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Friday, April 8, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday! Thanks for all your kind comments this week, I'm thrilled you enjoyed the posts! I'm off at a blogger conference this weekend...basically a fun few days with girlfriends where we eat a lot of tacos and talk about blogging! I packed some old favorites, a few new pieces, and even rented a fun dress for the final night...hopefully I'll get some pics to share, but plan to post on Instagram and Facebook, so follow along there if you're interested.

Today it's time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you.

The shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it's expiration, and many of the items aren't a good fit for me...but it's real life, real girl, real clothes...and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model. You may want to grab a drink and a cookie...this one is a doozy!


Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I'm 5'4"-ish, 115 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape.


Now that I've cornered the market on gingham shirts, my focus has turned to stripes. I loved the slightly wider stripe of this one, and the high-quality of the crisp cotton. Definitely a timeless classic that pairs beautifully with jeans, shorts, skirts and slacks.

Fit Tip: Runs a little big, I'm wearing an XS.

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The pattern and hemline of this dress is striking, but the top is definitely cut for younger boobs than mine. #wholettheairout If you've got perky boobs and a tropical vacation this year, scoop this up! Heck, even if you're only going in your own backyard...if you have perky boobs, please wear this for me!

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Shirtdresses are so easy, and universally flattering...and this one is no exception. The fabric is a soft rayon, so it drapes beautifully (don't you hate when dresses cling to your backend??), and the diamond pattern makes it modern.

Fit Tip: It's a good length for the office, but if you're shorter like me and prefer dresses to hit above the knee, then order petite.

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I'm pretty loyal to the fit-and-flare shape, simply because I know it works for my figure...but in an effort to branch out, I tried this drop waist flounce dress. The laser cut is a nice detail, and it would be darling with a fitted blazer for work.

Fit Tip: This is a petite, which was great for length, but I'd need to size up so the dress would hang straight and not get 'stuck' on my booty.

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If I didn't already have a striped tshirt dress I love, I'd have brought this cute navy number home! It's a nice, thick ribbed cotton, so no clinging!

Fit Tip: Again, I'd prefer petite length for my height or shorter.

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We don't do a lot of Spring and Summer sweaters in Texas...the season for them is just too short. I'd rather throw a jean or military jacket over a lighter top. But if you have longer Springs, or cool evenings well into the Summer, you'll love this extra lightweight textured pullover.

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I'm having a love affair with crisp white cotton tops this season...and the ruffle detail of this one had me swooning. Unfortunately, I have a long torso, so it was a bit tent-like in the front for me. I still shed a little tear when putting it back.

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This twist front dress does a beautiful job of showing off your shoulders, but still allows you to eat dessert. So basically, perfect for wedding season! The navy and coral is a pretty combo, and softer than a typical little black dress, too.

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I was surprised by how lovely this dress is, especially given the price! Once I steam out the wrinkles and start my self-tanner routine, I think I've got a winner. So pretty for showers and lunches, right?

Fit Tip: This dress is generously sized, I'm wearing an XS.

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Another lovely floral option, with a pretty neckline (pretend I'm wearing a strapless bra)...it comes in a white floral, as well. Unfortunately, I think it's a little voluminous for my frame. I'm also in desperate need of a hairbrush.

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I love a full midi skirt (see one 5 Ways here), but this midi dress felt a tad dowdy on me. I think it would be gorgeous on you taller girls though, and great for so many occassions.

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This weekend's conference is hosting a 'White Party' for the final evening...which meant I tried a countless number of white dresses in the last few weeks. I added my favorites to this post in case you're drawn to pretty white dresses.

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This is the white version of the hot little cobalt number I wore in Miami. It got the text-votes of my friends, but the form fit definitely rules out tacos for the weekend. #notworthit 

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Moving on to more casual dresses...I was surprised by the detailed embroidery and lining of this affordable Summer dress.

Fit Tip: Runs a little big and long...I'm wearing an XS.

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The cotton knit of this colorful dress is a tad too thin for me to wear as an everyday dress, but the price was so good, I almost scooped it up as a swimsuit cover-up. If you don't jiggle when you wiggle, this is a great sundress option for you. And also, we can't be friends. #ikid #kindof

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Every couple of years, I replace my basic tees and tanks...after literally wearing them out. I was so instantly smitten with the shoulder cut and soft feel of this muscle tank, I grabbed it in three colors...so it's safe to say this will be this year's new tank of choice. And finally a pair of relaxed-fit jean shorts that don't have holes or expose my butt cheeks!

Fit Tip: Both the tee and shorts are true to size for me, I'm wearing an XS and 2, respectively.

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I love the idea of this dress...and maybe if it were ironed I'd actually love it, but the top was a little deflated on me. I think if you have a larger chest to balance out the hips, it'd be darling! And certainly different!

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Ah, here we go...back to my sweet spot, the fit-and-flare. Probably 90% of the dresses in my closet are this style, but it's my wheelhouse...and looks good on just about everyone. This one is incredibly versatile...jazz it up with a statement necklace, wear it to work with pearls and a cardi, or keep it casual with wedges or flat sandals. Maggie, however, is not impressed.

Fit Tip: I had a little trouble zipping my usual size, so it runs a tad small.

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I adore the Sporty Spice meets Baby Spice of this rugby racerback cami. It will be too cute with white jeans! My new perfect white jeans, to be exact!!

Fit Tip: When I added a bra, the top was a little tight...so I'd recommend sizing up.

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Again, I don't have a lot of need for light sweaters, but that didn't keep me from reeeeeaaaalllly wanting this one. The lace around the hem was a bit scratchy though, so you might need to layer a tank.

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I like boho style on others, but never really gravitate to it for myself. Mostly because the colors tend to be really muted. This vibrant blue was an exception though, and I thought it was really cute. Especially the detailing on the back.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS, and thanks to adjustable straps, I was able to keep it from being too revealing.

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I fell hard for this mock collar swing top, and could hardly choose between the colors and the polka dots. It's made of a thick woven fabric, and has a cute exposed zipper in the back.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a Reg XS in both. 

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Mod Top  | Jeans | Sandals

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Another cute option, this one with a scalloped hem! I featured it in last week's Five Under $50, and just had to try it for myself.

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And finally, the pink military jacket obsession is still going strong! I think I wore it at least half the days in the March...see it Three Ways here.

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Whew! I told you this was a doozy! I hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. What's your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? Which was your favorite of the white dresses?

You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are on sale! Happy weekend, lovebugs!


{Weekend sales worth checking out}
Nordstrom // Lots of price-matching sales going on, including 25% off RayBans!
Loft // Extra 50% off sale
World Market // 15% off New Outdoor Arrivals with code 15OUT
GAP // 40% off with code FORYOU (great time to scoop up the pink military jacket!)
Old Navy // 20% off entire order with code BIGSAVE


J.Crew // 30% off total order with code TIMETOSHOP

21 comments:

  1. The stripes, the polka dots, the crochet dress...I could go on and on!!! I want it all ;) Happy Friday!

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  2. Soooo many cute things! Thanks for sharing - now I need to go shopping. (Especially love that you featured items like the muscle tanks....I've been on the hunt for cute, inexpensive, casual tees for summer.)

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  3. Just picked up a cute striped shirt too. The midi does over power you but may work for me as I'm tall so thanks for that. Love the polka dot sleeveless top!! Great picks thanks for sharing 😍

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  4. I just love SO many of these! Even the ones you didn't love on you, I did. Of course, you could wear a garbage bag and make it look so chic!

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  5. I always love this series! It's nice to see things "unfiltered" and you always have such cute finds! XO

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  6. I agree, all excellent choices!! I love these series, it's like having my own personal shopper!

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  7. I'm embarrassed by the number of sites I had open at once; I was clicking on nearly each and every thing!! For the white dress option, I vote for the woven fit and flare; super flattering and sexy!

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  8. Love all of these options but the white fit & flare and the lace one are super cute and perfect for summer!

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  9. I love every time you do an episode of dressing room diaries! I always find something I have to have. And your real life pictures are so much better than the pics on the website. Thanks!
    :)
    https://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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  10. I'm really surprised at how adorable that Adelyn scarf dress is....looks so much better on you than on the website! Loving the bobeau polka dots and I grabbed the racerback tank a few weeks back in magenta and I love it! Lots of greatness....can't wait to see what white dress you actually did pick!! Hope you are having a blast!

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  11. Woohoo! I always look forward to you dressing room diaries! I think this month's was great and I love that midi dress on you... just sayin' =)

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  12. That white dress was made for you...so flattering!

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  13. So many great reviews here!! I love that Express palm print maxi and the striped dress!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  14. So many good picks! I was really considering that geometirc shirtdress from Loft last time I stopped by. And that scalloped top from Nordstrom is now on my wish list! If it's still available once April's over (on a spending ban this month) I'll probably buy it!

    http://classicsidewalk.com

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  15. So many cute things! Love this series :)

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  16. Let me tell you something...you are young, blonde , great body....so everything looks good on you. :):) Face it. LOL. Blessings cutie pie, xoxo, Susie

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  17. I love everything! I got the same sandals from Old Navy but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to tie them.. are you double wrapping and then knotting in the front? I only have enough length for one bow in the front and then I would still have to trim the straps!

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    1. Yes, I double wrap, then do a single knot in the front. I'm toying with the idea of a single wrap and bow in the back, then just cut the extra length. I don't think you can go wrong with either, just however you prefer! xo

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  18. Dang that's a lot of goodness in one post! The geometric shirtdress and red/navy cami are my faves!

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  19. Hi I just went to Old Navy and picked up the muscle tank and white dress! What other colors did you get in the tanks?

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    1. I now have it in white, gray, and the faded pink color!!! Ohmygosh, I just realized I'm wearing it now!! #obsessed #socomfy

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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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