Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Finally Feeling Like Fall

The weather has turned cooler here in Atlanta, so long-sleeve dresses are back on the menu!

Today's dress is a shift dress; it's designed to just hang on the body, so it doesn't do much for the figure if you happen to be curvy like me.

Milly did make an effort with other elements here, though. I especially like the puff sleeves -- and the fact that they are long -- and the velvet leopard print. Plus, the best thing about a shift dress is that it's very comfortable. You don't have to worry about your "wobbly bits" showing and you can leave the Spanx at home.

I also had fun doing my makeup. A dark eye and light lip is one of my favorite makeup combinations. I didn't use blush, either. I just added a little bronzer on my cheekbones.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Lylah Blouson Sleeve Velvet Leopard Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Emily Crisscross Platform Sandals (no longer available)

I really debated what shoes to wear here. Since the dress isn't altogether flattering, I wanted to put the emphasis on my legs. The best way to elongate the legs is to wear a light or neutral colored shoe, so I went with these metallic colored Jimmy Choo sandals.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Oh Linen

I don't know why I do it. I know linen wrinkles the minute you sit down, and I have pretty much avoided it of late, but I loved this BCBGMaxAzria design so much, I thought I'd take a chance.

Oh, linen, you failed me again.

At least it's pretty!

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Monday, October 11, 2021

Navy Pink

Milly has definitely become my favorite brand of late, with so many flattering pieces making their way onto the (sale) rack. Milly is especially skilled at creating curve-hugging bodycon dresses like the one I'm wearing today, made unique with different color combinations like navy and pink or little details like the scalloped cutout design.

Outfit Details

Pumps: Sophia Webster

I think of these pumps as my "Barbie" pumps, since they are so darn girly. I wanted to bring out the pink in the dress, so these were a perfect pairing.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

It's Bow Time

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably remember the Sam & Libby Ballet Flats that made an appearance in just about every female pre-teen's closet -- at least here in Georgia. They came in a wide variety of colors, with the requisite bow on top, and of course every girl I knew had at least one pair. I remember wearing mine to school and choral recitals in the 7th and 8th grades. I just loved my Sam & Libby shoes, which is why I (perhaps) still love bows to this day.

If you're wondering what happened to Sam & Libby, well, that shoe brand is no longer around, but Sam went on to launch the mega-brand Sam Edelman years later.

Today's shoes, from SJP, made me think of those Sam & Libby flats I wore just about 30 years ago. Has it really been that long? Ugh, I'm old!

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Zahara Bow-Detail Sheath Dress (note the bow on one shoulder)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Guest Bow Pumps

These pumps are sold out, but check out a similar style available now on the SJP Collection website. Forest green seems to be the color of the season.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Technicolor Dream

Today's dress is certainly bright -- but oh so much fun. Fall may be here, but it's never too late in the year for color.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Technicolor Neon Body Con Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Chapin bought me these shoes for my birthday in 2020, otherwise known as my quarantine birthday. My birthday fell on a Saturday last year, too. Just my luck!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

What a Week

Is it really only Wednesday? Sunday night started the week off well with the return of a semi-normal Emmy Awards ceremony (hooray for fun fashion and wins for Ted Lasso), and Monday night I saw one of my favorite Peloton instructors, Cody Rigsby, dance his heart out on Dancing With the Stars. (I don't watch a lot of reality TV, or this show -- ever -- but I had to support Cody!)

Then, yesterday, I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of my favorite Sex and the City actors, Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch. Not Stanny! Work has been one giant stress ball as well. I'm definitely wishing for the weekend to get here already.

Outfit Details

It's been raining so much lately, for what feels like ten days straight, but this morning was clear enough to take a photo, so I opted for this bright and flattering BCBGMaxAzria dress.

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria V-Neck Ruffle Hem Ruched Dress

ShoesAquazzura Cosmo Rainbow d'Orsay Pointed Toe Pumps

Monday, September 13, 2021

Romping in Red

Today's dress is really a romper in disguise! Since I'm the only one actually going into the office, a romper seems like acceptable work wear. I guess anything goes these days!

Outfit Details

Dress/Romper: Alice + Olivia

Shoes: Sophia Webster

Monday, August 30, 2021

Working In White

Labor Day is on the horizon, so of course I want to wear my summer dresses while I can. This Milly dress is super cute and flattering. It's made of a light fabric, too, so it's easy to wear on a hot and humid day.

I know it looks white in the photo, but the dress actually boasts a seersucker print. 

I love the print with those little flutter sleeves and tie waist -- it's so feminine and fun.

Outfit Details

Sandals: Sophia Webster Rosalind Stud Platform Sandals in Praline & Silver

These sandals are generally sold out, but FarFetch has them in black.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Pink and Steamy

It was so hot and humid and just steamy this morning that the camera lens fogged up! I will be so glad when the humidity loosens its grip on Atlanta.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Atalie Stencil Floral Dress

This version of the dress is no longer available, but you can find the multi-colored poppy version on the Milly website. Remember that Milly dresses run large; I'm wearing a size zero for reference.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rita Sandals in Black and Rose Gold

I had my eye on these Sophia Webster sandals for so long, and they recently went on sale, so of course I had to snap them up.

These exact shoes are now sold out, but the platform version is still available for purchase on the Sophia Webster website.

Monday, August 16, 2021

But Not Forgotten

I've had this dress for years but I don't think I've ever featured it on the blog, so I decided today to pull it out of my closet. It's such a pretty floral dress from Shoshanna.

Shoes by Sophia Webster (no longer available)

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Always In Style

There's nothing quite so simple -- or so stylish -- as a black and white polka dot dress. I must have so many dresses in this pattern and color scheme, yet each one is unique in its own way. This Milly dress is definitely body conscious, with a fitted silhouette and square neckline to show off your curves.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Polka Dot Body Con Dress (sold out)

The dress is no longer available, but here's a similar style you can buy now on the Milly brand website.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Black Dochas 100 Crystal-Embellished Suede Sandals

Monday, August 2, 2021

Color Me (Hot Pink) Happy

There are so many beautiful colors in today's outfit.

The dress is in a hot pink, and the shoes feature oranges, pinks and purples. It's a cacophony of rainbow hues to start my (stressful) week off on the right note.

Outfit Details

Dress: Halston Heritage Ruffle Sleeve Dress 

The pink version is no longer available, but you can buy a black and white version on the Halston website.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Freya Glitter Block-Heel Sandals (no longer available)

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?