Dressy Red Midi

May 25, 2017

In typically Molly's-a-bad-blogger fashion, I've had this dress for a couple months, love it but am just now getting around to sharing it, and there's only a handful sizes left at a select few retailers. I'm the worst guys - and I know it! The good news is that it can still be found. The bad news is that it's the first red dress I've ever bought and I fear that I now have an addiction. The good news about that new found love is I've linked more favorite red frocks...right this way!

 

What spurred me to searching for a red dress was a fun art party I went to a couple months back. I normally shop my closet when it comes to cocktail parties, weddings, etc. but I really (really, really) had the itch to get something new for this “see and be seen” event and I knew I wanted red and that it had to be a slip dress style. To me, slip dresses are endlessly versatile. They’re easy to pack (which means you should always throw one in your bag because you never know when you’ll need a party dress), easy to wear (body skimming, not body hugging), and the more simple they are, the better they look paired with bold jewelry. I didn’t know of Raquel Allegra till I was browsing Net-A-Porter by color (red, obvi) and found this style with a fringed v-neck and cut-off hem. The tomato-red color was spot on with my vision so I ordered it along with two other options, fell in love with it immediately, and sent the other two back.

Basically, I’m so happy that I stepped out of my color comfort zone and opted for red. The color is much more “notice me” than black or white but that’s what makes it special and so fun to wear.

As promised, here are some other “lady in red” dresses to love: I have another dress (not red) in this strapless ruffle silhouette and love how flattering it is, love how this is off-the-shoulder but tailored, this all-lace guy is beyond pretty, if you’re into the cold shoulder trend this a-line number is for you, this fit and flared style looks so comfortable, adore the simple top and tulip bottom of this, and I’m really obsessed with this timeless shirtdress style!

P.S. Thank you to my sweet friend Kelsey for letting me borrow her Annie Costello earrings!

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The WTF’s

May 23, 2017

I posted this Instagram the other day (thank you for the beautiful image, @honestlywtf!) - "I'm currently experiencing life at the speed of 15 WTF's per hour"- and the timing for the sentiment could not have been more real. Generally, things always seem somewhat overwhelming but life has been seriously stressful lately. A true "when it rains, it pours" with one unfortunate scenario after the other (think a full-blown fly infestation in my home, a spay surgery for Rosie with an emergency surgery just days after that, etc.). All this is my way of explaining why I have been less than on top of things as far as blogging is concerned. And that I could use a truck load of rosé should anyone feel inclined to send help.

WTF's aside, I'm excited to share this pretty caftan - another lovely number by MIRTH - because it's been a fantastic maxi that I've loved wearing!

 

Dallas is notorious for being overly warm and humid during the spring. The flip side of this is anyplace you go thats indoors (restaurants, stores, offices, etc.) are a freezing cold temperature. I’m so bad at remembering to bring a layer with me to battle the intense air conditioning so wearing a maxi dress is a nice way to keep a little covered without wearing jeans (dresses are just so much easier, amiright?). Love, love, love the hand block printed fabric and neutral colors on this Zermatt style…the v-neck and side ties make it super flattering and comfy.

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All About the Ojai

May 18, 2017

They say you can't/shouldn't wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Such an out-dated rule...and one I've never been good at following. Once it's warm enough, I'm all about the head-to-toe white looks and especially gravitate towards white dresses. Being that the warm weather hits Dallas in early spring, I've been wearing my fave white frocks for a few weeks now...and this Ojai Caftan by MIRTH has been on repeat.

 

The best thing about wearing all white – besides the fact that it always looks so crisp, clean, and fresh – is that it creates an ideal canvas for layering colorful, bold and or statement-making accessories. I’ve worn the Ojai with both wedges and sandals but really like how it looks styled with my spring Sabahs (the Thassos Tea is such a pretty, icy aqua!). Normally I wouldn’t add more color to this look but the shoes are almost a neutral and they go perfectly with my Pom Bon earrings from The Loveliest.

I should probably note that out of all my MIRTH caftans (and I have quite the collection), the Ojai is one of the lightest and most breezy of the bunch. It’s a little hard to see in the photos but the 100% cotton handloomed fabric (re: so, incredibly soft and light) has a check pattern that gives it some great dimension.  Details like the braided rope around the neckline, tiny tassels, and tie sleeves just make it even more special.

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Daisy Flutter

May 16, 2017

First thing's first: I'm completely obsessed and in love with my nephew. He is the most perfect little muffin and I swear my heart exploded when I met him. Seeing Sally become a mama has been the most amazing thing...seriously in awe of her and how natural she is in this new role. Love, love so much love.

And here I am in a HATCH dress! Sally and I have touted how HATCH is fantastic because the pieces are designed to be worn before, during and after pregnancy. I am not pregnant (obviously) but I am very into the fact that Sally and I were able to share HATCH dresses and tops while she was in her final trimester and I was just...myself. This Daisy Flutter Dress is a fave of mine because the ruffle neckline can be worn a few different ways and the raw silk is luxe but also slightly casual and super comfortable.

 

So about that neckline. It can be worn up on both shoulders as straps, down and across in an off-the-shoulder style, or with one strap up and the other off for an effortless cold-shoulder look. I’m a fan of wearing it all three ways and even though it does have adjustable shoulder straps, I prefer styling it without  them to keep the flounce nice and clean. The dress also comes in navy but how perfectly does the dusty rose hue go with my Loeffler Randall Layla sandals?!

What else…I’m really loving HATCH’s Summer Plage collection (this caftan in black has my name on it) and can’t stop listening to the new Miley Cirus single, “Malibu.”

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Just Caftaning

May 9, 2017

You feel that? It's caftan season. Getting to host the MIRTH Caftan pop-up trunk show at the Dallas Sabah House last week officially kicked off the back-to-back caftan wearing for me and I celebrated by wearing some of my favorite MIRTH styles on repeat and day after day. Literally, I wore the one you see here last week and then sported this classic style two days in a row (and I'm not mad about it). My favorite part of the trunk show - besides getting to hang with Katie and Erin - was having them explain to a male visitor what a "caftan" is. Sweet guy, he kept calling them "cat-hens" but he was very impressed by the offerings and openly jealous that MIRTH didn't have any mens styles. For anyone else scratching their heads, just know that a caftan (or kaftan) is a style of dress with a robe or tunic feel. Think light, flowy, non-constrictive, and loose. MIRTH puts their own spin on their styles so that they are loose but ultra flattering.

 

The caftan I have on here is called the Zermatt and it was part of the Resort 2017 collection. Sadly it’s sold out in the the handwoven dot on MIRTH’s site but you can still find it online here! And the good news is, the Spring 2017 collection has a Zermatt style in the most beautiful block print (get it here and here).

More good news: MIRTH is offering a great discount in honor of Mother’s Day! Use the code “LOVEMOM20” to get 20% off purchases on their site between now and Friday!

Side note: I’ve been watching Harry Styles perform on The Today Show while typing this post and I’m officially a fan (of him, not the squealing girls in the crowd). “Sign Of The Times” = so good.

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