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


  1. Anonymous
    May 15, 2008 / 1:37 pm

    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. May 15, 2008 / 12:28 pm

    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. Anonymous
    May 15, 2008 / 12:22 pm

    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. May 15, 2008 / 9:51 am

    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. Anonymous
    May 15, 2008 / 3:23 am

    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. May 15, 2008 / 1:33 am

    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. May 15, 2008 / 1:07 am

    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. May 14, 2008 / 9:25 pm

    Hey, Allie, I am in the market for a curling iron. What kind do you use and do you like it?

  9. May 14, 2008 / 8:19 pm

    Thanks so much! I definately have some good ideas to try out now 🙂

  10. May 14, 2008 / 6:56 pm

    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!

  11. May 14, 2008 / 6:30 pm

    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!!!!

  12. May 14, 2008 / 5:01 pm

    You look beautiful!

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