Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Lyla Lila

Lyla Lila is quickly becoming our favorite restaurant. We ate there Saturday night with our good friends, Rahul and Vinnie, and had a wonderful time, as always. I'm wearing an Alice + Olivia dress I originally wore back in 2017 and Sophia Webster Chiara Embroidered Sandals, which I've also had several years.

These winged sandals make such a dramatic statement, so they are worth every penny (in my opinion)! This exact pair is sold out, but here's a similar style available now at Bloomingdale's

And doesn't my hubby look amazing in blue? I still can't believe how lucky I am to have married such a handsome guy, even after all these years together.


Whenever Chapin and I go out, I always try to get a picture of us together; it's a nice memory, right?

Monday, August 22, 2022

Milly Girl

Today I'm wearing Milly -- and I wore it over the weekend when I had dinner out with some friends. I never tire of the feminine, beautiful dresses in bold colors, unique patterns and flattering silhouettes. 

To Work: Milly Yasmin Lace Dress with Sophia Webster Sandals


To Dinner: Milly Blue Drop Waist Dress with Jimmy Choo Pumps

Monday, July 11, 2022

Dress the Population

I don't have too many dresses from the Dress the Population brand, but this particular dress fits so well -- and is so flattering -- I'm considering buying it in other colors!

Outfit Details

Dress: Dress the Population Nicole Lace Sheath Dress in Garnet Red

The dress is available at several retailers, including Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Emily Crisscross Sandals in Ballet Pink Metallic (no longer available)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Like Butter

Happy First Day of Summer! I celebrated the occasion by wearing this festive yellow dress from Shoshanna. It's adorned with silver stars and flows so easily on such a hot day!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Robin Star Lurex Dress

You can button up the neck and just have a keyhole opening show, or you can leave the neckline open like I did. It's so hot today, I didn't have a choice!

Shoes: Sophia Webster Natalia Silver Platform Sandals

These platform sandals helped give me the height I needed to walk in the dress without tripping -- and match perfectly with the overall look.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Heat Wave

It is so hot in Atlanta! I am very thankful for air conditioning this week. That's one luxury I don't think I could live without. 

Today's dress is a cute confection from Alice + Olivia. I love the puffed up sleeves and floral print. I know the dress is a bit short, but I work hard to keep myself in shape, so I should get to show off my legs once in awhile. ;) I actually did my 2,100th Peloton bike ride this morning, and even received a shout out from Cody, one of my favorite instructors. I love that bike so much!


Outfit Details


Monday, June 13, 2022

Check Mate

Today I'm wearing a gift from my little sister, Laura. I thought it was appropriate since it's her hubby's birthday today! 

I know it's not technically summer, but it is so hot and humid in Atlanta already, and if anything says summer, it's this outfit. The gingham print is a summer staple, and my shoes are adorned with summery fruits like coconuts and watermelon. If you want whimsical, cute shoes, you need a pair of shoes by Sophia Webster!

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGeneration Pink Gingham Smocked Midi Dress

Available at 6pm and on the BCBG website.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Delphine Fruit-Embroidered Sling Back Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Dot Me

How is it only Tuesday? This week feels really long already...

What I'm Wearing:

Dress: Milly Oversized Dot Embroidered Combo Dress in Navy and White

The dress is still available for purchase on the Milly website, and here is a similar style in black and white you might want to check out.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Danae Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, May 23, 2022

Night Out

Chapin and I have both been so excited to try this new restaurant in Atlanta: Lyla Lila. We ate there Friday night with our good friends, Rahul and Vinnie, and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing!

It's also fun to get dressed up to go out. Chapin wore a new shirt from Hugo Boss and I wore a Milly dress that has been gathering dust in my closet for a few years now. I just love all the colors and the overall fit, so I was waiting for a special time to wear it. 

What I Wore:

Dress: Milly Cube Print Handkerchief Dress

The dress is no longer available -- I think I bought it back in 2019 -- but here is a similar flowy style you can buy now on the Milly website.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Jeweled Sandals in Turquoise

I've had these shoes a few years, so they are no longer available, but check out this pearl version of the Rosalind sandal.

What I Ate:

As for dinner, here is what I decided on. Everything was so good, we've already made another reservation to dine there in July.

For the first course, Rahul and I split two seafood appetizers:

  • Cold Smoked Scallops with green harissa, Thai basil aioli, roe and pane carasau  
  • Tuna Crudo with aji amarillo, pickled strawberries, basil and popped sorghum      

For the second course, we all had appetizer portions of a pasta. I chose Cacio e Pepe with gluten-free pasta made fresh at the restaurant.

My main course was seafood, of course! I chose the Snapper, which was wrapped in squash and a basil-pistachio pesto and served with gold potatoes and lemon-roe butter. It was delicious. The fish was moist and so flavorful.

If you're in Atlanta and looking for a great meal, I highly recommend Lyla Lila.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sage Me

Sometimes just donning a new outfit can make you feel great and boost your confidence for the day ahead. That's definitely what I was thinking when I slipped on today's flirty fit and flare dress from Alice + Olivia. The shoes and jewelry added a "butterfly effect" that made the whole look feminine and fun. 

Dress: Alice + Olivia Barrett Smock Bodice Dress in Sage Green

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rio Satin Pumps in a Pastel Butterfly Print

Butterfly Earrings and Necklace: Kendra Scott

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Lucky Year?

So, I just had a birthday... I'm now 44! Someone said 44 is a lucky year, and Barak Obama was the 44th president, so maybe this year will be a special one for me. We shall see!

Chapin gave me a beautiful necklace for my birthday, so I wore it today with this lemon print Aqua dress. Summer is on the way!


Dress: Aqua Lemon Print Mini Dress

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Cross Strap Dress Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Chill Factor

It's suddenly very cool in Atlanta. This morning it was 42 degrees... in April! It's craziness all around. But at least I feel justified wearing a long-sleeve dress.


Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Bethany Dress

Shoes & Purse: Sophia Webster

Easter Snapshot:

Easter was late this year, April 17th, so here are a few shots from our low-key day:








Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Blue Spring

It's really feeling like spring today, and this Shoshanna dress is perfect for the season. The fit and flare style is so flattering and the color works great with my hair, eyes and skin tone. The dress is super comfortable, too.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna West Knit Dress in Sky Blue (sold out)

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

These exact sandals are sold out, but here's a similar style you can buy on the Sophia Webster website.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Smoked

Today's dress from Black Halo is the perfect combination of chic and professional!


Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Ravi Sleeveless Sheath Dress

Find the dress at Saks and the Black Halo website. I'm wearing a size four, but I probably should have gone for the size two. Oh well.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

I had fun doing my makeup today in an extra smoky eye with a light pink lip. The lipstick is new: Pink Cloud from Bobbi Brown.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Out With Chapin

Chapin and I had a fun night out with friends on Saturday night. We went to dinner at Foriza Storico and enjoyed ice cream afterward at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. I don't want to know how many calories I consumed over the course of the night... it was worth it!


Outfit Details

DressHerve Lever Ottoman Scoopneck Mini Dress

Even though we were just going to dinner, of course I have to dress up. I don't normally purchase such loud colors like this butterscotch yellow, but I don't have anything similar in my closet. It's very sexy!

Here's the dress in green as well.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Women's Margaux Embellished Slingback High Heel Sandals

These exact sandals are sold out, but here's a similar high heel style.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Pink and Playful

Today's dress is a dreamy pink confection from Milly. The long sleeves and tie waist make it easy to wear and flattering for any body type. The puffy sleeves hide arm flaws while the overall design definitely shows off a small waist.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Liv Pleated Dress

The dress is still available in several colors on the Milly website. Find it in blue at Saks, pink at Bloomingdale's and in both blue and pink (raspberry) at Neiman Marcus.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Joy Sandals

Monday, April 4, 2022

Snap To It

The weather here in Atlanta has been so hot and cold lately. One minutes it's 40 degrees, the next it seems to be up to 80! It's hard to dress for this kind of weather, but you can't go wrong in a lightweight long-sleeve dress like this one from the A.L.C. brand.

Outfit Details

Dress: A.L.C. Larsen Ruched Long Sleeve Minidress

The dress is still available at Nordstrom. You can also check out a similar style on Net-a-porter.com. I'm wearing an x-small for reference. The dress is ruched and made from a stretch jersey material, so it does have a good amount of give.

Shoes: Malone Souliers Maureen 70 Leopard Print Mules

This exact shoe is sold out, but here's a similar style from the same brand.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Ruffled Midi

This cute dress from the Bloomingdale's AQUA brand features a high neck, ruffled sleeves and geometric print. Not bad for around $60 (on sale).

Outfit Details:

Dress: AQUA Ruffled Printed Midi Dress

The dress is almost sold out, but you can still buy it in a similar print at Bloomingdales.com. I'm wearing an XS for reference.

The AQUA brand is only available at Bloomingdale's and you can get some high-quality, fashionable dresses (and other clothing and accessories) for very reasonable prices. I definitely recommend it, especially if you're on a budget. 

Shopping Tip: While coupon codes don't work for a lot of the brands I like to buy, they always work on AQUA items.

Shoes: Malone Souliers Mila 125 Platform Sandals

Monday, March 14, 2022

Muddy Metallic

You don't often see brown metallic dresses, but this surprising dress from Milly is both flattering and beautiful. Billed as "rose gold," the dress definitely has a muddier hue in person, but the metallic strands in the fabric work well to elevate the dress, making it more elegant and alluring.

The fit is especially flattering to curvier bodies, hugging the hips and waist, and would work well in fall and winter.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Metallic Pointelle Dress

Shoes: Sophia Webster Danae Crystal Strappy Sandals (no longer available)

These Sophia Webster shoes compliment the dress without being so matchy match. I just love them!

UPDATE:

Milly.com featured me on its home page on March 15, 2022:

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Back to Sweater Weather

I spoke too soon! March is such an unpredictable month, and today it's both rainy and cold in Atlanta. But at least it gives me a chance to wear this chic sweater dress from Ted Baker.


I was probably most drawn to the vibrant blue color. It's an absolutely stunning shade of blue that goes very well with my eyes and hair.

The dress does have some design flaws, though. The long bell sleeves tend to roll up, and the large skirt, made of a satin-like material, easily wrinkles. (Some people have complained that the skirt is a little too full -- but I actually like that! Drama in a dress is never a bad thing.)

The zipper in the back also weighs down the high neck, causing it to widen or even flop forward.

Other than that, though, it's a beautiful and comfortable winter dress, complete with pockets. It will work well on so many different body types, too, cinching you in at the waist and masking issues in the lower body.

Outfit Details


The dress is still available, but the blue color is sold out. Find it in colors like green and deep purple on sites like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Trinity Embellished Buckle Pumps 

I think of these shoes as my Cinderella shoes. It's probably the closest I'll ever come to wearing a glass slipper! These exact SJP shoes are no longer available, but check out the similar Abute style on the SJP shoes website.

Monday, March 7, 2022

In Bloom

It's going to rain all week here in Atlanta, but I truly feel like Spring is on its way. The temperatures have been so mild and I'm starting to see green sprouting up everywhere... hence, the reason I'm wearing green today.


Outfit Details


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Saresa 85 Glitter Pump (no longer available)

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Something Different

When Chapin saw me in today's dress, he was surprised; it's definitely not my usual style. But I was attracted to the overall look of this LIKELY dress, and I think it works!


Outfit Details


Find the dress at Saks, Bloomingdale's and the LIKELY website. I'm wearing a size two for reference, and the dress definitely runs large. The fit is meant to be a big baggie, though; you use the tie belt to really cinch in your waist.

The dress is corduroy, so it's a bit heavy, but combined with the color it's a perfect dress for fall or winter.


If my dress is fall, my shoes are spring... it's almost here!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Subtle Sexiness

This dress does a beautiful job showing off a woman's body -- without revealing too much skin. The design is perfect for showing off the arms, legs and waist, and the color is vibrant, bold and so eye-catching.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Sofie Mockneck Sheath Dress in Laguna Pink

Find the dress on the Black Halo website or at Saks. Nordstrom also has the dress in a chic houndstooth print.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Gem Sandals 

Here's a similar style by the same designer at Bloomingdale's and on the Sophia Webster website.

Today is a special day in my family -- my nephew, Max, is celebrating his fifth birthday. I wish Gail and her family lived closer so I could see them more. It's hard being a plane ride away. 

Happy Birthday, Max!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Shimmer Dot

It's feeling very spring-like in Atlanta today with the rain and the mild temperatures. I didn't even need to wear a jacket, so this chic maxi dress from Draper James (Reese Witherspoon's brand) was a perfect dress choice.

I love the ease of this dress, with it's flowing design and colorful metallic polka dot print. It really works for any season -- and on any body type.


Outfit Details

Dress: Draper James Tiered Tank Dress in Shimmer Dot

Shoes: Sophia Webster Freya Gold Platform Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but Sophia Webster has a variety of different styles of platform sandals in stock -- like these fiery Phoenix Platform Sandals. Wow! (Now I just need them to go on sale...) I love that this 90s fashion staple is back in style again.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

My Little Sis

I'm wearing the gift my sister, Laura, gave me for Christmas because it's her BIRTHDAY. I will always think of her as my "little" sister even though she's turning 38 today. I just can't believe that. Laura, I will always think of you as being in your 20s.


Outfit Details


The dress is still available for purchase on Amazon! Sugar Lips is a great (and affordable) brand that has some really cute dresses and tops for Spring. The line comes in regular and plus sizes, too. I'm wearing the XS size for reference.

I will forever think of the movie Overboard when I hear the phrase "Sugar Lips." Even though, as Liz Lemon (or was it actually Tina Fey) says, it's a movie about a man taking advantage of a woman with a head injury, it's still one of my favorite rom-coms.

Shoes: Oh...DEER! Wedges

The Oh... DEER! brand is not even around anymore. I've had these shoes for about 15 years, and since what's old is always new again at some point -- and chunky wedges are back in style -- I decided to pull them out of retirement. As I was taking my picture this morning, a woman walking nearby even shouted how much she loved them. Little did she know... I probably bought them in 2008!

Happy Birthday, Laura! Thanks for the beautiful dress. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Teal Cheetah

This Milly body con dress boasts a cheetah print in a surprising color: teal! It's super comfortable -- and certainly hugs every curve. The fabric has metallic strands woven through, so it looks even better in person.

Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Cheetah Print Metallic Body Con Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Tamara Mellon Talisman Beaded Watersnake and Suede Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, February 14, 2022

A Sweetheart of a Dress

It's Valentine's Day, the perfect occasion to wear red, pink... or both! This pleated candy confection from Milly features both Valentine's Day colors and even a sweetheart neckline for the ideal Hallmark holiday dress.


Outfit Details

Dress: Milly 'Jill' Pleated Dress in Red and Pink (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

After a fun Saturday night out, Chapin came to my office to have lunch with me today. He's been working so much lately, including most of the weekend, so it was nice to spend some extra time together in the middle of the day. He's my perfect Valentine.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

My Valentine

It's been years since Chapin and I have ventured out for a Valentine's Day dinner, but after a very stressful work week for us both, we decided to make a reservation at a local restaurant called Aziza to celebrate the holiday. It was fun to get dressed up and venture out for an evening with my husband. 2022 marks the 23rd Valentine's Day we have spent together. (We spent our first at the now defunct Dante's Down the Hatch in February 2000.)

The five course meal included a shared hummus for the table, three additional food courses and one dessert option.

Here is what I ate for our Valentine's Day meal:

  • Hummus No. 1: Braised Duck, Tahini, Pecans, Pomegranate 
  • Florida Oysters
  • Cauliflower with Tomato Butter, Creme Fraiche, Almonds and Za'atar
  • Scallops with Lobster Emulsion, Romanesco, Celeriac and Garden Herbs
  • For Dessert: Coconut Frangipane (Mango and Passion Fruit, Coconut Sorbet and Lychee)

It was an amazing meal! We also had cocktails and shared a bottle of Syrah!

For our evening out, I wore the Herve Leger dress Chapin gave me for Christmas, along with shoes and a purse by Sophia Webster. I got so many compliments on my purse throughout the evening.


Outfit Details:



It was a beautiful day in Atlanta, hovering around 70 degrees, so to end the evening with a fun meal out made the weekend very special. (I ran four miles outside in shorts it was so nice.) Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Classic Power Dress

The Black Halo Jackie O dress has been around 10+ years -- here I am wearing a blue version of the dress in 2011 -- but its classic look means it will always be in style. Talk about an investment piece! The Jackie O dress is the epitome of power dressing, and since I had an importation work presentation today, I wanted style on my side.

Outfit Details

Both the shoes and dress are still available for purchase!

Dress: Black Halo Jackie O Checkmate Sheath Dress

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Kate 100 Patent Pumps

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Vegan Dressing

Today's dress features what looks like a leather skirt, but is actually vegan (faux leather). The dress is so comfortable to wear and moves really well, a great combination of fun and sophisticated that works for multiple outings. I'm wearing it today to the office.

Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Chara Vegan Fit and Flare Dress in Olive

I'm wearing a size four, mainly because Alice + Olivia does run a little small, and my beefy, muscular arms sometimes don't fit in smaller dresses with long sleeves. Go figure! This size four is a perfect fit, though.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Delphine Mid Mules

These shoes scream summer, so I like the juxtaposition of a winter dress with summer shoes. The gold and olive play well together, and the decoration on the sandals (everything from coconuts to watermelon slices) adds a little extra color.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Bold Color, Bold Dress

I'm starting out the week in this chic red dress from one of my favorite brands: Black Halo! 

Black Halo dresses seem made for women with curves, and I love how this dress uses puffed shoulders and a belt to really draw attention to a nipped in waist.

The color is a perfect match with the aesthetic, showcasing a powerful and strong woman.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Maricopa Dress

The dress is available in several other colors and I'm wearing a size two for reference.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lani 100 Pumps

These pumps are super chic and a good contract with the bold red of the dress.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Blue Velvet

I'm just trying to stay warm on this chilly day in this fun velvet dress by Shoshanna. Features like the high neck and ruched skirt make it so flattering on different body types.


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Cassia Puff Sleeve Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Black Dochas 100 Crystal-Embellished Suede Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Dreaming of Spring

Winter is definitely my least favorite season, and snow days mean a lot less now that I have more flexibility with working from home.

When it's 30 degrees out, I find myself craving things that remind me of warmer days ahead... like this floral Black Halo dress.


Outfit Details


The puffed elbow-length sleeves and peachy pink floral print are so beautiful, but I was disappointed in the choice of material. The cotton has little give, and it will wrinkle immediately after you sit down. 

Shoes: Valentino Rockstud Crisscross d'Orsay Pumps in Gold (no longer available)

I had my hair trimmed over the weekend, and it feels so healthy again! It's amazing what a simple haircut can do for you.

Stay warm, Atlanta!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Searching for Fuchsia

Today's dress is comfortable and warm -- perfect for this chilly winter day.


Outfit Details

Dress: Milly Pointelle Jacquard Flare Dress in Black and Fuchsia (no longer available)

Shoes: Sophia Webster Rosalind Star Crystal Sandals

I love how these fuchsia Sophia sandals (technically the color is labeled "pink cherry metallic") bring out the fuchsia undertones in the dress.

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Power of Ruching

A ruched dress will work on any body type. It's perfect for hiding flaws and showcasing an hourglass figure. This Black Halo dress combines ruching with one of my favorite colors - royal blue - and a high neck for an overall very flattering outfit.

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Kobe Ruched Sheath Dress

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

I love monochromatic looks, which is why I chose to pair these neon blue pumps with the dress. But you could go with a variety of other colors as well, including gold, silver and black, or a printed pump or sandal. And yes -- my eye makeup is blue, too!