Graduation Party: Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress

I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! Mine was…eventful. Below is the look I wore to my sister’s graduation party on Saturday. This Lush baby blue / sky blue cold shoulder dress (trend alert!) is one of my favorite new pieces. I love how simple the dress is, and the bow details add a nice feminine touch. This dress was a perfect canvas for the brown and gold statement necklace I paired it with. I love pairing colors with neutrals, and brown goes nicely with so many different colors. I finished the look off with the new strappy block-sandals I have been wearing all week since I bought them last week. I was comfortable and could walk easily all weekend long.

Happy Summer!

Modern Statement Necklace- Yumi Kim sold out (similar here)
Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress
Block-Heeled Sandals

Banquet at The Drake: Long Sleeved Lace LBD

If you follow me on social media, by now you probably are well aware that I am in Chicago to celebrate my sister’s graduation from medical school. There is not a shortage of parties this weekend requiring some fun outfits. Below is the long sleeved lace little black dress (LBD) that I wore to her banquet at The Drake Hotel on Thursday evening. I love the intricate lace and the ruffle across the chest- a nice feminine detail. I have also been really into higher collared pieces lately as well, this dress’s neckline is almost like a faux turtleneck! I paired the look with simple pearl and crystal dangly earrings, which I borrowed from my Mom, and some old nude strappy heels.

Pearl and crystal dangly earrings- my Mom’s (similar here)
Slate & Willow long-sleeved lace little black dress (similar here)
Preview nude strappy sandals- 7 years old! (similar here)

Graduation Guest: Jeweled Shift Dress

My sister graduated from medical school today (so proud!) and the below are a few pics of the outfit I wore to the graduation. I chose this kelly green shift dress because it’s springy, conservative for a family-friendly event, festive, and a shift dress that can be worn from work to a cocktail party. I love the jeweled studded design that decorates the front of this dress. Green is one of my favorite colors to wear. I paired the dress with quiet pink pearl dangly earrings, and new favorite shoes I will be wearing all summer: block-heeled strappy sandals (trend alert)!

Pearl dangly earrings (similar here)
KARTA jeweled shift dress
H&M block-heeled strappy sandals

 

Spring Trends: Overall Dresses & Mules

Two trend trains I have hopped on board with this spring are overall dresses and mules (slides). I saw this white denim overall dress at Forever21 and had to scoop it up, I like that it’s a play on last season’s overall shorts, and I love the copper buttons down the middle. I also picked up this olive green (one of my favorite colors to wear) bodysuit! It is the first body suit that I have ever purchased, and I like that it has long sleeves, and it’s very functional for pairing with any sort of overalls so that your shirt doesn’t ride up! I completed this look with a shoe you will see me wearing all spring (and another trend alert): mules! I love the pearl detailing on these ones, and they are so comfortable and easy to wear. So happy that spring is finally here and I can wear these fun spring pieces!

How do you feel about overall dresses and mules?

White overall dress- sold out (similar here)
Olive green ribbed bodysuit
Pearl studded mules

New Orleans Wedding: Southern Belle

One of my closest friends from college (we met freshman year of college when we lived on the same floor in our dorm!) got married this weekend in New Orleans. Originally I was planning to wear black, but I was later convinced that a town as fun as NOLA deserves bright happy colors. I picked up this Theia gown at a recent sample sale, and it was perfect for this occasion! I love the rich colors and thick fabric. The classic silhouette makes me feel like a southern belle! I also love the scoop back. I paired this gown with my favorite black t-strap glittery pumps. I usually wear these in the winter during the holidays, but I liked the texture-play against the rich fabric. Plus, I didn’t have a pedicure, so I needed a closed-toe shoe! I lalso love that these heels show some sexy toe cleavage! The dress and heels have a lot going on, so I didn’t wear any jewelry except for my diamond studs.


Theia Fuschia Palm Party Dress
ZARA Black T-Strap Glittery Heels

Polished, Prim, & Proper: Masculine Pieces with Feminine Details

Bell sleeves, polka dots, and pearls. These are a few of my favorite things! I must have brought back a little “prim and proper” inspiration with me back from London. This post includes a few trends of the moment (bell sleeves, mules), as well as several recent purchases.

Bell sleeves are still very in these days, and I have enjoyed seeing the different variations on bell sleeves- some are longer than others, some have more flare than others, etc. I was drawn to this jacket about a month ago (exactly to the day) at ZARA in London, as I loved the sleek unfussy lines, but the feminine yet structured bell sleeves. They reminded me of little flowers. (A few friends said this jacket reminded them of Melania Trump or Kate Middleton). This jacket effortlessly makes my entire outfit more sophisticated and polished. I paired this look with my favorite black skimmer pants, classic big black sunglasses, and a Rebecca Taylor silk polka dot blouse. I love how the polka dot bows peek through the front of the jacket. I completed this look with another trend of the moment…mules! I originally wasn’t crazy about Gucci’s horsebit slides, but I love anything with pearls on it, and these ones from Steve Madden are just so comfortable and easy to wear. The pearl detail on the shoes adds a feminine touch, just as the bell sleeves soften the sharp edges of the jacket. This outfit is work ready, and perfect for a chilly spring day like today!


Laundry Gold-Rimmed Glamorous Sunglasses (similar here)
ZARA London Bell Sleeve Jacket (similar here)
DVF Bangle
Rebecca Taylor Silk Polka Dot Blouse (similar here)
WHBM Skimmer Pants
Steve Madden “Kandi” Pearl Detailed Mules

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