-->

Monday, November 24, 2014

Manic Monday: The perfect dress


It's Sunday night at 6pm, which is usually when I'm finishing my posts for the week, except this week at that time, I haven't even started! We're just getting back from a weekend away, and I fly to Toronto tomorrow through Wednesday. Needless to say, I'm gonna try and keep this short but sweet! 

We spent the weekend in DC (Alexandria, VA to be exact) to celebrate the wedding of a very good friend. They had a destination wedding over the summer and had their reception on Saturday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. It was a gorgeous setting and a ridiculously good time!

Dress: Greylin (Nordstrom)Wristlet: Stella and Dot | Shoes: Valentino

Surprisingly this is the first wedding we have been to all year. I was excited to get all dolled up! This is the event that I was dress shopping for with Jenna. Lucky for me, we found this dress at our very first stop, and was only one of three dresses I even tried on. Love when that happens! 

I thought it was seasonally perfect for the occasion and could not resist the patchwork-like mix of textures and patterns. It is definitely a unique piece, which is definitely what I was looking for as I feel like a lot of cocktail type dresses out there right now all look similar. I am a bit high waisted/ have a short torso, so I did have to get the straps taken up a little bit (for free, thanks to Nordstrom), but outside of that, the dress fit perfect. 


Here's a selfie view, which I am sharing since I didn't get proper photos of my "outerwear." We took a cab from the hotel to the venue, so I only had to survive in the cold from the curb to the front door. I wasn't sure if I would be cold inside with the sleeveless dress, so I wore a blazer and also brought a wrap, which I simply wore as a scarf for the commute. The temperature inside was actually quite comfortable, so my blazer and wrap ended up with coat check.

For accessories - I did have a bracelet on, which you can see in the selfie, but it snagged on my hair once and on the scarf twice by the time we got there, so I ended up just taking it off. I would have been mortified if it snagged my dress!! This wristlet is new from Stella and Dot, and what's even more awesome than its rose gold detailing is that the strap detaches and can be worn as a wrap bracelet. 


Speaking of wrap -- that's a wrap for this post! Hope everyone's short week goes by quickly! Think of me as I'm flying to our neighbors up north!


SHOP THE LOOK:

Linking up for Style to InspirePersonal Style Monday, and Rachelle and Cha Cha for #HowIFall.

Linkup Button


We'd love to have YOU link-up with us for Manic Monday.

Here are the simple guidelines:

1. Click below to add a link to your recent post. Any topic is fine!

2. Please make sure your post has links back to both More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.

3. It would be very cool if you followed along with us via the social media platform of your choice (Instagram, Bloglovin, Pinterest, Twitter etc.), but as long you link back to the hosts it's all good. 

Thanks for linking up!
More Pieces of Me        

84 comments :

  1. Wow everything about this look is PERFECT - have a great Thanksgiving Carylee!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. That dress is amazing and your look stunning in it. Seriously I would totally get it if I had somewhere special to go.

    xo
    PinkSole

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved it so much! I need to wear it again!!
      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

      Delete
  3. That is a very unique dress, what a pretty piece! You definitely bought a perfect dress! It's lovely on you :)

    Thank you for the link up. :)

    Away From The Blue

    ReplyDelete
  4. Adorable dress on you, the pattern is so pretty!!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. You seriously look gorgeous! That dress is stunning! The shoes were the perfect choice!!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a gorgeous dress! Love the detailing and the mix of textures. I love getting dressed up for special occasions, too bad they're so few and far between. Enjoy the short week, Carylee! ~Cynthia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I'm really surprised we didn't have any other weddings this year, and our office no longer has a fancy holiday party. So sad! I love getting dolled up!

      Delete
  7. This is totally the perfect dress! I love the fit and detail. Sounds like a fun weekend and a busy week!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's been quite a week between travel and the holiday! Christmas will be here before I know it! eee!
      But thank you so much!!

      Delete
  8. That dress is absolutely stunning! The details are what that dress truly special. You look amazing.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a gorgeous dress! The outfit came together perfectly with the heels and clutch. I am now wondering if I need a black blazer in a longer length like this....hmm....Oh and your hair so sooo amazing too. *jealous.*
    Gina - On the Daily Express

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really love this blazer and am glad I decided to buy it. It will be my go to piece for sure, I can feeeel it!
      And thanks! It's been awhile since I've got to dress up. It was refreshing!

      Delete
  10. You look stunning- Period end of story! Love everything about this look! That dress is amazing! xo
    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are the sweetest, lady! Thank you!

      Delete
  11. Wow, what a beautiful and unique dress!! The fabric patchwork, mesh, frilly hemline, and touch of blue....beautiful!!! Fun and busy weekend it sounds like...get some rest girl!! :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I could say I was rested! Even though it was a long weekend, I still feel behind on life!
      But thank you!! The wedding was a great night!

      Delete
  12. You look gorgeous in that dress and I love the different patterns on it too:)

    Aloha, Kathleen | House of Polynesia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I thought it was unique and perfect! Thank you!

      Delete
  13. Love this dress! Love all the different fabrics and the unique construction- makes it super flattering! You look gorgeous!

    Lindsey
    Thrift and Shout

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Lindsey! I appreciate it! I loved wearing this!
      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

      Delete
  14. Cute dress and even cuter shoes. Your purse and clutch collection is a dream of mines.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww - thank you!! I'm glad you like it!!

      Delete
  15. I agree! This dress is totally seasonally appropriate and fits you perfectly! I absolutely adore all of the fun details and amazing textures!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/
    Come join the Beautiful You Link Up on Wednesday-A Weekly Celebration of Women's Beauty-

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was hard to pass up because it was so unique! Glad you enjoyed this look!

      Delete
  16. How cute is that dress?! Love the sheer detail! Happy traveling again lol

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know - and more travel this week, too! Exhausted thinking of it!!!

      Delete
  17. the dress is absolutely stunning! love the shape! you look fab!

    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Stunning dress just right for the holiday! Very feminine and flirty!

    www.dressed2dnines.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love your dress! So pretty and those shoes look perfect with them!
    poshprime.com
    ~~Megan~~

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous!!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

    ReplyDelete
  21. You look beautiful! I love the pretty details of this dress. The hair, the shoes...all equally gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Noelle! That means a lot!!

      Delete
  22. Replies
    1. Thanks!! This was before the face timing when I was still wide eyed and bushy tailed! :)

      Delete
  23. Gorgeous dress! It's perfect for holiday parties!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And I really agree - I love it!

      Delete
  24. What a gorgeous dress! Love the patchwork detail!

    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is a gorgeous dress on you, Carylee! I love the details!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    ReplyDelete
  26. Absolutely love the dress! You look gorgeous!
    Stephanie
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow I adore this dress--all the detailing is gorgeous :) Glad to hear you had fun on a weekend getaway!!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And yes, it was such a great weekend! Hard to believe it's already been one week ago!!

      Delete
  28. Such a cute dress!! The detailing on it is so pretty!
    www.amemoryofus.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. This dress is so pretty on you and I love the detailing! It is perfect for the holidays!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally agree about it being perfect for the holidays. Thank you!

      Delete
  30. Love this dress on you! Beautiful! :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge1.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. LOVE this dress! It is unique, classy yet modern and so super stylish. Love the detailing and your curls are stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love everything about this look! That dress is gorgeous and your hair is so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful dress! Perfect look for an East Coast wedding
    The Doctor Diva

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes and it wasn't too terribly cold, either! Bonus!

      Delete
  34. Lovely, flattering dress -- it IS the perfect dress for you! And perfect for the occasion :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

    ReplyDelete
  35. Those shoes are just perfect with that dress :)

    http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/

    ReplyDelete
  36. Gorgeous dress and thanks again for hosting the linkup lovely! I'm in, better late than never!! Xx

    ReplyDelete
  37. love the dress and the shoes are perfection!

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

    ReplyDelete