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

annie griffin silk blouse

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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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!

ted baker distinguishing rose dress

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!

Love the Wrap Dress

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Wrap dresses are great for so many body types. I have had quite a few in my wardrobe over the years. They are just a great go-to dress. This is another dress I got on my latest Stitch Fix. My stylist, Emily, knocked this one out of the park. I saw the pattern first before I even knew it was a wrap dress, and I knew I would love it. Blue is one of my favorite colors, so that already had it going for it :)

On a side note, I can’t say enough good things about the Henri Bendel Carlyle Satchel. This is the second Carlyle bag I have, and this leather is just so soft. And if you are like me and carry everything and the kitchen sink, this bag is for you. I’ve noticed they put it out in various colors every season, so if you don’t see a color you like now, check back! (Oh, and they do put them on sale…I got both of my bags half off!)

Happy Monday, everyone!

Dress – via Stitch Fix; Shoes – Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old); Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex; Necklace – via Stitch Fix; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Purse – Henri Bendel

Rose For A Rose

DVF Paris Dress

DVF Paris Dress

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DVF Paris Dress

This dress’s print just makes me happy. Who doesn’t love roses?! And who isn’t excited that I can wear this sleeveless dress outside?! With no coat on. In April. This is why I heart living in the south. Here’s to putting away the coats until next November!

Dress – DVF (sold out); Shoes – The Limited (old); Earrings – Kendra Scott Alexandra;  Sunnies – Kate Spade (similar); Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex

Diaries of the Dressing Room

Hello! Thought I would capture some of my latest dressing room shopping excursions. I love trying on clothes…but that’s probably obvious by how much I love to shop :)

First stop was Poppy’s of Atlanta in Buckhead. They never disappoint in the cute dress department! This first Jude Connally fit and flare fit like a dream (similar but different fabric). His fabrics are amazing and travel so well. If y’all remember, I loathe ironing.

Jude Connally Rachel Dress

Next, Annie Griffin’s Hudson Maxi in the Mykonos pattern. They were having a trunk show that day, and I was drooling over all of the great patterns. And who doesn’t love a good maxi?! I couldn’t believe how long this was, as I’m just a little shy of 5’8″!

Annie Griffin maxi

Up next, Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square Mall. Their Ted Baker section is huge. It was hard not to grab everything to try on. Darn you, Ted, and your fabulous new prints. But here’s what I took with me to the dressing room. These first two were Bloomingdale’s exclusive pieces. I love the shirt’s pattern. And a hot pink skirt – how fun!

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I saw this skirt online. I thought the jeweled pattern was fun. The best detail is the zipper going up the entire back of the skirt. It has a great stretch to it as well. The cami ran a little small, but I love the fabric and neckline.

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This dress was calling my name! The style. The pattern. The print. The adorable tulip hem on the side. The pockets. Ted knocked this one out of the park.

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The knit dress was so comfortable. And it literally felt like it was made for me. And I loved the midi length.

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For fun, I tried on this cute Clover Canyon two piece outfit. Just because I’m a mommy doesn’t mean I can’t at least try on this trend. I really wanted to see how my stomach looked in the crop top. I didn’t think it looked too bad! (Can’t find this anywhere online – it must be a Bloomie’s exclusive.)

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And last but not least, Anthropologie. Love walking around that store. I have to say, remember to look under the tables! So many things are hiding under there! These adorable shorts caught my eye. I’m a sucker for a cute pattern. This tank was really soft and I loved the little pocket.

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I’m always on the hunt for dresses that I can wear to work. This one had a higher neckline and great length. The bottom part is a great jersey fabric that is ridiculously comfortable.

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This was the second time I tried this stripe dress on. It’s a stiffer fabric, but it’s so freakin’ cute! I had to size up and wanted to see how it fit again.

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So…what do you think I bought? And if you say everything … wrong answer :)

Fitness Friday – Extra 30% Off at lucy

I am in workout gear during some point of my day seven days a week. So … I own a lot of workout gear. I’ve always loved lucy and have written about it a few times on the blog. It washes like a charm. I still have pants that I’ve had for almost three years and they still have their same stretch and haven’t pilled at all. People constantly ask “Is it really worth the money? Isn’t all workout gear the same?” In my opinion, no, it isn’t.

I think lucy is completely worth the money. But you know what’s great right now? They are having an additional 30% off their sale items! This is the perfect time to pick up some new workout gear if you’ve been waiting for the price points to drop.

My favorite pants are definitely the Hatha, Ultimate X-Training, and Perfect Core. I like that these three styles have a higher rise. No one (or at least this girl!) doesn’t want to do squats and have their arse show. They have perfect stretch, hold everything in, and are thick enough not to show any trouble areas.

Perfect Core Pant

Perfect Core Pant

Hatha Legging

Hatha Legging

Ultimate X-Training Capri

Ultimate X-Training Capri

As far as tops go, I love the Crossbank Tanks. I really don’t like working out in t-shirts or tank tops, so these are my go-to top for working out. It is medium support and I wear it for everything – lifting, barre, yoga, Zumba. This is a staple tank for them, so they always have it is great colors and prints each season.

Crossback Tank

Crossback Tank

I also love a good pullover. They are so versatile – workout in them, throw them on to go to the gym, keep you warm on a chilly morning jog, or just wear it around the house. The Keep The Pace Half Zip is one of my favs. I’ve gotten all of mine during these sales…and I have four of them. (Don’t judge me!) Again, they always have these in great colors!

Keep The Pace Half Zip

Keep The Pace Half Zip

So happy workout gear shopping, everyone! Grab them while you can!

Latest Stitch Fix Dress and Necklace

I recently got my seventh Stitch Fix in the mail. I love when that cute box comes from the UPS man. It just makes my day :)

I’ve had the same stylist for the last few stitches, which ironically enough her name is Emily, too. I had asked her for some cute print dresses, and this is one that came! Cute print – check. Appropriate for work – check. Comfortable fabric – check.

I’ve had a few jewelry pieces in my fixes that I haven’t loved…until now! I love this gold necklace. I think I’ve worn it four or five times already, and it was only $32. Fantastic!

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? It’s so much fun! I’ve been sent some great things that I normally wouldn’t have picked out myself. I love seeing what others think I would like and would look good on me. The easiest part? If you don’t like it, simply send it back. Easy peasy. Click here to see what it’s about!

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stitch fix papermoon dress

stitch fix papermoon dress

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Uh, excuse me, little Frenchie. You’re in my shot. Like most Frenchies, she doesn’t care at all!

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Dress – Papermoon via Stitch Fix; Necklace – Stich Fix; Shoes – Ash; Bracelet – J. Crew; Watch – Rolex; Earrings – The Limited

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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Mom and Daughter Bonding Time – Love It!

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Last week, the girl and I saw Ariana Grande and Rixton in concert. Going to concerts has turned into mommy and daughter adventures. And I love every moment…and I hope she does, too.

When we were getting ready for the show, I was just looking at my little girl and realizing that she is growing up too fast. You know when they are babies and you just want them to keep reaching those milestones? “I can’t wait for her to sit up. I can’t wait for her to walk. I can’t wait until she gets out of her car seat.” Those milestones come and go so quickly. I just can’t believe she’s going to be 11 in a few short months. As I was fixing my hair, she got in my closet (like she always does) to play in my high heels. When she put one pair on – she was almost as tall as me! AHHHHHH! I know the day will come when she will actually look me eye to eye. It will be here before I know it.

I’m trying to learn to enjoy it all. Since you can’t take time and slow it down, you have to live in the moment. Put the phones down. Enjoy the time you are spending with your children. Before the concert, we ate at P.F. Changs and just talked. About anything and everything. I think that was my favorite part of our evening. Just hearing about her school day and swimming and just life as a fifth grader. I want her to always know I will be there to listen.

We both enjoyed the concert. I have to say Rixton was a great opener. They knew how to engage the crowd – and they are great singers. Did I mention their British accents are awesome? I’m a sucker for accents. Ariana has some big pipes for such a petite girl. I could tell it was her first headlining tour; it seemed a little unpolished as she constantly exited the stage to change and there were big gaps of time. I wouldn’t rate it in my top shows I’ve ever seen, but the girl enjoyed it, and that’s what matters. I bought the tickets for her (and I’m so glad she didn’t want that $40 concert t-shirt either!).

I’m looking forward to many more mother daughter bonding adventures! How do you bond with your daughter?

Me: Dress – Anthropologie (super sale!!); Sandals – Kohl’s (old); Necklace – Tiffany; Watch – Rolex

Girl: Dress – Lilly Pultizer via ThredUp; Flip flops – Target (old) 

Blinged Top and Fancy Pants – and of course Leopard Shoes

I’ve discovered that I really do hate dress pants. But when you are in the working world, they are an evil necessity. So if I have to buy them, they are at least going to be fun! I bought these last spring at The Limited, and I love the pattern and color!

I thought the pants coordinated well with my new pale pink Ted Baker top. I love when Ted has his sales (look, I sound like I know him like he’s my buddy!)…and I got this a couple of months ago. You may say, “Why has you waited so long to wear it?!” Because I’m a lazy ironer. Since I ordered it online, it came with a million wrinkles. I knew this top couldn’t be ironed. So there it hung in my closet…me willing the wrinkles to just miraculously fall out. Guess what? Uh…they didn’t. In comes my new Conair steamer! It worked like a charm! So I wore this top the first chance I got.

I love mixing patterns and prints, so why not go ahead and throw leopard in there?! It’s my new neutral :)

ted baker top and the limited pants

ted baker top and the limited pants

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Shirt – Ted Baker; Pants – The Limited; Shoes – Isaac Mizrahi; Bracelets – Lagos and David Yurman; Watch – Rolex; Ring – Bergner’s

Shorts Weather

Saturday in the ATL was definitely shorts weather. Now, I admit, I have a love-hate relationship with shorts. I really only like them when I wear wedges. And as I have gotten older, I have to make sure the shorts I choose to wear are not tight against my legs…especially when I wear them with sandals. They just end up making my legs look stumpy. No thank you.

I shopped my closet and dug out these ridiculously comfy silky-type shorts from Banana last year. Floral prints are hot right now, so yay me for keeping them :)

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Shirt – Gap (old); Shorts – Banana Republic (old); Wedges – 7 for all Mankind (old); Sunnies – Kate Spade; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old); Watch – Rolex; Earrings – The Limited (old); Fitbit Flex :)

Follow Em on Instagram

So…I’ve had Instagram for a few years. I love messing with the filters and having fun with photos. I’ve always had it set on the private setting, but I thought some of you might like a closer peek inside of my life. Typically there’s lots of kiddo cuteness :) If you want to follow me, click the image below or search @alittlebitofem on Instagram.

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