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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

One Dress, 4 Ways: My 2 Hours as a Fashion Blogger

    So.  I'm fashion blogging today and I feel nervous and excited and pretty silly about the whole thing. If that doesn't make you wanna read this post, I don't know what will.

     When Audrey at Putting Me Together presented the idea of a link-up, I said two things to myself.

 I said, "Self... you should participate.  And.  You should use your Orange Dress."

And so.  It was decided.

     This bad boy is just so versatile.   I've worn it as a dress (can you imagine?), a swimsuit cover-up and have even slept in it on occasion.  It's just that comfy!

Today, I'm going to show you how I've been able to wear the same dress through all 4 seasons.

      I snagged this orange, print little number (brand: Rhapsody) at a Ross in Los Angeles a few summers back (trying to replace a broken suitcase)!  I grabbed it while we were in line to check out, and didn't even try it on (which is very unlike me).  For the next remaining week of our trip, I wore the heck out of that sucker (and have ever since).

      I felt like this post was a little time consuming, and I made a huge mess out of my closet in the process...haha. How do you ladies make time for this!?!?!

     One more you see those rosie cheeks?  Yea.  It has been in the upper 80's in my "cool" while wearing tights and boots was really difficult.  Just a little fun fact about the "behind the scenes" aspect of this post!  Shew-ey!

Here we go!


     This has pretty much been my summer uniform.  I like it because this dress doesn't wrinkle AT ALL.  I also like the fact that it has a lot of colors to pull from.

Cami: JCPenney
Purse: Old Navy
Flip Flops: Payless 


      I think this is a good look for a graduation party, rehearsal dinner, or date night.  That was a real cell phone call, by the way.  Needless to say, I just wanted to get this photo shoot over with.

Necklace:  Gap Outlet
Shoes: Old Navy
Purse: Gifted from my days as a bridesmaid! 
 (brand, Daisy Fuentes) 


     This is one of my favorite looks for fall.  These tights are really comfy.   Tim bought them for me for Christmas, and they are more of a jersey/t-shirt material so they don't snag easily.  They are just really wearable.

The Boyfriend Sweater: American Eagle Outfitters (a few years ago)
Tights: Wal-mart (gift from Tim)
Boots:  The Gap


     Tim bought me this scarf for Christmas.  I didn't think I would wear this color often (even though I did love the scarf from the start), but man- he nailed it.  I've worn this scarf so much! I wish you could see the boots.  This post has really shown me what great taste my husband has- as these were ALSO a gift from him.  :)

Jacket: Old Navy
Scarf:  Charlotte Rousse (gift from Tim)
Boots:  Dillard's, gift from Tim
(brand, Jessica Simpson)  

     Here are a few photos of other ways/places I've worn this.  Definitely the most well-traveled clothing item I own!  (Below, my friend, Fun James makes an appearance)

Behind the scenes:

     This post was a GIANT step out of my comfort zone!  I truly believe the business of blogging should be personal.  I'm trying to get more comfortable in front of the camera so we can all get to know each other a little better.  ;)  It's coming along.

      Before I forget...the charcoal drawing of Tim and I in the background of my photos was a gift from my friends for my 30th birthday.  Betsy the Kind's husband is a very talented artist and I cried when I opened it. (Tears of joy, Tears of joy)!  It is definitely one of those "grab this if our house catches on fire" kinds of things so I wanted to mention it!

      Also, I kept thinking of the part in Napoleon Dynamite where Kip is upset because his online girlfriend won't send him a "full body shot" because I rarely post "full body shots" only because they are hard to take with a self-timer!

Secondly, while taking the photo of me holding a coffee mug, I kept thinking of this scene from 30 Rock, and it makes me laugh every time...

"It's weird...what do I do with my arms?  I've never thought of that it...THIS?" 

Lastly, I really wanted Scarlett to get in a shot.  I don't know why, and I certainly should have known better.

     Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.  Even though I've been blogging for quite a while (anyone remember Xanga?)  I still feel like this blog is in the beginning stages.  We're experiencing milestones (first fashion post), and learning more and more everyday, it seems.

With love & humility,


Anna said...

This is such a pretty dress! I especially like how the colors pop with the gray cardigan.

Great clip. My husband and I just watched that episode of 30 Rock the other night!!

I found you via the linkup. :-)

Ash said...

These are so cute! Love that bright color. Also, I made an enormous mess of my closet for this post too, so you're not alone there. I wore a jacket for a couple outfits and thought I was going to die, it's so hot! :)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

I'm so glad you participated and stepped outside of your comfort zone. I'm also glad I'm not the only one who refers to themself as "Self." Haha!

I love that you did looks for different seasons, and I think both of your cooler weather looks are totally distinct and also totally cute!

Fonda @Savvy Southern Chic said...

Great dress and great outfits! Pink would definitely go with that.

Lauren @ Exploring My Style said...

That purple purse looks so good with your dress! It brings out the little bits of purple in the pattern!

I like that you also transformed it for fall with your tights and olive cardigan! Great job on the remix!

Visiting from the link up!
Exploring My Style

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

yay for you for getting out of your comfort zone! You look great!

I love the dress as a fall look with the sweater and tights - so cute!

sarahannnoel said...

You are the CUTEST. Oh my word. I love your writing voice.

Also, HELLO gorgeous smile.

My favorite is the chunky scarf and denim jacket. And you're right--it's a GREAT dress!

Holly said...

Thank you, ladies! It was so sweet of each of you to stop by! I am working on a way that allows me to reply more efficiently to comments, but involves messing with I'm still mustering the courage! :)

This link-up was totally fun...I'm glad I participated. Again...thank you so much for stopping by!

Shannon Kornis said...

I love this dress and all the ways you style it. That print is covered in awesome-sauce.