James Perse V-Neck Dress

 

Every year, around late November, James Pearse has a huge sale, marking down lots of fabulous pieces from its collection.  I found a few lovely pieces, one of them being this ribbed, v-neck dress.  Like many JP dresses, it’s very comfortable and the ease of wearing it makes JP designs very appealing to me.  The dress is a little on the thicker side, the ribbing a little heavier than the Everlane ribbed dress I have and which I reviewed here.  It’s a “midi length”, hitting me a few inches below the knee, and like other JP dresses, can be a little challenging to walk in, but certainly not impossible!  Just remember to take small steps.  It is a deeper “V” neck-line and because of the way the straps of the dress are angled, I found that wearing a t-strap bra was much more flattering than wearing a traditional bra.

The dress is no longer available on the James Pearse website but I did find it on sale at Revolve Clothing, in a beautiful “marjoram” color, and guess what…it’s on sale!

The Perfect LBD

Hi there! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been on board and it feels so good to be writing again.  It truly does. For the last few weeks I’ve been wanting to share with you some of my fun finds, especially from the Everlane E2 Capsule collection that they put out a couple months ago. The E2 collection is comprised of several stylish pieces, from pants to tops, to shoes to dresses that are meant to be mixed and matched. The appeal to me was the black and white colors and the simplicity of the clothes. The styles are bold and fun yet also border on classic and are all very well tailored.  For today’s post I’m spotlighting the ribbed tank dress from the E2 collection.  This dress has become one of my favorites for the following reason: it fits like a glove without feeling uncomfortable.  In fact, it’s so comfortable and easy to move in (think: dancing, partying, sitting…you get the picture…)  Also, the ribbed dress just feels well made; the material has the right amount of stretch and hugs the body in all the right places. I love how this dress can be dressed up with the right accessories…big bold earrings and a bright scarf, or dressed down with a pair of Keds and a beanie.  I wore it to my boyfriend’s office holiday party earlier this month and I was able to have fun, eat, drink and mingle without worrying about the dress riding up or any of those “issues” that we ladies sometimes have when it comes to party clothes.  On me, the dress hits just below the knee (I’m 5’5″ for reference), and the size Small fits me perfectly.  I’m usually a size 4 in dresses, size 27 in jeans/pants, and I usually get a size Medium in Everlane tops.  But for this dress, the size Small fit me just right.

The price of the dress, a cool $98, is also quite reasonable, for all the mileage I’m going to get from it!

(Coming soon…my review on the Everlane black patent pointed slides).

 

Comfortably Stylish…More Elizabeth Suzann

These days, I’ve been choosing my clothing purchases very carefully.  I just turned another year closer to the big 5-0 and though I certainly don’t feel middle-aged (whatever that means), I definitely don’t want to dress it!  So what have I been buying and wearing you may be asking?  Well, at the top of my list has been pieces from the Nashville designer Elizabeth Suzann.  I simply adore her creations.  I’ve talked about this designer before here and here, and now I want to show off another ES beauty that I just got for myself, the Georgia tee in ivory linen.  I already own this tee in the crepe silk and find this style and cut so versatile, fluid, easy to wear, and of course, comfortable.  I think those are my criteria for what I choose to put on my body these days.  The ES pieces are what I consider “investment pieces” which are designed and made to last for many years to come.  I love how I can pair the Georgia tee with my crepe silk Florence pants from the ES collection, or with a pair of jeans.

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The outfit shown here is what I wore to my birthday dinner with my family last night.  If you are looking for something beautiful and flattering to dress your body in, have a look at Elizabeth Suzann.

 

It’s Hot!

Seems like the hot weather has been going on forever here in Southern California. It’s been in the upper 90’s for the past 2 weeks now but thankfully, we’re going down to the upper 80’s (!) by next week.  For me, this hot weather means wearing as little as possible while at the same time trying to maintain some sense of style.  When I was looking at the Everlane website a couple weeks ago I spotted this smart, striped sun dress which was pretty much calling my name.

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And what a bargain too at only $38.  Sadly, this dress is no longer on their site which tells me they’ve sold out but this short dress is available, as is this muscle tank dress.  Everlane can be hit or miss at times but this dress was definitely a hit!

More of Elizabeth Suzann

Yesterday I shared my newfound love for Nashville designer Elizabeth Suzann with you.  Today I want to continue sharing my ES love affair.  I wore this ensemble today,IMG_1593

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Made of silk crepe in a rich shade of navy, the Florence pants flow and hang with such ease, the Georgia tee, also made of the same silk crepe, feels like my favorite, broken-in t-shirt.  True, the ES pieces are not cheap, but I’m at a stage in my life where I don’t want to buy clothes that are made cheaply and not made to last.  That’s what Elizabeth Suzann is all about…excellent quality, long lasting, classic, comfortable, and quite beautiful really. Hope you will have a look for yourself.

I Am Back!

Oh my, has it really been 2 months since I’ve written a post here? I’m sorry about my absence.  Let me just say it’s been a very long, hot summer, and leave it at that.  I’m not going to list a litany of excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging, okay? I won’t put you through that torturous read.  No, instead, I’m going to plunge right back into it!

I do have lots of lovely, exciting things to share with you.  Just because I wasn’t blogging does not mean I haven’t been searching and acquiring new clothes, shoes, makeup, and lingerie, just to name a few.  I’m excited, no, very excited to share this clothing designer from Nashville, TN, Elizabeth Suzann with all of you. This young woman designs and creates simple, fluid, comfortable pieces ranging from pants to blouses to dresses and skirts.  Today I want to show off a dress I recently got from her Signature Collection, the Marlena Dress.  It’s perfect for summer, whether you want to throw it on with flip flops, or dress it up a little with some jewelry and heels.  It’s your your choice.  Made of lovely raw silk, the dress can be worn with either the V-neck in the front or in the back.  Here I’m wearing it with the V in the front. IMG_1543

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I love how free and easy this dress feels on.  I also love that I can just toss it in the washing machine (on cold, gentle cycle), and let it hang to dry.  Low maintenance and a dress I’ve been reaching for many times this summer, the Marlena is definitely a staple in my wardrobe.  In the next few days and weeks I’ll be showing off more pieces from the Elizabeth Suzann collection.  Check out her site here for yourself.

Ciao!

 

Summer Dressing

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The weather here in So Cal has been weird; warm one day, then cloudy and breezy the next.  And no, El Nino hasn’t and likely won’t make its appearance for the remainder of spring.  Talk about a dud.  But I digress…

Today I want to tell you about a summer dress I recently purchased online from the Emerson Frye (EF) Outlet.  Emerson Frye, if you aren’t familiar, is a small, independent clothing company based in New Hampshire.  Their website says that  their mission “is to enhance self expression with minimal impact on our surroundings”.  Most of their pieces are made in the USA but they also produce small capsule collections in places like India and Italy.

The moment I put on the Aura dress I knew I was going to love it. It is an A-line style, made from 100% linen, and made in New York.  I would describe the linen material as a heavier weight but with a very airy and moveable feel to it.  I also love that the dress has pockets! And I love how you can change up the straps to suit your mood.   As I mentioned, I bought the dress from the online EF Outlet but it has since sold out.  However, if you’re interested, I found this website that carries the Aura dress in a pretty navy blue.

What To Wear Thursday

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Isn’t it funny how something as simple as switching out a pair of shoes can change an outfit so dramatically? I first had this outfit paired with my high heeled EF sandals. I felt (and looked) a bit more formal than I wanted to. So I decided to look in my closet again and came up with these Clark’s leather flats that I’ve had for awhile but are oh-so-comfy! I ended up liking how they looked with the dress and blazer so that’s what I decided on footwear-wise.

The casualness of the outfit was interrupted just slightly by the Isabel Marant blazer which can make any outfit a little more chic, don’t you think?

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I’m also getting a lot of wear out of this dress .  By James Perse, it’s quite form hugging but at the same time super comfortable.  The fabric is very stretchy and soft and I’m so glad I went down a size from 2 to 1 because the fit is so much better. The size 2 just had too many loose “sections”, shall we say.  As you can see, the dress is what’s known as “midi” length, where it hits just at mid-calf.   This can make walking a little tricky if you’re someone who likes taking big steps in your stride, so keep that in mind if you decide to order this dress.  I love the dress so much that I just take smaller steps, problem solved.

 

Frump Alert

 

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The moment I put these pants on this morning, I felt frumpy.  I knew this outfit was off kilter in some way and I blame the pants.  Well, I don’t really blame the pants but I blame me for putting the pants together with the rest of the clothes I wore today to give me a sort of middle-aged-vibe.  I’ve concluded that wearing pants that have banded ankles, as shown in the photo, should not be paired with a blazer.  What do you think? What makes you feel frumpy?

Come On, Eileen

I admit, I have a bit of a love affair with Eileen.  Eileen Fisher, that is.  Over the past couple years,  I have collected quite a few of her pieces, from the funky harem pants to the classic cashmere shawl.  Her name is synonymous with high quality and simple, clean lines and her pieces are on heavy rotation in my weekly wardrobe planning.  I have been wearing these “slouchy pants” at least once a week since purchasing them.

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Super comfy, they are made from a very soft viscose and spandex, so you also get the benefit of some stretch there.  I also love that I can throw them into the washing machine and they travel quite well and don’t wrinkle.  You can dress them up, dress them down, throw on a cropped sweater or an oversized shirt, the possibilities are endless when styling these pants.  True, the prices of EF clothing are on the high end but that’s what happens when you pay for clothes that are, in my opinion, made to last.

Thanks Eileen.