Booties and Dresses

One of my favorite combos for the warmer months of the Fall season? Booties and dresses.  And while I’ve loved this shark-bite hem dress as a summer staple, I am particularly liking how it pairs back to booties, and can’t wait to wear it with my favorite leather jacket when the temps start to drop.  But for now, it’s a perfect transitional piece, that is comfy to boot! Plus, it’s only $21!!!

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Dress: Boohoo (only $21!)| Necklace: French Kande | Cuff: Macy’s | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (rent them for FREE with code: ALLDOLLEDUPBLOG at checkout!) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Booties: Steve Madden, closed-toe version

Can you believe it’s Monday already again??!! Hope you all had a nice weekend!

xoxo,

Abby

 

It Dress

Maxi dresses are always a favorite silhouette of mine during the summer months.  But the dress in today’s post just might be my favorite maxi ever.  I absolutely adore the unique cut, the fact that it’s striped, and you’ll never believe it, but it’s fantastic quality and less than $25.  Trust me sweet friends, if you are going to add a new maxi to your wardrobe this summer, this is the one!

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Dress: Shein c/o (less than $25!) | Necklace: Baublebar | Cuff: Kendra Scott | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Nordstrom | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (rent them monthly for just $24, and get one month FREE with code: ALLDOLLEDUPBLOG at check out!) | Wedges: DSW, love these

Happy Tuesday, loves!

xoxo,

Abby

 

She’s Gone Country

I grew up in Montana, but ran off to college in Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University and chase the bright lights and shiny stars of a country music career. And through hard work and determination, I was lucky enough to land a regular singing gig at a bar downtown on the most coveted nights of the week. Oh how I loved that chapter in my life. And while I obviously made the decision somewhere along the line to walk away from it all and pursue a more “regular” life, I will always cherish my years in the Music city and Nashville will always hold an incredibly special place in my heart.

So last summer when a friend told J and me that the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville partners with the Sundance Resort in Utah every year to showcase the best songwriter’s from Nashville at Robert Redford’s beloved (and breathtakingly beautiful) resort, I knew I was all in. And so this year, when it fell over our anniversary weekend, I knew it was the perfect way to kick off our celebration. And a perfect evening it was…

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Maxi Dress: American Rag (on sale!) | Necklace: Macy’s (old), similar | Cuff: H&M (old), similar | Sunnies: Rayban | Flats: Rampage (on sale!)

And not only was it a perfect night of music in the mountains, it was also the perfect occasion to wear my favorite maxi dress.  I am so in love with the vibrant colors and soft fabric of this maxi-I just can’t get enough.  And while my hubby (along with most men) is not typically a fan of maxi dresses, he actually doesn’t mind this one.  Lucky for him, because he’ll probably be seeing a lot of it this summer! 🙂

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

xx

Knots Landing

I am so happy that maxi dresses are back on the docket for spring this year. And perhaps what makes me even happier, is the new trend of tying the bottom of your maxi in a knot. It is the perfect (and oh-so-simple) way to change-up an old favorite, making it feel fresh and new for the season!

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Maxi: Old Navy (old), similar, similar | Denim Jacket: Macy’s | Necklace: Groop Dealz, similar | Bracelet Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: Stella & Dot, Aldo | Sunnies: Nordstrom, similar | Clutch: Coach | Wedges: Dolce Vita , new version

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was filled with lots of projects and yard work, but it felt great to be extra productive and get things done around the house.  And of course (despite the copious amount of manual labor), it went by way too fast, as weekends tend to do.  Good thing there is a nice, long holiday weekend ahead of us!

Happy Monday!

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Versatility

One of my favorite things to do when looking in my closet is to pick a piece that I have already worn and challenge myself to completely re-style it giving it a totally different vibe and look-almost making it feel brand new again. So often times when I’m shopping, I try to select pieces that I know will be quite versatile and that I will be able to get a lot of use from. And when I saw this simple navy and white striped maxi at Macy’s back at the beginning of July, I knew it had potential to be worn a plethora of different ways, and no doubt has become one of the pieces in my closet that I have gotten the most use out of this summer. You can see how I styled it for a night of music at Sundance Resort in this post. And below, a totally different look for a morning at the farmer’s market-slightly dressed down with a fedora and my tried-and-true denim vest.

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Maxi Dress:  Macy’s (still available in some stores, similar)

Jean Vest:  Macy’s (sold out)

Fedora:  Macy’s (Young Men’s Section and still available in most stores)

Neon Yellow Bag:  Steven by Madden via Macy’s

Watch:  Michael Kors via ShopBop (old)

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Silver Key Necklace:  Tiffany and Co.

Longer Necklace:  My personal collection of charms

Sunglasses:  Rocawear via TJMaxx

Sandals:  Steve Madden via Macy’s (similar)

So I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Minus a little rain, a broken air conditioner, and an adventurous bike ride in the rain and hail (which was actually pretty exciting!), J and I had a fantastic holiday weekend.  We grilled out, finished our deck, played lots of games (glad to know I can still beat him at tennis, if nothing else!), hit the farmer’s market, shopped, watched movies, and I even snuck in some reading and a little more shopping on my own.  And I have to say that with the schedule I have been keeping as of late, it was pretty incredible to just slow down and relax for a couple of days.  And the only thing better than a three day weekend?  A two day work week!  I am off to Detroit on Thursday morning to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birhtday.  I can’t wait!!

xx

Change in the Air

I hate to admit, but I can already feel it. Fall is starting to creep into late summer afternoons, the mornings and evenings are a little crisper, and long, lazy, sunlit summer nights are growing noticeably shorter each day. And while I adore fall, I can’t help but grieve the passing of summer every year. But, fortunately, in what could only be described as a coping mechanism fueled by my subconscious, I am suddenly gravitating towards richer colors and earthy pieces, and craving layers, scarves, and boots-a few of my favorite fall things.

So when I was packing to spend this past weekend in Sun Valley with one of my best friend’s from college, I knew that I wanted to bring pieces that still felt like summer but that were easy to layer in anticipation of an even more  palpable  feeling of fall in the air.  And I couldn’t find anything more perfect in my closet than the below maxi dress-strapless with a high slit, but casual in fabric and print, neutral in color, and the perfect companion for a cardigan or dark denim jacket to keep me warm on chilly August evenings in one of my favorite mountain towns…

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Dress:  Bar III via Macy’s

Large Gold Cuff:  H&M

Gold Chain Bracelet:  Oia Jules

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Necklaces:  Macy’s

Turquoise Cocktail Ring:  Sundance Catalog

Cat Eye Sunglasses:  LuLus

Gold Sandals:  Mossimo for Target (old)

So while I will no doubt continue taking advantage of the warm weather and summer fashion for as long as I possibly can, pieces like this maxi will continue becoming increasingly more appealing-summer in style yet fall in their coloring making them easily transitional from this season to the next. Perfect hybrid pieces to fill the spaces in between…

xx