didn't leave the house all weekend. Highlights include:

  • Starting a new season of Top Chef. Chapin and I are currently on Season 10 and making our way through all of the seasons available on Hulu.
  • Watching The Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix. I think these movies are frothy good fun. They've gotten a lot of criticism, but I don't take them seriously at all.
  • Reading Karma Brown's Recipe for a Perfect Wife. I just love it so far! It takes place today and in the 1950s, going back and forth between two women who lived in the same house in these different time periods.
  • Hosting my parents for Sunday lunch. Wearing masks and trying to socially distance, Chapin and I had my parents over to our new house for the first time on Sunday. Chapin made pizza in his new Ooni pizza oven and I baked chocolate chip cookies. These cookies came out really well, and I wonder if refrigerating the dough overnight was the key to their success. Hmmm....
  • Working: I feel like I can't escape from work even when I am home on the weekends. I check my email now more than I ever did pre-COVID.
Some days I feel like I'm stuck in Groundhog Day, repeating the same day over and over, but I'm glad to have my family and friends, my three dogs, my work, and this blog and my outfits to help remind me that every day is a new day worth living. Sometimes looking forward to something as simple as wearing a new dress makes it a little easier to get out of bed in the morning.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Dress That's Just Fun

This Parker New York dress has a lot going on -- the floral eyelet print, the high-low silhouette, the ruffle, the ruching -- but all of these elements come together to form a very fun and flirty design. I feel like dancing when I wear this dress!


Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Candy Ruched Floral Eyelet Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Schutz Florenza Heeled Sandals in Gold (no longer available)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Good as Gold

Today's dress is shiny and fabulous, guaranteed to make the wearer stand out in a crowd. It's a truly comfortable dress, perfect for days when you don't want anything too binding or close fitting.


Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Metallic Ivory and Gold Leopard Print Dress

The dress -- only in the black and gold option -- is available now and on sale at Saks, Saks Off 5th, ShopBop and Zappos.


Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Gem Sandals in Gold

The gold version of these gem sandals seems to be sold out, but there are many versions in different colors available now. Bloomingdale's has a glitter version in gold, for example, and the Sophia Webster website has several colors on sale. I always get compliments on these sandals when I wear them; they really make your feet look gorgeous.

I do need to warn you about this shoe brand, though: It runs very, very small, and the size chart isn't exact. Size up. I usually buy the size 39.5 or 40 for my big feet.

Monday, July 20, 2020

90s Throwback

Yesterday (July 19th) marked 25 years since the movie, Clueless, arrived in theaters, so today I thought I would wear a modern tribute to that iconic film. The dress is plaid, the shoes are platform and the look is (I hope) fabulous.


Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGeneration Plaid Ruffle Mini Dress

6pm.com is selling the dress for under $38 -- what a deal! The dress is comfortable and chic, and I love the ruffled hem and puff sleeves.


I was immediately reminded of the plaid looks in Clueless when I saw this dress. 1990s fashion is definitely making a comeback. I also think costume designer Mona May was ahead of her time; many of Cher's outfits could still be worn today, like the Ala├»a dress she wears to the party in the Valley.

ShoesSophia Webster Freya Platform Sandals in Gold


In other news...

Alicia Silverstone, who played Cher, is no longer a teenager; instead, she's playing a mom to one in the new Netflix series, The Baby-Sitters Club. (She plays mom to Kristy, the founder of the club.) I loved those books growing up, and the new reboot -- which I binged last week -- is refreshing, nostalgic and timely all at once. The episode where Mary Anne babysits for a transgender girl is particularly outstanding. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Different Kind of Summer Dress

I'm not sure why, but this week in particular feels like it's lasting forever. Maybe it's the intense heat and humidity; every time I go outside, I feel like I'm stepping into a sauna. My poor hair... frizz city.

When the summer temperatures rise, it helps to have a lightweight summer dress to wear. When I think of summer dresses, I normally think of longer, free-flowing dresses that billow around you in the muffled breeze.

That's not this dress. 

I'm calling this Parker dress a "different kind" of summer dress. It's white, with a pink floral pattern and ruffles throughout, including on the (adjustable) straps and skirt. It's also hugs your curves much more than a typical summer dress, making it super flattering.


Outfit Details

Dress: Parker New York Laurel Floral Ruffled Dress

I actually bought the dress last summer but never had a chance to wear it. You can still find it on discount sites like BHFO.

I'm not sure what's happening with the Parker brand; the site shut down a few months ago due to COVID, but hopefully will be back up and running soon. I love this brand's chic dresses and would hate to see it go out of business.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Didin Wrap-Around Leather Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bright and Coral

I promised color this week, so I'm in another bright dress (this time from Shoshanna) on this hot and humid Tuesday.


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Antilla Dress in Coral (no longer available)

The dress is chic and comfortable and fits me so nicely. It's a size zero, so it must run large.


Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Sandals in Coral and Pink

As Seen On!

Emily Blunt was seen wearing the sandals to an event in late 2019.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Color Explosion

After wearing a lot of black last week, this week I plan to wear a lot of COLOR... starting with this Trina Turk yellow dress.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Trina Turk Mystery Sleeveless Embellished Crepe Dress

You can find the dress at Nordstrom Rack in both the sun kissed yellow color and navy blue.

Today's dress was also a birthday gift (from my parents). I love this bold yellow hue -- it's definitely attention grabbing -- and the dress is simple but still unique with the feminine floral detail at the neckline.

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Lolita Block 90 Sandals in Metallic Rainbow


I call these my PRIDE sandals... the rainbow of colors is so beautiful. Shoes are just wearable works of art; will men ever understand that?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gifted

My sisters dressed me today! Gail got me the dress and Laura got me the shoes -- both a treat for my (quarantine) birthday this year.


Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Swiss Dot A-Line Dress

Rebecca Taylor has created such a cute, lightweight summer dress that is still work appropriate. I love the ruffle at the neckline and the simple design; you can't go wrong with black, white and polka dots! The dress is really comfortable, too. Thank you, Gail!


Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA Paige Wedge Sandals

Find these chic wedges at Amazon and Last Call. They are such fun and make me feel so tall. Thank you, Laura!

I definitely miss my sisters and parents and seeing more of my family during these weird times. I love how technology helps keep us connected, but there's no substitute for putting your arms around someone and enveloping them in a hug. Who knows when we can all safely do that again...

In the meantime, I'm reading and working out more. We just ordered a Peloton treadmill after months of waiting for the company to resume tread sales! I am so excited about building up our home gym. It's been a dream of mine to have my own gym for so long!

I'm close to finishing Elin Hilderbrand's latest novel, 28 Summers, and I recently started Meg Mitchell Moore's Two Truths and a Lie. What are you reading this summer? Leave your summer reading recommendations in the comments.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Summertime LBD

You can wear a black dress throughout the year, but some LBDs are better suited for summer than others. This particular LBD, from the Jill Jill Stuart brand, is adorned with little flowers, so it seems extra appropriate to wear it during the warmer months of the year, when flowers (like those behind me) are in full bloom.


Outfit Details

Dress: Jill Jill Stuart Black Floral Jaquard Button Dress

The dress is super comfortable and flattering, with ruched detailing at the sleeves and bust and a v-shaped neckline that draws your eye to the little buttons in front. The buttons are just for show; the dress zips up the back.

You can still find the dress (on sale) at Neiman Marcus!


Shoes: Tamara Mellon Corbu 105 Sandals (no longer available)

I love how these sandals give the illusion of a longer leg!

As Seen On!

Reese Witherspoon wore the shoes last year.


July Fourth

This Fourth of July holiday was unlike any other. Last year, we had just adopted Tulip, so we were adjusting to her joining our family. I ran the Peachtree Road Race like usual, and we binged the latest season of Stranger Things. We had my parents over after the race and hosted friends for dinner another night. One of Chapin's friends had us over to their house for yet another night out. Oh, to go back to 2019 and know then what I know now!

We did have one couple over for dinner this July Fourth, and Chapin made pizza in his new Ooni pizza oven. (He loves this new toy!) We stayed six feet apart and everyone tried to be really careful about hand washing. This might be the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Minty Sweetness

How sweet is this dress from Ted Baker?


It even has pockets!


Outfit Details

Dress: Ted Baker London Wilmana Mint Floral Fit and Flare Skater Dress (no longer available)

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Zip of Bordeaux

I think the best thing about this Alice + Olivia dress is the color! It's one of my favorite shades of red, and really compliments by hair and skin tone.

Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Inka Straight Shoulder Mock Neck Slit Mini Dress


The dress design isn't wholly original, but the little details -- the zipper, the structured shoulders, the mock neck -- combine to make it really outstanding. You can still buy it at ShopBop and Revolve.

Just walking around the grocery store today, I got several compliments, too.


ShoesMalone Souliers Maureen Pumps 100mm  

I also love pairing this dress with these leopard print shoes. Aren't they fabulous? It's my first pair from the Malone Souliers brand... and it probably won't be my last! ;)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Celebrating Summer

Summer is officially here, and that means it's hot and humid in Atlanta. But it also means anything goes when it comes to your summer wardrobe. You can wear white or black, long sleeves or no sleeves, maxi dresses paired with high-heeled sandals or mini dresses with stilettos.

Today's dress is one I bought months ago but never had a chance to wear. The crochet design works in any season, and it's definitely light enough to wear in the summertime.

Outfit Details


Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Striped Lace Sheath Dress

The dress, in a v-neck body con design, is super flattering, and hits right at the knee. Find the dress (on sale) at 6pm.com, Saks Off 5th and the BCBG.com website.

Shoes: Valentino Garavani Rockstud Pumps

I'm in love with these shoes - they are more like works of art than shoes any day!


I'm 42 now, and I work hard to stay fit and trim. It's definitely not easy with my appetite and sweet tooth. I am still running, weight training and riding a stationary bike. I just recently (this weekend) hit my 750th ride on the Peloton. I have seen a lot of changes in my legs since I got the bike over a year ago - in good ways. If you want to change up your workout routine, and maintain some good (mental and physical) habits at home, it's perfect. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Viva Victorian

Today's dress has such cool Victorian vibes...from the delicate lace work to the scalloped edges. Even the color is a muted ivory, the lace meant to seem old fashioned, almost like the dress itself turned up from another time. It's definitely something different for my closet.


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Stacia Lace Tiered Polka Dot Dress

You can still buy the dress on the Shoshanna website or retailers like ShopBop.com, but sizes are limited.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Monroe Glitter High Heel Sandals

I found the shoes for sale on eBay, but they are mostly sold out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Shoulder Pop

This La Vie Rebecca Taylor dress is all about the print, the drop waist and the gigantic, eye-catching puffed sleeves.

Outfit Details

It's windy, with a high of 75, in Atlanta today!

DressLa Vie Rebecca Taylor Firefly Floral-Print Cotton Poplin Dress (no longer available)

A dress with a large, puffed shoulder has the ability to trick the eye. A larger shoulder gives the illusion of a tinier waist, for example. It also draws the eye upward, away from other parts of the body. Why do you think shoulder pads were so popular in the 1980s?

ShoesJimmy Choo Shar 85 Leather Sandals in Ballet Pink

I find these Jimmy Choos very comfortable for a high heel, and the nude color helps elongate the leg. I didn't want a shoe that distracted from the print, since it's so beautiful!

The dress is made of cotton, so it's super comfortable, too.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Green and Gold

Happy Monday! It was (another) relaxing weekend at home for me, Chapin and the pugs. The highlight was probably Saturday night, when Chapin made pizza and we watched Ad Astra in our theater room. The movie was a bit bland, but watching Brad Pitt for two hours is never a bad thing... wink, wink! We also had new furniture delivered on Friday -- finally! We've been waiting for so long, and finally have drawers in our bedroom again.


Today's dress is one I had my eye on for awhile. I refused to buy it until it went on sale, though! I love the flowing silhouette, how it moves in the breeze, and the green and gold color scheme.

Outfit Details

DressTed Baker London Delyla Meadow Long Sleeve Midi Dress

The dress is still on sale at several online retailers, including Bloomingdale's, the Ted Baker website and Zappos. Ted Baker is a British brand, so sizing can be a bit wonky, and from my experience with the Ted Baker brand, it's not consistent. I'm wearing a size 1 for reference, which probably equates to a U.S. size 2. (However, in other dresses I find I'm a size 2, or a U.S. size 4. It can be very frustrating to shop this brand online!)

My advice: Go with your gut, and make sure it's not a final sale in case you have issues with the fit.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Freya Platform Sandals in Gold

Find the shoes on the Sophia Webster website, as well as at Bloomingdale's and Saks. Sophia Webster is also a British brand, and the brand runs very small, so I recommend you go up at least one size when buying Sophia Webster shoes.

AS SEEN ON

Sophia Bush wore the sandals to an event in late 2019:



I've been absolutely obsessed with Sophia Webster this year. The shoes are gorgeous, feminine and glittery -- definitely three things I like in a shoe!

These high sandals are also a good contract with the more uppity vibe of the dress. The shoes definitely help bring a note of fun to what could have been an ordinary outfit.

AS SEEN ON

Buffy/How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan wore the dress back in March during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Photo by WORNONTV.NET
She's part of one of my favorite celebrity couples, married to fellow Buffy/Angel star Alexis Denisof (he played Wesley) since 2003. They were married just a few weeks before me and Chapin!



Thursday, June 11, 2020

Sweetheart

A sweetheart neckline tends to be flattering on everyone - and is just one reason I love today's Parker dress.

Outfit Details


Dress: Parker Miuccia Print Sweetheart Mini Dress

Although it's hard to see in the photo, the dress has little puff sleeves -- and they are long sleeves, which I adore -- that are just so sweet.

I love the heart print, colors and even the ruffle in front. The ruffle is strategically placed to draw the eye and the ruching helps conceal unflattering bulges at the hips.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Pumps in Raspberry Pink


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

With Love

Love should be at the core of everything we do -- whether we're choosing a career path, a spouse, a friend, or how to spend our free time. Life is too short to fill it with anything but love.

Clearly, it's been extremely hard watching everything going on the world right now, but today, through the words on my dress, I wanted to share how we can move forward.


With Love.

By Saying That Black Lives Matter.

By Treating Others the Way You Want to Be Treated.

And that's all I'm going to say about that because, after all, this blog is about fashion and makeup and feeling good about yourself.

So here goes...


Dress: Maje With Love Dress (no longer available)

The straps repeat the mantra "With Love" -- a fitting dress to wear these days, right?

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lottie Metallic Leopard Print Sandals

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Something Special

There's nothing like a dress you love to give you the boost you need! Today, I'm wearing one of my new favorite dresses - a must for this busy Tuesday.


Sometimes you just know a dress will look good on you, and that's how I felt when I saw this Rebecca Taylor dress. From the puff sleeves to the mock neck to the ruffled skirt, this dress was definitely made for me!

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Celia Lace Dress

Shoes: SJP Nirvana Mary Jane Pumps in Fishnet


Note: Lately, the Rebecca Taylor brand has been running large, so I recommend you size down. I'm wearing a size zero for reference.

AS SEEN ON...
Kelly Ripa! Get all the details via Worn on TV.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Summer White

I've never been a huge fan of white dresses. I'm usually of the school of thought that the only white dress that's really flattering on a woman is her wedding dress.

Today's dress is a little something different from the Milly brand, though, so I wanted to try it out. It's the rare summer/ work sheath dress that is also feminine and delicate. The floral detail and cap sleeves are just beautiful.


OOTD DETAILS

Dress: Milly Carolina Floral Cap-Sleeve White Sheath Dress

Find it at Bluefly (the site, it seems, has been resurrected) and Saks Off 5th. The material will definitely wrinkle -- it did for me after sitting in my office chair all day --  so you may want to size up. I'm wearing a size 2 for reference.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB 90 Rainbow Snakeskin-Embossed Leather Pumps

With a white dress, I had to wear a colorful shoe -- enter these Manolos!


As you can see, I'm still playing with different locations to take my #OOTD photo -- and different settings on the camera, too. Getting the light right is imperative to a good photo.

I hate that I look so tired in these photos, since it's only Monday! I tried to catch up on sleep over the weekend, but it's difficult when you sleep in a bed with three pugs. Their stomachs usually wake them up around 5:30 a.m., even on Saturdays and Sundays. Good thing they're worth it.

I also probably stayed up too late reading; I just started the new Emily Giffin novel, The Lies That Bind, and I'm excited to see where the plot goes. Fiction has been such a good escape for me lately!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Scouting

The metallic threads in today's dress from Kate Spade really bring this floral dress to life. I can't imagine a better match for my silver and gold Sophia Webster sandals! They are silver in the front and gold in the back. (Is anyone else singing the Girls Scouts song in their head right now? "One is silver and the other gold...")


Dress: Kate Spade New York Metallic Floral Park Clip Dot Mini Dress

This dress is very "me" - the cut, the floral metallic pattern and even the little extra puff at the shoulders. Plus, it has long sleeves! I just love this outfit from head to toe, and I think the design really flatters my coloring and body type.

I got a nice affirmation from the security guard at the office today, too. He asked me if I was sure I wasn't a movie star. ;) Ha!

Shoes: Sophia Webster Nicole Sandals in Silver and Gold

I'm starting to get the hang of taking pictures at my new house. It's hard to believe my last posts before this week were from mid-March! We moved into the house and I had a birthday over these last few months. I still can't believe I'm 42! Ugh!

On a side note...
There is a lot going on the world these days, but my fashion blog is not the place to comment on these extremely serious issues. I'm trying hard to stay positive and focus on my family and company. Watching old 80s movies, fashion, new TV shows, books... these are the ways I cope with stress. Hopefully you are finding some good outlets, too. Stay strong!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Me Likely

Today was my second day back in the office since we closed for COVID, and things are slowly starting to feel normal again. Yes, there are Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves and masks everywhere I look, but perhaps that's going to become the NEW normal for corporate America.

Although I miss some aspects of working from home, one thing I'm embracing: wearing makeup, doing my hair and showcasing my unworn dresses. I have a back log I've been dying to wear!



Today's dress from the Likely brand is super flattering. I love long-sleeve dresses, which are actually perfect for the days when it's sunny and hot outside and cold inside (Georgia air conditioning). You can find the dress at Saks and on the Likely website.

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Pink Peep-Toe Pumps

The heels are high and the color is a perfect fit with the dress.

I'm slowly learning the best places for my daily #OOTD photo. Chapin took this one for me after work. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments!

Monday, June 1, 2020

A New World

I'm back! Our office is open so I can finally start dressing up for work again. We also moved, so I'm trying to figure out the best place to take my daily #OOTD photo. There will definitely be a lot of photo testing in the near future.


Dress: Shoshanna Selina Plaid Dress

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Ankle Strape Suede Pumps

This photo was the only usable one I took today, so even though my hair is wind blown, I have to use it. Oh well!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Goodbye Gilstrap Lane

Based on the amount of packing we are going to be doing this weekend, today is most likely my very last outfit post on our current patio. We have lived in our little house on Gilstrap Lane since August 2013, and I will miss it so much -- especially my short commute -- but it's time for bigger and better things. I'm trying to be strong amidst all this stress and change, but it's so hard! If you have any advice about moving, leave a comment.


Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Micro Dot Fitted Dress

There is nothing truly unique about this Milly dress, but it's super flattering for a body con dress. I love the bold color and print, too; I can never resist polka dots!

Shoes: Prada Leather Cutout Ankle Booties (no longer available)