Derby Day Outfits

Last year, one of my girlfriends had a Derby Day-themed bridal shower and we had so much fun getting dressed up for it. When I was looking for a fun outfit to wear, I put together a post with lots of Derby Day outfit ideas because I didn’t see much for inspiration online. That was one of my favorite posts of the year and I wanted to bring back the topic with my picks for this year. Shop some of my favorite dresses, fascinators and hats using the widgets below (just scroll through & click the pics!).

Derby Day Outfit Style

Fascinators & Hats:


Favorite Lace Midi Dress (& Lots of Similar Styles!)

Ever since our wedding, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect blue dress, similar to the color my bridesmaids wore. I found exactly that last summer – this lace midi dress, which was under $90. It’s a near-exact dupe for the popular Self Portrait Azaelea dress, minus over $200. I was tempted to grab another color when they launched fall colors… and now it’s back again with new colors for spring. They finally have the periwinkle color I’m wearing below back in stock, along with white (great for brides!), black and several new colors, eggplant, lilac, mint, navy and red.

This dress tends to sell out in various colors and sizes, but just keep checking back on Nordstrom until what you’re looking for is there. I’ve found that they are continually restocked and it just takes a bit of patience if you have a specific color in mind. But if you see the one you want, grab it before it’s gone! They are constantly launching and replacing colors, so you don’t want to miss your chance. I recommend you size up if you’re between sizes (I’m 5′ 8″ and got a medium). If you’re unsure of your size, you can easily order two thanks to Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns.

While I personally think the cut of this dress is flattering on anyone, if it’s not for you, try this one. It’s the same brand, same price, but an off-shoulder ruffle style that comes in pale yellow and white. It’s a strong contender for an early summer wedding I’m attending! Along with that dress, I also tracked down lots of similar options to shop via the links and widget below. Click through the links because many of them have several color options available and are at pretty low price points. If you find any others, leave them in the comments for everyone to see!

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

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DressBag / Sandals

**& lots of similar versions below!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Season

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Top: Navy / Yellow / Black / White

Bottom: Blue / Burgundy / Light Blue / Pink

**note that most of these come in lots of colors!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

Floral Tank in Palm Springs

A few weeks ago, I was out in Palm Springs celebrating my mom’s birthday. We had a great long weekend exploring – hiking, eating and relaxing – away from the cold New England weather. More to come on my Palm Springs recommendations in an upcoming travel post, but in the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore while I was there – mainly because I love the tank top and it’s on sale for $9.99 and available in all sizes. We got a taste of warm weather for two days last week and I cannot wait for spring to finally be here to stay!

This floral tank top is nice and lightweight and perfect for either wearing on its own with shorts or jeans or using as a layer underneath something like a jean or leather jacket. I love how flowy it is because it’s a loose-fitting top while still being flattering. I also picked up these sunglasses and cross body bag before the trip and they’ll both be staples in my spring wardrobe (& beyond!).

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

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Tank Top ($9.99!)Similar Shorts ($35!)

Sunglasses (under $100)

Bag (also black, blush & blue; larger version here)

Sandals (also black & similar in gold)

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Memorial Day Weekend Nordstrom Sale! #Nsale

The official kick-off to summer – aka Memorial Day Weekend – is SO close… I’m counting down the hours til I can head down to the beach for a bachelorette weekend. It’s not exactly going to be beach weather, but it’s still good to get away – and it has me excited for summer weather whenever it decides to come back! Since I know people are getting ready to check out for the weekend, I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet… The Nordstrom Sale (#Nsale) is happening NOW and items are selling out fast. Below you can find my picks – shop them using the links below. They’re all 40% off!

Have a great long weekend!





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Blue Dress / Black Dress / Left Shorts / Right Shorts

Left Jeans / Right Jeans / Black Tank / Purple Tank

Top Booties (also in black!) / Bottom Booties (lots of colors!)

4 Fun Derby Outfits

If you read my last post, you saw that I’ve been planning out what to wear to my girlfriend’s Kentucky Derby-themed bridal shower. I found that your best bet for finding lots of variety and price points for fascinators and hats is about a month out to now – head over to that post for lots of derby outfits, but today I’m sharing four of my favorites in more detail!

I have to say, I thought I would for sure like one of the fascinators best, but how fun is this pink hat?! The fascinators are also so cute. They stay put thanks to the headbands {that you can’t really see if you have your hair down} and come in lots of colors and styles. If you’re a bride, the white one below is so perfect. Shop these looks via the links below and scroll down or visit this post for way more options for dresses, fascinators and hats!


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Hat {also in ivory & blue} / Dress / Necklace {similar here, here} 

EarringsBraceletSimilar Bag



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Fascinator {also in black & red} / Dress {similar, same print here}

Earrings / Bracelet / Necklace {similar herehere}

Sandals / Similar Bag {also here, here}



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Fascinator {also in black} / Similar Dress {also here}

Earrings / Bracelet / Necklace {similar herehere} / Similar Bag



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Fascinator {also in blue} / Similar Dress {also here} 

Earrings / Bracelet / Similar Bag {also here}

Necklace {similar herehere}

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More Fun Hats:

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Kentucky Derby Day Style

It may have snowed here this past weekend, but spring is here and wedding season is coming. One of my girlfriends is having the funnest bridal shower… mainly because it’s not a traditional bridal shower, it’s a Derby Day party. And aside from horse betting and mint juleps, that means lots of fun outfits!

Every year when the Kentucky Derby comes around I wish I had a reason to get dressed up in a fun dress and hat, but just haven’t had a reason to do so. I’m on the hunt for the best outfit and wanted to share all of my finds so far in today’s post, all of which you can shop using the links below. No Derby Day party this year? These dresses are also perfect for weddings, bridal and baby showers, Easter, etc. Keep scrolling because today’s post has LOTS of options in the links and widgets!


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Top Fascinators/Hats: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Top Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Bottom Fascinators: 1 / 2 / 3 / 45

Bottom Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

The Dresses:

I love bright colors for Derby Day or other horse race activities – anything floral, lace or striped will work. You can also go preppy with seersucker fabrics in light pinks and blues. My favorite brand for fun floral dresses is Eliza J, which you can find at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and ModCloth. Donna Morgan also makes pretty lace and striped dresses, along with floral options – I love this blue and white striped dress and this yellow lace midi dress. And of course J.Crew and J.Crew Factory have lots of choices when it comes to dresses in colorful prints. Here are even more options:

The Fascinators & Hats:

This is the fun part. When I first started looking, I thought I wanted a giant hat, but then I found about a million fascinator headbands in every color imaginable and think that’s the route I’m going now. It took some research, but I found options starting at just $10, but if you really want high quality, you can spend up to $100+. Whether you’re going with a fascinator or hat, go for one with a contrasting color to your dress or in a color that’s found within the pattern on your dress. If you have a colorful floral dress, I like the idea of picking a headpiece in a color that is more subtle in the print on the dress.

Etsy Fascinators for Derby Day

Etsy is a great place to find handmade fascinators. Caprilite is a shop that has them in any color combination you can imagine, all under $20 (shown above). They’re based in the UK but ship worldwide. Pippa & Pearl has fascinators, hats, gloves and more. I was also surprised to discover that at this time of year, big retail chains also have good options at affordable prices. Nordstrom’s selection has grown over the past few weeks and I even found some super inexpensive fascinators at Target and Amazon. Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Asos and a site called are also good stores to check out.


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4 Spring Wedding Dresses You Need

Spring is officially here and that means wedding season is riiiight around the corner. Every year I think we’re almost done with weddings and this year we have 7! No complaints here though – I love a reason to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. I’ve been seeing so many cute dresses online, so today I’m sharing four different wedding dresses for guests {too cold to try them on right now, so flat lays will have to do!}.

Any of these dresses would also work well for bridal or baby showers, rehearsal dinners, etc. Just swap out the shoes and accessories if you need to dress them up or down. Shop the looks using the links or images below each look!

1. Lace Midi Dress

Last year I was on the hunt for a less expensive version of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress that was popping up all over Instagram, but anytime I found one that fit my budget and was still good quality, it would sell out in minutes. I actually love this one even more and it’s only $89. The colors it comes in are great too: black if you want something that can be worn for lots of occasions, periwinkle for a spring or summer event, or white that would be perfect for a bride or bride-to-be.

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {also in periwinkle & white; similar yellow dress here

Other affordable lace midi dresses: herehere, here & here

Bag {also similar} / Shoes / Earrings {similar} / Bracelets

2. Laser Cut Scalloped Dress:

This dress is definitely my favorite right now. I’d say it’s right up there with my yellow floral dress when it comes to versatility and it’s ability to be dresses up and down for any occasion. It’s admittedly much prettier in person – the laser cut detailing and fabric make it look like it costs much more than it does! I went with simple nude shoes and accessories here, but you could easily add color (I love bright pink or yellow paired with navy). Plus I love the fit – it’s nice and flowy but not so much that it makes you look like you have no figure. This would also be great for bridal or baby showers!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress / Bag {similar here, here}

Shoes {similar here; exact in white, metallic, black, glitter & pink}

3. Crushed Velvet Dress:

Can we go back to 90s style? Crushed velvet, chokers and Adidas shell toe sneaks may be as close as I get, but I’ll take it. There are so many options at different price points, and since it’s more of a trendy piece, I went on the lower end. What I love most about crushed velvet – especially when it’s in this dress style – is how soft and comfortable it is!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar options here, here, here, here & here}

Bag {similar options here, here & here}

Shoes / Choker {under $20!}

4. Fun Floral Dress:

This exact dress is from last year, but the idea behind it still applies. Go for a dress with contrasting bright or bold colors in the floral print. Then you can have fun with accessorizing, whether it’s your shoes, bag or jewelry. In this case I went neutral with the shoes and played up two of the colors in the dress with the earrings and clutch. I personally loved this A-line style that I scored at Target, but any cut that works for you will do! And these tassel earrings are so fun and under $13!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar here, here, here, here & here}

Shoes / Bag {similar} / Earrings / Bracelet {similar}

Keeping it Comfy with Faux Leather Leggings

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing one of my go-to looks thanks to the best faux leather leggings in the world. Like I did below, I usually pair them with a big cozy sweater {got this one during the #Nsale this summer, but listed other options below!} and then throw on a pair of booties. Other days, aka on the weekends, I throw on sneakers and a casual top. There are two things I love most about these leggings: they come up nice and high so they suck you in {bet you wouldn’t guess they are Spanx!} and they aren’t too shiny like other faux leather options are.

On another note, I’m loving chokers right now. I picked up a bunch from Forever21 to see if I would actually wear them and now that I have been, I want more. I have my eyes on a sparkly rose gold choker at the moment, which I included in last week’s rose gold roundup. It would look so cute with a pale pink dress or shirt.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a nice Sunday Funday for the Super Bowl this weekend, which is always a good time, especially when the Pats are in it of course. Hope you all have a good weekend!

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

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Sweater {old – similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Faux Leather Leggings {also gray & wine}

Booties {old – similar here & here}

Choker {similar & other options 1, 2, 3, 4}

Bracelet {another option here} / Bag

Hank’s Dog Sweater {the cutest!!}

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

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Bulldog Sweater

Favorite Finds – 2.1.17

Rabbit, Rabbit! Happy February – my birthday month is officially here and so are the last 9 days of my 20’s. To kick off the month, I’m starting a new series: Favorite Finds. This is where I’ll share random items that I’m eyeing or recently purchased so you can check them out too. Up this week: winter boots, cozy sweaters/sweatshirts, ruffled tops and everyday sneakers. Shop the items via the widget below each section (scroll through for more options!).

Favorite Finds

1. Winter Boots: I have my heavy duty Sorel boots that I got last year, which I love, but are really for snowstorms (which we thankfully haven’t really had any of this winter yet). I’m going back and forth between Sperry and Bean Boots, so I might have to order both and see which I like better. Any tips on which Bean Boots are the best for New England winters are much appreciated!

2. Cozy Sweaters & Sweatshirts: Tis the season for all things cozy and warm… I love a big chunky cardigan paired with a simple t-shirt, or a sweatshirt that looks presentable enough to wear to work or out for drinks. There are so many available right now at all sorts of stores!

3. Ruffled Tops: I love this trend! To keep it simple, you can go with a ruffle at the bottom of your shirt for almost an oversized peplum look (peplum just never looked good on me, but this works!). And then to take it a step further, try ruffles that go across a sweater or on the end of sleeves.

4. Everyday Sneakers: Athleisure is thankfully here to stay, because sneakers have become my go-to on the weekends and even some days at the office, depending on which style they are. I love the sneakers below because they’re good for both getting some exercise and wearing to lunch or errands. They pretty much work for anything!

Rose Gold Everything

True story… I have a rose gold obsession. I came across SO many good finds that happened to be rose gold, so I knew it was time for a shopping roundup, just in time for Valentine’s Day {treat yourself!!}. Rose gold is way more versatile than I originally thought it was – it really can be treated the same way gold and silver are… except with a shade of pink, my fav.

I love how rose gold jewelry looks paired with light pink in particular, so I grabbed this dress and choker {shown below} for an upcoming trip. And I might have to get these sunglasses {also below} too since they’re only $55! I think jewelry is by far the easiest, simplest way to incorporate rose gold into your everyday outfits, both dressed up and down. My husband has talked me out of metallic rose gold sneakers a million times in the last few months, but I secretly still want them. If I lived by myself and could get away with a super girly condo, I would probably use it as an accent color {love the throw pillows below!}.

What are your favorite rose gold finds? Let us know in the comments below! And shop the post from top to bottom with the links below {even more options if you scroll through the widget at the bottom}.

rose gold everything

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Pillow / Sunglasses / Clutch / Watch / Keychain

Bracelet / Glitter Earrings / Choker / Hi-Top Sneakers / Ring

iPhone Case / Headphones / Water Bottle / Glitter Clutch

Glitter Heels / Earrings / Wallet / Necklace

Nike Sneakers / Wedges / Candle / Casual Sneakers