OOTD: ModCloth Viva La Velvet Skirt

If you’re anything like me, you’re surprised that velvet has officially returned. After seeing it here and there last winter, I was skeptical. Well I am now officially on board. As long as it is done in small doses. 

This velvet skirt from ModCloth is everything. I decided to take the plunge and purchase this beauty. And I am glad I did. It’s a perfect color for the season and goes with so many things. Today I chose to wear the skirt with this adorable floral top from the LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection. Just lovely. 

Top: LC Lauren Conrad Bow-Sleeve Crepe Top Kohl’s, $26.99

Skirt: Viva La Velvet Skirt ModCloth, $69.99

Booties: Kate Spade (last year)

If you’re not quite sold on the velvet revival, just try to stop thinking about all of that crushed velvet from the 90’s. That’s enough to scar anyone for life. But I promise, when done properly, velvet can be incredibly chic. 

Happy Saturday!


Catching Up: October OOTD’s

Hiiiiii! So sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog. Life has been busy and Instagram has been oh-so-easy. But, I am going to share some of my outfits from October (and maybe even September…eek!). First up, this adorbs tunic dress from Free People. What I love about this dress is that it can be worn casually or for a special occasion. 

Dress: FP One Angel Lace Dress Free People, $118

Tights: J. Crew, $26.50

Booties: BP Trott Bootie Nordstrom, $119.95


 Two words: plaid tunic. Need I say more? Such an essential fall item. I literally live in this tunic.



Tunic: Paned Sweater Tunic Anthropologie, $138

Leggings: Nordstrom, $48

Shoes: Dolce Vita, no longer available

Hat: Anthropologie, no longer available

Did y’all get the memo? Flares are back, my friends. And I’m in love. It’s actually very refreshing to see. Every time I wear these, I get so many compliments. Flares + lace + fringe = fall perfection. 

Top: Free People, no longer available

Jeans: Denim Super Flare Free People, $78

Bag: Nordstrom, no longer available

Can we just talk about the fact that Thanksgiving is in two weeks? I hope you’re having a great fall!


OOTD: LC Runway Collection

For those of you who did not see the runway for this collection, you truly missed out. It was full of whimsical silliouhets, florals, and fabulous braids. This collection is the definition of feminine. It’s just too pretty. 

 I could have bought everything from this collection. And I do mean everything. But I limited myself to a few items. And trust me, it was a challenge. The skirt was a no brainer. High-waisted, full, midi skirt? Oh yeah, get in my closet right now. How about a lace top with bell sleeves? These two items were made for each other. 


Top: Scallop Lace Crop Top Kohl’s, $36

Skirt: Currently unavailable. Shop these similar shorts from Kohl’s

Shoes: ‘Ashton’ Wedge Ankle Bootie Nordstrom, $129

I hope everyone has a great week!


Fall Style Challenge: Sunglasses

What comes to mind when you think of fall accessories? Probably scarves, hats, vests and tall boots. But what about sunglasses? Once the summer months are over, we may forget about sunglasses. But why? The sun is still shining! There are even cloudy days where sunnies are needed. And it is fun to pair sunglasses with fall acessories. 

Hat: Garcia Rancher Anthropologie, $58; Scarf: Chinchero Scarf Anthropologie, $58; Sunglasses: Raen Montara Salt City Optics, $135

This rancher hat from Anthropologie is one of my go-to hats of the season. I love these awesome frames paired with the rancher and plaid scarf. So fall. 


Layered necklace: Exaggerated Waterfalls Necklace Free People, $48; Turban: Brigitte Printed Turban Free People, $38; Sunglasses: Zeal Laurel Canyon Salt City Optics, $179

First thing’s first: I’m completely obsessed with the color of these sunglasses. Obsessed. Second thing: if you’re afraid of a turban, don’t be. Just give it a try. They are so chic and look good on just about everyone. Throw in a layered necklace, and you’re set. A trendy, fall look. 

Ear Cuff: Pave Spear Ear Cuff Free People, $38; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Large Metal 58mm Salt City Optics, $145; Choker: Castway Choker Free People, $158; Earrings: Tiny 6 Pack Studs Free People, $16

Gold-rimmed aviators. Need I say more? They are perfect everyday, shades. So what goes best with gold aviators? Jewelry. Ladies and gents, I give you the return of the choker. That’s right you 90’s lovers, the choker is back. What I like the most about this choker is the fact that it is rather dainty. A good ease back into the choker trend. Next up, the ear cuffs. Edgier than your basic earring. Wear the cuff alone, or add some simple studs. 

I must mention this awesome online retailer, Salt City Optics. It’s a great one-stop shop for all of your sunglasses needs. Prescription shades? Check. Regular sunnies? Of course. What about polarized options? You bet. With the endless options, you’re sure to find the perfect pair (or two or three pairs) of sunnies. 

How do you style sunglasses for the fall?


Fall Essentials

Admit it, you’ve already ordered three pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks. That’s ok, your secret is safe with me. But with the pumpkin spiced lattes comes pumpkin muffins…and the most essential staples for fall. I’m so excited for the return of some classics and a few newbies for this fall season. 


Clockwise from top left: Bergen Fringe Kimono Anthropologie, $98; Ella Hat Free People, $58; Denim Super Flare Free People, $78; Kick-Me-Up Bootie in Burgundy Modcloth, $68.99

The blanket cardi/kimono has made a triumphant return this year. And I couldn’t be happier about that. This item is chic and oh-so effortless. Floppy hats also returned. But who is surprised there? Floppy hats are a must for the fall. Super wide leg denim is debuting this season. As someone who has worn skinny jeans for the past ten (yes, ten) years, I was somewhat skeptical. Skinny jeans are so easy. But after trying on these flares from Free People, I was sold. They are truly a welcomed change in my wardrobe. And just an FYI, these pants in regular length run really long. Something else exciting this season is the color burgundy. I’ve seen pops of it all around, but I am completely in love with burgundy booties. And hello, these have fringe. Get. In. My. Closet. Better yet, get on my feet!

Clockwise from top left: Exaggerated Waterfalls Necklace Free People, $48; Long-Form V-Neck Anthropologie, $58; Boulangerie Jar Pumpkin Soufflé Candle Anthropologie, $16; Kensington Sunglasses Free People, $20 

Statement necklaces have been dominating for the past few years. But this fall, it’s all about the layering necklace. It’s basically three or four necklaces in one. It’s is delicate and feminine. And perfect with a basic tee or tunic. And speaking of tunics…another must have for fall. Leggings become more and more popular every year, and ladies, don’t forget to cover your bum and front side. Hence the tunic. Throw a vest over a tunic and you have the perfect fall outfit. When talking about fall essentials, you can’t forget about the most amazing scent of the year. I’m talking about the pumpkin soufflé candle from Anthro. It’s pure heaven. And just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean you should forget about your sunnies. The Kensington sunglasses from Free People are my latest obsession. 

These are just a few of my favorite fall things. What are your favorites?


OOTD: Anthropologie Paquerette Shirtdress

Printed dress? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Tall boots? Double check. Yes, those are the best ingredients for the perfect fall look. With the crisp weather rapidly approaching, I couldn’t resist this printed dress from Anthropologie. 

The lovely backdrop for today’s post is at The Butterfly House. Such a fun, pretty and interesting gem in St. Louis. And who doesn’t love butterflies??


Dress: Anthropologie, $148

Sunglasses: Kensington Sunglasses Free People, $20

Hat: shop similar Anthropologie, $58

Boots: Shop similar Nordstrom, $139

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA on the blog lately. Life has been busy! But you can always follow my daily outfits on Instagram (@studdeddahlia). I promise to post more in the next few weeks. 

Happy Sunday!


Hello, Fall

With Labor Day weekend here, summer is officially over. A sad, yet exciting time. It’s always sad to say farewell to long days, crop tops and pool parties.  And you know you Instagrammed a photo on a swan float this summer, admit it. But we say hello to crisp weather, apple picking and layers. 

 I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for over a year and never talked about the slips from Free People. I am truly addicted to their slips. The addiction started with the Voile and Lace Slip (see below). It comes in every color imaginable and is the ultimate layering piece. I wear one of those slips almost every other day. Wear it alone, over shorts, jeans or leggings. Add a crop top, sweater or tee over the slip. Like I said before, the ultimate layering piece. You can do no wrong. 

So, I always get excited when Free People rolls out a new slip. And I just adore this new slip! I’ve probably worn it 10 times already. I really love wearing this with leggings. I threw a bomber jacket over the slip and added some booties to complete the look. And there you have it, an easy fall look. 

 Slip: Into You Slip Dress Free People, $98

Jacket: Urban Outfitters (two years ago). Shop similar at Urban Outfitters, $69

Leggings: Pink, $19.50

Shoes: Nordstrom, $99.95

Sunnies: Abby Road Free People, $20

How is everyone spending their Labor Day weekend?? I got a little crazy and bought a new car…I think I’m officially becoming an adult. Yikes!


Ripped Denim and Plaid

I know what you’re thinking: “Kelli isn’t wearing a dress??” It’s true! I actually do wear jeans, you guys. What’s funny, is that I consider this look rather casual. Everywhere I went while wearing this outfit, I got many comments like, “oh my gosh! You’re so dressed up! Cute outfit!” Dressed up? This is me dressed down. Perhaps it’s more of a casual-chic look. 

There is something so fun about a contrasting look. Dark and light colors blended together in perfect harmony. Color blocking is a trend that has been around for a while now. And it is not going anywhere folks. 

 Oh, how I love these jeans. Just perfect for everyday life. Seriously, I’ve worn them constantly since I bought them. I may need a second pair. These jeans were made for plaid shirts, booties and Rebecca Minkoff handbags. I’m so excited to transition these bad boys in to the fall months. Think: layers, layers and more layers!  

Shirt: J. Crew Factory, $59.95

Jeans: Tom Girl Jeans American Eagle, $49.95

Booties: BP Trot Bootie Nordstrom, $119.95

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAC Shoulder Bag Nordstrom, $195

Sunglasses: Abby Road Free People, $20

Can we just talk about the fact that August is almost over?? That sure was a quick summer! Does that mean I’m getting old…? Don’t answer that. 

Happy Sunday!


OOTD: Free People Fragile Heart Maxi Dress

This week is starting to feel like fall, ladies and gents. But next week the temperature will probably be in the 90’s. So for now, let’s enjoy let’s enjoy the cooler weather. And what better way to enjoy than with a printed maxi and a fall hat?  

I love how subtle this print is. Truthfully, I didn’t realize it was a paisley print until I tried it on and looked at it up close. Paisley can be scary sometimes (think Vera Bradley). But done with neutral colors, it’s actually quite chic. This is the most perfect maxi dress to transition into the fall. Right now it is perfect for warm nights. And in the fall, it will be great with an oversized cardigan or cozy sweater. The options are endless!


  Dress: Free People, $168

Hat: Anthropologie, $58

Shoes: Dolce Vita (no longer available)

Can you believe summer is almost over??


Vacation Recap

All good things must come to an end. Vacations are some of the best things in the world. They are totally necessary in life. Luckily, I was able to travel to the beach this year for a getaway. Gulf Shores, Alabama to be exact. Now that I am home, I want to share some of my favorite outfits and accessories from my trip. 

Clockwise from top left: Tunic Anthropologie, $88; Jeans American Eagle, $49.95; Shoes, Dolce Vita (no longer available); Necklace, Anthropologie (no longer available); Handbag Target, $15 | Kimono, Nordstrom (no longer available); Hat Anthropologie, $58 | Tunic (same as above) | Dress Anthropologie, $89.95; Clutch, Francesca’s (no longer available); Bracelet Francesca’s, $28; Shoes, Dolce Vita (no longer available)

This dip-dye tunic from Anthropologie was one of my go-to pieces on my trip. I talked about it in a previous post, but I wore it as a cover-up and with jeans. This top is so light and breezy. Just perfect for the summer. Kimonos also served as fabulous swimsuit cover-ups throughout my vacation. I don’t know how I went through life without them! And I can’t forget about this stunning white dress from Anthropologie. It was perfect for a delicious dinner at a restaurant called Flippers. Yum!

Clockwise from top left: Sunglasses Free People, $20 | Kimono, Old Navy (no longer available) | Dress, shop similar at Anthropologie, $99 | Boots, Frye Nordstrom, $257

These sunglasses from Free People are my new favorites. I wore them everyday during my trip. They are the first pair of non-designer shades I’ve had in over a decade. But they are fabulous. And a great quality. Of course I wore the sunnies with another kimono. I wore this kimono during a sail boat ride. I got to see adorable wild dolphins and the Blue Angels practice. Every trip to the beach involves ice cream. I went to Rita’s Frozen Custard and it was beyond delicious. Sprinkles included! I wore this breezy dress from Anthropologie. I had a similar version from Anthro last year and wore it all of the time. Ok, I still wear it! This year’s updated version has a high-low hem. I’m obsessed with it. Last but not least, the Frye boots. They were perfect for casual days out and about. 

I posted some of my favorite pics on Instagram throughout the week. Let’s be Instagram friends! You can follow me at handle @studdeddahlia

Now back to reality. I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday!