Monthly Archives: August 2013

Polka Dots Part 2

I didn’t even realize it when I picked this dress out yesterday morning, but it also has polka dots.  Maybe I’ll try for a week of polka dots?  I bought this dress last year from Shabby Apple and love the adorable Peter Pan collar and swingy skirt.  (See the second “action” photo.)  The lovely mint color is set off by the white polka dots and I felt a bit like a walking confection.  The fitted upper half combined with the swingy skirt work perfect for a pear shape and helped to balance me out.  I love this dress.

Shabby Apple One For My Baby
Mint polka dot dress
Shabby Apple One For My Baby
Swingy skirt!


The Dress:  “One for my Baby” from the Twin Palms Collection at Shabby Apple – $68 on sale, also comes in a nice blue color.

Crazy for polka dots

Whenever I see an item of clothing that has polka dots on it, I am tempted to immediately snatch it up, regardless of size or shape.  If it happens to be navy with white polka dots, I think I go a little crazy.  I don’t know why or what from my childhood may have influenced my love of these little dots, but it is my favorite pattern hands down.  (Even my wallet sports a nice tan with black polka dots pattern.)

When I tried on this navy polka dot top from Modcloth last night, I knew I had to wear it the very next day.  Not only was the pattern lovely, but the cut is a nice peplum shape and the fabric drapes nicely.  I paired it with a wide brown leather belt, my white linen blazer from Nordstrom, some cute red sandals and voila!  Perfect outfit to beat the Monday blues.   Did it make my day a little more awesome?  I’d like to think so.

polka dot top
polka dot top

Where to get the look:

Working for the Weekdays top – Modcloth $37.99

White linen blazer Olivia Moon – Nordstrom $39.49


Striped cardigan

I’ve had this outfit sitting in my closet for a while, but was waiting for the right weather/mood to wear it.  The skirt is a stretchy corduroy fabric in a nice off white color, paired with a navy silky tee and a striped cardigan.   I’m also wearing the necklace from my first stitch fix.

I like the overall look of the outfit, and found the skirt to be flattering for a pear shape since it hugged me at my widest part, then had a straight silhouette to the hem.  The stretchy fabric made it comfortable and easy to wear, and even though it was a bit on the shorter side I still felt relatively comfortable at work.  (That was until I tried to get into the backseat of someone’s two door car when we headed out for lunch.)  Aside from a minor mishap of completely missing the seat and potentially exposing more of myself than intended, I felt comfortable and put together for the rest of the day.

striped cardi and corduroy skirt
striped cardigan and corduroy skirt

Accordion skirt

Today started out partly cloudy and warm, and ended up rainy and dark.  In the morning I was still hopeful about the weather so I grabbed a bright yellow blouse and my ink blue accordion skirt.  Looking at these two items on the hanger, I didn’t expect them to work for my figure, but surprisingly the blouse is balanced out with the pleats of the skirt and the necklace helps to elongate the look.

(Sorry for the grainy photo, I had to take it indoors due to the rain.)

accordion skirt and yellow blouse
accordion skirt and yellow blouse

Retro Cherry Dress

After going to a special screening of “Dirty Dancing” this weekend at the theater, I found myself in the mood for long cotton dresses and keds like Baby wore in the movie.  I dug up this dress from Modcloth with a cute cherry print on it and paired it with a red cardigan and platform sandals instead.  The skirt is very full on the dress and has that 60’s vibe.

Cherry a Tune Dress Modcloth
Cherry a Tune Dress Modcloth

They still have the dress on Modcloth, but it looks like they only have size XS left.

Idea for a white skirt

Last week I decided to wear one of the tops from my first stitch fix, and had originally paired it with white jeans which looked really nice.  With the temperatures getting into the upper 80’s I wanted to wear something a little cooler on the bottom than a pair of white jean capris, so I dug this skirt out of my closet.

red top and white skirt
red top and white skirt

I paired it with one of my favorite necklaces from Kate Spade  It is a bunch of symbols designed to look like a curse word, aptly named “Pardon my French” (you can see it up close here on Polyvore).  I also grabbed my favorite Franco Sarto sandals and I was ready to go.  I really love this red top, it was a great find from my first stitch fix.