One Dress, Four Seasons

One Dress, Four Seasons

The Dress

Chicwish kindly gifted me this gorgeous cream embroidered dress with tie sleeves that I was so excited to style this summer. As I began playing around with it in my wardrobe, I realized that this dress can actually be worn in EVERY season! One dress to wear in all four seasons. Talk about versatility & definitely getting your money’s worth. See how I’ve styled this classic dress uniquely for each season of the the year.


Spring

One Dress, Four Seasons

My classic trench coat is my go-to jacket to wear especially in the spring. It’s a great length, light-weight, & keeps me warm in the crisp spring air. For shoes, I went with a patent ballet flat. This pair is under $15 & is great to wear even on rainy days. What is spring without a few floral accessories? A pair of floral earrings & a floral print bag really brighten up this look. Lastly, a colorful pastel yellow pair of sunnies to welcome some warmer weather.

One Dress, Four Seasons

Summer

One Dress, Four Seasons

My designer dupe espadrilles are my favorite summer shoe, so of course I had to pair them with this dress. Warm tones have been my favorite to wear this summer like these orange cat eye sunglasses, this brown woven belt, & the floral scarf tied in a bow on my bag. To tie in with the bow on my bag & the tie sleeves, & paired this look with a simple pair of gold bow studs for an effortless look. What is summer without a great basket bag, am I right? It’s been a favorite of mine & you would not believe how affordable it is!

One Dress, Four Seasons

Fall

One Dress, Four Seasons

I wanted to play with a bit of layering for this fall look & decided to choose one of my favorite colors for fall to do so: camel. This camel turtleneck is so soft & is a great layering piece to add warmth to your look. Not to mention it matches my camel beret perfectly. I love the way this blush cardigan looks with the cream dress & the camel accents. It gives the whole look that cozy vibe. For earrings I went with these pearl earrings to tie in with the cream dress. Lastly, I paired these nude suede ballet flats & a dark toned bag for some contrast.

One Dress, Four Seasons

Winter

One Dress, Four Seasons

Yep, this dress even works in winter! I threw this oversized burgundy roll neck sweater over my lovely cream dress & paired it with a few other burgundy accessories. Berets really do add so much warmth in the fall & winter months which is why I have so many colors to wear almost everyday! I wanted to add my check coat to add a bit of structure to the look & tie in with my black box bag that’s one of my winter staples. If you’re worried about being cold in the winter in just a dress, remember you can always add boots, tights, or even fleece leggings underneath!

One Dress, Four Seasons

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Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

The Dreamiest Gal Meets Glam Collection

I have been a long time fan & follower of Julia Engel of GMG. Her feminine, classic style has inspired countless women around the world. Last year, she launched the Gal Meets Glam Collection & each month she produces some of the most gorgeous & well made dresses on the market today. Though the collection started out with only dresses, she has also brought out jumpsuits, jackets, scarves, matching sets, & sweaters. I’ve even hear rumors of coat coming out this fall/winter!

Since their launch last year, I’ve acquired 3 of her dreamy dresses which I absolutely love to death. They are just out of my budget most days, but worth the splurge for a special occasion. (See them here, here, & in this post)

This post is all about my total crush on the Gal Meets Glam Collection. See the designer pieces I’m currently swooning over & find out ways to get the look for less.


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Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

What I’m Wearing

Gal Meets Glam Dress // Espadrilles // Basket Bag // Scarf // Bracelet // Earrings (old, similar here) // Pearl Hair Clips // Pearl Ring


Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

How To Get The Designer Look For Less

Gal Meets Glam is all about the romantic florals, the classic & vintage silhouettes, & feminine details like ruffles, bows, & buttons. Retailers are catching on to her timeless style & I love finding pieces that feel inspired by her style.

This dress that I’m wearing I actually bought during the LikeToKnow.it Day sale. The best way to get the designer look is to actually get the designer pieces. Her dresses frequently go on sale on her site, but some can also be found on Anthropologie & Nordstrom, so when their sites have sales (like Nordstrom is having now – see my edit here), her gorgeous pieces also go on sale.

If you have not heard of Julia or her dresses before now, check out her Instagram here. Hear about me gushing over her gorgeous dress I wore to my rehearsal dinner here.


Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam


Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam
Designer Crush: Gal Meets Glam

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Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Beauty Seeking!

Lately, I’ve been craving some beautiful & inspiring scenery. Traveling can be so life-giving, & since I’m staying in Richmond this summer, I’ve been determined to find that same feeling right here at home. There are so many beautiful things that surround us daily & I feel so lucky to live in such a cool city. But regardless of where we live, I’ll bet that if we make it our mission to open our eyes to seek the beauty around us, we just might find it. First stop, visiting a butterfly garden!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

What I’m Wearing

Whimsical Dress // Espadrilles // Floral Bag // Polka Dot Scarf // Earrings // Bracelet // Lipstick


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Our Day Date

When it comes to exploring new places, my favorite travel companion is of course, Ben. Luckily, he had a day off when it wasn’t too terribly hot & it wasn’t raining, so we took a day date to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Our first priority on this trip was to see their “Butterflies LIVE” exhibit, but we also spent hours roaming through the colorful & incredible gardens.

The butterfly garden was totally magical! I saw some of the biggest & brightly colored butterflies I have ever seen. Occasionally, they would land on us which was just one of the coolest things ever! We just stood there, watching, in complete awe of these whimsical creatures flying about, eating, & exploring the garden around them. I was giddy! Since around April I had been wanting to come & experience this place, & it exceeded my expectations for sure.

Dressed For The Occasion

Chicwish very kindly gifted me this dress (which I picked out) & even before receiving it, I knew this was the dress I wanted to wear upon visiting the butterfly garden. It was even better in person & I fell in love (see my initial try on here). The whimsical botanical print is to die for along with the sweet buttons & feminine ruffles, this dress is too cute for words. These earrings matched this dress PERFECTLY!

I decided to go all out with the prints to carry on with my whimsical theme. This cute polka dot scarf tied in a bow on a floral bag…because sometimes more is more!

Halfway through our day trip, Ben & I sat on a bench & we realized that our looks were totally coordinated & were on theme with our surroundings! No doubt, he’s the man of my dreams!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


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How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made bad decisions while shopping. Whether it’s spending too much on something, or buying something we don’t need or really even like, we’ve all been there. In an effort to stop making bad shopping decisions, I’ve put some new rules into practice to help make me a smart(er) shopper. Smart shopping means having more money in your bank account & a clear & curated wardrobe making putting outfits together a breeze.


How To Be A Good Shopper

Outfit Details

Whimsical Buttercream Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Bow In Hair // Bag // Bracelet // Earrings


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

Before Spending Any Money…

First things first, before you go shopping, you first have to know what you actually have. I recommend going through your closet & taking a bit of inventory on the things you currently own. Having a good idea of what you already have will help you tremendously when trying to be a smarter shopper. This will help choose pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

Next is the fun part. It’s time to get inspired! I like to get my outfit inspiration from a few places: fashion blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, & my newest favorite, the LikeToKnow.it app, but you choose what inspires you the most. When you find an image or item that you like, save it, pin it, or screenshot it immediately to come back to when you’re about to shop.

Creating Wishlists

Finding images other places can be fun & inspiring, indeed, but let me tell you why using the LikeToKnow.it app might be the smartest decision when it comes to shopping. On this free app, you can follow fashion bloggers & influencers & see the exact items you’re inspired by right then & there. Not only can you see how much things cost, but you can also save items you love to wishlists within the app to come back to later! I’ve spent many hours doing this recently, because so many bloggers have been sharing amazing affordable options. You can also find all of my looks & exclusive content by following me (felixandflora) in the app.

You’re almost ready to go shopping! All you need to do now is make a list of items your wardrobe needs. Maybe that’s a classic trench coat, a LND, a pair of denim culottes, espadrilles, or some new accessories. Create your list of items & be specific. Think about the colors you want to look for that will go well with other items in your wardrobe. Knowing these specific details will make you a much smarter shopper. Now let’s go!


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

We’re Finally Shopping! Now What?

When you’re out shopping or even shopping online, & you find a piece you’re considering buying, it’s time for the interrogation process. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is this the right color for my wardrobe? Will it flatter my body? & most importantly: Does this go with at least 2-3 other pieces in my wardrobe? If you can only think of one way to wear it with your current wardrobe, ditch it. You need versatile pieces that will ensure you’re making a smart decision by choosing to invest your money in them. If the pieces pass the interrogation, yippee! You’ve just added another lovely item into your wardrobe!

Immediately upon arriving home or receiving your items in the mail, TRY THEM ON! Not just alone, try them on with different pieces in your wardrobe & accessories. If you can’t make at least 2-3 different looks with them, send them back! Never be afraid to return items. In fact, the smartest shoppers return things frequently, because they only want to keep items in their wardrobes that bring them joy, inspiration, & versatility.


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My Most Worn Summer Shoe (It’s A Designer Dupe!)

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

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If You Buy One Pair Of Shoes This Summer…

We all want that one pair of shoes that will go with everything. That one pair that is both stylish & comfortable & can be dressed up or down. Now what if I told you I’ve found that magical pair for under $50?! That’s right! These classic white espadrilles are an amazing designer dupe you need in your closet. If you buy one pair of shoes this summer…

BUY THESE!

This is not sponsored or anything, I’m just genuinely obsessed with these shoes & the amount of photos I have from just on year of wear can prove that! I love being able to share my affordable fashion finds & this is one of the very best ones.


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The Designer Dupe!

This pair of espadrilles look EXACTLY like the Castaner designer pair, but for less than half the price! When I first ordered them, I was a bit worried that the material would feel cheap or that since they were white, they would get dirty very quickly. I have worn them literally so many times & they look good as new! These gorgeous shoes are amazing, & you just can’t beat the price. In fact, I’ve just ordered another pair, the white lace version this time. I cannot wait for them to arrive! Be watching for them on my Instagram stories…

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Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Bring On The Warmth

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though spring was here for about 3 weeks & now we are in full summer mode. At least here in Richmond, it’s already so hot & humid. Even though summer doesn’t technically start until June 21st, the weather certainly says otherwise. The weather & colors outside greatly affect the outfits I wear on a daily basis. Around this time of year, the sun has a way of bringing out all the warm tones of nature & casting a warm, yellow tint around us. Therefore, it’s easy to see why all I want to wear are lovely, feminine, warm tone pieces. What can I say, I like to blend in with nature!


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Outfit Details

Warm Tone Striped Dress // Blush Espadrilles // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Woven Earrings // Bracelet // Sunglasses


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

What’s Not To Love?

This look is basically a compilation of all my current favorite things. First of all, this warm-toned, striped dress is so comfortable & on sale for under $25! I’m in love with the colors, the button front details, & the feminine ties on the sides. When I wear button front dresses that don’t have very full skirts, I like to unbutton a few of the bottom buttons to show a little leg & add more drama.

My blush espadrilles add the perfect touch of warmth & match my dress so well. Espadrilles are my favorite shoes to wear in the summer. They can be both casual & dressy, but they also provide those dreamy vacation vibes I crave on the daily.

My newest basket bag was an obvious choice to pair with this look. I love how the lines on my dress are mimicked by the structure of this bag. This Laura Ashley toile scarf was the perfect accessory to this bag. It’s warm pinky-peach tones are gorgeous & toile is a print I’ve loved since I was a child. I know this will be my most worn scarf of the season.


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