New Year’s Eve Rose Gold Sequin Dress

Details: Bee Darlin Dress via Nordstrom (Similar) / F21 Earrings (Old) / Nine West Shoes via Marshalls

We have a wedding to go to on New Year’s Eve this year. I was so excited to get the chance to wear a sequin-encrusted dress for the festivities that I started shopping back in September. I snatched up this Bee Darlin Dress, which I think was originally geared toward the homecoming crowd, for $100 a few months ago. It has since sold out, but Nordstrom still has many similar styles up for grabs and at price points below $100. I think the best time to look for holiday party dresses is right before homecoming when all of the sequiny things start popping up.

I am still not sure how I want to accessorize this dress. I know I need nude tights to bear the cold, and I plan to borrow my sister’s winter white pea coat. As far shoes and a purse I was thinking either dark maroon or silver. What do you think?

Weekend Wear: Special Occasion

I bought this dress to wear to a wedding we had over the summer in New York City. I didn’t have a chance to take pictures until just this past weekend when we went to the symphony to hear Carmina Burana. An awesome show if you ever get the chance to go.

When I was a looking for a dress for the wedding, I didn’t want to spend a lot so I went to Avalon Exchange, a consignment store in Squirrel Hill. I found this no-name dress there for $15! Because the dress was so cheap I splurged a little on the earrings. I usually don’t spend a lot on jewelry, but I knew these would be worn over and over again. The shoes were a different story. I typically like to spend a lot on shoes so I know my feet will be comfortable day in and day out. However, for weddings I like to wear cheap shoes. I am a pretty aggressive dancer at weddings and my shoes will be lucky if they last the night.

I was pretty happy with the outfit I ended up with for just about $60. It has already proven its staying power in my closet. Have you found any great special occasion dresses for a deal lately? Any special occasions coming up?

Details: Dress via Avalon / Payless shoes / Francesca’s earrings / J.Crew outlet necklace / Coach wristlet/ Michael Kors watch

California Dreamin…

Mad Men is one of my favorite references for style. Unlike most people, however, my sartorial appetite isn’t satisfied by Betty or even Joan. It’s Don’s casual acquaintances that really tickle my fancy. Remember Midge (season 1) with her cigarette pants and peasant tops? And who could forget Joy from season 2 when Don goes to California? I immediately though of Joy’s iconic 60s California resort wear when I saw this dress at a local consignment shop. The only problem was this dress was just a smidgen small. I consulted my tailor and for $12 I was able to turn this thrifted Loft number into the perfect outfit for a wedding in Raleigh this past weekend.
Loft consignment dress ($20); Candies via Kohl’s pumps; Forever 21 earrings; H&M trench coat; Ray Ban Wayfarers; Coach wristlet
(Photos taken at the capital building in Raleigh)

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.

Wedding wear: Zara

Dressing for a wedding gets difficult in your 20s. You have to find that fine line between age-appropriate and conservative. It’s a wedding after all. I am Someone’s grandma is going to be there judging you. So when it comes to choosing something to wear to a wedding, I am extremely indecisive. Zara has some really nice options all for under $100. The styles look young and contemporary, without showing too much skin. I love Forever 21 as much as the next person, but those dresses are just too darn short! That’s what my grandma said anyways… The bright colors would be really fun for a spring or summer wedding. I had some fun imagining how I would accessorize these two styles:

Zara halter neckline dress, $79.90

L.L. Bean Signature Newburyport heel, $139.00

Margaret Elizabeth Smokey Quartz Nests, $68.00

Martha Stewart Side Chignon DIY

Zara Frilly Dress, $79.90

Gap ankle strap pump, $125

Lauren Elan Abbey, $195

Side ponytail DIY

The rehearsal dinner

First up, the rehearsal dinner. It was on the patio of a bar and restaurant called Martini Farm in Chesterland, OH. The weather was balmy and the twinkle lights created a nice ambiance. We showed a baby video of the couple to be that my boyfriend and I worked on (I scanned the photos and he did everything else) and my sister gave me a very nice gift for being one of her maids of honor, which I will be happily using at the mall! I wore my J.Crew dress, H&M flower pin, Charlotte Russe wedges, and rose quartz necklace. I wish I would have done something more creative with my hair because it was drooping sadly by the end of the day. But that’s okay because my hair had its real moment at the wedding the next day. It was the stuff of legends.