Daily Covet: Drop Waist Leather Dress

I love the shape of this drop waist dress from Oasis.  It’s completely girly-girl while the faux leather fabric is more tough girl with an edge.

I prefer leather to faux leather 99% of the time.  But this dress appears to have attractive lines and quality construction.

I guess having it in my possession is the only way to tell for sure… yeah, that’s it.  I’d better order it and do a quality check on this cute frock!

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Daily Covet: Sandals with a Pop

Is there a theme today?  I guess if there was, it would be items that go pop!  But I popped in completely the opposite direction from the disco jeans…

I ran across these adorable sandals today.

Seychelles Snapdragon Heels, modcloth.com $89

While it would be easy to throw them on with a beige linen sundress I have, I went looking for another feminine frock instead.  Something with a little more oomph!  Bring on the very affordable Dorothy Perkins sleeveless dress:

Navy belted pintuck dress, dorothyperkins.com $39

But an outfit isn’t complete without statement-making jewelry and a classic handbag.  So here you go!

Dorothy Perkins dress, Seychelles sandals, Kate Spade handbag (sale $159)

Daily Covet: These Bubbles Aren’t For Kids

I’ve been buying fun, costume-y jewelry for years.  Some of it I get rid of, some of it I keep forever, and most of it – well, I never actually wear it.

But I’m turning over a new leaf.  Not a resolution really, but I’m trying to put some effort into getting dressed every morning.  I’ve always been of the opinion that if you look good, you feel good.  And I need all the feeling good I can get this winter!

I have had my eye on this necklace or a version of this necklace for a few years now.  Because of the price, and the number of times I would have actually put it on (zero), I’ve declined.  But as of today, I have successfully worn something other than my stud earrings and my wedding band, three days in a row!

What can’t you wear this with?  A strapless taffetta dress.  A white, slub t-shirt and jeans.  A cashmere twinset and pencil skirt.  A button down flannel shirt (as long as it’s a flattering cut) and a wool mini… the possibilities are endless.  And it’s such an effortless way to say, “Hey, I put some thought into getting dressed today!”

It might just be time to spend a little of my Christmas money…

Turquoise Bubble Necklace, J. Crew $150

Daily Covet: Working Girl

No, no, it’s not what you think.

My friend, who suggested today at our lunch date, that I find her some work appropriate dresses, is not in fact, a prostitute.

It got me thinking though.  Since this working girl (me!) is no longer in a work force that enforces a dress code, I went looking.

Here are some great choices for you girls that are lucky enough to shower before noon (who are we kidding? I don’t shower until my kids go to bed!) and hang out with adults… who know lots of words… and don’t follow you to the bathroom… and can get their own juice…

But who ever said, 9 to 5 had to be buttoned up and stuffy?  Some of these darling dresses are classic styles in modern colors and prints… and there are one or two, for those days when you need to wear your “power suit” er… power dress.

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress, Neiman Marcus $345

This is a must-have for every wardrobe.  A DVF wrap dress is the first and last word in women’s worktime dresses.  And she’s always throwing cool new prints into her knit bag of tricks!

David Meister Fold-Over Detail Dress, Neiman Marcus $395

Mark my words, you will see this color EVERYWHERE this fall.  So channel your inner Joan Holloway and put on this body concious stunner, with a structured black bag and classic black heels.

Magaschoni Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Dress, Neiman Marcus $225

This is about as sophisticated as it gets.  This dress means business, but is super body concious and not in the least bit stuffy.  Add knee-high boots and a bag that pops for maximum modern impact.

Lafayette 148 New York Faux-Leather-Trim Dress, Neiman Marcus $448

This little number is a little “Rock Star” with leather trim but a classic silhouette makes it tame enough for the office.  Classic chocolate pumps with a hint of irridescence would be perfect for this sheath.

Milly Elisabet Belted Silk Dress, Neiman Marcus $425

Who says you have to wear black, navy and grey to the office.  Some days, you need a bit of oomph to get you through the long day.  This Milly piece is a fun way to be appropriately covered, but in a style and print that says, “I march to the beat of my own damn drumb!”

Kay Unger New York Belted Print Dress, Neiman Marcus $210

This hot little number is my favorite.  So it’s a bit edgy but it oozes confidence and fearlessness.  And it’ll make you stand out among a bunch of stuffy  suits (i.e. men!)  Not to mention, it’s fabulously priced!!

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Stretch Cotton Shirtdress, Nordstrom $159

Ok, so there’s a day when you really need to exude classic elegance.  Maybe you are working with some old school folks, who won’t take you seriously in something a bit more modern.  You won’t go wrong in Ralph Lauren with gold buttons.  But it’s still so sleek – you’ll feel like a million bucks, while your getting them to donate theirs.

Trina Turk Sleeveless Print Dress, Nordstrom Sale $130

This little number is a super sassy and modern print with a knockout neck line.  Wear spring and summer with red slingbacks and chunky jewelry, and this is the perfect way to look cool and stay cool!

Daily Covet: Take Cover in the Wild

If you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE animal prints like I do, you will not be disappointed this fall.

Animal prints – specifically my favorite leopard – is on everything.  Belts, shoes, bags and as you see here, outerwear!

If you are a regular Daily Covet imbiber, you might remember that I am coat whore (see here.)  And here are two more adorable ways to take cover in the upcoming season.

Whether you need lots of cover or just a little to take the chill off – there is something for everyone.  Here are two of my favorites!

Tinley Road Leopard Ladylike Jacket, Piperlime.com $79.00

The Mad Men® Collection leopard print trench, Banana Republic $198

Daily Covet: Grin & Bare It!

My closet is always a little off.  At times, it seems I have way more fun tops and no bottoms but at this moment, I have plenty of bottoms and you guessed it – no tops!

So after virtually shopping one of my favorite sites, LesPommettes.com, I found this hot little bustier that would be a perfect year-round piece and it has boning inside for extra staying power.

Pair it with skinny jeans or a party skirt, a pencil skirt and a shrunken cardigan or a pair of drapey silk shorts and you have a go-anywhere-after-dark outfit, any day of the year!

And now it’s on sale… so that’s a plus!

Decolette Silk Corset Top, LesPommettes.com sale $162.50

Daily Covet: Falling for fall… already

New café capri in wool, J. Crew $118

It’s that time of year again.  It’s 1000 degrees out for days on end.  I’m sweating before I even leave my bathroom because of the 100% humidity.

And I’m thinking about wool.  Wool pants, that is.  J.Crew is already sending me my favorite catalogs with a hint of fall dressing in them.

The adorable cafe capri in wool is back and in some awesome new colors – too many really to choose my favorite… Ok, I like the “bright dahlia” ones!

And I also like that the inseam is only 27″ so that means, I don’t need to make a trip to my wondeful tailor, Sen.

Sorry Sen.