Dressed for: Bending

Already Pretty outfit featuring knit moto, blue oversized t shirt, Prairie Underground Denim Girdle, Born boots

Jacket – thrifted – similar
Tee – Serendipity Road (no longer available) – similar color
Jeans – Prairie Underground Denim Girdle courtesy Shop Adorn
Boots – Born Loreza
Earrings – Corsetsimilar

Last week, I had two marvelous clients, both of whom owned loads and loads of jewel-toned clothing. And I talked about gray as an alternative neutral to black, and how it would let the jewel tones really shine instead of sucking the life out of them. And then I wore this: Black and jewel tones. Because the outfit just fell together so nicely, and because style “rules” are made to be bent and broken. Though I totally deserve an earful from my clients for my colorful hypocrisy. read more

Dressed for: A Weekend Drive

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim jacket, Liberty of London print dress, burgundy tights, Frye Vera Slouch boots, J.W. Hulme tote

Denim jacket – Kut from the Kloth (no longer available) – similar
Dress – courtesy Jessica Rose
Necklace – Patina (ages ago) – similar
Tights – Target (no longer available) – similar
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Earrings – Urban Outfitters (no longer available) – similar
Bracelets – various – similar look
Tote – J.W. Hulme

Wore this a couple of weekends ago when we drove down to Winona – birthplace and namesake of Ms. Ryder – to take in the fall color. We also swung through Red Wing  and a few other small towns. People, it was GORGEOUS. And although most of those leaves are gone by now, the ones behind me on the maple-lined block south of ours were downright stunning, too. read more

Dressed for: Gearing Up

Already Pretty outfit featuring Bella Boutique dress, Weston Wear dress, radiant orchid suede pumps, Hilary Druxman earrings

Dress – Weston Wear courtesy Bella Boutique
Earrings – Hilary Druxman
Bracelet – Fossil (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – courtesy Blue Nile (no longer available) – similar
Heels – Franco Sarto Cicero (no longer available in this color) – similar

I’ve got a lot of fun projects and events in the cooker right now, so I feel like I’m in a constant state of gearing up. This dress is one I picked out from Bella Boutique in advance of an event I’ll be hosting there on July 24 (details below). The shop is packed with cute dresses, great layering basics, and loads of fun accessories so it was tough to winnow it down to just one item! But this dress has some of my favorite colors – rich purple and vibrant magenta – and is perfect to wear now but will also transition beautifully into fall and winter wear. A winner all around. read more