Derby Dress of the Day: For the 5th Floor Clubhouse

Preppy gals – today is your day. I know I’ve steered away from more traditional, preppy dresses but today I’m going all out.

This lively plaid number from J.Crew is perfectly southern, simple and sweet. I’d love to see it paired with a hat full of florals. Can’t you imagine a wide-brimmed hat with bunches of pale pink flowers piled on top? Otherwise, I’d pair it with simple accessories. Gold wedges, a straw clutch and a simple collar necklace add the finishing touches.

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Silk Organza Plaid Dress: J.Crew
Mini Floral Collar Necklace: BaubleBar | Gold Wedges: Tory Burch | Straw Clutch: Kaya
p.s. – sorry this picture is a little blurry! had a little trouble tracking it down!

Outfit Post: Lace

Getting a late start today because I was FINALLY able to grab coffee with an awesome local artist, Katie Jury, after an untold amount of reschedules (all of which were on me). I know it’s a cheesy thing to say but the people, especially right here in my backyard, that I’ve had the chance to meet through this are what make it fun. You may have noticed Katie’s work in the local gift guide and we’ve been trying to get together ever since. Now I’m thinking of picking up one of her printed scarves or notebooks for my secret cupid. Her stuff would definitely make a great gal pal valentine’s gift.

Now I’m all amped up on caffeine and have to dive into a day behind the desk. But before I get into a giant stack of busy work, I wanted to share the full details of the Grammy-inspired look I previewed on Monday. I wore almost this exact same thing over the holidays and since it still (barely) fits, I wore it again but I’m thinking that ship has finally sailed on this tee now that the bump is making a more prominent appearance.

I’m sure you all are tired of this jacket and bag by now but when something works (and fits), it gets a lot of wear around these parts. I’ve been mixing and matching as much as possible lately to avoid having to add anything but new basics (that fit). It kind of works out well though since I’m getting tired of all the winter gear and anxiously awaiting, even slightly, higher temperatures. Really, if we could just get to the high 30′s it would feel like a heat wave.

Sequin Jacket: Piperlime (old; seen here and here; also love love love this one, kinda different but awesome); Lace Tee: Forever 21 (old, similar here; previously seen here); Legging/Pants: ZARA; Shoes: c/0 Sole Society; Bag: c/o Galian; Necklace: BaubleBar; Gold Cuff: Dandelion

Photos by Whitney Neal.

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Outfit Post: Black Out

Can you believe Christmas is over?

I’m not going to lie, the days between Christmas and New Year’s are always my favorite. Not saying that I don’t love eating, drinking and being merry with family to celebrate but it can get pretty exhausting. It was an all-day marathon yesterday and now I just want to take a nap.

It’s been a whirlwind since Monday when we got an early Christmas present when we found out that we are expecting a little girl. I’m already nervous about the whole thing (I was positive that it was a boy, just shows that you really have NO idea what the big guy has planned for you) but it is definitely exciting.

Beyond just that fun news, Christmas was very good to me and especially my little guy who is swimming in Mickey Mouse gear (pretty proud of the make-shift Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Car we threw together – thank god for decals). I must have been a good girl to find this under the tree along with some other goodies. The bag will go great with my current uniform of all-black everything.

I wore a variation on this outfit today to work (swapped black pants for jeans and boots instead of heels) and I plan on wearing some mix of this look at least once a week throughout the winter. Clearly, the inspiration has taken root. The best part is that you can cheer it up a little with bright accessories (see: this neon orange scarf), bold shoes or a colorful bag. I have also swapped out the gray coat for my bright blue one to avoid giving off the total b**ch look (although sometimes that’s the look I’m going for).

This particular look was inspired by this pin that, I swear, everyone must have on their style/outfit boards. I’m still on the hunt for a necklace that epic but this one has been a pretty trusty companion this holiday season.

ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (7)
Black Oversized Sweater: c/0 H&M; Black Pants: J.Crew; Grey Ombre Coat: BB Dakota from Dress & Dwell (i’m obsessed with this coat. so warm, so cozy, so easy to wear with EVERYTHING); Bag: c/o Sole Society; Black Heels: ZARA; Necklace: BaubleBar; Sunglasses: Valentino from Nordstrom Rack; Scarf: H&M (beware! this puppy sheds like crazy!); Bracelets: Stella & Dot and Target

ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (1)
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ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (2)
ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (3)
ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (4)
ZARA Black Heels * Orange Scarf * Black and Gray * Winter Outfits (6)
Photos by Whitney Neal.

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