The Pleasure Principle...or not so much - Carmakoma review & OOTD

Some of you may have already seen, but Reiko from God's Favorite Shoes invited me to a dinner at Cocina in the West Village in Dallas.  She was here visiting.  I love her blog and sometimes you feel people's energy before you even meet them and thats how it was for me.  And of course as I had already peeped out --- She is freakin awesome.  Besides being absolutely adorable, she was just super nice.  And as she mentioned we just chatted as if we have known each other for years.   She invited the lady behind Fashion nette-work, Juanette.  Juanette also sells some really great statement jewelry.  She was absolutely fabulous in her Banana Republic dress which she died from white to yellow.  I love a DIY girl...she tells you how to accomplish this on her blog.  Check it out.  I can't do anything but love another Banana girl.

My bag is from Ann Taylor.  I actually bought it last season on final clearance - orginally $160, I paid $40.

I wanted to tie this into an outfit post/review of the Carmakoma dress that I recently bought.  I really like the dress, but it did take two tries for it to get to me.  Inspired by Reiko (a lover of Janet) and my clip on bangs by Jessica Simpson.  I tried to achieve my long coveted Pleasure Principle hair style.  Just FYI I have wanted this look since I have been 8.  With the weather hot and steamy its kind of hard to pull off the look with my bangs staying oh so straight my real hair frizzing up.  So, yes I tried, but failed.  I have to wait until the Fall for me to get my Miss Jackson look off.    

(yes I picture jacked....but Reiko's looked so much better than mine)

Okay so I picked up this piece from Carmakoma in a 14/16, which is really not my size, but it was on sale and I wanted to try a cheaper piece before I really spent some money.  Even though it was smaller it definitely had good give and was somewhat baggy on me by the end of the night.  Another treat with this dress is that it was like two dresses in one.  There was an off the shoulder dress that was underneath (that was more like a shirt to me) --- This offered a few options of wearing the pieces together or apart.  Another bonus was that the dress was a razorback with a super cute sequin detail.  

Too cute right?!? The plus of the piece so far is that I really like the price, quality, and the style aesthetic. The cons are that it may take a month or so to get your piece.  My piece took two tries, I was talking to someone on Twitter and the same thing happened to them.  So while, the pieces are cute, if you plan to order for a special event, give yourself at least a month in advance. 

And so shall I leave you with the hairstyle that I have been trying to achieve for the last 20 years.   Thanks to Jessica Simpson...I know at least have some kind of hope of getting this look! 

(Now I don't know where I'm going to get some knee pads to fit my big knees. But believe when I was younger I did put my softball knee pads over my jeans)