Monday, April 21, 2014

Girls in White Dresses

Since yesterday was Easter (Happy late Easter, btw!) it's now officially okay to wear white jeans, white dresses and white shoes in the South. I know a lot of people think this rule is antiquated and old fashioned, but I like it. I like having an unofficial date to pull out all my summery makes it exciting :)

Anyway. I love white dresses but I have a hard time finding ones I like that I'd actually wear. In college, I always associated white with sorority initiation and then felt weird wearing a white dress anywhere that wasn't our initiation ceremony. Now that I'm post-college, I think it's time I came back to the white dress fold. There's just nothing as crisp or fresh in the summer and no better way to show off a tan!

(real talk: one of the (many) reasons I'm excited to get engaged is to find the perfect white dresses for engagement parties and showers and all of those fun events. if you're engaged, hopefully this little listie is helpful!)

Little White Lies dress, $170: so cute for a shower or church!

Textured Shift Dress, $68: This is definitely my style--crisp and minimal but still comfortable, easily dressed up or down

The Rope Eyelet Tunic dress, $198: Summer in a dress

Mudslide dress, $174: Perfect for every occasion, a literal blank canvas for accessorizing (or not)

Embellished Eyelet dress, $129: The accessorizing's already done for you! So easy!

Lace Cutwork Dress, $110: Obsessed. Such a delicate fabric in an unfussy, easy shape.

Santa Monica Crochet Dress, $50: As much as I love breezy dresses like this, I'm definitely not boho enough to pull them off. This is just so summery and easy...and the price is perfect.

Hazel Tiered dress, $50: I'd pair this dress with a tiny gold necklace or earrings, a wavy ponytail and flat sandals for a post-beach dinner. So pretty and simple.

Janice Shift dress, $188: If I was a bride-to-be, this would be the dress I'd choose for all of my events. Versatile and flattering with just a touch of sparkle.

There are so many good white dresses out there now...I want them all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1 Dress, 2 Ways

I find myself wearing the same few items each summer in the same ways. While it's nice to have a fall-back outfit, I get really bored with my clothes really quickly. In an effort to shake up my closet, I'm going to start coming up with multiple ways to wear a single piece...hopefully both you and I will get some much needed inspiration!


How cute is this Zara dress?! You know I'm a big navy stripes fan, so this dress is something I'd wear a zillion times. I think this could easily be dressed down (shopping, running errands, brunch) or dressed up a little (casual wedding, night out with friends, backyard party).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Shoe Wishlist: Espadrilles

I'll admit, I wasn't a big espadrille fan until a few years ago. Maybe it's because the rope sole is so inherently casual, maybe it's because they're typically blah colors, but they weren't high on my list for a long time.

However, espadrilles have totally become an It thing in the past couple years. I bought a pair of red ones about two years ago and they've become my go-to shoe in the spring and summer. I'm actually sad when it comes time to put them away in the fall. I rounded up a few pairs of espadrille shoes that I'm loving and contemplating adding to my closet.

Castaner "Carina", $195: I have these in red and I cannot tell you how much I love them. The wedge is the perfect height and they're so comfortable I can wear them all day walking around. The canvas is breathable and the ankle ties are so cute! I definitely need this beige pair since I wear my red ones so much. A note on fit: the front part does tend to stretch out with wear, so I'd go a size down if you're in-between sizes!

Ugg Australia "Lucianna", $150: Navy. Striped. Wedge. Espadrilles. That's basically summer in a shoe, right? These are absolutely adorable and the only pair of Uggs I'd ever consider cute haha

Castaner "Balbina", ~$260: These are pricey, but definitely an investment shoe. My Castaners have held up remarkably well for the incredible amount of wear they've gotten, so these leather ones would more than likely last even longer. The shape is classic, the color is understated and would go with everything, and the brand itself has been around since 1927--all things I look for in an investment.

Zara Shiny Leather Espadrille, $69.90: The perfect shoe for throwing on with shorts and a tank to go run errands, to take to the beach, or to wear with cuffed, destroyed jeans and a slouchy t-shirt. Something about these is just so effortless and cool to me.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hi! Bye!

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Happy Friday! Today is an especially happy Friday for me because I have a half day of work and then I'm headed off to Florence, Alabama to celebrate one of my college roommates marrying the man of her dreams! I'm practically giddy about the idea that I have two blessed days away from work and can spend them with some of my favorite people. Also on my list for the weekend: spending the morning at Ivy Green, Helen Keller's house...something that's been fascinating me since childhood and visiting Billy Reid's HQ in Florence.

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 Can't wait to see these lovely ladies!

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Have a lovely springy weekend! I'm so happy it's finally getting warmer!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Shoe Wishlist: Sneakers

I live in sneakers during the warmer months. I am totally weird about my feet getting dirty, so flat sandals are a "no" for me personally. Sneakers are the answer. Thankfully, it's now "cool" to wear sneakers so there are quite a few cute options out there. I've listed a few favorites below, but I'm always on the lookout for more! If you see any cute sneaks, send them my way!!

Zara Perforated Leather sneakers, $89.80: Edgier than I typically go, but I would wear these with skinny boyfriend jeans, a silky tank and a loose braid for a concert, or shorts and a slouchy tee for everyday wear. Perforations mean breathable shoes for hot days!

Tretorn "Nylite" in Chambray, $70: I have a total aversion to all-white sneakers because they get dirty so quickly, but darker sneakers look weird in summer. These chambray sneaks are perfect--a warm-weather fabric that'll look good with colored shorts, white pants or jeans. The rose gold logo is a perfect little detail!

Boden "Dotty Canvas Plimsolls", $58: Obviously I love the orange and navy combination, but these are just fun sneakers! So springy and happy!

Joie "Otis" oxford, $325: Obviously not a sneaker, but perfect for times when a sneaker is too casual (i.e. work). These would also be super cute with dresses and would work in the fall and winter too, so that price tag is a bit more reasonable if you break down all the ways you could wear them. Another investment piece and one that I'm always looking for.

Jonathan Adler for TOMS "Classic" in Yellow, $59: One of my favorite JA prints on a shoe? Sold. These just scream "spring" to me!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Apartment Decorating: The Extras

I've mentioned that I'm furnishing and decorating my apartment a few times (here and here), but until I really got into the process, I didn't understand what a challenge it is to find cute, stylish pieces that really are affordable. So often I see things like a $2000 couch or a $150 throw being touted as "affordable"...which isn't what I consider affordable at all.

Probably about 95% of my apartment furniture is from IKEA. I knew what I wanted to spend more on (couch, bedroom furniture) so I could save a little money on items that won't be used nearly as heavily (desk, desk chair). I agonized over a couch, driving both Matt and myself insane in the process. At one point, I literally handed him my laptop, told him my budget, and let him pick out my couch because I just could not do it anymore. Thankfully I like and approve of his choice...even though it's still in the box because I can't find the time to put it together.

Now that all the big pieces are set, I can finally get down to the fun part: decorating! I've been mixing together pieces from big box stores and things I've had for years.

Here are a few things I have my eye on to tie things together...

 Patterned throw, H&M, $34.95: I bought some gray and aqua pillows at Marshalls, so I think this throw is the perfect way to add a little bit more color and pattern to my couch, while also keeping cat fur off the upholstery. At $35, it's not terribly expensive or precious, so if little claws create a snag or two, I won't mind as much.

"Vivan" curtains, IKEA, $9.99 for set: There is literally no way I'm going to invest in a pricey pair of curtains that'll probably get torn up by a cat. These are airy, light, and breezy and the price point is perfect--I can replace them as needed without feeling too guilty.

Silvered Mirror knobs, Anthropologie, $8-10 each: While there's nothing wrong with the current knobs on my furniture, these mercury glass knobs are so much prettier. Why not add a little understated sparkle to a plain dresser? #totalsplurge

Pink Magnolia candle, Target, $8: Nothing makes me happier than a fresh-smelling apartment, and this candle is light and fresh but also floral. So welcoming and homey!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Shoe Wishlist: Wedges

I love a good wedge in the spring and summer. I'm especially picky about wedges though...they need to have the right ratio of heel to platform and the right amount of foot coverage. Just as a matter of personal preference, I like wedges that have a heel cup and an ankle strap, as I tend to roll my ankles inward when I walk. An ankle strap makes my foot a bit more stable.
Kork-Ease "Gracen", $150: The perfect black wedge--not too much strap to be overpowering but a solid black heel. Yes.

Boden "Holiday Wedge", $108: A little bit lower of a wedge. I like the simplicity and the contrast of leather and jute! PS: it also comes in adorable polka dots!

Michael Kors "Josephine", $150: This is my favorite, surprisingly! I think it's a perfect neutral shoe that could go with so many different things...I've had it in my Nordstrom cart online for a while now and I think I'm going to have to pull the trigger soon.

ShoeMint "Sammie", $79.98: A bit more visually interesting, thanks to the different textures in the heel and the crossed straps. This would be so cute with sundresses!

I started making a Spring Shoe Wishlist but it became way too long for one post, so stay tuned for a few more looks at shoes I'm currently loving!