I have been inspired by many designers and brands lately. I just want to purchase everything, but that’s not possible. Fortunately for me, my wardrobe has similar styles that I can put together an outfit.
Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Black Stretch Dress with Straps (very similar here and great boat neck style here)
Top: Stylemint Madison Tee (here)
Shoes: Seychelles Carousel Wedge Sandals (similar here, here, and here)
I have been LIVING in my Stylemint Madison tee. I love the quality and cut. However, it is a little on the short side! If I wear this tee with a pair of jeans, my belly button keeps making appearances. I had to check the Stylemint video of the Madison, and yes it is on the short side. I should have paid closer attention to the video.
The BCBGMaxAzria dress was purchased from Saks about 4 years ago, right after I had my 1st child. This dress motivated me to lose that baby weight. I love the stretch knit and the silhouette is gorgeous! I think it is a little long on me but it’s not that important as of the moment to get it altered. I do like the longer hem for a more relaxed feel like in the J.Crew catalog.
Home for the holidays. To our family home is between Lousiana and Mississippi. My husband’s family resides in Biloxi, MS, also known as the Vegas of the South. I really do like Biloxi. It’s a small town with close knit ties. The atmosphere is very relaxing and calm. Unlike New Orleans, the views are gorgeous hillside trees and spacious expanse of skies so blue.
After Hurricane Katrina, unfortunately many places closed down. The big hotels all renovated, upping the luxe and the charm. Biloxi was hit hard and many of its streets are bare. Majority like my husband’s family moved more inland towards the city of D’Iberville. Along the Sangani Blvd, a whole new community was born. Sprawling with restaurants, shops, and new homes, everything is within 1 mile. It’s amazing how this area became the epic center of live in southern Mississippi.
And what trip would this be without a shopping excursion to the outlet mall.
What amazes me is the vast differences in clothing from one store to another. Look at what I found:
The classic trench that I tried on in Houston was black. I found the exact same one in a tan color. It was alot cheaper than Houston. Houston was $99 unfortunately with no other sale. In Biloxi, it was $99 + 40% off. I still debated whether a black would suit me better. However my husband and my sister in law thought a tan colored trench is more classic and adds a different color to my wardrobe.
J. Crew is another store that I did not purchase anything from while in Houston. But in Biloxi, the deals just were too good to pass up. There was a 40% off on most items + an additional 20% when checking out. I grabbed that field jacket that gave my outfit an edge in my earlier post. I also picked up this:
Striped sweater – I probably have many striped sweaters but the color blocked sleeves caught my eye. The shoulders are like capped sleeves but continued with a color block ribbing down the arms. It’s different than any sweater I have.
I love the color purple. This satiny purple invitation clutch would have been a steal but I talked myself out of purchasing it. I had already purchased way too many purses this holiday season. But I am going to put this on my radar when I have the need for it. Lovely clutch…
After an eventful shopping day, we gorged ourselves on sushi! It has been a LOOOOOOOONNNNNNG time since I had good sushi. In Houston, you have to go towards downtown for GOOD sushi or the one in Richmond, TX which is about 20 minutes drive. However, I would be the only one making that drive since my husband and kids don’t like sushi. My husband will eat the Hibachi rice or anything terriyaki but no sushi.
Good thing my SIL loves sushi!
I got the Cowboy Roll (bottom) which is snow crab, steamed asparagus & cream cheese rolled inside, topped with thinly sliced seared, fresh filet mignon and red flying fish roe, served with samurai style medium spicy bbq eel sauce.
My SIL got the Pink Lady which contains fresh salmon, snow crab, smelt roe, avocado, tuna and cream cheese in a roll wrapped with scarce pink soybean sheet, served with house mustard creamy sauce.
What is different about Samurai is that each table gets a selection of dipping sauces from wasabi sauce, spicy mayo, bbq eel, etc. Ahhhh, craving for the Cowboy Roll as of right now.