wears.

Red, white, and….

Blue. This week we celebrated the 241st birthday of our country. The hubby and I were out of town visiting family in Texas. I had forgotten how humid and hot home is!

Nonetheless, we had a wonderful time bonding with loved ones on a long weekend! Barbeque was had by all, and fireworks were seen in the sky. It’s always hard going back to Nashville after such a relaxing trip but hey- gotta do what you gotta do!

I may be a day late, but my blue dress definitely stands the test of time. This blue number is from Banana Republic and is currently on sale! (40% off regular priced items) I think they may be out of the blue, but they still have this style in black and a similar style in floral.

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The dress is made of a sheath like material and is very comfy. Especially in hot and humid weather! I was a little skeptical at first since the material is thicker- but it was airy enough to accommodate the warm weather.

The most catching aspect about the dress is the back. I loved the cutout on the lower back. It may make it difficult to wear a bra but the dress itself provides enough support. You could even combine this dress with a blazer for a more work appropriate look.

 

Hope you and your family had a good 4th!

Back to black

LBD. When I picture a little black dress, my mind naturally wanders off to the iconic scene of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with her diamonds and long black gloves. LBD’s have certainly come a long way since the days of formality and thankfully are more functional. I have featured two outfits: one for day and one for night.

When I’m looking for clothes, I find myself more and more drawn towards black items. There are so many ways to style it, and it’s perfect for when you’re feeling a void in color (hah- just kidding!)

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Dropshoulder Dress

Both of these outfits are from Loft, although, the dress is ‘technically’ Lou & Grey . Lou & Grey has certainly become a new favorite- every item I own from this brand is so soft and comfortable. Their SignatureSoft collection is wonderful- it borders on pajamas but has the look of sophistication.

For the ‘day out’ look: I paired the Lou & Grey SignatureSoft  DropShoulder Dress (size XS). Lou and Grey items DO NOT come in separate petite sizes, but I’ve had no trouble with their XS sizes.  For shoes- I added a pop of color with Tory Burch Miller Wedge in ‘Samba’ .

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Out of the shade

 

Sun glasses are RayBan with a tortoise-shell upper rim and gold bottom rim.  Added on a long necklace from Kendra Scott- they don’t have the one that I’m wearing but here’s a  similar one (different metal).

The material resembles a sweatshirt because of the stitching, but it was around 85 degrees here in Nashville, and the dress was breathable!

Pair all of this with an over the shoulder bag, and BAM! You’re ready for your sunny adventures!

Date Night

For date night with the hubby, I went with a  Black Romper  (size PS- on sale!) which could be styled for multiple occasions- but since it was so warm, it was perfect for a summer night!

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Longing for ice cream (romper)

Shoes have been featured before (see Pink and Frilly). I went with a chunky necklace and bracelet for that pop of color that should be paired with every summer outfit! The jewelry is old.  I like pairing colors and had a lipstick in pretty much the same shade. The clutch is from Elaine Turner and is about three years old. I don’t think this pattern is sold anymore, but they do have some other colors in similar styles. It is definitely one my favorite summer night handbags.Going back to that pop of color- I paired my necklace with a lipstick that matched quite nicely. I’m usually pretty conservative with my lip color but date night deserves some extra flair! Date night was great, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in town and enjoyed the cool weather that night! Happy summer nights to you all!

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Pink and Frilly

I’m all about versatility. (usually…) However, with dresses, it’s a bit more difficult to create multiple outfits- especially if they have as many frills and poofy sleeves as this one does. The bigger the better, at least that’s what they say nowadays for sleeves (thank God, it doesn’t refer to hair anymore!), definitely channeling your inner Victorian-era woman.  I had purchased this fun piece from Zara a while ago out on a whim and thought my first trip to NYC would be a perfect time to debut it.

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Frilled Sleeve Dress

It’s very petite friendly, short enough above the knees and the material is perfect for warmer weathers. As a darker skinned individual, I often have to worry if I will require a slip or not- in this case, the material was just fine, which was perfect since it was blisteringly hot while we were in NYC…

Another plus, it has pockets!! And, these pockets are not just for your hands, you can put your phone in them, and it won’t drag the dress down. (You know what I’m talking about!) Although, when you do put your hands in your pockets, they will disappear since the sleeves are pretty long! Anyways, you could pair this dress in multiple ways:  platform sandals (for a day look), black kitten heels (evening), or even with white tennis shoes (casual but comfortable look).

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Central Park

I went with a cork wedge sandal and paired it with a nice long chain necklace, earrings, and watch (all from Kate Spade). The jewelry are ones that I’ve had for a while, but I’ve listed similar ones (see here and here). It was the perfect dress for a stroll in the park and seeing The MET. The pop of color was perfect for the season, and I kept the accessories to a minimum.

 

 

OOTD?

I love clothes, although I don’t know if I can really say I love fashion. I’m not one to follow luxury designers and watch shows from New York Fashion Week, etc. I love wearing clothes, and when I have the right outfit on, it feels amazing (you know what I’m talking about!)

As a biomedical researcher, we aren’t forced to follow a strict dress code. We’re more on the casual side of business-casual, no jeans of course. I’m not tucked away in a lab, so I have to look somewhat presentable. The problem is that leniency makes things difficult. Some people come in leggings, while others come in heels/pencil skirt/blouse. It’s all very confusing.

To add more pieces to the puzzle, I’m petite. I’m talking about 5’0 here… So dressing in leggings brings my age down by 15 years or so…

Putting outfits together is a struggle. Everyday, I wake up, stand in my closet and stare at my clothes… thinking, “Oh, if I’d only put together my outfit the night before!” (Yea, that never happens)

My style goes through cycles. I’ll feel oh-so trendy for a good two weeks, with a little strut in my step, only to hit a slump afterwards where every outfit feels so drab…Bottom of the cycle- does not feel so good… it’s like borderline not caring that you wore maybe the same legging/pants to work three times that week….

Anyways, this part of the blog is more for me than you. It’s so I can remember all of those ‘amazing’ outfits that I can never seem to remember. Hah! Also, it is my attempt to be a bit more conscientious of dressing in an affordable fashion (no pun intended) which is something that I am also trying to learn!