Introducing the DRESSBAR at dressbarn


dressbarn's LUXE by Carmen Marc Valvo Sweater Dress, $66

dressbarn's Fit-and-Flare Woven Dress, $60

dressbarn's Floral Halter Dress, $60


dressbarn's Chevron Sweater Dress, $49.50


Who remembers shopping at dressbarn? I certainly do! As a kid I used to tag along with my mom and aunt when they shopped there. This year they are getting a huge makeover: introducing… the DRESSBAR at dressbarn! It’s still the value-friendly dresses that you love – everything is between $40-80, and ranges in sizes 4-24. But what’s new are the fresh, modern designs and designer collaborations with Carmen Marc Valvo, Heidi Weisel and Adrianna Papell. (Plus a cheeky campaign with "barn" animals, at the bottom of this post!)

Here in Orlando, I’m helping kick off the newest DRESSBAR store design at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets on Thursday, October 22nd from 6-8pm. Carmen Marc Valvo will be there – I am so excited to meet him and get a picture! You are welcome to come and bring whoever you'd like. There will be music, refreshments, and a free monogrammed tote. The invitation is below, please share with your friends!

To kick off the in-store event excitement, I tried on a few dresses, so I could get a feel for the new designs, and pick one to wear to the event! In the photos above you’ll see five dresses from the new collection that I tried on, including one of Carmen Marc Valvo’s designs (the black dress, #2). I like all of them for different reasons, but 1, 2 and 4 are my favorites. Which one do you think I should wear to the event? Vote in the comments section – and I hope to see you there!


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Road Trip with The Florida Buzz Report

Our road trip to Singer Island and Key Largo has officially come to an end! (Sad face.) We were commissioned by The Florida Buzz Report to take photos across Florida with a fashion spin (as well as a fun video, which I'll share soon), and this is a recap of all of the photos we posted on their Instagram account. It was so fun working on this project with my husband - we each came up with about half of the photo concepts, and JJ was behind the lens on all of them. I also can't say enough good things about living and traveling in Florida - it never ceases to take my breath away!

Which photo or outfit is your favorite?

Disclosure: we were hired by The Florida Buzz Report to take these photos and other content for their social channels and website. I'm sharing here of my own accord. 

Today's Everyday Fashion: Key Largo

Lace trim crop top with lace shorts
Lace trim crop top with lace shorts

The second stop on our trip was beautiful Key Largo. I wore this outfit for our car ride down to the Keys, and we snapped these photos on our balcony as soon as we arrived. (It was a great resort with two restaurants, a huge pool, several beaches and on-site water sports, I highly recommend it!) When I was packing for this trip, I started by pulling things out of my closet that I might want to bring, and then narrowed it down from there. When I saw these two lace items laying next to each other, it sparked an outfit idea I had never considered. The waistline of the shorts match up almost perfectly with the crop top, and both the shorts and top are really loose fitting, making it one easy, breezy outfit that's perfect for a Florida road trip!

Top: H&M, $25
Shorts: Marshall's, $15 (similar, similar, similar)
Sandals: Chinese Laundry/ Off Fifth, $40 (similar, similar)
Clutch: Gap, $12 (similar, similar)
Sunglasses: LOFT, $16
Approx. dates: Clutch is 3 years ago. Sandals, top, shorts are this summer.