Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Most Likely

This flirty dress from LIKELY is so easy to wear -- and perfect for hot summer days in Atlanta. Go casual with flats or dress it up with heels, like I did today. Pair with red accessories on July Fourth or glam it up with gold or silver for an evening out. There are so many ways you can take this dress -- and they all work!

Outfit Details

Dress: LIKELY Mini Minka Dress

The dress is still available at a variety of online retailers, including the LIKELY website, Nordstrom, Saks and ShopBop.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Arlo Jeweled Buckle Sandals (no longer available)

I chose to pair the dress with these gorgeous silver buckle sandals from Sophia Webster. I just love this brand... and there is an extra 20% off sale items event going on NOW. Remember, this brand runs very small, so size up.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Roar of a Print

It's been a busy Monday -- and a hot and humid one here in Atlanta. You start sweating pretty much as soon as you walk outside. It's hard to get a good picture even early in the morning; my hair frizzes and my face starts to get that sweaty glow...

Today's dress has a fierce print, but the material is probably too heavy for July. I also think I should have opted for the extra-small instead of the small size, as the dress hangs on me a bit. Oh well!

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Julia Mock Neck Dress - on sale now!

Shoes: Sophia Webster Daria 100 Snake-Embossed Pointed-Toe Pumps (no longer available)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Fashion Tiers

Today's dress is super simple but still so chic!

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Josephine Cady Trim Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Amelie Black Suede Pearl-Studded Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, July 12, 2021

Fun With Florals

I've been binge watching The Big Bang Theory lately, and I love when Sheldon and Amy create their Fun With Flags videos. I've seen every episode, but -- like Friends and Frasier -- it's an easy show to have on in the background while I work or clean the kitchen. (I love my husband, but every time he cooks, he insists on using just about every bowl we own!)

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Venezia Silk Mini Dress (sold out)

The best thing about this dress is the colorful print. It's so fun and flirty!

Sandals: Manolo Blahnik

You could wear just about any color shoes with this dress, but I chose these pink Manolos to bring out the more subtle pinks and reds in the design. I've had them for years, so they are no longer available, but they are still fabulous.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Maxi Blue

Today's dress is so cute... but makes me feel so short. Even in heels, the dress is still so long on me.

Outfit Details:

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Striped Bow Belt Maxi Dress

Sandals: Sophia Webster Rosalind Jeweled Sandals in Turquoise

Monday, June 28, 2021

I Can't Say No to Sequins

This dress, by Sandro, is just gorgeous in person, with the entire bodice covered in sequins. How could I resist? 

Dress: Sandro High Neck Sequin Short-Sleeve Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Saphie Embellished Suede Sandals

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Cap It Off

When you want to wear something easy, you can't go wrong with a Little Black Dress (LBD). This textured dress from Rebecca Taylor is ultra flattering, with cap sleeves and a small ruffle at the hem. It runs large, so size down. I'm wearing a size zero for reference.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Cap Sleeve Structured Textured Dress

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Ellie Sandals in Black and Gold

Monday, June 14, 2021

Making Lemonade

This summer-perfect sundress from Donna Morgan is colorful and fun, featuring a bold lemon print and flattering silhouette. The dress is no longer available, but you can shop the brand on sites like Nordstrom Rack and Dillard's.

Dress: Donna Morgan Lemon Print Fit and Flare Dress

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Piper Wedge Scallop Sandals

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

I've Got a Theory

Today's dress was a birthday gift from my sister, Gail. My sisters really know how to spoil me on my birthday!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Theory Pleated T-Shirt Dress in Dark Crimson

And now please enjoy a snippet from Buffy's musical episode. The song: "I've Got a Theory," of course!

Monday, May 24, 2021

Spot On

Polka dots are always in style! This Likely dress is fun and flirty for a busy Monday in the office, and the Sophia Webster pumps, which I've had for years, are a perfect match.

Outfit Details

Dress: Likely Corinne Ruched Ruffle Polka Dot Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Mika Polka Dot Leather Pumps

Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Enduring Allure of Gingham

I first bought this red gingham halter dress back in 2003 to wear for my engagement photos. I was 25 and so excited to get a designer dress. To quote Back to the Future... "My God, has it been that long?"

Almost 20 years later, it still fits! And I now have the perfect shoes to wear with it.

Outfit Details

Dress: Betsey Johnson Red Gingham Halter Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Doris Gingham Platform Sandals

I wore this fun ensemble for an actual in-person event for Colleen Oakley's new novel, The Invisible Husband of Frick Island. I can't wait to read it! Buy your copy today.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Pink Peplum Power

Talk about a power dress! This pink peplum wonder from Black Halo is simultaneously eye-catching, feminine and professional. People will definitely remember you in this dress.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Jax Peplum Sheath Dress in Iconic Pink

Shoes: Sophia Webster Andie Bow Pink Satin Pumps (no longer available) 

Purse: Sophia Webster Patti Top Handle Bag (no longer available) 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Birthday Love

I had a birthday since my last post. I still can't believe I'm 43!

Today's dress was a gift from my sister, Laura, and my new Valentino purse was a birthday gift from my generous husband. I am definitely feeling the love!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Purse: Valentino

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

60s Inspired

Today's dress from Donna Morgan features a bold, 60s-inspired geometric print and a high neck. What could be a stuffy look comes across as whimsical and fun thanks to the ruffled cap sleeves, ruffled hem and neck, and the sweet combination of colors. Pink, yellow and navy blue? Somehow it works.

Donna Morgan Ruffled Geo Print Dress

My parents are staying with us for about a week while they re-do their downstairs hardwood floors, and we've been watching a lot of Netflix since they don't subscribe to the streaming service at home. Last night, I made them start watching The Queen's Gambit, and they are hooked. I love the fashion in that movie, and since it takes place in the 1950s and 1960s, today's dress seems like a nod to the show. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it.

I paired the dress with an old pair of Manolo Blahniks -- one of the first pairs I ever owned. The pink in the dress was a perfect match with the pink color of the sandals.

Completing the look is a pair of butterfly Kendra Scott earrings in Rose Pink Kyocera Opal.

P.S. May the Fourth Be With You! Click to see our 2017 Star Wars themed Halloween photo.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Love Lace

Today's dress is not only in my favorite shade of blue, but is also lace with a sweetheart neckline. How could I resist?

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Omira Sweetheart Sleeveless Floral Lace Midi Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Sandals in Mermaid Glitter (no longer available)

I couldn't find these exact sandals online, but here is a similar pair on the Sophia Webster website. The heels feature stars!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Vax Day

Well, as of today, I'm fully vaccinated. I still have to wait about two weeks before I'm truly safe, but the relief and happiness I feel should last a long time. Thank you, doctors and scientists!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Arcadia Blue and White Fit and Flare Dress

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

Monday, April 12, 2021

Piping Hot

This flattering sheath dress from Milly features a slimming bodycon design that helps showcase every curve. The black dress, like every LBD, helps soften the frame, but the white piping is strategically placed to vertically draw the eye, so you look longer and leaner.

The dress isn't lined, so add your own Spanx or other undergarments if you're self conscious about hip and thigh bumps. I'm glad I didn't pay full price, since an unlined dress definitely needs some help in that department.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Piped Black and White Bodycon Dress

The dress runs a little big. I'm wearing a size small, and the fabric was bunching up for me. You may want to size down. 

Find the dress on sale now at Neiman Marcus.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Saphie Embellished Suede Sandals

I've had these shoes for months but never had the opportunity to wear them - until today. I like how they dress up (class up) an ordinary black and white dress. They're suede, though, so hopefully the pollen won't be too bad today. I don't want them getting a green/yellow tinge. Ugh! 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Natural Order

This asymmetrical dress by BCBGMaxAzria is form-fitting and fabulous, showing off your curves in the best way possible. The asymmetrical skirt hides flaws and the v-neckline draws the eye upward. Plus, the color is reminiscent of a sunset, and I'm very aware of nature right now. You can see how the trees behind me in the photo, so recently bare, are now starting to come to life. Springtime is truly here!

This dress also gave me an excuse to wear my current favorite pair of shoes from Sophia Webster. I love these jeweled sandals so much! 

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Sleeveless Asymmetric Panel Dress in Poinsettia

Shoes: Sophia Webster Ritzy High Heeled Sandals

These exact heels are no longer available, but the Ritzy sandal is available in a mule design on the Sophia Webster website.

I have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth, who is going through a hard time right now with her dog, Mabel. Our fur babies are so precious, so when they are ill, it's the worst feeling in the world. I'm here for you, Elizabeth. Sending hugs to you and Mabel.

Monday, April 5, 2021

The New Normal

Today I'm wearing a La Vie Rebecca Taylor dress, a gift from my parents this past Christmas. I wanted to wait until springtime to wear the dress, since the design -- with it's navy and blue color scheme and ruffled accents -- is so perfect for the season. 

I thought I would wear it today as a special nod to my parents, whom I actually saw -- in person and without masks -- for Easter Sunday dinner. Chapin made turkey and roasted potatoes, my mom brought a few sides, and it was like Thanksgiving in April. It was wonderful to feel like we are returning to some sense of normalcy.

Outfit Details

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Satin Ankle-Tie Sandals (no longer available)

Here are my babies yesterday in their Easter "outfits": a pink tutu dress for Tulip and hats by ArfScarf for Norman and Wally. Don't they look adorable?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Spring Color Overload

Today's sheath dress from Black Halo is perfect for springtime; the floral design features a variety of bold colors that make accessorizing so much fun.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Floral Sheath Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Mesh Pumps in Electric Blue (no longer available)

Purse: Sophia Webster Patti Top Handle Bag

Monday, March 29, 2021

Polka Polka Polka

This polka dot dress from BCBGMaxAzria is a lot of fun, easy to wear and super flattering, so it's perfect for a breezy Spring day in Atlanta. I loved pairing it with my butterfly wedges from Sophia Webster. Polka dots and butterflies... what could be better?

Outfit Details

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Butterflies and Lace

I'm not sure what I love more about today's outfit -- the flattering ice blue lace dress from Shoshanna or these super cute (and super chic) sandals from Sophia Webster.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Kendra Lace Dress in Pale Blue (no longer available)

The dress may be sold out, but Shoshanna always has a variety of stunning lace dresses in stock, including this one -- available now at Neiman Marcus. The overall design is very similar to what I'm wearing today.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Madame Butterfly Crystal Suede Sandals (no longer available)

The shoes are also sold out, though some retailers are still carrying the flat version in limited sizing. You can always find butterfly shoes on the Sophia Webster website, though. I just adore the feminine and whimsical designs from this designer... don't you?

Monday, March 22, 2021

New Season, New Outlook

Spring arrived over the weekend, and with it the one-year anniversary of when we moved into our new home. It was also the same week everything started shutting down and my office officially went remote. It's hard to believe it's been an entire year since the pandemic began.

But there's hope! Today, I had my first COVID vaccine shot. I have an auto immune disease, so I called around and successfully secured an appointment. Chapin came with me, because they said if they had extra they would stick him, too -- and they did. So we both had our first shot today (Moderna vaccine).

I wore this dress to celebrate the arrival of a new season and a new, hopeful outlook on life and the year ahead. Good things are a-comin'!

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Floral Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Lucky Day

I guess St. Patrick's Day brought me a little luck today, because I have an appointment to get my COVID vaccine. I've never been so excited to get a shot in my life!

Of course I'm wearing green today for the holiday. I've been saving this hunter green Milly dress to wear on what is now truly the luckiest day of the year. 

As you can see, it's rainy and foggy in Atlanta today, and my hair is a frizzy mess! But who cares -- I'm getting vaccinated!

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Sweetheart Sleeveless Woven Ottoman Dress (no longer available)

The dress is sold out, but here is one that has a similar overall design.

I love pairing green and gold, so I opted to wear these gold wedges on this rainy day.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Glitter Peep-Toe Gold Wedge Pumps in Gold (no longer available)

It's hard to see, but even my toenails are painted green.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Spring Ahead, Fall Behind

Springing ahead has to start one of the worst weeks of the year. Losing an hour of sleep is really difficult for me, since I get so little sleep already, and it just seems to get even harder as I get older. 

It was so hard to fall asleep last night -- but I still had to get up at my usual time. Ugh. Last year at this time we were moving and very distracted. COVID was just starting to hit and businesses were shutting down. At least there's hope; I can't wait until it's my turn to get the vaccine!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Bernadette Knit Dress (no longer available)

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

I realized too late that the shoes are black and white and the dress is navy and white - oh well!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Perfect Corporate Work Wear

This dress was made for the office! The Tailored by Rebecca Taylor line is full of pieces perfect for a corporate setting. Of course, the collection launched last year, prior to COVID, so I'm unsure about its future. Most people are working from home in tees and sweats these days, but I still go to my office four days a week with just a few others who prefer the office setting. 

Outfit Details

Dress: Tailored by Rebecca Taylor Pinstripe Long Sleeve Blazer Dress

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 'Taylor' Silver T-Strap Pumps (no longer available)

Monday, March 8, 2021

March Emerald

When I bought this dress last year, I envisioned wearing it around the holidays, maybe to my dad's annual Christmas choir concert or Christmas Eve mass with my family. Of course, the holidays in 2020 did not go off as planned, and this dress remained, unworn, in my closet...until today!

The weather is getting warmer here in Atlanta, so I won't have too many days left to wear long-sleeve velvet dresses like this one from Shoshanna. I love the deep emerald hue and the flattering overall fit and flare design.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Laine V-Neck Long-Sleeve Pleated Velvet Dress in Emerald

Find the dress, on sale, at Neiman Marcus and Saks (in purple).

Maybe the next time I wear this dress, I will be with my family. I saw my parents over the weekend, and since they are both vaccinated, I hugged them both, crying in the process. It was quite emotional to me, since it's been over a year now since I could give either of them a hug. I know there are better days ahead, and we just have to get through the next few months before returning to some sense of normalcy.

ShoesJimmy Choo Carrie Shimmer Sandals in Champagne

The shoes are no longer available, but here is a similar style in gold.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Costume Drama

Today's dress from Rebecca Taylor borders on the costume-y, but I love it nonetheless. The velvet fabric, puffed sleeves and floral fabric design make me think of a wizard's robes during Medieval times! All it needs is some moon and stars to make the look complete.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Floral Velvet Solstice Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Freya Glitter Gold Platform Sandals

If you like the look of these shoes, but not necessarily the platform aspect, check out these Sophia Webster sandals on 6pm.com. Remember, the Sophia Webster brand runs very small, so size up.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Put a Bow on It

I'm so in love with my new SJP shoes. Aren't they beautiful? From the classy rhinestone bow to the thick glittery black fabric, these shoes are gorgeous from toe to heel. I don't think I'll ever get tired of donning a pair of new pumps!

Dress: Black Halo Montego Sheath Dress

I love the cut of this sheath dress - it's perfect for showing off the arms and shoulders, which I work six days a week with three, five, seven and even 12-pound weights -- but there's a lot of extra fabric around the hips. Maybe I needed to go up (or down) a size?

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Guest Bow Pumps

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Belted Dress

Belted dresses were all the rage about ten years ago, and have recently made a comeback. This belted dress from Black Halo is flattering and chic, in a fit and flare style that hugs the waist but still shows off your curves.

Dress: Black Halo Hailey Fit and Flare Belted Dress in Laguna Pink

Shoes: Sophia Webster Andie Bow Pink Satin Pumps (no longer available)

We are enjoying such beautiful weather here in Atlanta this week, so I definitely feel that Spring is on the way. Best of all, it's not completely dark when I drive home from the office. Winter is my least favorite season and I can't wait for it to be behind us. I'm hopeful that things will be relatively back to normal by summer. I want to travel and hug my family members again. A girl can dream... right?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Drama in a Dress

The eye-catching gold color combined with the huge puff sleeves make this Alice + Olivia dress truly dramatic and fashion forward. Puff sleeves are very "in" right now -- although Chapin likes to say I'm coming from the '80s when I wear anything with a puffed up sleeve. (That's not necessarily a bad thing... is it? I loved the '80s!)

Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Kalen Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

I love the dress. It's a little snug on me -- I'm wearing a size two and probably should have opted for the size four with all the desserts I've been eating lately -- but hopefully it's snug in all the right places.

The real problem with the dress: the thick fabric. It wrinkles so easily. I was pretty much a wrinkled mess from the time I got in the car to drive to the office.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper Strappy Sandals

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Velvet and Glitter

What a week... and it's only Wednesday! For some reason, this week feels like it's lasting a long, long time. I guess it's the weather playing tricks on me. Although I shouldn't complain when most of the country is buried under a foot of snow. We didn't see any snow here in Atlanta -- just rain and then 25-degree weather.

I would like to see snow this winter, but I guess that's not going to happen. Oh well!

Today's outfit is warm and cozy -- a beautiful velvet dress by Rebecca Taylor. It's a special day in my family -- we celebrate two birthdays today -- so I'm glad I could wear such a gorgeous outfit in celebration of my mom and little sister. I miss my family so much!

Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Ruched Velvet Dress (no longer available)

ShoesJimmy Choo Romy 85 Dégradé Glitter Pumps

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Ready for Valentine's Day

I know it's been a few weeks since my last post. It's been a busy time for me at work, and it's been difficult to get my daily photo in with all the construction going on at my house -- we are putting in a pool! 

Today's dress is one I just had to wear this time of year, because it's perfect for Valentine's Day! I've had this red dress in my closet for awhile now. It's a heavier material that really hugs the curves, complemented by a pink belt that cinches in the waist. 

Dress: Milly Belted Fitted Sheath Dress (no longer available)

The dress is no longer for sale, but the Milly site has a whole page dedicated to the brand's new Valentine's Day Collection. I'm partial to this red and pink floral lace dress... now it just has to go on sale!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Depart Mules

Fittingly, Chapin surprised me at work today with a bouquet of red roses! Apparently, they will last all year (and smell amazing)! Learn more at Rose Box NYC.

Aren't they gorgeous? They remind me so much of my wedding bouquet. 

I am a lucky girl, for sure.