WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER

IN THE LOOP | OOTD by EUREKA CALHOUN

October is here and we are in the last quarter of 2017......WOW time is flying!  Which means we’re about to move into the biggest shopping season of the year.  For some this is music to their ears but if you have been following my minimalist journey then you already know I made the choice to not be affected by oncoming influx of persuasive holiday advertisements.  For both lovers and haters of shopping, the common problem is we tend to spend rather than invest.  Luckily, I have been set free from the “mindset “more is better which causes us to purchase items we don’t need or eventually never wear. 

Today’s OOTD is about one of my beloved dresses revisited, the ASOS Loop dress to be specific.  When I think about this go-to party dress purchased over 6 yrs. ago, my first thought was praise God it still fits like a glove, thanks to my new healthy lifestyle.  Secondly,  when you think about a dress covered in fabric loops some might assume it will create unwanted volume.  Luckily,  the fashion God’s were in my favor because this dress is both forgiving and flattering.  I love how it constantly tricks the eye and it allows a little wiggle room if you have gained a few pounds.

The beauty about this dress is it looks great anytime of the year and there’s something about the vibrant cobalt blue color that brings a dose of interest.  It has a natural elegance to be worn for a special event or a night out.  In the past,  I usually create a monochromatic look but I decided to switch up the outfit combination with the addition of hot pink Dolce Vita sandals and newly purchased (on sale) Nordstrom Rack earrings. The geometric pattern earrings and magenta colored sandals simply elevates the entire look.  Although the dress is not “interview ready”, it's definitely something anyone can wear and have a little fun paired with a plethora of different accessory combinations.    

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* Outfit details *

Blue Loop dress:  ASOS (Sold out) | Earrings:  Natasha Accessories - Sold out ( similar here) | Bicolored clutch: Seen here  |  Magenta satin sandals:  Dolce Vita - Purchase here | Oversize shades:  Seen here !

Until next time with love, 

Eureka

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STYLE SPOTLIGHT | OUR FLOTUS MICHELLE OBAMA by EUREKA CALHOUN

Whoever the next president shall be, we can not deny the impeccable style Michelle Obama gifted us during the 2 terms as our FIRST LADY.  Through the years Mrs. Flotus has streamlined her look and found her personal style through high fashion. Michelle Obama has propelled some of the best underrated designers like Peter Pilotto, Jason Wu, and Tadashi Shoji into the limelight.  Not since the days of Jackie Kennedy Onassis has a First Lady developed such a coveted signature style emulated world wide. The epitome of class and elegance, Mrs. Obama has proven she is not afraid to push the limits of conservative style while serving as First Lady.  I love President Barack Obama and having the first African American as president of the United States was the highlight but the show-stealer was the ever so chic, Michelle Obama.  Check out some of some of my favorite fashion moments of our soon to be missed First Lady.  In the words of the Huffington post, "You can steal her speeches, but can't steal her SWAG! 

The stylish First Lady preparing to make her way through the Capitol during the Inauguration Parade in a navy and light blue checkered coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories. 

The stylish First Lady preparing to make her way through the Capitol during the Inauguration Parade in a navy and light blue checkered coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories. 

For her first visit to Japan, the First Lady arrived looking radiant in a lime green graphic-print dress by Kenzo. 

For her first visit to Japan, the First Lady arrived looking radiant in a lime green graphic-print dress by Kenzo. 

First Lady looking effortlessly chic in Madrid, Spain wearing a black floral graphic print dress.  

First Lady looking effortlessly chic in Madrid, Spain wearing a black floral graphic print dress.  

Mrs. Obama wore a Naeem Khan spring/summer 2014 dress with Jimmy Choo heels to the Opening of The Costume Institute's New Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

Mrs. Obama wore a Naeem Khan spring/summer 2014 dress with Jimmy Choo heels to the Opening of The Costume Institute's New Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

FLOTUS floted on the White House red carpet in a mixed print floral with graphic side detail dress by Duro Olowu.  

FLOTUS floted on the White House red carpet in a mixed print floral with graphic side detail dress by Duro Olowu.  

Mrs. Obama walking the streets of London wearing Christopher Kane's Fall 2015 collection looking effortlessly chic. 

Mrs. Obama walking the streets of London wearing Christopher Kane's Fall 2015 collection looking effortlessly chic. 

During BET'S "BLACK GIRLS ROCK" wowing the crowd in a off-the-shoulder white ZAC POSEN dress. 

During BET'S "BLACK GIRLS ROCK" wowing the crowd in a off-the-shoulder white ZAC POSEN dress. 

The first lady always has fun with her style and she looked stylish n Gucci on the Ellen show.  

The first lady always has fun with her style and she looked stylish n Gucci on the Ellen show.  

Per usual FLOTUS gave us life at the Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in graphic print bodius Bibhu Mohapatra Gown.

Per usual FLOTUS gave us life at the Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in graphic print bodius Bibhu Mohapatra Gown.

All eyes on the First Lady for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception in a turquoise jeweled toned Marchesa.  

All eyes on the First Lady for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception in a turquoise jeweled toned Marchesa.  

The first lady stunned in a gold leaf inspired Naeem Khan gown at the Phoenix Award Dinner. 

The first lady stunned in a gold leaf inspired Naeem Khan gown at the Phoenix Award Dinner. 

Flotus opted for the conservation version of this Tadashi Shoji gown for the  White House State dinner in honour of the Japanese prime minister.

Flotus opted for the conservation version of this Tadashi Shoji gown for the White House State dinner in honour of the Japanese prime minister.

Flotus does it again looking like the belle of the ball in a custom strapless Vera Wang tulle gown with a feathered organza train for the 34th Annual Kennedy Honors. 

Flotus does it again looking like the belle of the ball in a custom strapless Vera Wang tulle gown with a feathered organza train for the 34th Annual Kennedy Honors. 

While on hosting duties the First Lady wore a dazzling draped purple one-shoulder gown by Korean-American designer, Doo-Ri Chung. 

While on hosting duties the First Lady wore a dazzling draped purple one-shoulder gown by Korean-American designer, Doo-Ri Chung. 

FLOTUS looked radiant in a custom floral Jason Wu gown for White House state dinner.  

FLOTUS looked radiant in a custom floral Jason Wu gown for White House state dinner.  

The first lady definitely deserved a thumbs up for this all white draped Brandon Maxwell gown.  

The first lady definitely deserved a thumbs up for this all white draped Brandon Maxwell gown.  

FLOTUS made a show-stopping entrance in Atelier Versace chainmail gown for her final White House State Dinner. 

FLOTUS made a show-stopping entrance in Atelier Versace chainmail gown for her final White House State Dinner. 

FLOTUS, YOU WILL BE MISSED! 

First Lady Michelle looked striking and elegant for Instyle magazine. 

First Lady Michelle looked striking and elegant for Instyle magazine. 

Politics aside, Michelle Obama took her role as First Lady and made it her own.  She never let critics or the predisposed expectations stop her from keeping it classy at all times.  I'm really going to miss the entire family and know that we will likely never see another FLOTUS like Mrs. Obama! 

Until Next Time With Love, 

Eureka