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Doreen

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J.Jill’s August Collection

I’m partnering with J.Jill today for their August collection launch. I’m excited to share my favorite pieces from their petite collection which includes a range of paisley prints to solids and stripes on cool, breathable, cotton fabric to ease you into the upcoming fall season! It’s never too early to start shopping for fall clothes, right?

How adorable is this dress? It drapes beautifully like an A-line dress. The paisley print is beautiful and feminine. It’s soft and lightweight which is great for summer wear. It’s also a great transition piece for early fall when the weather just starts to cool down. The colors are perfect for summer as well as for fall. This dress runs a little longer than I’d like. I’m thinking of getting it hemmed to about 2 inches above my knees.

Dress: Sleeveless Mock-Neck Dress (xsp)

Bag: Talbots

Shoes: old (similar here)


I’m obsessed with these pants. These are my very first pair of floral pants and won’t be my last. The bold floral print and colors are beautiful. They’re super comfortable. The fabric is so soft, I want to wear it all day long. The wide waist bands and pleats are flattering in the tummy area. The pants drape beautifully.  The pockets are an added bonus.

Top: H&M

Pants: J.Jill Pleated Cropped Pants (xsp)

Bag: Ted Baker

Shoes: Charles by Charles David

This little black dress is so light and comfortable.  Summer is all about wearing bright colors but I want to show you how you can make a black dress look summery. I went with lighter color accessories to give this look a summer vibe. This black dress is so versatile. Play with different accessories and shoes for different occasions.  For a date night or office look, pair it with black pumps, a statement necklace and satchel. Add a thin belt to add some shape. You can even wear it as a beach cover up.  

Dress: J.Jill Easy A-Line Dress (xsp)

Bag: Talbots

Shoes: old (similar here)

Complete your outfit with this beautiful Love/Hope necklace. It’s a reversible necklace that can be worn to show either "love" or "hope". J.Jill is donating 100% of its proceeds to community based organizations that directly help women in need through J.Jill's Compassion Fund.

Thank you J.Jill for sponsoring this post!

 

Fashion

Floral Ruffle Tunic

Today I’m sharing another fun floral outfit. I’ve been adding a lot of floral pieces to my closet lately and this is definitely one of my top favorites. I found this beautiful floral ruffle tunic at my friend’s boutique. The bright floral print and ruffle hem caught my eyes and I knew I had to have it.  I normally gravitate toward lighter colors for summer but I love how the blue and pink poppy branches stand out against the black background. I absolutely adore the ruffle hem. It adds a touch of playfulness to this beautiful dress.

This tunic is so soft and comfortable. I wore it on a scorching hot 90 degree (that’s pretty hot for Seattle) day and I was able to stay cool. The relaxed fit is very forgiving. I took these photos after a big lunch and I didn’t have to suck my stomach in. I wanted to keep this look summery and paired it with summer accessories. This straw tote is an oldie but I love it because I can throw everything I need like my makeup and baby bottles. It’s my summer mommy bag. These nude sandals are so cute and comfortable.

This adorable tunic is from Agnes & Dora. I was recently introduced to Agnes & Dora by my friend Walika who’s an independent sales representative. The brand offers effortless fashion featuring the latest trends for women. There’re so many beautiful tops, dresses and leggings to choose from. Walika has so many amazing selections at her boutique. Be sure to check it out. Consider joining her Facebook group for styling tips.

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Outfit:

Dress: Agnes & Dora (similar here)

Straw Tote: old (similar here)

Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)

Fashion

Romantic Bohemian Summer Dress

It’s no secret that I love maxi dresses. They’re comfortable and easy to style. I’ve been practically living in them this summer. I’m here to share another petite friendly piece that doesn’t require any alterations.  When you’re extra petite, it’s a challenge to find maxi dresses that fit. I have a few tricks for finding maxi dresses for petites. Check out my post here.

Let’s talk about how gorgeous this dress is. If you love the romantic bohemian style, this dress is for you. The full flowy skirt with tiered ruffles is my favorite part of the dress. The dress moves beautifully with every step I take. It’s such a fun dress to twirl around in. The flattering deep V-neckline and waist tie help balance the full skirt. This dress is perfect for so many different occasions like weddings, bridal showers and garden parties. I love everything about this dress but wish it’s made out of a lighter fabric. It’s pretty heavy for a summer dress. You probably won’t want to wear it on a hot day because you’ll be sweating.

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Outfits:

Dress: Free People

Bag: old (similar here)

Fashion Food Life Style

Summer Picnic

Summer time in the PNW is absolutely beautiful. Our goal for this summer is to do at least one outdoor activity every weekend. Jayce loves the outdoors so no matter how tired or busy we are, we make every effort to get out of the house every weekend.

We took advantage of the beautiful weather and had a family picnic at a nearby park a few weeks ago. We packed up our favorite snacks and drinks, and spent the evening sitting on the picnic blanket, eating our snacks and watching the sunset. Jayce loved watching the birds and rolling on the picnic blanket (we had another big blanket).

Fizzy drinks and fruits are my favorite things to drink and eat during summer. I’m addicted to LaCroix sparkling water. Berry is my all time favorite. They’re 100% natural, zero calorie, zero sugar and zero artificial sweeteners. I live on berries and cherries in the summer because they’re delicious and refreshing. I have hard time eating heavy food during summer because of the heat. With that being said, you’re probably wondering about that big bowl of fried chicken among the healthy light snacks. I love love fried chicken and that’s the one food I can never say no to. On our way to the park, we passed by our favorite chicken place and I just couldn’t resist.

Picnicking is my favorite thing to do during summer. This was our first family picnic and I have a feeling there’ll be more picnics this summer. What’s your favorite summer activity?

Outfit:

Dress: Maison Jules

Hat: H&M (similar here)

Blanket: Target (similar here)

Fashion

Floral Maxi Dress + Tips for finding Maxi Dresses for Petites

Floral dresses are my favorite things to wear in spring/summer.  Flowers always put me in a cheerful mood and so do the floral dresses. This flowy maxi dress is so pretty and sweet. It has so many pretty details. I love how the waist tie helps accentuate my waistline and makes me look slimmer.  The v-neck and side slits add just the perfect amount of sexiness. The puff sleeves aren’t usually my thing but I actually like how they look on this dress. I think they add an extra feminine appeal to the entire look. I wore my favorite strappy heels to keep this look feminine. This is a calf length dress and fits me perfectly as a maxi.

I love maxi dresses but being extra petite, I always have difficult time finding ones that fit me without having to cut off ¼ of the dress. Most maxi dresses I fell in love with aren't available in petite. I either end up needing a complicated alteration or  losing pretty hem details. The complicated alterations can cost more than the price of the dress. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with midi and calf length dresses and loving the results. Most of them fit me perfectly as a maxi. Question for my fellow petites, how do you shop for maxi dresses? I’d love to hear your tips.

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Outfit:

Dress: H&M