Red has always been my confidence color. It’s passionate, sexy, mysterious, and bold. It’s delicious. Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been on the hunt for a red dress for years? Honestly though, it’s been a half-a$$ed hunt that I occasionally forget about, but I can never find a red dress when I actually want / need to wear one.

P.S. – don’t judge my silly photos please! Not only am I a horrible photographer (and can’t use my self-timer properly), but I can’t seem to properly edit these photos to showcase the beautiful red color. I did my best because I really want you all to fall in love with this dress like I have!

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Of course I end up stumbling across *the perfect* red dress when I’m not searching for one. Of course. I’m not complaining though, because this sexy red lace number is now forever mine mine mine!

red dress

The uncovered lace cutouts on the sides of the dress add a subtle yet sassy touch to this classic number. I’m a firm believer in owning a little red dress to accompany that versatile little black dress hanging in your closet.

red dress

This dress is perfection. It’s an appropriate length, hugs my curves nicely without being overly tight, and shows just enough skin and cleavage to make it sexy yet sophisticated. I feel like I can conquer the world in this dress. Talk about a boost of confidence!

red dress

I’m very picky when it comes to the quality of my clothing, and scrutinize the sewing / stitching on every article of clothing I purchase. I can attest that this dress is incredibly well-made and worth every penny.

red dress

For reference, the dress appears to be true to size! I ended up purchasing a size 2 and it fits perfectly – tight on the bust and just loose enough around the bum & thighs to be comfortable without being overly tight.

red dress

♥ Irina

I am far from a fashion blogger (lol) and don’t intend to be, but I love fashion and would really enjoy sharing my personal style and shopping favorites with you all! Oh and pardon the not-so-pretty photos, a self-timer can only be so successful…

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I need to preface this post by explaining that thrifting in New York City is nothing like your expected I-got-this-dress-for-$3 experience… While there are those sorts of thrift stores scattered throughout the city, many of the consignment stores sell clothing at prices many of us still can’t comfortably afford. These “high-end” thrift stores are pretty epic – vintage Chanel purses, barely worn Louboutins, pristine clothing by brands you’ve only seen in magazines, the list is endless. But beware of price shock…many pieces will set you back triple digits, even though they’ve been worn!

Burberry

I rarely go thrift shopping for this reason. The last and only time I purchased something from one of these stores was when I snagged a new (i.e. still with tags) sparkly dress for New Year’s Eve almost two years ago. So when I dropped into Second Time Around and came across a stunning Burberry dress at 70% off from the thirfted price of $299 (retail price shows at $800!), I almost purchased it but decided to wait for my mom’s arrival in order to first show it to her before purchasing it (no returns allowed).

Burberry

The first time I tried the dress on for my mom, we both couldn’t decide if it was a keeper. Again, I walked out of the store dress-less and filled with a sense of unease.

Burberry

We returned two days later, and this time I walked out with the dress in my possession. $90 is pricey, but for a stunning high-quality Burberry dress in near-pristine condition (there was a tiny tear under the armpit that is now perfectly mended), it was a steal in my opinion!

Burberry

I love love love the dress and can’t wait to wear it through fall! It’s definitely coming with me to India and Europe too. Cheers to successful thrifting!

♥ Irina

Today is my first day of the fall semester! I actually started school this past summer, but this is the real deal. My schedule is jam-packed with what I consider my “serious” core courses – organic chemistry, biology, organic chemistry lab, and biology lab. Yikes.

I actually didn’t dress too poorly in my undergrad years, but I didn’t always put much effort into my appearance. I suspect I’ll act similarly this time around…ultimately all that really matters are my grades. But that doesn’t mean I’ll completely ignore my overall well-being! I’m older and wiser now, and dressing the part of a mature woman will help keep me sane this semester. Plus, when I look good, I feel good!

I’ve showcased some of my must-have items below, and they’re almost all tried-and-true because I actually own them!

Back to School (adult edition)

Dresses: long black dress | short-sleeve sweater dress

Make-up: Chanel eyeliner | YSL lipgloss | Tarte mascara

Jeans: skinny jeans

Sneakers: Converse

Tops: T-shirt | button-down

Coat: field jacket

Backpack: Everlane backpack

Glasses: Lulu Guinness frames

Snacks: Quest bars

What are your back-to-school must-have items?

♥ Irina

Sassy title! I couldn’t resist. We’re getting intimate today and talking about…our intimates!

bralettes

I have a love-hate relationship with bras and am super picky when choosing my undergarments. For this reason alone I absolutely despise lingerie shopping! But I can’t deny the automatic boost of confidence that a pretty bra gives me. Enter the bralette.

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(my favorite pink bralette – love this one too)

I’m probably late to the game but I recently discovered my love for these lacy lightweight wonders. Maybe it has something to do with their straightforward sizing (small, medium, large), or maybe it’s simply the fact that they’re so comfortable you barely notice you’re wearing anything at all. I snagged all of mine during great sales at various stores including Victoria’s Secret, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters.

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(a black bralette is a must – this one and this one both have gorgeous lace)

With no wires or padding, bralettes are perfect to wear around the house or while running quick errands. But bustier ladies never fear…there are even bralettes with underwire for those who may want some extra support.

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(sheer green bralette – similar style here)

Personally, I absolutely love the sheer quality of bralettes. Some of them are lightly lined but many are completely see-through, oh la la! Even though I don’t exactly have a special boytoy to showcase my bralette collection to, I still love feeling just a tad bit sexier knowing what’s hiding underneath my clothes. And what’s sexier than a little bit of lace peeking out for some eye candy?

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Pardon the TMI post, but I couldn’t resist sharing my most recent obsession!

Ladies, let’s chat about lingerie! Love it, hate it, or are indifferent to it?

♥ Irina