Vegas Recap

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that J and I were in Las Vegas last week for a long weekend and a bike race.  We had a fantastic time and spent our days riding our road bikes through the Red Rock Canyon, attending Interbike, doing a little shopping, and (mostly) lounging by the pool.  It was a fun and relaxing few days.  But I have to say, my favorite part was the excuse to get extra dressed up for dinner in the evenings.  And any excuse to throw on a little extra sparkle is a good enough excuse for me…

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Outfit #1: Chic Tee: Forever21 | Skirt: H&M (old), similar, loving this one | Bracelets: JCrew, Kate Spade, Stella & Dot | Necklaces: Stella & Dot, JCrew, Juicy Couture | Clutch: Coach | Pumps: Sole Society

Outfit#2: Romper: BarIII (old), similar, similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Cuffs: H&M | Belt: Express | Clutch: Michael Kors | Pumps: Chinese Laundry (old), similar 

Outfit #3: Dress: Forever21 (sold out), similar  | Belt: Steve Madden | Necklaces: Stella & Dot, JCrew, Juicy Couture | Bracelets: JCrew, Kate Spade, Stella & dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Coach | Pumps: BCBGeneration Olga

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited for the weekend, I can hardly stand it.  It’s just been one of those weeks, I guess.

Thank you so much for stopping by-like I have said before, you all brighten my days more than you know!  And if you haven’t yet, be sure to follow All Dolled Up on Instagram, Facebook, and Bloglovin’ (links to your right).

Happy weekend!!

Rawr!

Whether it be home decor, clothing, or accessories, I love anything animal print. In fact, my favorite leopard pants are always a favorite on rotation in my closet.  And with cooler temps just around the corner, anything leopard feels pretty darn fitting.  Don’t you think?20130820-224017.jpg

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Top: H&M (old), similar | Pants: Else by Joe’s Jeans (old) similar, similar | Necklace: BCBGeneration | Bracelets: Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: House of Harlow Chelsea | Pumps: Alfani

I am traveling on a big regional visit this week and have lots of presenting to do over the next couple of days, so feel free to send good thoughts my way.  I am going to need them!

Happy hump day!

Tassel Ho!

I love a good tassel necklace. Maybe it’s because I’m from Montana and they remind me of a (fashionable) bolo tie, or maybe it’s just because they feel so new and different this season. Either way, a tassel necklace is an easy piece for anyone to wear and something simple (and inexpensive) everyone should add to their wardrobe this spring!

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Instagram Filter:  Nashville

Blouse: Express | Skirt: H&M (old), similar | Tassel Necklace: BCBGeneration | Belt: Express | Sunnies:  Target | Watch:  Michael Kors | Clutch:  Michael Kors | Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Editing these photos only served to make me acutely aware of how anxious I am for the arrival of spring and summer.  Not only am I looking forward to warmer temps, sunshine, longer days, and fewer layers, but a little color on my pale skin definitely won’t hurt either!

Happy Wednesday!

xx

Wine Country

In my mind there isn’t much that can top a warm sunny day spent wine tasting with friends in gorgeous Sonoma. And because J decided to join me on a recent business trip to SF, we were afforded the opportunity to do just that.  A perfect day filled to the brim with good food, sunshine, beautiful wineries, a stretch limo, lunch at my favorite restaurant, and of course, lots of laughter and memories shared with good friends we don’t get to see often enough…

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Polka Dot Chambray Top: Macy’s, similar, similar, similar | Skinnies:  American Eagle Super Skinny | Heart Necklace:  Tiffany and Co. | Long Necklace: Personal Collection of Charms | Bracelets:  Stella and Dot, Juicy Couture, Tiffany and Co. | Watch:  Michael Kors | Bag:  Kate Spade | Boots:  BCBGeneration

So I have to make a confession. I didn’t pack anything on my trip to wear to wine country.  I made the assumptoin that I would have time to do a little shopping in the city, but ended up being so busy with work, that unfortunately that was not the case.  But even though I had to do a little scrambling Saturday morning to put something together, it was a good reminder that a chambray shirt is a perfect (and easy!) choice for just about any occasion.

xx 

Wicked

A couple of weekends ago, my sweet hubby surprised me with tickets to go and see the off-Broadway rendition of Wicked.  And being the musical theater geek that I am (let’s just say I went to both choir and musical theater camp in the summers growing up), I was beyond ecstatic. The singing, the dancing, the bright lights, and the incredible talent all coupled with a fantastic storyline is my definition of the perfect night.

Without hesitation, J and I both dressed up for the occasion. I went with a simple ensemble of black and white and he with a blazer, button down, and jeans. But during intermission when I was waiting in line to use the restroom and people watching (of course), much to my surprise, I noticed many people weren’t dressed up at all (seriously people, SWEATS???!!!). So this obviously got me thinking, when it is it appropriate to dress up? I know that as a society we don’t hold tight to many rules when it comes to fashion and dressing up anymore, but there is a little old-fashioned piece of me that still believes there are certain events that one should dress up for and I think these events (at least for me) are the following:

  • The theater
  • The symphony/orchestra/chorale/etc.
  • Church
  • Weddings
  • Showers (baby, wedding, luncheon etc.)
  • Work (depending on your job, put a little effort into it if you are able!)
  • Parties, or big events
  • Charity Events

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One Shoulder Dress: BCBGeneration via Macy’s (last fall)

Bracelets: Tiffany and Co.

Cocktail Ring: Saundra Messinger via Sundance Catalog

Clutch: Nine West via TJMaxx (old)

Earrings: ArdenB (old)

Shoes: Michael Kors

I love a chic black and white ensemble-it is one of my all-time favorite looks.  And as we move into fall, black and white is going to be more popular than ever. In fact, when I went shopping over Labor Day weekend, there was hardly any color in my bag when I came home-if that’s any indication!  But one of the great things about black and white is the ease of adding a pop of color. For my theater look, I threw on a bright red lip and red nails which gave me just enough color to balance my simple black and white dress and accessories.

But I am dying to know, what do you all think about dressing up for specific events and special occasions?

xx

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LPD

One of the cardinal rules of fashion is the importance of owning at least one LBD (little black dress). It is the perfect answer for date night, or when you are in a pinch and need something nice to wear last-minute, and a great blank canvas that you can constantly reinvent with different shoes and accessories. Plus, black is super slimming and looks fabulous on everyone. And while the LBD will always be important, this season it seems the trend is all about the LWD (little white dress). Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the LWD, but it obviously doesn’t quite cast the same universal appeal as the LBD. So if you aren’t ready to jump on the LWD band wagon, perhaps you should consider adding an LPD (little print dress) to your wardrobe instead.

Now when I say LPD, I am not talking about a cotton, ditsy print dress that you would wear to the farmers market or to lunch with your girlfriends. I am talking about a print dress that you would wear to a wedding, on a date nite, or even for a girl’s night out on the town. Something similar in silhouette to your LBD, but with a fun print instead! I picked up the below BCBGeneration dress with some money that I received for my birthday, and I have to say that for the summertime, I think it is definitely rivaling both my LBD and my LWD as my current go-to choice for a night out.

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Dress:  BCBGeneration via 6pm.com (sold out-but they have a great selection of BCBG dresses!)

Neon Belt:  Macy’s

Long Chain Earrings:  TJMaxx

Labradorite Cocktail Ring:  Sundance Catalog

Bracelets:  Macy’s, H&M, Forever21

Watch:  Michael Kors via Macy’s

Clutch:  Michael Kors via TJMaxx

Shoes:  Simply Vera by Vera Wang via Kohl’s

It was such a gorgeous weekend here in the SLC (minus the the smoke from the fires) so J and I took full advantage enjoying dinner on the patio at one of our favorite restaurants, The Copper Onion, followed by a long walk around our downtown, where we discovered beautifully painted pianos every few blocks.  Apparently they are part of the Play Me, I’m Yours street piano tour which began in 2008.  There are over 600 pianos in cities across the globe and they are open to anyone in the public to play.  So, needless to say, I sat down and played a couple of numbers entertaining people passing by.  It was the perfect end to a perfect balmy summer night (which had already given us the excuse to get all dolled up and hit the town in the first place!).  Boy do I heart summer. 

Happy Monday!

xx