Looking for a dress to wear to a wedding, date night or cocktail party this spring? I am loving the dark moody blooms you will find on an array of prints this year. “Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking.” Comment below if you know what book/movie character said that… I do like to switch it up a little bit though, while sticking with a classic theme. Enter: dark floral prints.
If you’re not all about pastels and the traditionally bright, happy prints this time of year, this look is for you (if you are looking for something in a sunny hue, this look may be for you). Spring is notorious for weddings, and this particular dress would be a perfect choice that could easily go from day to night. The black background and deep berry hues really help those lighter blooms to pop. Tell me that you wouldn’t be drawn to this dress if you saw someone wearing it at the next spring/midsummer night’s wedding? I certainly would.
I paired it with a classic emerald and diamond pendant, but you could go another direction and add a chunky statement necklace, perhaps in black or deep berry (suggestions linked below). I think it depends on how formal you want to style it. For the purse, a pastel pink clutch by Kate Spade brought the look together quite nicely.
The Spring 2018 Runways were lined with dark florals and retro inspired prints. What a nice reprieve from all the flannel this winter, am I right? Also, a perfect way for those who love to wear black to embrace a fresh spring look. These prints will also translate well to Fall with the addition of layers, tights, and jackets. There’s your excuse to invest in one or more… yay! Below are some of my picks. Cheers to love (and open bar)!
Photos by KVC Photography
Yellow is certainly on trend this spring/summer season and this feminine little number by Kate Spade NY is a nice reprieve from the winter blacks that I was wearing literally yesterday. That being said, don’t expect to stop seeing black on my feed. Actually, dark florals are also on trend this season. I will share more on that later…
Easter is just a few days away (do you have a dress?), and weekends are sure to begin filling up with brunches, showers, and weddings. Below are a few of my picks for all of the above. Some less formal – maybe a Sunday jazz brunch at Watershed in Atlanta… and a few more formal styles, perfect for a spring wedding. What I love about this dress (other than the color) is the signature Kate Spade bow. It’s the little details that make it so special (and also look more expensive). A simple dress with an interesting detail, like a strappy back, a ruffled shoulder, intricate boning, buttons, or just a interesting print really sets it apart from the others.
The nude pump, a quintessential spring shoe that is sure to style perfectly with 75% of the dresses in your closet. The above is probably the third pair of this exact style that I have owed, and I have another open-toe version arriving today (link below). I am super rough on my shoes. I am constantly having the caps replaced on the stilettos, and scuff them like it’s my job. It makes me so mad. And so, I really never spend more than $100 on a pair of shoes, with the exception of a solid pair of boots, sure to last for years. Until I hit the lottery (which is unlikely because I don’t play), you unfortunately won’t find any Jimmy Choo’s in my closet. Only look-alikes that won’t make me throw up when I scratch them repeatedly on the pavement. I’m pretty talented when it comes to finding sales on out-of-season shoes. You have to use your imagination. But a pink floral slingback in December. It will cost you twice as much in March.
What are some of your favorite spring trends? I’m scouting Revolve’s website now and have about 20 different dresses favorited for upcoming events (some linked below).
As if one would need a reason to buy anything in lace… Lace is a timeless material, classy and chic. In my opinion, it never went out of style (and never will). But lace is definitely “in” right now and a staple that you should add to your closet. I’ve always loved tulle, sequins, sparkles, and lace. It’s just a girly-girl type of material and I can never get enough of any of it. I love this top in particular because it can easily be dressed up or down. I have tucked it into a pencil skirt to wear to the office, and I’ve dressed it down, like you see here. I paired this ivory top from fab’rik boutique (currently unavailable online, but similar style here) with jeans and nude pumps for a day of shopping and it was comfortable, not too “dressy”, yet still chic. No, I did NOT hit the stores for Black Friday shopping. However, I did venture out on Saturday and Sunday to a couple of home stores for holiday decor. The crowds were still awful. Stay tuned for some glam decorating ideas for the holidays. This top, by the way, would be perfect for a Christmas party. I would wear it with a bold red lip (I love the classic MAC Red) and either a black skirt or black moto leggings from Spanx (also available at fab’rik).
bag by Kate Spade – jeans by Hudson Jeans – shoes by Jessica Simpson – earrings by DressUp Boutique – top by fab’rik
Photos by KVC Photography
I was not always a fan of Rosé, but it’s dramatically grown in popularity over the past few years and now it’s more of a #basic Summer beverage that anything. Sometimes overly sweet for my taste, but then when you find that perfectly balanced, sparkling pink libation, it’s perfect for toasting to a beautiful Summer night.
Here I am doing just that, while wearing one of my absolute favorite finds this Summer… An off the shoulder floral-lace and gingham dress from Revolve. That’s right, floral, lace and gingham… how cliche for a Southern girl, amirite? I actually bought this little number to wear to a specific restaurant in Athens, Greece this Summer, but fate had another story in mind. So I wore it out one Saturday evening to 8Arm, and then frolicking around the Old Fourth Ward. No fancy occasion, but who needs an excuse to wear this dress, or any dress for that matter? I certainly don’t.
You can find this dress for $95 here.
photos by KVC Photography
I like to have a go-to Summer jacket for evenings out and this light satin bomber from Fab’rik boutique is just perfect. The print is a pretty, Summery floral on white, with a sparkly gold striped trim. Coupled with glittery, gold striped espadrilles, this is the kind of look that can take you from a casual day of shopping (at Paris on Ponce), to dinner without skipping a beat.
Paris on Ponce is a quirky antique shop located on the corner of Ponce De Leon Ave and Ponce Place. The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail runs behind the store where travelers are invited to roam the 30+ unique shops/booths, or just stop by for water and to use the restrooms. Here you can shop for an array of gifts and oddities including art, antiques, cool letterpress cards, records, clothing, and even tarot readings. They close at 6pm, so head there early and get lost in the possibilities.
photos by KVC Photography