October 29, 2014

Leafy fall OOTD

Although technically this dress is printed with tulips, I bought it thinking that they were colorful fall leaves. It was an ebay find after I never managed to snag the red version even after I saved it to my Saks.com shopping bag last year.

I've worn it a bunch since the weather cooled, to dinner, to campus, to a wedding rehearsal, and while sight-seeing on a recent conference trip to St. Paul/Minneapolis. It is warm and comfortable. Now that I see it in photos, I prefer how it looks on me with the belt. In case you hope to find one, I'm wearing a medium so this dress runs big but is true to size for Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses sized by letter rather than number. 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Mareika Dress (same print, same collection on sale extra 25% off with code yooxremix!)
Spanx tights
Ann Taylor flats in pic 1; Tory Burch Revas in pic 2
Balenciaga Day bag in pic 1
Belt in pic 2 stolen from a See by ChloƩ dress

Emilia is wearing a Ralph Lauren dress (runs very large! She's almost 2 and this is size 12 mo; current season version here), Tommy Hilfiger cardigan, Stride Rite shoes, and Target tights.

October 26, 2014

Stripes and Flowers OOTD and a review of The Bouqs!

Earlier this semester I wore an old Kate Spade favorite: the Violetta shirt dress. It was a bit warmer then but not warm enough to go bare legged. I also wore it to a networking event for the startup. At this point, the ruffle kind of makes the dress look dated but I don't care. I still like it.

Also, earlier this month I recieved my first bouquet from The Bouqs (who I learned about by watching their episode of Shark Tank) and wanted to share my experience. The Bouqs concept is straight-forward. They specialize in flowers. Very beautiful, high-quality, sustainable flowers. No vases, no balloons, no overpriced stuffed animals. They source many of their flowers from South America where they're grown on the side of a volcano. It costs $40 for a single "Volcano" Bouq ($50 for a "California" one) and you can double your flowers for an extra $10. Shipping is included in that price. They occasionally run promotions, for example they recently ran one where you could double up your Bouq without paying the additional surcharge.

When I ordered my Bouq, I specified a ship date and waited with anticipation. When they arrived I had to provide my signature upon delivery. They came in a branded box that was emblazoned with instructions for best flower care practices. And they were packaged very carefully. When I opened the box up, the flowers looked thirsty, understandably. They had traveled a long way. I quickly trimmed and freshened them according to the instructions and a few hours later they were just gorgeous. They lasted a solid week before starting to look sad. I was really happy with the experience and want to thank The Bouqs for sending me the flowers to review. Although I received the flowers as a gift, my opinions are my own.

Feel free to check out The Bouqs for yourself!

Outfit details:
Kate Spade Violetta dress
Spanx tights
Gucci flats
Anthropologie belt
Kors watch, vintage bracelet

October 16, 2014

Poorly timed OOTD

My outfit photo timing has been off lately. I wind up either missing (the ever decreasing) daylight hours entirely or being met with uncooperative rainy weather. I've been such a scatterbrain lately and also misplaced my camera for a week. During this time I took pics but with a timer app on my iPhone. This means that already cruddy indoor pics turned out even blurrier! But I am not sure that I will repeat this outfit during this semester so I may as well document it using what I have.

Jeweler's Choice Cardigan from Anthropologie (old but new to me via ebay)
Burberry Brit dress layered underneath
Gucci wedges


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