Life + Style

November 18, 2014

Charleston | The Navy Cocktail Dress

We just had the most incredible time in Charleston this past weekend!  My husband's cousin got married and I adore his whole side of the family so we were pretty busy hanging out with everyone! We went to MacIntosh and Basil with some friends Friday night before the official welcome party started and even sneak in a quick coffee with a few other friends at Bananas and Caviar.  There were so many people and places I just couldn't see on this trip which is always sad but a great excuse to go back again soon.  We brought my mom with us to help with the kids which was so incredible.  The only real snag was driving across two states with a very newly potty trained 2.5 year old.  It was a looooooooong trip home.

Of course I wore the navy dress (it also comes in black) and I have to say it was as awesome I thought it was going to be when I first tried it on.  I have never received so many compliments on a dress before! The fit it very true to size although I would not recommend sizing down if you sometimes can.  I know a few other brands that I can squeeze into a smaller size and this fit and flare Eliza J dress is not one of them.  The lace is so delicate and pretty in person and inconspicuously covered up my arms which are my least favorite body part.  I also feel much prettier and more confident when my arms are covered.  And the silhouette of the skirt is both immensely flattering and forgiving.  And did I mention it has deep pockets?  Done.

And I can't even begin to tell you how sweet my two littles looked and behaved.  Y'all know I love little mini-me outfits for them but I can never resist going super southern traditional with their dresse clothes.  And I love my man in a tux!  Even the beard (duck season) looks better with a nice suit.  My only regret was not using my good camera while all four of us were dressed up and looking so nice!

My shoes are Sam Edelman from this summer.  This is the style and this is the color.  These are also very similar in a great price point.  I can not say enough good things about owning a good pair of nude d'orsay pumps.  They go with everything!

Below are a few more of my favorite holiday dresses from Nordstrom.  They always have such a good price point and online has so many more selections than our store does.  I got lucky and popped into the Tyson's Corner a few weeks ago and got to see and try on almost all of these in person.  I had such a hard time narrowing it down.  So many of these dresses are so much prettier in person, especially the ones in navy or with lace detail.  I highly recommend looking for the silhouette that suits you best and giving it a try if you're on the fence.  Free shipping and free returns make it so easy.


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  1. Gorgeous! And your hair looks so great too.

  2. Congrats on the potty training! I just can't get myself motivated to tackle training my little guy....we've been on again off again since March. Guess that is what happens with the 3rd babe! all look beautiful as always. Glad you had a great trip.

  3. Such a beautiful family! Yay! It's funny, my arms are my least favorite body part too.

  4. Great dress! You guys look fab. Hope you enjoyed your Charleston jaunt.

  5. It looks beautiful on you! I got engaged last weekend and I'm now on the hunt for dresses for upcoming events. Love your picks!

  6. thanks for sharing the gorgeous dress. On a side note, I've not been receiving your blog posts via email. Anyone else having trouble?

  7. I love this dress so much! It looks amazing on you!! You need to be the model for it...stunning! Glad you had a fun trip.

  8. You look beautiful! That dress is divine, girl.

  9. Ha! Your potty training story made me laugh so hard. I live in VA now, but am from Pawleys and made that same trip several years ago with a potty-training boy (luckily). Finally we realized he just wanted to look at all the candy and stuff in the gas station and we finally made him just go in the grass. The stops got fewer and fewer. Love your blog!

  10. Hey! I actually just found your blog today, and I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying reading through the past posts. Your dress is gorgeous--I think I need to buy one for myself! Also, I saw you shop in Tyson's Corner...are you from the NoVa area? (I'm right in Loudoun County.)

    xo Tier

  11. Its good all the cocktail dress are the best and i love all the dresses.


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