Pump It Up

I am definitely a high heel kind of girl.  Not a huge fan of flats, and while I do love boots, if I had my choice, let’s be honest, I’d wear a fab pair of pumps everyday.  And so it should come as no surprise that this season I am especially loving making a statement with my footwear.  Don’t you just love that shoes aren’t just shoes anymore, but rather outfit completing accessories?

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Camo Jacket: Buffalo via TJMaxx | Jeans: 7 for all mankind | Necklaces: Tiffany and Co., Personal Collection of Charms | Statement Ring: Macy’s | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Michael Kors Selma, similar | Pumps: BCBG (on sale!), also here

I had such a fun weekend in Chicago with friends (of course it went by way too fast).  But I couldn’t be happier to be home with my sweet family.  Well that, and the fact that we are only 2 days away from heading back to Nicaragua for a little vacay.  And let me tell you, I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  You can see my pics from last year’s vacation to the darling town of San Juan Del Sur here.

Happy Monday!!!

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Raven + Lily

I am pretty sure that yesterday was the first Monday that I haven’t shared a blog post since I launched All Dolled Up.  And if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should: alldolledupblog), then you know I have been in Boulder cheering on my hubby at Cyclorcross Nationals.  And while we had a really fun weekend, horrible roads plus a sick husband on the drive home meant having to unexpectedly stay the night in a hotel in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.  So my apologies for missing yesterday!

But now that I am back, I wanted to share with you an amazing company called Raven + Lily.   I love to shop fair trade and have shared quite a few fair trade finds and companies on the blog in the past, and so I thought it was important to share the ah-mazingness of Raven + Lily with all of you.  Raven + Lily is a company founded by two women who wanted to use fashion and ethical design as a “a platform to utilize those passions to alleviate poverty among women”.  The necklace I am wearing in today’s post is a favorite of mine from their Ethiopian Collection and was created by HIV positive women from handmade beads made of melted bullet casings from previous war conflicts.  Talk about a powerful statement necklace.  You can read more about Raven + Lily here, and you can shop their incredibly gorgeous collection here, including designs from Ethiopia, Cambodia, and India.  When we are so blessed to live in this great country, and live the lives that we do, I think it’s incredibly important to give back when we can and support companies that empower women around the globe…

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Jacket: Nordstrom (obsessed) | Tee: Victoria’s Secret Pink (BEST tee’s ever) | Jeans: American Eagle (limited edition-sold out), similar, similar | Necklace: Raven + Lily, also loving this, and these | Bracelet: Juicy Couture (old), similar (and 40% off!) | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Target (old), similar | Pumps: Aldo (old), love these

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Bonjour!

I love a good graphic tee.  And since I missed out on the Kiss tee that JCrew launched this fall, I pounced on the Hello tee as soon as I saw it in store.  And boy am I glad that I did.  It’s already made a plethora of appearances in my daily wardrobe, including on NYE when I wore it with a sequin jacket, ripped jeans, and sparkly pumps.  I mean what better way to say hello to the new year than on your t-shirt? And because a t-shirt and ripped jeans back to dressed up accessories is still going to be a go-to look for me in 2014, I can’t wait to come up with more ways to style this tee. But today’s look is probably my favorite to date-ultra laid back and causal with a splash of statement jewelry and a flash of silver accessories…

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Jacket: American Eagle (old), similar, similar, similar | Tee: JCrew (sold out online, check in store), similar, similar, similar | Jeans: Edyson (JBrand’s more affordable line and on sale for under $35!!!!!!) | Necklaces: JCrew (sold out), similar, Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One | Clutch: Michael Kors (black version), similar silver | Pumps: Target (old), similar, similar

I don’t know about you all, but yesterday was painful.  I was so not ready for vacation to be over and to be back at work.  But the good news is, we are heading to Denver this weekend.  So I am definitely looking forward to a road trip with my sweet family and a little time spent in the Mile High City!

Hope your week is off to a far less painful start than mine! 😉

 

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!

Mellow Yellow

First of all, I want to start by saying CONGRATULATIONS to Stefanie Gladden (stephaniegladden)!! You are the lucky winner of the $50 JCrew Gift Card! Please shoot me an email: abby_doll@hotmail.com so we can touch base and work out the details!

And in other news, just wanted to share a quick post with you all today showcasing one of my favorite color combos of the moment-neon yellow and silver metallic.

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Yellow Lace Top: Forever21 (old), similarsimilar, similar | Black Crops: Gap | Necklaces:  Tiffany and Co. | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Amazon | Clutch: Hobo International | Metallic Pumps: Target

Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Thanks so much for reading!

xx

Where The Green Grass Grows

Not only did J and I purchase a house two years ago that needed a complete gut job and remodel on the inside, but it also needed a total overhaul of the outside as well. And after countless projects and a lot of hard work (we have done the majority of it ourselves), we are literally one project away from completion-both inside and out. And since one of my favorite things about warmer weather is fresh-cut grass (both the smell and the color), I can’t tell you how excited I am to spend countless evenings on the back deck enjoying ours this summer. And I am guessing this also might just be the explanation as to why I am so enamored with my grass-green tote right now…

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Jean Jacket: Else Denim (old), similar | Striped Dress: Forever21, (loving this one) | Belt: American Eagle (old) |  Necklace: GroopDealz (similar) |  Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Gap | Bag: Kate Spade, similar

I am on the road again this week for work-which marks two weeks in a row.  And while I love my job, I can’t even begin to describe how much I am looking forward to getting home tomorrow night, and spending a nice relaxing weekend lounging in our finished backyard.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Thank you for stopping by!

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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