What to Wear Wednesday: Neon and Neutrals

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a lovely week so far! I woke up this morning and swore it was Thursday so I’m having a bit of a difficult time adjusting. Hopefully as the day goes on I’ll get more acquainted with the right day of the week ;) Of course I’m already looking forward to the weekend where I plan to do a little shopping! With my brother’s wedding right around the corner, I need to get shoes to go with bridesmaids dress and a dress for the rehearsal dinner! Finding the perfect dress for the rehearsal is proving slightly difficult as it needs to be conservative enough to wear in the church but still fun and cocktail appropriate! If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!

In the meantime though, I thought I’d fill you in on the details of the dress I wore to the most recent bridal shower. In addition to celebrating my brother’s beautiful bride-to-be, I have loved finding the perfect feminine dresses for the bridal showers. For this one, I turned to LOFT who never lets me down. I spotted this dress online actually and was immediately lusting after it but when I saw it in person, I knew it had to be mine. To make matters even better, they were having a 40% off sale that day (LOFT always has amazing sales) so the dress was in my hot little hands immediately after entering the store. What I loved so much about the dress is that it combines neutrals with the neon pink for an unexpected pop. In fact, I love this combo so much that I foresee creating it in future outfits as well!

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

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Dress: LOFT

Shoes: Nine West // House of Harlow

Bracelet: Forever 21 // Betsey Johnson

 

Questions: 

-What are some of your favorite color combos?

What to Wear Wednesday: Selfie Snaps

Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well and that the lucky few of you who are on spring break right now are enjoying it to the fullest! Although I’ve been acting like spring is in the air, it’s actually been quite cold in SF the past few days and now I’ve found myself back in tights and boots…ugh. But hopefully this is the last of it because I have too many pastels and dresses just waiting to be worn! For my What to Wear Wednesday posts I try and make them look more fashion-blogger by doing little photo shoots so the picture looks nice. But let’s face it, I’m not a full time blogger so many days outfit posts just don’t happen. When that’s the case, I sometimes have a slightly embarrassing habit of taking pictures in the mirror. Sometimes I’ll send them to friends to show them what I’m wearing to an event or on a date and sometimes, I have them just for me. They are a great way to see how an outfit photographs and for me to remember what I’m wearing. So I thought it would be fun today to show you some of the outfits you haven’t seen before that I’ve been wearing! This is also proof that I don’t always have my hair down and straight!

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Dress: BCBGeneration, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Juicy Couture

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Target, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West

 

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Sweater: LOFT, Tank: Heritage 1981, Pants: LOFT, Shoes: Target

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Dress: Target, Heels: Nine West, Bracelet: LOFT

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Questions:

-Do you ever take “selfie” shots?

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I was originally supposed to go away this past weekend but given my recent health issues, I decided that it was best to stay home and relax. I’ve been trying to really decrease my activities lately so that I can recover from this and my hope is that soon I’ll be back on my feet and going full steam ahead like I’m used to. In the interim though, I’m trying to focus on resting! One great resting activities is going to the movies and I was really excited to see Admission this weekend. I read the book and enjoyed so I was looking forward to seeing Paul Rudd and Tina Fey’s interpretation. I must say that I didn’t really like it. I mean it was ok, but if you read the book it was kind of the polar opposite. The book is almost 500 pages, serious in nature and there are secrets that aren’t revealed until 2/3rds of the way through. The movie however took a much lighter perspective, would only give a line about what in the book was a complex story and introduced the secrets in the very beginning of the movie. It wasn’t that it was bad, but it was just kind of a disappointment. To counter that though, I watched my absolute favorite book-turned movie, One Day. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your to-see list because it is fabulous! With Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, the movie and book explores the characters relationship on one day over the course of twenty years. It’s just amazing. And now that I’ve rambled a bit, let me show you some other scenes from the weekend.

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With the warm weather I’ve once again become addicted to Unsweetened Passion teas… I’ve had one every day this weekend! But considering I haven’t had coffee since November I think this is an ok indulgence!

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A fabulous Saturday afternoon pedicure with great reading material and an even better friend by my side… my mom!

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A wonderful Palm Sunday at church celebrating the first day of Holy Week

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Adorable bunny topiary made it feel like Spring!

One other event that was unpictured was watching the first Indy race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida! I rushed home from church to catch the second half on tv (my dvr hasn’t been working, ugh) and it was such an amazing race! My favorite driver Scott Dixon did an amazing job and it was an exciting race all around! I’ve been missing Indy in my life and I’m so glad that the season has finally started. Just don’t ask me about March Madness because I don’t know a thing about it… I’m too busy watching Indy!

Questions:

-What did you do this weekend?

-How do you feel about books being turned into movies?

What to Wear Wednesday: Ladylike Lace

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a wonderful week so far! Thank you all so much for your support for my People.com contest, you are seriously the best and I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends and readers. Even if I don’t get it, it was a fun opportunity and hey, if anything, I have a screenshot of myself on People.com. That’s pretty cool in my book.

So many of you asked about the coral dress I wore to my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower that I thought it deserved it’s own post! I originally spotted this dress on another blogger named Emily aka Cupcakes and Cashmere and thought it looked so perfect for a shower. Given that I was really sick for the few weeks leading up to the shower, I also couldn’t go out and go shopping, so I took a chance and ordered it online but not before tweeting with Emily to ask about the sizing. (Quick sidebar: I LOVE it when fellow bloggers and companies answer questions like this on Twitter. It makes the online ordering process so much easier and makes you feel like a valued reader/consumer. AKA It’s cool.) Anyway, Emily let me know that it runs a little on the small side which was helpful since I knew I wouldn’t have time to exchange for a different size if it didn’t fit.

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I’m not sure why my legs look like two different colors–I promise it was not a spray-tan gone wrong!

What’s also fun about this very ladylike dress is that it has a little twist when you turn around. The little cutout provides an element of surprise but it’s fairly small so it remains demure enough to match the rest of the dress. Also, what I love is the placement of the cutout. Too often, back cutouts make it impossible to wear a bra but this one is low enough that it still works.

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I decided to pair my dress with simple pearls to really up the ladylike vibe for the shower and a pair of nude shoes. Days before the shower I realized in a panic that my favorite nude pumps had seen better days and that the nail was coming through the heel. Does anyone else have this problem? I guess when I strut I’m really hard on my heels! ;) Anyway, it gave me a chance to find a new pair but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and was in a serious time crunch. Enter: Ross. I stopped in one evening and saw these perfect heels just waiting for me! All in all, I’m really happy with how the outfit came together and can’t wait to wear this dress again soon!

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Dress: Dolce Vita (my dress!) // Lily Rose at Kohls

Necklace: Bloomingdales // Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Heels: MICHAEL Michael Kors // BCBGeneration

Questions:

-What’s your favorite ladylike look?

-Are you hard on your shoes too? Dying to know that I’m not alone here…

What to Wear Wednesday: Bow Belt

Hi lovelies, happy Wednesday! I hope that you are all having a great week so far and are as happy as I am that we are one step closer to the weekend! I feel like everyone around me is sick lately and I’m doing my best not to get it and loading up on the Airborne these days, though to be honest, I’m not even sure that stuff works. But it can’t hurt, right? That plus plenty of water- the past few weeks I’ve been working on drinking at least 2 liters a day and so far, so good.

I’m so glad that you guys like the new Fashion and Parties pages. While putting my fashion page together, I realized something… I do the same pose in practically every picture. Apparently I have a signature pose that I showcase for you each and every week- but now that I’ve noticed it I’ll try to change it up a bit! My outfit below is a current favorite of mine. I got the dress one evening at a store I rarely shop at– H&M. I know some people have tons of luck there but for me it’s always a hit or miss. Luckily, it was a hit that night. What it’s  hard to see in the picture is that the dress actually has a zipper all the way down the front which spices it up a bit. I decided to add the bow belt in a coordinating slate shade for a little interest and to define my waist a bit. And because it’s definitely a busy dress, kept it simple and classic with jewelry.

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Dress: H&M, Belt: H&M, Tights: Unknown, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift to myself in Paris, Bracelet: Forever21

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (not printed, but love this) // Asos

Belt: Tory Burch // Forever 21

Necklace: Ippolita // Kohls

Bangle: Vince Camuto // Style & Co

Questions:

-Would you wear a bow belt?

-What stores are hit or miss for you?

What to Wear Wednesday: Dots

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a great week so far and aren’t too caught up in the holiday craziness. This week has been so busy with last minute details, a growing to-do list, and tons of things to wrap up at the office. But with that being said, I’m trying to really take to heart what I said in my last post and focus on one matters. I know that everything will all come together in the end! In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share with you what I wore to a recent holiday party. It was a casual get-together/potluck, so I knew that I didn’t want to be too dressed up but still wear something a little festive.

Lately, I’ve been into polka dots, a print I don’t usually embrace. (It seems like so long ago that I wasn’t sure how I felt about stripes!) I now own a polka dot top, sweater and dress. So why not add pants to the mix right? When I spotted these pants I was immediately drawn to them, and then wondered how they would look on- polka dots on pants seemed a little crazy for someone newly adopting this print. But I decided to give them a go and am so glad I did. They have a straight leg denim cut and are in my favorite color of the season.

Shirt: LOFT, Pants: LOFT, Necklace: Tiffany, Shoes: Target

Shirt: LOFT, Pants: LOFT, Necklace: Tiffany, Shoes: Target

Since it was a holiday party, I decided to wear a brightly colored top to match the pants but I’m already so excited about future pairings! I think a chambray shirt will definitely be happening! I also love the pants with a nude heel but decided these were a little more casual for the occasion.

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Top: C&C California // Loft

Pants: Paige //Topshop (Love these!)

Necklace: Tiffany (This is mine!) // Target

Questions:

-Would you wear polka dot pants?

-What print do you not usually wear?

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: A Nod to Mod

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a great week so far! Despite working late, I had a wonderful night last night because I got to see my best friend who was in town! Chelsea and I have been best friends since we were 3 (photographic evidence here) and we have maintained our friendship despite always going to separate schools and for the past few years, living in different places. But last night we were reunited and it was fabulous. We had so much to chat about that we tried to fit in and there is something so wonderful about having so much shared history with someone. Not only do they get you, but they know all the reasons why you are that way. She is a fabulous best friend and I am so very lucky. Thankfully, this small dose of time won’t have to hold us over for as long as usual as I’ll get to see her again later in the month. Yay!

Since I knew we were doing dinner, I wanted to wear something a little fun yesterday. I picked this dress up at LOFT a month or so ago when it was on sale and finally decided to wear it. When I saw it on the hanger, I was about to pass right by it but I lingered because I loved the color. Yet it was the opposite of the dresses I usually wear- I never go for drop waist, shift dresses and usually favor a more fitted sheath style. But I decided what the heck and tried it on. I was shocked by how much I loved it and knew that I needed to get it for the very fact that I don’t own anything like it! I was able to get this dress on super sale because it technically is a sleeveless summer dress. However, I knew when I tried it on that it would look great with tights. This dress is also a petite, which I usually don’t wear but I appreciated that it made the dress slightly more fitted and a little shorter. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something on even if it isn’t your usual style or size- you might end up loving it!

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Dress: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Target

Styling this I knew it would need a statement necklace and I chose my favorite gold one as a point of interest with the high neckline. I hadn’t originally intended to wear my hair up when I chose my outfit, but I think it totally works here and gives it a little Audrey Hepburn feel. I paired it with my tallest black wedges for a sleek line to dress it up but I also think it would be great with a pair of knee-high flat boots for a more casual look.

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Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal // Asos (on sale!)

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Bauble Bar

Shoes: Kate Spade // Aldo

Question:

What  fashion item do you usually shy away from?