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Picture 138Picture 139Attire:
– Banana Republic: Dark red merino shift dress
– Express: Red print silk scarf
– Silhouettes: Brown suede slouchy tall boots
– Silver cuff and hoops

– Second day, brushed with wood-bristle brush but otherwise left alone

Beauty Products:
– L'Oreal: True Match foundation in C3
– Cargo: Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
– Revlon: ColorStay Sheer lipcolor in Sheer Plum
– Body Shop: Eye Color in Taupe
-Cover Girl: LashBlast mascara in Black
– Maybelline: UltraLiner in black, brow powder in Dark Brown

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. Forget the naysayers…I am LOVING this look! Lately I’m obsessed with burgundy/maroon, and it looks GREAT! The scarf is to die for, chica!

    (Yeah, if we’re supposed to dress spring-like, then spring better get here! It’s cold here in St. Louis, too!)


  2. It depends on your shape. I know with my shape, this dress just doesn’t work with flats or even sandals – too solid of a look non top. I did wear these dresses with peeptoe heels int he late summer/early fall and thought it looked quite lovely. A wedge would also be nice – a shoe with some heft will balance out the dress.

  3. i think you look fab, allie! don’t listen to the haters!
    what do you think of wearing the merino shift with ballerinas or other flats without tights for cooler spring days? i have the exact same dress and it seems like a shame not to be able to wear it on cooler spring days just because it is merino wool. what do you think?

  4. It is SPRING but yesterday was also only 57 degrees and cloudy when I left my house. I would look far more ridiculous bopping around town in a linen dress and sandals in that sort of weather.

  5. Hey Allie-
    Love your blog, but it is SPRING. Time to retire the dress and boots. You are beautiful, but this is not a flattering look- esp. w/out tights. Sorry.

  6. I must have a curling iron that turns off automatically. Every time I use my flat iron I have to say out loud to myself that I have turned it off or the rest of the day I am worried that I didn’t and that the house will burn down. 🙁
    What I hear you saying is I don’t have to buy a $200 curling iron to get great results. Thanks for the tip. Yay!!!

  7. Haha, my curling iron was my mom’s. I was FAMOUS for leaving the curling iron turned on and heading to work so she gave me hers, which turns itself off after a period of time. I believe it’s by Vidal Sassoon or Revlon or something… goes up to 25 for heat and is the standard size barrel.

    Back in the day when I did major curls (think first season Will & Grace how Debra Messing’s hair was) I had 3-4 different curling irons with different size barrels and they were all by Conair… and they all were great except the really large barrel one (ceramic I believe and I never liked the results).

    I have stuck to the classic silver metal barrel iron for years and have been pretty happy. 🙂

  8. I will be honest, I don’t know how to tie a scarf myself. Today, I folded it points in and then over to make it oblong, wrapped around neck and tied in front. Friday when I wore it as a necklace, it was a random choice because the scarf was already wrinkled.

    Googling I found this great site from Brooks Brothers that offers ways to knot scarves in classic styles: Enjoy!

  9. I have been reading your blog for awhile now (La Femme Couture is my sister-in-law). I love this outfit! Could you please describe/picture “how to tie a scarf” sometime. I love scarfs, but have the worst time trying to tie them in a “French”/”Classy” way without them looking like I’m trying too hard. Thanks so much!!!!

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