Manic Monday: Nudes & Neutrals

After a brief hiatus from my blogging schedule, I feel like I'm finally starting to get back on track!  I'm back with another Manic Monday with today's work look centered around a nude-to-me dress from ASOS. 
Dress:  ASOS (Available here; available in Curve in black or navy)
I love soft peachy colors like this dress, especially when paired with black and soft neutrals like a pale grey faux fur scarf.  Nude colors can be tricky to pull off - picking one that is slightly darker than your skin tone but with the same coloring (for me, nudes with peachy or warm undertones work best) helps eliminate the washed out effect.
Cuffs:  INC by International Concepts (Available at Macy's here)
My love affair with faux fur continues.  Last week, I showed a fun faux fur evening look (see here), but I went in a more daytime direction today by pairing a faux fur scarf, cuff, and clutch with my dress and a work-friendly blazer.
Jacket:  Apt. 9 Petites (Available at Kohl's here)
Clutch:  ASOS (Sold out on-line; see here)
Ring  The Limited
Booties:  Betseyville (Available at Target here)
I adore the draping on this dress.  It really adds a ton of interest to an otherwise simple dress. 
Tights:  Eloquii
As much as I love this winter styling, I am also really looking forward to pairing this dress with soft neutrals and shades of blue this spring.
Sunglasses:  Tory Burch
Scarf:  The Limited (Available here)
Earrings:  The Limited

Are you a fan of faux fur?  How would you style this dress?


On The Fringe

I tend to have fancy tastes but not a fancy lifestyle, so I've been looking for a fun date night dress that isn't super dressy and that's also versatile enough to wear for daytime as well.

Enter this amazing dress from Alice & You!
Dress:  Alice & You (Available at ASOS here)
Booties:  Mossimo for Target (old)
Sunglasses:  Tory Burch
The forest green color and velvet made this an instant crush for me, but the fringe and easy shape pushed it over the edge.  I had the sleeves and hem shortened to work better for my petite frame, and I just love the results.
Necklaces:  Forever 21 and The Limited
Here, I'm pairing the dress with casual fringe booties for a laid-back date night.  The fringe and mini length of the dress give it more of a bohemian rock-n-roll flavor and keep it from feeling too dressy.  
Clutch:  The Limited
It was fairly warm when I was taking these pics, but I would add tights to stave off the winter chill. 
Earrings:  The Limited
I love that this dress is a take on the 70s trend without going too retro.  Somehow, it also reminds me of clothes I wore in the 90s while still feeling fresh.  Quite an accomplishment for a little mini dress!
Do you like fringe?  Velvet?  Are you a fan of the 70s trend?

P.S. For a slightly dressier date night recently, I skipped the necklaces and went with these earrings and these booties.



I apologize for being away from the blog for the better part of January.  I don't talk much about my job on here, but I work in the legal profession, and the last couple months have been quite busy for me (lots and lots of overtime) as I have been in trial mode.
Skirt:  ASOS (Available here)
Trial time also means boring and conservatively accessorized suits, so I felt a fashion re-balance was in order with a faux fur-filled look that was anything but dull.
Blazer:  Forever 21
Longline bra:  Bare Necessities (Available here)
Cuffs:  INC International Concepts (Available at Macy's here)
I have been quite obsessed with faux fur lately, and this outfit is sort of a culmination of this obsession - a faux fur skirt, clutch, and cuffs. 
 Clutch:  ASOS (Available here)
Boots:  Betseyville (Available at Target here)
It's one part pin-up, one part modern, and one part warrior princess.  It's an evening look that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Earrings:  Express (old)
I finished the look off with velvet platform booties to add even more texture (and height) and my favorite cropped jacket for warmth.
Ahhhhh....It's so great getting a fashion fix!  I feel like order has been restored to my wardrobe after all those suits!
Are you a fan of faux fur?  Do you ever feel the need for a fashion re-charge?

See longline bra in another look here
For the jacket in other looks, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.


Nautical Vibes

I just love a black and white color palette, and I can't seem to resist great pieces in my favorite palette when I find them.  Enter this dress and blazer from Eloquii.
Blazer:  Eloquii (Available here)
Dress:  Eloquii (Available here)
This dress is awesome for winter as the crepe material has a little weight to it, but it's also lightweight enough that it will work well into summer.  White dresses can be a little tricky as they are sometimes see-through, but the heavier weight and lining on this one make it less of a concern.
Boots:  New Look (Sold out on-line; see here)
I paired the dress with a nautical-inspired black and white blazer.  I love how the lines on the blazer play against the lines of the dress.
I was worried that all the details on this one were a little overpowering for my petite frame, but with a few adaptations and alterations, the jacket was perfect for me without sacrificing too much of the design.  I shortened the sleeves and removed one of the stripes on the bottom of the sleeve.  I tucked the pocket flaps inside to narrow the white portion on the body of the jacket, but I have the option of wearing them either way.
Now that I have had the sleeves shortened, I realized that the sleeves also need to be narrowed, and I will likely have it taken it in a bit in the torso for a sleeker, more streamlined fit. 
As for the dress itself, my tailor removed (and then re-attached) the sleeves and moved the shoulders of the dress up to get the proper fit in the waist.  The bell sleeves were also narrowed to be more in proportion to my frame.  Lastly, the dress was hemmed to just below the knees.
Purse:  The Limited
I love the graphic feel of the color blocking in this look.  I didn't want to compete with the lines of the outfit, so I kept accessories to a minimum, opting for only small earrings and a faux fur keychain on a faux crocodile satchel.
Keychain:  Torrid
Are you a fan of black and white?  Do you have any easy alterations tips you'd like to share?