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Back to her roots

I thought I’d take a break this week from the onslaught of shorts and get back to basics – aka dresses (or skirts).

I used to LIVE in dresses.  I mean, I did work in a law school, and I don’t love dress pants, so my options were somewhat limited.  But, still.  There’s just something so automatically pretty and feminine about a dress.  And I’ve never been one to mind embracing a gender stereotype now and then.

I tried to get creative with this dress.  I am a little tired of it by itself, so I needed something new to spruce it up.  I’ve had this pretty ribbon my mom gave me for some time, but never quite figured out what to do with it.  But, boredom is the mother of invention (that’s how that expression goes, right?), so drawing on the navy pattern in the dress, I added the blue and white belt, and voila!

These patterns mix well because they follow the same lines – the polka dots essentially just replace one of the stripes on the dress, and that pattern is subtle enough not to be a noticeable clash.

Of course, the blue in my shoes isn’t identical to either of the blues in the dress, and that is noticeable, particularly in these pictures.  But, in real life, the distance between the dress/belt and the shoes was enough to make the tonal differences acceptable (plus, blues are pretty easy to coordinate, anyway).

1 - yellow dress, polka dot beltWhat do you think about my creative venture?  Is it cute and “artsy” or something, or does it look like I’m trying too hard?  Have you ever taken ribbon or some other not-technically-clothing item and incorporated it into an outfit?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

What to Wear: Country Festival

Boho friends, I need help! Or, really, anyone who’s ever been to a music festival, particularly a country one.  I’m going to Shaky Boots this weekend, a big country festival near Atlanta, and I literally have NO idea what to wear.

I’ve been to a billion country concerts, so I know what to wear to those.  But this is all day, and it’s going to be super hot.  Plus, I feel like a festival brings in another element of style expectations.  I want to look cute, but I’m also supposed to be casual and young, wild, and free, right?

Since I’m not really any of those things, I’m at a bit of a loss.  Here are a couple of outfits I wore recently that while not exactly right, might be on the right track.  Maybe.

In this first one, I like two things: shorts and the scarf headband.  Probably not these shorts or this scarf, but the concept works.

1 - shorts, scarf headbandIn this one, I’m in love with the skirt.  It’s got a tribal flavor which seems appropriate for a festival, but the fit and flare still match my personality.  Of course the scarf would not go with me; I’d like to not die of heat stroke.
1 - tribal print skirt, infinity scarfSo, what do you think?  Am I headed in the right direction or way off track?  What would you wear to a music festival?   Let me know soon; I’ve got less than 48 hours to pack, and at this rate, I’ll probably need every single one of those.  Thank you! xoxo

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