Aluminum Leaves + Sunflowers

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Amanda:  Lauren Dress in Fall for You Print + Tootsie Crop Cardigan in Ice c/o Doll Me Up
Cook Key Heels in Taupe c/o Restricted Shoes  |  Read Good Books Brooch c/o Femme de Bloom

Wish Me Heel in Taupe c/o Restricted Shoes | Busy Bee Brooch c/o Erstwilder | Hair Scarf - Vintage

We are so ready for this week to fly by, because on Friday I am making my way to Nashville to celebrate Amanda's law school graduation!  To say I am excited and proud is an understatement, yay Amanda!  Now to switch gears, coincidentally we both opted to wear heels with ankle ties.  Both pairs of shoes are from Restricted Shoes feature super supportive heels so although they are a bit higher than our usual kitten heels they were so comfortable!  We always recommend double-checking, but some of y'all asked last time and these specific heels are made from faux leather.

We generally don't mention sizing much, especially on brands we wear a lot, as it can be redundant; but, we did want to note that the bust on the Sunflower Print Paris Dress ran a bit smaller than other Paris Dresses from Bernie Dexter. So, if your bust is in between sizes we think sizing up is best.  As for the Lauren Dress, which is a new style, we think it runs a bit big.  Amanda is wearing an XS and it was actually still a bit loose so, if you're between sizes, we recommend sizing down in this style.  Also, this print is beautiful in person and the leaves remind me of the Aluminum Christmas Trees in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

// Use promo code "JBGP25" for 25% off sitewide at Restricted Shoes until 12/31.

///  Use promo code "santababy" for 15% off all tops at Doll Me Up until 12/09.

Wine Dots

Monday, December 5, 2016

Katie: Audrey Mini Dress in Wine Dots c/o Trashy Diva | Matilda T-Strap Heels c/o Susi
 Bangles - Luxulite | Be My Cherry Pie Brooch c/o Erstwilder 

Amanda: Camilla Dress in Wine Dots c/o Trashy Diva  |  The Ice Skater Cardigan c/o Emmy Design
Classic Hardware Scotty Dog Brooch - Trashy Diva  |  Beige Heels - thrifted  |  Cherry Hat - vintage

I may be the minority in this, but my favorite Trashy Diva dresses are always of the 'Mini' variation.  From the Annette Mini to the Trixie Mini, I am just a sucker for anything that hits well above my knee so, the Audrey Mini has me absolutely in love!  Since the length is shorter, the modest high neckline balances the dress out to make an overall preppy-inspired look.  For those who will want to know, I am 5'7" with a super long torso and I completely love where the dress hits.  Most of this collection comes across as very 1940s inspired, and I like that this dress is slightly more 1950s and modern, yet still elegant.  Since Georgia weather flip flops and can never stay cold, the Audrey Mini Dress in Wine Dots is a great transition piece and I can't wait to try and make it more Winter appropriate with thick leggings and booties.  As far as sizing goes, I must admit, I was terrified to size down to a 2.  I am pretty  consistently a size 4 in everything, especially during this time of year when I'm doing nothing but eating carbs 24/7. However, the stretch rayon is a magic fabric and so stretchy and I was easily able to size down to a 2.

I really wanted to pair this dress with a navy cardigan, but I realized with all of the color cardigans I have somehow navy is missing!  What a total shame, but I did toss in a navy bangle to get that little nod of color.

Switching perspectives here I (Amanda) have reviewed the Camilla Dress before when it was released in the Ruffled Feathers collection (see that here).  I love how petite friendly this style is so, when I saw it was making a come back in Wine Dots, I knew it was the dress for me. Also, stretch rayon, y'all I've said it before but this fabric is like butter.  I waiver between a 2 and a 4 depending on style but, I took a 2 in this one.  I've really been digging 40s styles lately so, when I woke up to shoot these photos and saw it was 40 degrees outside, I thought it would look really cute with my Emmy Design Ice Skater Cardigan and ended up loving them together.  I've had a couple people ask me if this style was cardigan-friendly and my little trick is to take the flutter sleeves and tuck them into the bodice of the dress.  That way, you don't have weird lines in your sweater sleeves!

// See our past Trashy Diva reviews, here.

Sparrows + Stars

Friday, December 2, 2016

Katie: Georgie Dress in A Little Bird Told Me c/o Emily and Fin
Babymax Wedges c/o Restricted Shoes | Bow Lapel Pin - Match Accessories

Amanda: Abigail Dress in Red Stars c/o Emily and Fin | Day Breaker Heels c/o Restricted Shoes
Estelle Top in Cherry Print c/o Heart of Haute  |  Black Beret - Amazon

Since it's officially December, it means it's acceptable for us to start pretending like it's Christmas, right? Just a whole month of Christmas.  If you know Amanda at all (or follow her on Instagram), you know that she's already decorated her house in all of our amazing mid-century Christmas goodies.  My cats do not approve of Christmas trees aka they eat them so, we don't get to decorate too much in my household, which makes Christmas-y outfits even more special!

We love this winter inspired Emily and Fin dresses.  The Abigail is a style we love year-round but we were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked as a jumper with a shirt underneath.The dresses also paired perfectly with some of the new heels we received from Restricted Shoes.  We always love seeing their new collections also because Restricted Shoes offers cute shoes that are amazing quality which is so important to us, because we are hell on our shoes... tripping on your own feet all the time is tough.  We also have a 25% off sitewide discount to share with you ladies.

// Use promo code "JBGP25" for 25% off sitewide at Restricted Shoes until 12/31.

Plaid + Seville

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Amanda:  Trudy Dress in Red Plaid c/o Unique Vintage  |  Matilda T-Strap Heels c/o Susi
Now, Prancer Brooch c/o Erstwilder  |  Black Beret - Amazon

Cherry Brooch - Luxulite | Black Hansel Heels - BAIT Footwear | Pearl Purse - The Pink Collar Life

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had fun shopping over the weekend!  Although Amanda came to Georgia for Thanksgiving, we didn't get to spend too much time together as I was in Florida.  However, we were able to squeeze in a much needed coffee date!  Something about coffee dates when it's cold outside makes them seem so much more whimsical. <3 We also found a new spot in our hometown for coffee which is saying something... because it's small.

Usually, Thanksgiving for me means laying around in my pajamas all day, watching football, but this year I actually managed to get dressed and motivated to go do things.  These weren't our Thanksgiving outfits but, we think they're perfect examples of comfy pre-jacket weather fall dresses.  Y'all know we love plaid all year long, but dark, rich red plaids like the Trudy Dress in Red Plaid are some of our all-time favorites.  We also cannot say more positive things about the Black Seville Floral Half Sleeve Hepburn Swing Dress.  The floral print pops so well against the dark background, and the shape is, as always, flattering.  We have a huge love for 3/4 sleeve dresses year round because they're perfect for the office so, we'll be stocking up while we can!