TV Finds: How I Met Your Mother

If I could steal any fictional character’s wardrobe, it would definitely be Robin Scherbatsky’s from How I Met Your Mother. I love her feminine corporate style of sharp blazers over billowy blouses with fitted jeans and heels. But every so often there’s one piece she wears that makes me immediately Google it on my phone.

robin dress

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Mason by Michelle Mason Chiffon Inset Gown (Sold Out)

So damn pretty! I don’t consider myself short, but I definitely don’t think I have the height needed for this length of a gown. I’ve stayed away from maxi dresses because I don’t think they would suit my size and shape. However, the cinched waist on this gown is extremely flattering and the halter neck is a classy alternative to the usual v-neck cut maxi’s.

Considering this gown is sold out and completely out of my price range, I found a few similar alternatives for any special occasions this summer.

Robin Gown

1. Xscape Pleat Cutaway Blouson Dress
2. Ann Taylor Tall Halter Maxi Dress
3. Forever 21 Elegant M-Slit Maxi Dress

I like that these dresses have a slightly fuller skirt. This is ideal for apple shapes such as myself who don’t like to wear anything tight throughout the waist and hips. If I put on my big girl panties and wore this dress, I would pair it with rose gold sandal heels and dainty bracelets for an evening look.

Do you prefer shorter or longer gowns? How do you style your maxi dresses?

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About a dress

I spend the better part of my day dreaming about blue skies, cool wind, vibrant flowers and me twirling around like an idiot in a nude dress and a sparkly necklace.

I have my eye on a few blush and cream options for spring.

In the nude

1. Zara Faux Leather Dress
2. American Eagle Lace Party Dress
3. TopShop Textured Seam Tunic

My skin tone is still way too light for these dresses, but as soon as my body no longer resembles a block of Philadelphia cream cheese, I am buying a nude dress.

To compliment the flirty feminine hue, a sparkly bib is a great addition to add a punch of personality and complete awesome.

Adult bib

1. Baublebar Eve Foliage Bib
2. Stella & Dot Somervell Necklace
3. Forever 21 Be Seen Iridescent Bib

Having once been an advocate for dainty necklaces and unique charms, I have been converted to statement necklaces. I can’t get enough. I want to collect them. I want to own so many that my family becomes concerned and I end up on an episode of Hoarders. Do they still air that show? I hope so, because I need help.

What pieces are you excited to wear for spring? Do you have a current obsession that may result in an intervention? Let’s start a support group.

Leah

Stupid? Cute? Stupid cute?

A lot of my favorite stores have started to introduce their spring line, and I’m excited about a lot of the pretty pastel leather dresses and rose gold sandals I’ve been seeing. But some items are confusing. I can’t decide if they’re stupid, cute, or stupid cute. As in it looks so stupid that it’s cute:

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1. Jeffrey Campbell Rakel Platform Sandal
2. American Eagle Soft Pant
3. Zara Long-Sleeve Dress

To be honest, I actually really like the soft pants. I mean, c’mon, they’re called soft pants. They’re pajamas you can wear outside. Get in my closet.

I think I was most convinced by how cute they’re styled on AE’s blog.

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See what I mean?

What do you think? Stupid? Cute? So stupid that it’s cute?

Tote-ally

I need a tote.

I have devoted the past week to obsessively looking at possible totes en route to work. I’m tired of having to carry my lunch, a book, an umbrella and all the rest of my crap in my hands. Who does that? Me. I do that.

Totes McGotes

1. Medium MAB Tote: Rebecca Minkoff
2. Inside-Out-Pocket Tote: Kate Spade Saturday
3. Medium Jet Set Saffiano Travel Tote: Michael Kors

Look how pretty! And structured!

I am leaning towards the Kate Spade Saturday Tote simply because Chelsea from Zipped wears it so well. I lack her casual cool style and long stature, but look at the organization.

Do you have any tote recommendations? Which is your favorite?

Pep Fiction

Raise your hand if you’re Bed Bath and Beyond done with this cold weather.

I’m patiently waiting for spring and planning out all the fantastic outfits I’ll wear once I stop needing to pile on layers of shapeless clothing to avoid hypothermia. I have a vision of incorporating fall pieces with flouncy skirts. I’ve been eyeing several leather peplum shirts as my takeaway from fall, and have been inspired by these posts (one and two) from my favorite fashion blogger.

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Peplums from left to right:
Rebecca Minkoff Leather Peplum Top
Forever 21 Wavy Matelasse Peplum Top
Only 3/4 Peplum Top

Skirts from left to right:
Lush Print Crepe Skater Skirt
Nasty Gal Scuba Skater Skirt
Modcloth See You Round Skirt

What spring styles are you ready to wear? I haven’t even begun to imagine all the dress/jacket combinations and I’m pretty sure I’m going to restock my closet with new bright flats. Ah!

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Coat Crushes

During my coat hunt I have come across three that I can’t seem to stop visiting on a daily basis as if they are puppies in a pet store window.

Coat Crushes

Coat #1: Colette Trench (Anthropologie)

Coat #2: City-Chic Peacoat (Forever 21)

Fit-and-Flare Wool Coat (Banana Republic)

I am most attracted to the Colette Trench from Anthropologie simply because of the peplum detail. The wool coat is girly and sophisticated without looking bulky. It’s similar to the Banana Republic coat, and seems more appropriate for winter in Houston since the coldest we get is a chilly 50, maybe 45 degrees.

Despite my affinity for the cream coats, my basic instinct to wear black is satisfied with the peacoat from Forever 21. The buttons and cut of the lapel add boldness that keeps it from being another boring black coat. I like that it hits at the hip which is perfect for wearing with skirts.

Which coats have you been crushing on?