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florals and flowers

Springtime means it’s time to break out the floral prints, sandals, and it’s time to take a break and smell the flowers:)

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floral blazer1
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So exciting!
floral blazer4Here are the new sandals I got at Goodwill, they’re perfect for spring! I love them but I’m glad that I only paid $3.39 for them because they’re already falling apart =/

And here are some pictures I snapped while visiting Duke Gardens a few weekends ago. The tulip garden was in full bloom and so beautiful!

Have a great monday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying spring 🙂


Outfit Deets:
Jacket/blazer: Rafaella floral blazer, thrifted $3
Tank: Caslon black tank, thrifted (gift from Mom)
Jeans: The Limited (old), $20
Shoes: Nine West sandals, thrifted $3.39
Necklace: Melinda Maria moon star necklace, gift from hubby


in the dressing room: Talbots

Jackie Fit Tuileries swing jacket
I'm trying on the Jackie Fit Tuileries swing jacket
Jackie Fit Tuileries swing jacket
Jackie Fit Tuileries swing jacket

I just had to stop by Talbots yesterday when I heard that a certain Talbots Jackie Fit Tuileries swing jacket was going on 50% off sale.

As I had been watching this beautiful jacket and even blogged about it earlier, I just could not control myself from “visiting” it at the store.

I tried the jacket in size 14 petite, 14 regular, and 12 regular. I think the 14 regular fit most comfortably. The petite was too short (I’m about 5’3.5″ but with short legs and an average torso). The size 12 fit too but was slightly tight around the bust.

Belle flower full skirt
I'm trying on the Talbots Belle flower full skirt

I really like this jacket but I’m not sure about the price – $94. Is that too much to pay for a good quality structured jacket? I just love its vintage inspired feel and the fabric is a thick knit cotton, which felt high quality. Any opinions here are appreciated!

I also tried on the Belle Flower Full Skirt while I was visiting Talbots. I had also been eying this gorgeous floral skirt and it was on sale for ~$43 which wasn’t a terribly bad price.

Once on, my love for the skirt faded quickly. On the model, the skirt appears full and drapes attractively on her figure. On me, the skirt was very blah – it had no fullness and it was just hanging on me like a coat hangs sloppily on a coat tree.

Lafayette - Sandpaper Kisses
Lafayette - Purveyor of Sandpaper Kisses

It might have looked slightly better if I actually tried on the petite version of the skirt, wore heels, and took off my black tights, but not all that much. Good, the last think I need right now is to spend more money on clothes. I have to draw the line somewhere, right? 🙂

But the spring jacket still haunts my dreams. I’d like some of my friends’ opinions regarding whether it’s worth the money, looks good, etc. So don’t hold back!

And for good measure, I’m throwing in a picture of Lafayette (Laffy) the tuxedo cat, official mascot of Sandpaper Kisses Blog.

Look for Less: anthropologie floral dress

En Plein Air Dress
En Plein Air Dress - image courtesy of Anthropologie

I just ran across the En Plain Air Dress by Eva Franco at Anthropologie and I’m absolutely smitten. Of course, that’s expected given that dress has a bright floral pattern, a vintage inspired look, and a nice waist-cinching belt. This gorgeous and feminine dress reminds me of what my grandmother used to wear in the 1950s and 60s.

Unfortunately for me (and for many of my readers too), this dress is simply out of my price range at over $250, making it middle of the road sartorial debauchery. So I decided to peruse the interwebs for a dress for less version, although I know that finding an exact replacement will be impossible, I looked for a dress that had a similar look to it.

Nine West Floral Printed Seamed Dress
Nine West Floral Printed Seamed Dress - image courtesy of Lord & Taylor

One similar option is the Nine West floral-printed seamed dressavailable at Lord & Taylor. Though the neckline is different, the overall affect of the dress and its vintage look remain.

Plus at $128 (and there are often coupons available!), this dress is at least 50% less expensive than its Anthropologie counterpart.

Other options I found are the Elementz Sleeveless Floral Shift Dress and the Muse Sleeveless Floral Pleated Skirt Dress at Macy’s and the Anne Klein Floral Print Sheath Dress at Lord & Taylor. Both have a similar (ie. higher) neckline like the Anthropologie dress. All three dresses are under $110.

The Elementz dress is really cute and it even comes with a pink shrug/cardigan! Unfortunately, the colors are a little off from the En Plein Air Dress.

Dress for Less

The Anne Klein Floral Dress is really feminine and I especially like the print and the colors, although they are paler than the En Plein Air dress, they are similar. and lastly the Muse dress has a feminine and flirty full skirt, but the colors are blue and very different from the En Plein Air dress.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but if I had to it would be the Anne Klein dress–it’s the most vintage looking in my opinion. And I also LOVE the combination of a light green and pink or coral. Drool.

Skinny Bow Belt
Skinny Bow Belt

Pair any of these floral dresses with a skinny belt and you’ve got a close version of the Anthropologie floral dress for at least half the price. I especially like this Skinny Bow Belt from New York and Company. CUTE!

And lastly I just want to apologize for my floral dress obsession! I’m sure my readers are already getting sick of seeing post after post dedicated to flowery dresses.

I’m a girly girl and I can’t help it!

Anyway, this concludes this dress for less segment. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment below!

Feminine, flirty, fun dresses

Shabby Apple Happy Talk Dress
Shabby Apple Happy Talk Dress


I just recently discovered Shabby Apple while reading Uber Chic for Cheap, one of my blog inspirations. I instantly fell in love with Shabby Apple’s vintage-y designs, feminine embellishments, and seemingly flattering “grown up” dresses.

I say grown up because I’ve been noticing dresses getting shorter and more and more of them are strapless. While that was fine to wear when I was in high school, I’m larger and more mature now, I like dresses that flatter my body and reflect my grown up style.

Even though I love most of the Apple Dresses, I’ve got my eye on one dress in particular, the Happy Talk dress. With a super cute name, stretch cotton poplin fabric, and gorgeous rosette embellishment, this pacific-inspired dress is a winner. Although at $88, it’s typically out of my price range for one item of clothing, I might just break down and buy it.

I think the Happy Talk dress would look amazing paired with some colorful wedges or espadrilles and maybe even a wide stretchy belt. I just love the color; yellow goes well with many skin tones.

Shabby Apple Garden Isle Dress
Shabby Apple Garden Isle Dress

Here’s another dress that I drool over constantly, it’s called Garden Isle. The smaller waist and fuller skirt along with the pink pattern fabric and 50’s style is just awesome.

I’d wear the Garden Isle dress with a pair of dark T-strap heels, just to accentuate the super feminine, vintage look. Can I hurry up and win the lottery now so I can lots of pretty dresses?

What do you all think of these Shabby Apple vintage-y dress?