If I had another wedding to go to this summer (I don’t), you can bet your little tooshie, I would scoop up this gorgeous Halston dress marked down to $85-$119 (depending on your size) from Amazon.
I’ll tell you what, Amazon is where it’s at for scoring deep, deep discounts on designer goodies.
I spotted this Dolce Vita romper a couple weeks ago and was immediately smitten with it. As far as rompers go, it’s one I would be willing to undress when I have to go to the bathroom for. However, I was not smitten with the $242 price tag.
But then, THEN!!!!, today I spotted this nearly identical version at my favorite Raleigh place to stock up on the latest fashion, Vestique, for exactly $200 less. It’s $42 and a dead ringer for the DV version.
Look at all that money I just saved you. You’re welcome.
Rompers are all the rage these days, but I really think it takes a specific body type to pull them off.
It helps if your head is proportionately large to the rest of your body. This trend also looks best if your stomach is round and soft and pokes out and your legs and arms boast super soft jelly rolls.
And if you really want to rock the romper trend, I think you must, must, must freely give your dog hugs and occasionally find an errant piece of banana stuck in your hair.
(extra points if the romper snaps at the bottom for easy bathroom access)
I swear, everyone and their brother was at a wedding this past Saturday. Which makes sense because it was the perfect day for love in North Carolina. The pollen has died down and we’re enjoying those breezy, warm days with low humidity. The lack of humidity and comfortably warm temps will be short lived, for sure. And it also means one can comfortable wear silky dresses and pretty updos without fear of melting.
It’s not often I get dressed up any more these days. The number of weddings we attend on a yearly basis has tapered off now that most of our friends and family are further along into dirty diapers than they are first dates. So, I was especially looking forward to this wedding. I say give a girl the right clothes and she can conquer the world. I may not be conquering the world anytime soon, but that slice of wedding cake didn’t stand a chance.
My outfit deets: Dress is Halston // Shoes are old but I seriously contemplated these. Alas, I could not justify a new pair of kicks when I already owned their more subdued sole sister. // My necklace is from a flash sale here (I think it was like $8)// Clutch is a vintage estate sale find, and earrings are from Sole Society.
On husb: Suit is here. Tie is old. Shoes were a last minute purchase from Kohl’s because someone who shall remain nameless forgot to pack their own shoes and options near the wedding venue were limited. It was Kohl’s or Gander Mtn.
I’ve stumbled upon some GREAT sale items this week. Since my bank account isn’t padded enough to buy all the things, I figured I’d share the love.
Rag and Bone booties. Need I say more? The booties are on every fashionista’s lust list and they NEVER go on sale.Well, this pair is 50% off and there are many normal sizes still left.
These Rag and Bone shorts are also half off making them just a few lattes more expensive than some Madewell ones. I’d pick these any day and they are so perfect and on-trend for summer. Cuff them if you’re feeling fancy.
Rachel Pally has always been a go to of mine, both pre-preg, during preg and post-preg. Her stuff is so incredibly comfortable and holds up really well. This dress is marked down to $63. What a steal! You have to click through and see the back, too.
Another Rachel Pally find because if there is one designer I trust to make a romper that looks cute and is comfy, it’s Rachel Pally. Plus, this one is on super sale so it’s pretty low commitment on the wallet front. If you can get over the fact that you have to get naked every time you have to pee, and you have $66 (normally $220), it’s a winner.
Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters are typically where I go to find a cute dress or quirky/emo clothing when I’m in the mood, respectively. Who knew they carried some really cute workout clothes? I’m noticing more and more and more that activewear is no longer limited to the gym. I think any of these pieces would look super cute at the gym or out and about.
Top. Wear that top in yoga class or with a high-waisted midi skirt.
Vest. Very cute as-is but I can also see it worn over a sun dress for nights that are still a little chilly when (if?) spring takes over.
Top. Cute to throw on after yoga class or wear with denim shorts.
Sports bra. I doubt this offers enough support for you busty ladies, but for those of us in the itty bitty titty committee, this is perfect for exercising or wearing under tops with an open back.
Top. It’s just plain cute.
Leggings. That little ruffle details on the back slays me. I would probably live in these.
What do you think? Would you buy workout clothes from Anthro/UO?
Last night was the Fashion Forward event at Belk and featuring Trina Turk that I told you about a couple weeks ago. It was SO fun, with all proceeds benefitting the Junior League of Raleigh’s charitable efforts.
You seriously can’t go wrong with a little wine, some fun shopping and giveaways, and a department store full of enthusiastic women. I really enjoyed running into a lot of familiar faces because lord knows I was nervous waltzing in their by myself, but I tend to take the Tina Fey approach and just say yes and figure out the rest later. I captured a few of my favorite moments and outfits from the show, so read on for pictures and details!
This is the outfit I wore. My dress is from Plenty by Tracy Reese. Shoes are from Sole Society. The clutch is about eight years old but originally from a cute little store called Hallelu. My earrings are from Kendra Scott and because it wound up being a warm, beautiful day, I got my faux tan on with some Vita Liberata self-tanner. The BEST self tanner out there. I mean it this time.
I’ve been looking for a cute, nude wedge that can easily be dressed up or down and these Steven by Steve Madden ones I spotted totally fit the bill. Love them for wearing with pretty much everything this spring.
Good news, Raleigh! We are getting a Jo Malone Counter. I’m not yet sure when it will open, but my house will be smelling gooooooooood when it does.
After a couple glasses of wine, visiting with old and new friends and oogling the pretty clothes, shoes and jewelry, it was time to get settled in for the fashion show. There were three themes for spring:
- Minimalist - think black and white everything
- Jet Setter - think boho, flowing, and fun (this was my favorite)
- Feminine Charms - think sweet, pretty in pink and white and lacy
I captured my favorite outfits using my trusty, yet sometimes blurry iphone.
I actually saw these fun printed jeans during the pre-show shopping but I had no idea how to wear them. I loved how they were paired with a fun, patterned top. I think this is a boho look anyone could pull off. I’m so sorry but I don’t remember who made these jeans. womp.
This dress is from free people. Here’s a better picture.
The high/low trend is really hit or miss for me. I think the trick is that it has to be a slight high/low meaning no mini in the front, maxi in the back; and the fabric has to be loose and flowy. This dress fires on all cylinders.
My favoritey-fave-fave-FAVE(!!!!) outfit of the night was this set by Trina Turk.
I think it’s a really attainable way to take part in the crop top trend, plus the pieces are really beautiful enough to stand on their own. I tried this outfit on after the show and I had even less midriff showing than the model. I think most would unless you are also 6 feet tall and gazelle-like with extremely toned abs. You can buy the outfit here and I’m pretty sure that necklace is from Towne & Reese though Trina has a very similar one.
The highlight of the evening was meeting Trina Turk after the show. She is very glamorous yet also very personable. I am not really even sure what I said to her but I hope it wasn’t too dorky.
A couple fun facts - she manages her own instagram (@trinaturk) and just launched footwear this spring. Imma need to find where I can get those sandals she’s sportin’.
This was a really fun event and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Fashion Forward spring fashion show. Thanks for having me Belk and Junior League Raleigh!