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.   πŸ™‚  Get yours now, do it.

What clothing items or accessories make you feel fancy?


  1. July 29, 2012 / 11:34 am

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

  2. July 29, 2012 / 12:50 pm

    Another great outfit! Love the striped skirt!

  3. July 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!

  4. July 29, 2012 / 1:50 pm

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

  5. July 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!

  6. July 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. πŸ™‚

    PS: stephanie johnson?? new favorite as well!

  7. July 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

  8. July 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.

  9. July 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 πŸ˜‰ . xO

  10. July 29, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    Loooove this outfit!!! That totally is the perfect skirt!! πŸ™‚

  11. July 29, 2012 / 9:39 pm

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

  12. July 29, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    this is so gorgeous! (:

  13. jalimisi
    July 29, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Love your outfit.

  14. Morgan Brooks
    July 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

  15. July 29, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    Love your take on the original. So pretty!

  16. July 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.

  17. July 29, 2012 / 11:56 pm

    That skirt is seriously fabulous!

  18. July 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 πŸ™‚

  19. July 30, 2012 / 8:49 am

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

  20. July 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.

  21. July 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

  22. July 30, 2012 / 9:30 am

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


  23. Annie
    July 30, 2012 / 9:31 am

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

    The Other Side of Gray

  24. July 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

  25. July 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

  26. July 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.

  27. July 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

  28. July 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

  29. July 30, 2012 / 12:39 pm

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

  30. July 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!

  31. July 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:)

  32. July 30, 2012 / 1:13 pm

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

  33. July 30, 2012 / 1:31 pm

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

  34. July 30, 2012 / 2:01 pm

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

  35. July 30, 2012 / 3:24 pm

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

  36. July 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!

  37. July 30, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    that skirt is so fab! so modern vintage!



  38. July 30, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    great skirt!

  39. July 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

  40. July 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. πŸ˜‰

  41. July 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!

  42. Morgan Brooks
    July 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!

  43. July 30, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Beautiful skirt! Love the top too!


  44. July 31, 2012 / 12:33 am

    Love your skirt,I bet it goes well with most things πŸ™‚

  45. July 31, 2012 / 1:22 am

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

  46. July 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. πŸ™‚

  47. oomph.
    July 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!

  48. Anna
    July 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


  49. July 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.

  50. July 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! πŸ™‚

  51. July 31, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    so cute, sandy! hoping the dress goes on sale for you. πŸ˜‰
    you are looking great!!

  52. July 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 πŸ™ 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*


  53. August 1, 2012 / 12:21 am

    I love this entire outfit! I love the color combination and stripes. πŸ™‚

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

  54. August 1, 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

  55. August 1, 2012 / 3:12 pm

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

  56. August 1, 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

  57. August 2, 2012 / 3:34 pm

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

  58. August 2, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    I love your skirt and clutch πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚


  59. August 2, 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!

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