A Classic Polka Dot Wrap Dress

The Dress

It’s been over 40 years since Diane Von Furstenberg invented the infamous wrap dress.  It’s no wonder why it’s still as popular as ever. I believe that this style dress will compliment any body type.  This classic polka dot wrap dress is a timeless print and style.  I found this at DressUp Boutique for less than $50!  If you’re looking for special occasion outfit, or just wanting to spice up your wardrobe for summer, DressUp stocks new styles every week at very affordable prices.  This post features several dresses from DressUp that I wore in Greece last summer.  Unfortunately, the above is no longer available (again, styles come and go weekly), but I’ve linked some very similar ones below.

Accessories

Yellow is definitely one of the “it” colors this year.  These neon hued earrings punch up the classic black and white print to give it a funky twist for summer.  Of course, this style is sold out but Baublebar has some great alternatives at comparable prices.  The sunglasses are by Tiffany & Co. and the watch is by Kate Spade NY.  Linked below…

The Bag

Straw handbags are all the rage this summer.  It’s a great way to accessorize an outfit when at a tropical location, or bring that festive summer look to you.  This eyelash straw clutch came from Francesca’s for $38 – the eyelash design is sold out, but there are actually some prettier ones with color and the same zipper tassel still available (linked below)…

The Shoes

Similar to the dress, these Michael Kors black leather upper espadrilles are classic and could go with just about everything in my closet.  I think that these shoes are definitely a staple that you can wear for most of the year (or at least you can here in the south). Espadrilles are the essential summer shoe, laid back and comfortable enough to replace heels when you plan to do some walking.

Whether you’re shopping for resort wear, or just looking for a fun summer outfit, this ensemble can be worn for years and won’t go out of style.  The best part is that all of these pieces can be mixed in with what you already own.  What destinations are you heading to this summer?  Maybe I should pull together a beach themed shopping guide(??)  Comment below!

 

Cheers!


photography by Paprika Southern Studios

 

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Floral Maxi Dresses: Perfect for any Summer Soirée

 

Summer is the season of parties, festivals, and barbequeing.  Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect dress that can be re-worn for multiple occasions.  These long maxi dresses are effortless (although they will not look that way) and can be worn just about everywhere.  After all, in the south we wear maxi dresses to even the most casual low country boil…

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite floral prints below.  These dresses can take you from a music festival to Sunday brunch.  I love a well made, intricate print that resembles a drawing or work of art.  The above dress is part of the Asher Collection from fab’rik boutique.  I love the detailed pattern of the poppy flowers as well as the darker color palette.  Dress it up with strappy heels, or down with a denim jacket and sandals.  Unfortunately, this particular dress is no longer available. However, there are a few dresses linked below with similar color palettes, priced under $100.

I wore this dress to dinner recently at The Olde Pink House with friends in Savannah, Ga.  The rich colors, beautiful architecture, and blooming magnolias set the stage as a perfect backdrop to shoot this look.  Especially because we were able to order to-go daiquiris just a few feet from this spot.

“This place is fantastic; it’s like Gone With the Wind on mescaline.” – John Kelso

What are your favorite things to do while in Savannah?  I should probably dedicate a post specifically to that.  If you find yourself traveling south this summer, be sure to pack light and flowy maxi dresses because it’s a buzzkill to say the least when you have to pause for a wardrobe change between brunch at Huey’s on the River and dinner at Alligator Soul.  Find something transitional and more time can be spent strolling the most beautiful streets in America.

 

 

photography by Paprika Southern Studios

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Atlanta weather was overcast and chilly this weekend.  I was finally able to pull out some cozy sweaters and scarves.  It’s a romantic type of chill.  It makes you want to drink hot cider by the fire.  I actually have a few friends who blamed the weather on the fact that they’ve already began decorating for Christmas.  Fall fashion, in my opinion, is the most fun to put together.  Something as simple as a knitted sweater can be glamorous with the right accessories and details.  I bought this white sweater (available in yellow here) at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July.  I fell in love with the back and knew that I could do something special with it… and it was less than $50!   Not familiar with the #Nsale?  Each Summer, Nordstorm hosts a sale that lasts a few weeks, card holders have early access (which is awesome because many items sell out fast).  These are all new pieces from the Fall collections, available for a discounted price during the first few weeks of their release (kind of backwards, right?).  It is awesome.  This crossover cz ring in rose gold (see below) was another #Nsale find, and is still available here.  I went nuts.

The crisscross back and long flared sleeves make this otherwise simple, oversized sweater something unique.  I added a crochet front bralette from Victoria’s Secret, a grey wool hat with felt flower applique, which I found at Target many years ago, but here it is on eBay for $12.99, and pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark).  So, look for an ordinary piece and add to it… a classic Fall staple can become something special.

 

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jeans by Hudson Jeans

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purple/gray druzy cuff came from a local jeweler (similar styles here); gold chain from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics (not available online but they often cary a small collection of accessories in addition to their designer cosmetics and skincare products.

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convertible bag by Kate Spade

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earrings by Loft (40% off right now… doh!)

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pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark)

 

photography by Paprika Southern Studios

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Are you one of those people who rotate their wardrobe based on season?  It’s smart, allows for more space, and you most likely won’t be using that angora sweater in Summer, right?  It does make sense but I do not follow this practice.  Carrie Bradshaw said it best when referring to her wardrobe, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet”.  Me too!  And now, thanks to Spanx Arm Tights, your sleeveless tops and dresses become go-to pieces for Fall and Winter, so seasons can overlap.  This is exactly what it sounds like, tights for your arms.  They are thin and seamless, so you can pair them with the most fitted top or dress without feeling like your layering something under it.  And they come in a wide array of beautiful colors!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for the sale racks, holding “last of” items at boutiques such as fab’rik.  I was at my local fab’rik boutique just a couple weeks ago and found this great tunic (this can also be worn as a dress, by the way).  I paired it with these brandywine colored arm tights and I love it!  You can order arm tights via the Spanx website for a mere $30 per pair, or look for them soon, along with some amazing Spanx leggings at your local fab’rik boutique.  So hit up the sale racks and find something left from Summer that can be easily transformed for a completely different look.

The below images were shot in one of my absolute favorite cities, Savannah, Ga.  Shout out to Paprika Southern Studios for capturing these great images in the historic district, just as the air was getting crisp and Fall was beginning to creep in.  More from Savannah coming soon!

faux suede leggings by Express (similar style by H&M here) – shoes by Jessica Simpson via DSW – heart key pendant necklace by Tiffany & Co. – earrings from a sidewalk vendor in San Francisco’s Mission District

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