Formal

Homemade teal shift dress

Laura Wears ... teal shift dress

Laura Wears ... Charles David Reverse Sandals

Laura Wears ... split neck green dress

Laura Wears ... turquoise homemade shift dress

I quickly took these photos last Saturday before attending a friend’s wedding.  It was the first time since early June that I had attempted heels and I was determined to make it work,  Unfortunately, even a minimal amount of walking proved too much & I reluctantly changed into flats after the ceremony.  Too much too soon…

Dress:  homemade ~2008 {I really love the neckline & have been planning to make a white cotton sundress with the same patten..just hasn’t happened yet}
Bracelet:  Lulu’s cuff {old!}; thrifted bangles; Gorjana gold leather wrap
Ring:  Amrita Singh
Shoes:  Charles David Reverse {also here and here}

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Floral midi

Laura Wears... diy homemade floral midi skirt

floral midi skirt

how to wear a midi skirt

Laura Wears... flats and a midi skirt

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Laura Wears... wedding guest outfit midi skirt

Top:  J.Crew Drapey Crepe Tank
Skirt:  homemade {similar here}
Necklace:  c/o INPINK
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh gold bangle; thrifted gold twig bangles
Purse:  Ivanka Trump Travel Organizer {also here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {more colors here and here}

I am slowly trying to fill gaps in my closet – for example, I finally purchased a plain white button-down shirt last week {this one}.  These flats were bought in March as part of the same initiative.  A beige shoe is a nice neutral that can be paired with almost anything 🙂

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NYE…and a quick look-back…

Like most years, I am spending New Years Eve at home.  No parties, no get-togethers, just some relaxing, do-nothing time with Kevin and the dogs.  After a whirlwind year, I am more than content to usher in 2014 with pajamas and a cup of chamomile tea…

Below are photos from one of my favorite looks of 2013 – likely my only look-back at the year that was…

See you in 2014!

long royal blue open back gown

royabl blue gown and ivory white belted wool coat

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Holiday Dressing – A Pop of Color!

french connection reign color block dress

coat draped over shoulders

bright neon yellow panel dress

Dress:  French Connection Reign dress
Coat:  Le Chateau { – bought in ~2005}
Bracelet:  Cassis {has since gone out of business}
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney

Today is the first day of a multi-part series featuring holiday dressing ideas.  Looking for ideas for that work party?  Or what to wear to a family luncheon?  Stay tuned for a variety of suggestions to navigate through the upcoming season.

Wedding Guest Attire 3

wedding guest attire lace neck dress

abs allen schwartz lace dress wedding guest

Dress:  ABS Allen Schwartz {with some fairly significant alterations by yours truly – more about that below)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles, J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

I came across this dress on Hautelook & instantly fell in love with the lace neckline.  Unfortunately, the rest of the dress had some major fit problems – the seams didn’t sit flat, the chest was too bid, armholes too large, and length to short {but the shoulders and hips fit perfectly – weird}.  It took some serious seam ripping and re-sewing {plus the addition of a bottom segment} to get it into a wearable state.
I normally have a rule about how much time I will put into alterations.  I won’t alter cheap pieces {if they need altering, they get left at the store}, and I will only preform minor alterations on expensive items {because if I am forking out lots of $$$, it better be almost perfect!}.  Mid-range items are a grey area.  Had I been browsing in-store, this item would have been left on the rack due to the sheer number of fixes required, but since it was final sale from Hautelook {amazing deal, but no returns}, I fortunately had no choice but to spend the time on alterations…  And I am quite happy with the result!

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Wedding Guest Attire 2

navy blue lace dress

wedding guest attire

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Dress:  Rebecca Taylor {almost ideantical}
Coat:  Jacob {similar here and here.  This is over 10 years old.  I bought this when I was still in high school – I remember being really unsure about spending $50 for this deeply discounted coat.  Fortunately, it has definitely proven to be a good purchase!}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelets:  J.Crew Factory (similar), Gorjana leather wrap
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Jean-Michel Cazabat

September was a busy wedding month for me.  Fortunately this meant a few new dresses.  This is the first of at least two “wedding guest attire posts” I will have up in the next few weeks.
See what I wore to a June wedding here.
And…see my singular 2012 wedding guest look here

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