Spring 2015: On Trend with Head-to-Toe White

It’s no secret that I love wearing white. From dresses, to lacey tops, to scarves, white is my go-to color. It always looks so crisp and clean. And of course, my beloved Nordstrom is right on trend with white. Here are some of my favorite white pieces from Nordstrom:


What do you guys think of the head-to-toe white trend for this spring? I already can’t get enough of it!


Let’s Celebrate: Anthropologie Pina Lace Dress

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Studded Dahlia. This blog has come so far in one year. And I want to continue to grow the blog more and more. I’ve enjoyed blogging so much this past year, and am so grateful for all of my awesome followers. I appreciate you all so much!

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So in true Studded Dahlia style, let’s talk about my outfit of the day. What better way to celebrate my bloggiversary than to wear a pineapple dress with teal tights. It seemed appropriate to celebrate in a dress from my favorite store, Anthropologie.

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Speaking of Anthropologie, the tights and belt are both from Anthro as well. This dress is so springy (which I love) but is still sooo cold outside. Tights were necessary for this dress. And springy-colored tights seemed perfect.

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And what would a dress and tights be without boots? Frye boots, to be exact. I live for Frye boots. You guys, they have a lifetime guarantee. Lifetime! Worth it, trust me.

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Life I said before…it is cold in St. Louis right now. I mean, really cold. Sheesh. And I am parading around in a sundress like a crazy girl. But it is all for the love of my blog. So halfway through the shoot, I had to put on my coat. And I actually liked how the pastel pink coat went with the white dress and pastel teal tights. A little wacky, but cohesive (in my opinion).

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Dress: Piña Lace Dress Anthropologie, $188 Belt: Anthropologie, last year
Tights: Anthropologie, $9.95
Coat: Anthropologie, last season
Boots: Carmen Harness Short Frye, $298

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Thank you all again for following me on my blogging journey. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog! Now let’s celebrate!


Oscar’s 2015 Red Carpet

The Oscar’s are finally here. I am interested in other things besides style, you guys. And movies are a huge interest of mine. I see a movie at the theater once a week. Great films are recognized every year. But others go under the radar. And I won’t go into snubs right now. Because tonight, I’m talking about the red carpet fashion. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed tonight. Normally I’d do a best and worst dressed list. But I want to focus on the best dressed. The only red carpet I ever watch is E! (What up G and Kelly?!) Enjoy!


Emma Stone in Elie Saab

My girl always comes through. She truly never disappoints me. Her style has evolved so much over the years. And she was on point this entire awards season. She takes the cake.


Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture

Oh, Gwyneth. This dress is pure perfection. One shoulder? Check. Massive rose on the shoulder? Check. Pale pink? Check. Some may think that this dress is too 80’s. And to them I say, “girls just wanna have fun, bitches.” Work it girl.


Jessica Chastain

Va va voom. You’re on your way, Jess. You’ll get an Oscar one day. Just promise us that you will accept your award in a stunning gown like this one.


Rita Ora in Marchesa

Marchesa is one of my favorite designers to see on any red carpet. And Rita Ora looks like Hollywood Royalty. Truthfully, I can’t even tell you what she’s famous for. Music? Movies? I have no idea. But she looks beyond chic tonight.


Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alaïa

This is an Alaïa. (Clueless, hello). This is what Gaga wears to the Oscars.


Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Bravo, Reese. She looks gorgeous head-to-toe.


Ansel Elgort in Prada

First of all, I want to just pretend that this guy isn’t 6 years younger than me. At 20 years old, Ansel has so much poise and is so handsome. Swoon.


Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Rosamund, are you sure you just gave birth? Because you look flawless. Finally, Rosamund showed up in a stunner tonight. And we all want to thank her for that.


Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab Couture

Seriously. Does this woman age? Need I say more?

My list goes on and on. This was a fabulous Oscar’s red carpet. Thank you to all of the lovely celebs. Maybe I’ll get an invite to next year’s show.


OOTD: Chambray + Florals + Pink = Spring Wishes

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Spring? Is that you? Sadly, not yet. At least, not yet in St. Louis. But I continue to keep positive thoughts that we will soon have warmer days filled with sunshine. So in the mean time, I’m dressing the part. Well, as long as there is no snow.

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My most recent obsession is my new blush pink bag by Michael Kors. It is the most perfect shade of pink. It’s not an in-your-face pink. It’s more subtle, and almost a “neutral” pink. I envisioned pairing the bag with a floral skirt or dress. And then, it happened. I found the most perfect floral skirt from Nordstrom to wear with this bag.

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“But what top will I pair this skirt and bag with?,” I asked myself. A chambray shirt, of course! I also added a cute little touch with frilly socks from Anthropologie. And booties, of course.

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Shirt: Anthropologie (a few years ago). Shop this similar one from Anthropologie, $88
Skirt: Nordstrom, $38
Bag: Selma Saffiano Leather Medium Satchel Michael Kors, $298
Belt: Vintage
Socks: Anthropologie, last season
Booties: Kate Spade Nordstrom

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Are you all as ready for spring as I am? What do you guys think of the blush trend? I’m hooked!

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Happy Thursday!


Tuesday Shoe Day: Espadrilles

After a recent trip to Nordstrom, it is clear that The Shoe of the upcoming Spring season is the espadrille. They come in all shapes and sizes. Wedge, flat, opened toe, closed toe, solid, patterned, beaded–you name it. So I decided to cruise Nordstrom’s website to find my favorite espadrilles.


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I have a favorite out of this group. Can you guess which ones are my favorite?

Happy Tuesday!


A Few Shades of Grey (& Black)


Rise and shine my lovelies! The event every stay-at-home mom has been waiting for is here: Fifty Shades of Grey is opening this weekend. Ok, maybe pretty much every girl is excited for it. Maybe because they read the book, or just want a good laugh (admit it, it looks kind of funny). Either way, girls (and guys) will be flocking to theaters to see what all of the commotion is about. So in honor of the film release, I put together a little outfit with some shades of grey and, well, black.


My skirt collection is increasing more and more. I’m in love with full, a-line skirts. They are easy to throw on and go with practically everything. This one is from Nordstrom and has a really cool texture to it. And bonus: it just went on sale!


Seeing as we’re talking about grey (the color) lets talk about the top and clutch. Well, they’re grey. But seriously, the top is a great little cropped long sleeve tee from Abercrombie. And I’m obsessed with it. I should have bought every color it came in. It is just perfect with high-waisted skirts. It’s also perfect for my new favorite statement necklace (which happens to have a few shades of grey too). And we can’t forget about the beaded clutch. It is an amazing dark shade of grey with beading. I’m a sucker for anything beaded.



Top: Abercrombie & Fitch, $20
Skirt: ASTR Nordstrom, $46.80
Tights: J. Crew
Booties: Sam Edelman from Nordstrom a few years ago
Clutch: Jeweled Mosaic Pouch Anthropologie, $59.95
Necklace: Nordstrom, $40.80



Are you seeing Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend? Going with girlfriends? A boyfriend? By yourself? Either way, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Let’s Get Crafty: Valentine’s Day Cards


Believe it or not, I have other interests besides what I wear (I know, shocking!). And every year for Valentine’s Day, I always make my own Valentine’s to mail out to my friends and family. I usually stumble upon an amazing card making kit at stores like Michael’s and even Anthropologie. But this year, I decided to make my own from scratch…mainly because I couldn’t find any cute kits. But I actually loved how my cards turned out this year! Let’s go over some supplies first:

1. Cards and envelopes

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You can find various cards and envelopes at stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Target. The colored cards (reds, pinks, purples, etc.) at Michael’s are a little expensive, in my opinion. So this year I found a set of 8 pink blank cards with envelopes at Hobby Lobby. I purchased two packs, for a total of 16. Yeah, I can do math too you guys!

2. Heart and square lever punch and card stock

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These punch outs are awesome and super easy to use. I bought a heart shaped and a square shaped punch out by Recollections from Michael’s. They have various shapes and sizes so you can be very creative. Card stock is also a must (obviously). For my Valentine’s this year, I stuck with pink and red card stock and different pink and red patterned card stock.

Heart lever punch: Michael’s, $9.99-$13.99. The square was not online, but you can find it in stores easily.

3. Valentine stickers and embellishments

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Recollections made some adorable Valentine embellishments this year that I had to snatch up. I bought all of these from Michael’s.

4. Stamps and ink pad

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Stamps are a dime a dozen at Michael’s. You can find pretty much anything you’re looking for. I personally enjoy stamping the inside of the card and the mailing envelope.

5: Glue dots

Now it’s time to create! And glue dots are the most amazing thing in card making/scrapbooking. They are easy to use and involve zero dry time. My go-to glue dots are available at Michael’s for $4.99.

Get creative! Mix and match patterns, shapes and stickers. Have fun with it. Your friends and family will be so thrilled when they receive their special Valentine in the mail.



Now, go spread some love!


OOTD: Abercrombie & Fitch Leanne Cardigan and Modcloth Tulle Skirt

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Sequins + tulle = the best combination. There is nothing better than a sequin cardigan worn with a tulle skirt. Abercrombie & Fitch hit it out of the park with this cardigan. It’s obvious that the clothing retailer is updating their style. Which is much needed. For the past 8 years or so, Abercrombie has been very one noted. Their clothes became somewhat boring and predictable. With the “resignation” of CEO, Mike Jeffries, A&F hopes to make a comeback. And they seem to be on the right track.

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There are so many ways to wear this sequin cardigan. Don’t worry, I’ll show you all different ways very soon. But for now, I paired the cardigan with one of my favorite tulle skirts from ModCloth. I kept the top simple with a cami from Nordstrom. And of course, my go-to suede booties by Dolce Vita.

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If you’re like me and hadn’t been into an Abercrombie & Fitch in a while, I recommend heading into one. I stopped by one in St. Louis yesterday and they had an additional 60% off of women’s sale. What a deal! They seem to have new and different product for reasonable price points. Who knew?

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Cardigan: Leanne Cardigan Abercrombie & Fitch, $39.20 (additional 60% off in stores now!)
Top: BP Stretch Camisole Nordstrom, $12
Skirt: Turning in Tulle Skirt ModCloth, $49.99
Necklace: Nordstrom, $128
Booties: Dolce Vita from Anthropologie (no longer available)
Belt: vintage

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OOTD: Free People Dreamer Dress


Sure, sequins can seem extra fancy. But when they are on a tunic, the game changes. A tunic with sequins can easily be worn casually. I know what you’re thinking: “sequins after the holidays??” And to that I say, “sequins all year long!”



So how do we keep this look casual and everyday appropriate? Simple! Tights and suede boots, of course. Honestly, I was torn over which pair of boots I wanted to wear with this. I have a plethora of brown(ish) boots. But I decided on the tall, suede boots.



How else can we make this casual? A braid, obviously! I love a good braid. Effortless braids always make me think of Blake Lively circa 2008. Braids are always a fun surprise to an everyday look.


Ok readers, is it time for me to get a new pair of sunglasses? I typically buy a new pair once a year. But it’s been over two years since I bought a new pair. The sunglasses I’m wearing in this post (and pretty much every other post) are by Gucci, and they are wonderful. The perfect size, shape and color. Perhaps sunglasses will be my next investment…


Dress: Free People Nordstrom, $100.80
Tights: J. Crew
Boots: Nordstrom, last year. Shop similar here.

Photos by Carolyn.


Can you believe it’s already February 1st??

Happy Sunday!


Accessory Spotlight: Nordstrom Mixed Media Bib Necklace by Tasha

Statement necklaces are a staple in just about every girl’s wardrobe these days. Statement necklaces always make me think of Stassi from Vanderpump Rules and Luanne fromThe Real Housewives of New York. They love a good statement necklace. And I clearly love the Bravo network.


I saw this necklace at Nordstrom a few weeks ago. And I first saw it in silver. I thought it was stunning, but I’m really not a silver girl. And then, it was as if a light beamed down onto the gold version of the necklace. I could hear the hallelujahs!


I’ve already worn this necklace several times. I can’t get enough of it. Today I paired it with a black top from Anthropologie and some distressed jeans. Speaking of accessories, how can I not talk about my favorite bag by Rebecca Minkoff. This is my fourth bag by her. And I can’t stop.


Necklace: Tasha Nordstrom, $68
Top: Anthropologie, no longer available online
Jeans: Joes Jeans Evereve, $179
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Nordstrom, $295
Shoes: Dolce Vita, no longer available online

Photos by: Carolyn

Happy Wednesday!