Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heal for the honey

dress: Francesca's Collections | belt: vintage | tights: Target | shoes: Charlotte Russe

If there's one color I gravitate towards more than any other, it would probably be this shade of yellow. (My family is probably laughing right now: they would say it's definitely this shade of yellow. You should see my closet.) I've never really been one to pay attention to what colors actually look good on me...mostly, I just pick out colors that I like. Chances are, if I like the color, I'm going to feel good in it. And that's what counts.

This is definitely one of those feel-good dresses. It was another Cinderella story: I walked into the dressing room with an armload of things to try on, and this dress was draped over a chair. There may as well have been a beam of light coming down on it from above: it was not only made of pretty lace, but it was yellow, and it was my size, and there didn't appear to be another dress like it in the store. Trying it on was really just a formality, since I knew I was going to buy it regardless.



I've been making an earnest attempt as of late to get rid of things I don't need - especially in the clothing department. As a result, my closet is now neat and organized (and more or less color-coded  - one of my quirks) for what is probably the first time since I moved into this room. It's funny; I'm the strangest mix of sentimental packrat and total anti-materialist. It makes getting rid of things into a huge mental ordeal. I would feel really weird getting rid of all my cast T-shirts from all of the plays and musicals I did in high school...but really, are they serving any purpose in my wardrobe? I wore them while doing mission work in Romania, but that's about it.

Really, it's my goal to know and love everything in my closet. So while getting rid of things is hard, I'm trying to focus on loving what I have, and rediscovering forgotten treasures: flowered sandals I bought in Spain, a genuine hippie dress with an Alphonse Mucha print that I bought on Ebay but never wore. It's time those items saw the light of day, I think.




I hope you all are having a beautiful summer! It's hard to believe that the longest day of the year has already passed us by. I may not be crazy about these sweltering days, but I'm determined to enjoy the time we have left. Chris and I made our summer to-do list, and I can't wait to get started on it.

What's on your summer to-do list?





27 comments:

  1. I love your dress, you look so beautiful! I really need to clean out my closet too, I have a hard time getting rid of clothes I don't wear (mayyybeeee one day I'll wear this five year old shirt that isn't my style anymore, again? no!) haha. I really need to do it. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Angela @ The Lovely Cup

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  2. my summer to do list consists of: swimming, reading, drinking, creating, getting a tan, iced coffee, and slowly getting rid of more of my things. i feel like you, i need to keep only what i love. but it's so hard.


    you look lovely, and especially lovely in this dress.

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  3. It's a beautiful color on you, I can see why it's your favorite. I've been trying to incorporate more yellow into more wardrobe. For some reason, I'm a little intimidated by it. :) You look gorgeous.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  4. love this dress on you, such a great colour and those tights are amazing!

    http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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  5. this dress looks splendid on you as if it was made just for you :)

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  6. That shade of yellow really is lovely. And I went through a similar closet cleaning about a month ago. It felt so good to get rid of all my unworn and neglected clothes. Like you said, I think knowing and loving every item of clothing in your closet is an essentiality for a clearer mind!

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  7. This dress is so beautiful on you! I love the colour. XO

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  8. I love this dress. The color looks perfect on you!

    Xo,
    Stephanie

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  9. Well, you know we're on the same wavelength when it comes to yellow; I love your dress. I can't get rid of my cast t-shirts, but i stick them in boxes in the attic. ; )

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  10. I love your dress and your styling of it! I just found you from Chictopia :) but I know I'm going to be following your blog now! You wear a lot of very pretty things! Jealous :)
    www.therandomchirpsofadizziebird.blogspot.com

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  11. Adorable dress. Yellow is a good color for you; the lace is so pretty too!

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  12. So gorgeous!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  13. wow you look absolutely lovely! I am so passionate about your tights, they're gorgeous! I just found out your blog but you're super stylish, I'll definitely keep an eye on you and your blog ;)

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  14. so pretty, I love the dress.

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  15. oh my goodness i absolutely adore your shoes! :) the whole outfit is darling!

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  16. it's a lovely dress and a lovely color! and it does look very good on you. I never really understood those people who say "I won't wear yellow cause I'm a blond" or something similar - what matters is how you feel in it!

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  17. so you said you're not sure what to do with things like your cast tshirts since you don't wear them but don't want to throw them away either, well if you haven't thrown them away yet you could always try to make something like this! http://leslieandzach.blogspot.com/2011/12/t-shirt-quilt-tutorial-introduction.html tshirt quilt! to hold onto the memories without clutter and then ending up with something useful and cute :D

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  18. love the lace up oxfords with that mustard canary yellow dress, beautiful.

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  19. I agree, except that the shoes are beautiful.<3


    http://r-o-z-a-l-i-e.blogspot.com/

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  20. Seriously, how are you so cute?! :) I love this outfit. That is probably the prettiest shade of yellow ever. And lace? Be still my heart.
    Oh, and btw, you look so much like Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy). I can't remember if I told you that before, but you really do!

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  21. the yellow is looking really good with your breautiful hair-color!

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  22. I'm obsessed with your outfit and your hair! Stunning!
    And as the above commenter just wrote- you totally look like Alison Sudol.

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  23. Your outfit posts are always SO dreamy. I absolutely love yellow on you -- it looks divine paired with your hair color! It's hard for me to get rid of things, too. I'm getting ready to move this weekend and I'm realizing how much of a hoarder I am!

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  24. It's not wonder you wear this color so much, it looks amazing on you! The dress is just adorable :)

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  25. You look amazing! I think you look super pretty in this shade of yellow and I completely understand why you have so many things in that color. It contrasts so nicely with your hair. I'm kind of in love with your yellow lace dress. I need to find one like it because it's so pretty!

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  26. that dress is absolutely gorgeous! it's one of my favourite shades to wear too :) i just discovered your lovely blog via miss indie <3 nice to meet you

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