Fit & Flare Dress from Stitch Fix

I got this dress in my latest Stitch Fix. I had asked them for fall dresses, and they sent me four great choices. I immediately fell in love with this Tart fit & flare dress. For starters, the fabric is so soft. It’s like wearing a nightgown! There are so many different ways you can wear this black and white snakeskin print.

Tart Fit & Flare

I definitely wanted to wear this to work, so I thought it would look cute with a little black blazer – that I have had for years! It’s one of those items that you leave hanging in your closet because you just never know when you are going to wear it.

Tart Fit & Flare

I hadn’t worn my turquoise necklace for a while, so I choice that as my pop of color for this outfit. My bracelet has the same pop of color.

Tart Fit & Flare

I’m always a sucker for details, and this back is no exception. Love, love, love the cutout in the back! But boy do I need a spray tan. I am pastey! Hope I’m not blinding you with my whiteness on your screen :)

Tart Fit & Flare

Come back soon to see the other fall dress I kept out of my Stitch Fix!

Dress – Tart via Stitch Fix (same dress, different style here); Jacket – Jolt; Shoes – Michael Kors; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

 

Dressing Up a Sweatshirt

Well, hello there! It’s been forevaaaaaaa! Work life is calming down slightly, so I at least have time to put a blog post together. Hooray!

I have to admit, I haven’t jumped on the sweatshirt bandwagon, but the one from the Altuzarra collection at Target caught my eye. I love the silky fabric on the front. So I guess that wouldn’t classify as a complete sweatshirt, huh? :)

I think there are so many possibilities with this shirt. Obviously you could pair it with jeans like I did. But, I did add a statement necklace and booties to dress it up a little for work. The Target site shows it with a black pencil skirt, but I think a black pencil skirt is such a safe choice. What about hunter green? Or a purple? Y’all know I love color!

Altuzarra for Target Orchid Sweatshirt

Do you love my baby pony tail?! I haven’t been able to do this for seven years!  I love it short, but being able to pull it back is AHHH-MAZING.

Altuzarra for Target Orchid Sweatshirt

 

Here are some of my Stella & Dot favorites over the last few years.
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Sweatshirt – Altuzarra for Target Orchid Print; Jeans – Goldsign; Booties – Coach; Jewelry – Stella & Dot

Always Time for Peplum

To say I’ve been busy at work is an understatement. The blog is being a little neglected…but since I don’t make money from my blog and I do from my day job….day job comes first. I write employee benefits communication (hold the ooohs and aaaahhhhs please). It’s a great job and I work with some great people and clients. But my 4th quarter is insane to say the least.

Enough about work. On to the fashion…

The Limited blue peplum top

I love a cute peplum top. And it worked so well with this $15 necklace I got at J. Crew Factory a few weeks back. That’s right. $15. I was shocked! It was another 50% off the sale price. I love great statement necklaces like this; it could pair nicely with so many different looks. (Disregard the FitBit :) )

J. Crew Factory Neon Pendant Necklace

 

I know tons of bloggers talked about their Nordstrom anniversary sales purchases over the summer. Well, these bootie were mine. I love the python heel to the added interest. They are the perfect height for me, too. I found them to be comfortable all day while wearing them at work.

Coach Adrianna Leather Peeptoe Bootie

Top – The Limited (old); Jeans – AG (similar; got mine for $58 in Chicago!); Booties – Coach; Necklace – J. Crew Factory

It’s In The Details

I’m not quite what sure what first drew me to this dress – the colors, the reddish piping, the patterns, the silky fabric, the little flutter at the bottom. It’s doesn’t matter because I love it all. It’s just one of those dresses that makes you feel feminine and pretty. Those are good combos in my book. It is all in the details.

DVF Katarina Dress

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Dress – DVF; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Coach; Watch – Rolex

Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi Dress

I have been on a maxi kick lately, especially if I can wear them to work! I love the fact I can dress casual to work. I had a long 7.5 years of dressing corporate five days a week. Yuck. Let’s not do that again. My jeans would be mad at me.

My hubby actually picked this dress out. I walked right by it, and he pulled it off the rack and said that I had to try it on. Don’t you love when your guy thinks you would look beautiful in something? Makes me feel so good.

Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi Dress

And he was right. This was a beautiful print – look at the minty plus blush plus green plus pops of blue in the butterflies. <3 And I didn’t have to wear a heel/wedge with it! I’m telling you. At 5’8″ tall, it’s amazing how long some maxis are on me. Love when they hit just right.

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And who doesn’t love an Anthro sale?! I know I do! Check out the Maravilla Maxi dress on sale right now.

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Dress – Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi; Sandals – Sam Edelman Gigi; Bracelets – Stella & Dot; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – a local art show

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Vince Camuto Effel Sandal

It’s the classic case of “went in to the store to try on one pair of shoes, but ended up with a completely different pair!” Thanks, Nordstrom shoe man :)

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I can’t believe how comfortable these Vince Camuto Effel Sandals were when I put them on! The leather is so incredibly soft. Ankle strap shoes can also be sketchy sometimes – they can be too tight or hit on your ankle bone wrong. But not these, which I think has to do with how soft the leather is in general. The heel height is just right, too…at 3.25″. Some might think that is high, but the heel is nice and thick – and so easy to walk in. Trust me.

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My first time wearing them, I thought I would pair them with a camel colored pencil skirt and orange pencil top. Can you also tell I still had my spray tan – oh how I miss thee!?!

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Top – Banana Republic Factory; Skirt – The Limited; Shoes – Vince Camuto Effel; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – Coach; Necklace – Stella & Dot Somervell in Gold

kate spade Dehlila Dress

When I spotted this on the sales rack, I knew I had to try it on. With my curvy shape, fit and flare style dresses are my favorite. The one thing that surprised me about this “summer” dress was that it is very heavy. But, that also means it’s a great transition into fall dress.

Let’s also talk about how great the details are on this dress. Built in necklace?! Love. Or as my coworker said, “Look! Your dress is bedazzled!” :)

Sorry the pictures are kind of dark. When I have to leave for work when the sun is coming up, and I’m hitting the gym after work, gotta do what I’ve gotta do to get a shot. Ha! My red lips definitely pop though…and I’m loving this bareminerals’ Moxie lipstick in shade Light It Up. Bright lips have been my fav lately!

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Dress – kate spade Dehlila (on sale!); Shoes – Splendid; Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Anthropologie’s Mayacamas Maxi Dress

Ok, I rarely ever buy anything at Anthro full price. I may love to shop, but I am always on the hunt for good deals.

But.

I saw this dress. The Mayacamas Maxi Dress.

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

The colors. The fabric. The detail on the neckline. The perfect length on me. Yeah, I had to splurge. But it was totally worth it. (And it looks so good when I have my spray tan! Ha!)

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

It has a slight keyhole in the back and fastens with two small buttons that are covered in the fabric.

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

 

It has a mix of gold and platinum colored beading. The purple and pink color you see is actually yarn. It is so pretty in person. And it was perfect for a rehearsal dinner – there, I just justified the purchase :)

Dress – Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress; Sandals – Sam Edelman; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Henri Bendel

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Latest Happenings – Matron of Honor

One of my most favorite people in the entire world got married last weekend – my beautiful cousin, Heather. She and I are very close, and she is close to her other cousin on her dad’s side of the family, too, so we both acted as Matrons of Honor. We were both so honored Heather asked us both to stand up with her.

Heather is more than a cousin. She’s always been more like my sister. The memories we have are endless – and full of so many laughs. We took her on many vacations with us…she became my travel companion. We’d end up fighting at least once each vacation, but isn’t that what “sisters” are supposed to do?! :) She always helped me get out of my comfort zone, and she was more adventurous than I. I hate living so far away from her now, but I know she’s always there for me.

And now I’m so happy she’s finally found her prince! I remember a little over two years ago, she was going to give up on finding love. I told her that it would come when she wasn’t looking…and it did! Now I hope they have some cute babies to add to our family!

Heather is a makeup artist and hair stylist, so her coworker and best friend did our hair and makeup. It was awesome! I can’t tell you the last time I had my makeup professionally done – and used bobby pins in my hair!

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I think my makeup turned out awesome. My skin looked flawless!

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And my hair was curled with a flat iron. I’ve got to practice curling with my flat iron. Marcy, the girl who did my hair, just curled and then started pinning randomly. I LOVED it!

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The wedding was at the top of my parent’s building in Chicago. They don’t call it The Windy City for nothing. Look at our hair during the ceremony – and we are both holding our dresses down :)

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I’m sad I couldn’t help my cousin as much, so when she asked me to put together her flowers for the reception, I was ecstatic! I think they turned out pretty darn well. I loved the vintage mason jars Heather found!

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Remember how I said we loved to laugh – well, I think this picture proves that point!

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I love you, cousin!!! Many years of love and happiness…and thanks for having me be a part of your big day! <3

 

Great Summer Throw On Dress

I love easy, no-think outfits. And this dress fits the bill perfectly. The fabric is fantastic – and it has a built-in shelf bra. Easy peasy. Let’s not forget how great the colors are!! Just throw on and go!

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Dress – JMcLaughlin; Sandals – Sam Edelman; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot; Earrings – Coach

Body Con Ted Baker Midi

If you read the blog on Monday, you saw I got a great deal on a Ted Baker maxi dress. Guess what? I got another great deal on a Ted Baker Canna midi dress. I’m sure you’re shocked I added another dress to my collection :)

Ted Baker Canna cross over neck dress

I workout hard. And I wanted a dress to show off my hard work in the gym – and my latest obsession with Xbox Kinect Just Dance. But, I digress. I knew when I ordered this dress that it would fit like a glove. And I was right. And I love the belt. I think it makes this dress.

Who doesn’t love to feel good when they get dressed up for a nice dinner out?!? Not this girl. I <3 getting dressed up.

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Ted Baker Canna cross over neck dress

Ted Baker Canna cross over neck dress

Dress – Ted Baker Canna cross over neck dress; Earrings and Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Shoes – Charles by Charles David

Also, if you’re looking for a great getaway, I can’t recommend enough The Inn at Half Mile Farm in The Highlands, NC. You see the Inn in the background of these pictures. It’s so peaceful and relaxing…and has wonderful breakfasts and free appetizers and wine EVERY night at 5:30. Delish!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Floral Beauty from Ted Baker

Sorry for my blogging hiatus. Should I admit the real reason I’ve been slacking on the blog front???

Well…

I’ve been sucked in to watching Orange is the New Black! For those who also love OITNB, you know how long it takes to watch these episodes! Everyone at work kept talking about it, so I had to join to club. I hated not knowing what the heck everyone was talking about! Oh how I love this show…and I only have two episodes left to watch!

But…I had to show this you gorgeous Ted Baker London Electric Daydream pleated maxi dress I wore last weekend. This is a dress that just makes you feel pretty. It’s flowy. It’s a gorgeous print. It hides that you’ve eaten too much Italian food!

Ted Baker Electric Daydream Print Pleated Maxi Dress

I had been eyeing this dress at Von Maur. If y’all haven’t shopped at Von Maur, I have no clue what the heck you are waiting for?!?!? Let’s go over the price of the dress. It retailed for $375. Yikes. I saw it on the sales rack when it was $187, which is great for Ted Baker, but still a little steep for me. So I did the waiting game…and went back a week later, and BAM! It was on sale for $93. $93, people!!! This gorgeous dress! Uh, put it on my VM card, pronto.

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Dress – Ted Baker Electric Daydream Pleated Maxi Dress (but I got it much cheaper!); Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Earrings and Bracelet – Stella & Dot (both retired); Purse – Louis Vuitton; Watch – Rolex

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Since my hair is growing, I could actually put it half up and show off these gorgeous minty Stella & Dot earrings I have had for a while. LOVE being able to do new things with my hair then just having it down!

What’s the best deal you have gotten lately?

White on White

Now, I am very fair skinned. As in someone once teased me by calling me Casper The Ghost. But, I just kept thinking in the back of my head, “Go ahead and make fun of me, sun worshipper. When we’re both 50, I’ll look 40 and you’ll look 60 with sun damage.” So, that’s that. :)

I’ve been hesitant to wear white because I’m so pale. But, when I tried on this dress at Banana, I knew I had to have it. The fit. The flare. The comfy fabric. The A-line. White dresses have been all the rage this summer. And it doesn’t look bad – the white on white. Just added some pops of color – and voila. I’m embracing the pale!

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Dress – Banana Republic (sold out); Shoes – Seychelles; Bracelets – Henri Bendel and Michael Kors; Earrings – Banana Republic; Watch – Michael Kors

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

No Sharpener Needed – No. 2 Pencil Skirt

I continue my love of the J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt (first talked about here). The end of the season is the best time to stock up on these gems. Why, you may ask? Because they are on sale! But I don’t love these skirts just because I can get them for a great deal. They are so well made.

Sturdy, cotton twill = Hides those flaws on the hips and booty!

They also come in fantastic colors. Primary, pastel, neon, print…the list goes on. I typically size down. I like mine to be more on the snug side. The only negative I have is the wrinkles – which you can obviously see in the photos. This was at the end of the day after I had been sitting at my desk all day :) I wish the skirt could be perfectly pressed all day!

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Skirt – J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt (on sale!!); Shirt – The Limited; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelet, Necklace, Earrings – Tiffany

If Scuba Steve Was A Girl

When I felt the fabric of this dress, I immediately thought of Scuba Steve in Big Daddy. I thought if Scuba Steve – or Diver Dan…whichever you choose – were a girl, this would be the chic wetsuit he would choose. It is such a cool dress, that can even keep you dry! :)

I do not own anything like this. The print is so adorable; I love the neon accents. With the wetsuit feel, it does a great job of holding you in, too.

Loved the price, too! It was $79.99 with an extra 50% off in the store! That was just right for me because there is no way I would pay $168.

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Even has a longer pull on the zipper, just like a wetsuit.

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Dress – J. Crew Cove Floral Surf Dress; Shoes – Ralph Lauren; Bracelets – J. Crew and Stella & Dot; Watch – Michael Kors; and the FitBit Flex :)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Gray Day in Summer

I’m continuing my trend of wearing a dress almost every day to work. It’s just been so freakin’ hot here! Dresses are my way to stay cool. Even though my frigid office requires me to turn on my personal space heater under my desk even when it’s 90 degrees outside :)

Y’all know I love to wear color. So when I bought this dress, buying a more muted color was a little outside of my box. But it’s such a great little dress, with a fun little flip at the bottom. I added a little pop of color with some neon accents in my necklace and bracelet.

Oh, and it was on sale. Yay! And if you have a J. Crew store near you, it’s actually on sale for less in the store than online!

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Dress – J. Crew (on sale here!); Necklace and Bracelet – J. Crew; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Michael Kors

 

Colorblock with Kate Spade

It has been so hot here in the ATL. And when I’m hot, my clothing piece of choice is easily a dress. I love the pattern of this dress! One reason why? I love the bright yellow and black in this dress – Go Hawkeyes (University of Iowa for those of you who are not Big Ten fans)! I guess Oregon fans could like it, too, with the yellow and green :)

Pockets…I’m a sucker for pockets. Whomever decided to put pockets in dresses is a freakin’ genius.

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Did I mention it is super fun to do girly twirls in?! ‘Cause it totally is!

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And what about the thick exposed zipper? Yep. Love that, too!

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Dress – kate spade; Wedges – Charles by Charles David; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Tiffany

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Strapless Dress for Work and Play

This Lily Pulizer “Spritz” pattern was out last year. I remember trying this dress on and falling in love with how cute it was! I left it on the rack. Even on sale, I didn’t want to pay that much for it.

Well…

I’m glad I waited. While in Hilton Head this summer, I hopped into SM Bradford at Wexford, which is basically a complete Lily store. Perusing through the sales racks – and there it was. My perfume bottle dress! For $59!!! Fo shiz that dress came home with me at that price!

I had noticed a lot of girls at work lately had been wearing their favorite strapless dresses with cardigans over them. So, I thought why not do that with this dress?!

So, here’s the work version with a white 3/4 length cardi:

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Simply take off the cardi…

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…and you’re ready for dinner and drinks after work. Thank goodness for a cardi!! This dress was now work appropriate!

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Dress – Lily Pulitzer; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Cardigan – Kohl’s; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelets – Coach and Michael Kors

Tory Burch Kinsley Dress

The Porcupine boutique in Hilton Head Island was having a great sale, and I picked up this fun Tory Burch Kinsley dress…at a great price.

When I first tried it on, I thought to myself “Emily, you have enough dresses. You don’t need any more.” This was Tuesday.

On Thursday, mom and I were shopping in the Wexford plaza again and stopped in. Again, I picked up the dress. Mom goes, “Emily, you have enough dresses.” So I put it back on the rack.

And I kept thinking about how much I love this dress…

On Friday, I bought the dress. I needed it. :)

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In case you love this dress, too, it’s on sale at toryburch.com. It is a wonderful stretchy material and is super comfy!

Dress – Tory Burch Kinsley; Shoes – DVF; Bracelets – Spartina and Michael Kors; Earrings – Coach; Watch – Michael Kors

Anthropologie Matilde Dress

It’s not very often that I pay full price for anything at Anthropologie. Such beautiful clothes, but the price tags are usually more than I want to pay. BUT, when I saw this dress, I had to make an exception.

It has polka dots. (It comes in more colors, too!)

Adorable back.

Not too low cut neck line.

Little button details.

Comfortable fabric.

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Yep. I had to give in and pay full price. It’s such a great summer dress. Here I dressed it down for a casual dinner on vacation, but you could easily put on some dressier wedges. And I have to say, I love that a bra works under it, too, even with the cute cutout back detail.

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This would also be a great time to say how much I love my Sam Edelman Gigi sandals. I have them in these black patent and in brown. They go with everything and hold up so well. I wore my brown ones a ton last year. These black ones replaced another pair of black Banana Republic sandals that fell apart after one year (urgh!).

Dress – Anthropologie Matilde; Shoes – Sam Edelman Gigi; Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Lagos; Necklace – diamond from my original engagement ring

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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