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Splurge vs. Steal – Winter White Sweater Dress

23 Oct

By Whitney

Winter white is one of my favorite classic looks for fall and winter.  Practical it is not but let’s be real here, I’m not known for being practical.  I tried this Mason sweater dress on at Intermix with black tights and booties and it was just awesome.  So thick and cozy but I couldn’t spring for the price.  While on one of my PP research breaks, I saw this version of the dress at Nordstroms and really couldn’t even justify buying the Mason one after seeing it.  It’s a perfect substitute at a great price point (under $100 IS PRACTICAL) and you won’t feel that guilty if you only wear it a few times.


Splurge vs. Steal Sweater Dress

Splurge:  Mason by Michelle Mason Sweater Dress – $398

Steal:  Treasure & Bond Sweater Dress – $88

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Splurge vs. Steal – Cocktail Dress

1 Nov

By Whitney

I saw this Lanvin dress in a magazine last month and just about gasped.  If I had a money tree (and actual events to wear things to) I would dress myself in Lanvin for everything.  The girly chic combo is right up my alley and this nude one shouldered ruffle number is amazing.  I love the idea of pairing it with black tights and black suede pumps for a wedding.  But most of us don’t have thousands to spend on a dress so this Halston Heritage version is a great alternative.  I love how the HH dress has black undertones under the ruffles.  Bring on the winter weddings and holiday parties!!

splurge vs. steal nude bow dress

Splurge:  Lanvin Asymmetric Duchess Satin Dress – $2990

Steal:  Halston Heritage One Shoulder Bow Dress – $375 (also comes in blue for us pale blondes who really should just never wear nude without a serious tan)

Fall Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Request

21 Oct

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

 

By Whitney

My bff’s little sister is getting married in a month (so exciting) and I got the request of pulling together some rehearsal dinner dress options for my bestie.  Fall and winter weddings are great most because black is always acceptable.  We were emailing back and forth last week during all of the friends and family’s so 25% off of all of these prices was factored in.  My absolute favorite though?  The Zara dress I featured last week on my lust list.  I saw this little number over the weekend and the colors, fabric and pattern are just gorgeous.  In the meantime, if you are splurging on a dress this fall (and your sister’s wedding is quite the excuse to do so) there are so many gorgeous options in a variety of cuts.

Top Row:  Red Valentino Jersey Drop Waist Dress – $495 (loving this one too) //  Alice & Olivia Dot Shift Dress – $396  // DVF Abrielle Dress – $698

Bottom Row:  Milly Claudia Dress -$395 (my favorite dress for any event this fall) // Red Valentino Garden Print Dress (I have no words on the cuteness factor here) – $895 //3.1 Phillip Lim Chiffon Beaded Layer Dress – $595

 

 

Product Spotlight – Maje For Glamour

2 Oct

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By Whitney

I’ve talked about one of my favorite French brands Maje before but let me elaborate on how much I love these form fitting dresses.  The thick neoprene fabric and the feminine cuts are A+ in my book.  Glamour magazine has teamed up with the hip brand to make a dress for their readers that is half the price of their normal flirty numbers ($200 instead of $400).   I’m not a huge leopard person but I love the inky blue version of it and the black paneling is quite slimming.  Wear this fun Saturday night dress with tights for winter or without for fall.

Maje + Glamour Dasque Dress – $200

The Floral Shift Dress (With Sleeves!)

5 Aug

By Whitney

I’ve seen each of these three dresses individually and I realized there was a pattern to why I liked them so much.  I love the fact that they have gorgeous big floral patterns, the shift dress style but with short sleeves!  All three of these pieces will be your go tos for events.  I love the idea of pairing all of these with a jean jacket and wedges.

Image 1 of A Wear Mirror Print T-Shirt DressA Wear Mirror Print T Shirt Dress – $77 (great find under $100 people!)

madewell pixelbloom

Madewell Pixelbloom Shift Dress – $155

Shoshanna Selma

Shoshanna Selma Shift Dress – $375 (or on sale here for $240). The green and blue combo of this dress is just so so so pretty and would look good on any coloring.

Splurge vs. Steal – Striped Knit Dress

26 Jul

Splurge vs. Steal - Striped Dress

By Whitney

This Shoshanna striped dress is absolutely adorable.  I love the t shirt sleeves, the stripes, and the perfect color combo of the stripes themselves.  What I don’t love is the $340 price tag.  I went to Banana Republic the other day during one of those, “walk in this store and get 50% off of everything” days and saw this preppy similar version without the flared skirt (more flattering on my shape anyway) and had to have it.  I wound up paying $55 and I love wearing it with a blazer for work (it’s long enough!) and some great wedges.  The colors can definitely be worn into the early fall months too.  Even if you don’t get a discount, it still is over 1/3 cheaper than Shoshanna and I adore!

Splurge:  Shoshanna Striped Aviva Dress – $340

Steal:  Banana Republic Multi-Stripe Ponte Dress – $98

Dress Find <$100

17 Jul

By Lauren

I am a huge fan of the dropped waist trend.  For someone without much of a shape, it adds some pizzazz where your body does not!  I happened upon this dress on ASOS, which I think is super chic (and a steal at $100).  I got the pink (even though I LOVE the black).  I need some more summer dress options for when the hell that is the bar exam ends and pink is obviously the better choice in that regard.

ASOS

You CAN Rock a Cutout

14 Jun

Cut Out Back Dresses

 

 

 

By Whitney

This summer, cutouts seem to be everywhere.  I am actually more into them than I thought I would be because  if done in a subtle way, this is a sexy yet still cute way of showing some skin.  I also get absurdly hot in the summer (and turn a shade of pink that can frighten) so I can use it as a form of ventilation.  While it is going to be tough to wear this Mara Hoffman (especially if you aren’t a huge fan of your back) these other options let you accomplish the same trend without making you feel naked.   I love the fun summer dresses like this Whit one.  The print is perfect!  Zara’s knot back dress is just darling and would be perfect for a summer wedding weekend!!

Whit Dockside Open Back Dress – $350 //McGinn Isabella Dress – $190 (was $320) // Zara Knot Back Dress – $80 //  BB Dakota Worthington Cut Out Dress – $88 // Mara Hoffman Open Back Mini Dress – $230 (was $290) // Opening Ceremony Austin Cut Out Dress – $360 (was $440)

Dress Request

10 Jun

by Lauren

We received a request from a certain international friend who is going to be attending several international weddings.  She needs a dress with some structure, a nipped waist, and with enough coverage for this type of auspicious setting.  While I have not been shopping for dresses at all recently, a quick search of shopbop (since she’s international shopbop is the most friendly for shipping arrangements), yielded a few great options.

DVF New Della

 

DVF New Della

I love the color & cut of this dress – and just as the model did, it would be great with a punchy necklace.  Plus the sash gives an ultra flattering silhouette.

A&O

A&O Tali Dress

Orange is the new black this season and since her weddings are in how climates, the cut outs on the back of this dress provide a little more breathing room while you are tearing it up on the dance floor.

Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita

This dress is super sweet & I love the tiny peek of the lower back.

Nicholas

Nicholas

Whitney and I are obsessed with this brand – she has this dress and I think its the most fab summer wedding dress – it’s also not nearly this short (I am gonna guess that this model is 7.5 feet tall). {Note: Nicholas is listed in AU sizes – a small is a 10}

Clara

Rebecca Minkoff Clara Dress

I absolutely love this dress and almost bought it in the tweed version (before realizing I have no occasion for it).  Had the store had this version in my size I would have gone for this version.  The pale gray and pink hues look so pretty in person & the cut on the dress is ultra flattering.

Milly Chevron

Milly

While this dress does have some white on it – the bold pattern mixed with the gray still makes it completely appropriate for a summer wedding.  I LOVE this dress.

A Happy Wedding Weekend

3 May

By Whitney

Happy Friday everyone!!  Lauren is hard at work studying for exams (let’s wish her all luck at the count of three…1,2,3!) and I am currently in Texas for a wedding that I could not be more excited for.  Congratulations to two of my favorites, Kevan and Abby (a loyal PP follower).  I can’t wait to celebrate but I figured I’d share what’s in my suitcase for the amazing weather I’m about to encounter.  I’d say the theme is….COLOR.

Wedding Weekend

Weekend:

Colorful shorts like these Lilly Pulitzers ($98) and a JCrew Tippi Sweater in peach or baby pink ($80) will be perfect with one of my go-to bright pairs of boatshoes ($88).  Adding a bright monogram necklace (thank you to Lauren for my perfect cobalt one!) will add just another perfect pop of color and I’ll balance it all out with a neutral bag.  Loving this Christopher Kon hobo ($475).

Rehearsal:

My big splurge of late was a seriously cool Nicholas dress.  I’m pretty pumped about it and can’t wait to pair it with a chunky JCrew necklace ($165) and sandal heels to add some skin to the look as Lauren suggested since the dress is pretty  covered up.  With all of the bright colors I might do a black bag to balance it all out. I am not even linking to a Chanel bag because the price is absurd but still.  It would look awesome.

Wedding:

I can’t get over just how gorgeous this ML Monique Lhiullier diamond back dress is.  Lauren and I have decided it is my new classic and it is so stunning.  I’m pairing it with a chunky pearl necklace and neutral ladylike pumps (like these amazing Ferragamo Tina Pumps – $575 – sorry.).  A bright pop of color in my Lauren Merkin hot pink silk clutch (similar here for $100)  is adding a little fun into my classic look.

I am also packing hot pink flip flops because those will be a must for Saturday night!!  xoxo