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.
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. 😉
Photography: South Moon Photography