Monday, July 25, 2011

Grecian Cowgirl

Bet you thought you were going to see Constantine, right? HAHA!! I kid, I kid!  That'll be tomorrow after he exits the show (the bachelorette for anyone out of the loop)...bets anyone?

Anyway, was it me or did yesterday just whoosh by in a blur?  Sundays are pretty much the best ever from start to finish:  an official "day of rest".  One of the things I'm trying to focus on this summer is living in the moment.  More often than not I'm thinking 3 steps ahead to what's coming next instead of simply being present.  So when the Chef suggested a quick brunch instead of going straight to work, I took him up on the offer despite knowing I'd have to pull myself together in only half an hour.  I'll confess:  I've been known to obsess about what to wear in the simplest of situations--and I blame it entirely on having too many options to choose from.  Rather than getting sucked into the vortex of throwing 450 things around the room in an indecisive frenzy I opened the closet, made a selection and forced myself to stick with it.  Worked out smashingly!  Dress I've owned for a year and never worn + bandeau + boots + jewelry.  Simple chic and met the timeline.  Miracle.
~Ever-Catania Dress, Brandy & Melville-Lace Bandeau, Foley+Corinna-Mid-City Tote, 
Joie-Booties, Spitfire-Sunnies, PANYC + Melinda Maria-Bracelets~
Note the Chef in the lenses of my sunglasses as he exercises his mad photography skills.
Despite owning the dress for a year, I've never worn it due to its low hanging sides.  
During wardrobe overhaul 2011 (ongoing) I came across this lace bandeau and took a chance layering 
it beneath.  Jackpot! The dress has officially moved into heavy rotation.
It's perfect with the booties and yes I did just wear these last week.  
Prepare to see them again next week.
And because I know you're all dying for a neighborhood update *she says dripping with sarcasm*
suffice it to say manners are dead as yet another newcomer parks their moving truck
smack in the middle of the back alley blocking us in.  Better yet?  Emerges, sees us, and 
doesn't bother to even make eye contact much less move resulting in ixnay on the brunch factor. 
As you can imagine I was thrilled...not.

Which resulted in me retreating back indoors to experiment with making boozy ice pops.  
Post to follow later this week...get ready to call a cab.

65 comments:

agnes said...

ta robe est magnifique, j'adore
Jolie tenue, et tes photos sont superbes

Katie said...

After the past weekend I need a boozy ice pop. Or 20.

Mandy said...

I lovity love this outfit. I'm obsessed with the booties. I live the bandeau and the edgy feel balanced by the pastel dress.

Dancing Branflake said...

I love that color and those shoes are so cute!

ps... Nut up! I love that phrase now!

Polly said...

Super super outfit, love the dress, please wear it again soon so I can see it. PS I had a mini purge yesterday when I brought home a fabulous new top and couldn't fit it in my cupboard. So proud of myself, only 4 things but hey, lets not get too crazy just yet!

RosaLovesDC said...

Love the outfit lady! And what's up with all those new neighbors you are getting? People have honestly forgotten manners.

Emily said...

The blush color of your dress is perfect. Have a good day.

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Cara said...

I love your dress my dear :)

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress! It is gorgeous, I'm glad you found a way to wear it, haha :)
Loving the shot of the Chef in your sunglasses :)
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Julie and Lauren said...

You look fab- you pull off the bandeau bra with perfection! And love your shoes. Xx

LyddieGal said...

that Grecian style dress is all kinds of gorgeous - i'm happy to hear it is going into heavy rotation, because it definitely needs to be. and hello gorgeous sunnies.

Chic on the Cheap

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Seriously, what is wrong with the people on your block? Love the cat key chain.

Daisy said...

I love how you just throw yourself together in 1/2 hour and look smashing. what a way to work that dress into the wardrobe.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

HEllo to those sunnies! - ur freakin' neighbors r nuts - u need to get a paintball gun or stick peanutbutter under their door handles man - they play dirty - u get even dirtier girl!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Debby said...

You look grecian goddess. I can't wait to read your review of The Bachelorette tomorrow!! xo

Debby said...

You look grecian goddess. I can't wait to read your review of The Bachelorette tomorrow!! xo

Jamie said...

See I'm such a bitch at this point I would've called a tow truck...that'll teach them REEEAL quick...You wanna block someone in? It'll cost you...no one puts Baby in a corner (especially when brunch is involved!) LOL

That dress is SO cute and the bandeau was a perfect solution! But those BOOTS...I know you wore them last week and I drooled over them then, but now I am in full blown 'I need them' mode. Flat ankle booties are on the top of my list and those are seriously perfect!
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Lisa Griffin said...

look at you lady i love it! those sunglasses are so glamorous!
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Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Ugh, I can't believe that person didn't move so you could go to lunch! How awful! I'm glad our neighbors are nice (except for the b***h that lives below us). I love that dress and the bandeau really is perfect for it! I tend to fret about what I'm wearing most days as well. Even when I try to stick with a pre-determined outfit, I often end up with a pile of clean clothes on the bed and a high level of anxiety. Sigh.

Josie said...

Carrie, you look AMAZING! I love, love that dress. And it's really brilliant with those boots. Sundays really are the best, aren't they?
xo Josie
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Anna Jane said...

carrie, you look great! you dressed down that dress perfectly and it will also look stunning for an event like a wedding. want.those.boots.

sherri lynn said...

Cute outfit! My bets are on constantine leaving tonight! can't wait to read your hilarious recap :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ooh loving that second shot! I also have a low hanging sides dress which I wore this weekend (but seriously need a lace bandeau because i had to wear a whole slip under mine!)

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

JMB said...

LOVE. LOVE this dress!! Ughh, please come dress me!!! PLEAAAASE! I will pay with choco-LOT haha

Taylor said...

SEND ME THAT OUTFIT!!!!!!!!!! And how did you let the dress sit for A YEAR, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, send me the outfit thanks - its so me!

Kim said...

You look stunning and chic! I love how effortless you look - gorgeous Carrie!

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Courtney Erin said...

Okay, I'm in love with that dress - it's such a perfect piece and I love how you dealt with the low hanging sides issue. It's gorgeous!

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Jessica said...

Sometimes not overthinking an outfit produces the best results. Booze 'sicle? Edge. Of. My. Seat.

Ms. Givens said...

I think you may need to learn how to stealthily let air out of tires.

Kai.Mercado. said...

This dress is absolutely beautiful..i need it! But I can't don the whole bandeau thing because my boobs (awk that I am talking about my boobs) are too big!!

fshnonmymind said...

This is perfection. I love your waves, the dress, those fabulous shades, and I'm dying over those boots because they are exactly what I want for the fall.

I agree with Ms. Givens that you need to be stealth at letting air out of tires, but that might not be helpful if you're blocked in.

fifi said...

what a great outfit need some of those booties!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

This is so chic! And those booties are the sauce...saw them in green and they were amaze!! xo

kimbirdy said...

good for you living in the moment! i love impromptu dates, especially if i can whip together something as cute as your outfit. i just might say this every time you post about them, but i LOVE those boots!!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Oh Carrie!! I love this look SO VERY MUCH!!!

Jessica @ Beautify My Life said...

Great outfit! I just bought my first (and second) bandeau, and it's already been my saving grace with wrap dresses that are nowhere near being appropriate for anyone with large boobs.

modanista junkie said...

Yes, Sunday came and left way too soon.
OMG you look so fabulous in that dress and the booties!! I love the combination of the two. :)


xoxo,
Mel

Ashlee said...

guh, jealous--wish i could open my closet and just make anything work so adorabley ... yes, that's a word.

can't wait for your bachelorette predictions. constantine is a go!!!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

LOVE this look!

And I know all about blocked in madness - co-worker and I got our rental car blocked in by a big delivery truck at our hotel, went to find the driver and he told us simply he was on coffee break. What does that have to do with anything?!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That dress is adorable!!

Taj Acosta said...

Boozy ice pops have been on my list all summer! Love the sweet dress too ;) xo

just a girl said...

This is one of my favorite outfits of yours. I LOVE it! Want. it. all.

Boo on your ridic neighbors.

bailey said...

what a great dress!

la petite coquine said...

This dress is gorgeous, and I love the bandeau-your tv show should be 30 minute ensembles with Carrie.

And boozy ice pops? Sign me up for that immediately.

Taylor said...

Oh don't you love dresses that you've owned for over a year and never worn? I have too too many of those. I want your boots. And also, I don't know ANYTHING about the Bachelorette but am tempted to watch it because my friend keeps telling me that our friend looks/is exactly like some dude on the show named Ames? Ha.

Kavery said...

I bet a lot of us are thinking 'Why didn't I think of wearing a bandeau top under that?' Looks so good, Carrie.

Kate said...

This is gorg! One of my favorites of yours, me thinks! So effortless, like a perfect music festival outfit, or something. THOSE BOOTS. MY HEART!

Tanvi said...

Love how you are wearing it... the color is very soothing!!!

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Tracy D said...

Gorgeous, effortless, chic...and the boots can make their appearance anytime! Love the neighbour stories, makes me feel like I'm not alone with the band of idiots that surround us.

Olivia.Dee said...

you seriously just fixed my problem with a nice chunk of my tanks! I never thought bandeau would be the solution. I can't wait to walk around in bandeau and oversized tanks (with bottoms of course). whoop!

Melissa Blake said...

I love everything about this outfit!

Bonnie said...

Those boots are fierce. I want them.
That dress is amazing. I have no idea how you found such a gem.
I never would have thought about layering a bandeau top underneath the dress, but now I am totally obsessed with the idea.
You are a total genius.
The end.

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Kristin said...

That dress is so gorgeous! And I bet it has endless possibilities...Oh and I'll have of those booze filled ice pops please!

emily said...

love how you worked the dress with the lace bandeau and the short boots! cute chococat key chain too :)

Liz - So Much to Smile About said...

Good call on the bachelorette! And I just LOVE this dress! So pretty!

Wander.Lust said...

love that dress, so lovely!

Annie said...

oh my gosh carrie, you look GORGEOUS!! I'm in love with that lace bandeau. Have a great day :) I'm trying to get back to my usual blog schedule, but we're moving to a new place (still in DC) in a week so things are so crazy! I miss your posts

Jaclyn said...

I love summer looks like this, booties and a flowing dress. Need to find shoes like this!

Mary Lane said...

There are thos Joie booties again! I love those guys.

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indie.electronic.alternative. said...

you are crushing neutrals hard here. well done my friend :)

Blue said...

What a beautiful dress. Love the bandeau, too.

Kristin W said...

I'm so in love with this outfit and especially those booties! I'm definitely coveting them...

Kara said...

And there you are playing with your iphone (?) I love that dress- great trick with the bandeau!! I was still so obsessed with your shoes, so I bought some similar to them from topshop- just got them in the mail today, can't wait to wear them :)

Kanan said...

smashing outfit =) what color is your tote? I love.

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