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Thrfted Floral Dream Dress

I usually don't wear too many taupes and tans, but when I tried on this dress at Goodwill, I couldn't pass it up. This Saturday was my nephew's 7th birthday party (Pokemon themed, of course), and I had some time to kill after the party so I decided to stop into a Goodwill that I don't go into often on my way home. I ended up having some really great luck there in general, but this dress was by far my best find. I've definitely gained some weight recently (did I mention that I baked cupcakes on Saturday too?) so I've gone up a size, but this dress is actually the size that I've recently found myself not fitting into. So yeah, I'm really in love with this dress because not only is it adorable and flattering, but it also makes me feel good about myself because it fits. Hooray for clothes that bring good body image! P.S. this dress is actually from Lauren Conrad's line for Khol's, and this is the second time I've picked up a dress from the brand at a thrift store. Maybe I need to stop into Khol's soon?

Other than a Pokemon party and making cupcakes for no reason, Jon and I hung out with our friend Adam on Saturday night and then had a super lazy Sunday. We did some laundry and went to the grocery store, but other than that we really just lounged, watched a movie, and watched a bunch of reruns of The Office. I can't tell you how many times I've seen every episode of that show, but I'll never get tired of it.

Latte Cappa Thing

Oh yes, here I am wearing a silhouette that is NOT A-line. I can hardly believe it myself. But since I've been trying trends that I previously wasn't sure about lately, I figured that it was time that I - 

Okay, fine. I'm lying.

I did not purposely go out of my way to try a shape that was not in my comfort zone. Save your awards and applause for someone who deserves it. I bought this dress off of Poshmark and the seller's photos were cut off so I stupidly assumed that it was an A-line cut. If you saw these pictures, you would assume as much too! Or maybe it was just wishful thinking and not seller's fault at all. Either way, I chalked it up to my own inability to pay attention to listings and accepted the dress. 

That said, I did decide to try it anyway, so I guess I deserve some sort of praise? Right? Probably not, but I am pretty proud of myself for wearing it anyway, even if it still is pretty flattering and super tight as I had feared. Turns out, I like it! A lot, actually. I'm not a big fan of puffy sleeves (hence the cardigan), but the shape? You know, I think I can get behind it.

I also paired it with this new Larry David enamel pin that I scored from Bee & Mae, so that doesn't hurt either. I had been eyeing this pin for months, and I finally decided to just get it. I only watched through all of Curb Your Enthusiasm last year (before that I had just seen an episode here or there), but I obviously loved it enough to know that a Larry David is necessary. Bee & Mae must have the same exact taste in pop culture as I do because every single pin she makes is right up my alley. I may have also gotten the Bob's Burgers/X-Files one too. It's too good. Side note: Bee & Mae's shop is closed right now, but it will be reopening this week if you want to snag one of these pins too! This post isn't sponsored (I'll always make that clear in the outfit details if it is), I just really like her pins and have a feeling you will too.

Queso Queen

In case you weren't aware yet, Luella seriously gets me. I've made it no secret that I'm a huge fan of Caroline's work (and I'm lucky enough to have worked with her for two giveaways), but her newest collection really sealed the deal, in case there were any doubts. It's filled with girl power and cheese themed items, and it kind of feels like she read my mind. As I've mentioned, I'm starting to become a T-shirt person, but only because my favorite makers keep creating such cute ones. Case in point, I had to snag this Queso Queen tee the moment I saw it. I put cheese on pretty much everything, and I strongly believe that there is no such thing as too much. It is definitely the item Jon and spend the most money on while grocery shopping, but mostly because we run out of it so quickly and need to buy more every week. Basically what I'm saying is that if your shirt makes me think of cheese, I will buy it. I think it's a good use of my money. 

I hope all of you moms out there had a lovely day yesterday. Jon and I had his mom over for breakfast, and then we went to my family's for dinner. We invited Jon's parents as well, and I think we managed to show them a good time despite the screaming kids and crazy dogs. Those kids are pretty damn adorable, so I can't imagine anyone having a bad time around them. 

The rest of my weekend was spent binging (and finishing) season two of Master of None, grabbing breakfast and going to the Oh Hello Friend warehouse sale with my friend Nataly, and watching more Master of None while eating Italian food with my friend Jeremy. The food in the second season is insane, and I do not recommend watching on an empty stomach. The rest of the show is great too, but the food is really the best part.

Etsy Favorites #59

If I could replace my entire closet with dresses from Oh Me Oh My Clothing, I could die happy. I'll take one of each, please, especially the Hot Air Balloon Dress and the Fantastic Mr. Fox Dress.

Pulling it Off

I can hardly believe myself, but I am officially a hat girl. I have loved straw boater hats for years, but I've never been able to find one (let alone any hat at all) that I thought looked good on me. Lately, though, I've been trying this new thing where I wear whatever I like regardless of whether or not I believe I can "pull it off." That concept is entirely in my head, and I'm done being a slave to it. It's funny how growing up (if you can call being a couple months shy of 25 growing up) will do that to you. 

Ever since I decided to finally try wearing hats, I've been on the search. I immediately went to the queen of boater hats, Sammi, for suggestions. She gave me a few great places to start, but I've been hesitant to bite the bullet. Well, get this - I went into a Daiso (a Japanese dollar store if you're unfamiliar) and saw this one for $2. What a great way to finally try wearing one without actually committing, right? Turns out that it's actually perfect. It's a little bit small, which is strange considering my issue has always been that hats are too large on me, but I think it actually works. I'm still hoping to find a better quality one soon, but this dollar store one has definitely convinced me that I can, well, pull it off.

Girls Support Girl Power

I wasn't joking when I said that I was a T-shirt person now. Well, not completely, but I'm a T-shirt person when brands I like put out cute ones that I can't resist, especially when they're for a good cause. I'm assuming that most of you reading this have seen this shirt and know the story behind it, but I'm going to tell it again just in case. Daisy Natives is the maker behind the adorable and super popular Girls Support Girls shirts, and she teamed up with the beautiful ladies of Hello Holiday to put out this limited edition black one. Only 300 of this run were created, and 100% of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. That's right, I said 100%. No one is making money off of these. These women are doing this JUST to donate money to a worthy cause, and if that's not inspiring, I don't know what is. Both Hello Holiday and Daisy Natives never fail to remind me that good people exist.

Whenever I buy something from a maker who donates part of the proceeds to a good cause, I always have a moment of doubt. I assume that anyone who sees thinks that I'm a hypocrite and wonders why I don't just donate the money if I actually care. I know that's just the voice of doubt in the back of my head, but I do understand why someone would ask that. Not that I do need to explain myself, but I really do buy these items for a reason. I could just donate to Planned Parenthood (which I actually do monthly as well), but by buying these items I get to support small businesses (often female entrepreneurs) while also supporting a cause that I care about. I only buy these items from makers who I trust are actually donating the money, and by doing so, I get to help keep them in business and inspire others to do the same. 

And of course, it doesn't hurt when the items are this cute. All of this isn't even mentioning my Luella "girl power" pin or Emily and Fin skirt (also from Hello Holiday). So many cute brands out there right now, you guys.

Giveaway: Enter to Win A Dress from Apricity and $20 to Femme De Bloom

Can you believe that this month is my five year anniversary of blogging. How did that happen?? I'll have a little introspective post up soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a little giveaway to thank all of you for following along these past five years. This started as a fun little side project, and it has turned into a full-blown hobby, complete with an amazing community. I can't thank you all enough.

To celebrate, I've teamed up with two small businesses - one of my favorite clothing brands and one of my favorite accessories brands - Apricity and Femme De Bloom. Both have created some of the best pieces that I own, and Eileen and Melanie are two of the most inspiring business women I know.

The winner will win the Apricity dress of her choice and $20 to Apricity. I'm jealous that I can't enter myself! All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. You have until midnight on 5/9. Good Luck!