Date Night Casual

I love a good date night casual look.  And there is no easier way to accomplish this kind of look than with a pair of destroyed skinnies, fun pumps, and a bold lip.  And even though my top is just a plain black shirt, the cut out shoulders give it a slightly edgy feel, while allowing me to still feel super comfy.  So in honor of the weekend, I want to know, what is your go-to date night look?

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Top: Express (comes in 3 other colors and is on sale for UNDER $20!!!) | Skinnies: AG | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Cuff: Stella & Dot | Ring: Kendra Scott | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Prada (on sale!) | Pumps: Marc Fisher (old), suede version

Lips: Trout Pout by Butter London

I have been a little under the weather this week and have honestly had a pretty stressful week in general.  So I have to say, I am even happier than usual to welcome the weekend this week.  Thanks for stopping by, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

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Strappy

Do you guys watch Project Runway?  It is one of my FAVORITE shows.  And in this past episode, Edmond (one of my faves!) made a gorgeous pant suit complete with a cloud inspired vest.  It was one of my favorite looks of the week.  And the gorgeous, strappy top that he made, reminded me of one I have in my closet that I’ve never posted to the blog.  And so today, I thought it would be fitting to share a classic black and white look complete with a bright a lip.  A perfect Fall date night look inspired by one of my favorite shows!

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Top: Express (on sale! buy one get one 50% off!)  | Skinnies: Gap |  Bag: Clare V. (sold out), leather version, clutch version | Sunnies: Karen Walker via Ditto (try them for one month FREE with code: ALLDOLLEDUP at checkout!) | Pumps: Jessica Simpson (sold out), craving these

Happy Monday, y’all!  Hope your weekend was fantastic!

xoxoxo

 

 

 

Cold Shoulder

I LOVE the one shoulder trend-in fact it’s always one of my favorites every time it comes around. And while it’s not quite as relevant this year as it has been the past two, I still feel like it’s a trend that’s applicable for the season. And lucky for me, because one of my favorite summertime looks is a one-shoulder tee-shirt back to a fun, flirty skirt…

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One Shoulder Top: Charlotte Russe (old) similar, similar | Skirt: JCrew, similar | Necklaces: Keti Sorely, JCrew | Braclets: Aldo, Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Belt: Down East Outfitters (old) | Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sandals: Chinese Laundry Love Me (old) similar, similar, craving these

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I feel like mine went by in the blink of an eye-but of course weekends tend to do that, don’t they?

Thank you for stopping by!

xx

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

Date Night!

I have a lot of what I like to call “Vegas” dresses.  You know, the ones that are short, and colorful and perfectly appropriate for a night out at Tao (but few other occasions).  And I also have a lot of fab sun dresses, which of course are a little more on the conservative side, but lots of fun, none-the-less.  And every year, when I start to feel that spring fever set in, I want nothing more (besides a tan), than to pull all of these fun little numbers out of hiding for the season.  But alas, the temperatures are far to cool, and I am far to old to be strutting around in barely-there dresses this time of year.  So what is a girl to do?  

Fortunately, this is an example of where mixing medias can come in pretty handy-particularly the willingness to combine sweet and tough trends together (which is one of my favorite combos).  I like how it not only balances out the soft and sweet by giving a hint of edgy-ness, but also creates an element of surprise and a look that is a little out of the norm.  So for a recent date night with my hubby, I pulled out one of my favorite red, ruffle-y dresses and decided to forgo my go-to blazer and pumps, and instead paired it back to a beat up leather jacket, tights, and some pretty special booties for a look that’s a little more rock-and-roll.

 

Dress:  Forever21 (recent)

Leather Jacket:  H&M (fall)

Earrings:  Arden B (last summer)

Tights:  HUE c/o Macy’s

Booties:  Kelsi Dagger Rosabella $199 (some available on eBay and Amazon in limited sizing)

And while I love how the look turned out (as did my hubby), I am so looking forward to ditching the jacket and tights and enjoying warmer temperatures.  But for now, at least I have a means to enjoy all of my fun little dresses while not blinding anyone with my pale winter skin.  😉

xx