Lace

Sumer work wear – pencil skirt, lace tee and loafers

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Dress (worn as a top):  SheInside
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses:  Aldo
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {old}
Shoes:  Arturo Chiang Beatrixx

I loved the look of this SheInside dress online, however when it arrived, it was WAY to short.  Even my most daring self could not pull off such a short dress (keep in mind I am nearly 6’ tall).  Instead, it has been re-purposed as a top.  The quality is pretty decent for the price (I find SheInside can be hit-or-miss with regards to quality). 

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Oh Canada!

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As someone who doesn’t particularly like wearing the color red (I think it makes my face look too flush), I am always perplexed about what to wear on Canada Day (July 1).  This year I opted for a white dress with a reddish purse & I am quite happy with the results 🙂 

Dress:  J.Crew eyelet shirtdress {on sale!}
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory {old – nearly identical here and here}
Bracelets:  Gorjana leather wrap; thrifted branch-like bangles {similar}
Sunglasses;  Aldo Agrayssa {Cdn link here}
Purse:  Lauren Merkin Louise Raffia Clutch {Cdn link here}  {Also available at Amazon…on sale too!}
Shoes:  J.Crew metallic suede Cleo loafers {also on sale!}

Sunset

White outfit lace midi skirt

Shirt:  J.Crew Factory Draped Pocket Tee
Skirt:  SheInside Hollow Lace Skirt {I think I am going to fix the lining – after seeing these photos, I am not sure I love the partially-lined look.  Similar style here}
Sunglasses:  Aldo Agrayssa  {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Gorjana Knox bracelet; Jacob bangles
Clutch:  Ivanka Trump {it’s actually called a “travel organizer”}
Shoes:  Pour la Victoire Vanna {I have had these sandals for 4 or 5 years now, and they are still one of my favorites!}

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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Style Elixir

Lace dress

beige ivory lace dress v neck

tory burch amalie sandals

I can’t believe summer is coming to the end…  Although part of me is itching to pull out my fall clothes (I blame this on all the back-to-school propaganda), the other part of me is sad to see summer slipping away.

Dress: Papillion
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bracelets:  Gorjana leather wrap bracelet; J.Crew Factory; Amrita Singh bangles
Purse:  dont know the brand – bought while in Poland on 2011
Shoes:  Tory Burch ‘Amalie’ (I am selling these in gold on eBay – bought the wrong size & trying to avoid the high return shipping costs)

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