Favorite Things – Sweaty Bands Headbands

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My hair is not long enough to just throw back in a pony tail. I’ve got to have some sort of band to hold my short bangs back. Because what is worse than your sweaty bangs flopping in your face while you are working out? Well I’m sure some things are worse – but you get the point.

I had a hard time finding workout headbands that actually hold my hair back AND DO NOT FALL OUT OF PLACE. Whoah you say…you just used all caps. That’s right. I’ve tried lucy and lululemon bands and they don’t hold a candle to Sweaty Band headbands! When I had those brands on, I had to constantly reposition them because they would start slipping. So aggravating while dancing in Zumba and your headband just falls on the floor mid-dance.

Sweaty Bands do not slip. Once I put it in my hair for a workout, that’s the first and last time I’ll touch it until I’m home and ready to take it out of my hair. The fabric on the underside is a velvety feel, and that is the magic trick. I was lucky enough to try out one for free…my company actually has customized ones that we give to clients. And it’s black polka dot design. Love dots!

Sweaty Bands Headband

Sweaty Bands Headband

I can’t recommend these headbands enough. It’s the best $15 you will spend for your hair. And they aren’t just for working out! Anyone who wants a cute patterned headband should shop this great band. You won’t be disappointed. If you are…well, you won’t be so I don’t have to worry! :)

Here and here are some great black and white options! There are also a ton of designs on their website.

Fit and Flare Yet Again…kate spade Selma Dress

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kate spade selma dress

kate spade selma dress

I’m such a sucker for fit and flare dresses. It’s hard to resist that style, especially that brand when it’s on Haute Look at such a great price…in such a great color! Y’all know I’ve said blue is one of my favs, even though this dress is called “venusblue,” which is a first for me. I don’t think they have made that into a crayon yet. :)

When asked how she is aging gracefully, Barbara Bush said by wearing her pearls. Pearls are classics and come in so many varieties and colors. I have a mix of fake and real on here…can you tell which is which?! If you don’t have a good pearl necklace, earrings, or bracelet…what on earth are you waiting for? They are staples!

Dress – kate spade Selma Dress (here and here); Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Bracelets – Lagos and Made from Vintage Chanel Button; Earrings – passed to me from my momma <3

Bedazzled Minus the Bedazzler – Ted Baker Pencil Skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

Nothing is better than a great print! I love a good pencil skirt, and I had my eye on this Ted Baker Crystal Droplets for a while. My favorite detail – the zipper that goes up the back. The little details make all the difference. I started out wearing a light pink shirt, and it looked ok, but I think the black pulled the print detail out even more. I’ve had this shirt forevaaaaaaa, and I knew I kept it for a reason.

Shirt – BCBGMaxAzria (old); Skirt – Ted Baker Crystal Droplets (sold out); Shoes – Ash (old); Bracelet and Earrings – Stella & Dot (old); Watch – Rolex

Eliza J Striped Fit and Flare

eliza j striped fit and flare

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eliza j striped fit and flare

Oh fit and flare…how I love thee…let me count the ways. This style of dress is by far my most favorite. It flatters almost every figure, and I love the way it fits my body type. I am always drawn to the navy and green combo; it’s been a favorite of mine for a long time. So when I saw this at Nordstrom’s big sale a few weeks ago, I knew I had to try it on. It ran small, so I had to order a size up. Of course they didn’t have the larger size, so I had to order it from another store. But, I love how Nordstrom will ship it to you for free!

Thought I would pair the dress with my absolute favorite brown sandals, which I may add that I have had for six years now. They go with so much! I remember my momma buying me these for my birthday one year. What a great present that has lasted so many seasons now! Gotta love great gifts like that :)

Dress – Eliza J Striped Fit and Flare; Shoes – Charles by Charles David (old); Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – Henri Bendel and Spartina (both old); Earrings – Coach (old)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Ted Baker Catina Cascading Floral Dress

ted baker catina cascading floral sheath dress

ted baker catina cascading floral sheath dress

ted baker catina cascading floral sheath dress

ted baker catina cascading floral sheath dress

ted baker catina cascading floral sheath dress

I know I know. Another Ted Baker. But this one is not my fault. I swear! My sweet hubs bought this for me because he thought I would look good in it. What a sweet gesture…and a self-esteem booster.

It was perfect for a wedding I went to last weekend. Even though I do have to say this fabric does NOT breathe. Like at all. Us girls were dancing like crazy, thus sweating up a storm. Whoah. I was so sweaty! Thank goodness the fabric is dark. But, it’s such a great stretchy fabric; I could even move on the dance floor. And that’s so important in my book :) TB strikes again with a gorgeous sheath.

Dress – Ted Baker Catina; Shoes – Steve Madden; Bracelets – C. Wonder and Henri Bendel (old); Watch – Rolex; Clutch – Stella & Dot (old); Earrings – kate spade (old)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

kate spade Blooms Della Dress

kate spade blooms della sheath dress

kate spade blooms della sheath dress

kate spade blooms della sheath dress

kate spade blooms della sheath dress

kate spade blooms della sheath dress

Do you ever stalk clothes? This is one dress I stalked at Nordstrom. This print. Love absolutely everything about it. The bright Irish kelly green. The hot pink and blue flowers. Color, color, and more color! It suits me to a tee. So when Nordstrom put this baby on sale – BAM – I jetted to my local store to try it on. And yeah. I fell in love. So it came home with me. Yeah I know. Y’all are so shocked. Not really :)

Dress – kate spade new york Blooms Della; Necklace – J. Crew (old); Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old)

Stripes and Flowers – Ted Baker Laya Midi Dress

Ted Baker Laya Peony Midi Dress

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Ted Baker Laya Peony Midi Dress

Looking back at these pictures, I think I am totally channeling my inner Steel Magnolia huge southern hair! But I’m ok with that because I heart this Ted Baker Laya Peony dress so much. I first had my eye on it a few months back at Bloomies, before they even had it online. It’s seriously like a gorgeous cotton nightgown, it’s that comfortable. And y’all know I love Ted Baker’s prints. The floral pastels mixed with the navy stripes is beautiful. Not necessarily a unique combination, but the placement of the pattern on the dress just drew me in.

And…I’d like to give my baby girl a shoutout today. It’s her 11th birthday! As we were watching old home videos this last weekend, I was watching a sassy 4-year old that loved to be in front of the camera. She’s blossoming into such a wonderful young woman. Caring, passionate, loving…are just a few of her wonderful characteristics. I tell her everyday how much I love her…and I hope she never gets sick of it because I’ll never stop telling her.

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Dress – Ted Baker Laya Peony Midi; Shoes – Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old); Watch – Rolex; Ring – Lagos; Bracelets – Lagos, David Yurman (similar), and Henri Bendel (similar)

Stripes on Stripes

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I love to play with mixing prints, but I’ve never mixed my stripes. Until now. Stripes mixed. I was going to go with the same solid color t-shirt until I stopped myself and told myself to try something new! So here’s the result! With the blue and red, I guess I was still feeling patriotic after Memorial Day. :)

Top – Joie via Haute Look; Skirt – BCBGMaxAzria (old); Cami – The Limited; Shoes – Kohl’s (old); Necklace – Kendra Scott; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelet – hand-me-down from my momma

Toucan Sam on a Dress – Ted Baker Valeena

Ted Baker Valeena paisley toucan midi dress

Ted Baker Valeena paisley toucan midi dress

Ted Baker Valeena paisley toucan midi dress

Ted Baker Valeena paisley toucan midi dress

Ted Baker Valeena paisley toucan midi dress

Yes, I know this dress is tight. The hubs was sweet enough to buy this for me, but it was a little too snug :) But I thought I would go ahead and snap some shots in it before I returned it. This is one of three dresses, and since I could wear the other two more, I didn’t exchange it for a bigger size.

But…how fun is this print? Toucan Sam. Macaws. Jewels. Hibiscus. <3 I am never one to shy away from color or loud prints, so I really love this dress. One thing I love about Ted Baker dresses is they are made so well and the fabrics are so substantial, that even is you are smooshing (I know that’s not an official word, but I like it) your body into it, it smoothes out all of your flaws. If you are paying a decent amount of money on a dress, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying another $65 for Spanx. This also have a zipper all the way down the back of the dress. Love how the print of two blue jewels comes together at the top on the back. Small details are a big deal in my book.

What do you think about loud prints? Would you wear Toucan Sam on your dress? :)

Dress – Ted Baker Valeena; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – Stella & Dot, Henri Bendel, local jeweler, Banana Republic Factory; Earrings – Stitch Fix

Dressing Up Jeans with a Blazer

Ted Baker blazer and tee

Ted Baker blazer and tee

Ted Baker blazer and tee

Ted Baker blazer and tee

Ted Baker printed tee

So…I used to wear blazers all the time when I had to dress in business attire at a former job. After I had to wear them for 7 years, they got a major break. But I’m not sure why. Blazers are so versatile. You can wear them (obviously) with a suit or just step up a t-shirt and jeans.

Y’all know I heart Ted Baker. And when Haute Look just had it on a few weeks ago, I jumped at getting a few pieces. I scored this great ecru blazer and printed tee. I love the inside lining of the blazer. And the print of this tee. Yeah. I love it. The soft pastel colors are just so freakin’ pretty! I felt so feminine just wearing these pieces.

Thought I would throw on my favorite skinnies and pumps – and voila! Great outfit for work. Gotta love when outfits just come together – especially when I’m rushed to get myself and the kiddos ready for the school and workday. Thank goodness summer break is almost here!!!

Blazer – Ted Baker; T-shirt – Ted Baker (similar); Jeans – Joe’s; Pumps – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Target; Earrings – kate spade (similar); Bracelets – local shop and Michael Kors (similar); Watch – Rolex

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Ikat Dress Anyone?

Jude Connally Rachel Dress Ikat

Jude Connally Rachel Dress Ikat

Jude Connally Rachel Dress Ikat

Jude Connally Rachel Dress Ikat

My Jude Connally maxi I bought last year was one of my favorites. Not only the pattern, but the fabulous fabric. It doesn’t wrinkle and you can easily throw it in the wash. Easy peasy in my book. When I tried this Jude Connally on last month, I instantly fell in love. Who doesn’t love a great print…in your favorite colors…with pockets…and is work appropriate. All around wins in my fashion book.

I happen to have these blue wedges that matched perfectly with the bright blue hearts in the ikat pattern <3. Such an easy outfit to put together!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Dress – Jude Connally Rachel (same cut but different pattern); Shoes – Seychelles (old); Necklace – Spartina; Bracelet – Henri Bendel; Watch – Rolex

DVF Black and White Sheath

I always gravitate towards color. If it’s not super colorful, it has to have some sort of interesting feature to draw me in. And … in comes this DVF dress!

DVF Black and White Star Sheath Dress

Not only does the front have an awesome abstract-ish star print…

DVF Black and White Star Sheath Dress

It wraps around and has a completely different pattern on the back!

DVF Black and White Star Sheath Dress

DVF Black and White Star Sheath Dress

Love how the back dips into a V as well. Gives it just an added twist to spice up the basic black and white color. And not to digress too much, but can I tell you how I’m loving this weather?! I think I’ve worn pants maybe twice in the last two weeks. I love throwing on a dress or skirt. My legs like to breathe – even though that means I have to shave. Argargargarg :)

Dress – DVF (cheaper here but returnable here); Bracelet – Lagos; Earrings – made of vintage Chanel buttons; Ring – Hera; Pumps – Christian Louboutin

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Brighter the Better

Ted Baker Blisse Chameleon Print Tee

Ted Baker Blisse Chameleon Print Tee

Taking a vacation to the Caribbean is the perfect time to wear your bright, tropical-colored clothes! This Ted Baker Blisse Chameleon Print Tee just fit in when we stopped in Cozumel. Tropical flowers and adorable chameleons and jewels – oh my! I thought with such a bright shirt might as well turn up the brightness a notch with bright green shorts! Why not?!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Shirt – Ted Baker; Shorts – J. Crew; Sandals – Sam Edelman; Earrings – Kendra Scott Danielle; Watch – Rolex; Sunnies – Louis Vuitton (similar)

Soma’s Foldover Striped Maxi Dress

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I love stripes! And I love Soma dresses! So I knew the combo would be a win-win when I saw this online. I own a few Soma dresses, and the fabrics they use are always so soft and comfortable – and don’t wrinkle! While I was on vacation, I knew I wanted something I could throw on quickly in the morning – and this dress fit the bill. Oh…and did I mention this can also be a maxi skirt?! Yeppers! Just fold that top half down and you are good to go.

Another bonus about this dress – it’s on sale! It’s half off. I highly recommend this dress – but size down.

I didn’t get a standalone picture, but here’s one with one of our favorite princesses :)

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Anthropologie Sabado Dress

Anthropologie Sabado Dress

Anthropologie Sabado Dress

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Anthropologie Sabado Dress

This was a great dress to take on vacation. It’s comfortable – and it didn’t wrinkle in my suitcase! The bottom half is jersey material, and I love the asymmetric circle hem. It was perfect was walking around Grand Cayman. And this is the third year I’m wearing these Sam Edelman Gigi sandals. They go with everything! Versatile sandals are perfect for vacations because it means I don’t have to pack other shoe options. More room in my suitcase for other things!

Dress – Anthropologie Sabado by Dolan (other coloring option online); Sandals – Sam Edelman Gigi; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Bracelet – David Yurman; Watch – Rolex; Sunnies – Louis Vuitton (similar); and the ever-fashionable FitBit Flex :)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Birds of a Feather – Marc by Marc Jacobs Nightingale Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Nightingale Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Nightingale Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Nightingale Dress

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I love how feminine this dress is. I own maybe one other midi dress, so I was hesitant to try this on. But, you always have to step outside of your fashion box sometimes. I love prints, and this print is bold yet neutral. Does that even make any sense?! :) As soon as I tried this on, felt the wonderful fabric, did a couple of twirls, saw the ridiculous sale price, I decided it needed to come home with me. (Y’all know I’m a sucker for a ridic sale!) Even with a midi, I wanted to keep my legs looking long, so I paired it with a neutral shoe.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Dress – Marc by Marc Jacobs Nightingale (no longer available); Pumps – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – Hermes and Henri Bendel; Earrings – The Limited (so old but my favs!)

Ted Baker Skater Dress

Ted Baker Skater Dress

Ted Baker Skater Dress

Ted Baker Skater Dress

Ted Baker Skater Dress

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Ted Baker Skater Dress

If y’all have followed my blog, y’all know I have a slight obsession with Ted Baker. For our wedding anniversary, we dressed up and went out to a nice dinner. So…perfect occasion for busting out my Ted Baker skater dress! I scored this at Nordstrom Rack for a whopping $80. Don’t hate. I have a knack for finding awesome deals :)

And I’m never afraid of color, so the brighter the better! Add a spray tan…the perfect nude pump….pretty pearls….and voila! The look is complete! I love the fabric of the skater dress – and there are great colors out right now. It has the right amount of stretch, and the fit and flare style is flattering on so many people.

Dress – Ted Baker London; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Bracelet – Lagos; Necklace – Borsheim’s; Earrings and Ring – so old I can’t remember!; Watch – Rolex

Linking up The Pleated Poppy.

Annie Griffin Silk Blouse

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annie griffin silk blouse

annie griffin silk blouse

annie griffin silk blouse

Sometimes a beautiful shirt just makes me happy. Yep. This one included. I scored this beauty at Annie Griffin’s warehouse sale in Atlanta. I just fell in love with the colors. I’ve added quite a few silk blouses to my closet. They are just easy outfits – just pair it with skinnies and some great jewelry…and walk out the door! Easy peasy.

And yes, I’ve jumped on the Kendra Scott Rayne bandwagon. But this necklace goes with so much! Versatile jewelry is the best kind of jewelry.

Shirt – Annie Griffin (similar, but a lot more than I paid!); Jeans – AG Absolute Legging; Shoes – Isaac Mizrahi (no longer available); Necklace – Kendra Scott; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Bracelet – Henri Bendel; Sunnies – kate spade

Annie Griffin Hudson Maxi Dress

Annie Griffin Hudson Maxi Mykonos

Annie Griffin Hudson Maxi Mykonos

When I saw this Annie Griffin Hudson Maxi dress at Poppy’s, a local Atlanta boutique, I was unsure about the Mykonos pattern. I was shopping with my coworkers and they said I had to try it on. So…I did. And I fell in love. The fabric is gorgeous – and surprisingly doesn’t even wrinkle being silk. It’s the perfect mix of colors – purples with a touch of green and orange. You know when you try something on and it’s just right? This is the dress. It was perfect to wear to a wedding last weekend.

David Yurman pearl ring and bangles

I thought I would add in some silver touches. These Yurman pieces are special to me, as they were all gifts from my mom and dad over the years (yeah, I know…I have amazing gift-giving parents!). I love layering the different bracelets. They are such classics that I will wear forever. Nothing better than having jewelry that is timeless!

Dress – Annie Griffin Hudson Maxi in Mykonos; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Ring – David Yurman; Bracelets – Yurman and Yurman; Watch – Rolex

What I Wore For My Disney Cruise Dinners

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For spring break, we ventured on the high seas on the Disney Magic. This was our fourth Disney cruise, so we knew the drill. But I’m sure you can imagine what I love doing most on the cruise? Dressing up each night for dinner! If y’all haven’t noticed if you have followed by blog, I have an obsession with dresses (say it isn’t so!). Cruises are the perfect opportunity to get gussied up.

I’d thought I would put this post together because my other run down of outfits from the last cruises is my number one post of all time. Crazy! So here we go!

First night was cruise casual. It happened to also be Easter Sunday, so I thought this dress was a little Easter mixed with a little Caribbean.

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lilly pulitzer

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Dress – Lilly Pulitzer (last season); Shoes – Charles by Charles David (old); Bracelet – Henri Bendel; Watch – Rolex; Purse – Louis Vuitton

The second night was formal night. I was so excited to wear this dress again. I first wore it in January to my work’s annual party. But this time was a whole separate look – no tights, no pumps, no necklace, and hair pulled back. It was so interesting seeing what some people thought “formal night” really was. But to each his/her own when it comes to fashion. But I’m pretty sure cargo khaki shorts and a polo shirt aren’t in the category of formal :) Oh…and if you watched the RHOBH reunion show, this is the dress Kim Richards had on!

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Dress – Ted Baker Jineen; Bracelets – Henri Bendel; Shoes – Ash (last season); Earrings – via Stitch Fix

On the girl – Dress by Ruby Rox at Von Maur

The next night was cruise casual again, and I couldn’t wait to wear this new Ted Baker Distinguishing Rose dress. I love everything about this dress, especially the tulip hem. It’s all in the details!

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ted baker distinguishing rose dress

ted baker distinguishing rose dress

Dress – Ted Baker Distinguishing Rose; Bracelet – C. Wonder; Shoes – Charles by Charles David

I’ve had this beauty since the end of last season. I got it on super sale at the kate spade outlet store. I saw it on a blogger last year and fell in love. But, I wasn’t in love with the price tag. Good things come to those who wait! Snatched it up as I knew it would be perfect for cruising!

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Dress – kate spade (last season); Bracelet – Spartina; Shoes – yep! Charles by Charles David again!

We dined in the adult-only restaurant, Palo. If you go on a Disney cruise, you must eat here. YOU MUST. (Or if you are on the Dream or Fantasy, here AND Remy’s!) It’s a little fancier, and I had yet another dress that was begging to be worn in my closet. I love the red and pink combo here!

jay godfrey colorblock dress

jay godfrey colorblock dress

Dress – Jay Godfrey through Rue La La; Shoes – Steve Madden; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel; Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired)

This next night was actually semi-formal night. Well, this wasn’t what I had planned to wear, but it worked out perfectly. I love a good maxi and this one is no exception. I knew when Anthro came out with this beauty it had to be mine (insert villainous laugh here!).

SB by Sachin and Babi Marisol Maxi Dress

SB by Sachin and Babi Marisol Maxi Dress

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Dress – Anthropologie SB by Sachin and Babi Marisol Maxi Dress; Bracelet – C. Wonder; Shoes – you guessed it…Charles by Charles David

On the girl – dress from Kohl’s IZ Amy Byer

So this pretty much sums up my evening attire. I’m saving my day outfits for separate posts, so you’ll have to come back and visit – or follow the blog! If you noticed, I wore my nude color Charles by Charles David wedges with about 75% of my dresses. I LOVE THESE SHOES! They are from a couple of season ago and need to be replaced, but I haven’t found the perfect pair yet. The leather is so scuffed at the front of the toe…I must drag my toes when I walk sometimes and not realize it.

Just remember when you are trying to figure out what to pack for a cruise: it’s really wear what you want to wear. Although in Palo or Remy, they are pretty strict (I believe guys need a jacket and women a dress, skirt or suit). It’s all about having fun! And my fun was getting dressed up!

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