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I’ve loved fashion for as long as I can remember. I was super prissy growing up and for a while having to wear jeans was a punishment my parents used to keep me in line. One of the saddest things about growing up is losing that sense of playfulness when it comes to what we wear. Largely, our wardrobe decisions are dictated by social media, magazines, movies/TV, and, in my case, what I can wedge my butt into. I’ve gone from tutus and glitter jelly shoes to black tank tops & yoga pants. Sure, I jazz it up from time to time with a flower crown, printed kimono or a pair of glitter sneakers, but largely, my wardrobe is three things: functional, black, and work appropriate. I am currently working on that, but it’s a bit daunting.
I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day when I saw this dress. Since the company it came from was tagged, I quickly made my way to their page and felt the kind of giddy princess-y elation I felt as a young child. While Chotronette might be a little out of my price range for day to day items, I can see myself indulging in a dress for a special event someday, and they make these gorgeous creations to measure!
What do you think? Does this brand make you want to play dress up? I might exchange the combat boots for glittery heels, or at least glittery combat boots 😉
Even though this trip was slated as a Universal/Islands of Adventure vacation, we still managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Disney Springs after checking into our hotel on Thursday evening. In the last few years, Disney Springs has undergone a huge transformation, leaving only the vaguest traces of its less glamorous former self aka Downtown Disney. I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few times in the last two years, and it just keeps getting better. One of the newest additions to the Disney Co Op stores is a charming little vintage inspired boutique called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane. I had seen a few articles about its opening, and blogger Penny of The Sconnie Sling lamented the fact that it opened mere days after she left Orlando. It was at the top of my hit list for our very brief visit.
My husband was so lucky we weren’t Magic Kingdom bound on this particular trip. Otherwise, there would have been a serious dent put in our credit card. This place is the most fun a grown up Disney princess wanna-be can have since we aren’t eligible to be styled at the Bippity Boppity Boutique (yes, I checked). This fascinator was my absolute favorite thing in the shop (closely followed by the white rabbit bag with fluffy tail), and, were it not for my unfortunately fine tresses, it would have been mine. My degree is in apparel design, and I thought it was a nice touch to have pieces of the inspiration boards for each “collection” framed for everyone to see. Also, as you can see to the right of the “Minnie” dress, the shop also carries crinolines for anyone who wants to amp up their look just a bit more.
The other thing that I LOVED, that’s right all caps, LOVED was that all the dresses I saw had sizes that accommodated more full figured ladies like yours truly. I am about a 16/18, and I saw options that would easily work for ladies who need 22/24. Trust me, there is nothing worse than wanting in on the game of dress up only to be told you can’t play because you’re not a standard size. On my next Disney vacation, you better believe I will be hitting up this spot for a park perfect ensemble.
I’m not always the best about “getting dressed” in the summer, I tend to throw on whatever is lightest, loosest and close at hand, but I was reading an article the other day where the woman said her go-to summer ensemble was shorts or jeans, a pair of sandals and a cute t-shirt. If she want to go a little fancier she switched out the sandals for flats and added a statement necklace. It’s so easy and it looks much more put together than my yoga pants and tank top. Now I have an excuse to amass a collection of cute t-shirts. Fortunately the internet has many many many companies that offer all sorts of cheeky shirts, like these from Tees in the Trap.
The “I Hate Morning People” is my absolute favorite, it makes me wish that my office did Casual Monday instead of Casual Friday. It’s a shirt befitting of Monday morning.
All images from Tees in the Trap.
Much like boys with their toys, girls never really stop playing dress up; our dress up clothes, like the boy’s toys, just get more expensive. I am living proof: I spent many many hours clomping around the house in her mother’s high heels, and now I have a carefully curated collection of “fancy” shoes for special occasions. It’s a special kind of thrill to find some accessory or article of clothing that makes me feel just as pretty and sophisticated as I did when I dressed up for tea in five layers of necklaces, one of my mother’s slips and a droopy cartwheel hat festooned with roses. A tall order to be sure, but that’s why it is so amazing when you can recapture it. These elaborate necklaces by Dylanlex are so extravagant that I feel like they would make any woman feel like a princess (maybe even warrior princess?) again.
Seriously, when was the last time you saw something that gorgeous?
Images from here.
I want the pink tulle skirt in the first photo so badly! I don’t know where or when I would wear it, but I’d find a reason.
All images from Shabby Apple.