This dress could be prescribed by doctors as color therapy, which I need in winter due to lack of sun. It is so easy to style - take it into neutral palette if you wish, or into reds, or purples, or dramatic black - so many options here. At first, I picked orange. Then I started second-guessing myself and asked Justin's opinion between two coats - he voted for the orange one. I was slightly concerned that it would feel a little too much, but it ended up being just right for me.
The dress has a resemblance to a sweater dress, though it is made of a thin beautifully textured fabric and fully lined - a good lighter alternative to sweater dresses. If you like this pattern and design, check out Chico's web site, the dress is still available on sale. I also found a teal option on the Nordstrom web site, look for plus size dresses there. It is gorgeous teal, made by London Times, but virtually the same dress. I find it very flattering and also very comfy.
The necklace is by Chico's as well, I bought it a year ago or so, but haven't worn it till just now. It's a bit clunky, but I was drawn to the wood and natural stones, and I like how it plays with the stripes of the dress. It might be good with sweaters too. I'm still not sure whether I will leave it the way it is or ask a jeweler to cut the stones into more elegant shapes. What would be your choice?
Speaking of accessories, Sylvia of 40plusstyle.com is launching a live webinar this Saturday and inviting you to join her and many other women who are interested in learning to improve their style by using accessories. I enjoyed watching this video where Sylvia talks about her personal style journey.
Dress - Chico's
Coat (old) - Lands' End
Boots - Naturalizer
Bag (super old) - Cole Haan
Earrings and necklace - Chico's
Bracelet - Turkish shop
Linking up with Visible Monday &
To those of you who are interested in creative writing, I'm experimenting with the format this month. In the past, I announced an inspirational "opening" phrase a month ahead and then opened a link-up for one last week of the month. This time, in the spirit of celebrating more creative freedom and in hopes of encouraging more writers to publish their work and link it with other's, I offer a link-up free from either a suggested topic or format, which will stay open for the entire month of February. Write whatever you want, in whatever form and genre inspire you, and link as many texts (pieces of creative writing) as you want to this post during February!
If a defined form and/or inspirational phrase helps you, then stick with a short story (around 1000 words) and work with the phrase "Love is a funny word..."
May you stay inspired!