outfit: floral and flouncy

September 18, 2014

floral print and flouncy skirt
While shopping for my NYC trip a few weeks ago I was on the hunt for a fun black skirt. I was searching for a more voluminous midi length option to pair with a crop top but this skirt from Ann Taylor was too good to pass up. The cut, the leather detailing, the fun flouncy style… it just worked, it’s universally flattering and I knew it would be a way more useful addition to my closet. Evidenced yesterday: in addition to being perfect for a night out, I wore this look to a local Chamber business networking breakfast. If you don’t have a great black skirt in your closet right now, I cannot say enough good things (though there’s tough competition: Ann Taylor’s collection is getting better by the minute, evidenced by this assortment!)

floral print and flouncy skirt And, can we chat about this blouse, part of Piperlime’s new branded collection? Admittedly out of my comfort zone with this bold print duo, I half declared to friends I’d never wear this after getting it during a bloggers reception in NYC. Now? Love. Big time. The duo-print is awesome, the fit is great and it’s different than anything I own (sound like question #3 from yesterday?). I am now seriously debating its navy floral print counterpart. Adorable, right? Pair that one with jeans for a casual cool dinner, and preferably fun heels or earrings with a pop of color to complement the prints.

floral print and flouncy skirt

This mani — gold and white with a cool reverse moon shape in black — is my first foray into gel manicures in years and I’m in love. These photos are taken nearly two weeks after I got this done. I found nail expert Lucy at Venetian Nails (at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens) through my friend Jen who often has the coolest mani styles. It’s a splurge but no chips in two weeks (I usually have one within 24-48 hours!), and the fun style has been a big hit. It’s like a fun little extra accessory every day.

gold and white reverse moon mani

blouse: ℅ piperlime // skirt: ann taylor (runs big; size down) // heels: nine west (similar) // purse: kate spade (similar, and for less)

floral print and flouncy skirt

And, because twirling is so fun to do….


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  • TheDecorina

    I completely agree with you about Ann Taylor! They have really stepped up their game this season. I feel like that is a store where when I walk in, I either love everything, or can’t find anything at all. This season they really hit the mark for me. Have you see their black heeled booties with the gold zipper? Love!

  • http://redreticule.com Red Reticule

    Gorgeous ladylike yet sharp look! I love the pattern mix in your top. I couldn’t find anything at an Ann Taylor store just a couple of years ago and this season and past summer, I would have bought up half their shire if I could have afforded it.

    Red Reticule

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Love this outfit so much! Not sure how I missed seeing that skirt on my last AT trip, but it must be mine!


  • Heidi D.

    I’ve been eyeing this blouse online…I love Piperlime’s new in house collection! I think you’ve convinced me to pull the trigger.

    Heidi D.

  • Ariel

    How is the skirt’s fit? I want to order it online but since it’s final sale, don’t want to order the wrong size!

  • http://www.lovelucygirl.com/ Kayla Wallace Gilbert

    UMM you’re too cute! LOVE that skirt!!

  • Emilie Socash

    Can we talk about your nails? I love what you’ve done but can’t get quite the peek I’d like. Tell or show them more!

  • http://tfdiaries.com/ megan

    Seeeee, totally much better on.

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Are these gel nails or just a regular mani? 2 weeks is a great time for no chips. I love that top and it’s instant pattern mixing without any thinking. Really like how you kept the rest of the outfit neutral to let your top shine.

    BTW, I host a weekly link up on Thursdays and hope you can join me.


  • Jamie Morton

    Love your autumn outfit and it suits you perfectly. Nice colour of the hair, too :) You look gorgeous indeed!
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  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I’m glad you decided to give the top a second chance - I laughed out loud when I saw your instagram. I think you made it work beautifully, and that skirt is clearly a must, super flattering!

    Chic on the Cheap

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