kate spade Blooms Fit and Flare Dress

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I stalked this dress for over a year…and my stalking paid off because I only paid $80 for this gorgeous beauty! Being patient is worth it sometimes I guess!:)

I just love the colors so much. It has my favorite cobalt blue and pinks, and I even love the brownish flowers they threw in there too. The fabric is thick and the dress is so well made. They still have this in many sizes on kate spade’s website for $196 – but I suggest you try your nearest kate spade outlet to see if they have it like I did.

Finally…I broke down and bought a Tory Burch Fitbit Flex holder. My colorful rubberized bands just didn’t make the cut with some of my clothing choices. And what a great investment this was! Feels just like a normal bracelet…and I don’t workout in it obviously. The rubberized bands still get used for that for sure.

Dress – kate spade Bloom; Shoes – Sam Edelman (style here); Sunnies – Tory Burch; Fitbit Flex Holder – Tory Burch (on sale in silver here); Bracelets – Henri Bendel Petite Enamel and Leather Bangle

Banana Republic Laser Cut Crepe Tee and White Jeans

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This adorable shirt is on sale for $29.99! It’s such a pretty light purple in person…didn’t quite photograph as I would have liked. The laser cuts are such a cute detail, and I love the button close in the back. And it pairs great with these Banana Republic white skinny ankle jeans – which are on sale for $68!

And let’s not forget my new favorite Henri Bendel bracelets. I wrote about the amazing sale this weekend. Pick these up before they are gone!

Shirt – Banana Republic Laser Cut Crepe Tank; Jeans – Banana Republic Skinny Ankle; Bracelets – Cote D’Azure Charm Cuff $27.20Petite Enamel Hinged Cuff $31.20; Necklace – Henri Bendel Petal Station Long Necklace $47.20 (sold out in white but still in other colors); Shoes – Frye (old – but similar here)

Henri Bendel’s Sale – Grab These Greats

I love Henri Bendel. The jewelry, the handbags, the huge mugs, the travel gear…everything is so well made. Well, it’s time to snag some great items during their Semi-Annual Sale! If you are like me and try to shop some Christmas items early, I may go ahead and pick up a few things for my momma!

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Leather Chain Triple Wrap Bracelet – $39.20

I have this in cobalt blue, which they are sold out of, but this is a great bracelet that gives you the layered look in one piece.

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Cote D’Azure Charm Cuff – $27.20

I have this and wear it constantly! It’s a great layering bracelet.

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Skinny Uptown Leather Backed Bangle – $39.20

I wear this all the time! You can wear it as pictured above or flip it so the colored side is on top for more of a pop.

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Luxe Petal Charm Hoop – $35.20

My mom has these and they are gorgeous on!

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Mini Barrel Necklace – $31.20

What a great layering necklace! And you can’t beat this price.

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Petite Enamel Hinged Cuff – $31.20

Again, I wear this ALL the time. I have it in this blue and in white. There are still a lot of cute colors left. To me, this is a must have bracelet.

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West 57th Exotic Cosmetic Bag Trio – $49.00

They come out with different color combinations of these all the time. One year, I got my mom these for Christmas, and she loves them. Perfect for traveling.

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Signature Stripe Canvas Tote – $44.00

This is the perfect beach bag. It’s huge! It even has the water resistant coated lining.

There are SO many great things on sale…it’s worth your while to take a few minutes to look around. Happy shopping, fashionistas!

Adelyn Rae Strapless Maxi

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Another day. Another maxi. I just can’t help myself! This Adelyn Rae maxi encompasses what I love – color, beautiful print, cute details, great price point. It’s just the perfect maxi for a summer dinner out. And it looks so good with my spray tan!

I know I wrote about these shoes the other day and they aren’t online, but they are my absolute favorite as of late! Not only that, but my Henri Bendel bracelets, too. They really go with everything!

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I just also wanted to thank my husband for a wonderful time in Highlands, NC. If you’ve never been there before, you should! It’s such a wonderful little mountain community. The inn where we stay was recently purchased by Old Edwards Hospitality, which means you have access to all of their amenities now. So we made the quick drive to town every morning to workout in their fitness center. The staff here are the nicest people – and the breakfast and nightly appetizers (with free wine!) are amazing. We can’t recommend the Half-Mile Farm enough!

Dress – Adelyn Rae Strapless Print Chiffon Maxi; Shoes – Schutz (not available online); Bracelets – Bracelets – Henri Bendel Skinny Uptown Bangle; Cote D’Azur Charm Cuff; Petite Enamel Hinged Cuff 

J. McLaughlin Mia Dress – A Steal!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you noticed this super fun dress last week! I love the print! I noticed today that it’s on super sale for $66.90 if you wanted to get one for yourself:) Click here! They also have it in two solid colors and another print. If you travel a lot, J.McLaughlin fabrics are perfect as they never wrinkle for me. Perfect for when you are on the go!

And I can’t get enough of these Schutz wedges I bought when I was in NYC. I didn’t realize how much I needed white shoes in my closet! I can’t seem to find them online, but that caged look comes in many different colors…love these in natural.

Henri Bendel is also having an amazing sale right now…and I can’t get enough of the white and cobalt blue small enamel bracelets. They go with so much! And they are a steal right now at $39!

Happy shopping!

Anthropologie Sale Time!

Who doesn’t love a good Anthro sale?! This girl certainly does!! When I got the email this morning, and saw some of my favorite recent dresses on super sale, I just had to share!

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Far Left: Maeve Elysian Maxi Dress – $49.95 (multiple colors)

Left: Mia Dress – $39.95

Right: Azores Halter Dress – $49.95 (two color options)

Far Right: Maeve Crosswise Dress – $49.95

And I can’t forget about the dotted linen dress I posted a couple of weeks back:

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Dotted Linen Shirtdress – $89.95

Happy shopping, my fellow fashionistas!!

Ted Baker Alexie Floral Print Midi Dress

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Ted Baker, you did it again. Another great print on such lavish fabric. Even better, it was a surprise gift. Don’t you love when your husband buys you something because he thinks you’ll look good in it? Most anything Ted Baker I’ll love anyway:)

This dress also comes in black, which I definitely prefer the white. I think it makes the flowers and colors pop more, and y’all know I love color! I didn’t want to take any attention away from the dress, so I just paired it with a nude strappy heel. These new Steve Maddens I picked up are not the most comfortable, but they go with so much!

Dress – Ted Baker Alexie Midi; Shoes – Steve Madden Stecy

Banana Republic Floral Vee Dress

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Y’all know I’m a huge sucker for dresses. Even a bigger sucker for fit and flare dresses! When I saw this color combo of teal and coral, I couldn’t resist (and I had a ton of Banana rewards). It’s so flowy and silky…and girlie. I kind of acted like I was five years old twirling around in it:) When you feel good in your clothes, it’s amazing how it can change your whole mood for the day. This dress, it did just that. You can grab it on sale, but you have a better chance seeing if they have it in stores because it’s getting very low online. It’s totally worth the hunt though!

Dress – Banana Republic Floral Vee; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Henri Bendel (both old)

Jude Connally Edie Jumpsuit

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Wearing a jumpsuit is a first for me. I’ve tried numerous ones on, but they never seem to fit right. I don’t consider my torso to be longer than normal, but many make me feel that way. And that feeling is super uncomfortable. But I love Jude Connally, so I had hopes for this jumpsuit…the print isn’t too loud and the fabric is fantastic. I thought it just needed a pop of color with a belt and shoe. I tried it on and loved it immediately! Not quite easy to go to the bathroom…but no one said fashion is functional sometimes:)

Also, these Henri Bendel bracelets were a birthday present from my momma. I absolutely love them. I knew I could wear white all summer (they come in many different colors). I’ve had them for a few weeks, and I definitely have the arm party twice a week! Layering bracelets is such an easy way to have fun with accessories.

Jumpsuit – Jude Connally Edie; Belt – The Limited (old); Shoes – Charles by Charles David (old but similar here); Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Henri Bendel Bracelets – Enamel Hinged Cuff,  Southhampton Leather; Cote D’Azure Charm Cuff

Anthro’s Dotted Linen Shirtdress

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Shirtdresses can be tricky on me. I never know if the buttons are going to gap or not. I think most women have that problem with buttonup “whatevers” – shirts or dresses. I got this dress for a great deal online at Anthro when sale items were an additional percentage off. I ordered by standard size 6 – and it fit perfectly! It has a wonderful hidden hook right where it would typically gap. Now that is some smart designing right there!

I just love the not-so-perfect polka dots. And even though it’s linen, it really didn’t wrinkle that bad at all! The belt is also adjustable, so you don’t have to worry about having enough notches. This dress is a win-win.

Dress – Anthropologie Dotted Linen Shirtdress; Shoes – DVF (old – similar here and here)

Minty Maxi from The Limited

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Maxi dresses have definitely become a staple in my wardrobe. Nothing is easier to me in the mornings when I need a quick go-to outfit. This maxi from The Limited is full of beautiful colors, has pockets, and is so comfortable! I just happened to have this perfect goldish belt in my closet for a pop of color. Easy peasy outfit! This dress is on super sale too…grab it while you can (but size down)!

Dress – The Limited; Belt – H&M (way old); Wedges – Corso Como; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Bracelets – Leather Henri Bendel (old), White Henri Bendel (on sale!), Michael Kors (old), Kendra Scott (old)

Eliza J Maxi Dresses

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I stalked this Eliza J maxi dress last year. And I’m so glad I did…I got it on the Von Maur sales rack for a whopping $47! Virtually free, right?! I love maxi dresses, and this one checks off tons of my favorite things – belt, pleats, color, floral pattern, fun neckline. There are so many Eliza J dresses that I have on my wish list. They are just so feminine and girlie – just the perfect maxis. Let’s look at some of the great Eliza J options out right now (click on the picture for more details)…some of these are already on sale! If you have a baby shower, wedding, or any event where you want to look your best, her dresses are great!

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Floral Blouse and Pencil Skirt

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Spring has sprung…or has it? The temperatures in the south have been so crazy! It’s 80. It’s 55. It’s 67. Make. Up. Your. Mind. But Mother Nature has been very indecisive lately. But…it doesn’t stop me from wearing a fun floral top and bright pencil skirt. So take that, Mother Nature.

I got this blouse in a Stitch Fix. I had asked my stylist for fun print tops, and this one definitely delivered. There’s so many ways to style this blouse, but I thought it would be fun with a bright No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew. These skirts are so timeless; and they always go on sale!

Blouse – Collective Concepts via Stitch Fix; Skirt – J. Crew No. 2 Pencil; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (sold out); Shoes – Louise et cie (old, but similar here in black); Watch – Rolex

Ted Baker Cherry Cheerful Dress

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If you’ve ever read my blog before, you know it’s hard for me to resist Ted Baker London. Especially when it’s on super sale. Let me present Exhibit A. This absolutely adorable cherry dress I got at Von Maur for…wait for it…wait for it…$139! Originally $279. (Again, I’ve professed my love for Von Maur over and over again on this blog, too!)

I’ll admit I stalked this dress. I knew from the moment I spotted it that I would love it. The adorable pattern, the bows, the high waist, the pleats in the back, uh yeah. It is a winner in my book. The fabric has such a wonderful feel and of course the skirt part has a navy lining underneath. This was totally worth it…as all of the Ted’s I own are:) I can’t even tell you how many of his dresses I am eyeing now; I think I have about six or seven on my wish list. Did I mention my birthday is coming up?? (insert big cheesy grin here)

Dress: Ted Baker London; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Earrings – Kendra Scott Elle; Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – gifted

The Limited’s Logan Blouse

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love a good blouse paired with skinny jeans. I instantly fell for this Printed Logan Blouse from The Limited. One thing I love about it? The not-too-thick-not-too-thin material. Lately there are so many blouses out there that are so thin you have to wear a cami under them. Ugh! This one is perfect where no cami is needed! Can we also talk about the huge variety of colors? The possibilities are endless really – light blue pencil skirt, mint jeans, orange ankle pants. I thought I would pull out the orange color with these necklace I got forever ago at Versona.

These Vince Camuto Effel sandals were a huge hit last year, and they no longer make them. BUT…there is a pair that is very similar, the Evel. It comes in three great colors.

Happy spring, everyone!!

Shirt – The Limited Printed Logan (2 for $59 right now – in many patterns and solids!); Shoes – Vince Camuto Effel (similar here);  Jeans – AG Absolute Legging; Necklace – Versona (old); Bracelets – Kendra Scott, Henri Bendel, Michael Kors (all old); Watch – Rolex

March Madness – Gear and All

It’s that time of year, basketball fans! It’s March Madness! Have you filled out your brackets already?! It’s on my to-do list for the day. We always have a somewhat competitive competition at work…with prizes! And we don’t even have to pay-to-play, so there’s nothing to lose:)

My parents went to the University of Iowa, so I have black and gold running through my veins. And I’ve passed that down to my children, too! We all have so much Iowa gear, it’s kind of obscene. I have countless tshirts, plenty of sweatshirts/hoodies, yoga pants, beanie, scarf, etc. etc. etc. I’ve got support my team down here in the south.

It’s always fun seeing the new styles for the teams each year. I tend to gravitate towards the vintage looking clothes – older logos, etc. Here’s an example of how you can dress up a fun long sleeve tshirt…

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If you want to go to a game, where do you get tickets? I’ve heard great things about TickPick! I’m definitely going to try them out for a basketball game – or even hockey or a concert.

Some of the items featured above: tshirtdistressed jeans, black jeans, black drop earrings, glitter earrings, watch set, bootie, slippers, yoga pants.

It’s All About the Back – Swimsuit Season

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I have a love hate relationship with swimsuits. A lot of women probably feel the same way. Since I love to wear one pieces, I’m so happy that for the last few years, there are so many great options! Like with my clothes, I love details. With one pieces, one detail I love is when designers focus on the back. Above, that was one of my favorite swimsuits from last year from Nanette Lepore. The print attracted me, but once I saw the back, I was sold (well and it fit really well :)).

Can you believe it’s almost swimsuit season?! Spring breaks and winter get-a-ways are upon us. Last year when I wanted to purchase a few new suits, here’s what I did. I went to Bloomingdale’s and tried on all of my favorites. I took the coveted selfie in the mirror so I could remember how they fit and took pics of the tags so I could remember the size and style name. I purchased my absolute favorite at full price, but then I watched. And watched. A few of the ones I wanted were the designers I often see on Rue La La and Hautelook. So I knew exactly the size and style I wanted….and exactly how it would fit! Some of these sites have Final Sales with suits, so there was no need to worry about ordering a suit that didn’t fit. I got a Trina Turk and another Nanette Lepore for 60% off retail in the middle of summer. So if you can wait, it’s worth it.

Here are some suits I am eyeing this season. So happy there are SO many great options out there for those of us who love one pieces!

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Seafolly “Mesh About”

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Red Carter Racerback Tank

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Becca by Rebecca Virtue Twists & Turns

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Nanette Lepore Santorini Goddess (this is actually the same suit I have on, but updated back)

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Mara Hoffman Solstice Cut-Out

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Becca Show & Tell Openwork

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Robin Piccone Burnout Halter

What are some of your favorite brands of swimsuits?

Latest Stitch Fix

I receive a Stitch Fix every other month. I’ve found that is a good frequency for me…especially since I find myself shopping so much. (I’m sure you are shocked by that statement.) I have the same stylist each time, and I think she does a great job getting my style. Of course there have been some misses, but I think that’s more for the fact that certain items of clothing just fit my body different once they are on.

If you have never fixed before – or you have without much luck – my best advice is to be super specific with your note to the stylist. You will receive an email before your fix is pulled together, so be sure to take a few moments to write them a note about what you want. In this last fix, I told her that I wanted to see flowy blouses, preferably with a pattern and not see through, and a pencil skirt option. And that’s exactly what she sent!

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Fun patterned blouse, check and check!

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Fun pattern. Check. But, the crochet hit on my chest wrong, so I decided to send this one back.

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The olive color is something I don’t have a lot of, and I loved the sequin detail and tie sleeves.

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I wanted to love this blouse…but the cut out shoulders were just not doing it for me. I didn’t want to wear a strapless bra with this, and the bra straps would show no matter what bra I had on. I love the back of this and the bright hot pink color.

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This is the first pull-on pencil skirt I’ve ever tried on. I was skeptical at first, but I loved it on. And it fit like a glove!

Stitch Fix is so fun! If you haven’t tried it before, you are missing out. You can sign up here! You are not obligated to keep anything you don’t want to!

 

J. Crew Factory Quilted Vest

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I was always a little unsure of the vest trend. But when J. Crew Factory has one of their great 40% off the whole store deals, I thought why not? I went with navy, since blue is one of my favorite colors and I knew I had a ton of different options to wear underneath.

I can’t tell you how much I have worn this vest! My other favorite way to wear it is with a plaid shirt underneath. It’s so easy just to throw on some skinnies and boots – and you’re done! Easy outfits are my favorite:)

Vest – J. Crew Factory (on sale!); Shirt – The Limited Perfect Tee (similar); Jeans – AG (similar); Boots – Frye Carmen Inside Zip (similar); Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired, but these are similar); Bracelet – Louis Vuitton Save It

benefit Roller Lash and They’re Real Review

I’ve been wearing benefit’s They’re Real mascara now for a few years. I love it. It has always done a great job lengthening my lashes. I find myself on the weekends just wearing this mascara and lip gloss. Being a blonde, my lashes are super light. Actually, it looks like I don’t have any at all. I promise they’re there! So that’s why I throw on a few coats of mascara so you can actual see them!

Since benefit came out with the new Roller Lash mascara, I’ve been so curious to try it. I love They’re Real and the results I get, but I wanted to see if the Roller Lash actually curled my lashes like it claimed too. So here’s what I did…

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I layered them. Roller Lash does do a fantastic job of curling my eyelashes, but it’s definitely not a thickening and lengthening mascara (for me at least). So I have been putting a few coats of that on first and layering a few coats of They’re Real on while Roller Lash is still wet to make my eyelashes pop even more. Both of these mascaras have neatly designed wands to make sure the mascara is distributed the way you want. As you can see from the picture, layering them gives me the curl, thickening, and lengthening that I want.

See, I told you I have eyelashes. Actually quite long ones I might add:)

Click here to get They’re Real and here to get Roller Lash. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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