April 18, Black Dress

I bought this black cotton dress at Nordstrom three years ago when my hubby and I were going to Europe to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I thought it would be a great staple to have on vacation- since it is a perfect base piece that you can add anything to!

Today I’m keeping it super simple and easy by just throwing on a cute long chenille cardigan and my slip on tennis shoes. This is such a comfortable outfit, the cotton dress is not too snug, my feet are in heaven and the sweater is keeping me nice and warm. I love outfits like this!

Dress- Nordstrom here is a similar one! And another! (these are actually cuter than mine!)

Sweater- TJ Maxx, here is a similar one!

Shoes- TJ Maxx (Dr Scholl’s brand!)

April 6, 1 Dress, 6 Ways!

If you are attending a Spring wedding or looking for an outfit for Easter Sunday, then this post is for you! Today I am showing 1 dress worn 6 ways.

I’ll admit that saying I’m wearing it 6 ways may be a bit of a stretch, since all I’m really doing in changing my shoes and jacket- but looking at the photos, you can see what a difference something as small as that makes! I could add some jewelry and really change things up!

I have to tell you, I love this dress so much! First of all, I bought it 8 years ago when I was auction chair for my kids elementary school (my son is now a senior in high school!). I love the bright blue color (the pictures do not do it justice), I love the jersey fabric (super flattering), and I especially love the draping of the neckline. When I went dress shopping at Nordstrom, I must have tried on 20 dresses, but none of them had that wow factor. When I put this on, I just knew this was the one. So that’s my advice for today. Try on a million dresses, but only buy the one that you truly LOVE. The one that you feel like a million bucks in. And when you think about price per wear (which I don’t remember what this cost, but I would guess it was around $130) it has been worth every penny. Just look at all the cute ways I can wear it. Speaking of, which way is your favorite?

ps. this is not what I’m wearing today. I am wearing yoga pants and a t shirt and will be lounging around my house all day. It was a long week! 🙂

March 19, Spring Dress

Todays outfit is a spring dress, although to be honest I’m not actually wearing this today (I have a tennis match, so I’ll be in my tennis clothes). But, I wanted to show you a cute dress that would be perfect for church, brunch with friends, or a baby or wedding shower… really any occasion! 

First off, I love dresses because they are so easy! No need to worry about matching your top and bottom- it’s done for you! Second, when wearing a dress- you just look nice! It looks like you put effort into your outfit. Third, in the spring and summer, dresses are a perfect alternative to wearing shorts. 

Now let’s talk about these two dresses. The one on the left is just a little too big. Look closely at my tummy area- there is extra fabric bunching out (hard to see in the photo, trust me!). This dress has a draw string waist- which means there is extra fabric that gathers here. This creates un-needed bulk in an area where you don’t want to add bulk. The dress on the right fits a lot better. See how it nips in at the waist- as well as has a deeper V neckline with the pin tuck detailing, which is more flattering. 

I also like these neutral peep toe shoes a lot better than the black ballet flats. Adding a heel (even a low heel) adds a little style to a dress. That being said- I’m a huge fan of flats- so if you are more comfortable wearing flats- go for it. Be you! Be comfortable!

If it’s still chilly where you live, throw on a cute draped faux suede jacket for instant warmth. And no comments please on my pale legs!

Dress- Banana Republic

Shoes- Unisa, Marshalls


Nov 28th, You Again?

 You again?

I know, I’ve worn this dress so many times you all are probably sick of it. But, since I only show my own clothes from my own closet you will have to bear with me as I wear one of my favorite dresses again!

This time I decided I needed to add a little color so I paired it with a bright pink cardigan, black tights and black boots. I originally thought I’d skip the tights, but the dress looks too short with just my bare legs (I think I might have shrunk it on accident! Darn it!). Since the dress is so short, adding the tights (or leggings) makes it more appropriate for work.

Let me share with you a little lesson I have learned here- when you are out shopping, if you find a great, versatile day dress- buy it!

You will be amazed at how many different ways you can wear it- and it’s so nice to have a ‘go to’ day dress in my closet! Look for something somewhat neutral- so that you can change the look of it easily. A bold print is great- but not nearly as versatile.

Don’t let the price scare you off, this dress was well over $150, but for the amount of times I’ve worn it- it has paid off. Another great hint is that I have found fabulous dresses at TJ Maxx and Marshalls- so go check them out! Just be very critical in your decision making- just because something is a great deal- doesn’t mean it’s great. Also, just because something is ‘designer’ doesn’t mean it is fabulous for your personal style. I bought a Calvin Klein maxi dress at TJ Maxx that looks like a nightgown (as seen here). Big mistake- even if it was only $39… I would suggest having something pretty specific in mind when shopping, so you don’t end up with an impulse purchase you will regret.

Dress: Nordstrom (Michael Kors), Cardigan: J Crew, Boots: Frye

Oct. 31st, A Little Bit of Orange Goes a Long Way!

When it’s a holiday, especially Halloween, some people really feel the need to dress for the occasion. If you have small children, it can be fun for them to see you get into the spirit of things- but keep in mind, a little goes a long way.

No need to rush out and buy a pumpkin sweater, vest or earrings! Just look in your closet for something that has a little orange in it- and incorporate it into your regular outfit.

Today’s outfit is another dress that I have turned into a skirt. By layering a white tank over the top- and then adding a long cardigan I have transformed the look of this dress. I then added a touch of orange with my scarf. Because it’s soggy and wet out- I’ve selected gray tights and my Hunter rainboots! It’s a cute way to recognize the holiday without going overboard!

A little orange scarf is the perfect touch!

Please don’t wear this!

Or this!

Or this!

If you want a little more orange- here is another option!

This orange top would work!

Dress: Anthropologie, Cardigan: J Crew, Tank: Gap, Boots: Nordstrom, Orange Top: Nordstrom

Once again, my pictures are blurry! If anyone has a tip for me- please send it. I can’t figure out what is wrong!

June 11th, Dressed for Success

Lame title, I know. 

Cut me some slack, it’s Monday and my brain isn’t fully awake yet.

Today I’m wearing a cute dress that I bought years ago at Banana Republic. It’s supposed to get up to 70 degrees today, so I’m showing it alone on the left.

Below I’m showing a little cardigan that I will wear this morning, until it heats up a bit.

On the right is an example of a cardigan gone wrong. It’s too heavy and bulky for this light summer dress.

I’m also showing my Danskos as a ‘before’. Which, you know I LOVE my Danskos, but in this outfit, they also look clunky and wrong. The cute espadrilles on the left seem more feminine and ‘ladylike’. Plus, without the strap cutting off my ankle, my legs look longer.

Dress: Banana Republic, Cardigan: J Crew, Shoes: DSW

May 31st, Month In Review

Well ladies, it’s the end of the month- so it’s time for a review of all my outfits.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a Reader’s Request- so be sure to drop by then to help a reader with what to wear to Disneyworld!

For now enjoy the summary, and let me know which one was your favorite! If you haven’t had the chance to ‘like’ me on Facebook- please do so! I’m almost to 200 likes- which would make my day! 🙂