Curses Into Blessings

When I spotted this lace-infused number at a boutique in Georgetown, the first thought that ran through my mind was "It's perfect." The second was, "Shoot, I can't wear a bra." The third was, "Thank goodness I don't really need to." My seventh grade self would kick me for doing so, but there I was at 26, silently thanking my genes for allowing the no-bra zone to be an option.

Sometimes what was once a curse can turn into a blessing. For example, I was throwing hate-filled daggers at the downpour falling all day for threatening to dampen the night's charity event we were attending. About 20 minutes before leaving, the rain subsided and left a stunning rainbow in its place, turning my angry thoughts toward mother nature into thankful peace offerings.

In total, the day was filled with little lessons, including the fact that sometimes a little black dress is not completed by mundane accessories underneath but rather a colorful night sky.

Dress - Boutique find. | Shoes - Target (Old). Similar heels.
Champagne bracelet | Earrings - J.Crew (Old)

Care to dance? Follow my lead.


  1. love the detail in your dress

  2. you looks so pretty!! And I love your thought process while thinking about buying it or not :) ....and yes a rainbow is the best accessory!!

  3. I LOVE this hair on you. I don't know many women who can pull off hair this short, but you are one of the lucky ones! Love this dress too- it's subtly sexy ;)

  4. That dress is everything!!! The back is amazing. xo, Julie

  5. This is beautiful on you! Haha I ran into the same problem recently with a backless dress-- the one time I'm grateful to be a negative A cup :-P
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

  6. your hair is gorgeous! fits you! gorgeous dress, and rainbow :) capturing chicago's charm! love ya! xo

  7. You look like such a little hottie, Em! I love this dress on you–the lace is sexy without revealing too much. And of course, the hair–you already know I'm obsessed, but I'll say it again!

  8. great dress, the lace on the back is beautiful!

    <3 Lianna J @ Salem Style Crochet

  9. This is such a cute dress! The lace is such a cute feminine touch and not too revealing - tres classy!


  10. This is a gorgeous dress, and I've totally been there on the bra issue. I've definitely been guilty of just forgoing one for the sake of a great, backless dress.

    Style by Joules

  11. That is such a great find. It looks amazing on you and the backdrop is gorgeous!

  12. Oh my wow, what a wonderful look my dear, gorgeous dress and LOVE how you styled with the leopard print shoes! <333 Love your hair as well! Perfection, truly, bravo! <333

    Liana x

  13. Such a beautiful dress! I especially adore it with the leopard print heels :) xo

  14. Love that lbd, such a cute back! The heels are a great addition to the look!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

  15. Your dress is gorgeous and you look stunning in these pics ! Love the shoes, too ! Kisses

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  16. Great post! :)

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  17. Oh how I`m in love with the lace detail on the back of your dress! Haha I`m glad you`re able to pull this off with no bra...that certainly wouldn`t be an option for me! You look gorg!

    xo jen

  18. Your. hair. looks. amazing!!! I'm so jealous, I would love to chop mine off but I do not have the facial structure for short hair. You definitely do my dear!! Love the dress too! xx

  19. Love the lace cut outs! What a great find!!

  20. Soooo as soon as I get home I take off my bra lately. And I will randomly try to get away with it in public too! It's better for your health anyway ;)
    This dress is so fantastic! Love all the lacey details.

  21. First of all...HELLO hot mama!!! WOW! You look absolutely stunning! Majorly loving this entire look! And secondly, I am right there in the "bra not always necessary" club! I think it is one of the best clubs to be in ;) XO Brynn

  22. So stunning doll!! I can get away with no bra as well, the younger me wouldn't have been so happy, but I'm quite thankful now, haha. Love the design on this, suits you very well xx

  23. SOOOO STUNNING! Love this dress, the lace detail and the leopard pumps! Perfection!

  24. Yowser!! That dress is HOT!! And I looove your hair. You look great!!!


  25. You look gorgeous! I'm forever the optimist - things usually turn out ok ;-)

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  26. You are stunnnnnning in this Emily! I am right there with you with the learning to embrace your natural... ahem.. curves? I used to be so so so self conscious about my chest size but as I've gotten older I've learned to embrace it and love it.... because it's MINE! Beautiful pics :)


  27. Great make-up
    and hair style, dear!



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