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Travel Diary: Shots From the Cruise

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 1

Beyond Vintage Dress; Kate Spade Marie Bow-Toe Pumps (similar)

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 2

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 3

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 1

Forever 21 Skirt (similar ); J.Crew Factory Blouse;  J. Crew Factory Enameled Dot Bangle (similar); Color Bubble BIB Statement Fashion Necklace – Turquoise; Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flats; J. Crew Polka Dot Bag

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 3

Hello! I got back from the Caribbean just under a week ago and it took me the whole week to get back into the swing of things. I think my mind is still on vacation!

Above are a few outfits I wore to dinner on the ship. While I dressed up every night, I tended to live in my bathing suit during the day. I didn’t take as many pictures as I had planned and instead ended up relaxing as much as I could.

I’m excited to start blogging again!

Review: Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s

Elevated Style | Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s 1

Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf; J.Crew Polka-Dot Bag; J.Crew Factory Bracelets

Elevated Style | Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s 2

Elevated Style | Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s 3

Elevated Style | Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s 4

Above, I’m wearing the tall size J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s. It’s the same dress I featured in this post back in August. I apologize for not getting a review out sooner…I had to order three different sizes before I found one that fit the way I like. I find that J.Crew sizing is inconsistent and it’s tough because you can’t try on tall sizes in store.

First off, this dress is way more flattering on me than the J.Crew Memo dress I reviewed here. Why? There is no weird pleating or bunching around the waist! Here are some other things to note:

  • Length: The tall length is fine on my 5’10” frame and hits just above the knee. I did try on a regular size in store and found the length to be too short (about 2-3 inches shorter than the tall size).
  • Material: The material is gorgeous (Super 120s merino wool) and looks and feels expensive. It’s silky to the touch but has enough structure to be work-appropriate. It’s also fully lined.
  • Cut: It’s a shift-silhouette with a straight skirt. These types of dresses are typically more flattering on women without curves, but I wanted to try anyway. I ended up going with a 4T. I think the hip area might be a little tight on me, but if I went with the 6T, the bust would have been way too roomy.

Ultimately, I liked the dress, but I wasn’t in love. I think I’m going to return it, because I don’t think I can justify the price for something that’s not quite perfect. On a positive note, however, there are plenty more J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses to try!

Readers: Have you tired any of the J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses? Which silhouette do you like the best?

Outfit Idea: Little Black Dress + Red Clutch

Elevated Style | American Eagle Black Dress 1

American Eagle Black dress; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; Iman Clutch; Forever 21 Bracelets; J.Crew Factory Earrings

Elevated Style | American Eagle Black Dress 2

Elevated Style | American Eagle Black Dress 3

Elevated Style | American Eagle Black Dress 4

Everyone needs a little black dress. My little black dress, however, is VERY little! Borderline too little. I purchased it from American Eagle last winter and wore it out once with black tights. I felt a bit black swan-esque (not that it’s a bad thing!), but it was fun dress to wear out on the town. I don’t think I’d ever wear anything shorter than this, though. As is, I have to be really careful not to bend down!

I’m on the lookout for a slightly longer, slightly less ruffled little black dress and also some more club appropriate heels. I’ve tried the bodycon dresses, but they just don’t look good on me. Any suggestions?

Readers: Do you have a little black dress?