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I was unaware of how many LBD I have acquired throughout my lifetime until my recent trip to NYC for the weekend. I needed to wear all black at the Bloomingdale’s trunk show I guest hosted and I had a panic attack thinking I had nothing to wear and was about to head out to spend more money on a dress when I had a little epiphany. I figured I should just sift through my closet one more time before heading out and realized I have like 30 little black dresses to choose from, HA. While my favorite black mini leather dress from South Moon Under (previously worn here & here) made the cut, I grabbed this Uphoria Boutique mini dress for my dinner date that night!

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UPHORIA BOUTIQUE DRESS (similar) || CLARKS SHOES (similar, similar) || DANIRISI BAG || DAVID YURMAN BRACELET || ROMAN BRIDE BRACELET (similar) || TIFFANY’S BRACELET || MICHELE WATCH

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I kept my accessories very understated for this look because I was a little too obsessed with the dress itself. The high neckline and keyhole cutout deemed a necklace unnecessary and I honestly didn’t pack any fun or exciting earrings to go with this, ha. I let my dress and my bag make their own statements. The lace detail on the back stole my heart as soon as I tried it on. Not to mention it fit like it was made for me! I swear if I could live in this dress I would.

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Also, funny story about these shoes. They are not the shoes I intended to wear with this outfit. In fact, I didn’t even own these shoes until about 2 or 3 hours before dinner. I stood on my feet for hours throughout the trunk show and by the end I could barely walk, literally. (Why I chose to wear a pair of Louboutin’s to be on my feet all day I will never know). After the show I hobbled across the street to the Clark’s store to grab a pair of shoes, and at that point I would have bought pretty much anything. However, I put these sandals on and fell in love; they’re like walking on little mini clouds. I was a little hesitant to wear them to dinner later, after all I had packed 4 other pairs of heels to choose from, but they were so comfortable I decided to stick with them. Matt and I decided to skip the cab/uber/hotel car and walk back to our hotel after dinner… about 10 blocks! My feet were not bothering me at all. I’m so glad I decided to stick with the “sensible” shoes. While it’s not normally something I would opt for, I like a little more height and edge, I would have been miserable the entire night and would have missed out on exploring the city. Let that be a lesson to ya!

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Ladylike with Lulu’s

I have a hard time pulling off the very classy ladylike look… at least I think I do. I love getting dressed up, like, so much… but I feel like if there isn’t some element of ‘edge’ to my outfit I just look off. When I received this full floral midi skirt from Lulu’s I fell in love, but struggled with how to style it because I think I was trying a little too hard to be too ladylike. Once I loosened up and picked things out of my closet that were way more me I felt much better!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER CROP TOP || VICTORIA’S SECRET BRALETTE || LULU’S FLORAL MIDI SKIRT C/O (there’s only ONE left in stock guys!!) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES || DANIRISI BAG C/O || FOREVER21 EARRINGS || MICHELLE WATCH || DAVID YURMAN BRACELET || ROMAN BRIDE BRACELET C/O

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So, let’s talk about wearing trendy pieces but keeping your own sense of style while doing so. With a full skirt like this I would normally think it has to be paired with something super elegant, like a lacy long sleeve, but it all felt weird to me. I decided to dress more how I normally would; threw on a strappy bralette and opted for a bold skull bag instead of a dainty clutch. Even just these small personal touches helped me feel way more comfortable in my own skin.
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Can you tell we were goofing off much? haha! This is me trying to act all ladylike and fabulous! Zero idea what I’m doing. IMG_4477 IMG_4478 IMG_4480I’m taking a poll on this post: There is a new wedding guest trend and I’m not entirely decided how I feel about it. A more casual style like crop tops and jumpsuits are being worn to more and more weddings lately. This, for instance, is an outfit that could be worn to a wedding this summer.. but would you? Part of me is all old school and totally against it, but another part of me is like.. get with the times Rachel! It’s totally acceptable. But I mean, what’s next? Wearing white to a wedding? GASP! I think I’m on board with it, but it has to be the right setting and the right outfit. I wouldn’t necessarily wear this crop top to a wedding because it’s a little too casual, even though the skirt is fancy, but I might wear a more structured or lace little number. A jumpsuit as well, a more casual wedding setting could definitely call for one of those too, or a sleek tuxedo style for a more fancy event. So what are your thoughts? Are you for or against the changes in wedding guest attire? If you’re for it, shop my new mavatar collection below!

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