Monday, September 22, 2014

Evening Look

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My tried and true tricks for putting together a simple chic evening look!

I start with a bold color.  Something I feel comfortable in and something that compliments my skin and hair color.  In addition to the color of this dress, it fits me well and accentuates the right places by the black built in belt cinching at the waist.  I accessorize with a few special jewelry pieces – not too many to irritate me, but enough to add a little extra interest. Since the dress has no print or contrasting color, I add additional print and colors with the accessories and clutch.  Finally, I finish the look with a nude strappy sandal to elongate the leg line.  Fun note – my toenails match my necklace! 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

One Shot

The weekend is here!  Happy Saturday!  I only had time for one photo before my peanut decided to take things over, so one hazy shot was all I achieved for today’s look…

Keeping with my recent theme of summer to fall transition, I paired this summer strapless aztec print dress with a military style blazer and orange accessories (always a great fall color).

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blazer: similar here and here. dress: similar here and here. purse: similar here. shoes: similar here and here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Transitions

I’m finding my way in this new land of mommy fashion which more often calls for flats and jeans than I was previously used to. 

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A skinny cropped jean is always a great choice – stylish, cute, figure conscious and an easy way to show off a good pair of shoes.

Heels will always remain a staple in my wardrobe, but I’ve started to carry with me an extra pair of flats so I can switch to a more practical shoe when needed.

As for bags – I transition from small and chic to a larger satchel or structured handbag whenever I have my little one in tow (pretty much always…!)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Red Dress

I’ve always loved a sexy red dress, but what about a softer, romantic red dress?  Absolutely!  This peasant style maxi dress is one of my favorites.

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I adore that this dress worked both for maternity and beyond!  That’s the power of flowy material and an empire waist.  There’s almost nothing she can’t do!

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the brand… dress: MNG by Mango (on clearance here)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mom on the go

I am definitely emulating mom-on-the-go with this look.  It was a busy day and no time for muss and fuss with hair and makeup or heels of any kind! 

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Makeup was kept to a minimum with powder (to help mommy eye bags!), mascara, and eyebrow shadow. Thankfully, my hair is very low maintenance and a blow dry is all that’s needed for a basic straight look.

As for my MOTG clothing choices, I went with layers on top. Not only is this practical since the weather was teetering between warm and just a tad brisk, but it’s also a great way to add interest to a look. A solid v-neck blouse underneath lengthens the neckline and brings in a beautiful color to the look, and the stripe sweater works as the interesting completer piece.

For my bottom half, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of jeans. I cuffed them just for a bit of fun and also to show off my cute BCBG flats. Ballet flats are a great step-up alternative to a basic flip flop.

Finally, a large leather purse with fun buckles allows a lot of room for anything that I may need to have on hand (i.e. bottles, etc..).

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Baby on the go, Ava, was looking pretty in her print dress with flower accent. Looks like our busy day running errands wore both of us out!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

avivadress.co.uk special

Hello lovelies! As you all know by now, I’m a big lover and wearer of dresses. I pretty much wear dresses and skirts just about every day! That said, today, I’m happy to share a special dress feature with you – dresses from AvivaDress!

AvivaDress specializes in prom dresses (long and short), evening dresses, cocktail dresses and even wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Their prices are extremely affordable and they currently have some amazing sales going on, so it’s never too early to take advantage and get ready early for that cocktail party, dance, or wedding. Don’t forget, New Year celebrations will be here soon enough too! If you have a fancy celebration to go to, you need to check this out!

Avivadress.co.uk is one of the largest online wedding apparel sites.  Their goal is to provide complete one-stop shopping for all brides, bridesmaids and all special occasion events. AvivaDress strives to provide the most current selection, the most complete size range (1-Petite to 54W, custom made), the best prices and the largest variety of styles. AvivaDress has its own wedding apparel factory, family owned and operated. Their factory has been specializing in producing wedding apparel and special occasion dresses for over 10 years, and has more than 100 employees; among them are many professional designers and technicians.

While I haven’t personally purchased anything from this site, I’m currently wishing I had a reason to as they have some beautiful evening dresses and formal dresses inspired by Eli Saab, Jenny Pakham and Zuhair Murad! Designer inspired at a steal of a price!

A few of my favorite wedding dresses

For traditional, I think this sheath wedding dress with cutout back detailing is so pretty. I really love a simple and elegant look, where the attention is fully on the bride and allowing her to shine.

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See here

For a little couture, I ADORE these wedding dresses – while a simple chic look will never go out of style, I also can’t resist falling for the dramatic – the dress with the cinched waist and mesh see-through bottom is so fun, very on trend and edgy, while still so soft and feminine. I also adore this one shoulder dress with the sexy top and the dramatic organza bottom – beautiful!

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See here and here

Finally, for special occasions, these beauties are show stoppers!

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See here and here

To see more evening dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding dresses, check out “http://www.avivadress.co.uk/

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Summer Date Look

It’s now or never – time to take advantage of those warm summer days!  Instead of going with a basic jeans and blouse for a summer outing, why not dress it up a bit in a flirty floral romper?

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I’ve had this romper for a few years and my purse is vintage thrifted, but the shoes are new from Express (see/purchase here).

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Other fabulous floral rompers: click to go to sites!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Studded Summer Day

Hi lovies! I’m loving maxi dresses right now (as I always have) since they provide ease and comfort as well as effortless style.  Just look for one with an interesting color palette, neckline or print for an all-in-one great look.  Today, I paired mine with a great pair of studded flats and a cuff bracelet for a little added interest.

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My little princess went girly today in her Gap dress and hair bow.

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Like the studded sandal look?  Get your own!

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Valentino Studded leather flat sandals (splurge here). ASOS River Island Gladiator Tan Studded Flat Sandals (steal here).