Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kimono-Sleeve Floral LBD - 2 ways and Early Linkup.

Today, Nina from A World of Dresses is celebrating her birthday on her Blog and Instagram with myself and 5 other Stylish Bloggers. We all wore Little Black Dresses for this celebration. You can read Nina's post here. I decided to style a New LBD for this special collaboration and I styled it two ways. I actually wore the Day Look (with the Nude Rockstud Sandals) to work last week. The night look would be perfect for our belated Anniversary Dinner Date this Saturday night, any date really, and even a wedding.


I have never owned a Dress in this style. The Kimono Sleeves are feminine and flattering. The right-above-the-knee length makes it work-appropriate and since the Dress is Black, even-though the floral and leafy flowers on its pattern are large they are in white, making this a Great LBD and a Fun Black+White Dress, too. I kept the same Kendra Scott Pearlized Statement Earrings from day to night and the same bangles (one is in a cream enamel, the other in a gold-tone). I switched my sandals from the Nude Betseyville Rockstud Gladiators to the Ankle-Strap Bow Stilettos. For the daytime look I carried one of my regular Work Purses (in a dark metallic silver) which is the perfect medium size, while for the night look I carried a Butter Yellow Woven Leather Clutch. I added my Coral+Crystal Statement Necklace to the evening look and went for a Layered Black Metallic Druzy Necklace for the daytime look. Another thing I did is switch the way the dress' sash is tied. For the daytime look I tied it around the waist in the front, with the bow off the right side and for the night look I tied the sash only in the back in a large bow, creating a more curvy effect with the dress. What do you think? Do you like how this look came together? Do you prefer the day or the night look best? And don't forget to check out Nina's Special Post. Happy Birthday to Nina! Hope the rest of this birthday week is fantastic for her! She is a girl after my own heart - she loves and wears a lot of dresses, too. 
Changing the look of a dress by tying the sash/belt differently each time, as the collage above demonstrates.

Day.
Black Kimono Sleeve Dress w/ Sash in a White Floral Print: Merona via Target (New) (very similar, on Huge Sale, love this), (similar in graphic print, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Dressy, small Splurge).
Brown/Tortoise Plastic Framed Sunglasses: Express (Gifted) (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Black Metallic Layered Necklace w/ Square Pearlized Druzy Stones & Tassel: The Limited (New) (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar w/ earrings, Fantastic Deal, love this), (similar, small Splurge).
Gold-Tone Crushed Ivory Pearl "Lauren" Statement Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (identical), (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal).
Gold-tone "Carine" Cuff: Gorjana via Rockbox (New) (identical, Splurge), (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold-Tone Bangle w/ Soft Peach Enamel: The Limited (New) (similar set, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Mellow Yellow Leather, Basket-Weave Wristlet Clutch: Elliot Lucca (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Black Faux Suede Strappy Stiletto Sandals w/ Oversized Bows on the side: Betseyville by Betsey Johnson (New) (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, small Splurge), (very similar, Splurge).
Pewter/Dark Silver Metallic Soft Leather Bag w/ small Pouch: Rosetti via Marshalls (shiny fun option), (bucket style, on Sale, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Nude Strappy Gladiator Sandals w/ Gold Pyramid Studs: Betseyville via Target (New) (similar, Steal), (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge), (similar, the real deal, huge Splurge).

Night.
Black Kimono Sleeve Dress w/ Sash in a White Floral Print: Merona via Target (New) (very similar, on Huge Sale, love this), (similar in graphic print, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Dressy, small Splurge).
Brown/Tortoise Plastic Framed Sunglasses: Express (Gifted) (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Bright Coral Pink+Crystal Silver "Jenna" Statement Necklace: Perry Street via Rockbox (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar w/ earrings, Great Deal, my favorite), (very similar).
Gold-Tone Crushed Ivory Pearl "Lauren" Statement Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (identical), (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal).
Gold-tone "Carine" Cuff: Gorjana via Rockbox (New) (identical, Splurge), (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold-Tone Bangle w/ Soft Peach Enamel: The Limited (New) (similar set, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Mellow Yellow Leather, Basket-Weave Wristlet Clutch: Elliot Lucca (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Black Faux Suede Strappy Stiletto Sandals w/ Oversized Bows on the side: Betseyville by Betsey Johnson (New) (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, small Splurge), (very similar, Splurge).

Shop my Looks, below:

P.S. Linking up with Adri + Jessica, Alice, Ana Luiza with Michelle, Annie, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Christie, Claire, Dawn, Grace, Elle with Jacqueline, Heather, Jalynn,
Also linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog  for "Create 28".

I am running really late in posting this afternoon, so for your convenience I will leave the Linkup code on the bottom of today's post. The linkup goes live at 8.00 PM Eastern time. I will have a brand new Thursday Moda post with the linkup code again, tomorrow morning. Thank you. I have been running so late today.

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24 comments:

  1. Love how you styled this dress for day and night.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  2. What a pretty dress! The sleeves are gorgeous and the style of this dress looks great on you! Love the pink necklace!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  3. Aww I'm a blogger after your own heart. I have seen your love of dresses and I love it. This one is just fantastic! Very unique and perfect to dress both up or down! Thanks for the shout out and being a part of my blogger collab!

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

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  4. So cute! Love the way you styled both day and night!

    <3 Shannon

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  5. Great dress! I love the sleeves & the print! Both looks are fabulous!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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  6. That is a lovely little black dress, looks great with flats and heels! :)

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  7. Great dress and love how you styled it both ways!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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  8. What a cute and versatile dress! I love it both ways, but I adore the pop of color with the yellow clutch. Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Kimono style is flattering indeed, looks great with both flats and heels. Thanks for hosting!

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

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  10. Happy Birthday Ada ! Have a fabulous weekend x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  11. Great dress Ada & it looks so cute styled both ways! Thanks for hosting today and hope you enjoy your weekend!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  12. Love the sleeves and print of that dress! Perfect styling both ways! Thank you for the linkup!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  13. Ada, I love, love, love this dress! The kimono sleeves are so fun and interesting. And I love a great black and white print. Just gorgeous! Wasn't Nina's LBD party so much fun!? I'm linking my LBD post here! Thanks for the link up! Remember my new link up goes live every Friday!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thanks for linking up with me, Ada! I hope to see you again next Friday!

      Shelbee
      http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com/my-old-navy-rewards-haul-and-a-link-up/

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    2. Hello Ada.I loved your dress.it looks so cute and pretty.
      https://www.paisleygraceboutique.com/

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  14. Such a gorgeous dress on you Ada! Love the black and white and the print!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  15. Love this black/white dress! The kimono style and prints is so beautiful on you Ada. Thanks for the link up!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  16. Love a kimono sleeved dress!! Great styling!!
    Jaymie!

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  17. Lovely dress!!!

    Come check out how I welcomed Summer at the blog in a boho-inspired look - Happy Thursday!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  18. Lovely dress Ada, I am a fan of kimono style dresses.

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  19. Such a pretty dress, looks great on you!

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  20. Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things linkup!! I love your kimono dress. I have chosen your post as one of my featured faves from last week's linkup. I will be featuring you on my site this Thursday.

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  21. Love the style of this dress and black and white prints are always my favorite!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  22. Fantastic dress and styling! You look great!

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