Holiday Party Attire

I still can’t believe that it will be Thanksgiving one week from today. Can you? This year has just flown by, and before you know it all of the holiday parties will be coming up quickly on our calendars. So, today I’ve rounded up some dresses, shoes & accessories to get your closet holiday-party ready!

Happy Shopping!

J.Crew Velvet Tie A-Line Dress

This dress is a classic. It would look pretty with dressy black pumps or even a dressy pair of boots!

Dress the Population Blair Dress

This dress is absolutely gorgeous. The emerald lace detail is perfect now through the new year!

ECI Ruffle Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

Such a great dress. It comes in several colors, too.

Adrianna Papell Sequin Mesh Gown

If you have a more formal party to attend, this dress is simply stunning.

Eliza J A-Line Sweater Dress

Who doesn’t love a bright red dress for this time of year? This style is so flattering on everyone, too.

Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress

I just love the simplicity of this one. Winter white with black piping. Sold!

Maggy London Lace Midi Dress

A lace midi dress in a cranberry color for the holidays? Absolute perfection.

Tahari Bow Front Dress

This dress is so fun with the bow in the front. It looks like a Kate Spade dress, but for a fraction of the price! Love it.

Eliza J Bell Sleeve Dress

Another pretty cranberry dress that’s a very flattering fit & style!

Alfred Sung Strapless Sateen Gown

I’m literally swooning over this one. Aren’t you? It’s just beautiful.

Eliza J Bow Crepe A-Line Dress

This dress is great now, and after the holidays! A closet staple.

Sam Edelman “Telsa” Pumps

These pumps are great dressed up & with jeans too!

Sam Edelman Ankle Strap Sandal

 

These sandals come in 4 colors. And, they’ll go with so many outfits!

Tory Burch Tatiana Slide Sandal

Dear Santa, I’ve been really good this year…really good.

Badgley Mischka Embellished Sandals

These would be great paired with the more formal dresses, and they’re currently on sale!

Kate Spade New York dijon bow pump

A pretty, bow pump. You just can’t go wrong, ever.

 Jewel Badgley Mischka Glitter Pumps

The happiest holiday heels through the new year!

Nina Kalie Embellished Velvet Clutch

A velvet clutch with pearl embellishments…so fun!

Ted Baker London Small Bow Clutch

In LOVE.

Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings

Earrings that look like Christmas tree ornaments? Such a fun addition to your jewelry box for the holidays.

Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings

 

Twinkle, twinkle…your ears will literally sparkle!

 Happy Thursday, Friends!
~Kelly

Chic Classics

It’s finally “sweater weather” here, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Does it get any more chic than a classic dress, coat & pumps? I don’t think so.
I tend to invest in the “classics” that I’ll wear season after season, and this entire look represents what is old, is new again in my book!

Have a happy Monday!
~Kelly

SHOP THE POST:
Banana Republic Dress (similar, similar & similar) / J.Crew Navy Lady Day Coat (similar & similar) / Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote / Nine West Pumps (similar & similar) / Kate Spade Gold Watch (similar) / Kate Spade “Heart of Gold” Bracelet

 

Date Night – Navy Ruffles

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 There’s nothing I love more than getting “all dressed up” for a date night out! The best part about wearing a monochromatic look like this one, is that I get to add fun accessories. You know, all of the ones in my closet & jewelry box that aren’t so practical while toting two little ones around. My everyday jewelry consists of pearl studs, my gold watch & my favorite bracelet. There are so many great statement earrings right now, and gorgeous clutches to finish any date night look.
This J.Crew ruffle top is on sale right now, and it also comes in a pretty, pretty pink color as well. Don’t forget, lots of holiday parties are right around the corner. It’s the perfect holiday top for any upcoming events on your calendar!

SHOP THE POST:
J.Crew Navy Ruffle Top (on sale!) / J.Crew Wide Leg Pants (sold out, similar & similar) / Leopard Clutch (old, similar)/ J.Crew Factory Suede Pumps (old, similar)/ Lisi Lerch Earrings / Kate Spade New York Watch (sold out, similar)/ Kate Spade bracelet 

A Mint Condition Transition

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This is a great “transitional” outfit into Fall. Especially on days when we get those chilly mornings, that quickly heat up around lunch time here in the South. I found this pretty, lace blouse at Target, and I fell in love with the bell sleeves & detail. I also like this one, and this one, too. These jeans have been on repeat, and will continue to be into the Fall/Winter months. I love the undone hem for something new, and they’re so comfortable with the higher waist.
This Stadium coat has been redesigned year after year, by J.Crew, because it’s just that good. It’s so warm, but what I like best about this coat is that it’s available in all of the happiest, brightest colors. Who doesn’t want to be “cheery” in the cooler months? I know, I definitely do! Right now, I’m eyeing the pink one (it’s currently on sale!). I bought this “mint” one two years ago, and wear it year after year, so it’s totally worth the investment. It adds just the right “pop” of color that you crave in the cooler months, especially to a neutral outfit like I’m wearing in this post.

Have a happy day, Friends!
~Kelly

SHOP THE POST:
Paige Undone Hem Jeans / Target Lace Bell Sleeve Blouse / J.Crew Stadium Wool Coat / Kate Spade Handbag (similar) / Kate Spade Watch (sold out, similar) / Sam Edelman Heels / Kate Spade Pearl Earrings /

Back to Bows

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, then you know that I love anything with a bow. That’s why when I saw this sweater, I snagged it on sale last Spring. I felt like it took forever to get marked down.  This, this and this are also so cute for similar looks. The bows are such a fun surprise to what looks like an ordinary top/sweater from the front! This sweater is very lightweight, and could be styled year round, even on a cool, Summer evening out. I paired it with crisp, white denim for this look, but you can totally dress it up or down, depending on where you’re headed.

SHOP THE POST:
Club Monaco Bow Back Sweater (Splurge: Similar or Budget friendly: Similar) / Skinny Jeans (similar) / Leopard Clutch (similar) / Cape Robbin Feather Mules / Kate Spade Watch / Kate Spade bracelet/

I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend! Monday always seems to roll around a little earlier than we want, but let’s make it a great one!

Have a happy day!
~Kelly

White Pants After Labor Day

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Even though I was raised in the South, there’s nothing I love more in my closet than a pair of crisp, white pants to wear during the Fall/Winter! The options are endless when it comes to putting together outfits like this one. I also love layering my Summer tops into the Fall with cardigans/sweaters, but especially a tailored blazer. I truly believe you can never go wrong with a classic navy blazer, as it takes any outfit up a notch. It took me years to find the perfect navy blazer, as I’m extremely picky. This one and this one are very similar options to the one I’m wearing. This might be my favorite outfit post to date because it combines a little bit of everything I love!

Do you like to wear white pants after Labor Day too?

The weather has been a little insane due to the hurricanes, and please know that all those in the path of these hurricanes are in my thoughts and prayers.

Have a happy day!
~Kelly

 SHOP THE POST:
Citizen Jeans ( similar) / Pleione Tiered Babydoll Tank / Gap Navy Blazer ( similar) / Sam Edelman Heels (similar & similar)/ Kate Spade Watch (sold out, similar)/ Kate Spade Earrings / Kate Spade Bracelet

Southern Frock

A few years ago, I discovered “Southern Frock.” I have several tops of hers, and I just love them. They fit my frame really well (I’m 5’10), and give me that bright, preppy patterned top that I crave to wear in the Summer. I think one of my favorite outfits to wear in the Summer is a pair of crisp, white jeans and a bright, happy top. Who’s with me? Southern Frock in my opinion is just a pretty as Lilly Pulitzer, but is more budget friendly, especially when you buy some of her pieces on sale.

Below are my current favorites from the Southern Frock line right now.

 Milly Blouse

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I love everything about this blouse. The ruffle collar, the navy & pink print, the gold buttons, an the list goes on. I would wear this pretty blouse year round.

 Gardner Blouse

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This is another pretty top. The pattern is really cute, and the detail is on point.

Carolina Seersucker Dress

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This dress is gorgeous, and perfect for the Summer. Love the pink, but the blue and white seersucker would be cute, too.

Did I mention that these are machine washable? That’s right, no dry cleaning. A lot of my tops are dry clean only from my working days. And, if you have a little one, machine washable just makes the most sense, at least right now – this line is both chic and machine washable.

Design Darling & Top Picks

Have you heard of the boutique Design Darling? I discovered it a little over 3 years ago.  It’s a really cute and chic online boutique. This boutique features everything from candles to tassel earrings and even home decor. All of her stuff is happy and bright (two of my favorite things to be), definitely a perfect place for the typically “girly girl,” which I just so happen to be.  Mackenzie has exceptional style and that’s exactly what she passes onto you in her online boutique. She also has a great blog, too. Another great one to add to your daily reading list. Her dog is precious too.

Here are my top picks from the Design Darling boutique! Some of these things may or may not be on my birthday list.

Happy Shopping!

 Scalloped Desk Organizer – Pink Waves

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How cute is this for your desk? It would be a great addition to my desk upstairs!

 Ginger Jar Guest Towel

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This guest towel would be perfect in our half bathroom downstairs!

Le Pen – Periwinkle Set of 12

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These would be a colorful addition to my desk for writing notes in my planner, thank you notes, etc…

 Camera Print

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I took photography in high school, and to this day I still love it. This print would be a nice addition to my office gallery wall I am building.

 Pearl Tassel Earrings

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These would definitely be a “splurge” item for me, but I know I would love these for many years to come. Classic tassel earrings in my opinion.

Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish – Navy Blue

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This would be a welcomed addition to my nightstand. I constantly have loose odds and ends like earrings and my watch on my nightstand. This would at least keep them organized.

 Note Taking Queen Notebook

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My love for elephants continues…I am constantly writing “to-do” lists, adding things to my “dream list” and so this notebook would be a happy one to open anytime I need to jot a thought down on paper.

Be Squared – Gingham

Gingham is quite possibly the most popular pattern in fashion, well, that and stripes. It’s timeless which is probably one of the reasons why I love it so much. You can wear it year round, you can decorate your home with this pattern, and you can even eat off of adorable gingham plates, monogrammed if you so desire.  I simply love gingham. I love the fact that it’s also so simple, too.  It’s an incredibly wearable pattern for women and men of all ages. You can literally wear it from the time you’re a baby to the time your 92. You’ll find this pattern in so many rich colors, which is what makes it fun. Besides the gingham clothing my family and I wear, we recovered some bamboo chairs in a cranberry, yellow, green and gold gingham pattern 4 years ago. These chairs are just happy, preppy chairs in our living room. To this day, I never tire of them. So, whether or not you want to wear gingham, decorate with it or even tote the pattern around town, know it will never go out of style.

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 Here are just a few things in gingham that I’m loving right now. Do you love this pattern? What are your favorite gingham pieces these days?

 Giselle Gingham Top

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This top is amazing. It’s a little bit dressier than a classic button up, which is a nice change. I love the 3/4 sleeve length. This top would look great with white jeans in the summer or a cute pair of shorts, too.

The St. Anne Tote

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Barrington Gift totes are my favorite. This gingham print is new for Summer. I have the St. Anne Axis diaper bag tote, and it holds everything we need very well. This new navy, gingham tote just might have to be added to my collection.

 Melamine Monogram Salad Plates

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Have you seen the “Preppy Paper Girl” shop on Etsy? Everything in her shop is incredibly chic. If you need a gift for someone preppy, this is the only place you need to shop. These salad plates come in so many beautiful colors, and would look great for everyday or if you’re hosting a party. These plates would make a great hostess gift too.

Staffordshire Folded Notecards

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 Another great pick from the Preppy Paper Girl shop. Call me old fashioned, but I am a big fan of snail mail. I was raised to write handwritten thank you notes. I will be instilling this same tradition in my children, too. These gingham notecards make writing your thank you notes so much more fun in my opinion.

Old Navy – Favorites Lately

Old Navy has really outdone themselves this season. Lately, I have been shopping there for my entire family. If you sign up to receive their emails, you save an additional 20% off your first purchase, too.

On a side note: In the Wall Street Journal yesterday they were talking about how J.Crew has really started losing their loyal customer base. I will have to say I am one of them. I love J.Crew (especially the Tall pants and their coats), but I am loving J.Crew Factory more and more lately.  J.Crew Factory and Old Navy are my two “go-to” stores now. Old Navy has really taken a turn towards the preppy styles, and that makes me one, happy girl. Plus, you cannot beat their prices when they’re having these great sales!

Below are my favorites from Old Navy right now.

Boxy Scalloped Edge Top

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This top is adorable. Combining a scalloped edge and eyelet is perfection in my book. You can wear this with shorts and jeans! It’s a really pretty top. I love the length on the sleeves, too. It also comes in white.

 Embroidered Gauze Camis

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I wear camis all of the time in the Summer. Throw on a cardigan or wear alone. I love the embroidery detail. The cobalt blue is gorgeous.

 Striped Boatneck Tops

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This top is an everyday staple. Perfect with a pair of solid or patterned shorts or white jeans. It comes in some really great colors, too. A great shirt for Moms, yet still stylish!

 Scalloped Edge Sleeveless Top

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LOVE this top. Again, the scalloped edge and eyelet. It was love at first sight. It also comes in several colors. Wear it with shorts, jeans or a great pair of skinny pants.

Printed Pixie Chino Shorts

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Stripes. You can never have too many. Perfect everyday shorts for the Summer. Pair them with a classic button up or a causal tee and sandals and you’re set. 

Jersey Tank Maxi Dress

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If you want to be comfortable, but still in style a maxi dress is the way to go. The neckline is different, and this dress comes in tall!

Pleated Crepe Skirt

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This skirt is cute. I love the simple stripes at the bottom. A very nautical color combination.

 Suede Wedge Sandals

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 Pink wedges! I am in love. You can wear these pretty shoes with anything this Summer. Pair these with shorts, pants, skirts…whatever your heart desires!

What are you loving at Old Navy lately? What did you think about the WSJ article about J.Crew? I still love J.Crew, too. I haven’t given up on them.