Trend to Try: Wrap Dress

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Earlier this week I had a coworker tell me that I don’t dress the same at work as I do on my blog. Yikes! I used to be better about making a conscious effort to post work outfits on here, but I’ve definitely been slacking on that lately. I typically only shoot outfit photos on the weekends because that’s the only time I have to get it done. However, I realize that a lot of my readers have office jobs like I do, so I promise to do better in the future! In the meantime, you can always search my ‘workwear’ tag to find more work outfit inspiration!

Can ya’ll believe that this is my first ever wrap dress? I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without one! I typically avoided them in the past because they tend to be so low cut in the front, but wearing a tank underneath is doing the trick for me. I’d love to eventually own an original DvF wrap dress, but this much cheaper Old Navy version is a perfect alternative!

Dress: Old Navy / Heels: Enzo Angiolini / Earrings: JewelMint

XOXO Miranda

 

Mighty Bright

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Say hello to my new favorite skirt! I love that the floral print is a little bit 90s-inspired. It’s a fun, bright print for summer, but it’s just moody enough that it will look great in the fall with tights and boots. Pieces that can be worn year round get an A+ in my book (not that it will be getting cooler here any time soon…).

Are there any of my local friends out there who’ve been taking advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks? It’s pretty much the only good thing about August in Houston! We went for lunch at The Grove this past weekend (these photos were taken right outside), and I already have plans to go to Hugo’s. I definitely need to go more than twice though, so if anyone reading this wants to make plans, let’s do it!

Top: Banana Republic / Skirt: Asos / Heels: Charlotte by ShoeDazzle (Jessica Simpson brand) / Bag: Tory Burch / Necklace: Kris Nations

XOXO Miranda

Budget Post: July 2014

 

I started my monthly budget posts last year in an effort to both hold myself accountable and to be transparent with my readers. I like the visual of seeing where my money is going every month – it helps me to identify what I am missing and what I’m buying too much of. I also want my readers to be aware of what I’m buying, why I make certain purchases, and how I find good deals. To see previous budget posts, click here – or you can always click on “monthly budget series” in my menu bar.

After totally dominating my June budget, I fell off the wagon again. Sigh! Luckily I didn’t go too far over budget this month. It never fails that when I go on a vacation I spend extra! I always want to buy new things for a trip and then I also end up buying while on trips. Will someone remind me next time I go somewhere to practice a little more self restraint? Thanks. Much appreciated.

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1. Anthropologie Veris Dress: $39.95 – I love Anthro but I always have a hard time finding gems on their sale racks. Not this time! This dress is just really easy and comfortable to wear, and I’m looking forward to styling it this fall.

2. d.RA Rosie Top via Piperlime: $24.48 – Honestly, this is not the best purchase I’ve ever made, and I could have done without it. I love the pink embroidery and the easy fit, but the fabric is just so wrinkly! It doesn’t matter how much time I spend on ironing because it just wrinkles again after wearing it for five minutes. I’ll still wear it in the future, but I’ll be sure to avoid mirrors on those days so I don’t drive myself bananas. Learn from my mistakes, people! Ain’t nobody got time to iron!

3. Anthropologie Lunation Tee: $29.95 – Now this is an easy breezy top done right! I hardly ever buy basics, but this is essentially just a plain t-shirt that happens to have a cute detail on the back. What can I say? Even my basics are fancy.

4. Kris Nations City Pride Necklace: $40.80 – This was the first purchase I made in July, and I’ve worn it a ton since then! We actually were visiting HMNS one lazy weekend as a way to keep the kiddo entertained, and I happened upon this necklace in the gift shop. It’s very Carrie Bradshaw, but also kind of screams “I’m in love with my city and I don’t care who knows it!” (which is true).

5. The Limited Striped Bow Back Top: $23.97 – This was an Albuquerque purchase during a mall trip. Do I even need to explain why I bought it?

6. New Look Ballerina Skirt via Asos: $19.05 – Skirts are typically way too short on me, so I took a risk in ordering this one. I do think it’s too short for work, but I like it for the weekends. With the summer heat, it’s nice to have options other than shorts.

7. Target Knit Tank Dress: $19.99 – This was another Albuquerque purchase, which I’ve already worn three times! Casual dresses that don’t require strapless bras are typically on repeat in the summers.

8. JCPenney Denim Shorts: $21.99 – These were a pre-vacation purchase when I realized I had no denim shorts that fit me right. I’ve worn these literally every weekend since then, so I think it’s safe to say they were a smart buy!

9. French Connection Hallie Sandal (black/white version): $27.98 – I still can’t believe I got these sandals for such a steal! Sadly, the black & white version is sold out on Piperlime, but I can’t recommend these sandals enough! They’re comfortable, great quality, and super versatile.

Monthly budget: $200.00 / Grand total: $248.16

Today I’m linking up with Fran for her budgeting bloggers series. Head on over and see how everyone else did on their budgets!

XOXO Miranda

Girly Girl

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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I just need a girly girl kind of dress. In the past, I’ve been known to use dressing up or beautifying as a coping mechanism for when I’m stressed out or sad. So what if I only wore this to go out to our neighborhood Mexican food place and then went home and changed into jammies? I just really, really needed to wear this dress. I’m happy to report that my coping mechanisms still work after all these years because this outfit made me feel like a pretty princess!

The past couple of months have been an emotional roller coaster for me. Wedding planning has proven to be a beast that I was not at all prepared to deal with. I would really love to write a post about my struggles and my thoughts on wedding planning, but I have never really opened up like that on my blog before. I worry that this may not be an appropriate place to truly get real with my feelings. I would never want to change the direction of this blog away from clothes/shopping/fashion, but I also recognize that this is my own space on the internet that I can use for whatever I want!

For now, I am happy to report that the search for a wedding venue and date is officially over! George and I will be getting married on June 19, 2015. Getting over this first hurdle feels like a huge accomplishment. I know we have plenty more decisions to make before the wedding, but right now I am just taking things one day at a time.

Dress: Tulle (bought in Durango, CO) / Heels: Enzo Angiolini / Bag: Kate Spade / Bangle: Kate Spade

XOXO Miranda