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I just went to dinner with some girlfriends and we were chatting about shopping. I know, I know, isn’t Trump far more interesting? But, seriously, we were talking about budgeting. We all have to do it, right? So that said, I am rounding up some of my favorite frocks from designers l love for everything from cocktail parties, to weddings, formal dinners, and upcoming holiday parties; the holidays are not too far away. Almost all of these are under $100, and if not, they on sale or well-priced. p.s. Free shipping with code SHIP99 via Sak's (orders of $100 or more).
Sleek & Chic
I love a good jumpsuit. That’s a fact. They are so easy to wear casually and you can dress them up with some fun statement earrings or a necklace. I included two black ones. I am wearing the Ella Moss jumpsuit. It’s fun, and the perfect look to wear now for a rehearsal dinner, a more formal dinner, or hold onto it for holiday parties since it has a slight sheen. It does run big, so size down. I love the top on it, too, because it’s flirty and forgiving.
The one by Parker fits true to size, and it is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, cocktail party or for work with a blazer (100% chic work look). I am also loving the price. The Alice+Olivia dress is on the higher side of the price range, but I will say, their stuff is worth it. They put a lot of thought into the cut and details of their pieces and they have such flattering pieces. And the design of this dress is no different. It’s chic, and the design of the fabric is a lot of fun. This dress would be great for a cocktail party or afternoon into evening wedding. The black Halston Heritage is almost sold out, and with good reason. It’s a great little black dress and can work for every kind of party imaginable from a summer cocktail party, a wedding, or a holiday party. The cut out sides give it a modern edge, and the halter-style top ensures it’s flattering on everyone.
From left to right: 1. Alice+Olivia sheath dress 2. Halston Heritage cut-out dress 3. Parker jumpsuit 4. Ella Moss Jumpsuit
Short & Sassy
Two things: I won’t ever tire of a mini-dress- they hide a lot, and I will confess I have the purple dress below in pink, and would absolutely buy this in every color and wear on repeat. Milly is one of the best designers out there. The clothes are true to size, the quality is outstanding and they always have fun details. The back on this dress drops down just enough to give it a little sass and I love the sleeve details. This is the perfect dress for an afternoon wedding, cocktail party at the club and can even work for a day event.
I also included the sequins dress by Parker and the cold-shoulder dress by Halston Heritage in this group. Parker always makes a great sequins dress, and they are fun without being too Vegas. This is one I would buy and hold onto for the holidays. The color and price are perfect. The red Halston dress would be perfect for an end-of-summer or early fall afternoon wedding, or just a night out. I love the belt detail on this dress and the cold-shoulder.
From left to right: 1. Milly 2. Parker sequins dress 3. Halston Heritage cold-shoulder
I cannot get enough lace, ruffles or fuller skirts. I really think it must be my kids’ Disney influence, and these three dresses are so pretty and would be perfect for any wedding from a black-tie optional to a more causal affair. They can go either way. The champagne colored dress by Adiranna Papell is absolutely perfect. I love the ruffles, the length, and color. The green dress by Vera Wang is a statement. I do love my blue, but I am pretty sure emerald green is about to make a major resurgence and this dress is a steal. Wear it now, and then keep it for next Spring. The dress by Carmen Marc Valvo is a must. It’s crew-neck and sleeveless, and hits at just the right place to ensure a flattering look at the top. I love the color combo, and this is one I would hold onto for a holiday party or fall wedding.
From left to right: 1. Carmen Marc Valvo 2. Adiranna Papell 3. Vera Wang green dress
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Let me first start by saying, all this nsale (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) talk is really fantastic. Everyone loves a great sale, right? But, guys, it’s still summer, and I for one am not quite ready to give up jean shorts, sandals, tank tops, and a number of other fun things that makes summer my favorite season, e.g. the beach, sunshine, the warmth, sunset cocktails, and generally happier people, just yet. With that said, I've rounded up my top must-haves for the next eight weeks (it’s not over, til it’s over). The best part: a lot of the items are on sale.
Tassels: in all shapes and forms. Tops, dresses, earrings and bags (see below under bags). They’re playful, boho and feminine. If you have not added any to your wardrobe this is the perfect time to try out this trend. They are everywhere this season.
Kimonos are the perfect way take your outfit from summer basic to the wow factor. I love them over jean shorts with a simple tank and wedges. Throw it over a jumpsuit, a slip dress, or wear with jeans and t-shirt. It’s a fun trend, so have some fun with it.
These tops have made a statement this summer, and with good reason. It’s feminine, shows a little skin, but still leaves something to the imagination, and they are flattering on everyone. It’s hard to narrow it down because I love almost all of them, but here are a few of my favorites.
White jeans are a summer staple, but it can be a challenge to find a flattering pair (major understatement). I’ve rounded up three from my top favorite brands that understand white is tough, but they always manage to make it look good on everyone.
Do any of you remember high-waisted jean shorts that were rolled at the bottom, aka mom jean shorts? Well, they are back, but they are not on this round-up. Sorry, guys! But, I have included a few of my favorites below and they are all distressed. Pair them with everything from a lightweight sweater (see below), gingham or striped button down shirt and gladiator sandals, a cami and booties, or a t-shirt, a more structured cardigan or blazer and heels for a night out.
Striped Button Down
Blue & white striped button downs will never go out of style. They are classic, chic and with the right stripe and fabric, scream summer; especially, if you are going north. Pair it with white jeans for night out or jean shorts for day touring. I’ve included two classic styles and one tie-front because it’s super cute and would be fun for a night out.
Perfect for cooler nights on the beach paired with distressed jean shorts or white jeans. Plus, they are just cozy!
There is not enough space for me to talk about my renewed love for maxi dresses. I had too many long Laura Ashley dresses, circa 1990, and it scarred me from anything long for many years, but those days have come to an end and I love them once again. I love a maxi with a deep v in the front, backless or some interesting back detail to make it a little sassy without revealing too much.
It’s a must-have for summer for almost every occasion out there, minus a wedding. The only one in white should be the bride (unless she does an all-white wedding). Wear it for rooftop cocktails, baby showers, brunch, beach nights, and dinner with friends, date night…the list goes on. They are the perfect summer staple. So many to choose from, but here are a few I love.
I love a pop of color or pattern in a shoe. It’s slightly unexpected and gives every outfit a fun twist. Wear these with jeans and a striped top or solid shirt. Pair them with a solid pencil skirt and patterned top for work, or a white dress to give the outfit a unique detail.
The Summer Bag
Summer bags are always so playful and chic. It’s more about accenting the outfit than utility. Narrowing it down to three was a challenge, but the first one is a bit of an obsession. Cult Gaia has created one of the coolest bags I have seen in a long time, and the green is just killer. I love a straw bag any day of the week for summer and this tassel clutch is a favorite.
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