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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!).
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!
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!
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!
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.
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″!
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!
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.
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.
The knit dress was so comfortable. And it literally felt like it was made for me. And I loved the midi length.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
So…what do you think I bought? And if you say everything … wrong answer :)
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.
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.
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!
So happy workout gear shopping, everyone! Grab them while you can!
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!
Uh, excuse me, little Frenchie. You’re in my shot. Like most Frenchies, she doesn’t care at all!
Dress – Papermoon via Stitch Fix; Necklace – Stich Fix; Shoes – Ash; Bracelet – J. Crew; Watch – Rolex; Earrings – The Limited
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
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?
Girl: Dress – Lilly Pultizer via ThredUp; Flip flops – Target (old)
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 :)
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 :)
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 :)
Have I told you how much I hate ironing? Well. I do. Like I do everything imaginable not to iron. So when I purchase a top, the iron/not-to-iron factor always weighs in on my decision. But when I stumbled upon this blouse, I fell in love with the lace detail, and my ironing factor went straight out the window. (And did I mention I got this on super sale?!)
I love the cream color, and the silk is ridiculously soft. The stretchy cotton sleeves were an added bonus … I hate when silk sleeves get those horrible elbow wrinkles. I’m not a huge lace person, but this detail was so feminine and the little keyhole back was a sweet touch.
Pair it with some great jeans – and voila! Easy outfit for work :) You’ve got to love that!
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
Well, I’m not Irish, but I do love green! But for those of you who are Irish…Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! Hope your Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ today :) Here are a few great green items at Nordstroms!
$68 – nordstrom.com
Now, I own a lot of summer maxi dresses, BUT I have not found any long sleeve maxis that I loved. Until I saw this beauty at Anthropologie. The Novela maxi dress by Maeve. I saw it in the store last month and resisted trying it on. I didn’t want to spend $150. While I was in the Chicago store off of Michigan Ave. (who has THE best sales area of any Anthros), I saw it. For almost 1/2 off. You bet I snatched that up and headed to the dressing room.
It is so comfortable! So comfy it’s like wearing a nightgown. And I love the ruching underneath the bust. It makes me feel like I have such a tiny waist. And what woman doesn’t want to look like she has a small waist?!
Oh…and pockets! I’m so glad designers started putting pockets in dresses. They are always one of my favorite details!
Last year, I got this beautiful Tiffany & Co. locket for my birthday. One reason I love it…it has my gorgeous babies inside. It’s a way I always have them with me. They have my heart.
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
I grew up watching the Blackhawks and going to games at the old Chicago Stadium. Why? Because my daddy loves the Blackhawks. :) Keeping up with the Blackhawks keeps me connected to my dad. We have a ton of stuff to talk about, but in some way I know since he never had a son, it’s my attempt to be able to talk sports with him.
When I was up in Chicago in December, my dad even surprised me with buying me a Kane jersey. Seriously, it was the sweetest gesture (especially since my daughter and son are the ones who receive the gestures…they have him wrapped around their fingers!).
I follow the Blackhawks on and off the ice. I know so many sports teams are involved in their communities, and it warms all fans’ hearts. These guys can bring so much joy to so many people by doing the littlest things. The team puts out videos on Blackhawks TV, and some of these videos can bring you to tears. Let’s take a look at a few of my recent favorites…and see if your eyes are dry afterwards.
Now, I know this post is about the Blackhawks, but this video from a Bruins game tugged at my heart strings, too!!
With blonde eyelashes, if I don’t wear mascara, it basically looks like I don’t even have any! Being so light, they don’t seem like they are long either. Oh but they are! They just need a little help.
I’ve been using They’re Real mascara from benefit for almost three years. I. Love. It. And you can see why…
On the weekends I tend to wear minimal makeup…or none at all, which of course is my favorite. Sometimes my face just needs a break. Oh wait, and I get lazy. :) Even just adding mascara, I feel somewhat made up. It just pops my eyes.
This mascara really lengthens my lashes. As you can see, it’s more of a lengthener than a thickener, which I am completely fine with that. I’m sure if I put tons of layers on they would thicken up, but I want them to seem more natural.
I can’t recommend this mascara enough. It really is one of my favorite beauty products! What do you use? What’s your favorite?
The other night I had to watch Nashville on ABC Demand, which subjects you to commercials. Ugh. The commercial I kept seeing was for JC Penney’s spring looks. And I have to admit it made me want to visit my local store and check some things out. There are tons of gorgeous prints that caught my eye, and after I looked online, the prices are ridiculously affordable. Here’s some things I would love to go try on!
Worthington Colorblock Tee
Worthington Striped Shift Dress
Worthington V Neck Print Fit and Flare Dress
Bisou Bisou Floral Print Bodycon Dress
The added bonus? Everything is on sale! Have you shopped at JC Penney lately?
I love stila’s eye shadows. I’ve been wearing them for over 10 years. I find their colors are so pigmented, thus having to use less of the product and the eyeshadow lasting for such a long time.
On Haute Look, they had stila. So of course I checked it out to see what was on sale. I saw these Smudge Crayons, and for $8 I couldn’t resist trying them. I have a deep navy and my favorite Kitten color. Even though I saw these crayons don’t have great reviews on stila’s website, I freakin’ love my Smudge Crayons!
I’ve been using them for a couple of months now. And on Friday I thought I would do a little test. Here’s what I did:
- 6:30 a.m. – Used my Kitten Smudge Crayon with stila’s powder Golightly shadow in the crease (liner was stila’s waterproof liquid liner in dark brown).
- Worked all day!
- 6:00 p.m. – Sweated my booty off at the gym lifting and walking on the treadmill with all of my makeup on.
- 10:30 p.m. – took another picture of my eye makeup at the end of the day. And it looked fabulous!
The crayon goes on very silky and smooth. Seriously, I use it like a crayon coloring on a piece of paper. To me, it acts like a a perfect primer to set my crease shadow. I use the powder Kitten color, too, and I do feel the crayon pops more.
You may be thinking, “Em, you said you had a deep navy, too. How does that work for you?” Now, for the navy color, I’ve only used it as a liner. And it too lasts all day. I line my eyes and then use a Q-tip to smudge it more. It is so pigmented that I have not tried it all over my lid. That may be a bit much for work, huh?! :)
I highly recommend the Smudge Crayons if you are looking for a great new type of shadow!
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)
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
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 :)