Lady in Red | Backless Maxi Dress

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Hello, hello! It’s been a while, so thank you for still sticking around. If you didn’t already notice, after nearly 3 years, Closet Luxe has a new look! It’s been a long time coming, and I’m very excited to finally unveil one of the things I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

Anyway, back to the outfit… I got this amazing red number for a formal wedding I attended earlier this month. Honestly, it surprised me that I would even consider buying a dress like this. I never wear red, and I certainly have never worn a backless anything in my whole life. But when I saw it on Lulu’s, it seriously called out to me.

My favorite thing about fashion is that it’s a great form of self-expression. Our personal style changes with our mood, and it evolves as we grow as individuals. I questioned if this was the “right” thing to do, to admit this to you all, but I want to be real and honest: I’ve been struggling on a personal level these last few months. When I took stock of my life, I was bored by what I saw. I realized I had grown complacent with a lot of things, including this blog, and that’s what led to the redesign. And because I hadn’t changed my hair much at all in 10 years, I colored it and chopped my locks even shorter (not pictured here).

Though these seem like only small, minute changes, they are still steps forward. I don’t want to be a bystander in my own life anymore, and the changes I’ve been making are helping me feel like a whole new woman with a clean slate. I think this is why I was so drawn to this dress. It was unlike any other I’d ever worn—certainly more noticeable and mature—and that is exactly the direction I want to go in.

Things are going to continue to be quiet on here for the next month or so, as I continue to focus on myself, but I hope you will bear with me. I realize this is a bit cryptic, but I promise to go into more detail when the time is right!


Outfit details

Dress: Lulu’s
Shoes: Banana Republic (old, similar here)
Rings: Dualitas, Emitations, Chanel

Photographer: Nicole Jeanne


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  • Reply Becky Sue

    CC, are you in my head?! I think we are in similar spaces. I felt stagnant as well and recently redesigned my blog while I am reworking my whole approach and platform. In the process, I was able to reflect back on all of the work I have done over the past few years and that really put things into perspective. I encourage you to look at work on the whole instead of obsessing over small details (that’s my problem). While you may feel stuck at times, remember that you have created your beautiful blog from the ground up, that is no small feat. You’ve poured every ounce of yourself into this incredible piece of art and it shows. You are an inspiration and a super talented, badass babe who can do it all! I am beyond proud of you for all of your hard work and dedication. Keep it up girl, you are killing it.


    September 26, 2016 at 9:56 am
    • Reply Christina

      Becky, thank you SO much for those sweet, encouraging words! I feel so lucky to have you, another creative and #GirlBoss, as a friend. It definitely sounds like we are in similar places right now. I have to continually remind myself that perfection isn’t always the most important thing, which is easier said than done… I think this HAS to be a designer problem, no?? Anyway, I’m really excited to see what comes out of your reflections and new approach! If your latest Peach Berry Crisp video is any indication, I CANNOT WAIIIITTTTT!!!! XOXO

      September 27, 2016 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Absolutely stunning! Love the dress. Love the site. Love the new vibe!

    September 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply victoria lau

    Congrats on taking a stand and making bold changes in your life, whether it’s with what you wear or what you do. That is a stunner of a dress – red is a power color and you wear it well. I love the new site – was it a long and arduous process? My blog design has pretty much stayed the same ever since I started it four years ago, so I feel like it may be time for a change. Any tips? I am by no means tech savvy at all! =(


    October 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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