The long summer dress - a perfect way to be stylishly cool on high temperature days. And when evening chill moves in, add a coordinating topper to keep you and your look warm. Dresses are a summer wardrobe staple. They are feminine, they help keep us cool in the heat, and there are SO MANY styles and variations. As I've moved through the years, the summer dress styles I've chosen have changed. The style I'm most comfortable wearing at this time of my life are long summer dresses - at or below the knee lengths to full-length maxi styles. Simple and Versatile T-Shirt Dress This simple black t-shirt style maxi… View Post

I love jeans, and I'd wear them every day if I could. Your jeans style can take you from super casual to dressed up for a night on the town. It's all in how you create your look with complementary pieces of clothing and accessories. It's easy and it's fun! Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to build your jeans style to be versatile and classy. Think of every jeans purchase as an investment. This might sound strange and you might need a minute to wrap your head around this idea. But there really is a difference between $100+ jeans and jeans that are priced… View Post

I love white jeans in the summer. Actually, white jeans are seasonless. But they are especially perfect in summer. As we count down the last days of June and think about the July 4th holiday, it feels like we are in the ideal white jeans season. Think of white jeans and pants as the foundation of your outfit – the piece that grounds your look. There’s almost nothing that you can’t wear with white jeans. The look can go from casual and fun to dressy and elegant, depending on your top, shoes, jacket, jewelry, bag, and other accessories. But . . . white jeans or pants can be a little… View Post

So it’s here. Swimsuit season. Summer has officially begun, and whether you love being poolside or prefer the sand and surf, chances are you’ll be donning a swimsuit sometime this summer. A swimsuit cover up is a must to complete your “swim ensemble.” What's Your Swimsuit Cover Style? If your idea of a swimsuit cover up is wrapping a beach towel around you, then we need to talk! Swimsuit cover ups serve a purpose in a utilitarian sense, sure, but they can also be a great style accessory to add to your swimsuit. In my younger days I usually opted for a pair of cutoff jeans as a “cover up”… View Post

I love makeup. It’s playtime, art, and fashion all at the same time. I feel undressed if I am not wearing makeup. Even when I am dressed down, I like to use a little mascara. A bit of mascara helps create a finished look and lets my eyes stand out with a frame of standout lashes. Because I've been wondering how much of a difference there really is between some of my favorite brands, I decided to do a mascara review. I’ve been experimenting over the past eight weeks with a few different mascara brands – using a different one each day to make comparisons and be able to articulate… View Post

Happy birthday to Dez & Dot! One year ago I published the first Dez & Dot article -  coincidentally, a day after my own birthday (well, not really a coincidence - a suggestion from my friend as a good day to launch). It's been an exciting year. I've learned a lot and have really enjoyed finding fun things to share with you. I hope you've had fun too. I am looking forward to more Dez & Dot adventures in fashion and beauty with life thrown in. I always love hearing from you and learning more about what you want to know. Now for some fun stuff. I am a Stitch… View Post

When I’m pondering blog topics to share with you, I sometimes find that I’m making things way too complicated. I realize that it’s likely that we may have the same style questions. So, I take a look at what has been on my mind. Is there a style question that I’ve been thinking about or something new I’ve bought that needs some fresh styling ideas? This week I’ve been thinking about olive green. I just got a pair of AG olive green jeans that I love (there was a 25% off friends and family sale – I’ll let you know when they have another sale as it’s the best time… View Post

Fierce Fashion. It’s a term that popped into my head last week as I was pondering the focus of this week’s post. I was trying to come up with a good way to communicate the idea of being fashion forward and making a statement while being true to your individual style and respecting your level of fashion comfort. Fierce Fashion seems to cover it. Here's how I interpret Fierce Fashion. You might conjure up a bizarre image of black lips, long, spikey fingernails, and head-to-toe animal print. Fierce Fashion is not that! It's putting personality into fashion, using fashion in a bold way, making a statement, throwing in something fun… View Post

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Thinking about summer, it's dawned on me that I’ve been hyper-focused on spring, as evidenced by all the blog posts with the word "spring" in them! I guess that’s not completely out in left field, since we are living spring. But my obsession with it, following the rainiest fall and winter we’ve had in recent memory, may have taken me a bit farther than desired with that topic. The official start of summer is now on the horizon (just over a month away!), and it’s time to switch gears and revel in all things summer. To kick off Dez… View Post

As promised (did you read to the end of last week’s blog where I promised?!), this week we are exploring options for dressing the bottom half on those hot days. What can we wear if we’d rather not wear shorts? This post began as a review of the alternatives to wearing shorts. And I still want to list the options for those of us who prefer not to wear shorts on the warm spring and summer days. However, as I was writing about cropped and capris pants, it became obvious that this category is one that warrants a little more conversation than just listing it as an alternative style to… View Post