The Summer of Dresses

So this dress was my first attempt at being more ‘summery.’ I obviously still went with my comfort color- black. SMH.

So after many years of having my closet look like I am a transplant from a colder climate, I have decided to embrace summer in full force and go for it. And I have decided that the easiest way to embrace a summer wardrobe in Phoenix – dresses. So I am making this the summer of dresses. I figure jumpsuits and rompers fit in this category too. But the main important of Summer of Dresses are: (i) comfort; (ii) effortless; (iii) stylish. I honestly think dresses are like yoga pants in the comfort category so this works out for me! 😀

My goal is to have plenty of summer outfits by the time summer is over, and look less like winter transplant. Although the office is still cold during summer, so I am not quite sure how to combat that yet. Stay tuned!

 

So unfortunately the actual dress I am wearing is sold out, but I linked a few copycats, and a similarly buttoned romper. And this hat that I got last year, is my favorite thing ever. I linked a pretty similar hat from Nordstrom, which is where I got the one I wore. I don’t think they even carry the brand anymore. I was walking in the handbag section and it was sitting there. I walked by it three times before I could justify the price. Luckily, the one I linked is on sale!

I am going to wear these Soludos wedges so much this summer that people will think I don’t own any other shoes. They are so comfortable and they go with so many looks, it’s impossible to not want to pair (ha) them with everything I put on. Summer of Dresses, #SummerofSoludos. 💁🏼

 

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Favorite Summer Hats

As part of my push to focus on my creative pursuits, I am going to do something a little different. I always love the ideas of 30 day photo challenges or design-a-day challenges. SO for my blog, I am going to do a personal challenge of posting 3 times a week. Two of the posts are going to be somewhat structured, which I think will help me get more into a consistent flow, and one will likely just be a free write. I find that my best writing comes when it isn’t a forced topic, but one I am passionate about.

So without further ado..

I have seen a couple of comments from people about it still being winter in parts of the country, but in Phoenix, summer is in full force. I typically love and prefer shopping for winter wear, but have been pushing myself towards summer gear, since, you know, I live on the face of the sun. One easy summer pick for me is a sun hat. I am pale and thus burn like nobody’s business, plus who doesn’t love the insta-chic a hat gives you!? Here are a couple of my favorite summer hats, including a dupe for this hat, which is hands down my favorite.

Five Faves - Summer Hats

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

The time between September and December is my favorite time of year. I love the holiday season for the spirit it brings. It’s hard to describe the feeling the season evokes. A combination of festive and peaceful. Or something. And while it is cliché to do the “things I am thankful for this year” post on Thanksgiving  – I am doing it anyway. Guess I am cliché. Whatever. I love it. Someone hand me a pumpkin spice latte. 😂

This year, I am overwhelmingly grateful for my family.

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The biggest thing I am thankful for this year is my family. I have two dogs, Simba and Lola. I have had Simba for about 9 years (10 coming up) and he is truly my baby. Getting a puppy is a no joke commitment,I have had to learn quite a bit. He has been through everything with me – thick and thin.

I adopted Lola exactly two years ago when she was two years old. She had been in the shelter for 2 months and just moved to the location I was at the day prior. The story of why I was even at Petsmart that day and how I came to the decision to adopt a dog is a story for a different day. About four months after I adopted her, she began to have allergies so bad that she was itching the skin around her eyes until it bled. So she is on a couple of medications for that. Then in December of last year, she woke me up in the middle of the night screeching. It was jarring and I jumped in my car and we drove to find the nearest open vet. She had an injury on her spinal cord. We got medication, went home, and she was fine. Until April. She was clearly in pain and woke me at midnight. We went to the vet first thing, got her meds and came home, she was on bed rest. Then, I went to take a shower and when I came out she was dragging her back legs and lost the ability to walk. We had to go to the vet neurologist (who even knew this was a thing?!), and she required immediate surgery to prevent her from being paralyzed forever.

It was an emotionally greuling day. With the support of my dad and Robin, and a payment plan from the vet- I was able to get Lola’s surgery and she can walk again. She still has a drunken walk, and it won’t ever be perfect, but I am grateful that I had the support system from my family to keep my family intact and healthy. I also am grateful for the serendipitous series of events that led to Lola’s adoption. Someone else may not have been able to take care of her the same way my family and I have been able to.

I hope you and all of your families all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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