Sole mates on valentine’s day

I went to Los Angeles this past weekend (hence, the quiet around here), and had the amazing opportunity, once again, to participate in the MusiCares 2012 Person of the Year event, honoring Sir Paul McCartney. I’ve volunteered in the past and have done every job from talent escort to door greeter (this year I was somewhere in the middle ha). It’s always a pleasure working these events because volunteers are invited to watch the show; the same show that 5,000 people paid $1,200-$10,000 a table to be at. I spent the night watching the likes of Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Coldplay, James Taylor, and more perform. It was amazing. I look forward to this event each year. I also met Jack Nicholson (a very random guest) – as in spoke to him and shook his hand. In. Sane. By the way, if you ever meet Tony Bennet, be prepared. He’s a wild one! He likes to walk around in the aisle during the Cirque Beatles show. He was almost crushed by men on trumpet stilts. I cannot make this up!

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*Dress: Forever 21. Shoes: “Kerry” in brown c/o Sole Society

This is not what I wore to the event – I just wanted to brag share my experience with you. I actually wore this to an early Valentine’s dinner with the boy. Since Valentine’s day is on Tuesday and I was in town this weekend (and next weekend actually), we went to dinner on Sunday at Firenze Osteria, which is the restaurant of Fabio Viviani from Top Chef! I am obsessed with Top Chef and Fabio has always been my favorite contestant from that show, so the fact that he has a restaurant mere miles from my boyfriend’s house makes me a very happy girl!

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Thank goodness I chose this shift dress for our dinner because dude, I ate. I ate a lot. I eat a lot in general actually, but we ate so much that we had to decline dessert. I’ve never said no to dessert before. I’m not saying we didn’t stop at the store and buy individual slices of cheesecake for later (to compliment the box of chocolates already sitting at home of course). I was happy I could hide my food baby in this dress.

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Have you heard of Sole Society? It is a service that sends you a “shoe closet” each month (based on a style quiz that you take, and can re-take or update as well). It is $49.50 per pair of shoes, but you can skip the month if you don’t find a pair you like – no obligations! Basically, you have access to a free personal shopper specifically for shoes. Kind of amazing right? Sole Society was kind enough to send me my first pair to review!

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The first thing I need to express is how damn comfortable they are. Not only is the suede itself soft, but it feels like there are built-in inserts. I did not have achy (or cut up) feet at the end of the night! That is a big win for me with shoes. They are also extremely easy to walk in. The comfort plays a part in that, but the heel is actually a reasonable size. Sometimes I don’t want to wear heels that make me taller than my 6’2″ boyfriend, so it was nice to be able to get a shorter pair (but not that tacky gum heel short. Ignore that I said that if you enjoy those type of heels!). These also came at the best time since they match my new dress perfectly. I was ready to be tacky with black heels, but Sole Society saved me!

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Another reason I chose these is because I do not own a pair of peep toes. Is that a fashion fail? I’ve never been a big fan of my feet in general, so my first instinct is to keep the all covered up. These babies were the first to break my streak! And no, I am not looking for feet compliments. Because frankly, that’s just weird.

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So if something like Sole Society sounds completely awesome to you (which, I don’t know why it wouldn’t), I encourage you to check out the web site (click here) and sign up! Registration is free and you only pay if you choose a pair of shoes!

I liked them so much, I styled another outfit around them that will be up later in the week!

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72 comments
  1. love your dress, and your side swept bun! pretty 🙂
    xo.

  2. Wren said:

    Beautiful dress!!

    Wren

  3. that dress and shoes couldn’t be better together!

    xoxo navy & orange

  4. Such a cute dress, it looks perfect with the shoes 🙂 Sounds like an amazing weekend!
    xo Jac

  5. i especially love your hair. oh my gosh. how cute.

    i love that this dress is adorable while still being able to be comfortable – i always like when dresses allow for lots of food. date night dresses almost need that. yours is really perfect – with those heels and your legs, it’s still really good for a date night without being really tight or crazy.

    i’m checking out sole society now – seems like a really cool idea.

    ❤ katherine
    fashion.kitkatherine.com

    • I am always looking for perfect shift dresses and this is the first one I’ve really loved. My boyfriend actually liked it too even though it’s shapeless… probably because it’s short haha

  6. debi c said:

    ok i totally am mad that i wasn’t at that event!must have been an amazing night!am checking out sole society right now..it sounds amazing,the shoes are so lovely..love your dress and beautiful hairstyle!

    follow
    http://flysongbird.blogspot.com

  7. i love this outfit! i am now following you on bloglovin’! follow me back on bloglovin’ and google friend connect? it would make me happy!! and also thanks for your sweet comment!
    keep in touch!
    love,
    heelsontheclouds.blogspot.com

  8. Fatima said:

    You look really nice ! So cute dress 🙂 xx

    modas-diva.blogspot.com

  9. Sarah said:

    The event that you volunteered at sounds amazing, it’s so cool how you managed to meet all those celebrities when others would have paid thousands for seats! I love the print of your dress too, you look lovely 🙂 xx

    http://www.almostdelightful.com

  10. Thank you for your comment! I noticed you wear a forever21 dress…i love Forever21 good choise!! ❤

  11. love your dress so much especially because of its colour and print. looks perfect with those shoes ♥

  12. Natalie said:

    I adore your shoes! and the photo’s look beautiful with that red gate in the back

  13. Melina said:

    Love the color of this outfit! The tone is so vintagey. Also, I live right by Firenze and I always hear such great things about it. I’ll have to try it out one of these days!

    xx Melina

  14. I am so incredibly jealous of you. That sounds like such an amazing experience and from what I’ve heard, that organization does some pretty amazing things. Agh and to see Dave Grohl perform again! I’ve seen FF a few times in concert but I’ve had this longstanding goal of making him my husband and this would have been a great opportunity haha.

    As for this look, I absolutely love everything. Those warm tones look stunning on you!

    Alexandra xo

    http://tovogueorbust.com/

  15. anna said:

    i really like the dress!!

  16. perfect dress 🙂

    followed you now on bloglovin!

  17. Crystal said:

    That dress is so pretty! The turquoise & brown go good together! :]

  18. I love these pictures! They’re so artistic and gorgeous! And who knew a brown floral dress could be so beautiful and feminine? Love the dress with the shoes!

  19. You look so lovely, the print on this dress is so pretty and unique, and the color is fantastic. It sounds like such an exciting trip and how fun getting to meet Jack Nickolson! (He’s one of my favorite actors. ^_^) The heart necklace is such a cute little nod to the holiday, I love it!

    It”s so funny that you mention Top Chef and Fabio, that’s one of the few cooking shows my husbanb watchs and the season with Fabio was one of his favorite. He got so angery when Fabio was chopped, he leapt from the couch and started screaming at the tv! (And hes not the sort who ever does that!)

  20. Linda said:

    Oh wow, sounds like a blast!
    Haha, and yes, whenever we go out to eat, I make sure I’m wearing something that will disguise what I know I’ll indulge myself in. Your dress definitely looks like the cute option for it too! Love the print, and your shoes ❤

    http://www.trendyteal.blogspot.com

  21. you look absolutely lovely! the retro/vintage dress is darling and i adore what you did with your hair! also super jealous you got to see so many amazing performances and people! glad you had a great valentines!

    love kelly

    http://www.paperdolltheory.com

  22. I really like your dress! You look beautiful and sounds like you had a lot of fun!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

  23. Toni said:

    Super cute dress! That color looks great on you. I saw on Refinery 29’s Style Blogger contest that you’re from Sac! I grew up in Roseville! My whole family lives there now and if I come back to visit we should SHOP! LOL. Sometimes I feel all alone in my little city with no fashion friends. 🙂 ❤

    toni
    Blog Giveaway!

  24. Amanda said:

    oh wow that dress is just divine!

  25. Wow that dress is so pretty! And it looks amazing with the shoes! xo

  26. Daisy said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Love the color of your dress, it suits you so well! ❤
    xx
    Daisy

    blooomingdaisies.blogspot.com

  27. Sharon said:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I appreciate it ^^

    The dress looks cute.
    Wish I could wear dresses with bare legs, but it’s way too cold in the Netherlands!

    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

  28. angie said:

    hey thanks for visiting my blog. this outfit is STUNNING. 🙂

    xo

  29. Lemiza said:

    Thank you for your comment! You look amazing! The dress is really cute! xx

  30. Lovely shots, outfit and blog! You’re really beautiful and I like the vintage touch of your style! Love M.

  31. Lee said:

    love the color of your dress! so cute!! by the way thank you for commenting on my blog!

  32. Analisa said:

    That dress is so cute! I especially love the print 🙂

  33. Robin said:

    How cool! I have heard of Sole Society, but never used them before. The shoes are gorgeous! I don’t like my feet either. They are so big and clumsy looking. Cute dress! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  34. Paula T said:

    The music cares event sounds really exciting! I love these pics, the colours on your dress and then the flash of red from the gate and flowers, very inspiring! Mad about prints at the moment thanks to the latest pics from the catwalks! 🙂
    http://www.paulatasker.squarespace.com

  35. Jackie said:

    Cute shoes! You shouldn’t be afraid to show your feet!

  36. Rachella said:

    The color of the dress suit you so well! X

  37. Babette said:

    I really like the red and brown contrast in your pictures! Good job!

  38. TJ said:

    your outfit is super fierce girl. i love it!!!
    xo TJ

  39. Vivian said:

    Love your dress & your necklace! This look is so romantic!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. I’m now following your blog and I hope you can follow me back. Have a fabulous day! 🙂
    xo Vivian

    Flightgirl Fashion

  40. Jannine said:

    haha good dress choice for Valentine´s day dinner. i´m sure every bite was worth the belly 🙂
    you look super cute with those shoes! i love the color…

    XO jannine
    http://fashionistArg.blogspot.com

    p.s: i started following on Bloglovin, feel free to follow back! 🙂

  41. Tania said:

    How do you do your side bun?? It’s so pretty. Hope you had a fabulous V-day… although it was quite a while ago!

  42. That dress is so adorable, I love the color and sweet floral print!

    xo Gillie

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