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.

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  1. So cute, and great deal on the black blazer!

    β™₯ Kristina, of Pretty Shiny Sparkly

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  2. eleanor says:

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

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  3. kskeen27 says:

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

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  4. Linley says:

    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(:

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  5. Melissa says:

    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!


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  6. Katie says:

    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!

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  7. Vanessa says:

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

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  8. 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!!

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  9. Yummy neckline! You look fabulous.

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

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  11. 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

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  12. Kayla says:

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

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl
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  13. kileen says:

    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!


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  14. maria says:

    NEW YEARS KENDI!!! NEW YEARS!!! no better excuse to rock your namesake πŸ™‚ you look fantastic. congratulations!


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  15. Such a gorgeous dress!


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  16. Love the pink tights! Totally unexpected! …


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

    Lindsey Soup

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  18. 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!

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  19. Alex says:

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

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  20. Jen says:

    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!

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  21. Sophi says:

    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…


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  22. Tiffany says:

    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.

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

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  24. kimmie says:

    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. πŸ™

    Blue Paper Lanterns

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  25. 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˜‰


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


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

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  28. What about wool tights and a cardi for styling it to be more casual? πŸ™‚

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

    xxx Charlie
    Enter my Christmas Giveaway!

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  29. 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.

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  30. modniza says:

    so beautyful outfit,color,dress,love

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  31. Kelly says:

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

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  32. Kirstin says:

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

    Kirstin Marie

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  33. ~k says:

    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.

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  34. Stella says:

    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. :/

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  35. Melanie says:

    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.

    Follow @UnraveldTreads on Twitter!

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

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  37. Monica says:

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

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  38. Jules says:

    Very cute!! Love the color of the tights

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  39. Charlotte says:

    I love the addition of the bright tights!!

    Charlotte xxx

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

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  41. Love your dress!!

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

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  43. tres beau!
    love the fabric πŸ™‚

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  44. maryeb says:

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

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  45. Emily says:

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

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  46. Devon says:

    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˜‰

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  47. 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:)

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



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  49. Mandy says:

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

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  50. Hayley says:

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


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  51. Emy says:

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


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

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

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  53. island girl says:

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

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  54. Law Mama says:

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

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  55. Vicki says:

    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? πŸ™‚ xo

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  56. ag. says:

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

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

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

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  59. Mama Fuss says:

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

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  60. Oooh what fantastic sleeves!

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  61. Stephanie says:

    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.

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  62. George says:

    Looks crazy keen my friend! Loaf it!

    Raised By Wolves

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  63. ellie says:

    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!

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  64. MUA says:

    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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  66. Congrats on the dress. It amazing dress.


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  67. Angeline says:

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

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  68. Justine says:

    I love this dress! And the colored tights with it

    How do you find such amazing deals?

    Just Better Together

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  69. 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

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


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  71. I'm hopelessly in love with your tights!

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  72. Colleen says:

    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

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  73. cute dress! and i luv the ballerina bun!

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  74. Tintinar says:

    Love the tights + the Kendi dress!

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  75. Jen says:

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

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  76. hair-mess says:

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

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  77. I just found your blog and I just have to say that you have such a CUTE style! πŸ™‚ I started following you right away.


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  78. 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. πŸ™‚

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



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  80. Monique says:

    Gorgeous dress Kendi – love it!

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  81. Genny says:

    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 …

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  82. lady lee says:

    Losers do not get dresses named after them. It is so cute πŸ™‚

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

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  84. Merissa says:

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

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  85. love the look =)

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  86. kskeen27 says:

    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. πŸ™‚

    @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.

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  87. Jessica says:

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

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  88. 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!

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  89. 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

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  90. 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.


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  91. Abbe says:

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


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  92. Love it. That neckline is perfect.

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  93. Nnenna says:

    you're funny- you know that? πŸ™‚

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  94. 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.

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

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  96. jasmine says:

    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….

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

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

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