Special occasion long sleeve dresses

I got a great question from a reader the other day. Where can you get special occasion long sleeve dresses? She wants something to cover up an area that makes her self conscious—her arms. I understand. We can’t all have sculpted guns like the First Lady. For toning arms I recommend yoga push ups. Those will seriously cause you pain. In the mean time, I found some great long sleeve dresses all for around $100 or less and not in black. I was surprised to find a lot of great long sleeve dresses that would be extremely flattering. Would you wear any of these dresses to a wedding or special event? Where do you buy your dresses?

Vero Moda Very Cross Over Print Dress, $88.63
I love the dramatic draping of this dress. The plunging neckline makes this long sleeve dress sexy, but not over done.

Asos Shift Dress with Bell Sleeve, $55.40
I love a good shift dress for any occasion. The bell sleeves give this dress such a cool retro vibe. And it is just begging to be accessorized with a great statement necklace.

 

One by Line & Dot printed dress, $118
This dress would be a nice departure from the typical cocktail dresses usually worn at weddings. With a delicate chain belt, dangly earrings, and a dressy sandal this could easily become wedding appropriate. 

Although the fabric is plain, the unique gathering of this dress kicks it up a notch. The contemporary and sexy fit make it very appropriate for a special occasion. And the purple is such a gorgeous color that you could easily accessorize with sparkly earrings. 
Besides the great pattern, I love the scoop neck, ruching, and cut out in the back.

Everyday glamour

If the location of your whereabouts are even remotely near Cleveland, you probably experienced some shockingly cold days. I am talking 40 degrees and rain spray in your face. Just look at the background of these photos. Lush green trees and me wearing my winter coat with peep toe heels. It’s just not right. So even though today is muggy and warm, and I doubt we will be seeing anymore cold weather soon, I thought I’d post this outfit before it just becomes too ridiculous. Inspired by the video I posted last week of Jenna Lyons, I mixed some everyday classics with unexpected touches of girlyness and glamour. I had been looking for some serious hardware for my neck for a while. Think: grill, but for your neck. So when I was at the Charming Charlie event at Legacy Village, I was happy to find this necklace complete with matching earrings. Also take note of the leopard print heels. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a gift card to Legacy Village for $25. The giveawat ends tonight at 9 P.M.
H&M sweater; NY&Co. blouse; American Eagle jeans; Charming Charlie necklace; Nine West shoes; Silver Mine Jewelry

Style Profile: Olivia Palermo

I have to just quickly share this outfit that Olivia Palermo is wearing because I would copy this look in an instant. I love the light-weight delicate boat neck sweater. It looks so feminine. And instead of pairing it with jeans or even chinos she gets a little creative with us and throws on these J Brand army green leggings. The bag is from Zara but looks like it could be much more expensive. The polka dot scarf completely pushes this look over the edge for me as well as the cat eye Tom Fords. Well done, Ms. Palermo.

(Photo via the Vogue Diaries)

Little black dress and a giveaway!

 (Portrait of Madame X, John Singer Sargent, 1884)

The Little Black Dress. It brings to mind images of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. It appears in fashion, film, and art. It’s oft repeated and recreated. It’s timeless. Few pieces in your wardrobe can provide such functionality and style, which is why Legacy Village along with Charming Charlie and White House Black Market hosted an event displaying different ways to accessorize the Little Black Dress. The event took place after hours so we were able to peruse the store uninterrupted. There was chocolate fondue (provided by the Melting Pot) and blogger socializing. I met several local bloggers: Karen At Home, 2wired2tired, CleShopaholic, and RimaRama, and enjoyed taking pictures of some of the displays including these darling derby-inspired hats:

If you have never visited a Charming Charlie, the store is coordinated by color. I love the purples, pinks, and oranges of the display below.

Dina from Dina’s Days in her cute spring dress.

Our host from White House Black Market talks about this jersey dress that has been accessorized with neutral earth tones.

The white belt here is removable. To mix it up they used pink necklaces and bracelets.

Here they accessorized with purple jewelry.

This was by far my favorite dress. And I loved the big cocktail ring they used to accessorize.

Our presenters for the night were very nicely dressed as well.

Legacy Village has very generously offered to give one of my readers a $25 gift card to spend at their stores. To enter for a chance to win, tell me how you like to accessorize your little black dress. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, and mention that you did so in a separate comment. The giveaway has been extended until tonight at 9 p.m. Good luck!

Krystina from Cooking through Cleveland is the winner! Congrats! 

Outfit post: Stripes and pearls

I have been meaning to turn this J.Crew outlet bracelet into something else for a long time. Finally, I made my way to JoAnn Fabrics, which has quite a selection of chains for jewelry construction. The chain I ended up buying had wide enough holes that I could attach one end to the bracelet using the bracelet clasp. For the other end I bought some brass links and secured one with jewelry pliers to the other end. And voilà! Now I have an awesome new necklace to wear with this striped tunic I picked up at the H&M in Georgetown last summer. These $6 tapered pants have really upped their cool factor with these killer gladiator sandals and brass jewelry.
H&M top; Sears pants; Nine West shoes; J.Crew Outlet bracelet turned into a necklace

Jenna Lyons on Today

A long time admirer of retailer J.Crew and Jenna Lyons, I pay attention to every article and news story done on the company’s President and Executive Creative Director. She just seems to be in a job that suits her perfectly, and it helps that she seems so down to earth. I would love to just sit and have a cup of coffee with her and have her give me everything from fashion to life advice. See her clip on the Today Show.