What I Wore: Peacock Feathers

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Dress: J. Crew Factory Store | Necklace: Etsy | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Rings: Etsy, vintage via Etsy, gift from Emerson (she won playing skee-ball this past weekend)

Emerson and I were both excited by our new shoes and found it necessary for Daddy to photograph them! I'm not one to buy Emerson everything she sees on TV and we actually try very hard to have Emerson NOT see commercials, but she saw an ad for Sketchers Twinkle Toes almost a year ago and has been obsessed ever since. They have everything she loves in this world all rolled into one pair of hideous yet utterly amazing shoes that if I were 4 (or 6, or 14, or heck… even college age), I would do most anything for. So when I saw this pair for $24.95 at the Sketchers outlet in Rehoboth, I caved. As for my shoes? Well they were only about $20 on Amazon and I am as much a sucker for peacock print as I am for leopard!

This weekend was the annual Girls Weekend to Rehoboth – me, Emerson, my sister and mom.  We had a great time – the weather was spectacular Saturday, we had great food, lots of laughs, Emerson had some memories made, and of course we did a bit of shopping at the fun boutiques and outlets.  This dress is one of my purchases, it is such a classic silhouette, my favorite fabric, and a wonderful price.  I hardly ever shop J. Crew any more – their quality is inconsistent, their prices insane on many pieces, and I hate wearing the same thing 500 other bloggers are wearing.  However, I love the outlet because they seem to carry more classic pieces – they had a dozen different not-so-LBDs in the store, half a dozen variations of the denim/chambray shirt, and great variety of blazers and pants.  I tried to be good, the only other thing I got was a v-neck sweater for fall.  However, I did find some AH-MAY-ZING pants in a boutique near the beach which I hope to have hemmed and on the blog quite soon!

Note: Dress link updated with the actual dress I am wearing from the J. Crew Factory site.  Also in the comments are a few more links to find the peacock shoes!

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  1. Totally crushing on this whole look, but in particular the shoes. I have a dress that’s very similar but with 3/4 sleeves (below the elbow) that I’ve been thinking of altering. Now seeing your shorter sleeves I’ve decided to do it – far more flattering 🙂

  2. My husband bought our 6 year old a pair of twinkle toes for her birthday. They definitely garner a lot of attention. However, the highlight of their purchase came early one morning when we had to leave around 5:30 am for a long-distance car ride. Roughly 10 minutes into the journey, I nearly crapped my pants when I *saw* the flashing lights of a police car in the rearview mirror. “But I’m going the speed limit!” I wailed to my husband. Then my 8 year old piped up “it’s Julia’s shoes.”

  3. Your hair looks so amazing in this picture! Love it all wavy like this — looks so sexy yet office-appropriate. Don’t know how it feels by the end of the day, but looks great in the morning!

  4. The outfit is fierce, your hair is fierce, and I love how happy E looks. This is fashion blogging at its finest and most relatable.

  5. Thank you for posting this! I have been looking for a plain, but not too plain, black or navy dress with sleeves. I am about 5’4.5″, so I am wondering how tall you are so I can check whether this will be a good length for me? Thanks!

  6. Beautiful shoes! I can see those on the red carpet with a thousand dollar price tag! Great dress, too. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of it. It could easily go into winter with cardigans or jackets and tights.

    1. Eleanorjane I have a very similar dress and I’ve worn it a LOT through our Aussie winter, topped with a cardigan or blazer (or my coat when outdoors) and with opaque tights and court shoes (pumps to you US gals), ballet flats or knee high boots. I get compliments every time I wear it, even though it’s such a simple style, but it suits my shape, personality and lifestyle so well. Mine is from Target and was an absolute bargain!

  7. I love peacock print and those are pretty fabulous. And, honestly, so are Emerson’s; they’re hideously fabulous!

  8. I have a very similar dress which I haven’t worn yet as it is a thicker fabric. I was looking for a skater dress for quite a while but most of them are far too short. Mine has got the same length as yours and it feels very comfortable.
    However I do not own a similar pair of shoes – they are amazing!! And together with your cute necklace it is a great outfit, Alison.

    Now still considering Emerson’s shoes over yours… 😉

    Annette | Lady of Style

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