Flirty & Feminine: Black Ruffled Dress

Hello lovelies!

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!

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Ruffle Dress (in mint green here)

block heels (and here)

Olive Design Bag

Cartier bracelets, Zadoks custom ring

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Tweed Top Styled Three Ways

Hello lovelies!

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…

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tweed shell (on sale right now)

cropped denim

clip dot scarf (50% off right now)

Céline bag

gold slides (similar ones here)

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