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Friday, May 6, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday! Thanks for all your great tips and insight on yesterday's post, I'm thrilled you liked it! It's been a whirlwind week speaking at the Bloom Workshop in Florida, and was inspiring to be around such creative and talented women. I hope to share some of the gorgeous images and ideas with you soon. But it was so good to get back home last night, and now I'm ready to spend a spoiled Mother's Day weekend with my people! (Hint-hint, Mr. SP!)

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...it's another 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.


I spotted this floral romper from across the store, and couldn't get it to the dressing room fast enough! The colors are so vibrant, and it has a very feminine (but not little-girly) shape to it. I can see it dressed up with heels for a night out, or with flat sandals and a jean jacket.

Fit Tip: It's true-to-size, unless you carry more weight through your middle, in which case order a size up. 


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It's ridiculous that I even tried this dress on, seeing as how I already own it in three colors...but hello, emerald green!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I took two of them with my to Florida this week. They just work for almost anywhere and anything, and pack like a dream.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS. I do get lots of questions about what bra to wear, because the armholes are a little lower...I usually go braless #scandalous, wear a strapless bra pulled down a bit, a lacy bralette, or one of these nubras

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The front straps made this floral maxi stand out, but the fit is better for taller girls with a willowy frame. My usual size was a little big on top, but tight across the bum. I loved the unexpected touch of lavendar.

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This darling fit-and-flare was a bit more midi-length on me than the model #shocker, but the lace overlay still allows it to show a little leg. The crossover neckline is unique and so flattering, and fabric thick and structured enough to hold 'the girls' in place. It's definitely a memorable little black dress for all your Spring and Summer functions.

Fit Tip: It's true to size, unless you're busty, in which case I'd suggest ordering up one.

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This dress has a lot going for it...punchy color, pockets, and cute back-pleats...but the fabric too thick and voluminous for petite frames. 

Fit Tip: The v-neck and armholes are generous, so I'd recommend sizing down one.

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I love all the color options of this ruffle-hem romper, and it fits well, but it felt a little young for me.

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This is actually what I wore to the mall, with my pink striped bag...but loved it with the black and white stripe, too. My favorite white jeans have been getting a lot of wear!

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Funny, I didn't know I was on a romper-streak until I put this post together...but clearly I've been drawn to them lately! I'm pretty much obsessed with the racerback cut of this one, and the comfy drop-waist.

Fit Tip: It's a tad big, but I think sizing down would take away the relaxed fit that makes it so cute.

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Did you catch the off-the-shoulder top I posted to Instagram last weekend? I figured I'd give the trend a whirl with that $17 shirt, and now I'm smitten. This one is really soft and comfy, with a cute stripe...it's a little sheer, but not enough to rule it out.

Fit Tip: True-to-size and works well with a strapless bra.

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Chambray stripes? Sign me up!! I pick up at least one pair of these shorts every year...my hands-down favorite fit.

Fit Tip: This year's style is a little big, but stick with your usual size because they will shrink a tad in the dryer.

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The first thing I do when I get home everyday is change to PJs, so I figured they might as well be cute! Love the lightweight of these, and of course, the pink gingham.

Fit Tip: Size up one, and plan on them shrinking a bit in the dryer.

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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, and the geo 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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Colorful or printed camis are an easy chic outfit when paired with jeans or shorts, and this palm print is very on-trend, yet still classic. The jewel-tone colors are so pretty in person.

Fit Tip: I prefer camis to have some length to drape, so I'd stick with regular sizing instead of petite on this one.

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These pics don't even come close to doing this white fit-and-flare dress with emerald green lace overlay justice...it's so lovely in person. The material is a soft, thick knit, so even though it looks dressy, it's very comfy and could be dressed up or down. (Sidenote: Unheard of sale for Anthropologie...use code XOXO for 20% off this weekend!!)

Fit Tip: I also tried it in petite size, but it was much too short and made the dress look more cutesy than classic.

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Here's a closer shot of the overlay, with a darling striped bag worth sharing. I can't help pairing things and creating outfits...even in the stores!

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Another 'what I wore that day'...with the white jeans. Again. This tassel necklace has been getting overtime, too.

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I spotted a handful of cute dresses online I wanted to try for myself...starting with this striped number. It's certainly darling with the cross-back, but too short and thin for my liking. It'd make a cute swimsuit coverup though!

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I really really wanted this dress to work, but it's just too much fabric for my frame. Definitely a looker for taller girls!

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We have a big trip coming up, so I'm on the lookout for fun dresses that work for day and night...and I think this might be a winner. You have to see the back!! It'd be so cute with wedges and a jean jacket for day, and heels and jewels for evening. What do you think? Cute enough to go through the trouble of hemming it??

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I shared this swing dress in my last 5 Under $50, and was won over by the pockets. I tried it in a size small in denim blue, and XS in navy (the next pic). I much preferred the denim...for some reason, the fabric of the denim color is definitely much thicker and sturdier, even though it's not actual denim, than the fabric of the navy. It's a super cute Summer throw-on kind of dress, best paired with flip-flops or flat sandals.

Fit Tip: I'd size up for a bit more length.

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My normal size felt too short to wear in public, unless you're using it as a cover-up.

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I loved the rich pink of this maxi, and the halter makes it great for evening. It doesn't come in petite sizes, but the price is so good it's worth hemming for the shorter crowd.

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Again with the off-the-shoulder...I think I'm getting on board with it! 

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How cute is the scallop trim on this shift dress? I love the classy length, and it's wear-to-almost-anything-ness. And speaking of length, can we talk about how leg-lengthening my nude wedges are!? #obsessed

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This dress is pretty much my spirit animal...fit and flare shape, a bow, and pockets! The color makes me swoon, too. I'll wear it dressed up with these pink shoes, and more casual with my nude wedges or leopard sandals.

Fit Tip: I'm wearing a petite size for knee-length fit.

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I can never pass up gingham, especially when it's in the form of a popover top. It's even cuter paired with my favorite white jeans. #duh

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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? 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 // Tons of sales going on, including a special Triple Points Event!
Loft // 40% off Spring new arrivals & extra 50% off sale.
GAP // 30% off with code SHINE
Old Navy // 30% off all women's styles
J.Crew // 30% off total order with code TIMETOSHOP
Anthropologie // 20% off everything with code XOXO...I adore this dress, too.

33 comments:

  1. You just made my Friday! Great way to start the day looking at all of these lovelies! I want one of everything! #bigproblem

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    1. You are too sweet, Kellyann!! Thank you, and happy weekend! xo

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  2. All of the rompers are so cute on you! I just ordered that one you love from Gap, and that off the shoulder top is a winner. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I think I might need to order the Gap romper with that discount code, too!!!

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  3. This was a long one but I say the longer the better! I have the loft shirt dress and love it so much i have since bough 2 more (loft and old navy). Dresses make getting dressed easy! I hope you are keeping the blue wrap dress... It's made for you! Happy weekend and Mother's Day!

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    1. Thank you so much, friend....happy Mother's Day to you! xo

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  4. I'm about to be ungirly but I hate hate hate to go shopping. However since finding your amazing blog a couple of months ago you have inspired me :) and thanks for the promo codes, its always fun to save money (plus I can say 'but Baby look how much money I've saved'). Anyways thank you, and this has been my favorite dressing room diaries by far.

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    1. It's not ungirly to hate shopping...I totally get it!! But I'm thrilled you find inspiration here and I've hopefully made it a little easier for you!! xoxo

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  5. I loved that blue dress with the bow on you. You look so cute in everything, but I also especially liked the off the shoulder top and dress.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy!!! I think I"m having a blue moment...so many things I tried are blue!! Happy weekend!

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  6. I have that gingham popover and love it! I"m going to check out the blue J Crew dress for a possible graduation (COLLEGE!) dress. Loving all the rompers on you!

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  7. I absolutely love all of the picks you've picked out!! Also, I won't lie, I really only came on here to see if there were any funny photo bombs from your husband hahaha

    liz @ j for joiner

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    1. LOL...he's been working so much lately, so no mall trips for us!! :( Hopefully I'll get him back in the dressing room with me soon! :) xo

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  8. I love these posts, and especially the family photobombs :) Little Miss reading Kondo upside down really got me this week. Your family seems like so much fun!

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  9. I love the striped strapless dress! Definitely worth hemming! I am so jealous...so many cute things right now that require a strapless bra. That is just not happening. My 'girls' require straps. Sigh.

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  10. You must keep that striped maxi. It is amazing!

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  11. Love the blue dress from jcrew. What size are you wearing? You mentioned petite. Is it a P0? Thanks for the great post.

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    1. I'm actually wearing a P00, but it's too small...promptly exchanging for P0!!!

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  12. Scalloped trim dress for the win!! So cute, alas, sold out....

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  13. The bag charm is a favorite of mine and I switch it often between bags. I have attached empty key rings to several bags so I can easily and quickly switch the charm from bag to bag. Clip and go!
    Patty

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  14. Love, love, love these posts! The striped maxi is fabulous, I would definitely keep it and have it hemmed.

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  15. Cassie, what size in the stripe scoop neck T are you wearing? Want to order one. Thanks!

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  16. That striped maxi looks amazing on you!! Do you have a recommendation for a strapless bra? At barely a 34B I have the hardest time finding one I like.

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    1. Thank you!! You know, I don't have a good strapless bra I'm able to recommend...I'm not a big fan of the one I have! (hence why I end up braless sometimes!) ;) I do love those nubras though!! I'll look into strapless bras and let you know if I find one I love! xo

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    2. Hope you don't mind me cutting in on the convo but I am obsessed with my strapless bra... I am way bigger than you but I've turned so many people onto the company called thirdlove, small chested, larger chested and everything inbetween! Some of their bras are sold at Bloomingdales but not sure about the strapless one. If you shop their website you can get $15 off with this link: http://share.thirdlove.com/x/6hEjc1

      I even wrote about my obsession on my blog! Good luck!!! Xx Dana

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  17. You're so funny! I seriously thought everything looked good on you, am I wrong for thinking that?!?! I want that off the shoulder top from gap! Love so much!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  18. These are hands-down my favorite posts. Off to go spend some money!!! ;)

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  19. I wanted to tell you I like your hair straight in some of the photo. Thanks for the hard work to make shopping easier for us.

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  20. I never talk to anonymous people but you really made my Saturday morning! Your style SO suits you! ;-) And you have given me some renewed inspiration as to how to wear some of my existing wardrobe! :-) I like your top shopping outfit with the white denims and shopper! I am going to wear it today! Wishing you and all the girls that made positive comments an AWESOME weekend! x!

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  21. I absolutely love the first romper! The colors and the pattern are beautiful. Wish it came in a dress, as it would be perfect for a wedding I am attending:):) I love these post...keep them coming!!!

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  22. can I just say your daughter is SO adorable sleeping/reading in the background of these pics. reminds me of when I used to go shopping with my mama. precious.

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  23. That blue off the shoulder dress. AMAZING ON YOU!!!!!

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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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