Feeling Fancy With Stripes, Sling Backs & Stephanie Johnson

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?

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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:)

  13. 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. ;)

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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! :)

  17. 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*


  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 :)


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