Tuesday, May 21, 2013

polka dots and neon #mysummeruniform

in the four years since its inception, live creating yourself has never been anyone's go to resource for personal style posts. and let's be honest, even if i tried to make it that, you'd see a lot of the same thing: j.crew, j.crew, a touch of kate spade, with the occasional budget find from target and gap in the mix. needless to say i don't think anna wintour and friends would be knocking down my door for my groundbreaking tips on fashion. that being said, today, i have a style post for all of you! (and yes, it's cholkerbock full of the aforementioned brands.)

i had a very exciting photo shoot last week (details forthcoming) and quickly ran out the day before to pick up some items that i thought would maybe work and represent my personal style, which i've since coined preppy but FUN, [exclamation point]. of course, the stylist put me in something totally different, but that's neither here nor there. after the shoot, i couldn't bring myself to return this polka dot dress (now on sale!). i love it too much and suspect i'll be wearing it all summer long, appreciating how it works for both day and night. ok, i mean, for a fancy day. i don't know about you, but i normally don't run errands all dolled up.

yeah, that's a selfie. but there's a puppy in it so it's okay. and before anyone asks, yes, i was spray-tanned. i'm normally a lovely/pasty shade i like to call brightwhitelikethemoon. if any of you have an event coming up or just want to give spray-tanning a try, i can't recommend benefit enough. sure, you have to get nakey in a closet with a lady who hoses you down w/ sticky orange spray that stinks to high hell, but i've learned it's worth it.


dress | necklace | belt | pumps (similar) | ring | bracelet (similar)

p.s. we are giving away a pair of the daytime espadrilles by jacques levine on the everygirl! so head on over and sign up. ($139 value!)

first and last photo by darlene campos for the everygirl


  1. Great Outfit(s)! This dress is really cute. Good call that you kept it. ;)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  2. I didn't know benefit cosmetics had spray tanning! elaborate??

  3. Cute outfit! I see lots of dresses as my summer wardrobe :) I like the addition of a neon belt!

  4. that dress is adorable! i love the pink belt with it!! x

    dipped in yellow

  5. you look great! i love dressing down a nicer dress for day! and i am really wishing i had your tan right now.

  6. The day outfit is surprising my favorite out of the two! I'm with you -- neons all. summer. long.


  7. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love the day outfit; I hope you have more outfits to come. :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. You are such a cutie Alaina!! Love the dress!

  9. You look great Alaina! I love the polka-dot dress and definitely feel like this outfit has a big punch of your personal style. Great pick!

    Chelsea & The City

  10. I love your dotty dress mixed with hot pink accents! So preppy and fun.

    xx, Bubbly in Brooklyn

  11. Hi, I love your dress a lot and I think it is a perfect outfit for you, that pink colour belt has added a strange beauty.

  12. Seriously, Alaina, I would LOVE to see more outfit posts here on LCY, since you have such a fun, feminine and colorful style (it's right up my alley :) You look absolutely fantastic in this dress (I would snag it in a heartbeat!) and I love the pops of pink. One word: perfection!

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

  13. I too would like details on what type of spray tan you use from Benefit... Your tan looks so good!

  14. lovely look!


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