Brand Love: Ted Baker Party Dress

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Ted Baker dress (here in black), Cole Haan pumps, Chanel WOC, Juicy Couture earrings

Ted Baker is quickly becoming a brand favorite. In the last few months alone I have bought 2 Ted Baker dresses for important family events (see on Instagram) and am absolutely thrilled with both. This stunning royal blue number was for my cousin’s wedding this past weekend and served the purpose beautifully. It was flirty and fun, flattering and still warm for the outdoor ceremony.

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I particularly love the fullness in the sleeves. The dramatic shoulder accent helps to balance the hips and the pleats camouflage any issues on the bottom half without adding bulk. The length is perfection and the thick cotton/sateen material is totally forgiving.

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What do you think of Ted Baker? Any holy grail dress designers I should know about?

Great Spring Find: J.Crew Factory Shell

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Welcome to my parents’ backyard! This weekend I spent the majority of it in San Diego with boyfriend for a family wedding. It was a ton of family time, boyfriend/brother bonding (evidence here), and Spring weather. We had an opportunity to do a bit of shopping at our local outlet mall and I picked up this gorgeous coral shell at the J.Crew Factory outlet store. It is the most stunning color and was 50% off the original price of $59 making it a total steal.

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I snagged it and love how it fits over the hips. It would be so flattering on a woman of any shape or size but I am particularly pleased with how it fits across the chest.

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Tucked, untucked, jeans or shorts, it’s a total winner!

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And, behold my newest hairstyle! It’s half french braid half up-do. Comment below letting me know if you would like to see a video hair tutorial (see my last tutorial for wavy hair with minimal heating HERE).

Review: J.Crew Black/White Geometric Sundress

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J.Crew dress (released only in stores), Cole Haan pumps , LOFT coat (similar), Revlon Color Burst lipgloss

While in Union Square last week I stumbled non-chalantly into J.Crew. Recently disheartended by the majority of their selection, and the way that it fits pearshapes, I wasn’t expecting to find anything at all that I love. But that darn 25% off lured me in, so browsing I went. I wasn’t finding anything I loved, even on the rack, and then I spotted this black and white beauty. With geometric designs, a narrowed, banded waist and flattering length, I immediately went to try it on.

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Lo and behold, a size 10 fit beautifully in the waist, was even roomy in the hips, and sat exactly where I like my dresses to rest on my natural waist. The black and white bands are not placed in awkward parts of the body, but rather work well to continue to enhance an hourglass frame. The straps allow for a bra and the buttoned front allowed me to fold down the sides, creating a v-neck look.

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The thick, woven knit material keeps this dress from flowing in the wind too much and was perfect for a recent rehearsal dinner. Finally, the dress is fully lined meaning no visible underwear colors! In all, i’m in love. My perfect black and white Spring/Summer dress. The only bummer? It’s so weird but it is only sold in stores! I couldn’t find it on the J.Crew website and called to confirm. At this point, you can only pop into your local J.Crew to get it.

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What do you think of this J.Crew piece? Has anyone else tried it on?

Transitioning Work Pants into Spring, the J.Crew Cafe Capri

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J.Crew hat, Target top (similar in grey), J.Crew cafe capri, DSW no-name wedge

I’m the biggest fan of taking one clothing item and using it different ways. You may remember my review of these J.Crew cafe capri pants for work nearly a year ago. During an unseasonably warm day this last weekend in the city, I reached for them again but decided to find a way to dress them down just a bit and make them Sunday appropriate.

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I think the key to this look is in the details. The striped hat (that i’m totally planning a tropical vacation around…) and open toed wedges give it a Spring/Summer vibe and help to camouflage the otherwise stuffy, office nature of these pants. I also rolled the hems messily to give an even further relaxed look.

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Finished with some coral lip color and fun sunglasses, I felt incredibly comfortable and put together for Sunday brunch with my love.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. Thanks for reading! xo

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