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If any of you follow me on Instagram (@sandyalamode, come follow me if you don’t already!) you may have seen my post last week about the dreamy Kate Spade dress that I’ve been eyeing forever.  Only reason I didn’t actually buy it is because I’m waiting and hoping it goes on sale or for a discount (please please please).

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Modcloth | Shoes: Zara | Bracelets c/o The Shine Project, Ladyee Boutique | Necklace: Deuce | Earrings: JEWELIQ | Pouches c/o Stephanie Johnson

I decided to recreate the  look of the Kate Spade dress and was SO excited when I found this skirt from Modcloth.  Seriously, I spent FOREVER looking for the perfect striped skirt with wide enough stripes and pleats.  With it being a skirt, it opens up many possibilities for remixing outfits since I can change the color I want to wear up top.  I’m a huge fan of green/teal (and cobalt blue, purple, well any bold color) against black and white.

And can we focus on my shoes for a second?  These Zara sling backs are my new favorites for fancying up any outfit!  Sad thing is when I wore them out last week I stepped into a grate and my heel got stuck.  As I pulled it out, it ripped off some of the suede on the heel and I cried inside.  Luckily I was able to use a Sharpie marker to color in the part of the suede that tore off, it works, but still a sad situation nonetheless.  Le sigh.  I probably won’t show you that part in pictures though, it would make you sad too.

Oh, did I mention pink and green is a fave color combo of mine as well?  Which brings me to discuss my new favorite line of pouches.

Ummmm why did it take me so long to find Stephanie Johnson?  Have you checked out their shop before?  They’ve got a variety of cosmetic bags, little pouches and clutches and items for travel in the prettiest designs one ever did see.  Stephanie Johnson sent me a set of pouches in this gorgeous Palm Springs Pink design and I’ve been using the smaller one to hold makeup, the medium sized one to hold rewards cards and receipts all inside of my big purse, and the larger one as a regular clutch when I don’t feel like lugging around my big purse.  The quality is amazing and I just love the gold foil design, makes me feel fancy.   :)  Get yours now, do it.

What clothing items or accessories make you feel fancy?

88 Comments ( Reply )

  1. altliae.com
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    The dress is gorgeous but that skirt is the best find! So versatile! Very lovely outfit!

  2. altliae.com
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    What makes me feel fancy? I’ve been carrying around a version of this wristlet I made. I’m the opposite of fancy, but I’ve not been able to get enough of crystal studs and leopard print lately! Also, I’ve been wearing heels of any kind, too, any chance I get!

    The purse: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103761467/red-leopard-red-silver-leather-clutch

  3. Stephanie
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Another great outfit! Love the striped skirt!

  4. Shannon
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Love your striped skirt, it definitely has the look and feel of the Kate Spade dress. :)


  5. Michelle
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love how you put together your outfit inspired by the Kate Spade dress! I also love your Zara heels! I’ve been googly-eyed over all things Zara – including their shoes!

    Jul 29, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    The teal top looks amazing you, and loving that whole look, thank you for featuring us!

  7. Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    i want that skirt! and those shoes – HOT!!!!

  8. Georgianna
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I love this outfit on you, Sandy! The stripes are perfect and turquoise is definitely one of your best colors. You look beautiful!

  9. alyson
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    That skirt is the most amazing find, Sandy!! And, those heels? Obsessing. So jealous of your recent Zara shoe additions. Haha. Already have the page opened to look for myself. :)

    PS: stephanie johnson?? new favorite as well!

  10. Jenny
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that skirt! Definitely comparable to the Kate Spade dress, and perhaps even more versatile! You could wear it with a black tank and it will look like the dress, but you also have the option to wear it with so many other things! Those shoes are the perfect basic to dress up any outfit!

    xo Jenny

  11. Amanda {at} Royal Daughter Designs
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I love the skirt. I do. But that color of turquoise on you is STUNNING!! I love it!

  12. Gracie
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    You did a fantastic job recreating that Kate Spade dress. That skirt can be used in so many ways. I love the whole outfit. The pouch/clutch is really adorable too. I think heels definitely make me feel fancy.

  13. thehautecookie
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    i love how you recreated the dress, you are so awesome. you always look so pretty! Love your instagrams the most when you post photos of A, keke. oh & hurry and follow me on my other instagram (thehautecookie) too woman ;) . xO

  14. Holly
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Loooove this outfit!!! That totally is the perfect skirt!! :)

  15. Dancing Branflake
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    You look so good! I love those stripes and those shoes are killer!

  16. kw
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    this is so gorgeous! (:

  17. jalimisi
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Love your outfit.

  18. Morgan Brooks
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Such an fun post love!
    Id love for you to stop by my blog and enter my $50 forever 21 giveaway and check out my latest posts!
    Morgan Brooks

  19. Ani
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Love your take on the original. So pretty!

  20. Count To Four
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    absolutely love the skirt and love that colour top with it. you can do many things with that skirt, throwing on a black or white tank would work too.

  21. Kristin
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    That skirt is seriously fabulous!

  22. Will @ Bright.Bazaar
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    That black and white skirt looks awesome on you!!

  23. Estelle La Mode
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    I love stripes so that skirt is a winner, so chic!


  24. sheree@itsnotthatdeep
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 6:51 am


  25. kym
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    This look is perfect! I love the green paired with the large, graphic stripes.
    Thanks for visiting my blog; it’s so nice to meet you! Now following :)

  26. Tia
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    Love this outfit! I wore the same color combo in my latest post!!! *Twinsies*

  27. Krysten
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Okay that skirt looks IDENTICAL to the skirt of the Kate Spade dress. And don’t even talk Kate Spade to me, I’m in love with her stuff.

  28. Always Maylee
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I LOVE that skirt, it looks soo pretty on you! The teal top goes perfectly with it. Gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  29. Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I love this outfit! The color combo is fantastic.

  30. cami
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I love love love your shoes!!! They are so chic!!


  31. Annie
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Love this look Sandy! That skirt is gorgeous, so glad you were able to re-create the look :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  32. katherine
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    i love your recreation of the dress – i actually like the green top with it better! and i may need this skirt. it just looks so good on you! and those pouches are adorable – i’ve never heard of stephanie johnson!

    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails

  33. Lieselotte
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Wauw! You look gorgeous!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!


  34. Amy Shaughnessy
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I love how you put this look together. I think it is just as pretty as the dress! LOVE the heels too!


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  35. Blair @ wild-and-precious.com
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    adorbs! & loving miss stephanie!!


  36. Bonnie
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Your skirt is adorable. I may have to steal this from you. I love the bright top that you wore with it.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  37. Amy
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Love the Kate Spade dress! I think you should totally get it!

    Love the similar look with the skirt and green top, you look fabulous!


    Leopard and Lillies

  38. Carly
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    ooh, I love new brand intro’s…never heard of Stephanie Johnson! Will have to check out.

    As for your look…ADORE…that black and white skirt is timeless and those shoes are divine.
    Happy Monday.

  39. Ms. Megan
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    oh goodness!! That Kate Spade dress? *swoon*!! However I love the dress for less outfit you created!! (It may even be cuter than the KS dress!!) I love the color top you paired with your ModCloth skirt!! xo

  40. Sarah Hulbert Style
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I have been looking for a skirt like that! So cute!!!

  41. ViktoriyaSener
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    That’s absolutely lovely outfit!
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  42. Meg
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    no way did you recently have a baby?? you look awesome and that skirt makes your waist super tiny. love the entire and those heels rock

  43. Glamamom
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    That skirt is just fabulous! Lusting over those shoes too!

  44. Shea
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Statement necklaces always make me feel fancy–especially ones with pearls or sparkles! I love that black and white stripe skirt–you’re right it has lots of remixing potential!

  45. melissa blake
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    LOVE that purse!!! xoxo

  46. Maria
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I just ordered those shoes! You look great!


  47. The Preppy Student
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I have a stephanie johnson makeup set and I LOVE it! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)

    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I love this polished looking outfit! The pouch is really nice as well. -xo

  49. Leeann @ Join the Gossip
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    You are SO cute!! Love both looks. Such an adorable skirt! And those pink pouches/bags are adorable!

  50. Rachel
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Such a gorgeous skirt! But no I have not heard of this cosmetic bag place, but they look AMAZING!

  51. ola munia
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    i love that Kate Spade dress. You did such a great job recreating it. That skirt is the perfect piece.


  52. Tara
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I really love your skirt! It is the perfect wide stripe!

  53. Martha
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Love the stripes with this color!! It looks great, and not typical red…and those shoes are beyond adorable.
    You look fabulous!!



  54. nancy @ adore to adorn
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    SO cute. I love your inspiration from Kate Spade…great find!
    And I totally agree – Stephanie Johnson makes great bags. I own one and adore it!

  55. Sparkle
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    that skirt is so fab! so modern vintage!



  56. sofia
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    great skirt!

  57. Jessica
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Such a cute outfit! Love the skirt…I’ve been looking for a skirt like that for awhile. Thanks for stopping by my blog…following you now :-)

  58. pretty little things
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    such a pretty skirt — love it! xo


  59. Trina
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    I totally relate to the sadness you get when you ruin on of your favorite items. Those shoes are really cute. I also love the pink/gold foil design on the pouches!


  60. Juneli
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    That skirt is so pretty and I love how amazing it looks with the green shirt!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  61. Milynn
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    I love your skirt, stripes, my favorite pattern.

    The bags are so cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier! I’m your newest follower!

    Love & Whimsy

  62. CC
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Great look! Love the graphic black and white with the bright green. So pretty.
    I always feel fancy in heels. Even in jeans – as long as I add heels, I feel dressed up. ;)

  63. bravoerunway
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    What a great outfit Sandy! Eshakti had a similar dress with a striped skirt, I think it was called that 50s dress, totally like the kate spade dress you had on!

  64. megan, the frugalista diaries
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    love that skirt
    Xo Megan

  65. Morgan Brooks
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    You look absolutely stunning. It would mean a lot to me if you could stop by and check out my latest post. Also enter my $50 Forever 21 giveaway!

  66. Joy
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Beautiful skirt! Love the top too!


  67. claire
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Love your skirt,I bet it goes well with most things :)

  68. Sarah
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    It’s a good thing you got that skirt because it is seriously a dream!

  69. Adin Blankenship
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 2:00 am

    You look really lovely! I love this color combination that teal and the skirt. How lovely! I love, love, love this. :)

  70. oomph.
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    The skirt is so pretty! The wide stripes are certainly eye-catching….and it looks great with the bright top!

    Win a $50 gift card!

  71. Mimi
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 2:32 am

  72. Anna
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    omg this skirt is perfection. Adore this post, hun. If you get a sec, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post and guest post for Lauren Conrad. Thanks, love. xo


  73. Kirstin Marie
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Love! That dress is gorgeous on you, and I really like the recreation of it in your outfit. Those slingbacks are gorgeous, and I usually don’t really like slingbacks.

  74. Laura- Creando mi armario
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Great outfit!, i love the skirt !!, i follow you now :) ,

  75. Laura @ Twelve by Six
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Can I just tell you how much I love this outfit??? I like your skirt and top better than the original dress! The striped skirt is an amazing find (adding to my wishlist now!), and it is gorgeous paired with the teal top and the fabulous shoes – love the whole look! :)

  76. jennifer young
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    so cute, sandy! hoping the dress goes on sale for you. ;)
    you are looking great!!

  77. Chioma
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    Love the way you paired that lovely tank with your skirt! :)

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  78. Marisa
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    My goodness, who needs the Kate Spade dress now that you’ve found this skirt?! Ok, I can see why you’d still want it but this ModCloth skirt is a great alternative and makes it so easy to not only recreate the look but to also pair it with different tops like you’ve done here. Sorry to hear about your heels :( That happened to me with a pair of flats but I can’t hide the scraped off leather since it’s beige *super sad face*


  79. nikkistyle™
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 8:56 pm


  80. Mary
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    I love this entire outfit! I love the color combination and stripes. :)

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

  81. lisacng
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    That Kate Spade dress is so cute but you did a great re-create using the skirt! Great accessories. Love the specks of gold in the pouches. My faux pearl necklace from F21 makes me feel fancy

  82. Evani
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    That skirt is a MUST HAVE! So versatile and you look great Sandy!!

  83. jen
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    i love this look so much! i also love that kate spade dress, i love kate spade, but the price tag not so much, hehe

  84. Christine
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    That skirt is amazing! It is so dramatic, and makes a great impact.

  85. Majka
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    I love your skirt and clutch :) And like your blog so now I am following you on bloglovin and would be very happy if you could visit my blog and help me increase number of my followers by following me too :) Thank you :)


  86. skippee
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    That Kate Spade dress looks sooo good on you! I like your rendition too! You should totally save up for the KS dress too!

  87. Stephanie @ Henry Happened
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    that’s a perfect striped dress indeed! love how you recreated the look!

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