While I loved lots of gowns on the red carpet at the Emmys this year, the yearly struggle arose as to how to translate these gorgeous gowns into something I can wear and afford.
I channeled the styles from some of these gowns when searching for work appropriate attire. Fortunately, I had lots of great options to choose from via Dorothy Perkins. Even better, all of the tops below are on sale and cost less than $40. That’s something my pay check can handle.
How are you bringing red carpet style into your everyday life?
Alice + Olivia is having a great sale right now. While a bit expensive, especially for my budget currently, A+O makes great clothes that last. Definitely investment pieces worth buying. I’m currently swooning over this floral skirt and embellished dress.
Happy Friday y’all! This week has crawled and flown by simultaneously. I’m in a class right now on the rise and fall of international superpowers (it’s super interesting, I promise) that requires me to read a lot—like at least 500 pages a week. So my free time to post to the blog has not been so plentinful.
I apologize for my prolonged absence. Between getting engaged, moving apartments, and starting a new school semester, my free time has not been abundant. Nonetheless, I’ve still had my eye on quite a few things: new summer shoes, new summer jewels, an irresistible sequined sweater, and a desperately needed new carry-on suitcase!
I had the pleasure of attending the Leukemia & Lymphoma (LLS) 2013 Woman of the Year Candidate Gala over the weekend. Nora Sommerkamp was the woman of honor that evening because she has poured her heart and soul into raising money for LLS and that the amazing work the organization does.
This was my first time attending a Gala and I wanted to make sure my outfit was up to par. Thankfully, your votes helped me pick this amazing Badgley Mishka dress from Rent the Runway.
I paired it with a turquoise stone necklace to add extra color (because a hot pink gown clearly wasn’t enough on its own). I received so many compliments on this dress, so kudos to all of you who voted for me to wear it!
There were lots of other very fashionable attendees. Just a couple of my favorites are below.
The event began with a lovely song performed by Jen Corey, Miss District of Columbia 2009 and Top 10 finalist in Miss America 2010.
And then the host of the evening’s gala, Nina, shared why she is so dedicated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Like many in attendance, including me, Nina has known people impacted by blood cancers. She played some inspiring video messages by the Rhode Island Boy & Girl of the Year and the head of the Rhode Island LLS chapter. I was literally crying after watching them. Thank god for waterproof mascara!
In addition to a martial arts performance and a ballroom dancing duo, there were two fashion shows featuring the works of local designers. Nam Nguyen is just 21 years old and his designs fierce! I couldn’t get enough of his clothes.
Likewise, Elizabeth St. John’s bridal collection wowed everyone.
There’s so much more to share from this truly fabulous evening that benefited such a great cause! I hope to attend for many years to come.
My charity of choice is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Every year, this amazing organization raises millions of dollars in order to inform the general public about blood cancers, provide resources to individuals and families suffering from these diseases, and ultimately funds research to find a cure. After my mom lost her 20 year battle to leukemia in 2010, I’ve been involved with the LLS chapter in our nation’s capitol. It has been a way for me to connect with others affected by blood cancers as well as meet survivors whose stories always inspire.
So now there’s a fashion problem. What to wear to this event? To solve this dilemma, I’m turning to the always reliable Rent the Runway. I have some dresses below that I’m considering. Please share with me what you think I should wear by voting! Also tweet me @thingsicovet to let me know which one if your favorite or if you have other dresses in mind.
It’s finally arrived! Kate Spade’s more affordable collection, Saturday, is now available online. There are so many items that I instantly gravitated to that are perfect for Spring.
These items by themselves are cause for excitement. However, I was happily surprised when I stumbled upon the "Design A Weekender" page. This gives you the ability to create your own custom weekender bag. So brilliant! Even better, the canvas bag features a zippered shoe compartment, perfect for schleping gym shoes or a pair of heels for a trip.
Below is one I designed for every day use.
How would you design your own custom Kate Spade Saturday bag?
The Day That Changed Everything: My Engagement Story
I apologize for my blogging absence, kind of. I’ve had a super crazy week between work and school that hasn’t left much time to prepare posts.
Also, I had the best weekend EVER. Why you ask? I’ll give you all the details below…
Last week was my 26th birthday. Celebrations were low key and the only present I was expecting was from my boyfriend. We both planned to travel up to NYC for the weekend—he to attend a basketball tournament with friends and I to hang out with my girlfriends. Since we were going to be in the same city for the weekend, my boyfriend said he’d plan a birthday dinner for just the two of us that Saturday night. We scheduled it for 8:30, the location was being kept a surprise.
While my boyfriend was watching his alma mater play basketball during the day on Saturday, my girlfriends and I did what we do best: eat and shop. It was snowing quite a bit, so we thought a good indoor activity would be getting manicures. In my mind, NYC manis are always the best so I couldn’t say no.
So fresh and so clean mani!
We continued the day by heading to a food destination I’ve had on my list for awhile. Babycakes is a vegan bakery that also specializes in gluten free baked goodies. I was so excited to go to a bakery where I could pretty much eat anything! Also, J.T. was being played and my girl friends and I were definitely having our own little dance party.
My delicious slice of banana chip bread and a raspberry chocolate tart
Justin Bieber v. Justin Timberlake
Next on the list was shopping. We just wandered in and out of shops in the Lower East Side. My wallet almost got in trouble when we stumbled upon Blessed Peacemakers. I loved literally everything in the store from the clothing and accessories to the decor.
Before I knew it, we had to leave so I could get ready for my birthday dinner. I rented this amazing Diane von Furstenberg dress from Rent the Runway and couldn’t wait to wear it.
Meanwhile, I received instructions from my boyfriend to meet him at the World Trade Center subway stop at 7:30 PM and to bring all my luggage for the weekend with me. I thought the WTC was a strange place to meet for dinner, but didn’t ask questions and met him on time (anyone who knows me well, knows promptness is a big achievement for me!).
When I arrived at the WTC, I was given directions to the Millennium Hilton. This hotel is across the street from WTC and overlooks the site. My boyfriend met me at the hotel entrance and took me up to our room on the 46th floor. I was told to drop my stuff off quickly so that we could head straight to dinner.
I opened the door and saw rose petals all over the floor. My heart started racing. Then, I may or not have lost my breath when I saw this scene before my eyes.
I quickly noticed that the box on the bed was not a ring box, but a regular jewelry box. I was confused; was this not a marriage proposal in the making? My boyfriend explained that he had taken some jewelry that I inherited from my mom and got them cleaned up and ready for me to wear whenever I wanted. I was appreciative, but obviously a little disappointed, and thanked him for being so thoughtful. I think my exact words were: “Oh, that’s awesome! Thanks!”
But then, my boyfriend admitted that he did get one other piece cleaned up. And then it happened. He pulled out a ring box, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! And of course (after a bit of happy crying) I said yes!
After a couple quick phone calls to our families to share the good news we were off to dinner. I still didn’t know where we were headed. I was happily surprised to learn we were going to Balthazar—a place I remember going as a child with my mom who loved French food. We got to celebrating right away with some champagne!
Will figure out how to get rid of the not so attractive red eyes
The ring! Inherited from my mom. Didn’t change a thing
Once we finished dinner, I was informed that we had plans at 11:30. Since this whole “not asking questions” thing was going so well for me, I decided to stick to that plan and just see what my boyfriend—now fiance!—had in store.
A cab brought us to a club/music venue called Highline Ballroom. I was thrilled to see that outside waiting were some of my closest and dearest friends that live in NYC. They thought they were meeting us for a surprise birthday party in my honor, so I got to surprise them with our good news! We took all our excitement and celebratory moods inside to the VIP area that my fiance reserved and literally danced the night away.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 was by definitely the happiest day of my life. I got engaged to the love of my life and got to share this moment with some of best friends. I’m so thankful to my fiance, my friends, and everyone who enabled all of this to happen. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop smiling for awhile.
Thank you for letting me share this with you. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to posting regularly very quickly.
There are some designers who are able to turn out perfect collections ever season. Elie Saab is certainly among them and I look forward to seeing his newest creations every single Fashion Week. Below are some of my favorite pieces from his Fall 2013 collection.
I saw this Diane von Furstenberg dress and fell in love. However, with its $420 price tag (and that’s the sale price), it will unfortunately never be mine.
Still, in case anyone else is considering buying this beauty, I wanted to show that this dress can be worn at times outside of cocktail parties and other festivities.
If paired with the correct piece, this dress can also be worn to work. Yes, you read that right. Sequins + work can mix if you do it right.
The key is playing down the dress—which will stand out no matter what—by wearing it with very professional pieces: blazers, office appropriate heels, and tights if you work in a very conservative work environment. Minimal makeup and zero accessories also helps.
Even though my ability to create this post is due to a “snow day” in DC, I couldn’t help gravitating toward this beaded beauty on sale at CUSP. I think it’s a great dress for just under $65. A real statement dress for whenever those warmer days return.
Cheers to hoping that warmer days are quickly approaching!
I received an email yesterday announcing that Bloomingdale’s was having a 24 hour sale on select French Connection merchandise. I was upset knowing that I would be unable to take a look at these dresses until I got home late in the evening—the consequences of going straight to class after a full day’s work.
When I checked out the items available, I was happily surprised to find a lot of the pieces still available in a variety of sizes. Tucked in the corner of the screen was this sequined beauty pictured below. Not shocked to find such a gem from French Connection.
Once I clicked on the dress, I learned something that instantly brought a smile to my face. The dress is named Samantha Sequins! A dress named after moi?
I can’t believe I’m not buying this dress—I think my boyfriend will evict me if I bring home another sequined piece—but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up this dress while it’s still on sale at Bloomingdale’s. Buy it now before it’s gone!
How beautiful are these Nicholas Kirkwood heels? They are sale at THEOUTNET but still way off my affordability chart. My birthday is coming up next month…I’ll have to keep my fingers, toes, and maybe even my eyes crossed to even think that I’ll have a chance of receiving these!
Saw these pieces (dress and blazer) from Rachel Roy’s less expensive line, Rachel Rachel Roy, and instantly fell in love. Would love to have either of these pieces in my wardrobe. It’s also great that these two pieces can be worn together to create a unique look.
I spent President’s Day weekend in London with my family to witness and celebrate the marriage of my cousin to his lovely bride. The wedding was lovely, the couple was overjoyed, and I am so thankful I was able to attend.
It just happened to be London Fashion Week while I was in town, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time (or energy) to sneak away. However, I did enjoy the weather—high 40s and no rain, yes you read that correctly—and made sure to take photos of the many inspiring things I saw all over town.
Didn’t take long to find inspiration while riding the tube. Pink hair + leopard coat = so rocker chic!
Some sparkly things at Top Shop. SO tempting!
A trip to London isn’t complete without a Twiggy sighting.
Potpourri rocks at The Conran Shop. #totesamaze
Kate Moss Paper Doll book? Yes, please.
Loved this clutch at L.K. Bennett on King’s Road.
Can’t wait for my next trip across the pond.
What are your favorite things to do and see in London?
This is on sale for $910 (vs. the over $2K original price tag) on THE OUTNET. Look how shiny it is just in pictures! I will be dreaming about this blazer and all its glory for many days, months, and years to come.
Even though lace can be a matronly fabric, designers are clearly exploring other ways to incorporate lace into their work.
On that note, I was happily surprised to see CUSP by Neiman Marcus feature this Madison Marcus lace dress today. I love all the unexpected elements in this dress, especially the colors and the color blocking.
What is a favorite unexpected less item that you’ve had your eye on?
Was browsing the Bergdorf Goodman evening gown collection (who doesn’t do this with their free time?) and came across this gorgeous Marchesa sequin dress. I love how the beading is way above average. The pattern is intricate and noteworthy. For an embellished number, this sure is a serious dress! Too bad this dress costs 4 figures.
This Madison Marcus dress made me do a double-take. Was it a cut out dress with a dramatic neckline? No, it was a trick-dress with a sheer fabric underneath to give the illusion of showing some skin. I really love this dress; feels like it is classy but with some attitude. It’s perfectly styled above with nude heels. I think any gal would be the instant life of the party wearing this dress!
THE OUTNET needs to stop featuring clothes that I love and are on sale. My mind plays these weird tricks on me where if I don’t buy any of these amazing items, I feel terribly guilty. How could I not buy this top or these hot pink pants (an item which I’ve been coveting for a long time)? Do I really have to save money for retirement?
The Elizabeth & James dress above was one of those items that I had a hard time ignoring, especially because the sale price ($129) is awesome. I love the interesting cutoff neckline as well as the color. The neckline is basically an accessory by itself. I’d wear this with nude pumps and maybe a leather jacket for a bit of edge.
Loving this black and gold baroque pattern shirt by Alice + Olivia (hard not to love everything from that brand). This top is an easy way to dress up a casual outfit. Throw on with jeans and a blazer and you have a great going out look! Just as easily, tuck it into a pencil skirt and you have a casual, but sophisticated work outfit. Even better, you can grab this shirt on sale for about $100 at Saks.