Striped Wrap Dress + My Favorite New Shoes

Striped Wrap Dress + My Favorite New Shoes

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Dress | Mules | Bag | Similar Hoops | Watch | Similar Sunglasses | Bracelet | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

Welcome back! Sorry for the erratic posting lately, but I’m a little behind on content. Don’t worry though — more to come soon! Anyway, how freakin’ cute is my little wrap dress? I’m a huge fan of the wrap dress silhouette, but throw some ruffles on it? I’m a goner.

Funny story behind this dress — my mom and I recently showed up to church for my godson’s baptism a day early! My mom had the day wrong, so after we realized our mishap we decided to go shopping (duh). Anyway, my mom didn’t really like the dress I had chosen to wear so we were browsing for something new while at the mall. After trying on not one, not two, but six different dresses we finally ended up walking into Express where my mom picked up the little number I’m wearing above. As soon as I put it on, we both thought it was perfect.

What I love about this wrap dress (aside from the sunny color) is how versatile it is. I’ve already worn it three times — well, four if you count the photoshoot for this post. Obviously I wore it to the baptism, but I also brought it to New Orleans with me where I paired it with my Tory Burch sandals for a casual day, and then finally to an interview this week. If that isn’t versatility, I don’t know what is.

Now for my accessories. Unfortunately the basket bag you may have seen on the blog and on my insta broke recently, but I happened across this one while shopping at South Moon Under. I’m loving the black and beige color combo and like my old one it has two different strap options.

The shoes. You may have seen them on my insta on Tuesday. They were originally $70, but my mom and I both bought them for only $43! They’re so comfy and, like the dress, work for a variety of occasions. I’ve just worn mine out to dinner once, but I think they’ll make the perfect shoe for exploring on the weekends. My mom actually wore hers to work. But wherever you might wear them, you need these in your life ASAP! I fell in love with the cognac color, but they come in a few others as well (I also really love them in black).

I realize this post is getting long, but one last thought — I finally got on board the MAC creme cup lipstick shade train and I should have done it sooner! The color is too perfect; it’s just slightly too pink to be classified as a nude and is so flattering.

That’s all for this week, until next time…

xo,

Carey

The One Piece Your Closet Needs This Summer

The One Piece Your Closet Needs This Summer

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Lulu’s Dress // Michael Kors Sandals (last seen here, similar here) // Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar) // Vogue Sunglasses // Kendra Scott Bracelet // NARS Lipstick in “Juliette”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: wrap dresses are the silhouette to have this season. As I mentioned in a recent post, the wrap dress is by no means a revolutionary garment. But, it is making a case for itself to be dug out of your closet.

I talk a lot about trends on the blog. And while I like to stay current (who doesn’t really?), that doesn’t mean I’m all about the trends to the exclusion of everything else. To be honest, most days I wear pretty basic, classic pieces. And that’s why I’m loving wrap dresses. Right now it’s the “it dress” of summer, but it’s not a piece that will be completely irrelevant a year from now. Wrap dresses are a timeless silhouette for the simple reason that they are so flattering.

Another great part about this piece is the variety we’re seeing. Long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, mini, midi, maxi. And that doesn’t even include the fabrics. I’m in love with the light, linen-ish fabric of the dress I’m wearing above. The fabric combined with the rosey hue and side sash give this dress a definite vacation vibe. I can even see myself wearing this dress to the beach as a cover up. Also the name of the dress, Vashti (does anyone else love that Lulu’s names all of their dresses?), just sounds so exotic.

On another note, when I last talked about wrap dresses, I shared a few that had caught my eye. My dress above was actually one of them, but at that time it was only in black. When I saw the rose color, I wavered, trying to decide between the two. I decided to go with the rose, but I still really love the black color too!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back next week! In the meantime, for more content give me a follow on Insta!

xo,

Carey

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What to Wear to Tea

What to Wear to Tea

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Dress (in pink) // Mules (similar) // Bag (similar) // Bracelets // Necklace // Watch (similar) // Lipstick in “Juliette”

Every year my friend Emma and I make it a priority to go to a tea room. We spend the late morning/early afternoon enjoying tea, scones, and conversation. However, I would argue that, aside from the scones and lemon curd, our favorite part about our annual excursion is dressing for it.

Somehow each year around the time we make plans for tea, we both manage to score a brand new dress that is just perfect for the occasion. This year, we both ended up in blue wrap dresses paired with mules. We didn’t actually plan to coordinate, but I think our sartorial choices say a little something about this summer’s fashion — when in doubt, wear a wrap dress.

By no means a revolutionary silhouette — we all know the classic Diane von Furstenberg favorites — the wrap dress is a timeless style that works for almost any occasion. But this summer they are definitely having a moment, especially when paired with ruffles, floral prints, and pastel colors.

The dress I’m wearing above is one I recently found on a sale rack at Nordstrom, so I wasn’t surprised that I couldn’t find it online. It also came in a pale pink color (linked above) that is still sold at Francesca’s. In honor of this summer’s hottest silhouette, I’m linking a few personal favorites below, along with my friend Emma’s dress that she wore to tea:

  • Emma wore this one in blue, but I’m also loving the yellow floral version too!
  • This Topshop version has been at the top of my list for awhile now.
  • Loving this wrap dress in coral for a summer vacation.
  • If you prefer a simpler style, you can’t go wrong with this black one.
  • This version is similar to mine above with a floral pattern, ruffles, and cold shoulder detail.
  • This polka dotted wrap dress is under $25!
  • If you prefer a longer style, try this floral midi length dress!

Honestly, I could go on and on with my list of wrap dresses because there are so many options right now at every price point. I’m finding that a lot of online retailers even have a wrap dress filter, to help your browsing experience.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

xo,

Carey

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