It’s no secret that the difference between a cute look and a REALLY cute look is how you wear it. Styling an outfit is what makes the look “you” and defines the statement you want to make. Shopping for clothes is the easy part; putting a great look together is why there is a market for stylists. 😉
With their signature guipure lace designs and elegantly intricate details, Self Portrait dresses have created quite the buzz since the label’s 2013 launch. Malaysian-born designer Han Chong aims to fill a gap in the contemporary-priced market, though his thoughtful creations could no doubt pass for couture. The feminine, yet edgy styling of this London-based line has quickly become a favorite among the Hollywood trend setters —Rachel McAdams, Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Biel have all been spotted in these pretty frocks, and Julianne Hough is a repeat offender!
It’s a rare day when I put on a dress and immediately feel completely put together, but Self Portrait dresses have that effect. I felt pretty and stylish, and I immediately justified the purchase with a list of events to which I could wear this little number! The details are amazing, from the practical pockets to the precious sleeve ties, and accessories are really not even necessary with the stunning lace overlay. I kept the look streamlined with everyone’s favorite minimalist stiletto and these fun crystal earrings from Accessory Jane (check out her blog — she’s adorable!). I linked to a few other favorite Self Portraits designs below; there really is something for everyone, and each dress is like a beautiful work of art!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Dresss: Self Portrait, (also in black) available locally at Tootsie’s (other favorite Self Portrait dresses include the long sleeved tiered lace dress, the Guipire Midi Dress, the Guipire Mini Dress, and the Azalea Midi Dress, and we also love the Scalloped Edge Combo Jumpsuit and the Arabella Guipure Lace Midi Skirt ) | Heels: Stuart Weitzman (similar and less expensive option by Steve Madden) | Clutch: YSL, sold out (similar YSL clutch) | Earrings: Accessory Jane | Ring: similar by Jennie Kwon and Wouters & Hendrix | Lips: Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Cherry Pink
A few years ago, my sister and I were planning a surprise birthday party for our mother’s birthday. In light of her spring birthday and Mom being a two-time breast cancer survivor, we decided to have everyone wear pink to the party. Festive, right? But I had the hardest time because my wardrobe had no colors! What can I say, I really like neutrals, especially white and black. In the past year or so, however, I have really been making an effort to bring color back into my life!
When I first saw this bright red Tularosa tunic dress, I immediately put it in my online shopping cart. I could envision this dress accompanying me all summer long, and the color was just what I needed in my life! Tularosa is one of my new favorite labels, with its chic and effortless designs; I seriously love everything in this collection. So of course I was super bummed when I went to check out and realized this dress was on back order. Normally, when faced with a back order situation, I just figure it was not meant to be and delete the item from my shopping cart. This dress though…I just could not quit this dress! When it finally arrived two weeks ago, about a month after I initially ordered it, my whole week was made! And now I’m well on my way to a more colorful closet!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Dress: Tularosa (top here) | Clutch: Sole Society (here and here for other fun colorful options) | Booties: Elizabeth & James, old (similar here, here, here, and here) | Cuff: similar here and here | Ring: here for similar | Earrings: here for similar | Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave | Nail polish (on fingers): Essie Ballet Slippers (bottom coat) and Essie Mademoiselle (two top coats) | Nail polish (on toes): OPI Big Apple Red