Red Velvet // striped dress + sparkle top + red lips

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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There's nothing like some red hot pieces to ensure your summer starts off on a stylish foot. From deep crimsons to bold burgundies, this is the season to experiment with red and get playful - even if that only means buying a new lipstick!
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Thinking a bit outside the box, I layered this fabulous shimmery top over a striped bodycon dress. This top and I go way back as it's been a longtime favorite since 2011, and I just love it's subtle luxe vibe. But layering it over a dress? That breathes refreshing new life into it! 
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sparkle glitter top
A midi pencil dress like this one is endlessly sophisticated and stylish. Appropriate for any and every occasion, this is most definitely a closet staple. And in black & white, it's just THAT much more versatile. 
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Delicate up top, chunky on the bottom, these block heels are the perfect example of classic meets modern. And in black patent leather, they're also beyond edgy ;)
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striped pencil skirt
Black sparkle beads, anyone? These guys give any look a certain 1920s flair - costumey, yes; but ALSO totally gorgeous! 
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A metallic smokey eye with flecks of silver is ideal for summertime - it's light yet dramatic, and completely date-night worthy. Add a juicy red lip and BAM, talk about a fresh, sexy approach to warm-weather beauty. 
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A bodycon dress, with its slimming silhouette and figure-flattering shape, is ideal for layering. Top yours off with a boxy military jacket or a statement tee like I did.  
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TBH, these photos were taken just over a year ago in the-middle-of-nowhere North Carolina - oops! And the truth is, I loved them so much that I kept saving them for the "perfect" time - any other bloggers know what I'm talking about? And then I finally realized, there's no time like the present, right? 
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Photos by Dan Harper 
[dress: Ann Taylor (old but similar here) // top: Ann Taylor (old but I also like this one) // shoes: Zara (old but similar here) // necklace: Ann Taylor (old but I also like this one) // earrings Juicy Couture (similar here) // lipstick: Urban Decay (similar here)] 

Red is endlessly flattering, not to mention sultry AND super fun to wear. Even better, sometimes all it takes is a swipe of red lipstick to give you that extra boost of confidence; easy as 1, 2, 3! 
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// SHOP //


  1. Wonderful red lipstick and black sandals!

  2. Love your modern flapper look! And how clever to layer a tee over your dress!

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  3. Beautiful! Can't go wrong with a lovely red lip. Those rings are beautiful too

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  4. Beautiful dress, Ann Taylor have nice pieces, in love of the eye turkish, have a nice day Kat.

  5. You know I never thought about doing this, layering a tee over a dress like this, but it looks really good!

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  6. Lovely pictures! Red lips are always a good call :)

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  7. You look SO glam in these photos! Love it!

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  8. I love your red lips! They are the perfect accessory to the outfit. Fab eau of styling a shimmery top over the dress. Lvoe it!

  9. I love your heels!

    Have a lovely week,

  10. Would have never guessed these photos were taken over a year ago. You looked amazing! Love the way you layered your top of this cute dress! Looks completely unique and chic! I just adore your bold lip color too!