September 1, 2015

I’ve Got This Easy Outfit Combo On Major Repeat (And YES. ICE CREAM.)



First things first, folks.  ICE CREAM.  Specifically, the “salty pimp” (I cringe saying those words) at Big Gay Ice Cream.


Get this – it’s soft serve ice cream that they douse in rivers of dulce de leche (it’s inside the cone, inside the ice cream), then they SALT THE WHOLE THING, lastly dipping it into chocolate shell.  (You can see how it’s made, here.)

I mean.  I just can’t even.



So if you get a chance (Philly and NYC only)…..GO.  (Actually, we’d make special trips down from the mainline – it’s that good.)

Now that the important stuff is out of the way…let’s talk about this dress.  If you recall, I bought it this past Spring during Shopbop’s Friends and Family sale.  Since then, it’s been packed on literately every trip (even quick weekend jaunts), and has been worn more times than I can count.  It’s just so comfortable.  It’s one of those ubiquitous jersey dresses….but with a unique twist. (Uh, literally.  LOL)





I especially like this dress with major bracelets (wrap ones are the most comfortable, I think) and statement shoes.  Easy, comfy, cute.

Outfit Details

dress: Riller and Fount Cristiano Dress

shoes: Madewell, years ago…but these O’Neill sandals have a similar vibe, or even these drool-worthy ones from Faryl Robin x Free People.

bracelets: Chan Luu Wrap bracelets, brown and silver, tan and gold….plus an Alex and Ani Feather bracelet

rings:  Assorted Gorjana stacking rings (two sets of these – gold and silver) plus a rose gold ring similar to this

bra: Free People Wrap It Up Soft Bra

backpack: Makr


To Recreate

The key (for me, at least), is to find an easy, comfy dress that you love.  Something swoon-worthy.  Then add shoes with a bit of personality.  That way you don’t have to fuss with a ton of adornment – simple wrap bracelets will finish the look nicely.  I think this look could easily transition to Fall with some killer boots.

To better illustrate my point, here are four combos I would be thrilled to wear:




This is essentially my outfit.  My shoes are long gone, but I wanted to show a pic of a similar style.  To warm it up,  I’ve also worn this dress with my bright blue Supergas and a denim jacket.  I’ve also thrown Everlane’s parka on over this dress – it’s another cute option.

Riller and Fount Cristiano Dress | Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet | O’Neill sandals



I’m obsessed with this, uh, almost shapeless (?) midi from Sole Society (and I mean that in the best possible way).  The fit is “relaxed” and YES.  I’m in.  And check out the back!  If you click through, you’ll see the model wearing the dress with the oxblood booties pictured, so you can get a good idea of how they look together.  Would also be amazing with a trench coat or army parka this Fall.  (Love that Sole Society’s new clothing collection is sustainably made in LA!  Well done!)

Sole Society Dress | Chan Luu Blue Mix Cuff Bracelet |  Sole Society Oxblood Tallie booties



Ever since Michael Kors came out with the Tatum bootie several years ago – a drool-worthy mix of buckles and pointy heels (google for a pic) – I’ve been waiting, Mamas.  WAITING.  Waiting for someone to do a twist on the Tatum bootie with a walkable heel.  I think this is it.  I’d show ’em off with a seriously cool tshirt dress, updated with muscle-shirt sleeves and a twisted hem.  Warm it up for Fall with a long grandpa cardigan.

Zoe Karssen Knotted Muscle Tank Dress | Chan Luu Beaded Wrap Bracelet | Freebird Hustle Boots



I’m still not over these Teva flatforms.  The key to wearing Tevas with a dress is to find something with a slightly sporty vibe.  A t-shirt dress is perfect.  Besides, that little twist detail at the hip is ever-so-flattering.  This is the kind of dress I’d wear with bare legs now, then layer over leggings and over-the-knee boots later.

Splendid Twist Front Dress (on sale!) | Nickel and Suede Wrap Bracelet | Teva Flatforms


Shop Dresses

My very favorite dresses are featured above, but there were a few others worth mentioning.  All of the dresses below made the list IFF (if and only if) they looked comfortable, would be easy to wear, look cute with both sandals and ankle boots AND have some sort of unique detail, justifying the cost.  In short, these are dresses I’d genuinely wear.



Readers, as always, share any other ah-mazing dress or interesting shoe finds!



ps.  Which format do you prefer – the big boutiques with styling notes, or the collage of fewer items?  Or – oh help – both?  Would love some feedback!

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  • Traci
    September 1, 2015

    I LOVE this post! I just discovered your blog last weekend when I was seated next to a couple from Philadelphia (the Summers). I had my camera (which I take almost everywhere) and that lead to a conversation about my relatively new blog so they told me about yours. I love the Free People soft bra. I totally converted to soft ones over the summer. Love FP and Lululemon (Free to Be).

  • Christy
    September 1, 2015

    I wanted to love that dress you’re wearing, so I ordered it way back when you first mentioned it. When I put it on, it was sexy but my husband ruined it for me when he said it looked like I had accidentally tucked my dress into my underwear!
    But maybe I’ll try one of these new ones. Thanks for the post!

    • Tara
      September 1, 2015

      I can’t help but think the same thing… Have you ever run after a complete stranger coming out of a public washroom to tell her she’s got toilet paper trailing from her shoe? Something very similar would happen to me if I wore this dress. Although I love it otherwise, and I may have to try out one or two of the other suggestions.

  • Olivia
    September 1, 2015

    I want to like this dress, but like Christy’s husband, it makes me think it’s caught in your underwear. I saw a woman today wearing a similar jersey skirt and I thought the same thing for a while.

    • Kristin
      September 1, 2015

      I had the same problem. I thought it was some sloppy tuck I hadn’t seen before.

      • Shannon
        September 2, 2015

        Totally also thought the dress was tucked into your underwear, Shana. So sorry. 🙁

  • Belinda
    September 1, 2015

    boutique with style notes

  • Lauren
    September 1, 2015

    I like the collages. Only occasionally did I read the styling notes, but I do like that I can touch a picture and it shows me the company and cost before I have to click through a bunch of links only to find out that an item I love is out of my price range.

    Side note: I ordered that Misguided (rust colored) dress. I’m a much different size than you (and the other ladies that blog alongside you). If it fits I’ll send in some ‘how I wore it’.

  • jessica
    September 1, 2015

    I recently ordered the Everlane Ryan dress in the tank top. I ordered black. The arm holes are huge but the dress is comfy but feels pretty. I also washed it in the machine just fine even though that’s not recommended. There’s a striped Madewell dress I’ve been eyeing… Just bought the skinny overalls. Still a little trepidatious that I’m dressing like its 1995…

  • Julia
    September 1, 2015

    Collages!!!!!! And I neeeeed that Splendid dress with leather trim!!!

  • Veve
    September 1, 2015

    I bought some great dresses from Athleta over the summer that are getting lots of wear. Wore one with booties to a concert and then with sandals to a party. Planning on wearing with sneakers and olive green vest when temps cool down. Love the collages!

  • LauraB
    September 2, 2015

    I vote collage! I think posts are good for ideas, and when someone wants to shop, they can go to your “the Shops” tabs. So have both, but they don’t need to be in the same place. Can we see a series on the new bootie height? I am talking about the just above the ankle boots, but shorter than mid calf that are everywhere. I was going to buy a new pair of ankle booties, but now I am thinking that this height is more on trend. Thoughts? Picks?

  • Sara
    September 2, 2015

    First, your IFF *killed* me — love the nerd humor!

    Second, I ordered the tbags Los Angeles dress – I am thinking flat strappy sandals now and Dolce Vita rocker ankle booties for fall.

  • Francine
    September 2, 2015

    You are so cute, it’s ridiculous! But gotta agree that this dress looks like it got stuck in your undies 🙂

  • mags
    September 2, 2015

    I much prefer the collage! Its so much easier to see the pieces really working together. I also fall prey to the paradox of choice, and get overwhelmed by too many options- seeing just a few, done really well, make it a lot easier for me.

  • Nicole
    September 3, 2015

    I like both (sorry) – I like seeing the styling ideas and then scrolling down where there are more options with different colors/price points/body types, etc.

    Also, that ice cream has me seriously contemplating a trip to NYC just for that cone. Wow.

  • Jen
    September 3, 2015

    I’ve got to step in here. 🙂 I bought this dress after S posted about it while on vaca in Puerto Rico. I’ve worn it with moto boots and a moto jacket, with gladiator sandals and an army green jacket, with a swimsuit and flops. My boobs aren’t showing and the “tuck” looks like a gathering of material, not stuck in my panties. AND, its the ultimate pooch hider. Ladies, you gotta try this stuff on before you judge, judge, judge. One of the things I love about this blog is it encourages us Mom’s to dress like we want and frankly – this dress is Fun with a capital F. Keep on stayin’ true to yourself S – love it! xoxo

  • modgblog
    September 4, 2015

    I have this dress too and had it altered. my tailor told me I had to untuck it from my underwear before she could alter it. Then the lady at the Apple store was all….”um, your dress is in your underwear”

    • modgblog
      September 4, 2015

      however, I should say that I don’t care AT ALL. It is a pooch hider and I may actually tuck my future dresses into my future undies to hide my present pooch.

      • Jen
        September 4, 2015

        omg – LOVE THIS. Here’s to tucking our clothes into our undies to hide mom pooches. hehehehehehehehehe

  • Tricia
    September 4, 2015

    Love this dress, love the collages, love the boutiques. (And I really, really love the round-up of dresses on this post.) So, I guess I’m not very helpful, because I vote to keep all of it!

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