Derby Dress a Day: For an Outdoor Box

You’ve probably clicked through to a few of the dresses on here and been like, ‘Geez Danielle, $450+ for a dress?! What kind of budget are you working with?” Okay maybe you’ve never said that and it’s just me saying it to myself but anyways, when I’m picking out dresses on here – I’m working with an aspirational budget.

Yes, I may tend to splurge a little (or a lot, depending on whether you ask Drew) on a Derby dress, I know that finding one that’s adorable and not crazy expensive is ideal. Enter LOFT. If you ever buy something full price from LOFT, shame on you. (sorry didn’t mean for that to come out so harsh).

They are always having crazy sales, like today’s where everything is 40% off. Yup, everything which includes this cute scalloped dress AND both pairs of sandals. We’re talking a great summer dress for $53. Coral/pink not your color? It comes in yellow too.

Grab this if you’re seated anywhere outside on Derby day. That vent detail in the back will not only look great but give you a nice little breeze action to keep you from dying of heat exhaustion. Got a seat, grab the lace up heels. Stuck standing? No worries- just snag the wedges. You’ll have a brand new look for less than $150 and that includes shipping. See I told you I could do Derby on a budget.

Derby Dress of the Day #6

Scalloped Crop Illusion Dress from LOFT 
LOFT Cut-out Wedge | LOFT Lace-Up Strappy Heel 

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Outfit Post: All Mixed Up

This week has gotten away from me. With Derby coming up, we’re going in to overdrive at my office. Add to that Drew going out of town and trying to keep up everything has left me frazzled. Like Miss Frizzle frazzled. Say that five times fast.

With the mess of meetings we’ve been running around to lately, I’ve been getting more dressed up for work. Since work wear for me can tend to veer in to the black/gray combo – I’ve been making the conscious attempt to get more colorful when it comes to business casual.

It’s safe to say that this outfit fits that criteria. Print mixing isn’t always my forte but I figured you’ve got to try it to see if it works.  And since I can’t help but find a crazy large collection of polka dots and stripes in my closet, it’s one of my only print mixing options. So this might not be grade A print mixing but it’ll do. Hey, at least it keeps things interesting.

Happy Friday friends! If you’re going to any St. Patty’s Day parades, be sure to throw back a green beer for me (since my birthday is St. Patty’s day, I just assume – incorrectly but whatever – everyone wants to celebrate my big day). We’re heading to Cincinnati for a friend’s wedding. I’m taking my camera so I’ll do my best to do some wedding style spotting while I’m there.


Polka-Dot Blouse: LOFT (40% off today – no code needed); Stripe Flared Skirt: Gap (30% off now with code SPRING) Nude Wedges: Sole Society (old)

Photos by Whitney Neal

Outfit Post: Duck Duck Goose

Sorry I couldn’t help it with the post title.

Can we all agree that this winter has been weird? You’d think that someone who grew up in Florida would hate the cold. Here’s the thing though, I love it. Maybe it’s because I missed out on it for all those years so now I’m hoping to make up for lost time. Last year’s snowpocalypse – loved it. Yeah I got a little tired of it at the end but I live for a good snow day. So can we get some more of those please?

Those snow days also just serve as another chance to wear my duck boots. But who I am kidding? I wear them when it’s raining, when it’s cold and when I’m too lazy to go find socks (don’t hate on my boots with the fur). I also just sang the previous sentence to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” so you’re getting a look into my weird train of though along with this outfit post. You’re welcome.

In other news, last night I finally tried Feast in Nulu with two of the most talented people I know – Whitney Neal and Jaclyn Journey. If I could just camp out in their studio a couple days a week, I’m sure that I’d be infinitely more creative and cool. I also think they would kick me out after about two hours. Hey, a girl can dream. Seriously though, Louisville peeps – if you haven’t been to Feast, go now. Delicious bbq and loaded tater tots. I’m such a sucker for good tots.

Stripe Puffer Vest: LOFT (this one just sold out but I have & love this polka dot one too); Buffalo Check Shirt: J.Crew (found it in the boy’s department); Jeans: Gap; Duck Boots: Sperry Top-Sider; Sunglasses: Sole Society; Bag: Sole Society (similar here)Photos by Whitney Neal

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