This Dress

Ok, this dress is totally worth adding to your summer wardrobe.

Full price at Tar-zhay is only $19.99, but through one of their many sales, I was able to score it for half price last weekend.

Trust me, even without a discount, this is a summer staple worth buying.

The fit is generous and overall forgiving, the fabric is soft, and the arm straps are perfectly suited to wearing an actual bra. 

After MGM (9) was born in 2007, I bought a similar version of this LBD during a bleary-eyed Target run where Size 1 diapers were my primary mission.

I don’t recall the price back then, but I got my money’s worth out of that dress.

I dressed it up and I dressed it down; it suited my post-baby bod until I was pregnant with Baby #2.

Eventually it was too faded to deem acceptable outside of my abode, and it was donated. Sniff.

Regrets followed, but setting it free was necessary.

And now I have this crisp, deeply dyed new version to start off my summer with style.

Check this out at your local Target. 

 

 

J. Crew May Edit

Pieces I will not buy. Repeat: will not buy. 

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This bright tee is so up my alley!

So is this floral print scarf, which comes in two styles, square silk and a gauzy rectangle:

This floral pattern was everywhere, but I like the skirt for spring:

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A modern shirt, also with a bow tied element:

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Of course, a statement necklace:

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And this retro sundress isn’t exactly my style, but it’s breaking the internet on other blogs:

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What do you like from J. Crew this month?

 

 

 

Terrific Customer Service from Lo&Sons

I’ve posted thoughts about Lo&Sons before, including my review of their O.G. bag.

To be fair, I mentioned that the one time I tried to take it on an overnight trip, it didn’t hold as much as I wanted and I decided to use it for single use trips only, like work or the gym.

Even though I bought the bag in November 2016, I’d only used it a handful of times until two weeks ago, when I decided to take it to work out.

I packed shoes, a bag of cosmetics, a brush, and workout clothes. Nothing excessive by any stretch of the imagination.

When I went to zip the bag, the zipper promptly split.

Permanently.

I tried every trick I knew to get the teeth back on track, to no avail.

I finally switched out my stuff into a crummy re-usable grocery bag that I got for free from somewhere and headed off to the gym.

Later that day, I sent an email to Lo&Sons – almost on a whim – expressing my sadness for the broken zipper and asking if I could return it for a zipper repair, for which I was completely prepared to pay.

Within two hours, I had a most gracious response, asking me for the bag’s serial number and promising to get this sorted out.

Once I located and sent the bag’s serial number, I received another amazingly prompt email with an offer to replace the bag for free, and an apology that the model I had (black nylon with gold zipper) was not currently in stock. My options were to wait for it to become available or choose another color.

Lo&Sons recently introduce a pretty heather blue version of this bag, and it seemed right up my alley. I opted for the blue and received a beautifully packaged, perfect new bag within two days.

I was thrilled and so impressed with the customer service at Lo&Sons.

Customer for life.

 

 

 

 

 

D’Orsay Oxfords by Fortress of Inca

While browsing Amour Vert over the weekend, I found these interesting D’Orsay oxfords by Austin, TX, brand Fortress of Inca:

 

The colors are definitely on trend for spring and these shoes seem to partially solve the question of whether mules are appropriate for work. These get the breezy feeling of mules right but keep the heels covered, which is still the point that makes me pause about wearing mules in the office.

Amour Vert is selling these shoes for $210, which is reasonable since they are handmade.

 

Shopping at Roe Wolfe

Roe Wolfe is a Minneapolis boutique that’s currently hosting a pop-up shop in a tony mall that is unfortunately close to my new office.

Even though the store isn’t large, it took me ages to browse, because there was a lot of great stuff to explore.

This tee caught my eye on the first pass through the racks:

Umm, yes and yes.

Roe Wolfe also carries many jewelry pieces from local designer Larissa Loden.

This necklace was well-priced ($46) and felt modern enough to take home:

Two other necklaces that I liked but did not buy:

The black chains feel edgy.

The last thing that I bought – unexpectedly – was this DefineMe fragrance in “Payton.” 

This scent is described as “a seductively sexy perfume with bold notes of orange blossom, peach, clove buds + musk.” It reminded me of Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir, a fragrance I love. This perfume also comes in the most adorable little bottle with a roll-on applicator:

The small size (9 ml) makes this perfect for travel. “Payton” isn’t the only fragrance from DefineMe; there were five others in the store.

I loved exploring Roe Wolfe. I hope it expands from a pop-up to a permanent tenant in the mall, but then again, maybe my pocketbook thinks otherwise. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dagne Dover Spring 2017 Collection

Dagne Dover is a brand that’s done some savvy social media marketing.

They show up everywhere on blogs I read, sites I visit and in my Inbox.

Their primary schtick is offering smart, versatile work totes, so they basically had me at Hello.

While I haven’t bitten yet, their Spring 2017 collection is showing this gorgeous blue color in all of their designs.

This vertical Charlie Tote is my absolute favorite item in their store:

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Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive: $495.

The Legend Tote is Dagne Dover’s signature bag, and it also comes in this gorgeous hue:

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At $265, it’s about half the cost of the Charlie Tote.

Here’s the item I’ll probably order, the Lola pouch:

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The Lola seems so much better than a typical makeup bag, since it has pockets and elastic straps for holding things like lipsticks. The small size is $75 and seems more than adequate.

While this robin’s egg blue (officially called “Jasmine” by Dagne Dover) will always hold the top spot in my heart, I am also completely loving this gorgeous blush color that’s prominently featured for Spring 2017, too.

And even though the last thing I need is another weekender/gym tote, I just want this one:

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The Landon Carryall in Quartz is stunning. Want.

Dagne Dover really hit it out of the park with their Spring collection.