Tracy Reese

Green is not a color I envy normally…it’s probably the color I own the least of. My closet is mostly a sea of neutrals so I was kind of hesitant when I saw this dress. I almost didn’t try it on but the simplicity of it and the material (100% silk) talked me into it. I’m so happy I did because I loved how it fit and how ridiculously easy it is to wear. I have worn this at least three times in the last month…and that’s a lot for me. I’ve worn it with black sandals, closed toe heels and of course, these strappy babies. So, I stand/sit here corrected with my impression of the color green…turns out it’s a pretty fab color to wear! Continue reading →

Vi Va Dolls

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect but all opinions are my own.
Mia’s got some new friends and that’s okay with me because these girls are like family. Meet sisters Viviana and Valentina along with their cousins Felicia and Roxxi part of the Vi and Va dolls collection.
No doubt you’ll be seeing them around town soon and especially in little hands. They’re exclusively sold at Target and thanks to their unique story, they’re geared towards embracing and honoring ethnic diversity. It’s so important that small children have toys that are relatable to them in skin tone, culture and names. How wonderful that this line provides little ones with the ability to appreciate the bonds of a Hispanic culture and the importance of family.
We received all four (4) dolls to try out and they’re all super fun and interesting. Mia loved being able to interchange their shoes, earrings and accessories (like the guitar, the boom box and the paint brush). Plus they all had a lot of hair…major bonus points for my little diva girl that loves styling her own hair. Continue reading →

On the Horizon

Horizontal stripes…the nemesis of all women…or simply just a misunderstood direction? I’m going with the latter.
After all, I felt great wearing this horizontally stripped dress by 4.Collective. I never once felt it made me look big or wider than I am. In fact, I think it hugged my body just right. I think the trick to wearing horizontal stripes is their width and their placement. If you see, the torso of the dress is all horizontal but the skirt part of the dress has more of a curvature giving the skirt a nice bounce appeal.
Of course it can be scary to try on something that we’ve all deemed to be unflattering but trust, some horizontal stripes are breaking out of that stereotype and making us ladies rethink their negative appeal.

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I picked up this sweet little REDValentino number at the Gilt Warehouse sale and I’m honestly not sure that I can tell you what I paid for it because it was such a steal…and because I’m afraid they made a mistake on the label and will track me down thanks to this post and make me pay the difference. For the record, I will admit that I would happily pay it because this dress and me belong together. It’s the softest prettiest pink ever and it’s got the most delicate little Valentino bow along the waist to make this look the epitome of girly. I could have paired it with some strappy heels or cute wedges but honestly, these Keds were exactly the shoe for the dress.

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Take It Easy

Fact: the title happens to be one of my favorite songs…
I mean, what can I say, I grew in Indiana. The Eagles were kind of a big deal in my youth (along with the Grateful Dead, DMB and Phish…I know, I know…totally random).
One of the reasons why I like that song is because it still resonates with me today.
We’re all here running around like mad women and men, rushing from here to there, being connected through more apps than we ever could have dreamed of and rarely taking the time to simply enjoy the moment.
Sometimes it takes a song, a blog post, a newsfeed or a friend to remind us to stop and chill.
For me, the weather lately has been my catalyst to slow things down. I’ve forced myself to go and enjoy the beach, the sun, the breeze, the umbrella shade and let myself unwind from the day to day craze we all live in. And it feels AMAZING! Honestly, try once a month (or once a week if you can) to truly relax. Take a day off. Make no plans. Answer no calls. And just take it easy.

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Devil in a Blue Dress

Well, not really devil…more like an angel if you ask me ;) but I will say that this stunning little dress did make me feel a little devilish. It’s short, sassy but totally elegant. Once again, 4.Collective has proven to me that they’re totally in tune with women and designing dresses that make us feel confident and sexy. I mean, is this verona jacquard fit and flare dress not absolutely perfect for this princess? Yes, yes, it is.

We have a summer wedding coming up and this dress will be perfect for it. I love the light blue hue, the delicate silver thread that is woven throughout and the absolutely chicest cap sleeves I’ve seen in a long time. I paired it with some  silver heels I’ve had for a couple years and it was love at first sight.

4.Collective’s spring/summer collection has me swooning…seriously, I’ll take one of each please! I’ve got a couple more pieces from this company that I’ll be sharing and I have a feeling you’ll be loving their new stuff too.

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Minnie & Friends (Update)

Well friends, we have officially reached the age where Disney is not only a word in Mia’s vocabulary, it’s a destination and almost a lifestyle. We’ve got Disney videos, Frozen shirts, more Minnie Mouses than one can count (see above) and a playlist full of Disney songs…
Frankly, having grown up with Disney, I’m happy to see little Mia build her own “friendship” with these beloved characters. Tonight, we are heading up to VIP preview of Disney on Ice and I can’t wait to see Mia’s face as she meets Minnie Mouse for the first time. These are the things that childhoods are made of.

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Sheer Madness

Fact: I’m always been afraid of sheer because somehow in my mind, I’d pictured it kind of cheap and tacky. I know, I’m antiquated in my thoughts…feel free to roll your eyes my way but I’m just being honest. Anyway, I saw this DVF black dress in pictures and loved it and of course, went out looking for it…and once I had it in my hands, I was shocked to see that the stripes are actually sheer panels alternating with fabric. And you know what, it doesn’t look cheap and tacky (tell me the truth, okay?). It gives the dress a really nice texture and detail. So, that just goes to show that I, Princess Martha, can occasionally be wrong. ;)

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Life is complicated, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. You’re going to see a lot more dresses coming up on the blog simply because they’re kind of a one stop shop in my book.
I can put one one, add some heels and a bag and be done without too much stress (and wardrobe planning). I posted a couple of dark looks lately but just as chic as black can be, so is white. The simplicity of neutrals is elegant and always in style. You look clean and put together and fresh…which exactly is how I felt while wearing this DVF silk dress.

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Desk to Dinner Dress

You guys know I LOVE 4.Collective (seen here, here and here)…for me, they’re the quintessential modern day woman line. Their dresses are made for busy women that want to not only look fabulous while at work but also afterwards. Simplicity in dressing is one of my fave things as a busy mom…and even if you’re not a mom, I think you can appreciate the fact of being able to look good throughout the entire day, no matter where it takes you.
The team at 4.Collective sent me some of their fave pieces from their previous collection and I immediately wanted to share this one because it’s pretty easy to wear during any season. The color palette is chic and the cut is perfect for any weather. Pair this with a fitted blazer and it’s totally suitable for colder temps. Continue reading →