Fierce Florals

This may come as a surprise, but I come from a family of hunters. As in, don your camos, rise before any sane person would ever rise, head to the woods, shoot a deer sort of hunting. As in Katniss Everdeen hunting. Now while I have no problem with the activity, it's really not my cup of tea (and details of hunting trips are verboten for my sensitive, animal-loving ears!). But I do think I have the gene, even if mine manifested in the thrill-of-the-hunt at say, Nordstrom, or even better, a discount store like Nordstrom Rack. The skills required for both activities are actually the same, when you get right down to it--you have to have a keen eye, stay focused on the prize, and be alert at all times. Same same, right?

Enter this dress. I was at my local Last Call Neiman Marcus shopping for an event when my keen intuition kicked in and I spotted this dress on the rack. It was mere moments from rack to fitting room to purchase, adrenaline pumping all the while.  I ended up wearing something else to the event, but decided to keep this dress and figure out how I could layer it so I could wear it to work (it needs tights for work too; don't worry, I'm aware of the high hemline). I think it looks far cuter with a white shirt underneath than it did without. Voila! 

Can we just talk about these booties for a minute? They are under $50, and I cannot get over the gold geometry going on on the heel. They add a little edge to any outfit, and I love that, because it's a rare day when I want straight up girly. I like to mix it up a bit, to keep you on your toes, you know?

I'm really into florals for spring, so I linked a few additional floral dresses below. 

Alright, this old lady needs to hit the hay (or watch Downton'll never know!). 

Thanks for reading! 

18 Irresistible Dresses for Valentine's Day

I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day celebrator. I’m not in the “it’s just a Hallmark-contrived holiday” camp or anything, but I  do think that surprise or spontaneous romance/dates/celebrating love is more meaningful. The one time Aaron planned a big Valentine’s Day for us (dinner at Chez Panisse and a moonlight kayaking trip), I got stuck in Atlanta on the way home from a business trip and didn’t make it home until days later. See? It's just not meant to be. And I'm ok with that. I'd rather skip all the Valentine's Day kerfuffle and stay in with a good glass of red wine.

All of this aside, I'll find any excuse to dress up or to window shop! Nahal and I decided to link to our favorite girly girl dresses, just in case you're in the market.

How do you celebrate Valentine's/Galentine's Day? Leave a comment and let us know!


I'm in full confession mode, so I'm going to tell you some silly blogger stories regarding this shoot:

1. I wore this outfit on a Thursday to a blogging event. Nahal and I took pictures, but it was getting dark, so only a few turned out. 

2. Therefore, I wore this again on Saturday night for my 5-year-anniversary dinner. Of course we were running late (my fault, as always), so I risked divorce by asking Aaron to take my photo.

3. I could not get the braid right the 2nd time around. I tried it like 8,000 times while I was pumping before leaving the house (sorry if that's TMI). 

4. I got LASIK this week, so I couldn't wear contacts either of these nights. I wore them Thursday night anyway because I'm a rebel like that. And on Saturday night, I basically wandered around blind while Aaron took these photos (because I'm too vain to wear my glasses).

5. I used to teach at a prison and my inmates wanted me to be on a fashion makeover show because they thought my style was so atrocious. I was intentionally dressing in a frumpy manner to deter suitors. HA. 

6. Aaron, I love you and thanks for putting up with me and my photo shoots. And yes, this is a test to see if you actually read my blog. Which I'm pretty sure you do. 

7. This dress is stupidly cheap on Amazon. And it's amazing. Click on the link below to check it out. 

Ok, I'm out! Until next time....