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9/27/17

Summer-Fall Mix: Classic Camel Vest + LWD


OUTFIT DETAILS:
Vest: Camel Longline Open Vest (sz XS) - also comes in black, pink, and red //
Dress: White Bodycon Dress - old (similar here, here, here) //
Bag: Chanel Medium Lambskin Flap (similar herehere, budget-friendly here) //
Shoes: Public Desire Pink Suede Pumps (sz 5) - sold out (similar here) //
Necklace: Gold Lariat Necklace - old (similar here, here, here) //
Bracelets: 18k Gold Baby Bangles - gifted (similar here for petite wrists)

Now that it's officially Fall, I've been wanting to add hints of Fall fashion into my daily looks. Cozy sweaters, scarves, my favorite boots...I love it all. Who doesn't? But nothing looks more ridiculous than being bundled up when it's still a good 85 degrees outside. (lol) So, I decided on a happy-medium with this Summer-Fall mix.

The color palette I chose is white and camel with a side of blush. It blends light and fresh with rich and cozy. To me, it's the best of both worlds where the two seasons collide.

A Classic, Camel Vest
The focal piece that ties this look all together and whispers, "Fall" is this classic, camel vest. I can't get enough of it! It's simple and chic, yet super practical.

The camel color is creamy and beautiful with warm undertones. It's such a versatile color and looks beautiful with everything! The fabric is really soft and plush and the interior is fully-lined. It feels like a well-loved wool coat but without the extra heat or annoying itch factor!

But, my favorite detail? Functional welt pockets! They give it an extra touch of class that I love.

Would you even guess this vest is only $19? It looks and feels SO much more luxe for something you'd expect to see at this price point. I've seen and tried comparable designer vests that are retailing for ten times this price and none have fit so well right off the rack. They're either too long, too bulky, itchy, or too flimsy and wrinkle-prone. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this one that's sleek, affordable and petite-friendly!

It's the perfect transitional piece for this time of year, too; layer it over a sleeveless dress or top when it's hot out, then layer it over long-sleeved tops, sweaters and pants once temps cool down. It's an open, longline style with no buttons, so it's easy, effortless, and can be layered in countless ways!


A (Little) White Dress
For something a little "sexy-chic" I styled the vest with a slinky, white, bodycon dress for date night. It's definitely more daring than I usually wear, especially after having my three babies, but it felt good to get out of my comfort zone and switch things up a bit. And every gal needs a cute LWD in their closet, right? ;-)

Finding a thicker, opaque white dress can be quite the challenge. I actually scored this one from a little boutique at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa ages ago, but was able to find some similar white bodycon dresses online that look promising here, here, and here if you want to re-create this look. I'm eyeing this long-sleeved, turtleneck midi dress for chillier days, too. Layering the vest over a bodycon dress makes it easier to wear with confidence since the vest lends it more modesty.


A Touch of Blush
For the Summery side of this mix, I kept the accessories light and pretty in matching shades of blush with a classic, Chanel flap bag and Public Desire suede pumps.

This bag! I actually debated on whether to share it on the blog for fear of coming across as "showy," "braggy," or materialistic. I never want to give the wrong impression. A Chanel bag is a splurge, no doubt, but I wholeheartedly believe in hard work and in being prudent with any investment purchases and with money in general. That said, if you're saving and spending responsibly within your means, and know your purchase will hold lasting value (or offer a return on investment), then take the leap and enjoy it. Those are my humble two cents for what they're worth.

Since several of you have asked about this one after seeing it in my Instagram stories, my bag is a limited-edition, medium double-flap bag in ballerine-pink lambskin with brushed, gold matte hardware. This color, leather and hardware combo is very hard to find, as only a limited number were manufactured, so I was ecstatic to locate one in France after waiting and saving patiently! She's a beauty that will be treasured for a very long time!

Some Shimmer
To finish this look, I added a gold, filigree, lariat necklace. I love the way it drapes down the center of the dress, adding just the right amount of shimmer and breaking up the solid color of the dress.
I hope you enjoyed this Summer-Fall mix! After seeing the smile on my husband's face when I first stepped out in it, I'm thinking I'll need to repeat it -- or at least a variation of it -- in the near future. ;-)

I can't wait to re-style this vest with longer layers once cooler temps are here to stay, too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!






9/25/17

Flirty, Flounced Polka Dots

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Handbag: Vintage via Etsy (similar here) //
Shoes: Nude Patent Pumps (sz 5.5)  - also here //
Necklace: Vintage via my grandmother (similar here) //
Bracelet: Ann Taylor Pearl Bracelet - old (similar here) //
Earrings: Ann Taylor Pearl Disc Stud Earrings - old (similar here) //



OH, pretty polka dots. I just can't say no to them!

I really wasn't planning on adding another polka-dotted piece to my wardrobe, but when I stumbled on this dress while doing some online browsing, I instantly fell in love with it and all its pretty details! The super-affordable price of $24 also swayed me, and I quickly added it to my shopping cart. And you know what? I have zero regrets because it's absolutely darling! 


It's All in the Details

I've said it before, but I'm always drawn to the pretty, little details. And this dress has them all:

 - cold-shoulder details with feminine, flutter sleeves*
- adjustable spaghetti straps for the perfect fit
- a back zipper for easy entry
 - a flattering fit-n-flare silhouette
- perfectly-proportioned polka dots

The polka dots are my favorite, of course. They add a splash of whimsy to an already sweet and charming dress. And have I told you how much I love the flirty, flounced hem? It's just too cute for words!

(*If you prefer solid sleeves instead of this cold-shoulder style, I adore this dress, too!)

Sizing/Fit

I'm wearing a size Small, which is the smallest size available, and it fits me well. I'm 5'2" and ~99 lbs. for fit reference. The dress measurements, taken while laying flat, are:

~34" across bust
~26" across waist
~37" across hips
~37" overall length (varies based on shoulder-strap adjustment)

The length hits me right at the knees, which I prefer, especially for this dress style. The waist and hips run a tad wide on me, but not enough to warrant any alterations. The dress itself is meant to be light and airy and to drape nicely without being too form-fitting, and it does just that. It has the most lovely, flowy shape and makes you want to twirl!


I do want to point out that the fabric is on the thinner side, and is a poly-spandex blend (95% polyester, 5% spandex.) It's slightly stretchy and machine-washable, which is always a plus in my book! The dress itself is unlined, so you'll need a slip for more opacity. I personally don't mind this, though. I'm wearing a solid, white bralette/bandeau-style bra and half-slip for this look. Both are lightweight and don't add bulk or make you unbearably hot, which is key -- especially when it's still nearly 80 degrees out!

Since SoCal doesn't really start to see Fall-like weather until mid-October (except for the occasional chilly mornings/evenings) I'm all too happy to take advantage of the warmer days by getting extra use of my favorite dresses. This is one of them since it's so easy to just throw on and go! 

Once temps do cool down, I plan on layering this with a long, open-line cardi or cropped, drape-front jacket (a blush or toffee-colored one would look so cute!) and tights. I'm actually thinking of ordering this same dress in the dark floral print -- the colors are ideal for Fall and would pair nicely with cozy layers of mustard, chestnut, and other rich, autumnal colors.

For this particular look, I wanted to keep the accessories feminine and sweet, just like the dress. I chose a vintage leather bag (or "pocketbook" as my grandmother would call this style) in a pretty blush. I adore the simple, structured shape and the gold hardware. The nostalgia it evokes is a special bonus, too. 

I also chose my favorite nude patent pumps to elongate my legs and to keep the focus on the dress. 

Classic, pearl jewelry finishes the look.

I wore this dress for a recent lunch date and some light shopping with my hubby and received compliments galore -- from both him and passersby -- and felt ladylike and demure all day. For only $24, I'd say that's a win! ;-)

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you're having a great start to the week!






9/4/17

Labor Day Sales + My Picks



I hope you're all having a lovely, relaxing Labor Day Weekend! I'm spending the day with family over-indulging in pizza, cupcakes, and other yummy treats, but wanted to quickly round up all of the best Labor Day sales for you along with my picks! 

Now's the perfect time to score some of your favorite wear-now and wear-later goodies at amazing prices! I already own a few of the ones shown in the collage above, and I just ordered the adorable knit top with the lace collar in two colors (the ivory/black combo shown + a grey/white combo) - they're both so darling and only $15!

See all the best Labor Day sales + more of my picks below! I'm also linking several of the items I already own that are now on sale!

BEST LABOR DAY SALES

ANN TAYLOR -  50% off select full-price styles + extra 60% off all sale items (no code needed)

ANTHROPOLOGIE - Extra 40% off all sale items (no code needed) 

ASOS - 20% off with code LABORYAY

BANANA REPUBLIC - 40% off everything (no exclusions)

EXPRESS - 40% off select styles

H&M - 20% off your order of $100+ with code 1482; 30% off your order of $200+with code 8413 + FREE shipping on orders of $40+ with code 0040

KATE SPADE - Extra 30% off all sale items with code GOLDEN

LOFT - 40% off select full-price styles + extra 60% off all sale items

MACY'S - Extra 20% off select styles with code LBDAY or $10 off your order of $25+ with code TEN (select depts. only)

NORDSTROM - Up to 40% off select items

NORDSTROM RACK - Extra 25% off clear-the-rack sale

TALBOTS - Extra 15% off all markdowns


MY LABOR DAY SALE PICKS



LABOR DAY SALE ITEMS I OWN & LOVE


Josette Lace-Up Bow Sandals (sz 5.5) - now only $19.95!
Gardenia Lace Column Dress (sz 0) - also currently in stores
Camel Wool-Blend Wrap Coat (sz 2) - also currently in stores //
Note: Sleeves are cuffed about an inch in the photo; plan to have tailored 
(I'm 5'2" for reference)
Kalila Floral Dress (Sz XS) - currently in stores
Josette Lace-up Bow Sandals (sz 5.5) - bottom left
H&M Striped Cotton Tee (sz XS) - currently in stores - only $5!
Pink Pleated Dress (sz XS) // Gingham Block-heel Sandals (sz 5) - in blush here
Pink Pleated Dress (sz XS) - seen in this blog post //
also matching Pink Pleated Top
White Skinny Ankle Jeans (sz 00p) - my favorite white jeans!
Blush/Taupe Knit Blazer (sz 2) - same blazer shown above // 
Ivory Pencil Skirt (sz 2) - blazer & skirt reviewed in this blog post //

Happy shopping! I hope you're able to snag a few goodies you've been eyeing! Also, I hope you have a wonderful day with friends/family today!
XO
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