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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to the almost-weekend! Thanks for all your kind comments this week...I'm thrilled you liked the travel and organizing posts. We're looking forward to a great holiday weekend...celebrating the Fourth, but also our son's 15th birthday. I can hardly believe our precious boy is a full-blown young man now (or that I was only 10 when he was born). ;)  He makes me so proud I could burst. 

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.


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. Correction, I was 115-ish...before 2 weeks of eating my way through the Mediterranean. #worthit

Let's get to it...My favorite girls-night or date night look is a loose camisole top that exposes a bit more skin, paired with jeans. This one is a little low, but I'm crazy for the back. I can get away with no bra if the lining is thick like this one, but it's probably not for you gals that need support.

Fit Tip: The top is true-to-size, but size down in the white jeans (still my favorites, but mine are hemmed for ankle-length).

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These eyelet shorts look a little like bloomers in the pics, but they were actually quite cute in person! I wouldn't necessarily pair them with this cami (all I had in the dressing room with me), but they'd be super cute with a tied-up gingham shirt and flat sandals.

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My off-the-shoulder obsession continues, and this one is so soft and gauzy. I loved the material and fit, but not necessarily this color. The blue is definitely a keeper though!

Fit Tip: The top runs a little big, I'm wearing an XS.

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Here's a similar one in dress form, which I didn't love as much...funny enough, because of the thinner, gauzy fabric. I just feel more comfortable in dresses that are lined or made of thicker fabric. But those of you who are fit will have no jiggle problems!

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This boho tank has the cutest embroidery and tassel tie. It's a soft cotton knit with a billowy shape, too, perfect for hot days. And I could wear these linen shorts every day!

Fit Tip: The top runs really big, I'm wearing an XXS Petite...but the shorts were a little tight across the bottom. I'm wearing a Regular XS, but would prefer a size up.

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This flutter panel top is less revealing than the first black one, but also has the cutest back (see it here with more colors, also on sale!). It would be cute with black shorts and wedges for a night out, or under a blazer for work.

Fit Tip: Top runs true-to-size, I'm wearing an XS.

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The pink and navy stripes of this tank dress hooked me at first sight, but the white is a bit sheer.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small in this pic for a little extra room across the bottom.

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So many cute patterns...and I love the thick cotton of Gap shorts.

Fit Tip: I size up one on the mid-rise shorts, but go with my normal size on low-rise shorts.

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I loved this combo, especially the shirt, if you can't tell by my face. Now that it's finally on sale, I'm scooping it up. The popover shape, soft cotton, and combination of colors...I love it all. It will transition well to Fall with jeans and booties, too.

Fit Tip: It's an oversized fit, I'm wearing an XS.

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I love cut-off shorts, but don't love my butt cheeks to hang out of them...the length of these is perfect for the over-35 crowd.

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I have a thing for gray and white...this is actually what I wore to the mall that day.

Fit Tip: Yes, I'm still completely obsessed with my slip-on Shoreline Converse...remember to size down half.

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The only thing I love more than gray with white, is blue with white...and I was cuckoo for this off-the-shoulder chambray top with cute tie-sleeves. The cotton was crisp, yet soft, and the elastic is comfortable on the shoulders. The dress version looks cute, too (I haven't seen it in person). Considering Loft is having their best sale all year (50% off everything plus free shipping!!), consider this mine!

Fit Tip: The top runs large...this Regular XS was a little wide for me.

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When I saw this dress on the hanger, I thought the drop-waist would be too juvenile for me...but couldn't resist the large gingham print. There's no denying it's darling, right!? I love the crisp cotton, too.

Fit Tip: I normally wear petite in Loft dresses, but I think this one needs added length to make it age-appropriate for me, so I'd stick with regular on it.

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You should be used to seeing this silhouette on me...definitely a go-to! They're just so easy to throw on (and eat!), yet the neckline makes it flattering. The stripe on this one makes it feel a little sportier, but I'd wear it with sandals or wedges.

Fit Tip: Runs a tad small, I recommend sizing up one.

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I have a few rompers that I love for day-wear, but this one is perfect for nights out. It's the sister to my lace midi dress, and has a super cute back. You could easily add a jean jacket for when you need to be more covered up.

Fit Tip: Like the lace midi, it runs a little snug...I sized up to a small in this.

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I've tried a few lace off-the-shoulder dresses, and none have been very comfortable...until now. This one is fully-lined with a soft cotton knit, so it feels like a t-shirt dress, but a heck of a lot cuter! The price is great, too.

Fit Tip: It runs true-to-size...I'm wearing an XS. See it here dressed for date night.

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Over the years, I've slowly collected long-sleeve boatneck tees in almost every color stripe...they look so cute with shorts, skirts, jeans, solids, and floral...but this might be the cutest one yet. Maybe it's the holiday this weekend, but I'm feeling all sorts of love for this red and blue combo.

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But clearly I'm bias when it comes to stripes. I love the cut of this top...the swing shape and slight cut-in at the shoulders...comfy and flattering!

Fit Tip: Runs true-to-size, but with a roomie fit...I'm wearing an XS.

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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 long weekend, lovebugs...I'll see you back here Monday with some holiday style inspiration!


{Big Holiday Sales}
(These are as of Wednesday night, so check each site's home pages for updates throughout the holiday weekend!)
Nordstrom // Major markdowns on Summer, including tons of wedges!
Loft // 50% everything, plus free shipping with code JULY4TH
GAP // 35% off with code THURS
Old Navy // Up to 60% off entire site
J.Crew // 40% Summer styles with code COOLSTYLES
J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything!
Anthropologie // Extra 30% off sale with code EVENBETTER
Sole Society // 50% off tons of styles

{Shop My Dressing Room Favorites}

19 comments:

  1. Are the wedges pictured with the striped swing dress the nomad color or brindle?

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  2. Forgot, also do they run big as many comments say or did you think they were true to size? Most say to size down a half size. Thanks, love your blog!

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    1. I'm wearing the 'Nomad', but I think all three would be a great neutral. And I find them true-to-size, if not a tad snug, actually! But not enough to chance my size. Hope this helps! xo

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  3. You are DARLING in that short sleeve popover and hot pink shorts!!!!! Everything is cute, but that's my favorite! DARLING.

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  4. I love that lace off the shoulder dress on you and the gray shirt and white shorts:)

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  5. That plaid shirt with hot pink shorts...Oh my...maybe my favorite ever!! Of course it looks phenom on you!! That being said, as we move into July, I am not buying anymore summer clothes!! Although here in TN we still have a lot of hot time left, I am just not feeling anymore summer shopping. Bring on the fall wear!!!

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    1. Good thing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is around the corner! ;)

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  6. I love the off-shoulder lace dress, but am afraid it will be too short for me. I put the off-should chambray shirt in my cart though....would work into fall.

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    1. That chambray would def work for spring, summer and fall!!!

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  7. Trying hard to convince myself I do not need one of everything you featured in this post. Everything looks so much better on you than in the website photos, I swear I'd never order half the stuff I own if I didn't see it on a blogger first! Thanks for all the great finds. If I can't stop obsessing over that plaid popover it will be mine!

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  8. Props to women who can wear the off the shoulder and halter types. My larger-than-necessary chest stops a lot of design options from being a good idea.

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  9. This is my 5 year anniversary of reading your blog! I was days away from having a July 4th baby and I was stuck inside and decided to decorate for the holiday; a search brought me to your son's 10th bday party, and I've been checking in ever since! And yes, my 4th of July baby is turning 5 this year!

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    1. Aw, I love that!!! Thrilled you found me, and grateful you keep coming back!!! xoxo Happy birthday to your sweet boy!

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  10. I LOVE LOVE your Blog!!! I do miss your DIY Projects you use to have....please, can you add in any of them sometime? Your Dressing
    Room posts are GREAT!! Travel too, I know it is where your Blog has taken you too...but DIY some more for us who loved that also PLEASE!!! BTW~You are cute as a Button!!!!

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    1. I miss the crafts and projects, too...but with all the travel and the kids home, those have taken a backseat lately. I've been working hard on this new house though, and include several of those posts each month, I hope they've been enjoyable!! Thanks so much for your kind words & hanging with me!! xoxoxo

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  11. May I ask which size you are wearing in the "Favorite Tee" from Nordstrom? I think you and I are about the same size, and I would like to order that one! Thanks, and thanks for all the great ideas!

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    1. Hi!! I have a few in XS, and one in Small...I like them both, just one is more relaxed fit than the other. xoxo

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  12. Cassie I was told that the butt cheeks sticking out of shorts are referred to as fibletts hahaha and I agree they should not be sticking out of shorts!!!

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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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