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Lilly Pulitzer Dahlia Printed Floral Print Top

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When I was on vacation, I stopped at a partner Lilly store, S. M. Bradford in Wexford. They have SO. MUCH. LILLY. What was even better? They had so much Lilly ON SALE. Now that’s my kind of Lilly! I just love the print on this Dahlia pleated sleeveless top. Love it even more with white jeans (and I won’t point out the two tiny chocolate spots I have on them!).

Top – Lilly Pulitzer Dahlia Pleated Front Top; Jeans – Banana Republic Ankle (on sale!); Wedges – Via Spiga (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Henri Bendel (one is sold out but the Petite Enamel is on sale still); Tory Burch Fitbit Flex holder (on sale in silver)

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 –Β Cote D’Azure Charm Cuff $27.20,Β Petite 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)

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 πŸ™‚ 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)

A Bit Dreary

 

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It’s not too often that you see me in black or gray…I’m just a girl who loves color. But sometimes you get the cutest sweater in your stitch fix box that you can’t help but fall in love! My favorite part of this sweater? The gray patches on the elbows. Cute details make me happy…it’s the little things, people πŸ™‚

If you’ve read my blog on and off, you know I’m a huge Frye fan. These Paige riding boots are going strong on their third year. They just fit like a glove and are so well made. I know the price of Fryes can be a turn off for some, but the quality and craftsmanship of these boots are in a league of their own. I couldn’t recommend these boots more! And they come in a ton of colors!

Sweater – via Stitch Fix; Jeans – Old Navy Rockstar (old, but similar); Shirt – Banana Republic (old, but similar); Boots – Frye PaigeΒ (in brown or tan); Necklace – Kendra Scott Rayne

Perfect Fair Weather Sweater

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Fall weather is an enigma to me. One day it’s 75, the next it’s 50. So if I’m wearing sweaters in this weird transition, I try to make sure they are somewhat thin where I won’t break into a nasty sweat the second I step outside in the afternoon.

This sweater is now one of my favorites. I won’t lie. I have this in two colors. It’s nice and thin, and I love how it’s long in the back…you could easily get away with wearing legging with this and it would easily cover your assets. πŸ™‚ And did I mention it’s on sale? And I’m sure Banana will have a wicked good sale for Black Friday, so it will be even cheaper!

Sweater – Banana Republic; Jeans – AG (similar); Boots – Frye Regina Slouch; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired)

 

Black and White Pattern Mixing with a Pop of Pink

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And look at these fur babies! They constantly photobomb me, so I thought I would give them a little face time.

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Mixing patterns can be so much fun. When I first got this skirt from Banana Republic, I really didn’t think about wearing it with polka dots…but when I was going to wear it to work, this shirt just jumped out at me. I tend to keep my pattern mixing to the same color family, which keeps it easy. I don’t want to get too funky πŸ™‚ With the monochromatic colors, I love choosing a color to pop out. These pink Sam Edelman beauties were it! I have to admit I’m still breaking these in; my pigs don’t love the pointy toes. Ha!

Skirt – Banana Republic (on sale!); Shirt – Forever 21 (old – but similar here); Shoes – Sam Edelman (on sale!); Earrings – via Stitch Fix

Gray Kind of Day

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Longer blouses make me happy. I love when I can wear tight jeggings and not worry about my booty being too out there at work. I love the length of this Banana Republic striped boyfriend blouse. The only downside to this light colored blouse is how sheer it is; definitely had to wear a cami underneath. But I paired it with these Old Navy jeggings from last year. Yep, they totally remind me of maternity pants though…great elastic waist. Ha! I know Kendra Scott is super hot right now, but I am so glad I jumped on the Rayne necklace bandwagon. I wear this bad boy ALL the time. It was such a great purchase – highly recommend.

Shirt – Banana Republic (super sale!); Jeans – Old Navy Pull-On Skinnies (last year); Necklace – Kendra Scott; Booties – DVF (old); Earrings – Stella & Dot (old)Β 

Blue All Around – Banana Republic Pencil Skirt



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Pencil skirts = one of my favorite clothing items. I own quite a few and am always on the search for great patterns. Well…I found one! For one, blue is my favorite color. And two, this pattern is fantastic. The skirt doesn’t have any stretch factor, which I have to say I like. In my opinion, when pencil skirts don’t have a lot of stretch, it makes them lay better.

There are plenty of way you can style this skirt, but I thought I’d go all out on the blue and pair it with this button up. I picked this up at the Gap a few years ago, and it goes with so much. Fantastic staple to any wardrobe.

Shirt – Gap (similar); Skirt – Banana Republic Blue Square Jacquard; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old)

Fall Uniform – Plaid Shirt and Booties

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The plaid shirt. It’s my favorite fall and winter item! I keep telling myself enough with the plaid, but there are so many great plaids out there! And in the colder months, I do love layering them under a cozy sweater. One thing I love about this Banana Republic shirt is the reversed print on the inside. It’s a great navy gingham. And let’s not forget to mention how soft it is! Pretty much like wearing a pajama shirt πŸ™‚ (And it’s on sale – even bettaaaahhhh!)

I was on the hunt for some great (and comfortable) brown ankle booties. Do you know where I found these? The Aerosoles outlet store! I thought Aerosoles were kind of “old lady” shoes for their comfort factor, but they had some very cute styles! I have become a fan…and I got a TON of compliments on them when I wore them to work.

Another great find at J. Crew Factory was this jeweled necklace. It goes with literally everything. And what a bargain getting it half off for around $25.

Shirt – Banana RepublicΒ (on sale!); Jeans – Joe’s; Booties – AerosolesΒ (on sale!); Necklace – J. Crew Factory (on sale!); Bracelet – Henri BendelΒ (on sale!); Watch – Michael Kors

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Love and Hate Relationship with Shorts

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with shorts for the past few years. There are so many cute styles, I’ve tried to love more than hate lately.

My thighs have always been muscular. So, to embrace my muscles, I’ve had to learn how to shop for the right type of shorts. It’s important to feel comfortable in your clothes, right? So I’ve learned that I possibly have to size up to get them to fit properly. Because I do not want to look like some of those teenagers I see at the mall with teeny tiny shorts that are only 1 cm longer than their underwear…or are so tight it looks like their circulation is about ready to be cut off!

And I have to admit, I love shorts when I have a (fake) tan on my legs. For some reason a tan just makes them look better – at least to me anyway πŸ™‚ So I brought these cute navy shorts with me on vacation. Threw them on for a day of shopping with my momma.

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Top, Shorts, Belt – Banana Republic; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Spartina; Sunnies – Louis Vuitton; Sandals – Sam Edelman

Birthday in Blue

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Last Friday I turned 34. It’s crazy how fast time goes by. When I was 24 and had my first baby, I remember thinking to myself, “Gosh, when I’m 34, she’ll be 10.”

Uh.

I’m 34. And my first baby is going to be 10 in a few weeks. (insert small tears here!)

But, to me, age is just a number. I feel better now than I ever have. I’ve never been in better shape or in better tune with my body. With age comes wisdom – or at least it has in my book. One thing that has changed is my love for dresses – ha! Living in the south where it gets hot and sticky, I love wearing dresses. And I love this color of blue…that’s something that hasn’t changed. Blue is my fav.

I got this little diddy at Banana a few weeks ago. I just love everything about it – the neckline, the fit, the flare of the skirt, exposed zipper, the length. I could have put so many different colors with this dress, which makes it so versatile. I decided to wear my multi-colored wedges. I love these!

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Dress – Banana Republic; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex; Earrings – Banana Republic

Bring Out the White Jeans

I have never been a huge fan of white jeans…until last year. It took me forever to find the right pair. The fabric had to be thick and not see through and have just enough stretch. I found them at Madewell on sale – score! And I was surprised I wore them so much.

So when I saw these at Banana Republic (on sale!), I had to try them. They have the smallest pop of color with the navy piping down the sides. The fabric is not super thick, but not see through either. I’m 5’8″ and they hit perfectly at my ankle. Love when I don’t have to get my jeans hemmed!

I wasn’t sure if I could bust out the white jeans yet…you know, that silly white rule that you grew up with. No white before Memorial Day? All I have to say is WHATEVAAAAH! When it’s 75 degrees outside, it’s time for white jeans. And wedges. ‘Nough said.

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Top – Banana Republic (in store, but not online); Jeans – Banana Republic; Wedges – 7 for all Mankind; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel and Fitbit Flex :); Watch – Michael Kors

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Latest Finds at Banana Republic

When I was in Chicago last weekend, I made a style appointment at the Banana Republic on Michigan Ave. It’s a free service – and what a great way to get style tips from people who work in this industry every day. Not to mention this store is the most amazing BR I’ve ever been in!!

I had a wonderful girl help me. Although she really didn’t teach me much that I didn’t already know – it was awesome having someone pull a ton of stuff for me to try on! I was looking for spring and summer items, as well as some things I could take on an upcoming trip.

Another thing that was so great – it was like the whole store was on sale with another 40% off of sale items! Ahhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaahhhhh! So let’s see what she pulled for me!

Here’s the first round of things we pulled.

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I love stripes. This dress also has a great opening in the back. A nice thick fabric…good for an end-of-winter/transitioning-to-spring dress.

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These shorts are fabulous – a great jacquard fabric. I can’t find them online, but they had the navy color and a great mint color. Sadly, the mint wasn’t in my size 😦 And the striped shirt is very comfortable and would go with so much.

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While I love peplum tops, this one just made my girls look absolutely gigantic. I love how it made my waist look tiny, but it was just a little too much. It’s kind of comical comparing this top on me versus the model online!

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Bummed I couldn’t find either one of these below online – this great blouse or these shorts. The blouse is a great mint color; it is pretty sheer, so a cami is definitely needed. And these shorts are all around great – print, fabric, and fit. They are elastic waist and not tight around the legs at all.

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I have never been a huge white denim fan, but I’m becoming one. And these have just the right amount of detail with the navy piping. Sizing is a little crazy…the stylist actually brought me in four pairs of the same size because she said they can all be cut differently. And she was right! Now, let’s move on to this top…what cute detail! It’s polyester and zips up the back.

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I can’t find this top online either, but it’s a great flowy top and has gold buttons up the back. I love cute details like that. And it looks so good with these white jeans!

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Again, love the details on the top. This was online, but I think it sold out because now I can’t find it. It’s flowy and fun – I can see it with black shorts and wedges to dress it up a little.

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Then…she brought me a few more things that were all on the sales rack!

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I was hesitant to try this dress on, but I can see wearing it in the spring and fall. Love clothes that I can wear in multiple seasons. I love the hunter green color, even though they only have the turquoise one online.

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I absolutely LOVE the color of this dress – and the fabric. But on me, it bunched a little around my thighs. Not because it was tight, the fabric just laid on me wrong.

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Like I said, I’m drawn to stripes, BUT…the size 6 was a little big around my waist, and I think if I tried on a 4, it would have been too tight around the girls. I didn’t know if I loved the black pleats either. But, the fabric was nice and it was really comfortable.

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A dress with pockets? Yes, yes, yes! And this was a great price. But it laid a little funny on my chest. It kind of stuck out a little. It was a great tweed that wasn’t itchy at all.

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If you are close to a Banana Republic, I suggest you try and get in there before the 26th. It is an additional 40% off of the sale price! Another reason to get in the store? I find they actually mark items down further than they are online. For instance, some of these pieces I bought above were cheaper in the store – and I probably wouldn’t have purchased them if they were the price online.

Keep checking back to the blog to see what pieces I purchased and which ones I passed on!

Monogram Me with a Sweater

In the south, I’ve seen more monograms than ever before. Not sure why it’s so popular down here, but it just is. I’ve even seen monogram car decals. Yes, you read that right. People actually have monogrammed initials on their back car windows.

Well, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with this sweater for three reasons – 1. I love C. Wonder 2. I love the pink and navy combo of this sweater and 3. I knew exactly how I would style it. Oh…and if I have to add in a #4, the price was just right!

Now that I think about it, it’s also a little Laverne-esque, don’t you think? She sported the giant L back in the ’70s, so I thought why not sport a big E in the ’10s! I of course had to prep mine up a little with the collared shirt underneath. It’s my thing. πŸ™‚

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Sweater – C. Wonder (similar); Shirt – Banana Republic; Jeans – Old Navy; Booties – Tory Burch; Watch – Michael Kors

Do you have any monogrammed clothing items?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Love to Dress Up – Company Party

The other day, I posted about my trip to Boston. I went up there to attend my husband’s annual work party. And I have to say for a work party – it was a blast. With about 1,000 people there, everyone was having a great time. Eating, drinking, and dancing. What a fun company!

I’ve had this dress from Banana Republic for a while, and I absolutely loved it. I hate taking pictures with my little Sure Shot, but when it has to fit in a clutch, it’s all I got! πŸ™‚ The hot pink piping is my favorite part – and I’ve always like the red and pink combo. I guess it was perfect for around Valentine’s Day.

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Dress – Banana Republic (on sale!); Bracelet – J. Crew; Shoes – Target

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The next night, we headed to a great sushi place for dinner. Of course I wanted to wear another dress. This Juicy Couture dress was on sale right before Christmas. It was one of those “Hey, husband, I want this dress. Can you order it and put it under the tree for me?” It’s a great knit dress with cute jewels at the top. I knew I wanted to wear tights, since it was a wee bit chilly in Boston. And let’s not forget to mention how much I love the zipper that goes all the way down the back. It’s all about the details in my book.

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Dress – Juicy Couture; Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Tights – DKNY; Booties – Vince Camuto

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Do you love to dress up as much as I do?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

It’s In The Details

I love little details in clothing. For instance, this looks like a pretty general sweater from the front…

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But then when I turn around…

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BAM! There’s an adorable zipper down the back! I got this sweater from Banana Republic for a ridiculously good deal online the day after Christmas. They have a few other colors available, too. BR is having an additional 40% off right now – so it’s the perfect time to score this versatile piece.

It also happened to go very well with the statement necklace I got at J. Crew (yet again awesome after Christmas sale). And for some other cute detail – this Henri Bendel wrap bracelet. Who doesn’t love the little HB bows?!

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Feeling Bright

I asked for this necklace for Christmas, and was so happy it was wrapped in a pretty little box under the tree. It has such awesome colors – including neon! So when I was deciding what to wear, I thought, why the heck not make my entire outfit colorful?!

So I had a neon yellow/greenish sweater from forever ago (that I about got rid of this year) and the Camden pink pants from Banana Republic to make my colorful outfit complete. And let’s not forget the touch of leopard print in the shoes. Leopard goes with everything, right?!

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Sweater and Pants – Banana Republic; Necklace – J. Crew; Shoes – Coach; Watch – Banana Republic

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Blue Pants Please

Sometimes just putting on a colorful outfit makes me happy. Does that happen to you?

Well, I put on these blue jacquard pants – and the smile appeared.

Color = a happy Em

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Shirt and Pants – Banana Republic; Shoes – The Limited; Necklace and Bracelets – Stella & Dot

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