Lace Dress of the Year

The dress of this year, and arguably the brand of this year is Self Portrait’s Azaelea dress (seen in the top pic below). This intricate lace spaghetti strap dress was seen on everyone from celebrities to fashion bloggers. The original dress has a fitted bodice and a girly flared tea-length hem, with a nude slip underneath the lace. This dress can be worn from summer garden parties with open-toe wedges to winter holiday parties with closed-toed pumps. This dress can even be dressed down by being paired with a leather jacket (leather and lace is one of my favorite combos). While red is perfect for the holidays, I’ve seen this dress style available in mint, yellow, baby blue, and white. I actually purchased a white version that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet but I plan to wear it this spring / summer. I’ve selected a few similar red options below (LRD!), at different price points, with the lowest price around $32! Further comparisons can be found here. Now everyone can find an option to jump on this Self Portrait lace dress trend.

 



Self Portrait Azaelea Lace Dress
Club Monaco Bolari Dress
Romwe Flare Lace Cami Dress
New Chic Evening Party Crochet Dress
Persun Lace Sleeveless Dress

Holiday Party Part 2: StyleWe Collaboration

I can’t believe it’s already towards the end of December, and the holidays are upon us once again! I have teamed up with one of my favorite design stores to pick a few of my favorite holiday looks! Today I am featuring one of their unique designers, Demi, who has created a line called D. Fanni. You can explore her full collection and find this StyleWe designer here. Below I have selected three of my favorite designs of hers. The first design is this beautiful deep blue military-style coat. I love the button detailing, and I think that this would be fun to accessorize. This coat screams “winter” fashion! The second design I love is this whimsical dress with twirling ladies all over it. I am a sucker for fun prints, and this dress would be the talk of the holiday party! The third look of D. Fanni’s I think would be great for the holidays is this twist on a little red dress- I love the intricate and unusual black lace detailing and cutouts. I would pair it with sky high black patent leather stilettos to complete the look.

You can check out more looks and read further StyleWe reviews here.

 


 D. Fanni Dark Blue Simple-Buttoned A-line Coat
D. Fanni V Neck Girly Sleeveless Mini Dress
D. Fanni Red Long Sleeve See-through Look Sheath

Holiday Party Part 1: Feathers & Velvet

I’m really excited to share the first part of a series of holiday party looks. I absolutely love getting dressed up for the season’s holiday parties, it’s a positive for dealing with frigid temperatures! I usually opt for lace and sparkles (there may be some of that later!) but for this past Saturday night’s parties it was too cold to wear the dress I had originally picked out. I recently ordered this elegant black ostrich feather trim top. I love it! I paired it with black classic slim pants and one of my favorite trends of this season: velvet shoes! I picked these ones up at a Tamara Mellon sample sale. I was originally disappointed that the blue and fuschia colors were sold out. However, the gold is so rich and warm. I love playing with details and textures- the feathers and velvet complement each other. I topped everything off with a bright red lip. This look is a great alternative to the standard cocktail dress, and would also be appropriate for office holiday parties. Feminine, chic, sophisticated, and elegant!

 

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Snake Ear Cuffs- Lunessa
Ostrich feather blouse- Endless Rose
Black SkinnyPants- Nordstrom
Velvet Pumps- Tamara Mellon

Bow Back Dresses

Now that Thanksgiving is over and it’s December, it’s officially holiday party season! I love holiday parties, I love dresses, I love bows, and I love interesting backs. So, adding all of these things together for this post! I love the idea of dressing up a back- why should fashion be limited to just the front of a woman’s outfit? Dressing up the back is unexpected and fun, and gives partygoers a view from all angles. Plus, I personally find backs to be gorgeous. I am girly at heart, so I have also always loved bows. One of my female colleagues in consulting was told she shouldn’t wear bows because they made her seem more feminine. However, not all bows are feminine. Depending on the tie, knot, and shape, bows can be more masculine and sophisticated (see: Club Monaco dress’s bow below). I’ve rounded up five of my favorite bow-back dresses below. Two of the dresses below are from preppy designer Kate Spade. Naturally, when I think of bows, I think of the bow-queen Kate Spade.

 

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Ann Taylor Bow Back Shift Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress
Club Monaco Raniko Dress
Asos Bow Back Lace Pencil Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress

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