Fun & Feminine

Today’s blog post is all about fun & feminine details. Meet my newest obsession – the Penelope Ivory Lace dress from Skylar Belle Boutique. This dress is a beautiful shade of ivory and features two of my favorite things – lace and bell sleeves. I knew I had to have this dress after seeing it on Skylar Belle’s Instagram. It reminds me of a similar Ted Baker dress from several years ago that was over $300 so at just $56, this dress is a steal.  This dress would be perfect for a wedding or engagement party yet it is understated enough for the office. I wore mine to work and received so many compliments. I also really love the Abbey Gray Lace Dress (also with bell sleeves!) and the Blushing Polka Dot Lace Dress.

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

Size & Fit

The website does not have a size chart but I think this dress does run fairly true to size. I ordered a Medium and it is a perfect fit. I initially ordered a size large but it had some strange fit issues so the boutique was kind enough to offer me an exchange.

Styling & Accessories

For accessories, I opted for a simple yet classic feel. This Kate Spade bag is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. It is so unique and such a beautiful burgundy color. You can also find it in this fun flower print here.
Here are some of my favorite burgundy handbag picks for Summer:

Amazon also has a great selection of burgundy/mahogany handbags here!

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

style by courtney skylar belle penelope lace dress

My studded pumps are Valentino but I am really impressed with the Kaitlyn Pan store on Amazon. I haven’t purchased from her store myself but she’s got some great reviews! What are your favorite designer dupes?

PS my hair extensions are from Glam You Hair on Etsy. I had been looking for some halo-style extensions for a while but did not want to pay $500-$600. I found this 16-17″ 200 gram set on Etsy and I am in love with them! These are a fraction of the cost and have almost double the hair found in the “designer” halo style extensions. Violet, the seller, was also super helpful! She helped me chose the color which ended up being a perfect match. These are 100% real human hair and are so soft and luxurious. They arrived straight but as you can see I was able to curl them easily. Overall, I am very happy with these hair extensions and I’m glad I found some that didn’t break the bank! Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email if you have any questions about the extensions!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Why have I never heard of this boutique before?! Their dresses are gorgeous and you look stunning! Also, the burgundy handbag totally makes the outfit. You’ve inspired me to get out there and find one for myself.

  2. Loved the dressing style & specially footwear! Yes not to forget the hair extensions are perfect match & looking awesome..great deals!

  3. I love this look!! A lace dress is the optimum of class paired with deep red accessories you have me sold. So chic

  4. This dress is so gorgeous. The soft pink color is just perfect! I don’t shop enough at little boutiques, but they really have the best clothes – especially dresses.

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