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When I first ordered this red dress online I thought that it was the most beautiful thing I had seen.  I was wondered it wouldn’t look good on me…red never does…but I bought it anyway because it looked good on the model and I hoped it would do me justice as well.

When I first put it on I stared in the mirror thinking I had just been swallowed up by a sea of red.  It hung past my knees (thanks to my height complex), it had tons of extra material that did absolutely nothing to show off the curves of my body, and it did absolutely nothing for my fair skin tone.

Months later, in another attempt to make this dress work, I tried it on again.  This time I paired it with a pink hat and silver hoop earrings.  I started to get a bit of a boho vibe, totally something that i strive for in my everyday wardrobe.

I snapped a few pics and watched my enthusiasm die as I starred at a short girl trying to pull off a tall girl’s dress.  Then I slipped on high heel boots.  Okay, I can fake my height a bit.

There’s nothing I can do about the fact that red is not my color, but I wanted it to be so I stuck with it.

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Then I complained to my boyfriend that the dress was still drowning me.  He suggested I throw on a belt.  I couldn’t believe it but it helped!  It was like a whole new dress.  I had a shape, I had accessories to make it pop, I had heels to fix my height complex, and now I had a whole new look to wear to boozy brunches, wine touring, and classy affairs.

I wore this red dress look to a fashion event in the city and the cameras kept following me all night.  If I hadn’t of been wrapped up in finding a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s to add to my shoe collection, I might have loved it.

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I brought out the beautiful red color of this dress by pairing it with a variety of pink and brown.  Last but not least, I wore my Gucci sunglasses to make the look even more chic.

Love,

Molly

 

 

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Shop the Highlights from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

For the enthusiastic fashionista, we all know Black Friday, Christmas, and your Birthday fail in comparison to this lovely time of year.  Yes you guessed it, it’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, and it’s happening right now.

Just when you thought you couldn’t add anymore to your wardrobe, you come across sales that are too hard to refuse! I searched long and hard for some of the hottest wardrobe staples you need now!  Searching through the Nordstrom sale is a little bit like walking into a bakery first thing in the morning.  Everything looks so appetizing, why choose only one?

Let’s start with the essentials: jeans and leggings.  No wardrobe is complete without a pair of ripped skinny jeans, shiny leggings, and flare jeans.  Click on any of the images for more details.

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As you’re sitting at home blasting the air conditioning, it might be hard to think about jackets. But as we’re approaching August we know that the Fall is right around the corner.  Why not shop the sales and be prepared.  These two jackets are hip, fun, and will go with anything!

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Major TREND alert: midi dresses!  If you haven’t already jumped on this bandwagon, it’s time to start! Everyone needs a white dress for summer; from low-cut and flirty to a button-up long-sleeve dress, there are so many great midi styles available.  And of course, never forget the classic feminine pink midi that could take you from work to a party, or even a date!  Say “no more” to mini dresses that you have to pull down every two seconds and “hello” to these comfortable and flirty midi’s!

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If you ever want to give your Fitbit a break, wearing a simple and understated designer watch is all you need to amp up your style and sophistication.  Burberry, Kate Spade, you can’t go wrong with either of them!

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Choose your shirts and sweaters wisely.  Sales can be a great time to scrounge up all your basics, but sometimes, it’s more fun to go for statement pieces like an eye-catching color-blocked sweater or the perfect grunge plaid shirt.

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Now for the best part, shoes!  Nothing is more overwhelming than walking through the Nordstrom shoe department. It’s like a kid walking into a candy shop or Disney World.  Add a sale on top of it, and there’s a possibility you may need your inhaler.  Deep breaths, my friends. Here are some of the top picks!

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No outfit is complete without the fancy duds! You know what would really make your new summer hair cut stand out?  A pair of bold, sparkly earrings!  Trendy ear crawlers or colorful chunky earrings should definitely be on your wish list this summer.

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Last but not least, why not update your eyewear.  There are so many show-stopping sunglasses on sale right now.  Looking for a pair with the wow factor?  Try big cat-eye sunglasses.  You can’t go wrong!

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The final phase of shopping the best sale comes in two parts.  First, you will say to yourself, “Okay, now that’s all I’m buying this Summer.”  You might even feel slightly guilty.  Then comes part two, the best part.  You’re out wearing your new duds, snapping pics with friends, reaping all the compliments, and you think to yourself, “I wonder when the Fall line is coming out.”

Love,

J. Molly

 

This Week’s Fashion Must-Haves

Got money burning a hole in your pocket?  Here are this week’s five hottest buys!

Need a shoe that will take you to work and out afterwards?  Buy one that’s comfy and a little funky!

Courtesy of Farfetch, Designer: Alexander Wang

Courtesy of Farfetch, Designer: Alexander Wang

This pink sheer robe may not be very practical, but it’ll make you feel sexy as hell.

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

The cut-out bodycon midi in black is a showstopper.

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Got a party on a yacht coming up?  Here’s your perfect dress!

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

There’s something so effortlessly chic about dressing boho.  This light blue color is electric and whimsical all at the same time.

Courtesy of Free People

Courtesy of Free People

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

A Dress for the Classic Chic Woman

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I came across this dress in my daily excursions through my favorite online sites.  It struck me as sophisticated, bold, sexy, and professional…everything a young woman could want! Despite the open-back making it impractical to wear a bra, this dress would be perfect for a work event or function.  Wear it with a pair of black stiletto pumps and a black clutch. While this dress is perfect on its own, it would also look great with a thick black belt around the waist.

Love,

J. Molly

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Memorial Day Weekend Sales: Hottest Finds

Looking to add a few new items to your wardrobe for summer? This weekend’s the time to do it because many retailers are hosting their Memorial Day weekend sale.  I’ve surfed all the hotspots to find some chic items on sale.

ShopBop

Shopbop is currently running a 70% off sale.  I scoured through to find this hot pink zipper midi dress.  Originally $198.00 and now $138.00, it’s time to make a purchase.  If you’re not into pink, this dress also comes in black, blue, and white.

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Next on the list is a blush pink faux leather jacket from Shopbop. It was originally $95.00 and now it is $47.50.  This jacket would look great worn with a casual top and pair of jeans or worn with a dress.  Jazz up the look with high heels and and chunky necklace, or play it down with your favorite basic pieces and a pair of flats.

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Nordstrom

Nordstrom is running a sale of up to 40% off until May 31st.  If you’re a Diane von Furstenberg fan like me, check out this black silk dress with cheetah print insets.  Originally $498.00 and now $298.80, this dress will have you looking classy and chic in no time!

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Add a little color to your wardrobe with these stretch skinny cotton ankle pants from Nordstrom.  From $114.00 to $68.40, you save 40% on these light summer pants.  They come in navy, grey, white, and beige as well, but my favorite is obviously the pink!

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Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal’s Memorial Day sale lets us take 40% off selected styles.  I’m always afraid when I see “selected styles” because usually that means the worst reject styles that nobody wants anyways, but this time, Nasty Gal has given us a selection of 1,400 different styles to choose from in this sale! Woo!

Here’s a pair of cropped and ripped black skinny jeans.  For a limited time take 40% off $118.00.

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Last but definitely not least, we have a dazzling light pink strapless midi dress.  Take 40% off $178.00 for this sexy feminine dress.  Throw a blazer on it for a professional day time look, and wear it on its own for an evening look.

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Love,

J. Molly