Welcome

welcome1Welcome to my new blog, friends!

As you can tell, I decided to do a bit of re-branding. I had been thinking about doing this for a long while and finally decided it was time.

Truthfully, I really just wanted a new name as the blog evolved so much since I first started it, and when I first chose “AFD” I never imagined that anyone would ever read it so I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it! I really wanted a new name that sounded more appropriate and well…cool. And as you can imagine, everyone had already thought up the really cool blog names, and “Dressed Accordingly” was the best one I could come up with while sounding relevant to its content. I chose it because it can have different meanings–dressed according to the circumstances, to my personal style, and to fit my body type (petite!). I hadn’t realized it until I was going back editing my posts for this new website, but I think I may have subconsciously named the blog  based on this quote I posted a few years ago by Epictetus:

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I had forgotten how much work it was designing a new website. It took me four full days to customize the theme even before I started importing the posts from AFD. Importing and formatting was a whole other adventure in itself. Furthermore, I am totally new to CSS. There was quite a bit of learning curve, but I think it still turned out OK! So please, stay awhile. The content is more or less the same, for now anyway. I am still working out the kinks and tweaking the website a bit here and there trying to decide what I like and don’t like.

I also encourage you to let me know if you come across something that doesn’t work properly or there is something that you would like to see (or not see). I am aware that some of what I call  the “stalker” buttons don’t work properly just yet, as I am waiting a few days for the full transition to be implemented before I change them.  Otherwise, everything should work as intended. All constructive criticism is appreciated.

Thank you for your patience! And please don’t forget to update your bookmarks!

For those of you that use Bloglovin’, in a few days it should automatically redirect, but if you can’t wait and you’d like to add the new website manually, you may click here –> Follow me on Bloglovin

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Favorite: The Laundress Stain Solution

I am a bit, dare I say, anal retentive when it comes to washing my clothes. Although I have no problem with throwing most things in the wash (in a mesh bag and cold water, of course), the majority of my clothes are hung to dry. For the most part, I use good old Tide or Woolite for Darks. For more delicate items such as silk or cashmere, I turn to The Laundress.

The Laundress Stain Solution has almost never failed me. I have watched stains dissolve before my eyes, even those stains that the dry cleaner could not remove. And if they are really stubborn, I let it sit over night, et voila! The stain is gone. If these products were not so pricey, I would wash everything with them (and really, my mom was actually washing everything with them because she saw how good they were until I told her how much the bottle costs). The bottles have lasted me quite a long time because a little goes a long way, but I certainly wouldn’t call them cheap either. They are however, eco-friendly, which is a great bonus if you care about that sort of thing.My favorite place to get the Laundress is on Amazon, but you can get select items on other websites such as J.Crew or on The Laundress website directly.  I haven’t tried all their products, but the ones I have tried, I have been extremely pleased with.

Just a few of The Laundress products that I think are worth checking out below:


Anyone have experience with The Laundress products? Please share in the comments below!

FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear Floral Shoes To The Office?

The new year has just begun, and we are still nowhere close to seeing spring, but spring fashions are already slowing streaming into stores. One trend that I immediately noticed was the appearance of floral-patterned shoes. It’s fresh, it’s pretty, and it’s colorful, but can it be worn to the office? A floral shoe can be worn to the workplace while still looking professional and fashionably on point. My own wardrobe is made of mostly neutrals, such as black, grey, navy, and white so I find it much easier to pair a floral item that encompasses one of those colors in its print. By matching a color in the shoe with an item in the rest of my outfit, the entire outfit comes together and looks cohesive. But of course, choose a floral print that suits your fancy. Continuing with the feminine feel of the print, wear the shoe with a skirt or sheath dress. If in doubt, limit the floral print to just the shoe, or with other smaller accessories, to avoid having your colleagues suddenly overcome with an overwhelming feel of a floral explosion:

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I love an all-white outfit especially to bring focus to the shoe, but if this if you prefer a little more color, a pink blouse perfectly complements the shoe as well. If your office place allows for more creative outfits, or for trendy Casual Friday ensemble, try a floral show with some culottes:

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If you need something more conservative, the culottes can easily be swapped out for a full length trouser such as these:

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Although at first seemingly limited in its possibilities, the floral shoe can be a great spring update to the professional woman’s wardrobe.

This post was originally published on Forbes.com. See the post here.