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Viva Vena Vena Cava Quickstop Shirt Dress

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I loved reading through your comments on yesterday’s post! It looks like a lot of us are in some kind of major life transition, and we’re redefining our style in the process. We’ll figure it out together!

Lately, I’m drawn to really simple outfits without a lot of extra “flair.” Dresses like this are perfect, because the statement print does all the work without needing a lot of accessories. You can keep it really easy in the summer with flats, pair it with a chunky knit and boots in the fall, and wear it with a blazer and pumps to the office all year long.

Any newcomers in my closet are going to have to be quality multi-taskers! I’m feeling more grown-up already.

wearing:

Viva Vena! by Vena Cava Quickstop shirt dress | TKEES foundations flip flops | Andrea Jovine sunglasses |Romeo & Juliet Couture bag via Hautelook

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prints charming

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This is what I wore yesterday.

Today I’m wearing jeans because I overslept — story of my life — and didn’t have time to shave my legs. I’m hating every sweaty, chafing minute of it and hereby declare that denim in the form of pants shall be banned through the remainder of summer, stubbly legs or not.

For me, comfort is synonymous with crankiness, and I’m much more charming with bare legs in July.

Know what else is charming? A cute printed dress that costs less than takeout.

wearing:

BeBop dress (Beall’s Outlet, $15) | Elle denim jacket (Kohl’s) | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Romeo & Juliet Couture handbag via Hautelook

sack dress, take 2.

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See: sack dress, take 1.

I think I tried on six different belts with this dress today. It was a three little bears style dilemma. Some were too wide, some were too casual, none were “just right.” Frustrated, and belts strewn errywhere, I settled on the old “scarf-around-the-waist” move. I checked Pinterest, and Olivia Palermo’s done it, so it must be acceptable.

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Wearing:

MNG by Mango dress | Adrienne Vittadini scarf | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Romeo & Juliet Couture bag (via Hautelook)

new lengths

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I’ve spent the last three weeks pinning hairstyles. Asymmetrical bobs, long layers, bangs, color and tutorials I’ll probably never try. I’ve waged a war with myself over that age-old question: To chop, or not to chopI dragged Chad into the fray, showing him picture after picture of blown-out coifs and asking, “What do you think about this one? Too short? Bangs or no?” Patient and loving husband that he is, he humored me each time but ultimately gave me the same answer: “Babe, your hair looks great however you wear it. I’m down with whatever.” Code for: “I’m in way over my head here, just pick one already and let’s go have a beer.

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Why do I agonize so much over every hair appointment, like it’s going to be my last? I used to do this in nail salons, too; standing in front of that wall of color with a blank stare for several minutes trying to choose which shade to paint my toes, as if I’d have to live with the decision forever. Tell me I’m not the only one who does this. Please?

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I’d never been particularly attached to my hair, until it was long. When you’ve dealt with the awkward grow-outs and months {years!} of waiting to reach that target length, you don’t want to go back and do it all over again. But you also start to get the itch for something new; and if you wake up in the middle of the night with your hair wrapped around your arm just one more time you swear you’re going to lose. your. mind!

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By the time I sat in my longtime stylist’s chair yesterday afternoon, I still didn’t know what to do. I gave her a rundown of all my manic ideas, and a free pass to just do whatever she wanted. She took off about 4 inches (thankfully removing some over-dyed ends from my home haircolor fail) and added layers around the front to remove some bulk. I’m going back next week for some subtle ombre foils!

wearing: 

Sonoma chambray shirt dress (Kohl’s, now on sale for $16.00!) | Seychelles sandals (Hautelook) | Duro Olowu for jcpenney clutch (now on sale for $24!)