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    Work Wear Mondays: The Pretty Lace Blue Dress


    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?

    The Dress You Can Wear to Work and Your Valentine’s Day Date

    The Dress You can Wear to work and your valentine’s day date

    It’s almost that time when we get into the busiest day of the month and loved ones come up with the most creative ideas to celebrate Valentine’s day; a commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions across the world. An excuse to dress up in colors of love with hues of reds and pinks and pastels, reminding us of the promises of Spring that is very much around the corner. 🙂

    If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know that I love anything feminine so this ruffle wrap dress by Gianni Bini at Dillards was the perfect find for a day in the office and doubling up for a date after work. Needless to say, today’s look is one I absolutely love! I am wearing a size small in a color that’s supposedly salmon but looks more peachy pink coral. Since I’m all about affordable fashion, I got this dress on sale under $40 compared to the original price of $159.  The fabric is flowy, the belt can tied as a bow, and there is so much detailing on the sleeves and the bottom half of the dress that add an elegant touch of femininity. I mean how stunning is the detailed ruffles throughout the dress?

    This dress would also be perfect for Easter, upcoming brunch or graduation events, and a lot more …but back to the month of February, I would certainly be wearing this Gianni Bini dress to the office.  Since Valentine’s day fall on a weekday, it is very likely grandma may spend some quality time with the kids so hubby and I can go on a quick date immediately after work and then celebrate with the family again over the weekend.

    The Look

    For the classic office outfit, I like to keep makeup and accessories at a minimum. What I love about monochromatic colors is the flexibility it provides when it comes to accessorizing and makeup choices. Think lighter eyeshadow and lipstick for the professional look and a brighter or darker shade for a night out. When shopping for work I usually ask myself a few questions like; can I wear this to the office and to a girls night out after work, is the style and cut classic, are the colors timeless, is the price reasonable without foregoing quality, and a few more. If the answer is yes to most of my questions, then I know it’s worth the investment.

    I have come to love the Gianni Bini brand at Dillards and browsing the selection of shoes, dresses, pants, skirts, and tops that are online or at the department store. It’s always fun to see what pattern and color set will be next and to check out the sales rack for discounted finds. I’ve got to admit that I love the fit, quality, and design which will be in style for years to come. To stick with the Valentine theme, I decided to pair this dress with a nude Sam Edelman pumps and cute bag from Cole Haan.

    What’s on your list for Valentine’s day?