Monday, June 23, 2014

The Lace Maxi - Jessica Simpson Meena Lace Illusion Dress

Even though I searched high and low and found the perfect, more affordable, alternative to this dress (seen in my last post here)... I just couldn't leave without it. I don't own many expensive dresses and the ones I do own are usually too dressy to wear anywhere. This one on the other hand can be dressed up or down and is just perfect for summer.

You can now find it on sale for $60.00 originally $98.00 here at Macy's.
I'm pretty sure Belks also carries this dress.

Let me first say, this dress is worth every penny. In-fact, I'm surprised it wasn't more. It's quality, quality, quality. The quality of this dress is just amazing. The fabric is so luxurious and the lace incorporates high quality embroidered flowers. It is quite stunning in person. I love that it comes with a slip that has adjustable straps. You can make it have a lower or higher front V-cut. The small is a little large on me but I think it's because it's a cross between women's and juniors sizing.

The back has a pretty strappy pattern that adds I nice surprise. First, you have the slip straps showing, then you have the lace cover with a crisscross pattern in the middle. In the photos I'm wearing, again, one of my favorite lacey racer-back bras from Aerie (see my blog post raving about them: here). I though it blended very well and I love lace on lace :]

My mom thought this could make a pretty wedding dress haha (not the look I'm going for! ahhh!) so I tried to dress it down with brown strappy sandals and simple antique cameo drop earrings.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I just brought home a new kitten who has been keeping me busy busy. Will have to do a blog post soon with her in it :]

Questions, comments, and advice is welcome!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Lace Maxi - Affordable Alternative

If your on the hunt for an all-over lace maxi that is more on the affordable side - this is it! 

I was shopping at my favorite mall. It has absolutly everything I have ever dreamed of wearing. I found the most amazing lace maxi by Jessica Simpson but it was $100 and not on sale. It was a sad day. I ran over the whole mall and tucked away in the back of H&M was this beautiful lace maxi for only $35! Big difference. The quality isn't as great as the $100 dress (obviously) but it looks just as elegant. I did end up getting the more expensive dress as well which will be in my upcoming post; to compare the two.

Something like this is so perfect for date night, a night out with the girls, or that beach vacation. If I had a date... I'd definitely be pulling this dress out :]

The back has elegant lace straps curving inward and a cute little cutout farther down. I got a small (I'm 5'7" at 109 lbs) and the cutout sags a little bit. My wonderful alteration lady quickly took care of that. You can probably see in the pictures that I am wearing my beautiful lace T-back bra I got from Aerie which I raved about in my lastest post here. It blends well with the dress and is almost invisible/disguised in front where there is lacey cutouts - making it more modest. The dress isn't as revealing as I thought it would be. When I first saw it on the hanger, I admit, it was a bit intimidating.

Below I tried to get up as close as I could while trying to capture the whole dress and the detail of the lace. My only concern with the dress is: snagging the lace which would be pretty easy to do since the lace is so openly knit. Luckily I've been ok but knowing my clumsy self... it's bound to happen one of these days.

I kept the outfit casual with camel brown sandals and cameo/pearl drop earrings. Casual but elegant. You can most definitely dress this up some more.

You can still find this dress online at here for $34.95

Have you grabbed a lace maxi this season?! I think they are just so pretty!

Questions, comments, and advice is welcome! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Spice Up Your wardrobe with Lingerie for Summer :]

Summer is almost here! Which means bright colors, fun prints, and new designs for those summery outfits. I've mention this before but I love having cute under clothes. It just makes me feel amazing even in that bum-around-the-house outfit.

This is my favorite season to stock up on Aerie undies! They have the most fun prints to get you in the mood to hit the beach or get you ready for that summer vacation. Plus, this is when you can sometimes find their undies 10 for $30 which is a much better deal than Victoria's Secret. I've also mentioned how much better these undies fit me compared to the VS ones. They are much more soft than the VS cotton line as well.

Right now the prints pictured above are on clearance for $3.99 a piece on

Next, I am absolutely in love with these racer-back bralettes! Lately I've been purchasing new summer tops that are racer-back or lacey or sometimes with a really low back cut which makes it very difficult to find a bra that actually looks good. Lo and behold I found one that makes everything work and look amazing...

These are super soft and comfy! Not to mention how beautiful they are and how great they look under tops. I haven't had any problems with anything showing even in the super cold stores :] I love how much coverage they give. One complaint I do have is with the seam going down the middle of the cups. Sadly it tends to show up under thin or tight shirts which is kind of a bummer even though I still have a ton of stuff that I can still wear with these.

Aerie has some great deals on these too! I got my first one for only $11 then they had another deal buy one get one for $5. Somehow I ended up with 4 colors already. I want more!

My next post is of a lace dress with an open front and a crisscrossed back. If I didn't have one of these I don't know what I'd wear with it. I'll be wearing the white bralette in the pictures. I will have that linked as soon as it's posted so you can get an idea of what these look like paired with actual clothing pieces.

From left to right : black, whipped strawberry, buff, and white.

You can find the Aerie Lace Racerback Bralette here. They come in quite a few colors :]

Last but not least, is a bra from Victoria's Secret that has just been so amazing for spring and will be awesome for summer. This bra is so unique with its' beautiful braided straps. It really is the perfect layering bra.

From top to bottom : white, spa blue, and blueberry.

I've already had lots of compliments on this! People ask what kind of shirt I'm wearing but it's not really a shirt, hehe. The braiding makes it look like you have an extra layer. The other day I had on a neon yellow baggy shirt with a white tank underneath and then I added the turquoise braided bra under the tank. Definitely an eye catcher :]

I really didn't realize how much I would love the front clasp. It makes my life so much easier especially on those mornings before work when your running late (which is just about everyday). They fit really nicely as well. I wish you were able to adjust the straps a bit more since I'm going to keep mine at it's tightest. If it loosens I will probably have to get these altered but for now they fit great. The turquoise bra seems to have a slightly bigger fit even though all three are the same size. Very weird. Aaannd this is why I try everything on. 

The next time I wear one, I will insert a picture of the combination so you can get an idea on what it looks like :]

You can find these Sexy Tee Braided Racerbacks on here. It comes it different cuts (push-up, demi, etc.) 
Retails for $32.00 or 2/$49.50
The blueberry color was on clearance $15.99 but I think it is currently sold out.

Questions, comments, and advice is welcome! 
Have a great week everyone!