2019 isn’t over yet but it will easily go down as the worst year of my life. Earlier this year, in March, I had a severe mental breakdown. The incident was so bad that I was ultimately hospitalized and wound up on anti-depressants for the first time in my life. It all started with panic attacks that kept building in frequency and intensity. The panic became so prevalent that I eventually stopped sleeping. The insomnia was so severe that even a cocktail of Xanax and Ambien only granted me a few hours a night, if I was lucky. And the lack of sleep fueled my anxiety to epic proportions. I stopped eating. The mere thought of food turned my stomach, and my weight dropped into the 90’s. I was a shell of my former self and everyone around me could see it…
Truth: I absolutely loooove this casual maxi dress. It’s lightweight and perfect for everyday wear. The silhouette is super simple and the length easily allows for flats, which means it’s a frequent “go to” on my off days. Plus the price can’t be beat – it was a lucky Target find courtesy of Who What Wear. Honestly, I have to run past the WWW section at Target whenever I go shop for diapers and baby food. Otherwise I’d be buying stuff every time because the clothes are so cute and affordable. This dress is an older purchase, but I linked up some current Who What Wear finds below!
I first discovered ASTR some years back while shopping in store at Nordstrom. I’d never heard of them prior to that, but found the clothes to be super cute and affordable. I’ve been hooked ever since. The brand is LA based but they don’t have any brick and mortar stores. Fortunately Nordstrom stocks a ton of styles both in store and online. I found this particular dress while I was out shopping with my mom – and it was the only one left. As soon as I tried it on I fell in love. It’s definitely more appropriate for a dressy occasion. Some maxis are easily dressed down, but this is a sleek and sexy evening dress. I wore it for a dinner party with some neighbors, and even used their cute midcentury house to shoot the look!
This next look is not exactly a dress – it’s more like a maxi skirt with a crop top. However, when the top and bottom match (or complement one another), it’s often referred to as a two-piece dress. This outfit didn’t come as a set, but I knew the items would pair well. Dusty blue with white is a classic color combo, and I love the contrasting textures. I wanted to showcase this variation on a traditional maxi dress because the “two-piece dress” is very in right now. It’s a great option for a vacation getaway, or in my case, something as simple as brunch with friends. I love that dressing up is part of my job – and there’s nothing wrong with dressing up for everyday events no matter who you are and what you do!
Happy Saturday everyone! First and foremost, I’m here to gush over my love for Moon River. Moon River is a new-ish local brand. Their aesthetic is actually inspired by the song (which if you don’t know is an absolutely lovely, old-school 1960’s tune.) When I first discovered the brand via Instagram, I fell in love with the elegant vintage/boho vibe. My only struggle (as I learned after trying on a few dresses at a shop in Claremont) is that their clothes run a bit big. I finally settled on this striking black and white floral maxi, though for an XS you can see there’s a lot of fabric. Of course I’m on the extreme end of petite, so I often struggle with sizing. Nonetheless I love this dress. I’m a sucker for black and white and the lattice detail around the neckline adds a special touch. I wore this dress for dinner with girlfriends and received several compliments.
Did you know that May 1st is historically referred to as May Day? Though it’s not widely celebrated in the U.S., May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. It’s origins date back to ancient Rome, where they marked the date with a festival to honor the upcoming summer season. May is an absolutely beautiful time here in So Cal because we have so much incredible foliage in bloom. Not to mention the weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, and there’s always a warm breeze across the air. That being said, I’m SO EXCITED to to announce a fun little campaign I’m running for the month of May. It’s the perfect time of year for a beautiful maxi dress and I can’t even tell you how much I love maxis. They’re fluid and elegant, modest yet sexy, and oh so flattering for a variety of body types. I love how a maxi dress makes a statement with just a single article of clothing. As you might imagine, I own quite a few, so I’ve had this idea brewing for a while… I thought it would be fun to dedicate an entire month to just wearing maxis, and I plan to feature all of my favorites on the blog throughout the month, beginning with this pretty little floral dress from Express.
Blue and white stripes are an iconic springtime print. Last spring I went crazy looking for a little striped dress. I tried on tons and couldn’t find a single one I liked. Then this spring rolled around and I found several…so I splurged and bought a few different styles. This one from Eliza J is a favorite because it was a perfect fit off the rack. Eliza J specializes in pretty little dresses and offers a wide selection in petite sizes. You can’t shop directly from their site, but many of their designs are stocked at Nordstrom in regular, petite, and plus. This particular dress is a great choice because it’s versatile. I wore it as a day dress with strappy flat sandals, then stepped it up for the evening with nude heels and statement earrings.