Monday, April 29, 2013

Currently: Twirling in Charter Club

I was feeling a little uninspired today, I guess it's all the rain from the past few days, so I decided to borrow a page from Sometimes Sweet and share a little "Currently" post with you! Please share your own! Let's catch up!

Dress: Charter Club c/o Gwynnie Bee
Shoes- Kohl's- last year (similar, similar)
Thinking about:  How busy I am going to be in the month of May! For some dumb reason, I have waited until the last possible minute to start research papers, so I am stressed about the students finishing the essays and then me grading them before final exams start (in two weeks! AAH!). Sean graduates from  pre-K on May 17 and kindergarten registration is this week. Oh gosh, and he has THREE loose teeth. How did all of this happen? My baby is not a baby! I’ve got meetings out the wazoo- like two or more every week this month! So much is happening so fast. I just need to remind myself to breathe.

Feeling:  Insanely nervous and/or excited about an upcoming business venture. I can’t give too much away right now because I’m still in the planning stages, but I can’t wait to share it with all of you (And I hope you will love it as much as I do!). Sorry, I can’t stand when bloggers get all cryptic and secretive… I promise I will tell you everything very soon!

Flower- From the yard
Earrings- Cato's (super old- similar here)
Watching:  The Disney Channel. I swear I don’t think our TV ever leaves Disney. But the crazy thing is I really, really, really like some of the shows. I guess it’s my guilty pleasure. “Dog with a Blog”? Adorable. “Austin and Ally”? Too cute. “Good Luck, Charlie”? Obsessed. Oh, and that Scott Baio show on Nick at Night- hilarious.

Reading:  Warriors Don’t Cry. This is our summer reading selection for the upcoming tenth graders, so I want to have a head start on them. I know it’s crazy to imagine, but kids actually really HATE reading in the summer, so I am trying to get them excited. The book is about the Arkansas Nine and the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, so it is very emotional and moving. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement, and I have planned a guest speaker to come out from the Civil Rights Institute to introduce students to the time period. I am also going to set up book club meetings and a website for discussion all summer long. I’m really hoping the kids will read and be excited to discuss it when school start back!

Looking forward to:  May 24th- the last day of school! Enough said, right?

Making me happy: This beautiful Charter Club dress from GwynnieBee. I have been searching all over for cotton jersey dresses for the heat of summer, and this one fits the bill perfectly. I love the colors (so glad that orange and coral are still in this season) and it is so, so comfortable!

So what are you "currently" up to?!?

Friday, April 26, 2013

7 Confidence Tips for Any Age and Any Size

Earlier this week I asked for submissions for my FAQ page, and new reader-friend Mari commented that she'd like to see a post about building confidence. Self-esteem and confidence are two things very close to my heart- not only because I was a child, teen, and young adult with major self-esteem issues, but also because I work with teens and young adults just like me every day. I can't remember exactly when I "became confident", but I'm pretty sure I remember when I first lost confidence in myself.

I was in fourth grade- I had terrible acne and worse teeth. I remember being picked on all the time about one or the other- neither of which I had any control over. I spent MANY years praying every night for pretty skin and straight teeth. I would fall asleep with tears on my cheeks and my fingers pushing against my stubbornly-bucked teeth, and awake the next day disappointed. I was depressed. I was anxious. I started cutting myself in 8th grade. I wanted to disappear.

There was no on/off switch or magic spelled that transformed me from a wallflower into the belle of the ball. It was a gradual process that took many years. I started dating a wonderful young man who made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. I got a series of frustrating, yet character building jobs that forced me to stand up for myself and my beliefs. I went to therapy- multiple times. I married that awesome guy. I got braces. I lost weight. I had a child. Gained weight. Got a new job. Started blogging. See? There are so many variables.

So even though I don't consider myself an expert, here are some steps I think will really help you increase your confidence!

"You look beautiful!"
"Why thank you!"

1. Learn to take a compliment (and keep notes). How many times does someone say to you, "You look pretty" or something similar? What's your response? Women struggle with accepting compliments. We make excuses- "In this shabby dress?", "But my hair's a mess!', etc.,etc. We rarely just say thank you. So try this for a couple of weeks. When someone compliments you, say thank you. Then write it down. Keep a list of the kind things others say about you- and not just physical things. Every compliment!

2. Give compliments- There's just something reciprocal about compliments. You know when you do something nice for someone else, it makes you feel good too. Be generous, but sincere with compliments, and remember, these women struggle too, so let them in on your new secret about keeping track of kindness!

3. While confidence comes from within, it never hurts to look good! Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful, powerful, strong. Wear make-up if you want to. Get a haircut. Buy some new lipstick. Stand up straight. Look people in the eyes.

Wanna feel confident? Wear an awesome dress in a dazzling pattern!
Dress- Land's End c/o Gwynnie Bee

4. Don't compare yourself to others! Ever heard that saying "Comparison is the thief of joy"? Well, it's true. I know I'm never going to have a personal trainer and a private chef to make me look like Gwyneth Paltrow or a Victoria's Secret model. So why beat myself up about it? Who are you comparing yourself to? Is it healthy or are you reaching for totally unrealistic ideals that are sabotaging your own happiness and zapping your confidence?

5 Take risks- big or small. It doesn't matter what kind of risk, but it is essential to take yourself out of your comfort zone. We always lose confidence when faced with unfamiliar situations, so we tend to avoid them. But I am encouraging you to do those things that scare you. Wear a bright color or pattern. Join a gym or take a Zumba class. Sing in your choir. Join a book club. Heck, jump out of an airplane! Once you have completed the task, you will swell with confidence. You will be proud of whatever fear you've overcome, and you will probably discover that you enjoyed yourself in the process!

6. Don't take things personally. This is something I have to remind myself of daily- especially working around teenagers. I used to get my feelings hurt when I would hear that a student was mad at me or said I was mean (or worse!). Then I realized, they are kids, most of them are dumb kids. I can't take it personally when they don't do their homework or come to class unprepared or don't like me because I give them detention. That old break-up line "It's not you, it's me"? Well, you gotta stop thinking it's you! You are only responsible to yourself, and if someone doesn't call you back or takes two days to email you or whatever, you have to be rational. You haven't always done something wrong. Tell yourself THEY are missing out and move on!

7. And finally, be positive! When someone asks, "How's it going?", stifle that urge to whine or complain. Smile and tell them how great you feel and how awesome things are. Don't be a "Debbie Downer". I firmly believe that you should "fake it till you make it"- if you aren't feeling confident, then pretend you are! The more positive you feel, the better you will feel about yourself. I promise!

I hope this list has helped! In the comments, I want you to practice one of my steps, okay? And if you want to read more about my personal journey with self-esteem and confidence, here are some links to my favorite posts!

Posts about confidence:

Curves, Confidence, and Criticism
Oh, Say Can You See
Constructive Criticism 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hair, There, Everywhere: Styling Pixie Cuts

I've had several questions lately about my hair and the products I use to style it, so I thought I'd share a few quick things today!

The biggest difference (at least for me) between having long hair and short hair is the amount of washing I do. With my long hair I washed it once or twice a week, but with this pixie cut, I pretty much wash it every other day- or every day if I've been to the gym! Short hair gets dirty faster and looks greasy faster because there's simply less hair to redistribute oils and sweat.

I wash my hair with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I rarely use conditioner on my hair, maybe once every other week as a kind of deep conditioning treatment. I like the PM brand because it smells good and it does make my super dry, coarse hair smoother.

On days when I am just too lazy to wash my hair or my roots look a little greasier than they should, I turn to TRESemme Dry Shampoo. I spray in anywhere I look a little greasy or flat. It really works well for revitalizing my previous style and soaking up any grease. Unlike other dry shampoos I've used in the past, I feel like it doesn't make my hair ashy or chalky-looking, and it's super cheap to boot!

My super secret trick to getting that awesome spiky/messy look is Matrix Mega Dust Texture Volumizer. This is $10 of pure magic. You shake out a very fine powder into your roots and you just push it back or spike it up- whatever you want. It's totally dry, so you can't put too much in and look greasy, like wax or pomade. My hair stylist BFF turned me on to it, and Mega Dust is the only styling product I use.

If you have long hair, and you are trying to disguise greasy roots, here's a quick and easy side braid you can try! Kinda makes me wish I still had long hair! This video is sponsored, but you do have a chance to win some money :) The products and links I mentioned above are NOT sponsored in any way- I buy these products and really use them!


Sweeps rules:
Prizes & Promotions page on

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Best-Laid Plans

Sometimes I have every intention of dressing up and taking nice photos for the blog, but life gets in the way. And you know what? I'm FINE with that! Look at what life gave me :)

Also, I've been tweaking and making changes on the blog. I finally have my FAQs page up and running. If you have any questions you are just "dying" for me to answer, then please leave it in the comments or fill out my new contact form. Hey, I've been busy!

These two were SUPER excited to be at the zoo! They ran the whole time.

Riding the camel, feeding giraffes, and consulting the zoo map

The zoo had an animatronic dinosaur exhibit and they loved it!

Best photo of the day!!! For the record, my nephew Keegan was posed like this FIRST. I copied him!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Buggin' Out

Another day, another animal-print shirt dress. So predictable! This particular style of dress is really out of the ordinary for me, and it is pretty impractical. See that not so crisp cotton and the wrinkles in the fabric? That's why I never buy cotton dresses like this. I'm allergic to ironing.  See those perfectly folded cuffs? The first time I wash it, I will never get those sleeves folded as neatly. But, oh, the print.

Shirt Dress- Gap (on sale and 25% off purchases!)

I couldn't resist that sweet ladybug print. The ladybug is pretty much the only bug that doesn't freak me out. I mean I know they can be serious pests, but come on! They are so cute- not slimy, won't sting you, pretty much the perfect bug. Which in turn makes it the perfect bug dress!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Brighten Up the Little Black Dress: Neon Edition

I am one of those women who feel like I need to have a black dress for every season. I'm pretty pleased with my ponte knit dress from Eshakti for fall and winter, but I've been on the lookout for an appropriate spring and summer version. So, of course, I've been browsing Gwynnie Bee's selection because I can try lots of different styles without spending $100 on each dress. If it looks weird or bad, I can just try something else. I wasn't surprised when I really, really liked the Ciara Cinch Dress from the awesome Kiyonna.

This dress is super lightweight and jersey, so it's never going to wrinkle or stretch or shrink. I love the gathered ruching on the right side at the waist. Not only is it super flattering, but it also adds a special little touch to the LBD. I attended a social media conference Monday night, and I felt so put together and classy. I paired the dress with an old turquoise chunky necklace and a pair of turquoise heels. I loved the shade of blue with the black. While this outfit is very va-va-voom to me, this is not something that I would usually wear to a meeting or conference. But sometimes when you are doing something that  makes you nervous (like networking with a bunch of strangers), you need a power outfit to give you an extra boost of confidence.

Funny story, I actually bought these shoes last spring to wear with my LWD (little white dress) and pretty much copied this outfit completely from a post from last summer... But I was totally shocked to discover that my shoes are now at least a half size too big! How the heck does that happen? Has some of my weight loss come from my feet? That seems crazy to me because I've heard of feet getting bigger, but never smaller. 

Dress: Kiyonna c/o Gwynnie Bee
Shoes- Xappeal Rack Room Shoes (similar)
Necklace- New York and Co.(similar, similar)

One final note, yesterday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack, I turned to the internet to find something happy and uplifting. And I found it here. I actually posted this several times last night, but I feel like it's worth posting again. Dove has a new commercial out in which an FBI-trained forensic sketch artist sketched women based on their descriptions. He never saw them; he just asked questions "What's your hair like?" "What's your most dominate feature?" Then complete strangers came in and described the women for a separate sketch. It was fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspiring to see how different your own perception of yourself is. Every one of these women described themselves with such disdain and disrespect- focusing on the negatives- moles, wrinkles dark circles; while the stranger saw a much different person.

It's so wonderful; I hope you will watch it right now. And ask yourself: "How would I describe myself?" It's a very eye-opening activity!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend Warrior: Elephant-Print Shirt Dress

The weather was just absolutely perfect this past Saturday. We spent the morning cleaning up around the house- I worked inside, while Curtis tackled the lawn for the first time this spring. For lunch, I have a craving for crawfish, so I Yelped to find the best reviews in town, and that's how we ended up at a dive bar with no signage outside at noon on a Saturday. The bar was empty, except for a party on the patio, but the beer was cold and the crawfish was cheap and delicious.

Shirt dress- Gap Outlet (similar from Gap, under $50, here, here, and here)
Moccasins- Nordstroms

This was the THIRD time I've worn this dress with the intentions of photographing it for the blog (the first two times didn't pan out). Let me tell you about this dress. It was the dress that almost got away. Back in March I saw this cute elephant-print shirt dress at my local Gap Outlet. It was a little on the expensive side (like most Gap items), so even though I loved it, I passed on buying it. A week later, it was still on my mind. I headed back to the outlet only to discover they had sold out.

Of course, there is no Gap Outlet online store, so I pretty much felt like I was out of luck. I even checked at a Gap Outlet in California when I was out there visiting Megan, but it was to no avail. Fast forward to about a month later, and I am back in my local Gap Outlet. We were standing in line, and what do I spy behind the counter? This dress. I asked, tentatively, if it was on hold for someone or if it was being restocked. After some conversing between managers, they determined it was not on hold. First hurdle cleared. Then I checked the size. Holding my breath, I checked the tag.

And score! The dress was mine, AND 40% off! Booyah! So my weekend was filled with elephants and "mud bugs". One is delicious to eat, and the other is delightful to wear. Try not to get 'em confused! Do you have any items in your closet that almost "got away"?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Short Hair, Don't Care

Wanna get people all up in your business FAST? Well, the easiest way to do that is to cut off all of your hair. It's been about four months since the big chop, but some people still can't deal with it. It seems almost daily that someone wants to share his or her opinion on the length of MY hair.

"Oh, you've cute your hair since I last saw you.... it's so.... short," followed by an uneasy smile.

"Well, you don't have much to cut, do you? What's next? Shaving it?" followed by a derisive laugh.

"I like your hair short, but not that short," followed by tongue-clucking.

"OK, you can stop cutting it now!" followed by a "I'm going to laugh like I'm kidding, but I really mean it" chuckle.

This is not the first time I've had short hair, so you think by now I'd be used to it. I just will never understand why my hair is so important to other people. Look, I get it. I had really friggin' amazing long hair. It was beautiful and curly and awesome. Sometimes I really miss it (mostly when accidentally running across blog photos of it like this).

But daily, in general, 95% of the time, my hair is the last thing I think about. I don't miss the sweaty mess it was in spring and summer. I don't miss fighting with my bangs to behave or giving up and tossing it up in a messy ponytail or bun.

If you wanna see more big girls with short hair, check out More of Me to Love's series Short Styles for the  Plus Size Woman. I was so pleased to be featured in part two of the series and I hope you will all check it out. And if you are thinking about taking the plunge, I say GO FOR IT NOW! One of my students just chopped off like 18 inches of beautiful blonde hair and she looks amazing and loves it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bloggers who Brunch

So I rarely fawn over something in my closet, but take a look at this beauty below (some of you may have seen a sneak peek on Instagram)!

Dress- Forever 21 Plus
Cardigan- Lane Bryant (similar, similar)
Belt- Target (similar)
Wedges- Payless (similar, similar)
Bag- Jo Totes Rose
I am seriously in love with this dress, I've already worn it twice this week, and frankly if I could wear it every day, then I'm pretty sure I would. This is one of the few things I bought for spring. I am really trying to not buy anything at all, but last year I sold all of my spring dresses in my Store Envy shop, so my closet was a little bare.

This one was under $25 at Forever 21, not a store I have much luck with usually, so I snapped it up. I paired it with a turquoise cardigan and mustard shoes and belt, but there are so many colors in it- I know I can do a ton of mixing and matching for spring and summer.

I also have my Jo Totes Rose camera bag with me.I needed a bigger bag because Curtis and I attended a local "Bloggers Who Brunch" event hosted by See Jane Write founder Javacia B. The Rose bag keeps my camera safe but leaves tons of room for my wallet, makeup, a bottle of water, a notebook, etc, etc. Nearly twenty of us met to eat, drink, and discuss legal matters for bloggers. It was so fun to connect with other bloggers in my community. And the food was delicious!

What's your favorite spring purchase so far? And don't be surprised if I go buy it too!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Taking Gratitude for Granted

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude"-  Gilbert K. Chesterton
Gratitude is not something I think about often, I am embarrassed to say. I take so many things for granted, and I know many of you are guilty of the same thing. Saturday night I stayed up late and finished reading Jodi Picoult's latest book The Storyteller. I don't care what your personal opinion is of Picoult; I think she is very skilled at weaving tales that transcend time and narrators, and this latest novel was no exception. I'm not going to spoil anything, other than to tell you that there is a Nazi/Holocaust theme throughout.

In college I minored (almost double majored) in Religious Studies, with my concentration being Judaic Studies, so none of the information in the novel was new to me, but it was a great reminder of how blessed and lucky we really are. I was taking a shower Sunday morning and it dawned on me how lucky, how BLESSED, I am to have running water, which led to a long list of things I take for granted instead of with gratitude. It can be a rude awakening.

Boyfriend Jeans- Gap 
Bird Print Button-Up- JC Penney's

So what is gratitude? Gratitude is defined as feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. In the Jewish religion, since I have that on my mind right now (and please correct me if I am wrong, because I am not Jewish), gratitude is integral to daily life and worship. The Old Testament is filled with the idea of gratitude. To take it a step further, Picoult mentions several times in the book that it is most important to "be a mensch", a person of great integrity and honor. A person who does for others and is thankful for what they have. A person who helps others, who is a peacemaker, who does the right thing the right way, who strives to be a better person.

How can we have an "attitude of  gratitude"? How can we become better people? There's no book to buy or club to join. It's easy to do. It's free. It can change your life. You can write a gratitude letter to someone in your life. You can keep a gratitude journal and statistically be happier than people who don't. Instead of being angry, criticizing or complaining, try being kind, grateful or thankful. This is not an overnight experience. The road to gratitude is long and filled with detours and setbacks. I write this as much to remind myself as to remind you. 

It doesn't matter what religion you believe (though all teach gratitude) or if you follow no religion. This is a universal idea. So, let's hear it. What are you grateful for?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Surviving Sinus and Septum Surgery

I see-sawed back and forth quite a bit about whether or not to post about my recent surgery. I finally decided to post because of the number of blogs I looked at when preparing for surgery myself. Some people, like myself, like to have as much information as they can coming into an event like surgery. So really I'm doing it for any of my reader friends who may be interested, but also for those nervous souls who find themselves Googling "sinus surgery" or "deviated septum surgery" or anything else of the sort late at night when they can't sleep.

"Arm Party"- so fashionable, so glamorous

Quick background- I have had major sinus issues for nearly ten years now- constantly stuffy, runny nose, sinus infection after sinus infection. In the past 12 months, I had been to my general practitioner FIFTEEN times for sinus infections. I'm dumb and he's greedy- he never once suggested I see a specialist; he just kept prescribing ineffective antibiotics and collecting my co-pay.  Once I visited an ENT, he didn't take long before he recommended surgery because of my severely deviated septum and chronic sinusitis. Now I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so here's sinuses for dummies.

The septum is the line of cartilage separating the left and right airways in the nose. Ideally the cartilage is fairly straight, but sometimes it becomes deviated (crooked). Deviated septums can come from having your nose broken or just something you're born with. If your septum is badly enough deviated, then it could cause a myriad of problems- sinus infections, sleep apnea, snoring, facial pain, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing and partial or total loss of sense of smell. Some septum problems can be treated by antihistamines or decongestants. More severe deviations require surgery to straighten the septum and clear out the sinuses. My doctor said my septum was one of the worst he'd ever seen. I had nearly 100% blockage in my right airway and over 75% in my left.

After surgery, I needed a little extra oxygen. And a shot of Demerol.
Surgery was scheduled. Now I am usually super OCD about finding out everything I can about everything, but my mother had this surgery when I was a child, and it traumatized me so much that I was terrified to do too much research. I officially had a septoplasty a turbinectomy,and a sinoscopy . I arrived at the surgical center at 7:00 AM- clean and starving (no eating after midnight, you know!). I signed all the paperwork, took off my clothes (don't wear a bra, so pointless!), put on that pretty gown and waited for my IV. Surgery was painless, mostly because I was totally unconscious. However, waking up was bad, real bad.

Because my septum was virtually broken and reset my nose was packed to the brain with, well, pretty much foam tampons. The purpose of this torture was to hold my newly straightened septum in place, and seriously, it was torture. The packing was by far the worst part of the entire experience. My throat was sore from being intubated for surgery and swallowing was excruciating. I can't explain exactly how it feels to be stuffed to the brim. It's very claustrophobic. Each swallow was slow and torturous. It felt like when you are swimming and accidentally inhale pool or ocean water. You know what I mean? Each swallow felt like the liquid was coming up through my nose. It was so awful!

I know, I know! I look AMAZING!. Excellent tip: use
latex gloves as ice packs. You can arrange the fingers around
your nose!

After a few hours of recovery and a shot for pain and some liquid Loritab for pain, I managed to get dressed (yay for no bra!) and be wheeled down to Curtis's waiting car. He drove me home and babied me for the rest of the day. I tried my best to eat and drink to avoid dehydration, and eventually we had to call the doctor's office and have them phone in liquid antibiotic and pain medication because it was too hard to swallow the huge pills!

My first three days of recovery were pretty much the same. Try to drink some soup. Try to swallow some water.Change my bloody drip pad under my nose. Try to rest. The pain was completely manageable; the swallowing and suffocating feeling from the packing were the real problems. What goes in must come out, and having the packing removed was absolutely horrific- I don't think words can describe. The worst part is, after the ENT removes the packing from your first nostril, you have about five seconds of painful relief before you realize, "Oh, hell, now the other one has to come out!"

So swollen! Super unflattering photo but I'm all about the truth!
This is what my nose looked like with the packing and "moustache" bandage.
Oh, and a moustache tattoo!

The good news is within a minute that's over and done, and you immediately start feeling better. Ironically, because of the surgery my nasal passages are super swollen, so I'm all stuffed up like I have a cold. It's been a week and a half and I think I spend most of my day irrigating my nose with saline spray to keep it clean and moist. My nose is tender. My teeth are sore (It's really amazing how connected everything in your face really is!). But I am definitely on the mend, and I am so excited for my recovery to progress and to be able to breathe and not be sick all the time. I'll keep you updated, and if you have any questions, ask away!!

I didn't think it was possible, but I'm pretty sure my nose is even cuter than it was before!
 And I didn't have THAT kind of nose job!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Geo + Moto = Looking Good, Yo!

One of my favorite ways to ease into spring fashion is by pairing my flirty spring dresses with my tough moto jacket. I bought this jacket two years ago and I just love the way it "toughens" up an outfit. I feel like this jacket could be a staple in many wardrobes.

If you aren't ready for the commitment, Gwynnie Bee has a nice collection of jackets and blazers you can try out and send back!

Eloquii Geo Print Dress c/o Gwynnie Bee
Old Navy Moto Jacket (old) Similar Plus Size here, here and here

Speaking of Gwynnie Bee, boy, do I have some awesome news for you! During the month of April, Gwynnie Bee is giving away a free month of services to one lucky subscriber!

Entering is beyond easy. Just check your virtual closet and make sure you have at least 25 garments in your closet. That's it! No jumping through hoops or tattooing their name across your baby's forehead or liking ten million different pages!

One day in April, they will randomly draw a winner, and that lucky lady will get a month subscription free (even if you are currently a trial member!). If you still haven't done you free 30-day trial with Gwynnie Bee, girl, what the heck are you waiting on?! Here's a link to your invitation and mention Hems for Her to get you free trial. 

Need more info about Gwynnie Bee? Here are a few posts:

 For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit their blog.

Need some tips on filling up your closet?
  • Have a favorite brand? Use the search option for see all the garments
    from that brand.
  • Love peplum or sequin? Search by cut, pattern or texture.
    (example: drapey, studded or striped)
  • Start your search from a new direction: Select "Show All" in a collection and start from the bottom.

Monday, April 1, 2013


Okay, I can't lie to you. Technically, we celebrated Easter with my side of the family last weekend because we knew I was going to be out of commission for a little while. I had borrowed this beautiful dress from Gwynnie Bee, and I was not going to pass up the chance to wear it out. I have discovered that I absolutely LOVE the 1950s' full skirt silhouette this dress has. I want every dress I own to look like this one. If I could have found a pair of gloves I would have totally felt like Audrey Hepburn.

Spense Dress c/o Gwynnie Bee

Sean has so many cousins and extended relatives on my side of the family so the annual Easter egg hunt is always a chaotic, but joyful time. We always have a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, though my nephew likes to tell everyone that it's not really the Easter Bunny, that it's a "sossume" (love the way little kids say things!)

This is another example of what great things Gwynnie Bee can do for your closet. I would have never have paid full-price for this dress to wear one time for Easter. We all have dresses like that- they stand out too much or they are too fancy for everyday wear. They languish all alone shoved into those deep, dark corners of your closet. They usually waste space and waste money. But with Gwynnie Bee's "Clothing without Commitment" philosophy, you will never run into this problem again. What do you do with fancy, special occasion dresses?

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