Midi Skirt for Less - Review of Sammy Dress

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's not a huge secret that I prefer skirts and dresses to pants for work. That means I'm thrilled that midi skirts are everywhere right now! After obsessing over Tibi's gorgeous full midis on Atlantic Pacific, I went straight to my new go-to for all things trendy and affordable, Sammy Dress.

You may remember my Sammy Dress cape from a few months ago. The site is super cheap and although you have to really sift through their products to find your personal taste (and wait a few weeks for shipping), they have a lot of adorable clothes...including midi skirts in a few style and color options. After carefully converting centimeters to inches and hemming and hawing over a few options, I decided to go with basic black ($11) in a medium for my test skirt. When the skirt arrived, the fabric was the first thing that made me really happy. It's that great scuba material that is being used by everybody. This also means no wrinkles and great structure. There is a short slip underneath, but it's not necessary for any functional purpose - the skirt is substantial enough on its own, yet not so heavy that it can't be worn year round. The skirt can sit lower, but I prefer it to sit higher on my waist to give it more fullness.

Vintage Pugs and Books

Monday, April 14, 2014

More than a year ago, my friend Laura picked up a box of vintage pug items for me from a yard sale. I finally met up with my friend Suzanne last weekend to get the items, and she had an amazing surprise for me - vintage Alfred Hitchcock books that she inherited. Pugs, vintage and Hitchcock, just a few of my favorite things. Here's what I did with everything: 

What a perfect use of my vintage American Tourister luggage? Who says dogs don't appreciate art? Here's a better look at the framed art:

Next up, an adorable pug figurine that found its way to an end table in my living room. Goes perfectly with my mid-century motif!

I'm so in love with and happy to have these Hitchcock books. My mom and I watched a lot of Hitchcock together and he's one of my all time favorites! 

So happy to have such wonderful friends and thrilled with how well everything works in my space!

Tracy Reese Dress for Less

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A few weeks ago, when I was invited to a wedding (as a plus one), I excitedly said yes. I have always loved to dress up. When I was in elementary school, I actually made my mom make my clothes (maybe "made" is a stretch) and picked out dress patterns with her. So I basically live for being invited to occasions that involve formalwear. Also, I love a challenge, especially when it comes to finding a great clothing item at a great price. Enter eBay!

Although I have a lot of dresses, many of them are older and have seen better days. Also, an April wedding is tricky. It could be a gorgeous day or it could snow. I began my eBay search by looking at a few different brands that have worked for me in the past. I couldn't find any dresses that I absolutely loved. While conducting random searches, I found the most perfect Tracy Reese wool dress for $44.99. Crazy for a Tracy Reese dress. Surely this was a mistake. I added it to my watch list and stalked the auction like it was my job. Finally, I placed a bid in the last 30 seconds and it was mine! Super excited that it fits so well, as I gambled on the size (and there is no size tag in the dress). Can't wait to wear it next weekend! 

Also, I'm at my mom and dad's house this weekend. My mom asked me what I wanted to do with all of my old perfume. What? Apparently, I have a problem tossing perfume bottles. All of these have only a few days worth of spritzes in them.  Does anybody else have that problem?