Outfit Post: Short Game

Keeping it short today because this whole ‘back-to-work’ thing is a lot busier than I imagined. These shorts have been in constant rotation this summer – partly because they fit and mostly because I love the bright print. I’ve paired them with chambray, dressed them up with a bright blue blouse and gone more casual here with a lace tee. Definitely a lot more versatile than the print/color suggests. I could also see pairing them with a navy blazer and simple silk top for a dinner out…. may have to do that soon.

Local gals… stay tuned. I’ve got the details on Dandelion’s Annual Summer Blow-Out sale coming later this afternoon. Trust me, it’s a sale you don’t want to miss.

Printed Neon Shorts: J.Crew (also love these and these); Lace Tee: Dress & Dwell; Sandals: Steve Madden c/o Rack Room Shoes; Yellow Bag: LongchampPhotos: Whitney Neal

 Love these AND they’re an extra 40% off right now… 

Outfit Post: Prep Work

Summer break, aka maternity leave, is officially over. I’m back to work today and it’s bitter sweet. On one hand, I’ll be sad to leave my little lady every morning and lose the freedom that’s come with 10 weeks off. On the other hand, I’m lucky to have a job that I love and an office full of people I genuinely like to kick it with – so it will be fun to get back to hanging and making inappropriate jokes while fitting in some work here and there. I’m not looking forward to the very loosely controlled chaos that I’m sure our at home daily routine will be but we’ll make it work.

Speaking {more} about work, I’ll be shedding the t-shirts and shorts/jeans and swapping it out for office attire. It will be nice (and practical) to start making use of the other section of my closet again. For now, I’m planning on sticking with dresses and skirts until all my dress pants fit properly again and this new bright basic from Pearl Southern Couture is coming in handy as I head back. Especially since it’s got a little stretch that keeps everything squeezed in without being uncomfortable.

While most might save this for a weekend party, it was too fun and colorful to hide in my closet during the week. Instead of waiting for a special occasion I’m pairing it with a seersucker blazer and simple accessories for a look that will brighten up any day of meetings. It may not fit the bill for gals working in a more serious office space but since we’re a little more on the lenient side, it’s perfect. Since I’m on a bit of a mint kick lately, I’ll definitely be breaking out on a Saturday sometime soon.

Mint ‘Tanner’ Dress with Mesh Insets: c/o Pearl Southern Couture (also pretty obsessed with this more casual option) ; Silver Wedges: Old Navy (they look just like the J.Crew version but were WAY cheaper); Seersucker Blazer: J.Crew Factory (old, but this boys one is similar seen before here); Cobalt Tassel Bag: c/o Galian (the perfect UK blue – seen here in green); Earrings: c/o Admiral Row; Bracelets: Lily and Laura c/o 9th and Elm

Photos by Christian Dresibach (thanks a million pal!)

Outfit Post: Party Stripes

No lie, I stalked this dress.

You’ve probably seen it before on Queen Bey, or other bloggers or when I originally posted it during the Derby dress of the day features. When I posted it, I thought about snagging it but since I am crazy indecisive, I didn’t immediately head to check out. Big mistake. I kept thinking about it but when I went to buy it, it was sold out. After adding my name to the wait list and checking back on the regular, it finally made it to my house.

Now it’s hanging up and on deck for a fancy summer wedding. The best part is that the simple stripes mean it has a longer shelf life than some of my bolder, brighter dresses. And the black and white version might not still be available but you can get it in a green & white stripe (looks way better than it sounds) here.

Black & White Stripe Dress: Topshop (black and white no longer available but available in green & white here); Shoes: Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack; Bracelet: Sole Society (old); Mint Stud Bag: Sole Society (seen here & here)

 Photos by Whitney Neal




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