September 28, 2016

90's Power Suit Vibe

Doesn't this tuxedo dress give you such a 90's power suit vibe? At least that's what I immediately thought of when I rented it last week. I loved how the dress looked on, but it proved hard to wear because it bunched up and gaped at the chest while I sat down. I wore it to a client meeting and was constantly fidgeting with the top to make sure I didn't flash anyone. If I wore it again, I'd wear a tank top underneath to not worry about being immodest. Also sorry for the grainy picture quality - as the days are getting shorter I have less light to work with when I get home from work. Also on this particular day it was raining when I took the pictures so it was extra dark. Clearly tuxedo dresses are on-trend right now because there are SO MANY options online. See below for some of my favorites. 
Tuxedo dress: Slate & Willow 
Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: gift (similar)
Bag: Brahmin
Watch: Michael Kors
Heels: Pour la Victoire (similar)

September 27, 2016

Office to Court featuring Forever 21 Cardigan

I can't remember the last time I shopped at Forever 21, but I was feeling daring a few weeks ago and ordered a few things off Forever21.com. I ended up returning about half my order, but I did end up really loving this gem of a cardigan/topper below. It's long and looks great with all my dresses I wear to work, it's not a heavy knit material so it's light enough for Florida weather, and it has great movement. I've worn it at least once a week since I got it a few weeks ago. Below I wore it on a day when I was in the office most of the morning and then had to go to court in the afternoon. I swapped out the cardigan for a navy Theory blazer, and then switched back into this comfortable cardigan after my hearing. Unfortunately, at the time of posting, this cardigan is sold out. The good news is Forever 21 has a ton of these long open-front cardigans available now. I picked some of my favorites below :) 
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jacket: Theory
Dress: Tory Burch
Bag: Brahmin
Earrings: Macy's (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)

September 26, 2016

Red Waterfall Dress

This may be one of my favorite dresses, ever. Waterfall detail on the front was super pretty and flattering, textured dress didn't wrinkle, and it had a work-appropriate length and high-neck. (As I'm typing this post, I just saw it's on MAJOR SALE at Saks for $69.99! STEAL.) I paired it with one of my favorite waterfall cardigans and a matching red lip. I wore this on a client meeting day. In other news, I was on TV for the first time the other day! Not to toot my own horn, but I did pretty good on live television :) Unfortunately can't share more here, but I was very proud of myself and consider it a major career milestone! 
Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bag: Brahmin
Heels: Target (similar)

September 22, 2016

Zaful Blush Pink Cold-Shoulder Dress

Even though this blog is fairly small, I often get contacted by companies to review products or write posts. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know that I rarely post reviews, and that's because I usually say no. But when Zaful contacted me to pick a product from their website in exchange for a review, I said yes after browsing the megastore and seeing all the awesome casual clothing they had to offer for great prices. Most of my closet is comprised of work clothes, so I am always looking for cute casual items to add to my closet. I had a hard time choosing just one thing to review because there are just so many stylish choices on the site. I ended up picking the below blush pink cold shoulder mini dress from Zaful and I'm pretty happy with my choice. As you can see from the photos on Zaful's site, the dress looks exactly as pictured. 
I received the dress just in time to wear it out last weekend to a local brewery tour for a friend's birthday. About 30 of us all took a giant party bus to 3 breweries in the south Florida area and the bus dropped us off at a 4th brewery where we were able to get some food after a long day. There was a lot of sitting on the bus, so I can say the dress handles wrinkles pretty well. The hemline on this dress is unfinished, which was unexpected, but this type of material will not have strings coming loose and should handle several wears/washes before it starts to see the end of its lifespan. For $15.99, I think it's a great deal for an on-trend dress. I would compare the quality of this dress to places like Forever 21, and maybe slightly less than H&M. Although I do not have experience ordering from other asian websites, I would assume the quality is similar. For reference, I'm wearing a size small, and I'm 5'3" - so this dress will be very mini on anyone!
What makes Zaful a cool website to check out are the plethora of casual items to choose from, combined with the almost unbelievable prices. You can get free shipping to the U.S. if you spend more than $30 - which can be around 2-3 items! Please note that when ordering from an international company, you can expect shipping times to take a bit longer than U.S.-based companies. Check out all the stylish dresses they have available! Also, while I was searching through the website, I came across the most amazingly fun promotion I've EVER SEEN which involves POKEMON. So timely, haha!! Check out the Pokemon promotion here
Dress: c/o Zaful
Hat: Nordstrom (similar)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Heels: Saks

September 20, 2016

All Black Bachelorette Party

I wore the below outfit to my friend's bachelorette party in Washington, DC. I flew to Maryland for the 2nd time this summer for her party and stayed with my parents (was great to see them, plus also great to not have to stay in a hotel!). The theme for the bachelorette party was everyone had to wear black and the bride wore white. This is a pretty common theme that I'm noticing, lol. I have a ton of black outfits, but I wanted to rent something out of my comfort zone (and to get the thrill of wearing something new), so I ended up choosing this Parker dress with see-through details at the chest, stomach, and back. The dress was gorgeous and I got several compliments. The only bad thing was of course with this back wearing a bra is difficult. I ended up going to the mall the day of the party with my mom and we picked out one of those stick on bras, and it worked great. Plus it's super sticky and can be used over and over again. With the rate that I wear backless dresses (i.e., not that often), I'll probably keep this bra for years. 
 
Dress: Parker (similar here)
Earrings: Macy's (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Etsy (similar)
Heels: Saks