Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Bicycle Built for Baby Bleu

A few posts ago I mentioned that this beautiful banana colored bike does not belong to me, it belongs to my baby.  Ok, ok, so my daughter isn't a baby anymore.  She's a teenager, in fact, and when I stop and think about it, I wonder where the time went.  Don't we always, though.  So, when I bought my beautiful blue bike, my oldest daughter became instantly infatuated.  I knew then and there that I'd never get any time to ride it because she would always be on it, so I bought her her very own.  It's just like mine, but a different color and as expected I haven't seen her much since I gave it to her.
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Where My Picnic People Bicycle Dress from ModCloth
Converse sneakcers
Bicycle from Walmart

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dogwood Blossoms


    We moved to our little hilltop farm in August of last year, so we had no idea that our land is in fact full of dogwood trees and the woods around our home are positively white with blossoms right now.  Just when I was beginning to get a little down about the fact that the spring blossoms were over and I missed them due to work or frost, I've been blessed with a second chance to enjoy this lovely season and right from my very own home.  
    I got up before dawn this morning just to take a walk in these woods in the beautiful morning light, and yes, I did don this dress for the occasion.  Just because I'm a grown-up doesn't mean I can't still play dress-up and get lost in my daydreams now and then, right?  This Fit and Flare Coral Dress feels more like one of my dream dress-up dresses from childhood than a real grown-up dress anyway.  
    On the surface it is a bold print and a flattering cut, and that in itself is pretty awesome, but there are layers of tulle and ruffles underneath that I absolutely adore!  I ordered this dress in my usual size XS and it's a pretty good fit at the waist although the shoulders seem a bit big and of course, pay attention to the length.  This dress is much longer than I typically wear and all the layers underneath make alteration impractical, but those same layers also give this length some girth and a full shape that really adds to the dreamy quality and so I think the length really works.  
    Also, I realized I've had in my possession for almost ten years a vintage Avon dogwood blossom necklace that I decided to don for this special day.  I know I complained a lot about winter, but I intend to do an equal amount of celebrating spring, summer and autumn to make up for it!  

 
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Fabulous Fit and Flare Dress with Pockets in Coral in sizes XXS, XS, S, ML, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X by ModCloth

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Railene in Noir

    I absolutely adore the Railene Dress from Stop Staring!  I found it for a steal on PoshMark in Navy and I've seen other styles come up on other resale sites since then.  This time around I decided to buy from the company to get the latest color combo in black and ivory.  Black and ivory is one of my favorite color pairs.  Add a little pale peachy-pink to the mix and you have my trifecta of color perfection.
    Since I already own this style of dress, you may have read my review.  However, that was around two years ago and I figured it was time to do another.  I promise I'll keep it short and sweet.  This dress is awesome.  There's a reason they keep making this dress in different colors.  I would recommend that you order up one size.  I normally wear XS or even XXS depending on the brand, but for this beauty I ordered a size small and still had to wiggle into it.  I would also recommend some body shaping garments to smooth your lines a little and a bra with a bit of boost to really take advantage of this neckline. 
    I'd love it if I just naturally fit into everything and looked great doing it, but I've seen pencil dresses go wrong way to many times to just randomly recommend them.  The thing I love about this dress is that it actually flatters my curvy hips and bottom, but even I feel a little shy about wearing form fitting clothing.  If you've got the confidence to wear it, you really can't go wrong with this style and let's face it, sometimes a little shape-wear can help give us the confidence we need to try something new.          
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Railene Black and Tan Dress at StopStaringClothing.com
Qupid With Haute a Doubt Heels from Modcloth
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