Today I tore my house apart because I was positive that I couldn’t find anything to wear for church. I tried this dress on five times and on the fifth try I knew that if I didn’t get myself in gear we’d be late for church.
I hit up the thrift store this week and I found this dress in a heap on the floor. It was definitely my kind of dress: different, bright touches of color, a long hem, and long sleeves. I dropped this bad girl in my washing machine and after I hung her up to dry overnight, she was good as new.
I know many people turn up their noses at vintage dresses because they seem “old fashioned” or “matronly”, but it’s all about how you choose to wear the dress. I tend to roll up the sleeves on printed dresses so it doesn’t look as though I’m drowning in the print. I also like to add a belt to break up the print.
I’ll be on vacation in Portugal starting tomorrow and I hope to post some pics here while I’m there!
Dress: Thrifted/vintage, oldie but goodie belt, Old Navy clutch, Jessica Simpson shoes by way of Buffalo Exchange.
Linking Up With: Plane Pretty
June 7th! It’s coming! The end of the school year! I am stoked. This school year has been a very difficult one for me, and one day I’ll have to blog about it. The people and situations I have encountered since last June has been all kinds of ridiculousness.
At any rate, the last day of school is Friday and I’m counting down the days.
Brandon and I are going to Portugal for three weeks in two weeks, so I’m starting to get prepared. Since I bought three comfortable maxi dresses for Fiji back in March I’m planning on taking those to Portugal. I also bought some fabric in February and I want to make myself some maxi skirts. I went to Ross on Saturday to look for some pillows and a gift for a friend and ended up getting sidetracked. Ross is actually hit or miss when it comes to clothing (for me). I did find some affordable modest dresses and skirts on the racks this time around. I ended up buying this striped dress because I figured it’d be good for the beach while we’re in Portugal.
ALSO!! I went to my friend Yvette’s wedding on Memorial Day and a very odd thing happened. I was chillin’ and mindin’ my business when this beautiful girl came up to me and said she read my blog or knew I had a blog. I wanted to choke on my drink. Ha! At any rate, Yao is married to a friend I met at church camp years ago (Hi, Ben!) and we ended up sitting next to each other at Yvette’s wedding. Good times! I told Yao that we needed to take a picture because she was wearing a great maxi dress that she bought from Forever 21. I didn’t find the dress online, so if you like it you’ll need to hit up your local Forever 21 store. Forgive the photo. I wish it was a better photo.
Last but not least…more ASOS love.
I wore this last Sunday and I already posted this pic on Instagram (did the filter give it away?) and Facebook, but forgot to share on the blog. If you like the skirt you can buy it here. Be sure to order a size down. I ordered my regular size and the skirt was a lil’ big in the waist.
Outfit 1: Ross dress, Cotton On top, Guess heels
Skirts, skirts, skirts. I’m always on the prowl for skirts. I’m five feet seven and a half inches tall, my legs are long, and skirts that fall below the knee on most girls fall above the knee for me. Most of the time I have to buy skirts a size larger so I can SAG them to fall below the knee. I also have to do this because I’ve got a smaller waist and my hips and behind don’t lie.
So, I initially saw this Mika Rose skirt here and while it’s on sale now, it wasn’t on sale when I first saw it. Then I was browsing the actual Mika Rose website and the skirt was out of stock (in-stock now black, cream, and coral)! I ended up finding the skirt on the Jen Clothing website and ended up purchasing it.
The skirt has a rear zipper, a stretchy waist, and a cotton lining. When I ordered the skirt I was expecting actual lace. This skirt is lace-like. I didn’t read the listing correctly because it definitely says crochet lace. That’s a mistake on my part. At any rate I like the skirt; it’s comfortable and fits well. I do wish that the hem was a little bit longer and that the lining was the same length of the skirt. Jen Clothing shipped the skirt at lightening speed, so that was awesome! I’ll definitely order from them again.
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Wearing: J Crew Blouse (last worn here), Mika Rose skirt from Jen Clothing, Kate Spade Charm heels (purchased via Poshmark…I bought these shoes in the fuchsia like color for my wedding and I love the gold pair, too! I had a credit on Poshmark, so I ended up paying $30 for these shoes. Woo! There are cheaper and lower heeled versions by J. Renee here, here here, and here*.)
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My gracious husband purchased my flight out to Georgia, soOoOo…I’m spending four days here with my sister. Together again!
It always kills me when I leave California and have the experience of visiting inexpensive states. The prices out here in Georgia are ridiculous low…or maybe California is just ridiculously expensive. Then again, I do live in the San Francisco Bay Area and anything is inexpensive compared to that area. Good grief!
But I didn’t come here to discuss the cost of living. Let’s discuss peplum.
*Fact: the word peplum is of Greek origin.
*The Greeks used it to describe a tunic.
*In the 1940s it was an overskirt.
*Peplum became “trendy” again in the 80s…and it’s back in the 2000s. (Have you NOT seen a blogger wear peplum?…oh my…)
When I bought my first thrifted/vintage peplum dress over eight years ago, my mom couldn’t stop saying, “Wow. I can’t believe you’re wearing something that I used to wear. Wow. Are people really wearing this??” At the time the answer was, “No. No, Mom. I don’t think other people are wearing this.” I remember wearing my peplum dress to church and several ladies came up to me shaking their heads; older ladies talked about how they wore peplum in the 50s and 60s. Others talked about peplum dresses in the 80s.
I have several peplum dresses and tops, but when I saw this peplum belt on ASOS I did a double take. I initially thought that it was over the top, but I didn’t really care. Of course when I went to buy it it was SOLD OUT and remained SOLD OUT after Blair wore an outfit featuring the belt. The belt was restocked and I bought it.
When packing for my trip I packed as light as I could; two denim/chambray type shirts, two skirts, and the entire outfit you see here. This lace dress is comfortable and was easy to roll up and pack. I bought it last year and sadly it is no longer in stock on the ASOS website! I did find the same dress in ASOS’s curve version, so if you’re a size 16 or 18 it’s available!
Linking up: Sunday Style