Flowing Dress

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a good week. We are gearing up for several holiday events this weekend, plus the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game. It will be a busy, but fun, weekend.

I wanted to share this loose, flowing dress. I bought it last year from Loft, so the exact one isn’t available, but here and here are a couple of similar styles. I love the bell sleeves and because this dress is loose, it will hide anything you might not want to show.

The dress is a dark (but not navy) blue, and has almost an eyelet-type detailing around the neckline. It is so comfortable, but so stylish at the same time.

I laughed at this picture, because I was trying to showcase how loose the dress is, but instead it ended up looking like I am wearing a tent! I’ve just got to get better at this photography thing. It’s harder at this time of year because it is dark all the time, so I can’t do photos outside and the lighting inside is so awful.

I paired it with these over-the-knee boots by Marc Fisher, in a taupe color. It took me awhile to warm up to this style, but once I finally bought them, I really liked them. It is hard to wear them with jeans because they just pull on with a small zipper on the side, so the hem wants to ride up inside the boots while pulling them on. But with dresses they are perfect.

I also had a helper with this picture! He didn’t understand why I wasn’t taking him for a walk, not that he is spoiled or anything!

This outfit is simple, but still fashionable, and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love dresses, even in the winter (with tights), because they are so simple to style and look put together. I used to hate them, and would only wear a dress to occasions that absolutely called for one. Now I can’t get enough of them and wear them every chance I get. So if you are anti-dress as I was, give them another chance and look around for a style that suits you. I’ll be showing some more of my favorites as the season goes on.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

-Beth

Blue Embroidery

Happy Friday! It is raining so hard here today, it would have been a good day to stay home and read a book.

There is nothing particularly special or exciting about this outfit, but it makes a nice, casual, conservative outfit for work, if your workplace allows jeans. The top is a simple peasant top in off-white, with a lot of dark blue embroidered details, from Belk. This is from last year but they have a similar one that would look great. You know I am always talking about looking for pieces with interesting details! I thought it looked good with these dark indigo skinny jeans from American Eagle. Here is this year’s version. Be sure to balance your look-slimmer bottoms need looser tops, and loose bottoms (like palazzo pants or boyfriend jeans) need a more streamlined and fitted top.

The booties are one of my favorites, although I don’t wear them as much once the weather turns really cold. Because of the grommet holes, you can’t really wear socks with these, and my feet just get too cold in the winter! I wear them a lot in the fall, and on milder winter days. They are by Sam Edelman, and so comfortable. The neutral color also means they will go with almost anything. I bought these last year and couldn’t find any similar in this brand, but here is a similar, and very affordable, pair by Rebecca Minkoff.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend with some fun fall activities!

-Beth

Support Small Business

Mossy Knoll on the left, Foggy Morning on the right

So I had another post ready to go today, but then had a change of plans; this post is a little lengthy but please bear with me, it is worth the read.  I want to highlight a local company that offers beautiful handmade bracelets, Average Day Designs.  Allow me to give you the backstory that led to this post.  I follow many local businesses on social media, and happened across Average Day Designs one day and decided to follow them.  Later I took a few moments to browse their bracelets, and really liked the look of them.  A couple days later, I saw a post from them with a promo code for a discount for buying 2 bracelets, so I went shopping on their site.  I was looking for some good fall colors and decided on Foggy Morning and Mossy Knoll.  I added them to my cart and attempted to apply the promo code, but no discount showed on my total.  I tried a couple times and figured there was a glitch and I would come back later and try again.  As so often happens, I got busy and never remembered to do it.  A day or so later, I received an email telling me there was a website glitch with the promo code and I would be receiving both bracelets for free.  Imagine my surprise when, a few days later, a padded envelope showed up in the mail with both bracelets and a lovely handwritten note from the owners, Felicia and Kristen, thanking me for visiting their website and apologizing for the issue.  They even included a coupon for a discount off a future purchase.  I was so surprised and amazed at the customer service offered by Average Day Designs.  I have a professional background in retail at the corporate level, and fully understand how customer service can earn or lose a customer in the blink of an eye.  Felicia and Kristen GET IT.  They were certainly under no obligation to give me, or anyone else affected by the glitch, anything for free, and the bracelets were not compensation for this post.  I asked their permission after the fact to feature their company on my blog and social media because I was so impressed. 

Notice the little gold charm, it is their company logo and has the name on the reverse side
The charm on Foggy Morning is silver

The other amazing thing about these ladies is they use their company to do good works as well.  They are involved with World Relief, an organization that aids victims of human trafficking, as well as many other humanitarian efforts around the globe.  Average Day Designs donates $1 of every bracelet sold to World Relief, and the owners are involved with the organization on a personal level also.

If you are in the Piedmont Triad area, their bracelets are carried in a few local boutiques – I’m sure if you message them through social media or their website they can point you to the exact locations.  And of course you can order online.  Their bracelets are very affordable and very good quality.  Please take a moment and check them out, here is another link.

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