Third Thursday Threads: LBD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome to Third Thursday Threads: LBD. There's no co-host this month, but I'll be bringing back co-hosts in September when I don't completely forget about the link-up! It is now in my calendar so that I won't forget :) 

This dress has been a workhorse since I got it. I wore it earlier this week at a conference and I couldn't have been more comfortable. So seriously, go get one. The other ways I've worn it are shown below, and I can't wait to continue to get a ton of wear out of it in different ways, especially after learning from all of you during this link-up!



Here are the ways I've worn it recently, in warmer weather:


And here are the ways I wore it when I first got it, when the weather was more wintery & springy:


And now, time to link up your LBD outfits! Due to my super late notice, this link up will be live for the rest of the month. Cannot wait to see your awesome outfits!

In case you're new here, here's how this works:
2. Link to a specific post, not your general blog URL, and please be wearing or talking about a Little Black Dress.
3. Visit the other bloggers who have linked up!



Can't Stop (Won't Stop)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I did not think I would wear this dress as much as I have. And to think I got it for under $50 - so far the cost per wear is already under $5! And it just keeps on keeping on. The best part? I know I'll reach for it all year round, because with some tights and a scarf, it will be perfect in cooler weather too! 

Seriously, if you don't have one yet, go pick up a simple black dress. And do it fast, because the theme for tomorrow's Third Thursday Threads is LBD. And I'll be leaving the link-up open until the end of the month, so that you have some time. This month is FLYING by!


Dress: LOFT (similar)
Cardigan: BP (similar)
Shoes: KelsiDaggerBrooklyn from OnlineShoes.com
Necklace: BP



See you tomorrow for Third Thursday Threads: LBD Edition!!!!!

Another Necklace

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

As promised, I wanted to come back to show off another version of the wooden bead necklace from yesterday. 



Dress: Old Navy (3/4 sleeve version)
Jacket: Forever21
Booties: Hinge (similar)
Glasses: Warby Parker


This polish is a new favorite too - it is Julep, from their Wanderlust collection. This specific color is Anvi, but I've fallen in love with so many of the others, too!

Homemade

Monday, August 18, 2014

It is only fitting that on the day I announce the wine bottle candle giveaway winner, I talk about another homemade project: this wooden bead necklace!

But first, the winner. Kelsey Spencer, check your email! Congratulations on winning the wine bottle candle. We really hope you love it :)

Now, on to this necklace. I was going to share this great Pinterest idea brought to life, but Anne beat me to it, so I think you should go check hers out over at Anne In Residence. I did mine a bit differently, using wire instead of string, and I also only put a clasp on one side, so that I can use the same piece of wire and just change out the beads to be different colors. You'll see another version of this in tomorrow's post. If anyone wants more detailed instructions, let me know!


Jeans: LOFT
Tank: J. Crew Factory
Flats: Steve Madden (similar)


Somewhat related, what is your favorite wedding DIY you've seen? These candles are obviously a big one for us, but we're wondering what else people have loved! Leave a comment and share :)

Insert Statement Here

Friday, August 15, 2014

I thought it only appropriate to post an outfit with a giant floral necklace on the day I'm announcing the winner of a more classy floral necklace. Kim Pincombe Cole, you've won the gold necklace from Nordstrom! Check your email for details. I'll be announcing the final winner on Monday, so make sure you come check to see if you've won the wine bottle candle!

I went through a phase where every outfit had a giant statement necklace. And then I went through a (thankfully short) phase where I couldn't stand even a simple, dainty necklace. And now I'm in the best place, right in the middle, where I pick my necklaces based on my outfit, my mood, and my other accessories. Why I ever left this place of happy mediums, I'll never know. 

Shirt: Le Tote
Skirt: Nordstrom
Necklace: Gift, (similar)



I know I've talked about Le Tote a couple of times, but I just wanted to once again rave about their Netflix-like service. In case you haven't heard of it, here's how it works: you heart items on the site you love, you pay a flat monthly fee, and then they send you a curated 5-item tote. You can keep it as long as you want, or send it back as fast as you want, and then you get another tote. You don't have to wait until next month, it just comes. Mine are typically 3 items of clothing and two accessories, and that is the perfect blend. Just be careful and make sure you send all 5 items back - otherwise, they assume you want to keep (& purchase) the pieces you kept. That being said, if you really love an item, keep it! The price is discounted because you're a member, and you can wear it over and over and over again. I did that with my striped tank and I'm so glad I did. I may do it with this shirt too; we'll see. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments - I'm not being paid for this post, or my opinions, although if you do sign up using this link, I will receive a credit to my account for future totes. 

Fall

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm not ready for fall. But I am ready to have weather that lets me wear this blazer more often. 

Before we talk more about it, time to announce another winner - this time of the Frank body scrub. Mihaela Day, check your email for details - you've won!

Now, about this blazer. I've reached for it about 500 times this summer only to remind myself that there's no way I want to wear it when it is going to be over 80 degrees. But we had one miracle of a day where I threw it on and didn't regret it all day. It was the greatest, but only because the next day it warmed up again and we weren't stuck with cold weather for long. 

Blazer: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: LOFT
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)
Tee: Everlane



This braid has been a fallback lately when my hair is too dirty for anything else and I can't bring myself to wash it. The best part? If I wear it like this on a Friday, it looks good enough to last far into the night and even for most of my day Saturday! Thank goodness I'm not a sleeper who moves around too much!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see if you win the gold flower necklace I really want to keep for myself!


The Hunt for White Dresses

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway winner announcement is at the bottom of the post.

I never buy occasion dresses that are white because half of the occasions I go to are wedding-related, and I am not a fan of wearing white unless you're the bride. But now that I am the bride I'm super excited to get a couple of great white dresses - ideally ones that can be used for a couple of occasions: on my bachelorette, at my bridal shower, at the rehearsal dinner, and even on my honeymoon. I've been ordering a few here and there, but haven't found any I've wanted to keep quite yet.

Apologies in advance for not doing my hair or accessorizing - my parents were over for dinner and I didn't have much time, but wanted to show my mom each dress so we snapped the photos really quick!

Dress 1: Eliza J $158

I liked this dress, but since my bridesmaids are all wearing shades of gold, this felt a little too similar. 
It was a great length (looks longer than it was in these pictures) and I loved that it had pockets and good waist definition, but I sent it back anyway. 



Dress 2: Ivanka Trump $82

I liked this one, but it felt a bit too shapeless for me. I would have loved to throw on some bright jewelry and fun pumps and wear it out on my bachelorette, but it just wasn't quite right, so it went back too. 



Dress 3: BB Dakota $78

I loved this dress, and I still may end up keeping it, as I think it would be super cute both on my bachelorette weekend in Nashville (with some cowgirl boots) and on my honeymoon or even on the brunch the morning after the wedding. It was just a bit short, but for a bachelorette party I think that's 100% okay. It could even be cute post-wedding with some tights, a belt, boots, and a leather jacket or cardigan. 



Nordstrom is my absolute favorite place to shop, as you all know, so I'm spending plenty of time digging through all of their white dresses. I'd love if you could click through, find one you love, and leave it in the comments to help me out! I'll make sure to update again once I get another batch shipped to try on!

Also! Time to announce the giveaway winner: Andi Smith (from Just Another Smith), you're the winner of the amethyst gemstone bracelet from Anjolee! Check your email for details.
And if you haven't entered the last couple of giveaways yet, go enter to win a wine bottle candle, handmade by Travis and me!

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