What I Wore: Monet

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Dress: Spruce & Sage c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Bracelet: Nordstrom | Bag: Hobo Bags (similar) | Cast Cover: c/o CastCoverZ! | Lipstick: NARS Red Square

Emerson said this dress looked like rose petals underwater. I said it reminded me of a Monet, she quickly agreed which freaked me out because we haven’t really taught her that much about artists. A Monet fan in a past life? Besides the dress being a pretty print, it’s pretty comfortable too. It’s fully lined, but the lining is a bit stretchy and not as hot as a traditional acetate one. While this would look cute with a skinny belt or shoes in one of the great colors of the print, I decided to keep it simple with nude pumps and a fun little bracelet.  And this bag was a Hobo Sample Sale purchase that has given me years of happiness; it has a chain strap making it uber versatile and an unexpected classic.

This dress is a perfect example of why I love Gwynnie Bee; it’s a pretty dress that I kept for more than one wear, but it’s the type of dress I would purchase and then grow tired of before the season is through.  With Gwynnie Bee I can keep and wear as long as I wish and the return for a new dress to love!

Fun in the Sun with Intel

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I never thought I would associate a great summer with technology, but thanks to Intel and a broken arm my thoughts have changed! With the complications with my arm injury, I’ve spent the summer with a cast on my dominant arm, making summer activities like going to the pool, reading a summer chick lit novel at the beach, or adjusting a camera for quality photos outdoors quite complicated or nearly impossible. When Intel sent me the Acer Iconia 1A-830 to review, I realized how a single piece of technology can make everyday tasks easier, more fun, and make it easier to enjoy the summer.

With one arm, I’ve found my Intel tablet to replace many summer activities and make my summer more fun. It’s hard to keep a beach read open and flip pages with only one arm, but with my tablet I can use my Kindle app with ease. This tablet powered by Intel has a longlife battery that can rival e-Readers (7.5 hours with a single charge), but with all the color and capabilities of a traditional tablet. I can’t adjust my DSLR camera, but with my Intel tablet, I can shoot photos at 5 megapixels, edit with VSCO Cam and other apps, and quickly upload to Instagram or Facebook to share with friends and family. A phone’s screen is a bit hard to navigate with my non-dominant hand, but with a big tablet like this, I don’t stumble when typing and scrolling. And with the 7.9″ XGA high resolution 4:3 aspect ratio screen yet it only weighs 0.83 lbs, this tablet is perfect for snuggling in bed after a long day outside enjoying a movie on Netflix or my local cable provider’s app.

Having one of the great Intel Tablets makes it easy to have fun in the sun even though my arm is keeping me from more traditional summer activities. The tablet’s light weight makes it easy to slip it into my bag so I can read a book, take photos and videos, or even write this very blog post on the go while watching my loved ones splash and play in the sun.  My summer essentials are a Panama hat and oversized Ray-Ban aviators to protect from the sun, water to stay hydrated, a moisturizing lip balm in the same shocking pink as my cast and my Intel tablet!

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Ask Allie: How to Dress for a Wedding Without a Dress Code

I have a wedding to go, and ever since the wedding where I dressed fancier than the bride (I wore a simple velvet sheath!) I have a horror of wearing the wrong thing. The wedding is at 4, with cocktails, dinner, and reception to follow, all at the same venue, an “event center.” Essentially a ballroom. I did email the bride and she just said “We don’t really have a dress code. Not black tie but not sweats and a t-shirt. Well, there’s a LOT in between there. Jersey maxidress? Sparkly mini? My feet are likely to be swollen so I’m leaning toward something I can wear flat sandals with, but other than that I’m kind of at a loss what to wear.

Event planners and brides to be… please understand that a dress code isn’t snooty or pretentious, it’s a helpful guide for loved ones who want to ensure your event is great. A specified dress code will reduce stress on your guests and ensure you don’t end up with anyone in black tie or sweats and a tee shirt!

That being said, this is the type of event where I pull out my black crepe sheath dress. Sleeveless, simple neckline, skims the figure, hits the knees; it’s simple and easy to dress up or down. For a wedding that starts at 4pm you can accessorize a dress in a multitude of ways to make it look festive yet appropriate for a crowd in khakis or a dancefloor full of sequins.  Of course, the dress does not have to be black, but it’s a color you often already have in your closet.

You mentioned the desire to wear flat sandals, and for a wedding at an event center I’d keep flat sandals to a midi to maxi length dress or skirt. While traditional jersey maxi dresses would likely be too casual for a wedding at this hour, one in matte jersey or with a chiffon overlay would be perfect and just as easy to fit in with a more casual or more dressy crowd.  Again, black is not the only color; a bright or pastel hue would be quite festive and appropriate for an August wedding.

Both types of dresses are extremely versatile. A lined sheath in crepe, triacetate, silk, or a blend can be worn to work, dressed up for a cocktail party with strappy heels and sparkly jewelry, or made more casual with nude pumps and wood accessories (see my post on how to style a black sheath four ways). A matte jersey or chiffon maxi dress can also lead multiple lives; I wore a black matte jersey maxi as the matron of honor at a relatively formal wedding, then wore to a garden wedding with gold flat sandals and even wore to a bridal shower with brown sandals and wood and leather jewelry. Not only that, these fabrics are seasonless making a dress purchased in the summer wearable for holiday parties on your event calendar!