First Impression

It’s funny how after all these years, I can still find myself surprised by an item of clothing. I like to think at this point I have a pretty good sense of what works on me and what doesn’t, but every so often, I am happily proven wrong. Take this dress for example: I am not a huge fan of maxi dresses on me (I love them on everyone else), I tend to avoid bigger patterns (again, huge fan in general, they just don’t work on me), and the overly blousely fit that is so popular with many usually ends up with me throwing an item in the “no” pile (aka, the pile of sad, rejected clothes in the corner of the dressing room. I always have such big dreams for those clothes, and they always let me down and deserve to be punished). So when I picked out this dress the other day, it was with a sense of resigned defeat; I loved it on the hanger, but I just knew it would be a dress meant for another girl, a luckier girl (a taller girl).

That being said, you can imagine my shock when I slipped this dress over my head, and not only did I not have piles of fabric gathered at my feet, but the print actually looked well proportioned and the waist hit at a totally flattering point! OK fine, you don’t have to imagine, but just trust me when I say I had approximately zero chill in that moment (and may have done a little happy dance….definitely don’t imagine that).

So here I stand, a lady in possession of a fabulous new dress and a valuable lesson; to assume makes an ass out of you and your closet! Yeah, pretty sure that’s how that saying goes….

Dress: Target x Who What Wear

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Heels: Circus by Sam Edelman

I Am What I Gingham

I know that they say florals are the #1 print for Spring (and in all fairness, I’m one of those theys), but I think a print that has to be awarded a very close second is gingham. I mean, gingham is literally the pattern you think of when picturing a picnic blanket, and nothing says warm weather like eating outdoors!

I love this cool and cheerful pattern in all of it’s many forms, so when I saw a pants version, I just knew we were meant to be. Add a bell-sleeved blouse with fun detailing and boom, you’ve got a combo that just demands sunshine, warm breezes and a cocktail with an umbrella in it. Luckily I have those first two, now if someone could just go get me that last one, we should be all set!

Pants: Banana Republic

Blouse: Old Navy (Similar)

Sunglasses: LOFT

Sandals: Old Navy (This season’s)