A Dress by Any Other Name


{Shop: Dress, Blazer}

And here she is… the ol’ Kendi Everyday dress. Who knew that there would ever be a dressed named after me? Well besides all of the other dresses in my closet that I go ahead and re-name in variations of Kendi. But that’s beside the point. Anyways, a month ago or so I was Modcloth’s Blogger of the Moment and now I’m wearing myself. There’s got to be a better way to say that.

My blazer was the first purchase after my 30 for 30. I’d be vying for a black blazer, such a closet staple, and I found the perfect one at Target. It was marked $29, which I was like “eh, okay Target, I’ll give you $30 for this blazer. It’s lined, so that’s cool.” But when I checked out it was only $19. So then I went ahead and sprung for a pack of gum. After all of my silent bargaining, I deserved it.

The only sad part about this dress is I have no more parties to wear it to. Apparently we’re losers and only get invited to a few holiday parties a year. I suppose I can wear it to my pity party that I’m having. I’d invite you but then it would be kind of fun. And I’d have to share my wine. Party for one it is.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05709577571492447685 Pretty Shiny Sparkly

    So cute, and great deal on the black blazer!

    β™₯ Kristina, of Pretty Shiny Sparkly

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13146104007933204204 eleanor

    I've been so excited to see you in this dress – you look amazing, Kendi! I love how you styled it too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17054686256991598688 Kendi Lea

    Thanks, gals! Eleanor — that's so nice! I thought the pink tights were a nice, Kendi addition :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11112984131230064476 Linley

    totally scored the same blazer on clearance a couple days ago! (but i only paid $15… target ripped you off)

    love (love!) how you styled this gorgeous dress. you're pretty good at this whole fashion/style thing. has anyone ever told you that?

    have a great rest of the weekend(:

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11106150644036022290 Melissa

    Aw yay! I looove the Kendi dress. I'm a huge modcloth fan and a huge Kendi fan so perhaps I should pick up this gorgeous dress!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01275832856943288724 Katie

    LOVE the ruffled neckline!

    I've been eyeing this blazer at Target but was actually too cheap to buy it. Ha. Now that it's cheaper I will have to check out my store to see if they have any left!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08893049810302661681 Vanessa

    Congrats on the dress, and it suits you so well! I love the pattern.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09450654612532155167 MONKEYFACE

    Well at least the good thing about rocking a pity party for one is that you're guaranteed to be best dressed, right?! Not that that's a problem for you anyways – you and your sig dress look fabtastic!!

  • http://trivandrumgirl.wordpress.com/ trivandrumgirl

    Yummy neckline! You look fabulous.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11806317536692159033 ilene @ muchloveilly

    loooove the pink tights, girl! and you looks so lovely in your kendi everyday dress. the bun is also a nice touch!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14617255167793325639 My Heart Blogged

    I was waiting til when we saw your dress. It's so awesome. I only wish it had a zipper to detach it, so it's a skirt, and a top. Then you could remix it like there is no tomorrow! Don't worry your not a loser, other than my 4 family parties I don't get invited to any shindigs.
    My Heart Blogged

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00791493835243956758 Kayla

    Love your dress. Doesn't get any cuter. The bun is also perfection.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13205766487543917063 kileen

    beautiful dress and it's very appropriately named after you. and that black blazer is a great staple and can't believe the amazing deal you got on it!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09110863949440934987 maria

    NEW YEARS KENDI!!! NEW YEARS!!! no better excuse to rock your namesake :) you look fantastic. congratulations!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08446331384186837749 Jennifer Dawn

    Such a gorgeous dress!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14183951082939623834 CessOviedo

    Love the pink tights! Totally unexpected! …


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15011176503031280216 Lindsey N.

    Such an adorable dress! I'm searching for the perfect black blazer right now. I love the way this one fits you!

    Lindsey Soup

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11586906392961841298 Best Foot Forward

    Loving the namesake dress! I've been wanting a black blazer lately too; I may be following suit and making that my first post-30 for 30 purchase as well!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03908409066878493079 Alex

    love that dress! i have those shoes but have never worn them! need to pull them out.

  • http://www.JennieClaire.com Jen

    Kendi your namesake dress is so cute!! It's very vintage looking. And I'd come to your pity party, I'm a pro at them since I have them all the time!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18329920400057382801 Sophi

    I know! I think I already went to the one formal holiday party of the year to which I was invited… I don't know where all these other people are invited to, but I'm sure not there! I think your namesake dress is a thing of great beauty πŸ˜€ and Target is so weird like that sometimes…

    I'm having a little giveaway if you're interested in checking it out! vintage purse and cardigan up for grabs…


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09906251194966733015 Tiffany

    congratulations kendi, this is a huge moment for you! I love how you've styled it, and Im a little shocked you didnt have a black blazer prior to the 30×30. Its a piece that just seems so… you.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05479863303449299670 Black and White {Side by Side}

    Love those tights! You are so great at putting things together!!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17648379057856404736 kimmie

    OMG, Kendi. I just bought the EXACT SAME blazer today. I wasn't quite sold on it, but for being on clearance, and being the last one left, and IN MY SIZE, I had to get it. After seeing you in it, I'm pretty sure I'm keeping it.

    SO awesome that you have a namesake dress. And it's SOOOOO pretty. Just like you. so perfect!

    And I'm totally not invited to a single holiday party this year. My husband had to miss his work one, so I couldn't really go alone, and then my company's party is in January and it's not fancy schmancy. Then for actual friends/family, we never dress up, so there's no fun in that. :(

    Blue Paper Lanterns

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03751950906338942728 sisters4saymoreismore

    Totally gorgeous! i love the big neck ruffle!!! wear it on a hot date with your hubby! or grocery shopping… my sis Livy often will wear her newest most favorite pair of shoes in bed because they are so fab she can't bear to part with them… she's nuts… i just snuggle with mine at night…. πŸ˜‰


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11296441207544268955 The Pantry Drawer

    i love when that happens!!! it's the best! and the dress is gorgeous!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16243206469194678533 Miss Jessie Girl

    The dress is amazing! The ruffle detail is devine! Loving the top-knot too!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00129193806089803877 Charlie, Feminine Bravery

    What about wool tights and a cardi for styling it to be more casual? :)

    It's a very pretty dress, very unusual and it looks so expensive, too! Haha! πŸ˜€

    xxx Charlie
    Enter my Christmas Giveaway!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01368145710452826385 Carly Findlay

    I love all of it. At first I saw the dress and blazer, then my eyes lit up with the pink tights. It's such an outfit that I would wear.
    I think you should be invited to all the A-list parties.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11596934864835442353 modniza

    so beautyful outfit,color,dress,love

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06398517662371823498 Kelly

    I like the whole outfit, but I LOVE this dress! The collar is awesome, the colors are awesome, the pattern…love everything about it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13536121076913781421 Kirstin

    I love this dress and your blazer! I saw this blazer at Target and have been debating with myself to get it..

    Kirstin Marie

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01325497398302224357 ~k

    I love the print of the dress and its metallic sheen! I like that you tied the bow in front, I do that too, it makes it more interesting.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15129788355302682425 Stella

    Gorge dress! And, boo. No pity parties for you, you have nothing to be pitiful about.

    I'm setting about doing the last of my unnecessary spending for the year, since I'm putting myself on a shopping ban for the first 3 months of 2011. I'm a masochist, I know. :/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10411190289961376267 Melanie

    That dress is gorgeous! And looks perfect paired with your Target blazer… I saw this one there yesterday and I almost bought it. However, I have my eye on the Norma Kamali Boyfriend Blazer from Walmart. It's $20.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10706982438402510135 Corn Flakes and Coffee

    You look so pretty, it's like this dress was made for you…errr, wait! It was made for you :-) Congrats on the dress and enjoy your party of one.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04427359086771713989 Monica

    I love everything about this outfit! Looking amazing, as always Kendi!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10663817627108573791 Jules

    Very cute!! Love the color of the tights

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11920677643812511895 Charlotte

    I love the addition of the bright tights!!

    Charlotte xxx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08486502132799741788 _TelaLately

    I was looking forward to you rocking this dress. It looks amazing! and i love the tights. You're adorable!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07373596012035768319 TeachingInHeels

    Love your dress!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15321719043114075007 the Citizen Rosebud

    How cool to be wearing yourself. For the record, let me just say you look good on you.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09831157320202339581 upatreecupatea

    tres beau!
    love the fabric :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10116049169463885844 maryeb

    That dress is so cute and you look great in it. I love how you styled it.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03882596439110061970 Emily

    Love this outfit. You should go on a fancy date with your husband in this dress. Or just wear it to the grocery store. :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07908128771097015772 Devon

    So cute! I wasn't so sure about this dress when I saw it on ModCloth. The pictures didn't do it justice! I would invite you to my holiday party, but then you would look better than me AND drink my wine πŸ˜‰

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01145255556079280278 Collette Osuna

    GORGEOUS dress!! Congrats hunnie…you more than deserve this fab dressed named after you:) You look beautiful in it…the entire outfit shines as much as your smile:)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08109699563405609074 Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    You dont need a party to wear it, it's cool for a fabulous everyday as well!



  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10660957054888519049 Mandy

    The Kendi dress is definitely a perfect party dress! It looks adorable with the bright tights.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14004184881162268947 Hayley

    i really love this outfit! so cute! i might need the kendi dress in my life!!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12692391820521018259 Emy

    Such a lovely dress! How cool is it that they named it after you!!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04032264709245447031 Hurricanekerrie

    Wow, the Kendi Everyday dress finally gets debuted! Really cool!

    I saw this blazer at Target yesterday, too. 50% off! πŸ˜€

  • island girl

    I just found you….great personal style, lots of good ideas and best of all…you are funny! Im hooked :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15787669216659198420 Law Mama

    Of course you have to wear your Kendi dress! It's so cute…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08599057473439935253 Vicki

    beautiful dress!! if you need another excuse to wear it and dont have a party to go to why not wear it on christmas day? :) xo

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09215514408102098662 ag.

    Wow, that is such a perfect party dress! I'm having my office party tomorrow…want to come?! :) I love it with the pink tights, you've inspired me!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07733602174092126407 Fashion Therapist

    I love how you paired your dress with the pink tights and your hair-do is amazing!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01029051008757126618 Caroline Shields

    New follower. Love the blog. And I didn't get that many party invites this year either. Boo.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10243387320910386254 Mama Fuss

    Cute! I think it would be great for New Year's Eve what are you doing then?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08511118462274490508 Lovers, Saints & Sailors

    Oooh what fantastic sleeves!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07639751764220303392 Stephanie

    i'm a sucker for a ruffle. and i love the way you tied it in the front. that's something i would do.

    i often find pity parties the most fun of all. after i've finished crying in my gin and soda that is.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17197616605349626767 George

    Looks crazy keen my friend! Loaf it!

    Raised By Wolves

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03312809112757909234 ellie

    Throw a pity party for yourself and your huzzy, on new years! I spend it with the inlaws, and I am thinking of implementing a dress-up night, despite the fact we don't go out. I think it'll be a great time!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05516805023276470311 MUA

    Cute dress, cute but short !!! Though it shows how amazing your legs are … Aren't you the diabolic sort : having a dress named after you, so stylish and black and innocently short , so short that you can brag with those infinite legs of ours…GAH, I should hate you !

    Caro xxx

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14861253880322673464 Amy Fashion Blog

    Congrats on the dress. It amazing dress.


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12098744323184143823 Angeline

    Gorgeous dress! A black blazer is definitely a smart purchase–I have two and they both get used A LOT.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16649962909178801134 Justine

    I love this dress! And the colored tights with it

    How do you find such amazing deals?

    Just Better Together

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17886330703628403910 Millie Mae

    I love your tights! I just ordered a sweater that color. I can't wait till it comes in the mail.
    I love Tulle! They have amazing clothes for amazing prices.

    I have a giveaway right now that is a TULLE TOTE. Come check it out, afashionistamoment.blogspot.com

  • http://emilypanda.wordpress.com emily//the lesser panda

    Love that dress! Looks great with the tights you chose, and your blazer was such a bargain!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03436304914211594866 genevieve, sandbox romance

    I'm hopelessly in love with your tights!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04690377414823039284 Colleen

    I tried on that very same Target blazer for 19 but it did not fit right. I was sad. Also the fabric was more stiff so I thought I can do better…. but I've been saying that for 5 years so perhaps not. My chest/waist/arms aren't meant to wear the same size blazer I don't think. plus I guess I have one that I should wear more http://colleen.akwire.net/_clothes/images/January8,2009big.jpg

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08559449815201483191 The Sound of Lace

    cute dress! and i luv the ballerina bun!

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03199707852432132652 Tintinar

    Love the tights + the Kendi dress!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09532358682600457895 Jen

    Shimmer and flowers and ruffles. So pretty! It's got five stars. That's like 100%! Congrats again!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03028017257973026906 hair-mess

    Adorable! (Sometimes less words are more, so it's a good thing I just wrote one πŸ˜‰ xox, Macs

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14594091253783666817 Roadrunner

    I just found your blog and I just have to say that you have such a CUTE style! :) I started following you right away.


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10271651462978745418 Nilcha’s Fashion Chronicles

    ah u did sumthing different with ur hair this time… i like the experimental spirit!
    btw that dress is so cute! shudnt cover it with blazer, i think. :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17136392234177834131 Renaissance Woman

    I almost bought that blazer. I def should have! Very cute outfit!



  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09727047449152827037 Monique

    Gorgeous dress Kendi – love it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03736176025444194177 Genny

    Fabulous dress! My one complaint with Modcloth is that their dresses are always SO short … not realistic for some of our lives. This one is a gorgeous one, though …

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04519283695087140932 lady lee

    Losers do not get dresses named after them. It is so cute :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01034419628438916276 serenissima

    gorgeous dress! i love the pattern, and congratulations for being picked as Modcloth's Blogger of the Month

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11100848444873119669 Merissa

    Such a cute outfit! I love the color of the tights – bright, but not overstated!

  • http://www.zaharatales.blogspot.com scarletswalk

    love the look =)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17054686256991598688 Kendi Lea

    Thanks everyone for the congrats! I 'ppreciate it! (that was with a southern drawl, if you couldn't tell)

    @Tiffany — I know isn't that crazy that I had never bought a black blazer? I think it was meant to be that I found this one though. :)

    @Charlie — GREAT idea! Maybe I'll style it up again??

    @Devon — the pictures DON'T do it justice. I thought the same thing about it online, but it's way cuter in person.

    @a.g. –Yeah I'll come to your office party. I love a good office party.

    @MUA & @Genny — It is short! Thank goodness for tights, even though that's probably not the best rule to go by….haha. But yes, I'm not always able to shop at boutiques or online because of lengths. It's hard to be modest and tall at the same time when it comes to one size fits all lengths.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00878623023347829487 Jessica

    You should be incredibly proud that this is your namesake dress – so cute and wearable. Adorable with the tights.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14376314594766169583 AubreyOhDang!

    Kendi-you just converted me. I typically hate colored tights. I think they're so tacky and middle school. On you, and in this color? just beautiful. It goes too well w/this outfit. Putting this outfit in my inspiration folder. Bravo!

  • http://eatsleepwear.wordpress.com/ eatsleepwear

    u look so glammmmmm!! Love this top knot action u have going on. And i mean come on, a dress named after u!! YOUR FAMOUSS. lol. love this.

    xo, Kim http://www.eatsleepwear.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16179148321080246175 Teal @ Expecting Chic

    The bun! The volume! I love it! You must, must, must share with me how you get your bun piled so high – mine fall flat within minutes of pinning and spraying. Love it.


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14223440661845939951 Abbe

    I have that exact blazer and I freaking love it!!! Good purchase for sure!!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00248441396557998171 Hiking in Stilettos

    Love it. That neckline is perfect.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16069076122375530004 Nnenna

    you're funny- you know that? :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11209220366975722334 sacramento

    Hello kendi, I have just found you through heather, and I love you and your blog, so you are going straight into my blogroll, and I am following you.
    Un abrazo from Spain.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09135461083810124483 cornflakegirl74

    This is definitely a NYE dress–so cute! Congrats on having a dress so beautiful named in your honor! LOOOOVE!!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00081876926389855583 jasmine

    you look GORGEOUS!! i love this outfit. and i'm SO jealous that you got that blazer for $19! incredible. i've been looking for a great black blazer fro awhile now. i have my eyes on one that my sister-in-law has in her closet….

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14441338787660747184 Becca Jane

    Love the your namesake dress, it looks fantastic with those awesome hot pink tights!

  • http://gangsterpixiestyle.wordpress.com/ gangsterpixiestyle

    Love the dress! And you can still wear it! Wear it to a romantic dinner at home, with candles and flowers you buy yourself. :)