I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! I must confess, I have been enjoying my fall break in Rosemary with the kiddos and Mr. Wonderful, so my blog was on the back burner all week. There is nothing like a week away from home to recharge the batteries. Lucky for me, it also happened to be South Walton Fashion Week, so I was able to attend a number of shows and to see some amazing new emerging talent (as well as the Christian Siriano pre-show peek at Alys beach!) The weather was perfect – blue skies, puffy clouds and a great breeze. Since the show was outdoors, I decided to keep things fun and easy with this super cute pink full skirt (I had mine shortened) and a loose white button down shirt. To give the outfit a little “edge”, I added my studded pumps and a fun belt. I also grabbed my favorite new clutch from Misela (which I purchased at Atrium RTW at a recent trunk show; and the best part – I got to pick my colors and stitching, so of course it is blush pink….)
I hope everyone has been having a great week! The rain has been falling steadily here, but today started with a glimmer of sunshine through my window and it is amazing how much my mood has improved. As I recall sunnier days, I am taken back to this photo shoot from Rosemary Beach…..I am always looking for a fun flirty dress, and when I came across this one it was instant love! The black background with the cream embroidery is the perfect balance of delicate and flirty, and the ruffles across the bodice complement the fun, flirty feel. The dress also comes in a mint green which is gorgeous!
Given all of the embroidery and ruffles on this dress (which deserve to be the center of attention), I added no accessories other than my usual daily jewelry, black block heels (totally on trend) and a black-detailed straw bag. As you know, I love an item of clothing that can do double duty – I have also styled this dress as a fun top, adding a long black skirt and a wide black belt on bottom – no one was the wiser! The dress became two separate pieces of clothing, which makes it a great option for vacation packing….
I have also styled with dress with black ballet flats and a chic black cross-body bag for easy day-to-day errands after school drop-off.
I hope that gives you some good ideas for multiple stylings for the dress!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I enjoyed the lack of rain thoroughly until Sunday evening that is…but the rain allowed me to indulge in my favorite new podcast – Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People by Chris Gethard. Ever since the Serial Podcast I have pretty much become hooked and am always looking for a new one and the premise of this is hysterical. The host Chris Gethard who is a comedian by trade gets a phone call and he cannot hang up no matter what and cannot stay on the line for more than an hour. It is conversation at its best! I am amazed at how much is realized by individuals and some of it is hysterical and some is heart breaking. But the bottom line is nothing is off-limits – the anonymity created causes some pretty big revelations…check it out here.
I also did some summer shopping – summer travels are around the corner and since I will be spending most of my time at the beach I want clothing that can be transformed from casual to dinner or brunch chic. I came across this top and it has a Chanel-esque quality that I love! It is a bit shredded around the neck and the perfect light weight for summer. Also the boxy shape is silly comfortable!
I added the casual cropped denim, comfy gold slides and grabbed my Céline and I was ready to roll…
I apologize – I have spent the past two weeks hanging out with my mom, so the blog has largely been on vacation. We just got back from Rosemary Beach, where it was perfect weather other than one day of rain when we arrived. Actually I do not mind a little rain on vacation – it is the perfect excuse to curl up in my window nook with a good book. I am currently reading Uncovered by Leah Lax, and I cannot say enough good things about this book – run (do not walk) and get it immediately. Leah was my Table Talk speaker last week at the University of Houston Women’s Studies event. She is an amazing speaker and her life story is captivating – she had the entire table hanging on her every word. I do not want to give too much away, but I promise you will be just as enthralled as I am. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts about the book if you get a chance to read it.
I just discovered this new knitwear collection by Zara and I am completely smitten. This skirt and sweater are extremely soft and light weight, making them the perfect pieces for a beach vacation. I intend to wear the skirt with a fitted T-shirt and a sweater to stay warm in restaurants at dinner (we tend to over air-condition everything here in Houston…) During the day with flip-flops it will be extremely casual, and at night I just need a pair of heels and some jewelry and I am ready to roll.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I embraced my inner Texas and went to the rodeo yesterday. My kids had a blast – I came home and fell asleep at 5:30pm…..and proceeded to sleep until morning. Thank you Mr. Wonderful for letting me take the evening and night off!
I love tassels – doesn’t everyone? There is a huge resurgence in tassels this spring. I see them everywhere from scarves to shoes (hello flats and sandals here). I saw the tassels on this dress and was pretty sold. That small detail elevates this from a boring white tunic to pure fun. It is a heavy weight cotton, not see through at all (which can be a problem with white sometimes). I threw on my favorite new necklace and hints of blue and I was ready for my beach stroll…..
I hope everyone had a good weekend! I am writing this entry as I am watching the finale of Downton Abbey and I do appreciate the entire series being tied with a bow (even the bow has bows). I feel very satisfied after six series. No spoilers here…
I spent the weekend enjoying the gorgeous weather and very casual attire. I found these kicks and my feet thank me every time I wear them. They are comfy and chic – a hard combination to achieve! It is a bit chilly in the morning – so I grabbed my favorite current jacket. I pretty much wear it everyday (seen here over a dress). The key to wearing kicks is to wear a slightly dressed up outfit and then bring it back to earth with the sneakers. High heels would have made this impossible to run around at the zoo…..you know I have tried that before and it didn’t go well.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent the weekend enjoying the sunshine and even went out to the Antique Fair off I-45. It was a few hours spent in the sunshine hunting for treasures. An ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The off the shoulder trend has morphed into a shoulder-less trend for Spring. It is a very cool way to be sexy and show some skin but still retain modesty coverage. I am a huge fan! While at the beach I came across this blush pink shoulder less dress and had to have it. It is very light weight and the pale pink is great for tanned skin. It was a bit chilly so I threw on my current favorite jacket. I have pretty much been living in this jacket since I picked it up.
I enjoy multi-use clothing and I can’t wait to use the dress as a cover up for the beach this summer (insert swoon emoticon).
Sorry for the late post today, but I have been unpacking and getting back into the swing of things. The beach was just dreamy – there is no other way for me to say it. I LOVE our new house, and I cannot wait to start putting my personal stamp on it. I was extremely busy with getting the house ready, but I generally found time for some fun lunches and dinners. I adore this dress that I wore out to lunch – it is extremely lightweight and the shape is fun and flirty for summer.Throw in the gingham print (which reminds me of the Dorothy dress from Oz, but much chicer and more modern), and that coupled with my mood was the trifecta of fabulous.
With Oz heavy on my brain I added a straw bag by Olive design. One of my dearest friends just started her own business making these fabulous straw bags and I am madly in love with them. They are the perfect size and extremely whimsical – so of course they have my name all over them! Follow her on Instagram and place an order (she does custom orders – can anyone say blush pink?)
It is so great to be home! I had a fabulous time but I am excited to sleep in my own bed. I am on a completely wacky schedule right now – with the 10 hour time difference I am up at 3am and exhausted by 5pm. I will work on fixing that this week. There were so many amazing things in Dubai that I don’t even know where to start. The food was incredible – I had a wide range of cuisines including French, Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian and more kinds of burgers than I can mention. Dubai is a city that is very much on the rise – there is construction everywhere! The construction happens all day and night long and as a result things get done incredibly fast. It is an architects paradise – if you can dream it you can bring it to life.
I had one day of really good shopping in Dubai and I had to take advantage! I pulled out my handy quilted skater shoes and this super comfy top. This outfit was great for the endless walking and the top was perfect for a leisurely casual day (I also wore it out to a fun dinner).
Ruffle hem top (on sale with extra 40% off today online with code XTRA40)
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It is full on holiday party time and I wanted to share this amazing dress I just came across! I have a thing for ostrich feathers – they are soft, fun and give such great texture to an outfit. This dress had me at first glance. I kept things simple with an all black outfit but added a pop of silver with the clutch. This dress is great for many occasions – holiday party, girls night out and of course New Year’s Eve! I can not wait to restyle it!