Pop of Pink

Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I want to give y’all a heads-up that the Nordstrom Triple Points event has started. Now through March 26, Nordstrom Rewards members and cardholders earn 3X the points on net purchases at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook.

I’ve had a few people email and ask about a post on what to buy during the Triple Points event. I haven’t had time to put that post together, but you may want to take a look at my Spring Wardrobe Essentials post and also my Spring Favorites page (always linked in the menu bar at the top of my blog.) This is a good time to buy the splurgier items like white jeans, Hunter boots, a trench coat, a new handbag, etc. The idea is to rack up as many points as you can so you get a nice generous Nordstrom Note in the mail in a few weeks!

Today I’m styling a black knit dress that is great for many of the spring occasions you may have on your calendar, and it would be nice for work and church as well.

This dress came from Trunk Club, and my stylist sent me a size small. I usually wear mediums in Halogen, so I was surprised when the small was too big. It was a least an inch or two longer than this, and it kind of hung awkwardly around my middle, rather than following my curves as it is designed to do. I exchanged it for an XS, and now it fits perfectly.

I don’t know what that means for you tiny ladies out there, because I’m no waif, but I definitely recommend sizing down. It does come in petite sizes, so that is something to consider as well. It has positive reviews, but most of them mention sizing down or ordering a petite after trying on the regular. Most agree that it’s very flattering and forgiving, skimming the body without being clingy. The price point isn’t too bad either.

Because I wanted to keep the look casual, and because the dress is sleeveless and so many of us are experiencing colder than usual spring temperatures, I topped it off with a denim jacket.

I’m a huge fan of pairing a dress with a denim jacket. It helps keep the look from being too fussy, and I like the contrast of the denim with the dressier fabric. Of course, a blazer or cardigan would work as well, depending on where you’re going to wear it. I like the idea of a long, lightweight cardigan over this.

For jewelry, I went with gold hoops and this bold gold swirl pendant. I wanted something to break up the front of the dress, and I also like how it draws the eye to the waist area and helps create that a V-shape that mimics the hourglass silhouette we’re always trying to achieve.

My closet is embarrassingly full of neutral shoes, and I was tempted to wear a pair with this outfit, but I decided this was the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color with my footwear.

I looked around online for a while before deciding on these Steve Madden block heel ankle strap sandals. I generally prefer a higher heel, but I thought the low heel was more in keeping with the casual direction I was trying to take with this outfit, and a lot of you have asked me to suggest some lower heeled shoes. They come in a lot of fun colors as well as some nice neutrals, and they’re very comfortable. Highly recommend.

I also wanted to mention that I’ve started using self tanner so I don’t look pasty in pictures, now that I’m starting to style spring styles. A lot of people have asked for tips, and I actually have a post about how to apply self tanner so it looks natural. Feel free to check that out if that’s something you struggle with.

I’ve got it down to a pretty good system, although I need to find a new exfoliating product. That makes a huge difference in how well the tanning lotion applies and in how long it lats. If you have something you love, let me know!

I’m really pleased with how this outfit turned out. I’ve had the dress for a while, and I was trying to figure out how I wanted to style it. I’m planning to wear it to church once the weather warms up, and I’m sure I’ll find some other occasions for it as the season progresses.

I like that this dress can be styled in so many different ways… from pumps to flat sandals, from Converse to espadrilles, it’s definitely one of those pieces that will be a workhorse in my closet (and maybe yours!)

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Halogen Mock Neck Knit Dress // Steve Madden Irenee Block Heel Sandals // similar denim jacket (similar for less) // Stella & Dot Dalilah Pendant // similar gold hoops // assorted Alex and Ani wire bangles (some c/o) // kate spade new york mylie hobo // nails: CND Studio White (fingers and toes)

photo credit: Alison Cornell

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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36 thoughts on “Pop of Pink

  1. Love the pop of pink shoes. I know you had to be cold seen the snow. And thank you for the tip on wearing denim jackets over dresses I have started doing that since I seen how great it looks

  2. This is one of my favorite ways to add some spunk to an outfit, Jo-Lynne!! I mean, I love my neutrals too for certain reasons, but these pink shoes really grab your attention and give you a younger air!!
    I have some just like this in a melon color and wore them around the swap meet in Arizona on our vaca!! I love that this heel makes them walkable—yet they aren’t a flat!!

  3. What a great basic dress. Really like how you styled it with the pop of pink! I love how you write your posts – you certainly have a way with words and a great sense of humor!! How you describe some of the events in your everyday life always gives me a smile!

  4. This looks awesome. I really love the dress, pink shoes, and denim jacket. I am relying more & more on my denim jackets!!
    My co-worker and I are leaving today for a conference in Nashville. Hopefully we will have time for some of that nice shopping that you and Cyndi did 🙂

  5. Have you tried the microdermabrasion abrasion paste by RF for exfoliating? I’ve been using it on my arms and neck and ❤️ it! It’s a bit pricy to use everyday for exfoliating but the results are fantastic!

  6. This looks so good! I love the necklace and I really like the denim jacket with a zipper rather than buttons. And thanks for the self tanning tips!

  7. I love this look. It’s casual, but the pop of color really jazzes it up. I’ve got a different question. What brand/color of lipstick are you wearing in this photo shoot?

    1. I think it’s my usual MAC lip pencil in Spice, NARS lipstick in Rosebud or Rosecliff (something like that) and then I topped it off with my MAC Lipglass in Cultured. I use that Cultured color over all my lipsticks, and I usually use the Spice lip pencil. I have a pinker one, but it doesn’t go on as easily.

  8. The style of the dress looks great on you and the necklace and bright shoes are the perfect addition to the outfit.

  9. Lovely and casual at the same time! Is that necklace heavy? It’s so cute but I don’t enjoy wearing my long ones that are heavier so they just end up hanging on my necklace holder. 🙁

    1. It is rather heavy. It didn’t bother me, but then, I guess that isn’t something that has ever bothered me? I don’t wear thing like that for long – out to dinner or to church on a Sunday morning.

  10. Very nice… look cute. Love the pink sandals and that heel height is perfect for me. I dread the time of year to do sunless tanner. Last summer I ended up skipping it and tried to be ok with lighter skin than normal. I find the process a pain and I hate the smell of sunless tanners. Does the one you recommended and use, smell? I am, however, going to try a brand Cyndi recommended in her blog not long ago. Its very pricey….more than the most expensive one you’ve mentioned, so it took a lot for me to buy it. I haven’t tried it yet, but she said it doesn’t smell and so that caught my attention. Its one they recommend applying with a glove. Have you used a glove before? I have never exfoliated before self tanner, but many, including Cyndi say they use coconut oil and sugar scrub. I’ve used this sugar scrub before….made my own, but haven’t tried it before applying sunless tanner yet. I was wondering about it because some self tanners say don’t apply lotion before applying self tanners, so I thought maybe the coconut oil would affect how the tanner goes on. Sounds to me its an essential part of it going on without streaking and staying natural looking. I think I will try applying the first part of April, so I’m ready for Easter. 🙂 OR……maybe I should start now, incase I mess it up. Ha Ha Thanks for sharing your tips of applying. I learned a lot about the elbows, ankles and knees.

    1. I had one last year I had to apply with a glove. It worked fine, I guess. I am just really used to this Clarins and it is very forgiving. It definitely has a scent, though. I kind of like it. Or I’ve gotten used to it. One that I also used that I liked pretty well was the Rodan + Fields. it’s more of a foam.

  11. Thanks for the inspariation. I have a few little black dresses and now I know I can transition them to spring by adding a pop of color with pink shoes and a jean jacket as well. You look amazing in that dress! Also, thanks for the self tanning tips, boy do I need it.

  12. The outfit is a winner. I especially like the shoes. I’ve never be a “pink” girl but I am trying to embrace it a little more. May have to purchase a pair…or 2… of those shoes.

  13. I guess I’m alone on this one. Love the look until I scrolled down to the pink sandals. Thinking a neutral pair would have blended better with the metals on the jacket and all your jewelry. Do like mock necklines so the dress scored with me!

  14. Love the simplicity and put together look of your outfit. That dress fits you so well and can be styled in so many different ways. I bought those shoes as I loved the lower block heel for a more casual look too but they just did not feel right around my ankle and they seemed to push my toes too far forward. Must have just been the shape of my foot since you say they are super comfy. I love all the colors they come in too!. Starting Course 2 of AYW today:)

  15. Your thoughts on the dry brush method for exfoliating? I’ve periodically used the dry brush especially in winter then a moisturizing warm bath.

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