When you live in Dallas, Fall still feels like Summer and you can only drool and dream of slightly cooler temperatures to take away from the blistering heat. At least that’s how I feel although I absolutely love the warm weather! So without further ado, I am rounding up two Free People dresses I plan to be wearing way into Fall and layering with a jacket or two when it gets a tad (teeny weeny) bit cold.
“An expensive watch doesn’t just tell you time, it speaks of your time as well” – Shubham Kumar
The Classic Jord Watch
One of my favorites aspects of blogging is getting to be creative – I love when brands give a concept and we get to create a story together! This brings me to the Cora Polaris collection by JORD. JORD (pronounced Yode) is based in St. Louis. Their watches are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components.
My unique Cora Polaris koa and rose gold watch is a timeless piece of jewelry that is versatile, remarkably well-finished to the point that it is a welcome addition to dressy chronographs. The feminine design has a subtle design that is transformative for any outfit, whether you’re polishing up for work or elevating basics.
This was such a sweet shoot and I absolutely loved wearing a lace skirt and blouse to further highlight the femininity of the Cora Polaris Koa and Rose Gold watch. There are just so many details in the finishing. Every feature, from the dial to the bracelet, are an evolution in the way natural timepieces ought to be. Swarovski crystals adorn the exquisite rose gold dial to depict the Little Dipper (yup, a delicate reminder of how much the universe has to offer). Koa is encased in hand-polished metal with rose gold tones.
Koa is a species native to Hawaii and is widely considered to be the most beautiful of the native hardwoods. Though softer than several of our used wood species, Koa machines exceptionally well and finishes smooth with a beautiful natural sheen. Depending on the harvest season, Koa wood will produce tones that range from medium gold to reddish brown, similar to Mahogany. This watch is certainly going to be an all-year-rounder in my wardrobe.
The Cora Polaris watch is such a beautiful example of sleek and modern design. I love having standout accessories I can wear daily that are both eye-catching and unique! This watch is a timeless piece for any multi-seasonal wardrobe, and also perfect for gift-giving! JORD ships worldwide and their watches have additional options for customization and engraving.
For a limited time, I have collaborated with JORD to giveaway a $100 gift code to one lucky winner toward the purchase of JORD watch from one of their collections! To participate, please see the following rules:
- Make sure to follow the link www.jordwatches.com/g/
louisemillento enter the contest (in order to be considered)
- The winner will be emailed after the contest has concluded with your $100 gift code
- All other entrants will also be emailed a 10% off gift code for participating
I am so excited for you…and I can’t wait to see how you show the versatility of your new timepiece! xoxo Louise
DETAILS: YELLOW DRESS (ON SALE) – CLEAR STRAPPY SANDALS (UNDER $100) – FLORAL PERFORATED CROSSBODY (UNDER $40)
Summer is in full swing, people! I cannot believe we are already in July!! It is so surreal. I love Summer and the warmth it brings with longer sunny days and lots of activities and events. I have to confess that I have been getting lazy around here lounging in light flowy dresses and shorts most days but enough said about that. This summery dress reminds me of the color of the sun and sunflowers (btw, I LOVE sunflowers; they are my happy flowers)! The dress is perfect for work and an easy transition to a cocktail or evening attire. You can even wear it to a wedding and still look amazing! I mean how good is that shade of yellow with all the pretty ruffles? I got the dress on sale at Dillards! You will be surprised what you can find in that store. My shoes are Gianni Bini and I am obsessed with the transparency of the straps. I’m sure you’ve all seen me style this crossbody bag a few times…#guilty (lol) but it’s just so cute!
I’ve linked this look below along with another dress I have my eyes on. Have you been to any events this Summer?
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” ~ Coco Chanel
“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Details: Cremieux Plaid Shirt Dress (on sale under $40) – Kitten Heel Mules (under $55) – Similar Purse (under $100)
The Plaid & Neutral Look Recipe
I can’t believe it’s the beginning of another new week and here I am embracing this neutral look with a Cremieux plaid tie shirt dress! Yup, a mix of plaid and neutrals…who would have thought? This one is on sale right now for under $40 (from an original price of $150), and you could wear it all season into Fall.
The material on the Cremieux dress is really comfortable and I love the button front tie waist. In my book, it doubles as classic and the effortless office look. I’ve had my eye on this one too and it might be the next dress I add to my collection since it is also currently on sale. I do love the quality and fit of this brand. As with any look, I paired up the dress with these gorgeous Gianni Bini mules and a neutral purse which is usually my go-to. Loving the palette which is so perfect for office wear this season. The sleeves are just about right to keep me warm from the blast of cold a/c in the buildings and the material is light enough to keep me cool when I’m outside conquering the Dallas summer heat.
Below are some more plaid and neutral dresses for your office or business look.
“CLOTHES AREN’T GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD. THE WOMEN WHO WEAR THEM WILL.” – ANNE KLEIN
H&M Fitted Jacket; H&M Wrapover Skirt; Charles David Shoes from Nordstrom; Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag
H&M Office Look
Another Monday, another work week! Today, I am sharing an office look that is affordable and yet stylish. This attire from H&M is versatile and I love the fit. Thank goodness I didn’t need to get the jacket tailored!!! You can wear this fitted jacket with a slim fitted skirt or pants, or with jeans for a more casual look. The skirt can be dressed up as well.
A classic yet affordable look for the office is a win-win for me. I also noticed the jacket comes in a few colors along with the skirt. If you haven’t been to H&M lately, you should. They have a range of clothing from loungewear to office wear, and I love their variety.
Now who doesn’t like a jacket that’s under $25??
The Flared Jean Pants
It’s called having a “flare”; a flare for fashion, style, and the things you love. It also reminds me of the ’70-’80’s era and the pictures I used to look at of my parents sporting such cool pants with a fashionable flare for style. See how I did that? “Flare” in style!! Now, let’s fast forward to present times and the trend creeping back in which didn’t take much convincing for me to go out and get this Just Float on Flare jeans by Free People .
There’s so much character with this look. I wish this would have been available last year because it would have been the perfect look to wear to my friend’s tupperware 70’s party! Still, these are fun jeans and I plan to wear them for a while before retiring them to my wardrobe in hopes the trend will resurface again soon.
Oh..and these jeans are super soft and made from stretchy fabric. I love all the detailing on the stitches in the back part of the outfit. Since I love FreePeople clothing brand, I also picked up a t-shirt from the same store and with a variety of colors to choose from, ended up with two! My shoes are from Inagruv and I love the concept of footwear with interchangeable accessories.
Now where’s the excuse to wear these jeans again? Do you own a pair of flared jeans?
The beginning of a new week….also the day of the week before Tuesday and following Sunday. A time when you either dread the start of the week or relish at the thought of a new week with a fresh opportunity to achieve your goals.
What can I say? Mondays can be somewhat of a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I am so psyched about the start of the week and other times when I know how full my week is going to be, I start looking forward to Fridays!!! Yup, that’s a true confession because I am certain we all experience this rollercoaster of emotions! So back to Mondays and in my case, a new work week. Since I tend to be a planner I usually like to plan my outfits for the week, however I occasionally go with impulse wear based on my mood that morning. If I have a lot of meetings, I trend towards a neutral palette but there are days when I need a little “pick me up”, and will settle for outfits that are more pastel toned because they are such happy colors.
For this look, I am sharing a Francescas blue lace sheath dress that is so gorgeous and feminine! I absolutely love how the dress seems to fit in the right places and even though I paid full price for it, the dress is currently on sale under $50. You can wear this look with a kimono or jacket for the office or on it’s own for a cocktail or wedding. I love it without a jacket but sharing the different looks so you can see the versatility of the dress.
What is your favorite office look? Do you like neutral or pastel colors, and do you tend to lean towards dresses, skirts, or pants?
New Blog Series
Happy Monday guys! I’m hopeful you all had a lovely Easter weekend. So, I’m super excited to launch a weekly “work wear Monday” series. Well, mostly because I am a working woman and mother, and sometimes in the business world, it is a challenge to find the right outfit that exudes confidence and is still classy. Fast forward to today, and I’m quickly getting the reputation of being the fashionable one while knowledgeable in my profession at the office.
Every Monday, I will share a post linking one or a few of my outfits and affordable items. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more of this or what other things you’d like me to share.
With all that said (phew)….let me start with one of my work dresses by Gianni Bini. This dress has simple lines and a beautiful cut. It is right below the knee, so midi-length which is usually where I like my dresses to fall when it comes to work wear, with a few exceptions. I just love this designer because the lines are so clean and it almost always fits well so I don’t have to worry about having it tailored. In fact, most European brands are very similar in cut and I love outfits that compliment your body.
For work or office wear, I tend to gravitate toward softer colors. This particular brand is carried at Dillards but I realized it is sold out on their website so I was able to find the exact same dress on Lyst and have linked it here. I love the ruched keyhole neckline and the flare lower half of the dress. The quality of the material is surprisingly sturdy with beautiful stitching, and I know it wouldn’t be fading or wearing out anytime soon.
Do you usually wear pant suit, skirt, or dress to the office?
Details: Ashlynn Ruffled Sleeve Maxi Dress, Jessica Floral Perforated Crossbody bag (comes in Ivory and Blush)
Happy Monday guys! We had an awesome weekend despite the rain and slight dip in temperatures. You see, my son turned 7 and we threw him a party on Saturday and then got to simply “chill” and spend our Sunday with my parents….AND just like that, we are suddenly back to the beginning of the week! It is nice and sunny here today, and if we didn’t have rain in our forecast for later in the week, I would say it definitely feels springy! The trees and flowers in our yard are also becoming fuller each day …so YAY! Well, I wanted to share a quick round up of a couple of my new favorite Spring outfits I purchased from two different stores. They will also be great to wear for the upcoming Easter Sunday festivities!
Which one is your fave?