Flowing Dress

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a good week. We are gearing up for several holiday events this weekend, plus the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game. It will be a busy, but fun, weekend.

I wanted to share this loose, flowing dress. I bought it last year from Loft, so the exact one isn’t available, but here and here are a couple of similar styles. I love the bell sleeves and because this dress is loose, it will hide anything you might not want to show.

The dress is a dark (but not navy) blue, and has almost an eyelet-type detailing around the neckline. It is so comfortable, but so stylish at the same time.

I laughed at this picture, because I was trying to showcase how loose the dress is, but instead it ended up looking like I am wearing a tent! I’ve just got to get better at this photography thing. It’s harder at this time of year because it is dark all the time, so I can’t do photos outside and the lighting inside is so awful.

I paired it with these over-the-knee boots by Marc Fisher, in a taupe color. It took me awhile to warm up to this style, but once I finally bought them, I really liked them. It is hard to wear them with jeans because they just pull on with a small zipper on the side, so the hem wants to ride up inside the boots while pulling them on. But with dresses they are perfect.

I also had a helper with this picture! He didn’t understand why I wasn’t taking him for a walk, not that he is spoiled or anything!

This outfit is simple, but still fashionable, and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love dresses, even in the winter (with tights), because they are so simple to style and look put together. I used to hate them, and would only wear a dress to occasions that absolutely called for one. Now I can’t get enough of them and wear them every chance I get. So if you are anti-dress as I was, give them another chance and look around for a style that suits you. I’ll be showing some more of my favorites as the season goes on.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

-Beth

Friday Favorites

Hey y’all, I want to start a Friday series, called Friday Favorites, where I highlight a few things that are currently on my “favorites” list.  I don’t want to limit this to apparel or fashion items, I want to talk about whatever strikes me at the moment!  This week I want to talk about local businesses I have discovered and enjoy browsing.

I have posted about these bracelets before, but I’m still loving my handmade bracelets from Average Day Designs.  They are a company local to where I live, and the bracelets come in so many colors and designs, anyone could find something they like.  They are getting ready to roll out a line of necklaces, and I am so excited! I also noticed recently they had a couple of men’s options – I almost ordered one for my husband but wasn’t sure he would be into wearing jewelry, lol!  Maybe I will see if I can win him over.  See my previous post on these bracelets here for more information.

One local boutique I really like is Threads.  They don’t have a website but are on Facebook.  They do a weekly series called Trending Tuesday, the videos highlight items in the store and are entertaining as well!  I’ve only recently discovered them, but have already purchased a few items.  They have affordable prices, and a good selection of casual and trendy items, in both missy and curvy sizes. I purchased the blue top below a few weeks ago, and I love the ever-popular off the shoulder style. The angled hem and tassels make this piece very eye catching.

Also from Threads is this ombré purple/mauve top, again with the trendy tassels and uneven hemline. I purchased the matching leggings as well, to give me another option besides jeans with this shirt. The photo lighting distorts the colors a bit, but the leggings really do match! The top was actually on a 50% off rack, so it pays to browse the sale items even at a boutique.

I love this casual top, also from Threads, with the fun saying on the front. I wore this with some joggers last weekend and was 100% comfortable and cozy. The top is a super soft t-shirt weight and has the cold-shoulder cutouts, so I probably won’t wear it once it gets really cold, but it’s perfect for a lazy, casual fall weekend. I do not subscribe to the thinking that over 40 means no more graphic tees!

The other local boutique I have begun to frequent is BohoBlu. They also offer unique, boutique shopping at affordable prices. They have a website so if you aren’t in the Triad, you can still check out their items online, and they also carry missy and curvy sizes.

I bought this dress at BohoBlu; I absolutely love these colors for fall. I bought the leggings at Threads, so this dress can carry me into the winter as well. It is super comfortable while still looking stylish enough for work or to go out.

You can probably tell I like comfortable clothing! I do not like to spend my day tugging and pulling at my clothes because they are uncomfortable. Being stylish is important to me (most days anyway😂) but not at the expense of being miserable. I bought this last top at BohoBlu; once I tried it on I was in love. It is so soft, and has an oversized, slouchy fit, and will be perfect for a chilly weekend day. It is actually a very pale green, which didn’t translate well in the photo. I’ll likely wear this with some plain black leggings, or maybe even skinny jeans if I’m going somewhere more exciting than the grocery store! I’m almost, but not quite, looking forward to a chilly day so I can wear this top!

I always thought boutique and local shopping meant expensive, but that does not have to be the case! All 3 of these businesses offer style at an affordable price, and support my local community as well. It’s a win-win!

Next week I’ll be rambling about something different in the Friday Favorites series, so please come back and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

Still Summer?

Ok, Ok, I know, most of you are saying summer is over.  And, I know I promised a fall preview post.  It has been so hot here in North Carolina that I haven’t been able to focus much on fall.  I have however been working on the fall preview; there is so much I want to cover that I want to make sure it’s interesting content and has good links to some of the popular items.  So I am doing a post today on summer dresses instead.  I love love love dresses in the summer; I have worn a dress to work almost every day.  Not because I have to, but because they are so much cooler and more comfortable than pants when it’s 92 degrees with 70% humidity!  And wearing a dress makes picking out an outfit so effortless – pick your accessories and you are out the door.

I also want to highlight summer dresses because they are all on sale now!  It is a great time to stock up on items for next summer at great prices.  Put them away and then next summer it will be fun to pull out a bunch of new stuff, knowing you got great bargains.

Love the detailed hem on this dress!

I love this blue dress from Belk.  The halter neckline, the design in the fabric, and the handkerchief hem all give this dress some interest.  I picked this up last fall on clearance and saved it for this year.

I love both of these flowered dresses from Loft.  The orange one on the left is from last year and sadly no longer available.  It looks really nice on and could definitely be worn for church, a nice dinner, or to a dressier workplace.  The blue dress on the right has such great colors.  I wore it the other day and chose to accent the pink with some tassel earrings and pink leather wrap bracelet.  It is still available here but the sizes are limited.

I love this white dress from Loft with the detail on the neckline.  The colors are navy blue and a brighter blue.  I accented with navy but if you had jewelry/purse/shoes etc that matched the brighter blue it would be stunning.  The dress is fully lined so you don’t have to worry about it being too thin since it is white, and the white is so crisp and cool for summer. 

Lastly, here is another blue floral dress, also from Loft.  Are you noticing a pattern here?  I love Loft dresses and also the color blue!  This one is available but again in limited sizes. 

The other great thing about these dresses is they can transition into fall by adding a cardigan, denim jacket, moto jacket, blazer, duster, or anything else of your choosing to stand up to cooler temperatures.  Swap the sandals for booties or stylish sneakers and you are ready to go.  Loft, Old Navy, Belk, and many others have great sales on summer dresses right now. 

Happy Bargain Hunting!