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Jude Connally Joy Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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I discovered Jude Connally a few years ago in a local ATL boutique. I instantly fell in love with the fabric. It never wrinkles…and it’s machine washable. Such great pieces for traveling. I was lucky to find this Joy Off-the-Shoulder dress on sale this summer before I headed out to Hilton Head! It was such a great dress for the beach. You can also wear this dress with the sleeves pulled up.

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If you wear them up though, be forewarned it makes the dress a lot shorter 🙂 It does look super cute this way too though. It would look super cute with wedges like the model has on, but I opted for an easy Jack Rogers Maci flat since I knew I would be walking around shopping. Can I also brag I got these on sale for almost 50% off?! I may like to shop, but I try and watch the dollar amount ALL the time. I love getting good deals if you haven’t noticed.

In the background, you’ll noticed the Salty Dog macaws they always have at their store in South Beach. These macaws have been there ever since I’ve been going there, which has been since the year 2000. We do a picture in front of these birds every single year. It’s so fun to go back and see how we’ve all changed over the years. But the birds have stayed the same. Ha!

Dress – Jude Connally Joy in Botanical Floral Fuchsia; Shoes – Jack Rogers Maci; Necklace – Spartina 449 Charleston; Bracelet – Lauren G Adams

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

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

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.

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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″!

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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 🙂

What I Wore in Key West

Last weekend, we visited Key West, Florida, for the first time. It’s a beautiful little beach town where you can relax or party hard. You can decide. Me, I chose the relaxing by the beach and pool with the occasional drink in hand and eating the fantastic food.

Now, I have to say I was probably THE most dressed up person on the entire island. But, I really don’t care. I love to dress up, so dress up I did. I didn’t do glitz and glam, but in this super casual place, I felt like I was definitely over dressed. It was fun though, dressing up and also enjoying my spray tan 🙂

If I go back there again, I will definitely pack differently. If I wear dresses at night, I will make sure I can wear flat sandals or flip flops. Cabs aren’t cheap – going just shy of 2 miles was about $12. I know…crazy! One night I did walk back from dinner in 4 inch platforms. Let’s just say by the time I got back to the hotel, my feet were very angry with me.

But…let’s get to the clothes!

Can you believe this is my first ever maxi skirt?! It is so comfortable and perfect to travel in. The weather was windy, cloudy, and a little cooler when we got there. But as soon as the sun came out, the scarf got ditched quickly.

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T-shirt – The Limited; Skirt – Gap; Sandals – Banana Republic; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and J. Crew; Scarf – Anthropologie; Sunglasses and Purse – Louis Vuitton; Watch – Rolex

So, it was a little cool with the breeze, so I definitely have a pashmina hidden in that purse. But I bought this dress at Poppy’s in Atlanta at a trunk show. It is an amazing fabric that packed very well. The wrinkles just fell out. If you follow this blog at all, y’all know I love stripes…and this color combination is one of my favs.

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Dress – Jude Connally; Sandals – Seychelles; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Spartina; Purse – Coach; Earrings – Banana Republic

The hubs actually bought me this Hale Bob dress at the end of last summer off of Rue La La. So I guess it was a good to wear it on his birthday trip. Truthfully, I didn’t know how much I liked the funky print until I tried it on…and having a tan helps!

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Dress – Hale Bob; Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Sandals – Charles by Charles David

We went out to the Westin on Sunset Key one night for dinner at Latitudes. Let’s just say it was the most gorgeous sunset dinner view I have ever seen. AND the food was amazing. I got this dress at the Juicy Couture store in Chicago last summer on super sale. Fun and vibrant for a tropical vacay! And since we love Disney cruises, it was fun seeing the Wonder pull out of the port.

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Dress – Juicy Couture; Sandals – Charles by Charles David; Bracelet – Banana Republic

One of my coworkers and friends had been to Key West a couple of months beforehand and recommended going on a sunset cruise on the Hindu. It was so incredibly peaceful – and the sunset was breathtaking. I knew I was going to walk home after, so I opted for flip flops – thank goodness this maxi was short enough that I wasn’t tripping on it!

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Dress – The Impeccable Pig; Flip flops – Henri Bendel; Bracelet – Tory Burch

Have you been to Key West? What did you pack to wear? Did you overpack like I did – as all I wore during the day was a swimsuit!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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