Shifty

I LOVE a good shift dress.  Not only are they the ultimate in comfort, but they are a perfect piece to wear to work during the summer months.  Easy, breezy, and professional.  They are also a great transitional piece to take from day to night, or casual to dressy.  If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you can follow me here) then you know I wore this dress paired with a denim vest to a friend’s baby shower over the weekend, which gave it a slightly more casual vibe than today’s post.  Once again, another versatile piece that is great to add to any gal’s wardrobe!

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Dress: Gap (sold out online, check in store), similarsimilar, similar, LOVE this one (and it’s on sale!) | Necklaces: Jeweliq, Etsy | Cuff: Lucky Brand | Ring: Touchstone Crystal | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Kate Spade | Clutch: Michael Kors Berkley |  Heels: INC (OBSESSED! they are super comfy and come in lots of cute colors!)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!!

 

 

 

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Dressy

I have made a pledge this year to wear more dresses.  I’m not quite sure why, but I naturally tend to gravitate towards jeans, heels, and cute tops.  But it gets so hot in the SLC during the summer months, that dresses are really a must.  PLUS they are so cute and comfy and fun and I am really loving all of the vibrant prints and colors that I am seeing available in stores this season.  Case and point?  The dress in today’s post.  Not only does the tribal print of this dress lend itself well back to denim, but because it showcases so many different colors, it will be an easy piece to style multiple ways this summer.  And in my book, versatile pieces like this are the key to expanding your wardrobe without spending a lot of money!

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Jacket: JCrew (on sale for under $50! also, it runs big, so order a size down) | Dress: Francesca’s (sold out online, check in store!), loving this one (very similar), this onethis one, this one, and this one | Necklaces: Jeweliq, Etsy | Cuff: Lucky Brand | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Heels: Nine West (SUPER comfy and on sale!)

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Happy Monday!

P.S.  If you live in the SLC and love coffee, be sure to stop by the new Publik Coffee.  We stopped in to check it out over Memorial Day weekend and fell in love!  It’s one of the cooler places I’ve been in the SLC.  In fact, it’s actually where we shot these photos. And not only is their coffee and ambiance amazing, but they have an entire menu dedicated solely to different kinds of toast.  Brilliant!

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Working Girl

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  I hope you have all had a great week.  I was on the road for work, so despite my best intentions to get some blog posts up and running, my nights were spent getting caught up and prepped for meetings.  But today, I’m back!  And I am excited to share with you a typical outfit that I would wear to work.  Because I am on the road so much for my job (you can read about what I do here), on planes, in cars, and in and out of Executive meetings, I am always looking for work appropriate (and fashionable) outfits that are also super comfy and practical.  The Express Portofino shirt has become a staple in my closet (it comes in TONS of cute colors and prints), and I love pairing it back to simple black skinnies, basic jewelry, and a fun pump or heel for a little pop of color. I have found this to be a great basic formula for an easy wear-to-work outfit that works for just about any occaision.  Not to mention that this combo also looks fantastic with a blazer for a little more dressed up look!

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Blouse:  Express Portofino (on sale!) more colors here | Skinnies: Gap (on sale!) | Necklace: Jeweliq | Watch: Michael Kors, similar | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Bag: Coach | Pumps: Call It Spring, LOVE these

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

Pink Suede Shoes

I think every outfit is made that much better with a great pair of shoes.  So when I found these amazing pink suede heels for under $50, I knew that they were the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.  And not only are they cute and comfy (and PINK!), but they add that perfect pop of color to just about any outfit.  Talk about swoon-worthy!!

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Blazer: BarIII (sold out) similar, similar, similar, similar (40% off!)

T-Shirt: American Eagle

Skinnies: 7 for all mankind, identical 

Necklace: Jeweliq

Watch: Michael Kors (sold out), similar, similar

Sunnies: Ray-ban

Bag: Coach Bleecker

Heels: JustFab (under $50 with 20% off coupon code for visiting site!)

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.  Can you believe that we are coming up on Memorial day weekend already?  I know I certainly can’t!  This month is really just flying by-which I suppose is just fine with me.  Bring on summer!

 

 

Nickel Creek

If you know me personally, then you know I LOVE music.  And if you don’t, well now you know.  I also have a pretty broad taste in music, thanks to my dad’s influence growing up and studying and pursuing music in college.  And while my love for music is broad, there are a handful of bands/musicians that are especially near and dear to my heart.  And one of those such bands is Nickel Creek.  I have been a huge fan of theirs since the late ’90’s when I first fell in love with country and bluegrass.  And when they broke up in 2007 before I had a chance to see them live, I was pretty devastated.  So when they announced they were getting back together this year and starting to tour in May-I knew I absolutely had to see them.  And as luck would have it, the 3rd stop on their Dotted Line tour just happened to be in Salt Lake City.  So J and I scored amazing 3rd row tickets and have been counting down the days to the show.  And I have got to tell you, the musical talent that this band possesses is truly mind-blowing.  It was an absolutely incredible show and I can’t stop smiling today thinking of the magic we saw last night up on that stage.  So if you love bluegrass or appreciate musical talent, then check and see if Nickel Creek is coming to your town.  And if they are, GO SEE THEM!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Now on to today’s outfit, which is actually what I wore to the show last night.  Casual, but cool with a fun pop of color.  When I go to a concert or show I always like to wear a cute tank/cami with a jacket so that I can take the jacket off if I get warm, or leave it on if the venue is cool.  In my book, it’s always good to be prepared for either possibility.  I am also a high heel kind of girl, but always make sure to wear my comfy heels so that my feet can be sure to last through a night of dancing…

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Jacket: JCrew (ON SALE!! also, it runs big, so size down)

Cami: Express, similar, similar

Skinnies: American Eagle

Tassel Necklace: Jeweliq (only $25!)

Monogram: Keti Sorely Designs

Ring: Kira Kira (obsessed!)

Watch: Michael Kors (sold out), similar

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Clutch: Steve Madden (old), similar, similar

Pumps:  Marc Fisher (old), similar, similarsimilar

Hope you all are having a great week.  I am so happy that the weekend is finally in sight!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

Derby Style

Even though I was born and raised out west, I did live in the south for a few years when I pursued a country music career and attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  And let me just say, my years in the Music City were some of the best of my life. There is just something about the South that is so near and dear to me.  What can I say? I’m a country girl at heart. And because I especially love all of the incredible traditions that come from the South, J and I decided to throw a Derby party this year.  I have always wanted to host one, but haven’t had the chance since I moved to Utah.  But this year, it was the perfect excuse to get extra dressed up, enjoy the gorgeous weather, drink cocktails in the afternoon, and celebrate my birthday (a few days early) with all of our favorite people!  It was a great time had by all, and served as the perfect reminder to wear big, floppy hats more often!

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Dress: Lulu’s (pink is sold out, but it is available in blue, floral, and yellow)

Monogram Necklace: Keti Sorely Designs

Tassel Necklace: Jeweliq

Cuff: Lucky Brand, also loving this and this

Watch: Michael Kors

Hat: Forever21 (gift), similar, similar, similar

Bag: Michael Kors Selma (sold out), obsessed with this new gold version, and loving this studded bag (on major sale!)

Heels: Report Signature via DSW (under $50!)

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  And don’t forget, today is the last day to take advantage of Macy’s big Friends and Family sale (think 25% off of just about everything).  Go here to see my top picks!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping!

 

 

 

L’eggs Sweepstakes!

Do you guys remember L’eggs when they were sold in the iconic egg packaging?  I know I sure do. And because I always thought of them as an ’80’s staple, I was surprised (and excited!) when they contacted me and asked me to be a part of their 40th birthday celebration and re-launch of their limited edition egg packaging.  Now to be totally honest, I have always been on the fence when it comes to pantyhose and tights, and always have been.  But with the popularity of tights and pantyhose over the last year, I figured why not give them a try.  And I have to say-I am SO happy that I did.  Not only are L’eggs totally affordable (and easy to find-check your local drug store!), but they are super comfy with just the right amount of control around the tummy and thighs.  And with all of these in-between temperatures as we transition into warmer weather, they are the perfect accessory if you are anxious to start wearing all of your spring/summer dresses and skirts (like I am!).

In today’s post, I am wearing the sun-tan shade which gave my winter white legs just the right hint of color and smoothed out all of the unevenness caused by those long winter months of nothing but pants.  In fact, when we shot these photos, my hubby didn’t even realize that I was wearing pantyhose.  BUT he did tell me that my legs looked great!  So be sure to check out L’eggs at your local drug store and go here for your chance to win $1,000 cash and a fabulous trip to Las Vegas! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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LBD: BCBG (sold out), similar (under $50), just ordered this (also under $50)

Vest: H&M (last season), similar

Tassel Necklace: Jeweliq

Monogram Necklace: LOVING this one

Ring: Stella & Dot (sold out), similar

Bracelet: Stella & Dot

Watch: Michael Kors

Sunnies: Karen Walker

Bag: Steve Madden (old), LOVE this

Pumps: Aldo (last season), similar, similar

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was full of rain and cold temperatures which made for lots of naps and catching up around the house.

Here’s to warmer temperatures this week!

 

Whistle Blower

Even though my husband always tells me that I look like a referee every time I wear anything black and white striped, I refuse to be deterred.  And when I spotted this skirt at Forever21, I knew it was right up my alley (hello, stripes!).  Maxi skirts are really the perfect transitional piece of the moment that you can wear now, and later.  And I am always a fan of adding pieces to your wardrobe that can serve a variety of purposes.  An added bonus??  While I am not tall by any means (5’4″ if I’m stretching on my tiptoes), the long flowing vertical stripes of this skirt give off the illusion that I am actually taller than I am.  Hallelujah! IMG_4231

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Skirt: Forever21 (recent, check in stores, I can’t find it online), similarsimilar | Tank: ArdenB (old), similar | Jean Jacket: Else by Joe’s Jeans (old), similar | Monogram Necklace: Keti Sorely Designs | Tassel Necklace: Jeweliq (sold out), similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Pumps: Vince Camuto

So I’ve got to be honest, I’m a little sad to be back to the grind today.  J and I had the most fabulous time in Nica and it’s hard to believe it’s over already.  But the good news is, we have family in town visiting and spent the weekend catching up on life and sneaking in some time on the slopes.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Appreciate each and everyone of you so much!

I’ve Got The Blues

I love the color blue, but for some reason, it’s a color that I don’t wear very often.  In fact, I hardly have any blue in my closet.  So every once in a while, I find it necessary to remind myself that blue and gray just might be one of the prettiest (and one of my favorite) color combos ever.  And in addition to pretty blues and grays, I think a grandpa cardigan is a must have in every gal’s closet this fall.  Between you and me? I can’t stop wearing mine.  Between this cardigan and my tassel necklace, I think I have a serious problem…

**Scroll to the bottom of this post to see if you are the lucky winner of the gorgeous Vintage Locket Giveaway!!!**

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Cardigan: TJMaxx, similar, similar | Chevron Top: Downeast Outfitters (old), similar, LOVE this one for the holidays | Skinnies: 7 for All Mankind | Necklace: Jeweliq, similar | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Tommy Hilfiger | Bag: Kate Spade, similar, similar, love this blue bag | Pumps: Nine West (old), swooning over this pair

And the winner of the beautiful vintage locket from Basil The Cat is… Melaney Ann!!  Please send an email to:  abby_doll@hotmail.com so that we can work out the details!  CONGRATS to you lady!

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Hope you are all having a great week!  Happy hump day!

Camo Pants

As I’ve mentioned before in a few posts, I am all over the camo trend right now.  And when I spotted these pants at the Gap, I knew I had to have them for the Fall season.  But apparently so did plenty of other people, because they sold out in my size almost immediately (they also sold out when they had a similar version in Spring).  So like the patient fashionista that I am, I waited.  And guess what?  I ended up finding them in my size on the clearance rack just a couple of weeks ago for a steal of a price.  Talk about a stroke of good luck.  Don’t you just love happy endings like that?

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Blazer: Forever21 | Tank: Forever21 (old), similar | Camo Pants: Gap, similar, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Juicy Couture | Necklace: Jeweliq | Sunnies: Target | Pumps: Nine West (old), similar

If you are new to All Dolled Up, please be sure to follow along on all of my fashion adventures.  Links to my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin’ are all on the nav to your right.

And, as always, thank you so much for stopping by.