Glitz and Glam: Holiday Dresses

Christmas commercials started running before Halloween, and everyone wants to get into the holiday spirit already, but I’m still actually in Thanksgiving mode.  It’s feeling like fall and I’m absolutely loving it, BUT like it or not… this is the time when you need to start thinking about holiday dresses.

It’s like Murphy’s law – when you go shopping the day before an event for a party dress, you’ll have a hard time finding anything… so by being prepared, and keeping an eye out for pretty dresses when you’re out and about in November means that you’ll find THE perfect dress, with plenty of time to spare.

What I really want this year is sparkle.  I said it last year and ended up in a black dress… this year, I’m on the hunt for glitz and glam.  Here are a few that I’ve rounded up online…

New Years Eve Sparkle

Sparkle comes in so many different forms, I had to break these finds into a few separate categories – geometric beading, all over sequins, and Gatsby inspired sparkle.

The geometric beaded dresses were so “cool girl” – they skimmed the body with shift style silhouettes, and in my mind seem a little more transitional… even though they have head to toe sparkle, they seem like something that you could wear even in warmer months…

The all over sequin dresses are so classic for the holiday… the black or deep blue would be amazing for a corporate Christmas party, and the one shoulder and gold sequin dress would be amazing on NYE.

And perhaps my favorite… the Gatsby inspired dresses – so fun!  I LOVE the beaded tassles on the short black strapless number (how fun would that be to dance in??), and the copper beading that has the look of flames is sexy and fun while still being ladylike.

What do you think??  Any favorite dresses in the bunch??

I Heart Booty

Not what you were expecting to read about this morning??  Sorry… I just had the urge to write about my love of booty… errr… booties I should say. Get your minds out of the gutter!
I wasn’t a believer when girls first started wearing ankle boots several years back – hard to believe, coming from someone who owns several pairs and several styles now, but I love them, and I think it’s clear that everyone else loves them too. Yep, booties are here to stay, since they are quite literally everywhere… there are booties for a night out, booties for a casual date, booties appropriate for work, and booties dedicated to play time.
I’ve rounded up my favorites from each category… and there are 9 categories… I should add that I LIMITED myself to 9.  Originally I had 14!
From left to right:

Ladylike Booties: with a streamlined heel, these booties from JCrew are totally office appropriate and would look pulled together and lady like with cropped trousers, or a pencil skirt.
Biker Booties: I’ve been on the hunt for a great pair of biker-esque booties.  How great would these be with black leggings and a long tunic-y sweater during the winter.  Perfect for rainy weather, and a little tough.
Caged Booties: Sexy thang! Likely not office appropriate, but great for weekend and evening wear. THESE boots were made for walking (figuratively… of course)
“Everywhere” Booties: I call them everywhere booties because you could pretty much wear them anywhere.  To dinner, to work, or to a casual event.  The heel dresses things up a bit, but won’t seem fussy in a situation where everyone else is wearing flip flops.
Going out Booties: Too hot to trot… perfect for a night of dancing, and is it me, or are the gold accents what MAKES these??
Playtime Booties: Channel your inner Pocahontas. These are great weekend boots – fun for a night at the movies or casual dinner.  Also great for chasing kiddos and running errands since I bet they’re as comfy as a pair of slippers.
Western Booties: My favorite pair of booties have a bit of a western flair to them and I’m on the hunt for a replacement actually.  I find that the dip along the shaft of the boot (is that the correct technical term) is super flattering around the ankle, and these look great with all skirts and dresses.
Flat Booties: Running around for errands, or holiday shopping?  Invest in a cool pair of flat boots.  Easy to take off in the dressing room, and comfy enough to tromp around all day.  These boots actually ARE made for walking… literally.
Wild Booties: Meow.  I mean these are just amazing.  With an all black outfit???  So SOO good.

Fall Capes

Happy first week of fall!!

What better way to welcome my favorite season – full of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and crisp sunny weather – than with a little fashion inspiration around one of my favorite fall trends…

The Cape!

I LOVE the classic east coast feel of the cape… so essentially “Ralph Lauren”.  Totally fabulous and equestrian, right?? It looks like you just hopped off your horse, and are running inside for a steaming cup of apple cider.

Aside from being a chic little layer, they are possibly the easiest way to look pulled together on a cool day. Pull on a pair of jeans and riding boots and you’re ready to go!

I love the hooded version to keep the hair dry and frizz free on foggy mornings, as much as I love the lighter version where your arms are exposed.
How cute does this look with black tights and ankle boots??

And of course, plaid is just a classic… this hunter green is just AMAZING!

The lighter knit versions are also awesome – one of my favorite layering pieces is a dark grey cape I bought 3 years ago.  It’s gotten more use than half the things in my closet!

And of course, you can never go wrong with classic black… this heavy wool version is perfect for late fall when it’s REALLY chilly.

With capes on the mind, I’ve pulled together a few favorites…

The first row – the classic neutral cape…

The second row – the slouchier, lighter cape for layering…

The third row – the statement cape…

Fall Capes

Moschino Cheap Chic coat / Duro olowu, $1,795 / Msgm / Ralph Lauren Blue Label alpaca poncho / Cashmere cape / Lauren Ralph Lauren plaid cape coat, $350 / Coast wool cape, $310 / Patrizia pepe, $290 / Coat, $120 / Dorothy Perkins cape coat / Ralph lauren / Ralph Lauren military cape coat

So, what’s your take on the fall cape?  Do you love them as much as I do??
Happy Shopping!

Powder Pink Winter Coat

I need a new coat like I need another hole in my head.  Which is to say, I don’t need a new coat, BUT… how amazing would it be to trot about town this winter in one of these??

Pink Coats

Gianluca Capannolo pink coat / RED Valentino wool coat, $865 / Sartoria Italiana Vintage pleated wool coat / RED Valentino coat / Jigsaw leather coat, $395

A soft pink wool coat!  LOVE. And if Kate Beckensale is on board, I am too!

Amazing with grey, perfect to dress up jeans… Obviously fab with black and white, and the perfect femme touch for leather pants.

AND… if you weren’t already sold it’s a breath of fresh air among the black, grey, and brown colors of winter!  Don’t you want to stand out??

Perhaps this will go on my Christmas wish list this year…..

The Comeback of the One Piece

Summer is coming to a close in most parts of the country, which means that it’s back to school time for most families.  That’s why September is one of my favorite times to vacation – all the kiddos are back in school, so the resorts and beaches have fewer tantrum throwing toddlers.  AMEN to that!! With vacation on the brain, let’s talk about swimsuits, shall we?

While I still love a good bikini, I know I’m not the only one who has been on a vacation, chowing down on tacos and margaritas, and wishing for a little more… “coverage” in the tummy area.  Am I right??  I’ve spotted A LOT of really amazing options out there with retro cuts, figure flattering shapes, and deep plunging necklines…

I pulled together a few of my favorites:

One Pieces

Mink Pink one piece swimsuit, $115 / ASOS one piece swimsuit, $54 / La Blanca one piece swimsuit / ASOS one piece swimsuit, $44 / Zimmermann one piece swimsuit / Topshop one piece swimsuit / Lisa Marie Fernandez one piece swimsuit / Miraclesuit one piece swimsuit, $220 / Caffé Swimwear one piece swimsuit / Topshop one piece swimsuit / CHROMAT one piece swimsuit / Roksanda Ilincic one piece swimsuit / Melissa Odabash one piece swimsuit

I have so many favorites in this bunch, it’s hard to narrow it down!!

I mean, the red and hot pink number is A-MA-ZING, and the color-blocked waist will visually shrink your middle.    The retro shapes are also so awesome – the strapless styles, that have a corseted look and feel are so “South Pacific”.  The black with the white piping and the tropical top with the navy bottom is also adorable.

I actually ordered the navy plunge one-piece from ASOS, and hope it fits!  (never know with European sizing…)

So what do you think?? Would you rock a one-piece on your next vacation, or stick with the bikini??

Summer Rompers

I’ve never felt that I could successfully pull off a romper, but after seeing a few girls wear them last weekend in Napa, I really want one of my own.  There is just something about a girl who wears a romper that says “cool factor”… although I realize saying “cool factor” makes me sound like kind of the opposite… I never was too cool.

Anyways… how cute are these??


Lanvin / MaxMara jump suit, $530 / RED Valentino , $355 / Dorothy Perkins / Forever 21 romper

I pulled together a few of my favorites here, and I think each has it’s different purpose – clockwise from the far left there’s the work appropriate pants version, the sexy cut out version perfect for Miami or Vegas, the relaxed aztec print version, the dressy black lace version, the floaty feminine version, and the pretty ladylike version.

The reason I’ve never seriously attempted one myself is because I have a long torso, and the last thing I want to do is look like I’m trying to squeeze into kids clothing, BUT what I’ve found is that by following a few rules, just about anyone can pull one off…

1.  Make sure that it’s long enough
Not only do the shorts have to be long enough, but the body has to be long enough too otherwise it will ride up, and make for possibly the most unflattering outfit.  Ever.  EVER.

2.  Make sure they nip in at the waist
If you are wearing a romper that’s too baggy, you’ll look dumpy – for lack of a better word.  Belt it, cinch it, do whatever you have to, but be sure your waist is defined.

3.  Make sure the shorts (or pants) are loose and pull away from your legs
This rule also applies to wearing shorts, and there is nothing less flattering than shorts that are too tight around your legs.  Period.

Andddd, I’m off to do a little online shopping… I need to find me a romper!

Leopard Print Flats

You guys!  I’m SO sad!  My beloved leopard print flats that I pretty much wear every. single. day. are on their last legs.  You can’t really tell from this picture, but after two years of constant wear, they are literally ripping at the seams!  So sad!

These are the Sam Edelman “Beatrix” flat in “Nude Leopard”.  I love the black cap toe with the jagged burrs… they make them now with a gold toe, but I am NOT a fan of how the gold looks… bring back the black!!!

I’ve searched high and low – Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, Amazon, eBay,  Zappos… even random sites (there was one called “Shoe Bunnies”… no I’m not kidding)… and I literally cannot find the same ones!  It’s very upsetting!

I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that I will not be able to find the exact same shoes as a replacement for my current leopard beauties, so I’ll have to look at some alternatives.  I rounded up a list of potentials here, and plan to do a little more hunting before fully committing.  In my opinion, leopard ballet flats are THE MOST versatile shoe. I wear them like a neutral, so they get worn with everything!  EVERYTHING.

What do you think about these options??

Leopard Print Flats

STELLA McCARTNEY leopard flat / Pretty Ballerinas leopard flat / Giambattista Valli canvas espadrille / Pointed toe flat / Minnetonka flat shoes / H&M ballet flat, $23

Of course I like the most expensive version (Stella McCartney) best… why oh why?!

Cabo Packing List: Inspiration to Reality

Yesterday I posted the inspiration behind my Cabo packing list, and here is a little glimpse of how that inspiration is translating…
Lots of bright colors and fun jewelry… aye-aye-ayeeeee!!

One more day and I’ll be beachside… HOWEVER, I’ve got a few fun posts lined up for the rest of the week!

I’ll be back on Monday, relaxed, refreshed, and hopefully not burned like a lobster!


Cabo Must Have’s

In less than 72 hours, I’ll be laying in my beach chair, sipping an icy margarita, and listening to the waves crash on the beach in Cabo.

A few girlfriends and myself booked a quick trip to Cabo for a quick escape from city life.  I plan to come back very tan, and very relaxed, but today and tomorrow is all about packing my bags for our trip south of the border. When I think mexico, I think beachy hair, bikinis, and bright colors, and this list covers my essentials for this little getaway…


Sass & Bide multicolor dress, $380 / Victoria’s Secret victoria secret / Colorful maxi dress / Fuchsia dress / Victoria’s Secret victoria secret / Jimmy Choo strap high heels / Sigerson Morrison heel wedge / Nine West heels / Sam & Libby shoes / Michael Kors tote bag / BaubleBar orange bib necklace / H&M plastic bracelet, $4.51 / Rachel Zoe

Possibly the most essential item to pack on a tropical vacation is your swimsuit.  I’ll be spending about 70% of my day in one, and I’m all about the bandeau style bikini.  It’s especially great for the first few days to avoid tan-lines from a triangle top.  I also could not leave without a big floppy hat – the sun is STRONG and we want to avoid wrinkles at all costs.

I love everything about a maxi dress, and I plan on bringing a few – they are so pretty blowing in the breeze, and they are equally comfy as they are feminine.  They are usually not super tight around the mid-section which means, bring on the tacos!  I won’t be holding back!  I’m all about the aztec prints out in stores right now, and these are so perfect for a trip to Baja.  I love the blouse-y short number almost as much as I love the black white and yellow bandage dress!

Comfy footwear is important too – especially with cobblestone pathways, and sand everywhere. I’ll most likely spend most of my time in a comfy pair of gladiators, but it’s nice to have a few sassy options for a night out on the town – bright striped espadrilles, brown laser cut wedges, and these yellow Jimmy Choo’s are on my dream wish list for sure.  How amazing are they???

Accessories make an outfit, so I plan on packing a few bold statement necklaces and fun bracelets, and I wouldn’t dare go on a beach vacation without a big sturdy tote to drag all my magazines, and sunscreen to the pool.

Just making this list made me sooo excited!  Off to pack!


Summer Colors

I’m soooo obsessed with this color palatte…

Also, that Hermes scarf is to. die. for.  Just had to get that out there.

With this warm weather, my trip to Miami next week, and my girls trip to Cabo at the end of the month, my eye is drawn to everything that says “summer” and I’m pretty sure that hot pink and orange say just that.

If you want to bring just a bit of these bold colors into your home, use these rooms as inspiration:

Sources Clockwise from top left: #1#2#3#4
Incorporate the colors of summer through a bright floral arrangement, a vibrant book strategically placed on an entry table, or a happy hued throw blanket, pillow, or a garden stool.  Totally temporary, but these small updates instantly say “it’s not winter anymore” to guests.
If you are feeling a little more gung-ho over seasonal decor, go all out and incorporate these happy summer colors into your home in bolder ways…
Sources Clockwise from top left: #1#2#3#4

Bright happy bedding will ensure you wake up ready to seize the day, and hot pink dining room chairs wake up the senses at meal time.  If you are feeling gutsy, paint the back of a bookshelf tangerine, or if you are REALLY feeling bold, paint the whole room!
By the way, how cute are those bucket seats around the kitchen table??  On the heels of my Ikea Chair Hack post from the other day, a can of hot pink spray paint could easily transform any of those Ikea options for minimal cost…  just sayin!
For the fashion minded, I say it’s time to start bringing the brights into your wardrobe!
                                                  Source I                                                                                     Source II

Who could forget that amazing Halston dress from the Sex and the City II movie??  Oh if only it were mine!  A full skirt and structured top stay grounded for cooler spring days with black accessories, but couldn’t you imagine this with nude heels and a cute raffia clutch for a summer wedding??

And if head to toe isn’t your thing, these colors would wake up any neutral outfit through accessories!  My cousin would always say, “Accessories MAKE the outfit”… and she is SO RIGHT!

So what do you think??  How will you be incorporating tangerine and shocking bright pink into your life this summer?