Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lace Hem / Fringe Mini

white sweater with lace hem, gold watch, black crossbody bag, black fringe skirt
white sweater with lace hem, gold watch, black crossbody bag, black fringe skirt, bow ballerina flats
white sweater with lace hem, gold watch, black crossbody bag, black fringe skirt
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Lakeside sunglasses (similar - $25; similar - $12)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
sweater: Massimo Dutti knit sweater with lace detail (similar - on sale; similar)
watch: Olivia Burton midi dial bracelet watch, 30mm in gold - removed 3 links (sold here)
phone case: Apple smart battery case (sold here)
skirt: Banana Republic fringe knit mini (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)
bag: Saint Laurent medium Universite bag (sold at Saint Laurent / Net-a-Porter; similar)
shoes: Valentino bow ballerina flats (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Neon Yellow + Orange

neon yellow top, orange clutch, olive green pencil skirt, nude heels, gold watch
neon yellow top, orange clutch, olive green pencil skirt, gold watch
neon yellow top, orange clutch, olive green pencil skirt, nude heels, gold watch
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Lakeside sunglasses (similar - $25; similar - $12)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: J.Crew vintage cotton dolman t-shirt (sold here - on sale; similar)
watch: Olivia Burton midi dial bracelet watch, 30mm in gold - removed 3 links (sold here)
rings: Nadri trinity pave ring in rose gold/silver (sold here)
skirt: Ann Taylor floral lace pencil skirt (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)
clutch: J.Crew Claremont perforated clutch (similar - on sale)
nail polish on toes: Deborah Lippmann Naked (sold here)
shoes: Express low heeled sandals - TTS, sz 6 (sold here; similar)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pastels for Fall

light pink tweed top with pearls, white lace pencil skirt, gold watch, burgundy tote, nude pumps
light pink tweed top with pearls, white lace pencil skirt, gold watch, burgundy tote
light pink tweed top with pearls, white lace pencil skirt, gold watch, burgundy tote, nude pumps
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Lakeside sunglasses (similar - 50% off w/code FALLFAST; similar - 40% off w/code FALLFEST)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: Zara tweed top with faux pearl details - sz S (sold here)
watch: Olivia Burton midi dial bracelet watch, 30mm in gold - removed 3 links (sold here)
rings: Nadri trinity pave ring in rose gold/silver (sold here)
skirt: LOFT floral lace pencil skirt (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)
bag: Tory Burch Robinson pebbled square tote (similar)
shoes: Manolo Blahnik nude patent BB pumps in 70mm - sz 36.5 (sold here; similar; similar - 50% off w/code FALLFAST)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Faux Fur / Tulle / Leopard

faux fur scarf, black long sleeved top, black shoulder bag, gold jewelry, dark gray tulle midi skirt, leopard pumps
faux fur scarf, black long sleeved top, black shoulder bag, gold jewelry, dark gray tulle midi skirt
faux fur scarf, black long sleeved top, black shoulder bag, gold jewelry, dark gray tulle midi skirt, leopard pumps
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Lakeside sunglasses (similar - 50% off w/code FALLFAST; similar - 40% off w/code FALLFEST)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
scarf: Ann Taylor faux fur scarf (similar; similar - on sale)
top: Ann Taylor jewel neck long sleeve tee (similar - 50% off w/code FALLFAST)
ring: Elizabeth and James Windrose (sold at Shopbop / Zappos; similar - 20% off w/code JEWELRY)
bracelet: Ann Taylor modern classic skinny bangle (similar)
phone case: Apple smart battery case (sold here)
skirt: Banana Republic pleated tulle midi skirt - sz 00P (sold here - 40% off; similar; similar)
bag: Chanel reissue in 226 (pre-owned; similar)
shoes: J.Crew Colette d'orsay pumps in leopard calf hair (similar - 50% off w/code FALLFAST; similar)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

We went to a wedding over the weekend at the historic Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore. The architecture style of the venue plus the formal dress code immediately made me think romantic, tulle, embellished dresses -- like BHLDN.

I've never really had a good excuse to wear tulle... until now. I was thinking a Thread & Needle blue/gray tulle maxi skirt with a J.Crew bow top. I loved the swishy-ness of the maxi skirt, but never truly found a top I loved -- one that was dressy enough and went with the skirt. I think subconsciously I knew I would be "settling" so I never completely stopped the search.

Lo and behold, the perfect dress appeared when I was casually browsing Bloomingdale's sale section one day. There was only one problem -- because the color I wanted (navy) was on sale, size selection was limited *cue crying emoji* Reviews were mixed regarding the fit, so I kept debating whether I should give the larger sizes a try (definitely runs small through the ribs). I ended up sleeping on it. When I woke the next morning and refreshed the page, smaller sizes magically appeared -- yay for overnight re-stocks!

I loved this dress even more in person when I tried it on. The color (navy is the new black), the heavy fabric which created the beautiful voluminous high-low skirt that swished as I walked. The only negative was the strapless top -- never been a fan only because I don't have much to hold it up. In all honesty though, a non-strapless top would've made the dress look busier, and I probably would've passed. The simple strapless top balanced out the full skirt.

When I showed DH the dress, he immediately said, "You look... loud." What? But I'm not wearing a bold color! I definitely don't want to stand out and upstage the bride. So he clarified with, "You take up a lot of space." I chalked this up to another example of how guys view things differently -- all my girlfriends gave their thumbs up approval. I know I look good, so he'll just have to deal with me invading his personal space, hahaha. I recounted this story multiple times throughout the night of the wedding because I got so many compliments (pockets were a huge hit!) from other girls.

It's funny how I was so sure of the vision of my initial outfit, only to end up wearing a dress that is a complete 180 -- structured, plain, heavy fabric. I accessorized with a statement necklace to add interest up top, but chose simple nude heels to keep the attention on the full skirt.
gemstone necklace, navy strapless high low dress, nude shoulder bag, nude heels
gemstone necklace, navy strapless high low dress, nude shoulder bag, nude heels
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
necklace: Banana Republic Montana heirloom necklace (sold here - on sale)
dress: C/MEO Collective Great Expectations strapless dress - sz XS (sold here - 25% off w/code FRIENDS; similar; similar)
bag: Valentino small glam lock shoulder bag in blush (sold here; similar; similar)
nail polish on toes: Deborah Lippmann Naked (sold here)
shoes: Express low heeled sandals - TTS, sz 6 (sold here; similar)

Photos thanks to DH!
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