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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Friday Five

How about a Hoody-Hoo for the long weekend!? I've got cook-outs, pool time and Summer dresses on the brain this Friday.

1) I pinned this dress from Forever 21 last week, then immediately had to order it. It appeared to be the perfect Summer dress...bright colors, light fabric, easily dressed up or down...and cheap! Unfortunately, it's not so cute in person. Unbelted it looks like a mumu, and belting it didn't help much either. Not to mention, the armholes are so big you can see all the lady bits up top. Total bummer, but back to the store it goes.


Natalie is a genius at flushing out the good stuff from Forever 21, so I ordered this one too, after she posted it. It looks pretty high-end in person, and the details are impressive for the price. The Love 21 line is cut more for women (as opposed to juniors), so I tried both an XS and S. One fits great on top, but the other is better on bottom TWSS. What do you think, is it a keeper? Which size looks best?


2) Now that we're spending more time outdoors, I'm excited to pull this DIY Fedora back out! Are you a hat person?


3) My parents are moving soon, and gifting us with their super-duper, mac-daddy grill (their down-sizing means new stuff for us!). I'm not a good griller, but I'm determined to master Martha's BBQ Chicken this weekend. I think I'll add Shay's Corn Salad, or Sheaffer's Black Bean Salad to the menu. Or better yet, I'll invite them over and they can bring both!

Barbecued Chicken

4) I'll provide the rafts and a cute Patriotic Table like this one from last year. That sounds fair, don't you think?


5) Occasionally I get asked if I help design spaces for other people. I'm much too chicken for that, and who in their right mind would want their house to look like mine a box of Crayolas?! The one place that much color and pattern is universally accepted, is in Kid's Rooms. Those are my absolute favorite to create, too. Kirsten has partnered with Land of Nod for this fabulous series, and I've been devouring every post. I know my kids will want some changes to their rooms as they get older, so I'm gathering all these great ideas.  

What's on the agenda for you? Have you found any great Summer dresses? What about grilling tips? Happy long weekend, lovebugs!


  1. Look how cute you are! Happy Friday Cassie!

  2. Love that dress! (The second one, obviously!)
    It's weird, but I think the small dress (not the xs) looks smaller on you..and I think it looks better. The xs looks blousier around the hips.
    It is super cute...and you're right...looks pretty high end!

  3. I like both sizes on you but my favorite is the first (XS I think). So cute! Happy long weekend! Can't wait to see your amazing table setting!

  4. I had to get a medium in the dress!! I agree with Sheaffer I think I like the small better too. They both look very similar though. It really was a steal and looked high quality! Have a fab Memorial Day sweets!! Xoxo

  5. Thanks for the great links. I like the XS. It fits better in the arm holes and I can't tell much of a difference in the bottom half of either. My only concern would be whether it will shrink in the wash. If so, maybe go with the small.

  6. I love that dress too! I might have to go snag one for myself. The XS looks way better from the front view...not sure how it looks from behind! :) I also featured your patriotic table setting on my blog today! So funny that we thought of the same thing! Have a great weekend my friend!

  7. i love the XS on you!!! have a great wknd!!!

  8. Love the F21 and would go for the small! Though the XS looks great too!

  9. I'm voting for the xs, as well, but like the others mentioned, if it is going to be dried or has the possibility of shrinking, you might want to choose the small.

  10. I saw that dress when Natalie posted about it a week or two ago as well- is it just me or is the small size too loose under the arms?? The XS looks fantastic on you- super skinny!! Sidebar though ladies- looks like the dress is out of stock :( ...I knew I should have clicked on it the first time I saw it. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  11. You're right - the first dress is SO not you. Love the second one on you - the one on the right seems to hit better at the hemline, but both look just darling on you, cute one! Get grilling and bring us some chicken!!

  12. XS for the dress, for sure! Love it!

  13. You are too cute, and as I've said many times before can pull off most anything. I think both sizes look fab, the first a little more fitted/formal, the second more casual/comfy (but not too big). And, as you know...I love that box of crayolas you have going on!!!

  14. OK, definitely the XS for the second dress. And maybe I'm crazy, but I like the first dress too... but only belted (obvs)... too bad about the armholes. And I love the hat. I need one!

  15. Have a great long weekend! Love the dress and since I hadn't had a chance to comment (I don't think - sleep deprivation may be playing tricks on my memory haha) let me just say I totally and completely adore the new dining room colour scheme. The ceiling and oh the pink walls! Yay!



Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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