Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Language Of Flowers

retrospec'd dress

It's feeling more and more like fall every day here, but I'm still stuck on springy florals... so you're going to have to look at them on my blog for a bit longer before I start styling autumnal pieces! I took these photos at The Ellwanger Estate's gardens months ago(?!) and I can't believe I'm just getting around to posting them. The gardens there are absolutely gorgeous and made the perfect backdrop for this Retrospec'd dress.

retrospecd gigi dress
ellwanger gardens
book brooch
gigi enchanted fleur dress
peony rochester ny

I really lucked out because these gardens wasn't technically open to the public when we went (they're open only during specific hours). But the owners were so kind and let me snap some photos anyway. Not only are the gardens beautiful, but the rooms in their B&B look incredible, too. I wish I had a reason to stay there! Someday, if I ever manage to develop a green thumb, I'd love to have a little secret garden like this. To find out more about Ellwanger Estate, give their Facebook page a little love!

vintage floral print dress
ellwanger estate
wide brimmed straw hat
retrospecd dress
Outfit Details
Gigi Dress in Enchanted Fleur: Retrospec'd
Wide-brimmed hat: similar  ||  Vintage basket purse: similar
Flower book brooch: George Eastman Museum  ||  Flats: Aerosoles

vintage flower basket purse

Last week had some ups and downs. On the upside: I was cast in a really fun show (for fellow musical theatre nerds, it's called First Date  – it had a brief run on Broadway not too long ago), which goes up in December. I took a substantial break from doing theatre for a while to focus on my job and take some time for myself, but I'm finally ready to get back into the swing of things. However, it might be tough to find time for blogging. I'll really have to get creative with my time management!

For the downs: I got in a very very very minor little fender bender and it threw me for a loop. I'm totally fine and so is my car, but I was really shaken up and my entire work schedule was kind of derailed. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't a big deal. But it was the first time I'd been in a situation like that and as a Highly Sensitive Person, I think my reaction to it was more pronounced than what other people might experience. Fortunately, I was able to take some time for myself and I'm feeling much better now.

gardens rochester ny

That's all for now. I hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Polka Dots + Promotions

joanie clothing dress

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! I actually didn't end up doing much yesterday (we went to the mall – very exciting!), but it was definitely nice to have some extra time off from work. However, work has been kind of great lately because... I just got a promotion! It feels really nice to be recognized for my efforts and how far I've come in the last year. Best of all, my day-to-day job isn't going to change all that much (just which clients I write for and how much time I'm able to spend on them). So really, it's the best of both worlds. I'm eager to get started on these new challenges!

vintage hat box
joanie clothing alison polka dot dress
red heart belt vintage

Promotions call for celebrations, and this Joanie Clothing dress is the perfect piece for date nights, special dinners, or literally any summertime event. It's actually on sale for a STEAL right now (and there's a cute long sleeved version, too!) It's 100% cotton and quite lightweight, but it could easily be dressed up with cute heels and some jewelry. I kind of toed the line between casual and formal here, adding one of my favorite belts and using an adorable vintage hat box as a purse. It was wayyy too humid to wear this white jean jacket in the photos, but I had to decorate the lapel with my new Betty & Veronica pin!

white denim jacket
veronica lodge pin sara lyons betty and veronica
polka dot halter dress
halter dress polka dot
joanie clothing
Alison Swing Dress: c/o Joanie Clothing (on sale!)
Heart belt: eBay  || Veronica Lodge pin: Betty and Veronica
White denim jacket: similar  ||  Hat box: vintage (similar)

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Country Cutie

dolly and dotty sophie dress

As an introvert who spends most of her working hours (and some of her non-working hours) in front of a screen, it can be easy to forget how important it is for me to get outside and spend some time in nature. Actually, one of the reasons I still really enjoy blogging is that it almost forces me to spend time outdoors and allows me to reset mentally and emotionally. Studies have found that spending time in nature is incredibly restorative and reduces stress and depression, so even though I wouldn't consider myself an "outdoorsy" person, I've been trying to soak up these nice days and spend as much time as I can outside. 

dolly and dotty

This past weekend was really great, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I spent a significant amount of time outdoors with people I love. As I mentioned on Instagram, I went peach-picking with my mom, went to a local nature park with my boyfriend, and went to a huge sunflower field extravaganza (photos coming soon!) all in the span of a couple of days. We might not be able to get down to the lake again this summer, which has now become a favorite summertime activity, so I'm glad I was able to take a few photos in this cornfield near the lake house.

red plaid dress
red checkered dress

I actually already own this Dolly and Dotty dress in the black and white colorway, and I wear it ALL THE TIME. (I styled this version here.) Chances are that if you've seen me in real life this summer, I've been wearing it. It's super comfy and appropriate for virtually any summertime activity. Another great thing is that the fabric is sturdy enough to go braless, which means it's an awesome grab-and-go option (and makes a good swimsuit coverup!). I was eager to style the red version because 1) I can always use another casual, lightweight dress and 2) it reminds me of picnic tablecloths and there's literally nothing better than that to end the summer. 

red checked dress
Outfit Details
Sophie Check Dress in Red: c/o Dolly and Dotty
Boater hat: similar  ||  Necklace: similar
Flats: Aerosoles

dolly & dotty

Do you have any Labor Day plans? I'm not sure what we're doing (if anything), but during this week/weekend, I'd really like to go to a baseball game, go swimming, go on walks, and eat lots of food. With everything that's going on right now, I feel very fortunate to be able to even look forward to these kinds of things and enjoy the rest of summer.

red buffalo check dress

Have a great rest of your week and have a safe holiday!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hi Ho Cherry-O

ticci rockabilly

I can never get enough of summer fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, cherries, raspberries – I love them all. Peaches and nectarines are by far my favorites (my fingers are crossed that I get to pick some this week!), but I got a chance to get pick sour cherries at Hurd Orchards earlier this month. Of course, I had to wear some cherry accents! I have a lot of cherry accessories, ranging from jewelry to shoes to bags. But for this post, I chose to wear my beloved cherry hat (a gift from sweet Polly) and a fruity necklace.

gingham dress
vintage cherry hat
cherry dress

How cute is this dress though! I have a ton of items from TiCCi Rockabilly on my wish list, but this gingham cherry dress stood out from the crowd. I was a bit concerned about sizing, but I ended up choosing exactly right. For reference, you'll definitely need to go by measurements with this one (I'm wearing what they call an XXL!). I'm very pleased with the fit overall, but the straps were laughably long. Luckily, my mom was able to fix them for me without much effort. Other than that, I had a great experience ordering from them and wouldn't hesitate to do so again in the future.

gingham cherry dress
cherry picking
cherry outfit
cherry dresses
rockabilly dress
Outfit Details
Lily Cherry Dress: TiCCi Rockabilly
Cherry necklace: similar  ||  Hat: vintage (similar)

Have a sweet rest of your week!

Monday, August 21, 2017


hearts and found dolly dress

I've done my fair share of adventuring this summer, which makes me happy. My mom and I have wanted to go to the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival at Lockwood Lavender Farm for a few years now and we finally made it out this year! It was actually a bit smaller than I was expecting, but it was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. I really hate taking photos in public, but I managed to get past my self-consciousness for a few shots.

purple gingham dress
hearts and found dress

It was too hot, sunny, and crowded to spend much time on getting the perfect photo, but I wanted to at least capture the perfect dress! This purple gingham number from Hearts and Found couldn't have been better for the occasion (and the heat). It's definitely a scene-stealer, for sure! I'd been wanting to try this Dolly style for a while, and even though I was apprehensive it wouldn't work on me due to my bust, I was very pleasantly surprised at the result. I think the structure of the dress makes it a bit short-waisted on my frame, but it's really comfy and low maintenance.

finger lakes lavender festival
Outfit Details
Custom Dolly Dress in Lavender Gingham: Hearts and Found
Boater Hat: available here   ||   Flats: Aerosoles

gingham dress
boater hat
lavender herb

After we had our fill of the festival, we wanted to walk around Skaneateles. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. We couldn't even find a place to park! We eventually had to give up and decided to stop over at Mirbeau for a little snack. I'd love to stay there sometime! The garden is so beautiful there. All in all, it was a really nice way to spend the day with my mom and be surrounded by nature.

lavender gingham dress

Have a great start to your week!
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