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Outfit: Standout Florals

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In recent years, I’ve recognized my need to invest in more polished and professional, yet personality-filled dresses. My dresses in years past were basic cotton or polyester, typically a darker solid and not really well constructed. Think we can all agree that there’s something about a fantastic fitting dress, with perfect seaming and darting in a great fabric that shows off your curves, that’s unparalleled.

I saw Tara post this J. Crew Factory dress and immediately went the next day to check it out. Ha, the power of blogs! The brand — which has this print & complementing “raspberry’ hue on all of these pieces — always had a great work to weekend mix, and the quality on a majority of the items is fantastic.

I spoke on a panel during the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s business women’s summit (which, by the way, was so inspirational & motivating!), and realized I nothing that screamed BAD ASS BUSINESS WOMAN…. and apparently that felt necessary. 😉 The dress was on a 50% off promo (as if I needed another sign it was meant to be!), so despite feeling it might be a touch too long I took it without a second thought and am so happy I did. I got a million compliments and love how it’s a stylish statement while also polished and practical.

Keeping the heels and other accessories neutral also helps achieve that. I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of nude pumps and found these recently at DSW. The stacked heel trend is a major win for anyone who’s not a heels girl. These are way comfier than most of my older flats with a thinner heel, and the DSW price point couldn’t be beat. Do you guys shop there? I hadn’t been in ages but had 20 minutes to kill… and a coupon… so you know how that goes.

Blogger working at coffee shop Work from home mom Girl drinking coffee Work inspo Floral dress for work Bold floral dress


Dress: J. Crew Factory // Heels: Steve Madden ‘Calista’ via DSW (similar to this) // Tote: Louis Vuitton //  Earrings: H&M (old; similar) // Ring: BaubleBar // Watch: Kate Spade (new version here) // Phone Case: Ban.do (it drizzles glitter!) // Computer: Apple MacBook 


PS: My photographer Alissa kept giving me a hard time about holding my coffee cup upright, and I can now see why. So, I was dying for a real cup of coffee but this delicious place behind me, Paris in Town at Downtown at the Gardens, opens at 11 am and we shot this around 9:45 am. Clearly I’m not as convincing unless I face the risk of literally spilling scalding coffee on my leg. 😉

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Photography: South Moon Photography

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    October 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Beautifully worn, and well, isn’t that what blogger friends are for 😉 ?

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    September 29, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Hi Alyson,
    I wanted to connect with you & say thanks. A year ago someone I barely knew mentioned my Blog in a comment on your blog post about bloggers over 40.
    I have & am still, getting traffic from this!
    She is now a very good friend of mine, in fact we just shared a weekend in Paris together!
    I thought you’d like to know xxx

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      October 5, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      Oh my goodness, Michelle… that’s amazing! So wonderful to hear that you’re getting traffic and even cooler, that you’ve made such a great friend along the way. Xx

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    September 28, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Yesssss you obviously needed this dress! So pretty!


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    September 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Love this pattern! J.Crew Factory has seriously stepped up their game recently and I’ve definitely been ordering from them more and more. Those earrings are pretty fabulous too!


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    September 28, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    This dress is so cute on you! I love the bright floral print. I haven’t been into DSW in ages, but it sounds like I need to make a trip ASAP. I love those heels!!

    Fizz and Frosting

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      October 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      Yeah, I hadn’t been in so long — they’ve definitely upped their game and SO many good brands, too.

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    September 28, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Total perfection on you!

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