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Inspiration Behind The V-Neck Top

Inspiration Behind The V-Neck Top

Sometimes this top gets overlooked. I get it. It's not as flashy as the double peplum. But, it's such a workhorse. Like a not so basic, basic. It looks good tucked in or left untucked thanks to the side-seam splits. And it's fitted without being too fitted (yet not boxy) thanks to the back yolk. The navy pinstripes function as a neutral and can be worn with just about anything. Pair it with your favorite work pants, denim, chinos, a pencil skirt, or shorts.

Inspiration Behind The Pencil Skirt

Inspiration Behind The Pencil Skirt

I describe this skirt as "high waisted denim in skirt form". Why? Because it's made out of the same denim as your favorite skinny jeans. So it's stretchy, easy to move in, and my favorite part, it provides the same "holds you in" effect as high rise denim. Plus, it's appropriate for the office. So, it's the perfect piece of denim in my book.

Why Shorts?

Why Shorts?

I'm a dress girl, as you probably noticed. Three out of the first six pieces I designed and released for ME were dresses (and more were developed, I just haven't been able to produce them). But, since moving to DC, I realized the need for a good pair of shorts. But, shorts are hard to find. Especially if a basic pair of chinos or jean shorts aren't your thing. Which, in my case, they aren't. So, I spent a year buying and trying shorts, reading reviews, and talking to friends to figure out what worked and what didn't.

1 Dress, 2 Women - Floral Sheath Dress Edition

1 Dress, 2 Women - Floral Sheath Dress Edition

I'm back from an unintended blogging hiatus to share the floral sheath dress with you. It's currently available for pre-order (in both regular and tall sizes) and 15% off with code PREORDER15; you can shop it here. The dress is the same silhouette and shares the same fit as the sheath dress in textured stripe, with some minor updates based on customer feedback. And, yes, it has pockets!

Casual Valentine's Day Outfit

Casual Valentine's Day Outfit

I can't say that Valentine's Day is a big deal in our household, but we do take the opportunity to do a little something special. Usually I give my husband a card and he picks up my favorite sweet treat or flowers.

One Dress, Five Women

One Dress, Five Women

When designing a new piece for the ME collection, I aim to make the item as versatile as possible so that you can get as much wear as possible out of it. I also strive to make the piece as flattering on as many body shapes and types as possible. Our initial three releases (this top, dress, and blazer), came in sizes XS - XL and 2 - 16. I expanded the size range in my most recent release. Now, you can shop styles in sizes XS - XXL and 2 - 18. So, I design with these size ranges in mind.

Striped Shift Dress Styled Casually

Striped Shift Dress Styled Casually

The temperatures have warmed up a bit in DC which has me thinking about transitioning my wardrobe for spring. I know, I know. It's a little early to be thinking about that; it's only January. But, I can't help myself!

Fixed Wrap Top Styled Casually

Fixed Wrap Top Styled Casually

I've wanted a fixed or faux wrap dress for years. YEARS. But, I was never able to find that fit my long torso and was work appropriate. Also, for some unknown reason, most wrap dresses are offered in a thin jersey material.

Textured Sheath Dress Styled for Fall

Textured Sheath Dress Styled for Fall

When I designed this dress and selected the fabric, I fully intended it to be a summer wardrobe stable. But when I received the sample in February, I had to wear it to provide feedback to my pattern maker (I wear and wash all items to test for comfort, style, and durability). So, I paired it with tights and a cardigan and it quickly made its way into my weekly outfit rotation. It's proven to be an all-season dress; see how I styled it for the office here and casually for the summer here.

Pink Blazer Styled for Fall

Pink Blazer Styled for Fall

Fall is officially here! Even my summer loving heart realizes that it's time to start prepping my fall and winter wardrobe. So, today I've styled the pink wrap blazer casually for fall (you can see it styled for the office here).

Peplum Top Styled for Work

Peplum Top Styled for Work

A little known fact about me: I'm obsessed with peplum! Why? Because it's so flattering and comfortable. And I think all clothes should be versatile, flattering, and comfortable. But, back to peplum. Peplum defines a waistline and then creates an hourglass shape while skimming over the lumps and bumps I want to hide (and trust me I have some that I want to hide). As a tall woman with a very(!) long torso, it provides some visual interest in what would otherwise be a very long column.

White After Labor Day

White After Labor Day

I can't believe Labor Day is almost here to usher in the unofficial end to summer. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to give up on summer!

I grew up in North Carolina where tradition dictated that you didn't wear white pants before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. I strictly adhered to that rule for years until one day I decided it made no sense.