OOTD FUN PRINTS

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dress from Anthropologie // Theory Blazer
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM bag // Rag and Bone shoes
Initial necklaces from Helen Ficalora

I love the flirty look of flounce top dresses.  They look light and playful on their own or you can throw a clean lined jacket over it to for a more smart look for work. The initial necklaces are a great Mother’s Day gift.  I got my A and G when my kids were little and then this one on Mother’s Day several years ago. {Mine is in rose gold with a small diamond}

SWEET LACE

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How is it Thursday already? Some weeks can drag on forever while others fly by before you can say TGIF!  My mind is already wandering toward the weekend and as soon as plans are made I immediately start thinking of outfits!

There is something so girlie, sweet and demure about lace dresses. It’s instant innocence in white, cream or blush and very va-va-voom in a black or vibrant color! I think they look best paired with wedges or strappy sandals, but an adorable peep toe or kitten heel would also work well.  Avoid going cute with the hair.  You want to channel your inner girlie side but not so much that you look prepubescent! It’s the balance of refined sexy that makes these dresses never lose appeal.

VINEYARD SMART ATTIRE

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// Ella Moss dress // Alice & Olivia pleated skirt {image found here}
// leather pants// Fendi Bag {or Tory Burch option}
// nude heels by
Charles David Parker
// {another cute sandal option} // Milly Dress // Silk pleated blouse

For any of you who blog, you will know what I am talking about.  You throw your ideas out there, expose your vulnerability, disclose your daily thoughts {which can be scary!} and then…. hope.  Hope it connects.  Hope people like what you are putting out there. Hope people feel welcomed to engage in a conversation with you.  Likes, favorites, comments, messages… they are all ways of letting the bloggers you follow know that someone is listening…. and doesn’t think you are completely nuts!

The ultimate compliment is when people ask you for your opinion on something. So when I got a message from a lovely girl who I hosted her wedding at the winery years ago… her post request became a top priority! Her question is what do you wear to a charity wine dinner at a country club?

I actually think this is a great question because there are so many directions you can go in.  Play it safe? Who’s the crowd? Is it more formal? This happens to be a younger couple and in my experience the charity wine dinner attracts a range of ages from late twenty somethings to sixties plus. My take would be to wear something that is country club appropriate {which is typically in the casual smart range} yet plays off their youth.  There is plenty of time to dress conservative when you’re older! And the essence of winery style is effortless elegant.

I am loving the black, white and blush color story for this type of event.  Black is safe and can cover the range from casual to dressy.  Mixing in a touch of blush gives your outfit a bit of youthfulness and speaks to Spring/Summer without living in the obvious bright/sunny color palate.  If you’re like me and like a bit of edge, mix some leather skinnies with nude or blush colored heels to keep it flirty and I would pair that with a black lace top and blush blazer to keep the look on the romantic side. {This is also a great option for those who shy away from dresses or skirts} And nothing says romantic like a long flowy skirt.  Wear with a fitted blouse to keep proportions flattering.

Here is another option if you want to play it a little more safe.  A fun, floral dress is always the epitome of feminine chic and blush accents keep the look light.

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Jewelry can take an outfit from simple to formal, so have fun with it! If the event is on the more formal side, stick to a statement necklace {Here are some I love from Aquinnah and the blush colored one is darling!} or elegant earrings.  If it’s a bit more casual, long gold locket or pendant necklaces and/or stacked bracelets can keep it more on the fun side.

And don’t forget… the perfect accessory to any outfit is a delicious glass of wine! Cheers!