Friday, March 28, 2014

Breezy Late Afternoon









     Last weekend I had a mission. I'm going to the Mall of America, the largest indoor mall in the US which happens to be near the Minneapolis airport, and check out the line up of spring dresses. I wear dresses in the summer and the best designs sell quickly. 

     A weekend usually isn't the best time to visit this mall. It was spring break so the mall was packed with girls and their mothers hunting for prom dresses. In the sea of short sleeveless items, I found this easy to wear knit dress. I like the length and sleeves plus it can be styled so many ways. I love wearing knit dresses because they are so practical. It comes with a black belt so I added the red for a touch of color.

     I've never worn red lipstick before. One of my favorite bloggers, Cla of Glam Up your Lifestyle calls red lip color her "secret weapon." We have the same skin tone and hair color so I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks Cla for the inspiration! 


dress--evan-picone (here)--on sale now      shoes--ralph lauren (purchased on sale last fall) (similar) (lower heel choice)     cross body purse--ralph lauren (similar) (similar)     belt--(consignment purchase) (similar)     leather jacket--free people ( leather jackets)

links--share in style--sunday style--monday must haves--mingle monday--style sessions--the pleated poppy--random wednesday--three-fer thursday--look what I got--passion for fashion--not dead yet style


79 comments:

  1. I really love this polka dot dress and the way you styled it. The red lipstick is stunning on you - definitely wear it more often! By the way, do you mind if I ask the color. I love red but can't wear a very vivid one and this one looks soft enough for me.

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    1. I wear Mac lipsticks. I start with a base color, which is Brave, then add some Lady Danger A83 over it. I find if I mix the bright with my favorite base, meaning a color just darker than my natural lip tone, the brights look better. I do this with bold pink also.

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  2. You look gorgeous, Ann! I love the first photo with the green door - beautifully done! As always, the dress fits you so perfectly, and the touch of red makes it really amazing. Shoes are soooo pretty! You are such a beauty! Red lipstick is great on you. And I see that Spring has finally arrived to you! :)

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    1. Thanks Natalia for commenting! The wind was just right in the first picture.

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  3. Wow, so lovely and vibrant! Besides the great dress, an excellent jacket and fierce shoes. I love the accessory detail with the leaves, and how the green door matches your eyes.

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    1. Thanks Amber, nice to hear from you! Hope it's getting warmer up in Canada. Just was on the phone with a friend in Quebec she said the weather was difficult again. We still have snow but maybe 50 degrees this weekend.

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  4. You look great...I love the red lipstick on your smile!! This is a fun look...and the polka dots work for you...just love the joyful feel of the whole style!!

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    1. Ah thanks Pam, I am feeling it...joyful and an ease right now. You know sometimes when you take pictures for your blog and it's hard to get a good set. These pictures came together with an ease.

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  5. OMG!! A friend and I bought the same dress at full price. You are such a lucky gal. I Love love and love how you styled it. The red touches are so glamorous. This dress fits longer on me (midi), but I love the fit, it reminds me my vintage gingham dress. It's so lady-like and yoyo pull it off like no one can. Super awesome!!!
    xo
    Carelia

    Mysmallwardrobe.com

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    1. I think this is a good one especially for the price. It doesn't surprise me that you love it too. I'm looking forward to seeing it on your blog and how you are styling it!

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    2. I was planning to wear it with flat sandals and hat, for a casual outdoorsy day. However after seeing how you styled yours, I might even wear it for a nice date with my guy. The truth is, this dress is super versatile, reason why my friend and I bought it. Did u see the striped one by the same brand? I was undecided, but, I desperately needed a polka dots dress and I blame Sue for this...lol

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    3. Yes super versatile, I could see flats and a hat also. I didn't see the striped one, it's cool. I could see you in it!

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  6. Great new dress Ann! I love it paired with a more tough jacket for the great mix of feminine and bad ass :) Red lipstick suits you so well. I am still on the hunt for the right shade for me.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  7. Love the whole ensemble. The black jacket is perfect since its still cool and you have "dorothy" shoes... my favorites. You look great!
    Suzanne
    www.chapter-two.net

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  8. Perfect, Ann! I love polka dots and your combination with red adds a bit of a 50ies look although of course you look very elegant.
    I am happy to have met Cla in person, she is a wonderful person and has great style!

    Enjoy your weekend,
    Annette | Lady of Style

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  9. Wow you look gorgeous dear Ann. This dress is made for you and you wear it very special with all the red details. What a great idea. Also the red lipstick - a wonderful weapon. :-) And this leatherjacket give this outfit a little rockchic... so edgy.
    And I also really happy, that I met Cla in person, she is a lovely person and for me a great inspiration too. Have a nice weekend, Conny
    Pants and Tops
    ps: I never was in America until now and I hope one day I come over. I want to see many places and one of your big malls of course :-)

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  10. Dear Ann, if a saw this dress this morning at your pinterst page, i immediately fall in love with it. This is such a pretty dress and such a great idea to ad it with red accessoires. Red shoes and bags are always a fantastic statement. I like to wearing soft fishnet stockings too, especially fishnet stockings in nude are my favorite.

    It´s such honor to inspiring you with red Lipsticks, you look fabulous with red lips. You inspiring me always again.
    Have a great weekend, Cla
    http://glamupyourlifestyle.blogspot.de/

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  11. I always love your photos.

    Are those fishnets white? They look great. I think I need to invest in some new ones. They are perfect to offer some coverage without being too hot.

    Red and black are so classic and striking. I love the bit of roughness the leather jacket adds.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. They are bone colored and from Target. I purchased these a couple of years ago, although I did see them there again last week. They are great because they bridge the gap between tights and sandals.

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  12. Cute dress and the red lipstick looks very "you." I absolutely abhor going to the mall or grocery store when it's crowded, so try to go either early in the morning or during off hours when I can. Crowds of teenagers are not for the faint of heart!

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    1. I know I can't believe I went on the weekend. I usually go on a Monday morning. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. As always, a perfect style. Love the colors black-white-red! Yours, Philo

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  14. You look great - you should be a paid model for Macy's! I love the black and white polka dots and the red accents. And the lip color is a lovely soft red that looks perfect on you! It's good to try new things, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Val, but I don't know about that! Just an average lady here trying to make the best pictures I can and hoping to inspire ladies in our age group who enjoy fashion. I truly like clothing and enjoy making the pictures each week.

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  15. Best dress in the worlddddddddddddddddddd, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Pure art.
    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for joing the crazy fun of Share-in-Style.
    It is always soooooooooooo wonderful to have you.
    Next one will be Saturday 12th april about flowers.
    Love and sunshine.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  16. Beautiful!! Just beautiful. I would never have guessed it was knitted. I thought it was just cloth/a normal material. I have a red dress like this, which I pair with a black and white polka dot sash. Just the other way arounf haha.
    Perfect shos and tights as well. Well done dear. Your mission was successful.
    (By the way, your feed burner is on the blink, as I don't get a warning anymore by email when a new post is published. I had the same trouble with another blog. Ohh.. Come to think of it.. my readers might have the same problem. Shoot.
    Greetje

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    1. There's some problems on my end connecting to to your blog also although I've found a way to get to you. Something incompatible with our systems. I don't know how to fix it. Glad you like this look! It's basic and wearable for everyday with different shoes. I thought it was fun and easy to wear.

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    2. And I stand corrected... there was nothing wrong with the feed burner. Just arrived on another mail address or later than usual. I wonder what problems you have with my blog... as we don't want that, now do we?
      Greetje
      By the way, I always have to copy a Captcha code when I publish my comment to your blog. I heard on another blog that you can change the settings of this code to accept comments as "trustworthy" after you have approved them once or twice. And we would not get this anymore. Would be nice.

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    3. I can get to your blog by clicking on your comment in my post. When I use my bloglovin' feed I open your page then it disappears. This could be a problem on my end, I just don't know. I've heard that you can remove Captcha. I see Sylvia uses it. I've been thinking about removing it. What have you heard anything about removing it. I guess it's hard to comment from a Iphone with Captcha.

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    4. No don't remove it, just change the settings so it will accept people without the code AFTER you have approved them once (or twice) before. I am not an expert in this, but Dan of the Pretty Cute managed it too.
      Perhaps you can click on my Bloglovin-following possibility again and register again? I have installed it freshly a few months back.

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  17. Beautiful dress, Ann! And these red accessories and your lipstick look simply great with it. As always, wonderful photos.

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  18. great outfit! found your lovely blog via share in style ...

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  19. Absolutely stunning, ready for the Catwalk!! I love polka dots and with the red accents, this is one beautiful outfit on a gorgeous lady!!!

    ♥ carmen

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  20. I spent almost a week in Minneapolis - I had to be there for work then ended up staying for a long weekend. I ended up at the MOA 3 times, and I'm pretty sure I still never covered every store! So much fun walking aimlessly around! And it was around the holidays, too! Which I can even imagine is worse than prom season! Glad you were able to find this jewel of a dress! Your pops of red are gorgeous - glad you tried the lip color because it is very flattering on you! And I also love the edge of the moto jacket to finish this off! Nicely done!
    Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

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  21. What a wonderful flawless look.....you can really never go wrong with the red/black color combo and perfect when there's polka dots in the equation!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  22. Gorgeous! Classy and classic -- with a modern twist with that leather jacket. Your blog is always inspiring. :)

    Jen @ Librarian for LIfe & Style

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  23. Thank you very much for your lovely comment!!!
    I follow you now on GFC!! Follow me too!

    xoxo

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt/

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  24. Polka dots always are very feminine! You are so nice wearing that spring dress! Knit dresses are confortable and on you they are perfect! I generally don't use red lipstick, but if Cla says it is a secret weapon...I think I should try it!! ;-)
    On you it's lovable!

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  25. The dots dress is amazing and I really love the red touches!

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  26. oh Ann! Thanks for the encouraging words. I so appreciate your comments and blog. I love coming to see you. This ensemble is perfect for many and for you. Congrats on the red lipstick. You look great in everything you post, EVERYTHING! :D

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  27. Wow. What a gorgeous dress! I'm such a sucker for polka dots.


    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2014/03/ootd-word-play.html

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  28. Gorgeous! Love the pop of red and the addition of the leather jacket!

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  29. beautiful! I love your style!
    alyssa
    alyssabarnettbeauty.com

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  30. I so appreciate your sense of playfulness with your photo of the red shoes! So Wizard of Oz, and artistic, and magical! Honestly, each photo has your signature artistic flare. The purse on the dried leaves...masterful! I have an undying love for polka dots; this dress does not disappoint! Classic, yet fresh! I encourage to wear that perfect shade of lipstick often!!!

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  31. Lovely styling here, and yes I agree that there's definitely some adorable playfulness coming across in your photos. New to your blog through the Share in Style linkup! P x

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  32. Pretty, pretty dress and adding a pop of red here and there is brilliant! That purse is cute too, I definitely could see myself wearing it :) You are brilliant in pairing your outfit, Ann.. truly inspiring!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    www.mjoat.com

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  33. Awesome Ann! Black & white & red are some of my fave colors and you look great. Sabina OceanblueStyle

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  34. Hi, I love polka dots and the dress is great with the pops of red. Found you on Visible Mondays, so glad I did. We 50 year olds have to stick together! cherie at stylenudge.com

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  35. Such a powerful, feminine, elegant and timeless look! And your smile and attitude are so charming! - Kisses from Vienna,

    Katja

    www.collectedbykatja.com

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  36. What a gorgeous dress! So feminin and elegant, love it!
    Perfectly and very tastefully chosen the red shoes, bag and belt! You look wonderful dear Ann :)

    have a wonderful week
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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  37. Yup. The red lips work for you! Bet your huz likes them on you! Really perfect outfit for a chill, spring day. Not many elements but every one perfect ... that seems to be how you do it so often! You minimalist genius, you!
    Enjoy your spring, Oh Goddess of Classiness!

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  38. Super cute dress! I always love the combination of black, white, and red. The red lipstick looks great on you too!

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  39. I like how you threw this leather jacket on with this feminine dress. Twisted! And when I scrolled down and did a little gasp when I saw your red, red shoes. The red lipstick also suits you. Too bad the leather jacket wasn't from "free, people!" What a difference a comma would have made...

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  40. Thanlk you for your lovely comment!
    I follow you now on Bloglovin! ;)

    xoxo

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt/

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  41. Such a beautiful outfit! I am a sucker for polkdots and I love the dress paired with those red shoes! Stunning!

    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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  42. Those shoes! : D I love it all. : )

    ~Sarah
    http://atowngirlslife.blogspot.com/

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  43. Go Ann! The Red lipstick is a winner!! I have been wearing a matte coral for a few weeks now and I am getting use to it!
    The pops of Red are so fun in this outfit!! Enjoy!

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  44. Loving the red lipstick on you! I don't think there's anyone who can't wear a red - it's all in the tone :) And those red shoes are to die for.
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  45. you looks beautyfull♥♥
    greetings

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  46. Beautiful pictures. You look like a lovely model in an upscale catalogue!! Love the navy/red combo. XXOO

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  47. fabulous dress, so great print, love polka dots and black&white with red accents is a great combo.
    And you look gorgeous!, so pretty fishnet tights with red shoes, cute bag and Fabulous Red Lipstick, great find!
    besos

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  48. I love your fabulous look! Kisses.
    http://www.solaanteelespejo.blogspot.com.es/

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  49. This is my favourite outfit of yours it is absolutely perfect and stunning. I adore red with polka dots. You look really classy. Those shoes are extra fantastic.

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  50. Nothing better than a great fitting black and white polka dot dress! :)
    The red lip color looks great on you!

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  51. Let me start by saying. Love the shoes. I have to live vicariously through others in regards to stilletos or pumps. The red is a great pop of color and a great combo with the polka dots. So pretty

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  52. Beautiful Ann ! I relly like polka dots :) you look absolutely gorgeous :) love it
    Have a lovely week hugs Beata

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  53. I adore polka dots and love that you paired the dress with red accessories! Great look, especially with the leather jacket. cherie james at stylenudge.com

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  54. Polka dots and red - so wonderful together. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, Ann, you look fantastic.

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  55. So pretty! I especially love it with the moto jacket. Very cool. xo

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  56. Those shoes are The Business. Love the dress - shoe pairing. Great photos!
    www.highlandfashionista.com

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  57. Yep, you just took the polka-dot dress to a whole new level. It's a bit more grown up but still has that fun flirty attitude.

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  58. Hello! I love every ounce of this outfit!

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  59. This dress is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for linking up for Look What I Got last week. Hope to see you back tomorrow!
    Penniless Socialite
    $30 J. Crew Giveaway!

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