Sunday, September 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target (A Few Pieces in Review)

Greetings and Happy Sunday, friends! Today is the release of the Altuzarra for Target collection and I was anxious to check it out this morning (not anxious enough to get up super early to stalk the store opening, but excited enough to get out of the house a bit earlier than normal, hence the tired eyes in the photos). Anyways, I haven't looked forward to any of the Target designer collaborations since Rodarte in 2009, but this one definitely contained a few items I was interested in, namely the long orchid dress and the maroon dress. A lot of this collection, in my opinion, has a 1970s vibe to it, and I love some '70s fashion (y'all probably don't know that I was an extra in Anchorman 2 last year - awful movie, but awesome experience - loved the costuming). So here we go....

First up is the "Satin Floral Maxi Dress" with orchid print. This is the dress I was most excited to see in person, however, I was disappointed. Aside from the fact that they didn't have my size so the fit is all off, the quality of the fabric was less than what I was expecting, as was the stitching. The part where the slit is - it's like the thread tension on their sewing machines was wrong so the seams aren't smooth. Also, looking at the promo shots, the bodice is a little different. The retail version crosses over more and the ruched waistband is skinnier (and also didn't continue to the back of the dress like I would have wanted). I think it's overpriced at $70, however, I like it enough that I may consider ordering online it in my size before making a final decision. Trying on a size 6, way too big for me.

Up next is the second dress I was very interested in, the "Wrap Dress - Ruby Hill." This one I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. I love the color - it's perfect for Fall, especially with the long sleeves. I also love the tie/sash. The tassel detail is my favorite and I was glad to see that it wasn't a neck scarf (as shown in the promo pic). I tried this on in a 2 and a 4, and while the 2 fit better in the shoulders and sleeves, it was too high-waisted for me and the hips were a bit too snug, so I went with the 4. I will also sew the bodice crossover shut so it doesn't gape open; I may shorten the sleeves, as well. I think this one looked better in person than it does on me in the picture. Shown in size 4 and purchased.

The next dress I tried on was the "Peasant Dress Swiss Dot." My friend was interested in this one so I sent her pictures. I saw the long version online and like that one, too! I thought this one was cute and I liked how the top fit me, however, the bottom was very frumpy. I would definitely need this hemmed. Trying on a size 4, may consider ordering online in either the short or long version and in size 2. Still undecided, however, because that's a lot of polyester and Georgia heat/humidity + poly is not a very good combo.

The last item I took pictures of was the "Sweater with Crane Embroidery." I really like this sweater - it's soft, and comfy, and I love the gold embroidery. However, I think this is overpriced at $50 (the embroidery is glued/ironed on, not sewn on [REVISED: I went back to Target later for something else and re-examined this sweater. I was wrong - the embroidery is actually sewn on. There is a piece of black fabric fused to the back of the embroidery to presumably keep the metallic threads from scratching the skin.]) and I will wait to see if it goes on clearance. Trying on a size Small, will buy if it goes on clearance.

I did try on a couple more items, but didn't take pictures because I either forgot or was in a hurry. Overall, I really like the look of the collection and there are some nice pieces (the jacquard and velvet fabrics were nice, particularly this Jacquard Pencil Skirt), but there are some cheap quality items, too. I will continue to keep my eyes open for when/if it goes on clearance! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Blouse - Walter, thrifted {last seen here}
Camisole - Express, old {similar here}
Ponte Pants - Ann Taylor, old
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik "Round Toe BB Pumps" {here} {similar here}
Purse - Rebecca Minkoff "Swing" {here without studs}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Linden" {last seen here}
Necklace - thanks to oNecklace {here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - CND Shellac "Pink Bikini" {here}

Happy Monday - hope you had a great weekend! I love an excuse to wear this metallic gold-trimmed silk blouse - I found it at a consignment store a couple of years ago and have worn it only a handful (or less) of times. However, it's too pretty to get rid of, so it stays. Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day, friends! My friend Carrie and I are enjoying a little lake time. When we work gigs together, people frequently ask if we're sisters, haha. Cheers! 
My Swimsuit: Reef - {last seen here}
Carrie's swimsuit: H&M - {similar here and here, here and here, and here}

Monday, August 25, 2014


Top - Ann Taylor, recent...check local stores
Shorts - LOFT {similar here}
Espadrilles - Christian Louboutin "Tiburon," thrifted {last seen here}
PurseChloĆ© "Paraty" {last seen here}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Bonnie"
Necklaces - thanks to oNecklace {here} and J.Crew {last seen here}
Bracelet - Vintage
Watch - Michael Kors {similar here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - CND Shellac "Pink Bikini" {here}

Happy Monday friends! I've been working on filling and rearranging this wall behind me with art - I'm about halfway there. Bandit is also doing what I call "runny bunny"....that is when he won't stay still for pictures! Have a fabulous week - I can't believe summer is almost over!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1970s Nightstand Rehab Project

Hello! Today I'm sharing this project I've been working on for a while - a 1970s nightstand rehab. I found these two nightstands on the local Atlanta Craiglist for $50 each and snatched them up. My original plan was just to paint them white (Sherwin Williams "Snowbound"), but once I got them home, I decided they were too chunky for my space and I also noticed humidity damage. However, I loved the detail on the doors and the brass hardware. I talked my Dad into building new cabinet boxes and we salvaged the doors (and inside drawer). I ordered the feet online (from Osborne Wood) and was planning to use marble remnants for the tops. That appeared to be too expensive so the last step in this project was painting and adhering wood tops. I love the way they turned out! Here are some photos along the way...

On the left - both nightstands (the previous owner had started to sand them). On the right - my Dad working on cleaning and sanding the doors as I paint the boxes. He also shiny-ed up all the hardware.

Some construction pictures my Dad took during the build.

On the left - the left door has 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of the paint; the right door has 1 coat of primer. On the right - all the feet getting a few coats of paint.

They are actually the same color (Sherwin Williams "Snowbound") - the one on the right sits close to a window and reflects light differently. My new bed from Overstock {headboard here}.

Above - Aralia leaf, rose quartz, and mini orchid. Inside detail showing the salvaged drawer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Butterfly Explosion

Dress - Diane von Furstenberg "Suron" in Butterfly Explosion, thrifted {here in size 0, though not cheap}
Heels - Brian Atwood "Divine" {similar hereherehere, and here} {last seen here}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - Kate Spade {similar here and here}
Bracelet - Asos {similar here and here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}

Odd title, right? Ha, I thought it was an odd name for this dress print! Greetings - you may have noticed my "mild" DVF wrap dress obsession. Here is a new one I scored on eBay (second hand, of course) at a good price. I just love these - they're comfy, adjustable, and flattering. Have a wonderful week and as always, thanks for dropping by!