It’s been so dreary and gray in the ATL lately. So, I busted out some pastels to lighten my mood! My uniform lately has been layering a button up with a sweater.
I thought why not add a little sparkle to my uni?! This Stella & Dot Somervell necklace is exactly what this outfit needed. But that wasn’t enough. I need more sparkle (said in my best Christopher Walken voice)!
So I added some beautiful mint drop earrings my momma got me and a Kendra Scott bracelet. I love mint. I’m so happy this color became popular a few years ago and has stayed.
And yes, I added another Tippi sweater to my collection. When they are on sale plus an additional 40% off, it’s hard to resist!
Sweater – J. Crew Tippi; Shirt – Old Navy (old); Jeans – AG Angel Bootcut; Booties – Ash (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot Somervell; Bracelets – Kendra Scott Raegan and Henri Bendel; Earrings – gift, but similar here; Watch – Rolex; Ring – Lagos
Ok, immediately Paula Abdul came into my head when I was thinking about a title for this post. Y’all know what I’m talking about…Cold Hearted Snake! I hearted her so much back in the day. But, this post isn’t to reminisce on my fav tunes from my younger days.
It is however a post about how much I love this snake print J. McLaughlin dress! I loved their end of the season sale a few weeks back. I got this amazing number at a whopping $69, marked down from $235+. Now that my friends is a freakin’ fantastic deal in my book.
Now, I know it’s not about finding great deals and adding stuff to my closet for no reason. Before I decided to make the purchase, I did stand in the dressing room and thought of the different ways I could wear it. One key thing – it is work appropriate. It’s not too tight. It’s not too short. The print isn’t too loud and crazy for the office. Win-win. This fabric is also one of my favorite parts. It doesn’t wrinkle! I loathe ironing, so the less I have to do of it the better. And did I mention it has little pockets?! Love that cute detail.
I was lucky and Georgia had a beautiful almost 60 degree day last week. So no tights needed! I also could wear my peep toe booties. I hope my Northeastern readers don’t hate me too much since I know you are buried in snow up to the wazoo!
Dress – J. McLaughlin; Booties – Coach; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired La Coco); Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – David Yurman (similar)
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and got to spend it with your special someone.
Y’all know I love to get dressed up – and what better excuse than Valentine’s dinner. We celebrated in Highlands, NC, and let me tell you how chilly it was! So freakin’ cold! Literally the wind was howling. I really wanted to wear this red and pink dress, but I would have froze. So, luckily I bought this awesome DVF wrap dress on super sale at a great boutique, Rosenthal’s, on Saturday.
This dress immediately caught my eye. Just look at the print. It’s like a little optic illusion. And all of the colors at the bottom – just gorgeous. DVF wrap dresses are iconic. It’s fits wonderfully, but I definitely will have to wear a cami underneath to make it work appropriate. Love when I find dresses like this at 75% off…don’t hate on my knack on finding good deals :)
I have an obsession with Ted. Ted Baker that is. Not the stuffed bear with the wicked Boston accent :) I find his dresses to be so feminine and playful. And this dress is no exception.
I had my eye on it for a long time at Von Maur. And I watched. And I watched some more … until it was on its second mark down. SCORE! Gotta love the sales at Von Maur! I love the Peter Pan collar in the front and the back, and not to mention this great print. My kids were spinning me around trying to find all of the birds on it. It’s such a wonderful mix of color. Ted does it again.
My mom picked up these gorgeous little mint earrings for me for Christmas. I love that my hair is slightly long enough to pull back so I can start to show off my earrings! I also picked up this new Raegan cuff from Kendra Scott. Mint is one of my favorite colors, so I know this bracelet will be on heavy rotation, especially since it’s small and a good size for layering.
Dress – Ted Baker Eponi Pretty Trees; Tights – The Limited (old); Booties – Vince Camuto (old); Earrings – ?? Christmas present; Mint Cuff – Kendra Scott Raegan; Gold Cuff – Henri Bendel; Watch – Rolex
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The Little Black Dress. LBD. Do you have one? Or two or three or ten? Black is that universally flattering color for everyone. And who wouldn’t want to wear a color that flatters your figure? It’s a no brainer.
If you have followed me at all, you know I absolutely love color. So, I will admit, I do not bust out my LBDs very much. BUT…I have three great ones in my closet. One that is work appropriate with cap sleeves, a fun peplum with criss crossed back, and a body con with a little mesh at the top. If you do not own any black dresses and are a working girl like me, I suggest going with something that you could wear for work functions with maybe a sleeve and a length that works for your office culture.
On the other hand, if you want something a little more fun, I suggest going to the Dailylook to see their great LBD options. They have it all (yes, a few office appropriate, too)! I was recently inspired to put together a look.
I have curves (cue All About That Bass…all the right curves in all the right places!), and sometimes, yes, I want to show them off. That’s why in this set I chose a great pencil dress with a slightly lower neckline. I tend to love to pair black with leopard. Leopard is a staple in my wardrobe – and if you are afraid of it, get over your fear! It’s the best! What else do I love? A great red lip. Lipstick Queen has the best lipsticks; it has quickly become my favorite brand of lipstick that actually lasts.
Dailylook not only has great options for LBDs, but basically everything. There is inspiration everywhere on their site. Don’t forget to pin your favorite looks and use them later when you are in fashion slump…and are doing the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” when you are staring at a closet full of clothes. (Guilty as charged!)
Another great feature – Shop By Body Type. When you are shopping online, don’t you always wonder how that would look on you? With this feature, hopefully it will help you understand the cuts of some of the clothes and whether or not they would work for you.
So happy LBD shopping to you!!
Dailylook inspired this post and all opinions are my own.
I thought I would shop my closet and bust out some pieces I hadn’t worn for a while. Purple is one of my favorites colors – maybe not as much as blue – but I love a good purple and gray combination.
My parents (love them!) got me this Lagos ring for Christmas. It was one of those things that I saw last May on vacation and said “Oh, that would be an awesome Christmas present.” My momma listened. What I love about it, too, is that it fits perfectly. I have ridiculously small fingers, as in my ring finger is a 4.25. It fits like a glove and never slips to the side, especially since I’m typing or using a mouse all day.
So I jumped on the Kendra Scott wagon – and I’m loving my new Rayne necklace. It was hard to figure out what color combination I wanted! But, I did not have a long black and silver necklace, so that’s what I walked out of the store with. Love it!
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I have Spring Break on the brain I guess, based on my post yesterday. One of the main items of clothing I love to take – maxi dresses. Why? They are so versatile! Dress them up. Dress them down. Wear them during the day and at night for dinner. It’s a win win, especially if you have limited room in your suitcase.
These are the latest ones at Anthropologie that I am swooning over right now. Why is it every dress I want is so freakin’ expensive?! Ugh. Me and my stupid expensive taste. I will be watching these bad boys like a hawk for them to go on sale. Or I’ll use a Super Bowl analogy of watching those dresses like Butler watched that ball go right into his hands! (Go Pats!) So here are some of my favorite maxis:
I cannot believe it’s February! Where on earth did January go?! But that means one more month down until Spring Break. Which also means one more month down until you may have to get into a swimsuit. Some may be saying, “Bring. It. On.” Others may be saying, “Oh heck no. I’m not ready!” No matter what you say, you may be looking for some great new options for your upcoming trip (or even for summer).
Last year, I did a blog post about one piece swimsuits – and how they can be cute! Not everyone’s body is made for a bikini. In high school, I was that girl who wore the string bikini. And after mommyhood, stretch marks appeared. While they have faded, I’m still super self conscious and prefer to wear a one piece. The good thing? There are so many great one piece options!
My favorite one piece last year was Robin Piccone’s “Penelope” Crochet Overlay. It gives that illusion of a two-piece, but the coverage that I want. Currently I only see black online, but hopefully they will have more colors as Spring Break nears! Here is the swimsuit on a real body vs. a skinny mini model :)
Here are some great one piece options from Nordstrom.com. Love shopping Nordstrom.com – free shipping and returns. So you can order a few suits, even in multiple sizes, and just return them for free. Now that’s a great way to shop. Click on each image to see details.
Where do you love to buy swimsuits? Where do you have the best luck?
I love my work’s annual party. We all get dressed up and have a fantastic time eating, drinking, and playing with fake money at a Casino Night. For the second year (last year here), I went with my man Ted Baker for another fantastic dress. Last year, I went pale pink. This year I thought I would kick it up a notch with Ted Baker’s Jineen.
Oh I’m sorry. Did I blind you? It looks brighter on camera than in person. But y’all know I love me some color. And this my friends is the epitome of color. It was cold here in the ATL last weekend, so I had to put on black tights underneath because my legs were freezing (and let’s not lie…I didn’t want to shave my legs!).
When I knew I wanted to wear this dress, I went to my number one source for makeup and hair advice – my wonderful and talented cousin, Heather. She recommended a smokey brown eye and pale pink lip. So, that’s what I did! And I think her advice was spot on. I’m so lucky to be able to get her advice whenever I need it. Every woman needs a Heather.
I happened to have this necklace from J. Crew from last year. I think it really pulled together the black tights. Love the various colors of not only the pink, but blue, green, yellow, and black.
I own a lot of purses, but I don’t own a lot of “going out” bags. Luckily I had this great black clutch from Stella & Dot from a few years back. It was the perfect size to hold all of my stuff.
Let’s not leave out some of the wonderful women I work with – I’m so lucky! A couple of comments I heard about this photo: “Em, we look like we are at your bachelorette party” and “Are we your backup dancers or something?” Ha! Nothing like standing out :)
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Truthfully, my favorite weekend is when I don’t have to get ready and put make-up on or do my hair. All weekend. Like none of it. And showering at 3 in the afternoon. Relaxation (even though I workout hard on the weekends)…I love you so.
But yesterday, I wanted to head over and hit a few shops at the Avalon. It’s such a great place over there – and there is such a good mix of shops. (And I’m looking forward to Exhale to open so I can try out the classes!) So what does that mean? I actually had to shower and put on real clothes. :)
So I went for total comfort. I love that the lululemon Wunder Under leggings are easy to dress up. The only caveat is I want to make sure I wear a cardigan/sweater/shirt that is long enough to cover the booty. These cotton leggings are so comfortable; I love the way they feel.
I paired the leggings with this ridiculously comfy cardigan that I got about five years ago at The Loft. I hadn’t worn this retired Stella & Dot necklace in a while, which is gold, cream, and green, so I put a hunter green J. Crew Perfect Tee underneath. Again, I’ve had this t-shirt foreva! It washes so well.
So my comfy look was complete! Are you like me? Do you like to be comfy on the weekends?
Cardigan – The Loft (old but similar here); T-shirt – J. Crew (old but new colors here); Leggings – lululemon; Belt – Calvin Klein (old); Booties – Dolce Vita (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Sunglasses – Louis Vuitton (similar here)
Once I typed in that title, immediately in my head I cheered “Blue and gold, hey, beat those Dawgs.” Quick high school cheerleading moment there.
I recently had a Kendra Scott store open close to me, and I see so many bloggers that love her jewelry. So I had to stop in and check it out. It was wonderful! What beautiful designs and so many fantastic colors!
I picked up this Jackie Tie Necklace in gold and started playing with all of the different ways to wear it…with the help of the associate.
So it just had to come home with me. I have to say it a nice weight and I love the beautiful gold shine. The silver one was beautiful too, but I was looking for gold.
Let’s stop and talk a second about this blue cashmere sweater. I’ve never owned cashmere before because, well, the price points always turned me away. But…in walks a 75% off sale at C. Wonder, and I picked this beauty up at a whopping $35. Nope. That’s not a typo. $35. This cobalt blue is my favorite color, and I can see myself wearing this sweater for many years.
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In the South, there are a days of the winter where tights are not needed. Yay! So on a mild day, I decided to wear a dress and ditch the tights and just go with boot socks. And I wasn’t even chilly – don’t hate friends back in the Midwest!
This dress caught my eye a few months ago, but I didn’t want to pay full price. So I waited patiently. It was hard because I saw one of my favorite bloggers wear it, and I wanted to run to my nearest Anthro to pick it up. But, I resisted. Patience is a virtue…and pays off. Not only was it on sale, it was also another 25% off (click here).
Y’all know I have a slight obsession with Frye. I got these Carmen Inside Zip boots on sale, and they are quickly becoming my favorites. I love that they have a slight heel. For those of you with normal sized calves like me, they fit great, even with skinny jeans. I don’t buy boots with less than a 15″ shaft circumference.
I also love having little arm parties. My parents gave me this gorgeous Hermes bracelet for Christmas. Before you even say a word, yes, I know my parents have spoiled me and I’m blessed I get to call them MY parents! I used to have my friends ask me “Don’t your parents need one more daughter?!” Nope. They are all mine. Oh wait, is that the only child spoiled brat coming out? :)
Dress – Anthropologie Isabella Sinclair Colorstack Sweater Dress; Socks – Free People; Boots – Frye Carmen Inside Zip; Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Bracelets – Hermes and Henri Bendel; Watch – Michael Kors (similar)
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When I moved to the South almost five years, for some reason I didn’t think I would really need my winter coats anymore. Uh yeah. Wrong answer. I’ve had maybe two mild winters where I only had to wear my heavy winter coat a handful of times. My coats I have had for seven plus years were just getting worn. So when I saw the Black Friday sale at Ted Baker, I immediately told the hubs that I would pretty please love the Ted Baker Nevia Wool Coat under the tree :) I’m glad he had his listening ears on, since it showed up under the tree.
This coat is so versatile. Personally, I love how the funnel collar can stand tall and protect my face from the cold winter wind. I also love how you can fold the collar down as well.
If I had a complaint, it would have to be how the coat buttons. There is an inner button, but also the main button around the waist is buttoned internally. So, you really have to finagle the button. But I end up just wrapping the coat over and tying the belt and all is good :)
One thing I love about Ted Baker clothing is the attention to detail…hence the gorgeous lining! Just look at that print!
I hate cold hands. I always have gloves in every single coat I own. So I may or may not have purchased these gloves in the anticipation of unwrapping this coat. They are the softest leather! Oh, and they were on sale. And you can use them with your smartphone. Yay! No cold hands while answering a text!
Now, even though I LOVE my new coat and gloves…I’d love a mild Southern winter, Mother Nature :)
Now, I’ve been a lucy activewear girl for a while. I wanted to be the anti-lululemon. Why? Because it was the thing to buy. But recently I had one open up close to my house, and I’ve fallen in love with lululemon. Now, I know it’s pricey, but the pieces I’ve bought are such high quality and made with fantastic fabric that washes like a charm, it’s hard not to love that store!
These Skinny Groove Pant leggings are my absolute favorite workout pant I’ve ever bought. I feel like I’m wearing pajama pants. And I find myself just wearing them around the house constantly, too. I’ve found they do a great job of wicking away moisture. When I wore them to a Zumba class recently, this particular fabric did show a little booty sweat in the back creases, so if you are self conscious about that, you may want to stick with a dark or black color.
I also like that they have somewhat of a high rise. I can do deep squats and deadlifts and I don’t have to worry about these pants sliding down. And during Zumba, they stay put…which when I’m getting my dance on, the last thing I want to worry about is pulling my pants up!
And here’s another new favorite (which I got on sale in the store but it’s not on sale online) – the Race Your Pace 1/2 Zip. I constantly have cold hands, so the cuffins make me so happy. It’s the little things :) I wouldn’t recommend wearing this particular 1/2 zip in freezing temps, but it will do a good job with a shirt underneath in 40+ degree weather. This shirt does a great job of wicking sweat away under the arms.
The lulu Flow Into Crow headband is also my favorite – keeps my hair in place with NO slippage my entire workout!
Oh, and meet the Em with zero makeup on. Yep, this is the way I look when I go to the gym! I am NOT one of those girls who gets all dolled up to go to the gym. I could really care less what my hair and non-makeup face look like!
So…do you ever pick out your Christmas presents? While you are at the store? And watch it get put in a box? I rarely do that, but I definitely did with this adorable Wells jacket from J. McLaughlin. I had been on the hunt for a leather jacket, and when I saw it on sale in the store the middle of November, I had to tell the hubs to put it under the tree for me. I didn’t want it to be gone! Which is a good thing because now it’s gone on the website!
It is such a great quality jacket. I heart it so much. Nothing better than super soft buttery leather (wow that’s a lot of adjectives!). For this outfit, I paired it with yet another Christmas present – the Frye Patty Riding Bootie. Ok, ok. I have a slight obsession with Frye. But you can’t blame me for loving good quality shoes! And I take really good care of them so I know they will last forevaaaa!
Jacket – J. McLaughlin (sold out online); Shirt – Banana Republic; Jeans – AG Absolute Legging; Booties – Frye Patty Riding Bootie; Watch – Michael Kors; Necklace – fab’rik; Sunglasses – D&G (similar)
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Now, I know leather pants have been in style for a bit, but I hadn’t jumped on the trend. One reason why? Fear. Fear of how my body/legs would look in them. So, while I was at Von Maur, I said “What the heck do you have to lose by trying on a pair?” (I should also add they were on the sale rack, so I was much more tempted to try them on.) These 7 For All Mankind faux leather pants seemed harmless…and had LOTS of stretch.
So much stretch that I actually had to size down! That’s not common when I try on jeans, so I was a little shocked…but I’ll take it!
And I loved them! They are actually really comfortable! The only negative I have is that the dye REALLY rubs off. Like on everything. It says to wash them before you wear them, and they are hand wash only. Ugh. Well, I wanted to wear them to the Timberlake concert that same night, so I was just hoping I didn’t rub dye off on anything too important :)
So with my new faux leather pants, I wanted to add a softer, lighter fabric shirt. I received this in my last Stitch Fix. I’m all about details, and this shirt fits the bill. Great print. Buttons down the back. Sheer (but came with the cami). Cutouts around the next and arms. It worked perfectly with my pants.
Since the weekend after Thanksgiving, our house has been a little busier. Why you may ask? We have the pitter patter of four new paws.
Yes, some people thought we were crazy adding another dog to the house, especially since our Frenchie Daisy Mae is such a diva. But our hearts felt we needed to rescue another St. Bernard.
Our journey with Saints began in June 2003 back in Illinois. We rescued a 3-year old smooth coat Saint from the Illinois chapter of the St. Bernard Rescue Group. Gabby became our first baby. Well, a big baby. She came with a sad story of neglect, so we couldn’t wait to shower her with lots of love. When we lost her to old age in April 2011, it was rough. She was such a huge part of our family – and our kids loved her so much.
So we added Daisy to our family shortly after Gabby passed. And don’t get me wrong, we love Daisy to death, but…our hearts missed our gentle giant. We had gone from 110 lbs. of a lovable giant to 23 lbs. of a diva made of pure muscle. Occasionally over the years we would check the St. Bernard Rescue Group’s adoptions, just wondering what dogs needed forever homes.
At the end of November, the hubs was checking the site, without my knowing. And of course what showed up in Tennessee? Three smooth coat puppies. He said it was meant to be. Puppies don’t last long in the adoption world, so he contacted the TN group.
Rosie and her sister and brother had been relinquished by a backyard breeder. He couldn’t sell them and make money, so he just dumped them at the Rescue Group to handle. I guess at least he didn’t just turn them into a shelter. But still…why are you a breeder? Just to make money? Makes me sick. Most breeders I’ve ever encountered are pure dog lovers – and they have a huge brood of their own. (And they don’t care their houses have been destroyed by puppies chewing everything!) I guess at least we got her before she was abused or neglected. When we had Gabby it was hard because at age three, she had so many years of neglect and a back story we didn’t know.
So we got to adopt and rescue this beautiful 7-month old girl. It made our hearts happy giving her a great home. Now, the first few days were a little rough with Daisy, but now they constantly are together. And we pay close attention on how much love we give Daisy – making sure it is equal amongst the “siblings.”
Rosie is such a sweetheart. You just want to lie on the floor and snuggle with her (which I find myself doing a lot of). She wasn’t consistently potty trained, so we are still having a few accidents – and boy had I forgotten how big bladders Saints have! She is great with all of the kid’s friends, and she’s starting to open up meeting Oliver the Newfie and Ozzie the Great Pyrenees down the street. It’s important to me that she is socialized with other dogs besides Daisy. Her favorite thing to do daily is to take every single toy out of the basket and throw them all over the first floor of the house. :)
If you haven’t rescued and/or adopted a dog before, it’s such a wonderful feeling. There are thousands of dogs out there that need loving homes! If I could, I’d have ten more dogs! If you can’t adopt a dog, always remember that rescue groups and shelters are always in need of donations. Before Saints are adopted, for instance, they are spayed or neutered and brought up their shots. And let’s not forget how much food can cost! While it’s almost the end of 2014, you still have time to get your tax deductible donations in!
One thing I love about living in the South is the winters are milder (for the most part) than the Midwest. In the almost five years I’ve lived here, most of the time I can get away with wearing a sweatercoat. I needed to retire one I had had for years, as it was getting so stretched out and starting to pill. Just so happened I saw this gorgeous Wendi Reed Striped Chevron Sweatercoat in Anthro’s catalog in November.
I wanted to wear it for a while before I reviewed it on the blog. Sometimes I see people review something they have worn once, which I don’t think that’s quite enough time to give a garment a good review.
So after many wears, I can tell you that I LOVE THIS COAT! And here’s why:
- Just the right thickness – not too thick that you can’t move and not too thin that it actually doesn’t keep you warm.
- Length – I love coats that hit below the booty. When I get in car on a cold morning, I don’t want my body to go into cold shock from the cold leather seats :)
- Color – it has a wonderful pattern of neutrals. It has browns, grays, blacks so you can wear it with so much. I get so many compliments I can’t even tell you!
- Belt – it’s long enough to be able to tie it into a cute bow.
- Hood – if you are really cold or it’s drizzly out, you can pull up the hood.
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I’ve been traveling a bit and have kind of neglected the blog (sorry, blog), but I get a week and a half off of work so maybe I’ll actually get caught up on some posts I’ve been wanting to do…just maybe :)
I love a great red dress. I love it even more when I can wear it to work too! This cute Betsey Johnson dress jumped off the rack at me at Nordstrom. Not only did I love the color, but fit and flare is by far my favorite dress shape.
The texture of this dress is perfect for winter. Makes me think of a cable knit ski sweater. I wanted to pair it with black tights and pops of animal print. If you’ve ever read my blog, you know I love animal print.
This gold necklace I got from Stella & Dot years ago, and it has become a great staple piece. It goes with everything – so simple, yet elegant and makes a subtle statement at the same time. They have a similar style now that you can find here.
I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Hopefully Santa brings you everything you wished for!
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One thing I love about Georgia’s winters are you can (most of the time) get away with layering to stay warm without having to wear a jacket. To me, this is fantastic after growing up in Illinois. I find layering a button up and sweater is one of the easiest outfits for me in the late fall and winter.
I’ve been loving C. Wonder lately…as I posted about my great find last week, too. The colors of this sweater just screamed at me at the store. I knew I had a few different ways I could wear it. One being, over a striped button up I have. Pair it with some jeans and booties. And there you have it! Easy peasy!