Finding the Perfect Little Black Dress

As a bright color lover, black is rarely a top color choice for me. But, a little black dress is a closet staple. The perfect little black dress (LBD), one that suits your style sensibilities, fits flatteringly, and works for a range of style occasions, can be so useful. Today’s featured dress is that perfect LBD for me. Read on to find out why I think so and where to find it.

Perfect Little Black Dress

Dress | Shoes (old) | Sunglasses (old, option) | Lip: Mac “Carmine Rouge”

I found today’s featured dress in Loft. It retails for $89.50, but I bought it at 50% off during a storewide promotion. There’s always a special promotion at Loft. The dress fits true-to-size. For reference, I’m wearing a regular size 4.

I was particularly drawn to this style because of its modern-minamilist vibe. It’s a classic, figure-flattering sheath, a simple style you could wear for many years. But, the dress also has a mockneck with keyhole that takes it to new style heights. That subtle detail is both sexy and sophisticated.

The dress is sleeveless, which was key to my decision to purchase it as well. Having no sleeves makes it easy to add layers when needed, which in turn makes it even more versatile.

This dress can work for work and after work. Actually, if an LBD is warranted, this dress will certainly suit the occasion.

Location: Peabody Opera House, St. Louis

See more casual LBDs for the summer here and here.

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Amazing Airport Style That’s Surprisingly Affordable

I’m taking a last-minute trip back home today. So, I decided to check in with my travel day look. It’s comfortable, chic, and built around a few bargain buys. Here’s my take on amazing airport style.

Shirtdress | Loafers (option, option) | Backpack | Sunglasses

24″ Suitcase | 18″ Carryon

Hopefully, you caught this previous post spreading the good news about the generous 80% off deal on the Diane Von Furstenberg Saluti luggage. I believe only a limited number of pieces remain. I took advantage of the offer and purchased today’s featured set (which retails for just under $1000) for under $115!

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The DVF Saluti luggage is a favorite among fashionistas because of its elegant vintage design. I’m also a huge fan of the pieces because they’re lightweight and durable. Furthermore, after my last trip home, I especially appreciated the protective capabilities of a hardside case. I never had to worry about the fragile contents of my luggage.

Amazing airport style

I had mostly avoided hardside cases because they offer very little wiggle room since they don’t expand. Traveling with the 24″ and 18″ cases, however, provides sufficient space for my trips home.

I’m taking the Madewell Transport Rucksack as my personal item. This backpack is the perfect size for holding my Macbook and photography equipment. I snagged it during a recent storewide sale. Shopbop currently has it on sale here though.

I’m wearing a shirtdress that I’ve been eying in J.Crew for a couple summers. I’m glad I waited, though, because the style is now at J.Crew Factory. It’s even on sale there right now for under $30! For reference, I’m wearing a size small.

So, there you go. Amazing airport style for the low low.

These 7 Backpacks are Too Cool for Back to School

Backpacks are back, and they’re more fashionable than ever. The back-to-school basic has never looked this chic. And, I’m thrilled because I’ve been shopping for a backpack for travel. I ultimately decided on the Madewell Transport Rucksack (number 1 below) because of its overall luxe look, rich leather, and perfect size. Swing back by on Thursday to see how I travel with it. In the meantime, here are all the cool bags that topped my list of options.

Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

 

Shop my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites here, here, and here.

End Summer in Style with this Dress Now Under $25

After I told you all about two really big summer sales in this post, I revisited one of the stores. I’m glad I did because I had overlooked the dresses eligible for the massive sale-on-sale discount on my previous shopping trip. So, I had totally missed the opportunity to snag this one-shoulder flounce dress in the prettiest shade of green. And, get this. The dress is now under $25 (under $20 in-store)!

Dress (on sale for under $25) | Pumps (similar, option) | Sunglasses (same style)

Mac “Heroine” lipstick

The color, dubbed “Fresh Emerald” by the retailer, is what initially caught my eye. I wasn’t thrilled when I noticed it has a one-shoulder design. But, once I tried it on, I knew it was a keeper.

LOFT One Shoulder Flounce Dress

For reference, I’m wearing the dress in a size 4. If you have hips, get the size you’d typically wear to fit your top. Since the bottom is flowy, the dress effortlessly glides over hips. So, there’s no need to size up to accommodate curves.

This dress has a lovely airy fabric that makes it quite versatile. I’m wearing it with pumps in today’s post. This look could easily take me to a summer wedding. I plan to wear it casually with my yellow lace-up sandals (now on sale) as well.

If my sunglasses look familiar, it’s because they are a sister pair to my favorite H&M sunglasses (only $7.99). This pair has iridescent mirrored lenses. I’ve only seen this version in store.

I wore yellow pumps to create a colorblocked look with the dress. It’s so much fun to mix and match bright solids. My pumps are an older J.Crew style. I’m really digging these yellow mules and these yellow d’Orsay pumps.

Did you grab a free lipstick from Mac on National Lipstick Day? I stopped by on my way to an event. And, there was a line, so I left. I would’ve grabbed a Heroine Lipstick, the color I’m wearing. In this look, I like how the purple lip teases out the purples in the iridescent sunglasses and also complements the emerald dress.

Location: Central Library, Downtown St. Louis

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12 Sophisticated Ways to Wear Shorts Right Now

Shorts season is certainly here. And, while I love my denim cutoffs and cuffed jeans, sometimes the occasion calls for something a bit more polished and sophisticated. And, shorts can deliver on that too. Here are 12 sophisticated ways to wear summer shorts.

1. Pair with a flirty blouse | Original post

2. Everything looks good with chambray | Original post

3. Opt for a short one piece | Original post

4. Choose all black | Original post

5. Choose belted shorts | Original post

6. Go for a one piece in a fun print | Original post

7. Color block | Original post

8. Crisp in all white | Original post

9. All black one piece | Original post

10. Menswear-inspired | Original post

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11. Pair with a luxe blouse | Original post

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12. Channel the Queen B in summer shorts | Original post

Create your own looks with these sophisticated shorts (all on sale)