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)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Boot Up

Today might very well be my last #OOTD post in my current home. I'm excited and sad all at once; change is definitely hard for me!

Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Watercolor Snake Hammered Silk Dress

The print is truly unique, and the dress design is both eye-catching and flattering, fitted at the waist with a small keyhole neckline. (I'm wearing a size 0 for reference. Rebecca Taylor is running very large lately.)

I love the colors as well. The rich hues of purple, brown and even blue are perfect for the fall and winter months.

You can still buy the dress on the Rebecca Taylor website or at Bloomingdale's or ShopBop.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Minori Croc-Embossed Square Toe Booties

You can still find a few sizes (on sale) at Saks or you can browse the Jimmy Choo website (but will have to pay full price).

I'm not normally a boot person, but I thought these Jimmy Choo boots matched so well with the dress, and I like mixing it up every now and then. They also go great with jeans!

These booties are honestly an odd length, though; I literally have to unzip them so I can drive. They hit so high up it's a bit hard to move in them! Oh, what we ladies will do in the name of fashion!

Since the boots are made from "croc embossed leather" I can't help but think of another pair of crocodile boots: the boots Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas) wore at the end of Romancing the Stone. That movie is still one of my favorites from the 1980s. I'll watch it anytime I come across it when I'm flipping channels. (Yes, we still have cable!)

Monday, March 9, 2020

Go With the Flow

This flowy dress from Ted Baker is a strong choice on a day when I don't want to try too hard. You can just pull it on and go! I hate losing an hour of sleep to the "spring ahead" time change. At least it means warmer weather is on the way!

Outfit Details

DressTed Baker Lilis Quartz Print Midi Dress

The dress was previously available at stores like Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, but is now mainly sold out. You can still find it at a few random retailers now if you try, though!

Shoes: Sophia Webster Danae Crystal Strappy Sandals

Aren't these shoes fabulous? They look much better IRL than in these photos, so sparkly and beautiful. They are works of art for your feet!

And please excuse my toenails. I recently lost the toenail on my left big toe, a drawback of running long distances like the recent Hot Chocolate 15K, so I've decided to forgo toenail polish for a few months. Sometimes I wish we didn't have toenails at all; they can be such a nuisance to runners.

I'm loving that it's sunny today in Atlanta, but the rainy weather will be coming back tomorrow. Ugh. That's all I need during a week when I'm fighting exhaustion. At least I have a lot to do (work, packing) to keep me distracted. Ten days until we move into our new house! Woo-hoo!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Loving Rebecca Taylor

Today's dress is just so pretty -- the color, the velvet polka dots, the style -- so it made me so happy  when the dress recently went on sale. I am really in love with so much the Rebecca Taylor brand is producing right now.

Outfit Details

Find the dress at ShopBop (select sizes only) and the Rebecca Taylor website. I'm wearing a size 0 for reference. The dress also comes in black, but I prefer this muted maroon color.

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

I had the hardest time deciding on a shoe to wear with this dress, but you can never go wrong with black. Some of my shoes are in storage right now, so I'm sort of limited in my choices these days. We are starting our packing in earnest tomorrow, but I hope to do a few more OOTD posts before we move. I will miss our patio where I have done these posts for the last few years.

I'm definitely happy today is Friday. Tonight, Chapin and I are doing our traditional Friday night: ordering in Indian food from our favorite Indian restaurant, Tabla, and watching Project Runway. We also have the last episode of Jack Ryan to watch (season 2) on Amazon Prime. It was an intense season with a lot of deaths, including one dog. :(

What are you watching these days? Leave a note in the comments.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Olive to Tell

I love a good fit and flare dress, as they are so flattering on every body type. A style with vertical lines, like this dress from Parker, is even better, as the stripes help elongate the frame and slim you down.

Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Flor Knit Dress in Moss

Aside from the style, I was drawn to this dress because of the color; I just love this shade of green. Whether you're calling it Moss or Olive or Army Green, this muted green shade is a great winter and fall color. I find it works well with my hair (brown), skin tone (olive) and eyes (blue). I even wore olive eye shadow today to match.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Nirvana Mary Jane Pumps in Fishnet

These pumps are available in black patent at Saks or in silver at Neiman Marcus. The fishnet style, which reminds me of one of my favorite pairs of pumps that I used to wear all the time in grad school, seems to be sold out.

Most people who know me understand that fitness is a big part of my life. I love to workout, running on the treadmill or outside, or taking spinning classes on the Peloton (#MicheleATL). I just crossed a milestone on Peloton -- my 500th ride -- and I'll be going to Homecoming in May to meet other people just as Peloton obsessed as I am.

I've also been doing more work on my arms, using heavier weights (8-12 pounds) and stepping up the reps. Now, seeing today's photos, I'm concerned my arms are a bit too beefy. I definitely need someone to give me an honest opinion - that's where you come in, oh dedicated blog readers! Any comments?

I'm glad I have friends who also love fitness -- like my friend, Katie, who just ran the Publix Atlanta 2020 Marathon on Sunday. She trained for months and I'm sure it was an amazing feeling to cross that finish line.

My friend and marathoner, Katie K.

Now I'm considering running a marathon as well. I'm just worried about the toll it might take on my body. But I'm still thinking about it...

Cheering Katie on with my dorky sign! That's Oakland Cemetery behind me.

We are going to be moving in a few weeks, so the scenery for my OOTD posts will soon be changing. I'm sad, excited and scared at so much change, but hopefully it will all be for the better. I'm turning 42 this year; it's a new phase of life!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Unpredictable Print

The weather here has suddenly turned colder, which means I can finally wear my new long-sleeve velvet dress from Black Halo! I love the green, black and red leopard print, which is so unexpected!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Briar Leopard Velvet Mini Dress

The sleeves are a little too baggy for my liking, but the design is very flattering for the most part. I do wish the skirt was a tad longer, though!

The dress is available in the leopard print at Saks and in a beautiful green color -- called "Wet Moss" -- at Bloomingdale's and on the Black Halo website.

ShoesJimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

I chose these Jimmy Choo sandals to really bring out the red/orange color in the print. Black shoes would also work well.

I've had these sandals for years and have gotten so much use out of them -- and they still look great. Jimmy Choo is the best of the designer shoe brands, in my experience, and on the more comfortable side, too.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Shine On

This Rebecca Taylor dress is just gorgeous in person. You can't really tell from the photos, but the metallic threads shine and sparkle, catching the eye -- and the fluorescent lights in the office -- so that you truly stand out.

My shoulders are small, so wrap dresses don't normally work on me, but I would call this dress a "pseudo" wrap dress. You can't wrap or unwrap it, so it stays fixed in place. There's a zipper and several small snap enclosures going up the left side. I never worried that my bra was showing or that the dress was moving around; it's construction is just right!

Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Ribbon Lurex Jacquard Ruffle Dress

I have been loving the designs coming out of Rebecca Taylor lately. The dresses are chic and professional and just so appealing. Although expensive at full price, you can find great deals if you are patient. This dress retails for $595 -- but I definitely didn't pay that. I got this dress for around 85% off.

The dress is on sale, though you will pay more than I did. Buy it on the Rebecca Taylor website or at Bloomingdale'sRevolve or Saks. I'm wearing a size 2 for reference, though I really should be in a size 0. Rebecca Taylor sizing is running way big lately!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Witness Dress Pumps (no longer available)

I think black or silver shoes would work best with the dress. Many of my shoes are already packed up, so my options right now are more limited. We will be moving in less than a month! I am sad to leave our little house in West Midtown, but excited at all there is to come.

Change is good, but it's hard -- especially for me. I get stuck in my routines and don't like to deviate from the norm. But without change, we miss out on so much. I just need to remember that in the coming weeks.

If you have any advice about moving, leave a comment. I love hearing from my small collection of readers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bohemian Winter Floral

Today's Shoshanna design has a more bohemian vibe than most of the dresses in my closet. It's effortless and chic - the perfect combination!

The photo doesn't do the floral print justice; it's so beautiful, with different hues of blue, green and pink bringing the flowers to life, plus metallic gold threads woven throughout out. It's comfortable, too, and a good choice for an overcast day at the office.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Jodelle Floral Print Blouson-Bodice Elbow-Sleeve Dress

Find it at Neiman Marcus, Saks and ShopBop.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper 85 Mirror Leather Sandals (no longer available)

I wanted gold shoes to help bring out the gold undertones and threads in the dress. Did I succeed?

Update - A week after I wore this dress, Amy Robach wore the same dress on Good Morning America (February 27, 2020)!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Winter Pastel Dress

This Rebecca Taylor dress is the perfect example of how pastel colors can still work during the winter. The pastel blue compliments the leopard design for a wholly unique print, and the ruffles and long silhouette work to create a truly chic look. I just love it!

Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Lynx Silk Burnout Dress

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

I couldn't find these exact shoes online, but the Emily style is still available in different colors at a variety of retailers like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's.

You could really wear just about any shoe (or boot) with this dress. I wanted something neutral to let the dress shine as the star of the outfit.

Kelly Ripa is a fan of this dress. She's worn it twice on her morning show. Watch the January 20, 2020, episode here.

Chapin and I had a fairly relaxing weekend, considering all that we have going on with our upcoming move. I finished two books (Grace After Henry and The Giver of Stars), successfully helped Chapin with the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, made a batch of gluten-free Snickerdoodles, visited my parents, and finally watched the cute Netflix movie, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. I also tried to sleep as much as possible, as I have been missing a lot of sleep lately due to stress and a busier than normal schedule.

We had several showings on Saturday, so I was even able to get some work in! All in all, it was a great weekend.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day 2020

Happy Valentine's Day! Chapin and I are keeping the holiday very low-key this year, since we will soon be buying a new house!

This year marks the 20th Valentine's Day we have spent together, and it's amazing to look back at all those years and how we have grown as a couple. From our first Valentine's Day, spent at Dante's Down the Hatch enjoying fondue, to today, when we will probably snuggle on the couch together with our three pugs, it has been such a joyous ride. We will soon be starting a new chapter in a new home and I'm so excited at all there is to come.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Engineered Rib Flare Dress

Of course I'm wearing red for Valentine's Day today. The warm ribbed design and flattering neckline made it a perfect choice for the holiday.

Find the dress (on sale) at and Neiman Marcus. Here is a link to a similar dress (with scalloped edges) available at Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Glitter Peep-Toe Gold Wedge Pumps in Gold

Monday, February 10, 2020

Staying Positive

The last week has been a trying time for me. I'm trying to stay positive and look ahead to good things, but it's been so difficult. I have really been leaning on the people close to me for support, encouragement and advice, and they have helped so much. Thank you, dear sisters and friends. You know who you are!

Between the weather and my crazy schedule, I just haven't had time to do many fashion posts lately; I'm trying to make sure I get a few in this week, though. I've been dying to wear this adorable sweater dress from Ted Baker London, and the weather today (chilly and rainy) definitely warranted something cozy.

Outfit Details

DressTed Baker London Nilar Check Skater Dress

The dress is super comfortable, though I feel I will never fully understand Ted Baker (British) sizing. I'm either a 1 or 2 in this brand, and it's not consistent based on the style or silhouette. Unfortunately, I chose poorly when deciding to buy the size 2 for this dress; it's a little big on me, especially in the shoulders. My advice: If you can, try a Ted Baker piece on before you buy it!

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Ellie Metallic Snakeskin & Suede Ankle-Strap Stiletto Sandals

Only select sizes are available in the black and gold on Revolve, but you can also find them in black and a python print on the Alexandre Birman website. I think they are just fabulous. The heel is also not too high, making them perfect for work.

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I haven't seen like any new movies this year, so in addition to watching for Brad Pitt, I also always love watching for the fashion. I am torn about my favorite dress this year, but I'm leaning toward Janelle Monáe in Ralph Lauren. I love the risk she took with the head piece, the beautiful diamond necklace and all the sparkle. I also think it's incredible when you can look beautiful and sexy and be so covered up!

Sparkle was definitely the theme of the night - a trend I absolutely love. There were also a lot of metallic dresses as well as some pale pink.

Brie Larson kind of combined several trends with her Celine dress, and I adore any dress with a cape.

Unfortunately, with my coloring, I can't really pull off this shade of pink. It always seems to wash me out.

White was also a trend. My other favorites from the night were both in this tricky hue: Renée Zellweger in Armani Privé and Cynthia Erivo in Atelier Versace, one of the night's sexiest dresses in my opinion. White shows every flaw, but these ladies are flawless!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Next to You

Home isn't a place; it's where your loved ones congregate. As Chapin and I prepare to sell our home, and I'm torn about wanting to leave the house and community we've built in West Midtown, I have to remind myself that my "home" is wherever Chapin, Tulip, Norman and Wally are located. They are my family, and as long as we're together, I can be happy.

I'm still not sleeping well, though! Stress is a terrible thing...

Outfit Details

Today's dress is one I've had for months but just haven't worn yet.

Dress: Shoshanna Emery Black and Gold Polka Dot Dress

I love the relaxed nature of the silhouette combined with the more formal look of black and gold polka dots. The balloon sleeves and v-neck just add to the overall chic but breezy design.

The dress is no longer available, but there is a similar dress by Ted Baker available at Nordstrom. Rebecca Taylor also has a black and gold leopard print dress in a similar silhouette.

I didn't even bother wearing a jacket today! The high will be 57 degrees, and I'm hoping this mild weather lasts until Sunday, when I'm running in the Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15K race (about 9.3 miles). I'm excited at anything that involves chocolate, even if it requires me to be up before the sun on a Sunday morning.

Shoes: Saint Laurent Paris 80 Studded Cap Toe Pumps

I've had these shoes for years, so they are no longer available, but the cap toe trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Here's a more updated version of this pump, available now at Neiman Marcus. (I hope they go on sale; I think they are fabulous.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Aging Overnight

Did anyone ever say that moving can age you overnight? Well, if not, I'm saying it now. Moving is stressful, and I'm definitely feeling the effects. I really need a good night's sleep, but with everything on my plate right now, that seems like something I'm going to seemingly live without for awhile.

Outfit Details

Today's dress is super chic and flattering and perfect for a mild winter day. I'm so glad to be getting close to the end of January, my least favorite month of the year. I look forward to the day when I leave the office and it isn't already pitch black outside.

Dress: Parker Tina Sheer Long-Sleeve Mini Dress

The dress is on sale now at Neiman Marcus for just $89 (marked down from $298). It's a really comfortable dress, too, and I love how well these Sophia Webster pumps match the snakeskin print.

ShoesSophia Webster Daria 100 Snake-Embossed Pointed-Toe Pumps

These pumps are also on sale at Bloomingdale's. I've been loving Sophia Webster designs lately. These shoes are more on the practical side, but so many of her designs are whimsical and fantastical in nature.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

When You're Tired and It Shows

Ugh! The dark circles under my eyes are awful today. Hopefully I can get a good night's sleep tonight. Even makeup sometimes can't help those bruises under the eyes.

I know it's January, but it's also almost 70 degrees and feels more like Spring, so I'm wearing a lightweight dress and sandals. Georgia weather is crazy... but I hate the cold, so I'll take it.

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Asymmetrical Stripe Flared Dress (no longer available)

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A Touch of Gold

The gold studs on today's dress (by Maje) turn this ordinary white lace dress into something so chic!

Outfit Details

Dress: Maje Skater Dress with Gold Studs (no longer available)

Some people might say I'm breaking a rule by wearing white in January, but I'm a big fan of "winter white" dresses.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper 85 Mirror Leather Sandals (no longer available)

The shoes match perfectly with the gold studs and help them stand out. Overall, it's a really flattering look. I just wish I didn't look so tired!

Monday, January 6, 2020

A Little Bit of Color

Today didn't start out great, but wearing a new outfit always cheers me up!

Outfit Details

Dress: La Vie Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve French Terry Dress

The dress is available in select sizes only at a few retailers, including Nordstrom, ShopBop, Zappos and the Rebecca Taylor website. I'm wearing an XS for reference. I think the sizing at Rebecca Taylor has changed, so I would size down.

The dress is super flattering, comfortable, and warm, and it's on sale now, so it's worth a splurge.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB 90 Rainbow Snakeskin-Embossed Leather Pumps (no longer available)

Since the dress is so grey, I thought I would wear these fun Manolo Blahnik pumps to add a pop of color.