With exception of the jumpsuit I wore in Portugal, this is my first outfit post of the year! I figured that now we’re on the cusp of Labor Day, I may as well show you an outfit that pretty much sums up what I’ve been wearing all summer: the sandals I’ve had wish listed for nearly three years and finally bought (worth every penny), a breezy dress, oversize rings by way of the moonstone beauties here and here (both c/o; also have this one), and that tote that probably has just a few weeks left before everyone grows tired of the PVC trend (but it’s on sale if you’re still digging it).
I’m not going to shut up about this dress anytime soon. Can you blame me, though? For $49, this wardrobe workhorse is the number one item you should add to your spring shopping list. The basic, no-frills shape makes it incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it just like this for work, with sneakers, and to an evening event with my favorite Lele Sadoughi necklace (this one). I love the dress so much that I also ordered the pink one to try. It ended up being kind of sheer, so I’d recommend sticking with the classic black option. (Going with the tried-and-true classics is my favorite budget-friendly tip. It’s hard to tell if something like a little black dress is a cheap thrill. Inexpensive prints and brights typically look cheap, so I save up for pricier versions of those.)
Leith dress | H&M top (old; similar) | Target purse | G.H. Bass shoes (old; similar here and here, plus these for a splurge) | Lele Sadoughi pendant (old; similar and I search eBay for budget-friendly vintage finds, like Trifari pendants) | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (old; similar)
When I bought these sandals in March, I knew I wanted to wear them with a polka dot dress from ASOS that I received from a collaboration with the company a couple of years ago. I hadn’t worn the dress in awhile and had almost considered donating it since it didn’t meet the “wear at least once a year” rule. I’m glad I kept it. The sandals have given me a renewed interest in the frock and reminded me of just how fun it is to wear it. Situations like these are exactly why it’s so difficult for me to get rid of items in my closet. I never know when I’ll want to reach for an item again. So, instead of abiding by the “one in, one out” rule or the advice to keep only pieces worn within the last 12 months, I keep any piece that feels special. If my heart can’t bear the thought of losing it, then I know it’s a keeper and that I’ll eventually make my way back to it. I know there’s a lot of pressure with blogging to only keep the newest items that have current affiliate links, but it’s so much more satisfying to revive an old piece with a new accessory.
ASOS dress (c/o; old, but I also love this knife-pleat dress and this polka dot dress) | Zara sandals | Ann Taylor earrings (sold out, but I also love these oversize straw earrings and these raffia hoops) | Tory Burch bag (old; similar) | Karen Walker sunglasses
Alright, the week I’ve been prepping for is finally here! All of the late nights at work and stress-induced insomnia that you my have witnessed on Snapchat (username: bedknobsbaubles) lead up to my annual business-to-business expo. As much as I love event planning, this one is always more stress than I anticipate each year — and more work than I can accomplish in a normal 40-hour week, thus the radio silence here on the blog. Let’s just say that I’m excited to pop open a can of Sophia after the expo wraps up on Wednesday! We’ll be celebrating at the end of next week with a road trip to Louisville for a beer festival, followed by three nights in Nashville. I’ve never been to Music City before, but I’m ready to embrace whisky-filled honky tonk nights! Let me know if you have any recommendations!
Shirt: H&M (current, but not online; similar)
Dress: J.Crew (old; similar here, here, here)
Shoes: Kate Spade (this year’s colors)
Bag: Tory Burch (old; love this)
Scarf: Hermes (pre-loved options)
Brooch: Vintage (similar styles)
Rings: Monica Vinader, Lulu Frost