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The Road To Happiness

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy, it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

Most people want to be happy and many just don’t know how to achieve it. I’ve spent many years being unhappy and the longer I was, it just never seemed possible to get out of the head space I was stuck in. Years ago, I wanted to quit something so badly. I was young, afraid and miserable. Someone told me to fake being happy and eventually I would actually really feel happy. This stayed with me for many years, but I didn’t follow through with the advice. Although I didn’t quit, I was still quite miserable.

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The faking bit can apply to many things, happiness, confidence… we all know the ‘fake it till you make it’ phrase. Even though I didn’t take the advice then, I’ve completely embraced it now. I mean, nothing else worked, why not give this a try?

Every day, we make choices. We choose to start our day with a cup of coffee, we choose to excercise and we choose our decisions that are going affect us. So why not choose to be happy?

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There are things in life that’s going to bring us down, even daily sometimes. Divorce, sickness, death and finances, sometimes these things are completely out of our control. I know that things happen for a reason and we may come to realize it later. However, there are things that’s happened in my life that makes me wonder if they had to happen at all? What was the learning experience or possible benefit from something so painful or negative? I may never understand but I do know that I’m alive today and that alone is something to be excited about. It’s not guaranteed but I’ve been blessed with another day.

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Instead of living day after day feeling miserable, it only serves as wasted time and energy. The biggest regret people have is what they should have done. Even I have those regrets as I reflect back on my own wasted time and energy, spent on the wrong people, places and things.

As much negative energy that we put in to being sad and miserable, the same could be said for putting in positive energy. It’s learned, it doesn’t happen overnight and it’s most definately a choice, even if you have to start by faking it. It’s a new mindset and you’ve got to be consistent with it.

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Here are some ways to find your inner happy place. Begin by loving yourself first. Treat yourself, spoil yourself, indulge yourself, even if there is no one out there that will, do it for you. You are with you 24/7, and you cannot escape yourself, it’s impossible. Do things you love to do. Go for walks, enjoy the sunset, read your favorite books, paint, write, travel, and pet your dog. There’s plenty for you to do and most don’t cost anything. If you stop doing the things that you love, you start feeling unhappy.

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Motion is emotion. Keep on moving, you’re not going to find what you’re looking for in front of the tv, or sitting on your porch watching the world go by. Make your own happiness, just keep it in motion. Being sedentary is stale and that’s what your life will reflect.

My road to happiness was a long one. Start with loving you first and surrounding yourself with what you love. Fake it, put a smile on your face or laugh, even if you don’t want to. Eventually, it won’t be a fake smile, you’re literally going to feel that happy bursting inside of you. When you’ve reached a happiness point in your life, share it with others. Make yourself happy first, that’s where it begins. It’s not selfish, it’s your life and you only have one chance at it. Make it your best life.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you all the happiness in the world. It’s out there, you just have to choose it.

  • What I Wore:
  • White Top by H&M
  • White Tulle Skirt by Migliore
  • Black/ White Maxi Dress by Joinus
  • Blue Top by H&M
  • Blue Tulle Skirt by Migliore

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~Jules

 

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What’s In a Name

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I often look at screen names and wonder, how did they come up with that? What’s the story behind that name? Some are funny, some are based on their name and some…well, I honestly don’t have any idea why they picked the name they did.  Your online name speaks volumes and tells the reader about you before they’ve read what you had to say or looked at your photos. It’s basically your first impression that you’re giving to your audience. Here’s how I picked mine.

I was on my first solo trip/ vacation in California. I was leaving L.A. (the fashion district, ironically) and deep in thought, letting my mind wander, as we typically do when we drive. As I was driving back to my hotel in Orange County, it hit me, literally out of nowhere. Dressedinjules! I had been debating a blog name for quite some time, and when it came into my head, I knew this was then one. All the other prospects I had in mind, immediately vanished and entered into the garbage bin. It felt right, it flowed, it had a certain ring to it, and most importantly, it felt like me.

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Dressedinjules is a play on words, dressed in jewels, actually.  I replaced the jewels with Jules and here I am today. I’ve been called Jules only by a handful of people throughout various times of my life. Each and every time someone called me that, I secretly loved it! Dressed because I love dresses and “jewels” because I’m somewhat of  high maintenance, kind of girl. Basically, Jules is showing you her life in dresses.

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So there you have it, the story of how my screen name/ blogger name/ Instagram handle came to fruition. What’s your story? How did you come up with your name?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • What I Wore:
  • Black Bow Tie Shirt by Rainbow
  • Red Pleated Skirt by H&M
  • Black Heels by Aquazzura

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~Jules

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The Magic of Sunflowers

Stand tall like a sunflower and turn your face to the sun….

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The magic of sunflowers, a gorgeous yellow flower that looks up to the sun. It’s my favorite flower and it always puts a smile on my face. It doesn’t take long for them to grow and blossom but the beauty doesn’t last long, as summer turns into autumn. They’re so beautiful while they last though.

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I fell in love with sunflowers when I was a little girl growing up in Korea. These flowers would grow in a nearby alley way where I would run and play with my friends. Even at such a young age, they captivated me like no other flower. So unique, bright and sunny. I used to pick them and then got yelled at by the “ajushi” (older man) that would grow them. I would run away and pick another the next day.  Such a wild and carefree child I was, much like the sunflower. I had found my “spirit flower.”

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Last year, I drove to Deer Park, Washington in search of gorgeous sunflower fields. I must have arrived too late in the season and missed my chance to see them in their full bloom and glory. I took some photos anyway and made the best of my experience there.

Hope you liked the look!

  • What I Wore:
  • Denim Maxi Dress by Target

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~Jules

 

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Memories and Mementos

While traveling, one thing I love to do, is pick up mementos or souvenirs to remember my trip. Of course, I can take photos and capture those moments, but I like that an item can instantly transport me back into time and all the memories I made can really bring upon a smile. I also love to shop, so any excuse to go shopping is a winner, in my book.

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I used to collect shot glasses from the locations I’ve been to. Over time, I amassed so many that it took up so much space. I moved around a few times and eventually, the shot glasses just remained in their boxes, unpacked and unloved. I decided to start collecting post cards instead. This works wonderfully for me because they are so minimal, hardly take up any space, and there usually are quite a variety to choose from. Post cards really did capture my experience and gave me a memory to reflect back on.  I keep a journal, which is also part scrap book, and I tape my beloved post cards in it. A really lovely way to relive your journey. If you’re like me, and shot glasses became overwhelming, give post cards a try.

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In addition to post cards, I’m usually drawn to jewelry. Bracelets are my favorite accessory because I can visually look down at my wrist and see them and admire them. I love picking up unique bracelets throughout my travels because it’s something I can wear over and over again. Jewelry makes such a great memento because you can relive those memories every time you glance down or wear them.

Do you pick up little souvenirs or mementos while on vacation or traveling? If so, what do you tend to collect?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • What I Wore:
  • Striped Purple Jumpsuit from a cute little shop at the Santee Alley, L.A.

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Create Your Own Fairy Tale

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All the single ladies, all the single ladies… I have been a single lady since 2015. On the heels of my my breakup, of being in a relationship for 10 years, I found myself completely lost. I wanted to replace or fill that void as quickly as I possibly could. I’ve watched people rush into relationships before they were ready or stuck in relationships they weren’t happy in. I didn’t want to make those same mistakes, so I decided to just work on myself instead. Looking back, I’m glad I took the much needed time to heal and find myself.

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 The more time that has passed, the more I love being single. This is no bs, or sugar coating, or just saying it to make myself feel better and to convince you not to. People look sad and pathetically, at you and say oh, you’ll find someone. You won’t feel that way forever, you’ll change your mind for the right one, when the right person/ guy comes around. This is actually insulting to me. I get met with a lot shock, like it’s a bad thing. I’ve been told, you haven’t met the right one, you won’t always feel this way. Wanna bet? I mean, sure there is a chance that I could meet someone amazing and change my mind but you’re going to have to be John Cena because my standards are sky high. However, John Cena, if you’re reading this, hi, you can totally slide into my DMs. Is there is something wrong with me for being completely content with not being in a relationship or a marriage? I don’t think so, and I don’t believe that being in one defines who I am. 

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 One reason why I’m happy I’m single, is that I don’t like to compromise and I no longer have to. I don’t have to indulge my masking or deep conditioning hair rituals. I don’t have to hide shopping bags in my trunk anymore. I don’t have to “run it by” my partner before I make decisions. I no longer have to sacrifice my freedom or independence. No one is holding me back anymore. I buy myself the best presents on holidays (I know exactly the things I love!), I spoil myself rotten….as you should. I go out to eat and watch what I want and I’ve gotten selfish with my time. 

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 Being single, it irks me to hear women say that their partner is their better half or other half.  Or so and so makes me a better person or brings out the best in me. I don’t deserve this person. No honey, you’re a whole person 100% and it’s been within yourself the entire time. If you do better it’s because you chose to do better. Please give yourself the credit, and not to some boy. Sunsets and sunrises are still beautiful. Being in a relationship doesn’t make the places you see or do diminish the beauty. Humans are so geared to think that we need a partner to merely exist or be truly happy in life. Is something only worthwhile or beautiful if you have someone to share it with? Being alone certainly does not mean that I am lonely.

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 My best reason for being single, is that I’m not an extension of someone. I’m not my best me because of my better half. I am my own person and I love myself first. A friend once told me that she “loves me some me.” I didn’t get it then, it took a while to get to that place. Now, I get it and  I love me some me. Create your own fairy tale, there doesn’t have to be a Prince Charming. Love yourself first, it’s ok. It’s an incredible journey. 

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Thanks so much for reading and letting me share my journey with you!

  • What I Wore:
  • Polka Dot Dress by Zappos
  • White Floral Dress by Down East Basics
  • Pink Polka Dot Dress by JC Penny

 

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~Jules

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Big world, Small Town Treasures

Before I moved to the city, there was a time when  I was a small town girl. As I made my way through Eastern Washington, I knew I had to stop by the place where I had spent a good portion of my life. You know, the type of small town where everyone knows each other, your kids grew up together, and there’s the same grocery clerk that’s been working there for over a decade. It’s crazy, driving through how little had changed and yet so much was different. So much had stayed the same but wait.. is that a new Verizon store, a new fro yo shop that wasn’t there before? I saw this charming small town through different eyes, since I no longer lived there anymore and called this place home. I was now a visitor, an outsider.

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Memories, people and places can hit you like a ton of bricks. A lot of mixed emotions, some that made me smile and some that brought tears to my eyes. It’s one of those, you can come back to visit, but don’t plan on staying. I knew I had moved on, things were different, and I was a whole other person now. What if I had stayed? I wouldn’t have become who I am now.

I used to drive past this sunflower wall daily. To be honest, I don’t know how long it’s been there but definitely as far back as I can remember. Nestled in the back parking lot of a quaint little neighborhood pharmacy, it was a forgotten treasure of this little town. It wasn’t until I moved away, that I finally took a picture here.

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Change is good, change is scary. I stepped into the big world and in a lot of ways, I wasn’t prepared for it. But that was then and now I don’t have to wonder anymore, what if? But what if I could fly.. and I did.

Thank you for letting me share a part of my world with you. I’m living my dream, one dress at a time.

  • What I Wore:
  • Blue Midi Bodycon Dress by Amazon

 

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

 

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Jumpers, Rompers and Collabs

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In my last post, I talked about 5 things I’ve learned in my year in blogging. Today, I’m going to discuss 5 things you shouldn’t do.

 

1. Don’t get discouraged. A single post or photo can really launch or propel someone in the blog-osphere. Everything happens in its own time, exactly when it’s supposed to happen.  The universe doesn’t make mistakes. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time. Sometimes,  a really long time! But keep going, keep posting, and keep pushing through.

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2. Don’t get too offended. When you put yourself out there on the internet, you’re going to be met with the positive and the negative. Not everyone is going to like or agree with what you have to say or what you’re wearing. Take it as constructive criticism and and keep it moving. You’ve got to develop some thick skin.

3. Don’t follow for follow. It may work but it’s a tiresome game to play. Build. Engage. Network.

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4. Don’t be fake. Be yourself, be your most authentic self. Let your self shine and the rest of the world will see that. Be fake and the world will see that too. Would you say that or wear that in real life? If you’re not being truthful or it feels uncomfortable, it will show. Don’t be like anyone else, be authentically you.

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5. Don’t compare. It’s too easy to scroll through and compare your thoughts and photos to others. For every photo out there, there will be another that’s going to be better, without a doubt. If you compare yourself to others, you will never feel good enough. You are enough, I promise!

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Hope you liked this post and the combined looks! Outfit deets below:

  • What I Wore
  • Black jumpsuit by Asos
  • Floral romper dress by Rue21
  • Plaid mini dress by Blooming Jelly (Amazon)

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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One Year Later

 

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Hello everyone! I’m celebrating a land mark date for myself… I’ve been blogging for one year! I’m really into celebrating milestones, however big or small. Achieving goals and accomplishments keeps your dreams big and keeps them growing. I am by no means a pro when it comes to social media, in fact, I still feel that I am in the infant stages. I’m a baby blogger. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.

1. Consistency is key. When I first started out, I didn’t have a set schedule and often times posted at random. I still get stuck in this at times, I get busy, life gets in the way, etc, we are  all guilty of this. There needs to be a sense of regularity and not haphazard times of whenever is convenient.

2. Quality not quantity. I’ll be honest, I published quite a bit of things that I cringe at now.  I had this urge to get things out there as soon and as much as possible, that the quality wasn’t the best. Regardless, I’ve decided to keep those posts up because they are still ME. Throughout this blogging journey, they became a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come and to learn from mistakes I’ve made.

3. It’s harder than it looks. Initially, I thought it was going to be easy. I mean, my topic is about dresses and although it may be superficial “fluff”, it really does require some time and effort. There’s a whole system in place and not as simple as snapping pics. Photos, location, content, thoughts and ideas all come together to form just one post.

4. Engagement is key. You can have the most aesthetically pleasing post, but without anyone to read or comment can leave you feeling disheartened. Engaging with other like minded people who share your vision or have things in common with are the ways to grow. Building yourself can only happen when you network with others. I struggle with this to this day. In my “real” day to day life, I am quite shy. It’s been difficult sometimes to get out of my own head or come out of my shell, even if it is behind a computer screen.

5. Have fun with it! I’ve come to realize that the more I’ve been doing it, the more enjoyment and fun I’ve had. For example, looking for great photo opportunities and locations ended up becoming a way to travel and experience new things. I probably never would have been to certain places or tried new things if it weren’t for that. It really got me out of my comfort zone.

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Thank you so much for following along with me this past year on my blogging journey. I am beyond grateful. This has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

  • What I Wore
  • Gingham Checkered Dress by Old Navy

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Red, White and Stripes

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Happy 4th of July! Just a quick post today, as I am spending time with family and loved ones, and hope you are too! Summer, barbecues and fireworks are such a fun part of celebrating Independence Day.

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In true American fashion, I had to show my patriotic side in classic red, white and blue. My way….in a dress. I hope you liked my take on this holiday tradition and have an memorable weekend!

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  • What I Wore
  • Blue/ white Striped Dress by Banana Republic
  • Shoes by Madden Girl

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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My Pink and Butterfly World

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If I could decorate my world, it would be in all shades of pink and fluttery butterflies. I consider myself to be uber feminine and utterly girly. Glitter, flowers, fairies, rainbows, unicorns and mermaids… they’re all invited too. I’m just a girl, young at heart with her head in the clouds, and I’m completely fine with that.Sometimes we are so busy being an adult and think that’s where we belong all the time. I say, keep your dreams and what you love close by and it will keep you young forever.

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I am so hopelessly drawn to pink and vibrant prints. Honestly, there is nothing better than starting my day with pretty colors or lavish designs. Instant smiles all around. I have a “You look good, you feel good” mentality. I know this sounds materialistic and beauty is only skin deep, but I truly feel more upbeat and ready to face the world when I feel great. I can’t say that I feel that way in a pair of sweatpants. This is a major reason why I love dresses so much, it literally makes you look so put together and it’s so effortless. It looks like you have spent so much time getting ready, when all you’ve done was pull a one piece dress from out of your closet. For whatever mood you’re in, or whatever mood you want to be in, it really is a simple one and done ensemble. I promise, it really is that easy. Did I mention that you can twirl?! Twirling is fun and an added bonus. You can’t twirl in pants, I’ve tried, it doesn’t work.

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Being girly in pink and butterflies isn’t for everyone. But it’s me and welcome to my world….

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  • What I Wore:
  • Pink Pleated A line Dress by The Dress Barn
  • Nude Rock Stud Heels by Valentino
  • Butterfly Dress by Old Navy
  • Denim Espadrilles by Old Navy

Thanks so much for stopping by!

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Colors and Camo

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. It’s my favorite part of the week… the weekend! Today, I’m going to do a combined post of 2 outfits I wore this week. I’m not one to shy away from colors and prints; the brighter and bolder, the better!

I have a true love affair for animal prints, leopard, cheetah, zebra, snakeskin and camouflage is notably on this list as well. Camo prints can be subtle but really a standout piece on its own.  I’m thrilled that it’s come out of the woodwork and join the ranks as a coveted fashion statement. For the risk of looking too military or a look right out of the hunting section, I didn’t want to wear camo with the typical black, brown or green pieces. Of course, I had to add my own touch to it and played around with my favorite color… pink. I thought this was a great contrast, yet unexpected shade to pair with camouflage.

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Moving on to color. Colorful prints are a boost of energy, like a Vitamin c shot, in clothing form. Can you really be so unhappy with such vibrant hues that envelope you? Bright colors and bold hues certainly makes me smile and I’m convinced it will make all those around you smile too. You’re basically a walking rainbow and who doesn’t love rainbows? It’s good luck that follows you around all day and just waiting to happen.

Hope you like these two outfit ideas. Consider enriching your days with some color or camo! I can’t promise you true happiness but at the very least, you’ll feel great wearing it.

  • What I Wore
  • Camouflage Skirt by Forever21
  • Pale Pink Denim Jacket by H&M
  • Pink Shirt by American Eagle Outfitters
  • Multi Color Maxi Dress by The Dress Barn 

Thanks so so much for stopping by!

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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This Is How I Denim

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Many of you already know, I don’t wear jeans or pants, and while I don’t necessarily feel as though I’m missing out, I do love denim.  Other than jeans, denim is easy to find in jackets and shirts but not quite so available in skirt or dress forms. Let’s be honest, many denim skirts and dresses can tend to lean towards being outdated, matronly or demure. My clothing choices do reflect my personality and what I showcase to the world about myself.

As my shirt says, “I rule my world” and this is how I denim. As per my previous post, “The Blogger Tuck”, I’ve recently embraced tucking in my shirts. I decided to give it a go with this denim skirt and really liked how cool and  casual this outfit turned out.

 

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I hope you enjoy this take on denim, as much as I enjoyed wearing it. Maybe you will take a break from the typical denim jeans and try a fun denim skirt this summer! Thanks so much for stopping by!

**What I Wore                                                         * Distressed Denim Skirt by Wild Fable (Target)                                                                       * Striped Shirt by EV1 (Walmart)

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

 

 

 

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The Blogger Tuck

”It’s always ice cream o’clock somewhere.”

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Mini getaways are the best, especially when it’s in your home state and only a drive and a ferry ride away. I live for these types of getaways because they’re affordable, fun and can seem a world away from what you’re used to seeing on a daily basis. It blows my mind when people choose to stay home and binge watch tv all day. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments too, I binged watched the first season of Selling Sunset on Netflix recently, but I digress. My point is, life is short…. get out there and see what this world has to offer. Live and love your life so there won’t be any room left for the could have, should have and would haves.

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Let’s talk about the “blogger tuck” for a moment. The blogger tuck is a shirt that is always shown tucked in pants or a skirt. It’s on social media, in fashion magazines, either a full on tuck or a partial (just the middle with sides hanging freely.) Bloggers and influencers make it look so chic, cool and effortless. Meanwhile, I’ve struggled with it. I found myself constantly adjusting and readjusting multiple times throughout the day. If the front was perfect, then the back was bunched up or the whole tuck was uneven. The tuck, as easy as it sounds, was hard for me to pull off. It wasn’t until I started my own blog that I started to embrace it. I’ve been “anti-tuck” that dates back to as far as I can remember.

 

 

Being “anti tuck” started when I was a wee little girl. My mom would make me stretch my shirt down until it was taut, and then tucking it securely inside my underwear. This felt incredibly restrictive then, I was too busy having fun on the playground and recess to mess with it. To be honest, this has become my go to method now…. thanks, Mom.  Then came high school, when you’re really starting to discover yourself, your likes and getting into fashion and trends. I went to a private school, while we didn’t have uniforms, the dress code was rather strict. One of the rules, was that all shirts must be tucked in. If the shirt had buttons, it had to be buttoned up and tucked in as well.  So, those cute flannel shirts we liked to wear open as a light jacket or tied around the waist, had to be buttoned up and tucked in. And so began my disdain for tucking, I would not tuck here nor there nor anywhere. Needless to say, I had my fill of tucking in anything. As an adult, making my own rules and choices, I became “anti-tuck.”

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It took a little while, but I’m now on board with the blogger tuck. Im not good with the partial in the front, I just don’t think it’s a flattering  look on myself, personally, but I know others who can pull it off well. Kind of like the collar, some look amazing in a popped collar, I am also not one those people. A good tuck makes me feel more polished and put together and I never thought I would feel that way.

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Hope you like the look and thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ve included photos of this same chambray blouse tucked vs untucked. Same outfit but different looks and I think it makes a world of difference. What are your thoughts…. to tuck or not to tuck? Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are.

** What I Wore **                                                          * White Denim Jacket by The Gap *                           * Chambray Blouse by Madewell *                           * Skirt by Ann Taylor Loft *

 

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Military Green Dream

“Fashion wasn’t what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.” -Andy Warhol

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I’ve been to the bunkers at Fort Worden a few times and I enjoy the scenery, rich in history. If I’m being completely honest, I very much had a “I did it for the gram” moment. When I first spotted this dress, I thought to myself, “this dress would be so great for the bunkers at Fort Worden.” So, I made the trek in my “military” green dress to the historical Army bunkers.  Pose, snap, pose, snap… thank you, Andy Warhol, you said it best.

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You really could spend the whole day here at Fort Worden and we spent hours just wandering and exploring. Fun fact, An Officer and a Gentleman movie was filmed here and in the neighboring town of Port Townsend.

”Military” green, olive green, sage green, moss green… whatever you want to call it, it is having it’s moment. And rightly so, it’s great that this muted color has its chance to shine. I’ve really been in to this subtle yet standout hue and plan to incorporate more pieces in this shade.

Hope you enjoyed the look and a small peek at the bunkers that overlooks the beauty of the Puget Sound. Thanks so much for stopping by!

** What I Wore **                                                       * Olive Green Dress by Old Navy *                            * White Crop Top by Lulu’s *

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

 

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White Out

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“I will never be the woman with perfect hair, who can wear white without spilling on it.” -Carrie Bradshaw

I adore white but I don’t wear it often and I don’t have many white pieces in my wardrobe. Why? Because I’ve ruined all of them.  I am clumsy to a fault and anyone that knows me can attest to that. I know that I should have more faith in myself, and I do. I do believe,  that I will for certain, stain my pretty white dress. In fact, I spilled coffee on the front of this dress, just 5 minutes after this photo was taken. Beauties, what are your secrets for wearing white? Starve and sip water all day? Tip toe around gracefully? Should I carry around a stain stick or spray scotch-guard from head to toe? Ironically, all my towels and sheets in my home are white because it’s easy to throw in some bleach in the wash for crisp and clean linens. One would think that I would carry over that same logic with my white clothing, right?

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White is crisp, clean, and so innocent. I think it looks amazing in the spring and summer months. Add in a touch of eyelet material and I feel so pretty, angelic, almost bride like. There is that old “rule”, no white after Labor Day and I do abide by that somewhat. I feel out of place wearing white in the fall or winter. It’s probably all in my head bit I feel more comfortable wearing white in the warmer months.

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How do you keep from accidental spills from ruining your favorite white pieces? I swear, this is the only color I struggle with. I seem to become a magnet for stains whenever I wear it. Any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated! I would love to wear white more often.

Hope you liked the look today and thanks so much for stopping by!

**What I Wore**                                                              * White Eyelet Dress from Amazon *                       * Pink Denim Jacket by Forever21 *

 

In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules

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May Flowers

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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April showers bring May flowers, and it was well worth the wait. Appreciation post and shout out to the month of May for coming through with such astounding beauty.

When I was growing up, I actually disliked the color yellow with a passion. I don’t know why I discriminated against it so much because it’s actually one of my favorite colors now, second to pink, of course. Yellow is such a cheerful shade, it’s vibrant hue is instantly contagious, full energy and happiness. I can’t seem to get enough of it these days.

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Hope you are embracing the sunshine and incorporating some sunny yellow into your lives! Thanks so much for stopping by!

** What I Wore **                                                       * Yellow dress by JC Penny *

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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My 50th Post

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This is my 50th post! Woo-hoo! This is a major milestone for me, as I’m absolutely horrible with commitment. Thanks so much for being by my side, as I appreciate YOUR commitment!

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What better way to celebrate than to wear one of my favorite prints. Leopard… cheetah…. yes, of course!

I took this not so basic cheetah print and combined it with blue. Actually, this was completely accidental and unintentional but I really liked the overall look. I was out shooting photos and forgot my black block heels specifically for this cheetah dress and decided to roll with anyways. This unexpected look turned out better than I had anticipated and I hope you like the look too!

**What I Wore**                                                                            * Leopard/ Cheetah A-line Dress by     WhoWhatWear (Target)                                            * Denim Jacket by The Gap                                       * Blue Denim Espadrilles by Old Navy

Thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating this milestone with me.

“In a world full of pants, be a dress…” Jules

 

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Fierce and Fabulous

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Its Fierce and fabulous Friday and nothing makes me feel more this way than a good leopard print. Or is it cheetah? Does anyone  know the differences between the two prints? I see them both used intermittently. Regardless, I’ll take them all!

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Leopard print is the new black and I have a feeling it’s going to stick around for a while. Finding this print in a full dress couldn’t have made me happier. I’m all about flashy and bold looks and this one was so wearable and fun!

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**What I Wore**                                                   *Leopard/ cheetah dress by H&M*

Thanks so much for stopping by!

”In a world full of pants, be a dress” ~ Jules

 

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Up In Arms

 

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For the love of social media, everyone looks so perfect, having the best time without a hair out of place. It can be an intimidating place to venture into. Snapping a few pics and posting seems so easy until you’re standing there, unsure of what to do. It feels like test anxiety and you’re staring at the page in front of you.

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The hardest part of taking photos is not knowing what to do with my hands and arms. Too often I realize that my arm completely disappears. Now that you see it, you can’t “unsee” it, right? Props are of little help and I don’t have enough purses or handbags! It’s either dresses or purses and dresses win every time. My standard go to is my hand in my hair or on my hip. I don’t even realize I’m doing it until I go through photo after photo. Or nailing that pose, but my face…. are my eyes closed? Did I always have man hands? Or my face is fine, smile is great and staring into the lens but that whack pose!

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There are worse things, but please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this. I’m literally up in arms. What are your tips for the hands and arms? I would love to hear them!

Happy Hump day and thanks so much for stopping by!

*What I Wore**                                                        Pink and Black Checkered Houndstooth Dress by Top Shop (Nordstrom)

“In a world full of pants, be a dress!” ~Jules

 

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Life’s a Garden

Life’s a garden… dig it! Sometimes it takes new beginnings to see new growth and ending chapters that weren’t leading anywhere. Being amassed by nature’s beauty, I’ve been reminded that it does stop to rain eventually and a flower blooms.

Update post: I had to step away for a little bit. I needed to balance and recenter myself because I was going in the opposite direction of where I needed to be. I’m starting to realize that self realization can be a life long journey and that it’s ok to not have everything figured out. Live in the moment, smile and embrace the beauty that surrounds you.

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Thank you for your continued support.

*What I wore:

Fuschia Lace Dress by Dressbarn**

“In a world full of pants, be a dress” ~ Jules

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Weekly Roundup

Hello! It’s been a busy week so I thought I would round up some dress looks in one post. Its been cold and rainy this past week that it’s hard to believe that it’s really spring. However, after the rain, there’s always a rainbow.

I’m not one to shy away from prints/ patterns and I’ve been wearing more of them lately.One print this has caught my eye and has been popping up every where is camoflauge. Camo with a feminine twist.

I love patterns that are unusual and not your average floral, stripes, polka dots, etc. When I spotted this wrap dress with white stars, I was… starstruck.

Paying homage, Seattle, home of grunge/ alternative. Little did I know, one day, I would be living in a city that popularized some of the music I grew up to.

Florals for the Pikes Place Marker seemed only fitting, right?

Hope you liked the looks! Dress details below:

  • Rainbow sweater by Forever 21. Denim skirt Girbaud (my closet). Bright Pink Hunter Boots
  • Camo bodycon Dress by Rainbow shops
  • Starprint Dress by Target
  • Plaid duster by Mossimo and black tie front dress by H&M 
  • Red floral dress by Antrhopology

Thanks for stopping by and hope you feel inspired to wear a dress today! ~In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules

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Throwback Ootd

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Its Throwback Thursday and I thought it would be fun to post some pics that were forgotten along the way. Vacations are some of the best, especially if you have photos to remind of you of those memories. I’m missing Vegas and the palm trees and can’t wait until my next trip.

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Besides pink, yellow would be my next runner up in choice of favorite colors. Yellow is so cheery, sunny and uplifting! I paired the bell sleeve sweater with a polka dot maxi skirt for a fun look. Polka dots are fun, carefree and whimsical.  A lot of times, red is paired with black/ white polka dots. I do love the red combo sometimes, but more often than not, I feel as though I am trying to resemble Minnie Mouse with the polka dots.  I try and veer towards other colors such as yellows, pinks and blues for that reason. I hope you liked the look and thanks for stopping by my throwback post!

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  • * What I Wore *            
  • Chenille Mustard Yellow sweater by Rainbow shops
  •  Ruffled Hem Polka Dot skirt by Downeast basics

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules                    

 

 

 

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Stepping Out in Snake Skin

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I am a huge fan of all things animal print… leopard, cheetah, zebra and last but not least, snake skin. (Faux, of course.) I don’t have a favorite, I love them all! Animal prints are of a louder variety, be prepared to get noticed and stand out! This is an unexpected look but adds so much flair and is effortlessly chic. Animal prints speak for themselves. These prints are bolder than your typical stripes, polka dots, florals but still gorgeous in its own right.

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Unleash your inner animal instincts. Animal prints are bold, sexy and fierce. While cheetah and leopard are usually easier to find, it seems that snake skin prints are fleeting and found mostly on handbags and purses. I own my fair share of animal prints, but this has been my only and newest snake skin addition to my closet… so far. My animal print section of my closet is starting to resemble a small zoo! My favorite Tv mom is Peg Bundy, so I believe my thanks and gratitude goes to her for my early love of all things bright, bold and cheetah.

If you’re interested in trying out animal prints but not ready to wear it in a full dress, start off small. Try a skirt, a top, cardigan, scarf or shoes for an unexpected and fun pop to your outfit. Today I’m wearing a snake skin print dress by Top Shop. I knew from the moment I spotted it, that it was meant to be. Hope you enjoyed the look!

*What I Wore*                                                               *Belted Snake Skin Dress by TopShop (Nordstrom)

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules

 

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April Fools Day

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Just like that, March has passed so quickly and we are now living in the beauty of spring. After such a gorgeous and sunny weekend, it’s a bit of a downer to start the week with some overcast and rain. Pink is such a vibrant, energetic and playful color and perfect for the Monday blues.

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For my outfit of the day, I paired a white, pink and fuschia striped sweater (it’s still a bit chilly here) and a denim skirt. Since I don’t wear jeans or pants, I still love denim and incorporate it when I can. I like that I can wear denim in jackets, dresses or skirts, it’s a cute look without having to throw on a pair of jeans.

* Pink and white sweater by Forever21           * Denim pencil skirt by Halogen (Nordstrom)                                                                    * Bright Pink Hunter Boots

Thanks for stopping by!                                           “In a world full of pants, be a dress!”                  

~Jules

 

 

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Cherry Blossom Love

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One of my most favorite times of the year in Seattle, is when the air is filled with the fragrant blooms of beautiful cherry blossoms. The city traffic, buildings, and seemingly never ending rainfall, it can be hard sometimes to see beauty amongst the hustle and bustle.  It was a gorgeous sunny weekend and the trees were in line and in full bloom. The pink and white blossoms were so captivating, it felt like I was on location, shooting the most romantic movie scene.

Cherry blossoms are breath taking, delicate, romantic, soft yet beautiful in color and I wanted to wear a dress that would reflect that. For this enchanting view, I wore a blush pink lace dress from Lulu’s. Hope you enjoyed the look and thank you for stopping by!

“In a world full of pants, be a dress!” 

~Jules

 

 

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Spring is in the Air

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Hello lovelies, it’s been a little while! The cold has a way of bringing on the winter blues and the start of spring has lifted some of the darkness. Spring is such a renewal of energy for me. It’s almost as if I’ve been hibernating away all winter and now I’m awake and feel alive. The sun is out earlier, the birds are singing me a chorus every morning, new life is blooming and the sun is setting later.

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Spring represents the soft blooms, sunshine, warmth. The dead of winter is giving way to a season of softer and lighter tones and fabrics. In nature, subtle yet beautiful colors are coming into bloom. It’s time to leave the darker hues of fall and winter behind and bring some needed color back. Spring is a fun time to experiment with colors, pastels and florals.

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I’m enjoying the warmth and golden rays today in a sunny yellow floral dress from Tj Maxx. Yellow represents sunny optimism…what better way to start spring! Hope you enjoyed the look!

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~In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules

 

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Stuff and Fluff (Pt I)

 

 

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Seattle is getting caught up in a snow storm this weekend. I thought, what better time to do a “get to know me” post. Beyond my love for dresses and the color pink, I’ll be sharing 10 things about me, some “real stuff” and some “fun fluff.” Let’s start with the first 5, so be sure to check my upcoming post for Part II.

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1. I’m quite shy. On the exterior, you may never guess it, I can smile, make small talk and engage in conversations. On the inside, I’m rattled and having a mini social anxiety moment. I’m not one to be the center of attention although what’s on the outside doesn’t always reflect that. I like to wear bright colors and standout patterns and you would think that I have a loud, outgoing and boisterous personality. However, I’m quite the opposite. Maybe the things I am wearing on the outside is just myself projecting who I want to be internally. My love of pink and animal prints may well be a good reflection of who I really am underneath and this is my way of bringing her out.

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2. When I was younger, my dream was to be a model and a writer. I went about it the unconventional and non traditional way, but I can actually say that I’m living my dream. This may not be everyone else’s idea of being a model/ writer, but it’s mine. This is making me happy and I’m falling in love with the process. I get to wear my dresses and write about it! Always be your own star! Therefore, in my eyes, I’m  model and a writer.

3. I’m hopelessly directionally challenged. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been there a dozen times or if my GPS is on. Chances are, Ill take the street right before, miss an exit or just take a wrong turn in general. I’m not sure how it happens, but if you want to be late or lost, I’m your girl. I try, I really do.

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4. I love coffee! I’m not sure if it’s a prerequisite to love coffee if you are a Seattle-ite, given that there are Starbucks and barista stands on every corner. I started when my son was a toddler, just to keep up with all of his energy. Years later, I’m still finding excuses for my morning cup of joe. There is nothing quite like a jolt of java that gets me going into high gear.

5. I’m a vegetarian. At times, i can be a “flexitarian” but generally I choose to go meatless. It was a choice I made a few years ago and I’m genuinely happy with my lifestyle change.  Don’t get me wrong, vegetarian doesn’t always mean healthy. I can’t turn down cheese and indulge in more than my fair share of chips and candy. With meat though, I just don’t have a taste for it.

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Thanks for stopping! What are some fun facts about you? Do we share some things in common? Let me know!

***What I Wore***

  • Black A line Dress by Lulus
  • White Jacket by Aeropostale
  • Bright Pink Tall Gloss Rainboots by Hunter Boots
  • Floral leggings by Lularoe

 

In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules 

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A Splash of Pink

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Brrrrr… it’s cold and snowy, it’s most definately winter. I like a little snow here and there but I’m really hopeful for an early spring!  A splash of color is a fun way to break away from the bleak winter days. Pink is my favorite color. Pink can have a calming effect and can help ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sometimes, a bright pink can be a little challenging to pair or even a little intimidating. I’m not one to shy away from brights, especially pink. Let the vibrant color speak for itself by combining it with a shade that’s toned down. By pairing with a neutral shade, it’s much more wearable.

Can we take a minute and talk about Hunter boots? The rain boot, the ever popular Wellington’s that even the royals and everyone else under the sun that’s been sporting them. I’m in love with mine and even with the endless colors and styles, I still gravitated towards the bright pink pair. No regrets in getting a bold hue at all, I’ve worn these on repeat at least a dozen times now. Living in Seattle, rain boots are a must have. Yes, it’s true, it’s always raining in Seattle. It rains over 150 days out of the year and you can bet I’ll be wearing them a lot! Do you own a pair of hunter rain boots? Which color is your favorite?

***What I Wore***

  • Sweater Dress by Revolve
  • Bright Pink Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots by Hunter Boots

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In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules 

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A floral affair

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Whats better than actually receiving flowers? For me personally, I prefer my flowers on a dress. Floral prints never wilt, wither or die.  They look alive and fresh all the time. I think flowers are a true representation of romance, love or starting a new. With Valentines Day right around the corner, this is a great time to include some flowers on a dress in your closet. Or anytime, really.

 

Floral dresses make me feel graceful, flirty and forever a romantic dreamer. It’s great for dates. Dinner? Eiffel Tower? Picnic? A moonlight stroll? Check, check and check… floral dresses for the win!

 

For today’s look, I’m wearing a black pink floral dress with billowy ruffle sleeves. I’m really loving the black lace detail, subtle  Victorian, but a gorgeous standout.  Hope you add a little sparkle and floral to your day!

 

***What I Wore***

  • Floral Dress by Nine West (Macys)

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~Jules

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Not A Dress Snob

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Something I get asked frequently is “Where do you get all your dresses from?” I’m asked as if I’m about to disclose my favorite shop and I have one main supplier. Friends, I’ll let you in on my secret…..I buy my dresses everywhere and anywhere. I have dresses from Walmart, Target, mall stores, department stores, from friends, boutiques, flea markets, discount stores,online and more. I don’t have a favorite store and have been pleasantly surprised by some of the dresses and skirts I’ve aquired from some of these places. I don’t discriminate and that is how I built my dress wardrobe. I’m not a dress snob, I just love dresses regardless of where I’ve bought them from. There are some dresses that I have had in my collection for years and still wear today because of how timeless and classic they are, even with today’s fast fashion and modern trends.

I tend to shop more traditionally, I prefer brick and mortar stores over online shopping. With so many different styles, lengths and dress options out there, not everything looks like it does on the model, from your monitor. Just as if you were browsing in store, you should definately try on before you buy. Sometimes a dress could look gorgeous on the hanger and left little to be desired after trying it on.

For today’s look, I’m wearing a neutral beige dress with pockets. For the love of pockets, I get so excited about that small detail. To keep warm and keeping it in season with a plaid scarf. The scarf was actually my one and only purchase from Black Friday 2018. I’ve been wearing with a lot this past winter.  Do you have a favorite go to store that doesn’t let you down or do you shop around like I do? Let me know in the comments!

***What I Wore***

  • Beige dress with pockets by Ann Taylor
  • Plaid scarf by Old Navy

 

In a world full of pants be a dress ~ Jules

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Not So Basic LBD

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For the the love of the LBD. The “little black dress.” We all have at least one in our closet that we bring out and it’s just right for most any occasion. Black dresses are a classic and should be a staple piece in our wardrobes. It just goes with a lot and it’s chic in its own way.

I have a bittersweet love for the color black. Some time ago, I attended a beauty school. The school uniform was black… all black. In theory, black is a neutral shade, a blank canvas. Wearing black as a stylist/ artist helps ensure that there are no other colors competing with your client’s coloring or tone. In essence, your client becomes the true focal point, the star of the show.  Wearing black has a way of making you look polished and trendy. Unfortunately, I’ve had my fill of all black and wear the shade sparingly now.

When I do wear black, I like to add some color, texture or prints. These details can really take your LBD up a notch. This is also a good way to play with bolder colors that you wouldn’t typically wear. If you have a bright scarf or jacket that you rarely wear becauae it’s hard to pull off, throw it on top of a black dress. It’s a new look and not your basic LBD anymore.

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***What I Wore***

  • Black zipper dress by Andrew Marc (Nordstrom)
  • Pink Faux Fur bear by Betsey Johnson (Macy’s)

In a world full of pants, be a dress! Thanks for stopping by…..

Jules

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Bows With Fringe Benefits

There’s that accessory rule/ guideline, which states, that before you leave the house, remove one piece of jewelry. I’ve never abided to that rule, the more the better, is what I live by. I’m an over-accessorizer. In keeping true to my 2019 word of the year, I choose to “sparkle” inside and out!

I think it’s darling when a dress or skirt come embellished with details, It’s like another accessory I’ll gladly stack to my overly accessorized self. Whether it’s bows, fringe, tassels or ruffles, it’s the details that really bring your outfit to life.

For my outfit of the day, I paired a cream bow tie blouse with a checkered fringed dress. I love bows, either in my hair or on my dresses, it’s a graceful and feminine look.

***What I Wore***

  • Sheath Dress by Laundry by Shelly Segal
  • Bow tie blouse by H&M

In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules

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Locked In Love

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My vacation days are coming to an end and I knew there were some places I had to stop by before I leave. I grabbed a lock and headed to the Love Locket Scuplture. This would be a symbolic gesture to…. myself. The last few years have been an incredible journey of ups and downs, overcoming challenges and truly learning to love myself. I’m not attached to anyone, free as bird, and I have been enjoying this time to really understand myself.

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We are with “ourselves” more than anyone else, yet we are our own toughest critics. We put others first and lose track of our own wants and needs. There was a long period of trying to re-discover who I was and I’m still in the discovery phase. Maybe I will always be searching and looking for who Jules is…. but in the meantime, I’m going to love myself every step of the way.

I placed the lock, snapped it in place and left my mark in a heart. Something so simple, but now I am officially locked in, a reminder to love the woman I was before, now and the future.

I wore a colorful print dress by Lularoe. I am in no way affiliated with the company nor am I a “representative” for sales. I just love dresses and when one catches my eye, I’ll wear it! Hope you enjoy the look and hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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***What I Wore****           

  • Amelia Dress by Lularoe

     •  Black fuzzy jacket by Zaful

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In a world full of pants, be a dress! Xoxo

Jules

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Fabulous Faux Fur

 

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Jackets and coats are meant to keep us warm in the winter and they can take your dresses up a notch. Unless you live some where always warm or tropical, it’s inevitable. You just can’t walk around in dresses all day in the winter without a coat. This has been my favorite season for coats and jackets. I’ve been fawning over the faux furs, sherpas and teddy bear coats. I love this blush faux fur coat and have worn this on repeat several times! I’m still on the look out for the perfect teddy bear jacket/ coat and it is on the top of my wishlist.

For traveling purposes, I find that dresses are simple to pack and you can add so much more in your carry on/ suitcase rather than multiple pants/ shirts. I roll my dresses rather than fold them and I haven’t had any issues with wrinkling. Dresses are a dream for packing and traveling!

I’ve been in Las Vegas quite a few times but never to “The Sign”.  This was high on my things to see and do list and seized the moment  to play the cheesy tourist! I wore a marbled grey dress with pleats and my new favorite faux fur. Hope you liked the look!

***What I Wore***

  • Blush pink faux fur coat by Love Letters
  • Grey Marbled pleated Dress by Dilliards (no longer available, purchased many moons ago….)

In a world full of pants, be a dress!

 

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Sparkle

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Happy New Years!! I’m bursting with energy today and feel incredibly optimistic for 2019. This is going to be one of my best years yet, I can feel it. Hope your goals, resolutions and dreams be in your favor this year.

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I’ve picked my word of the year. I’ve decided to Sparkle. I want to sparkle, shine and dazzle and let the person I’m meant to be come out. Today and for 2019, as I strive to be the best possible version of myself and all aspects of my life, Im going to sparkle every step of the way.

New Years Eve was so much fun and I wanted my dress to reflect that. I’ve been obsessed with bell bottom sleeves lately and I’ve been wearing them in my past couple of posts. Bell bottom sleeves can really add aome flair to an otherwise plain colored shirt. I’m always thrilled when I’m able to find this style. In Vegas, it’s still gets cold, so I’m glad I packed my blush pink, faux fur coat. I felt so glam, and if this is what J. Lo or Khloé Kardashian feel like, then I’m all in! Hope you liked the look and here’s to an amazing 2019!

 

***What I Wore***

  • Silver/ Black Dress by Who What Wear (Target)
  • Blush Faux Fur Coat by Love Tree

 

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Holiday Red

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Happy New Years Eve! Waking up to the bright sunshine and palm trees was a beautiful start for my last day of 2018.

I love a black and red combo. There’s something about the two together that really makes your outfit sassy and bold. I get a little hesitant when I throw white into the mix because it’s easy to venture into the Minnie Mouse territory. With this black and white dress, I took it up a notch and accessorized with a touch of red.

This was my look of the day and hope you liked it. Please tell me I’m not the only one with a macaron obsession. The colors and flavor selections get me everytime! Happy New Years Eve! Best Wishes!

***What I Wore***

  • Dress by White House Black Market
  • Red Bow Belt by Lulu’s

”In a world full of pants, be a dress!”

 

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Vegas Bound

9AD9661A-786F-4A08-9046-2882B7539749.jpeg“I’m leaving, on a jet plane….” I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate New Years in Las Vegas! It was a quick flight from Seattle, so why not make the walk to departures in a little animal print?

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I can’t wait to share my Vegas adventures with you but in the meantime, this is my quick look of the day. I’m never shy from cheetah/ leopard prints and my collection of these prints have a dedicated section in my closet.

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***What I Wore***                                                             * Cheetah Zip Up Smock Dress by Target*         * Black Bell Bottom Pearl Sleeves Shirt by Macy’s ** 

Hope you enjoyed the look! Thanks for stopping by!

“In a world full of pants, be a dress!”

 

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Plaid, Pearls and Resolutions

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Christmas has come and gone so quickly and the New Year will be here in just a matter of days. Most people have New Years Resolutions in hopes for their best year yet. I haven’t made any resolutions and I haven’t done so for the past few years. Instead, I come up with a word and live accordingly to that word for the year.

 

I take time to pick my word of the year and it’s related to what is going on in my life at the time. Here are my words I’ve used in the past and I can truly say that I did my absolute best to live by them.

  • 2016- Fabulous
  • 2017-Strength
  • 2018- Live

I am days away from New Years and I still haven’t picked my word yet. I’m torn between 2….. Sparkle or Focus. Will I sparkle or be more focused in 2019? What word would you pick to live by for the next year?

 

***What I Wore***                                                       *Grey Knit with Pearl Bell Bottom Sleeves Shirt by Macy’s                                                         * Plaid Skirt by Jcrew                                                   *Pearl Hair Bow by Macy’s 

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My Favorite Plaid

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As a dress enthusiast, it’s a moment of joy when you find your favorite plaid print in a dress. Of course, you can find plaid in an array of choices, shirts, jackets, scarves but not often in a dress/ or skirt form.

This was a meant to be moment in Target and I had my fingers crossed as I headed to the dressing room. It was a great fit and I couldn’t be happier with the traditional green/ blue, blackwatch tartan print. I also appreciated the modern and feminine touches of this dress, the sleeves were sheer and the belted bow was lovely.

 

I loved this dress so much that I also took family photos in them. Keep an eye out, I will be including those in a future post.

Hope you enjoyed the look and take a chance wearing plaid beyond the flannels and scarves. Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by!

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***What I Wore***                                                            * Green/ Blue Plaid Dress by A New Day (Target)

“In a world full of pants, be a dress”

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Ruffles and Bows

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Does anyone remember when there was a pay phone around every corner? There was a time when some of us carried around quarters or phone cards. It was really neat to come across a functioning pay phone and it even came with the yellow pages! Did I make a phone call? No…. I have a cell phone for that now. How far we’ve all come to have a device that fits in our hand!

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It’s the first week of December! Is it just me, or did the weather start getting colder? Here’s a bold yet wearable look as the temperatures keep dropping. This is quite a busy dress, there’s a lot going on here. I really like the maroon/ wine shade, it’s a nice hue for the fall/ winter seasons. I love bows, ties and ruffles and this floral, high waisted dress had it all. There really is quite a lot going on, but it is wearable. I felt so feminine and loved the movement from the ruffles. Ruffles and bows aren’t just for little girls. Just like unicorns, they’re for everyone!

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Hope you enjoyed the look. Would love to hear some thoughts on looks that you love! Thank you for stopping by…..

***What I Wore***                                                          * Floral Maroon Dress by SheIn 

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~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

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Faux Pearls Faux Suede

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I can’t get enough of skirts and OTK (over the knee boots). I’ve been wearing them untill the weather dictates it’s time for tights/stockings/ leggings. Fortunately,  I live in Seattle and while it’s definately been rainy, it hasn’t been freezing cold yet.

 

My Wednesday “hump day”, Outfit of the day is a faux pearl cream sweater and a faux suede camel skirt. Honestly. I feel that both the sweater and the skirt are closet essentials. They’re both so versitile, and you can wear or mix/ match with so much of what you already have. I usually lean towards bold, bright colors and prints but I’m learning that neutrals can make a statement too.

 

 

Hope your middle of the week is going fabulous. Thanks for stopping by!

***What I Wore***                                                     *Faux pearl embellished cream sweater by H&M                                                                                  *Faux suede Camel skirt by Forever21

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

 

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Maximize Your Mini

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“Look in the mirror and ask yourself-what do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life? Then go do that.” Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Rise and grind… it’s Monday, grab your morning coffee and start your day. My morning routine typically starts at 530 am with a cup of coffee, and either music or a tv show playing in the background as I’m getting ready.  Feeding your mind is so important, that I decided to change things up a little. I didn’t give up my coffee but I did change the things I listened to. I began listening to Gary V while I was doing my hair/ makeup and Zig Ziegler on my commutes. Instead of a jumpstart on my day, I felt a jumpstart on my life. For myself, I wanted to stay motivated, inspired and enrich my mind. This has been a way for me to maximize my time even when I’m busy with other things.

 

The mini skirt…. it’s brazen, it’s bold, its a sexy look. It’s not just for going out, you can rock the mini day or night. Wearing a mini skirt, can make you feel a little exposed. Adding a cardigan or jacket makes it a cute and wearable look. A body suit underneath keeps everything in place all day without adjusting.

 

Maximize your day and rock that mini! What are your morning rituals and tips to stay motivated? Don’t let that mini skirt hide in your closet…. be bold, maximize it!

***What I Wore***                                                       *Pink bodysuit by Forever 21                                  * White lace bralette by Aerie                             * Black zip up corduroy mini skirt by Forever21                                                                   * Leopard/ Cheetah cardigan by Mossimo(Target)

 

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

 

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Sassy in a Smock Dress

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Its Thanksgiving weekend! Christmas trees and lights are twinkling and it’s the official start of Black Friday. The holiday season is here! The countdown begins…. 33 days untill Christmas! I did brave the crowds to scour the deals and only bought a single item. I scored plaid scarf from old navy and I’m excited to incorporate it in a future blog post.

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Today, I’m wearing a belted, button up, corduroy smock dress. I’ve been noticing that smock dresses are popping up everywhere, in a ton of different colors, textures, and plaids. This dress was comfortable and easy to pair with pretty much anything under it. To keep everything in its place, I opted to layer this smock dress with a striped body suit.

Hope you liked the look! What are your thoughts on smock dresses? Have you been rocking them this season?

 

***What I Wore***                                                     *Belted, Button Up Corduroy Smock Dress by Charlotte Russe*                                                     *White with stripes bodysuit by Charlotte Russe*

Thank you for stopping by!

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Throwback

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying their day!

As many do on Thanksgiving, I started reflecting on what I was thankful for. I’m truly thankful for so much…..friends, family, love, life….I’m grateful for my journey and experiences. It’s taught me well and I’m still learning. Thank you for being a part of it.

Today’s throwback is a reminder to live, love, laugh, not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday.

***What I Wore***                                                        *Pink Polka Dot Jumpsuit (The Santee Alley, Los Angeles)

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~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

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Bodysuit Bliss

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Hello and hope your start of the week is going great! As the weather has been getting cooler, I’ve been reaching for my skirts more often. I tend to wear skirts more in the fall/ winter seasons because it’s easier to layer.

Finding a gorgeous skirt to wear is the easy part. Pairing the skirt with a shirt can get a little tricky. Different shirts can be too bulky, doesn’t stay tucked in, bunches up or just doesn’t look right with that perfect skirt. I’m guilty of getting a fabulous skirt and then it ends up sitting in the closet because unworn and unloved because I didn’t have a shirt that looked cohesive. Enter the world of bodysuits…

Bodysuits are my version of the essential T shirt. I consider them staples in my wardrobe. They come in a plethora of colors to mix / match and coordinate a lot of of what’s already in your closet. Bodysuits are form fitting and I love how they stay in place, without tugging or the awkward adjusting throughout the day.

Pink is my favorite color and I adore all versions of it. A bold fuchsia gives a pop of flair, in time for the holiday festivities. I love a good pleated skirt and I really enjoyed the movement with ever step!

Hope you liked the look! Thank you for stopping by!

*** What I Wore:                                                              * Black bodysuit by Commando (Nordstrom)                                                                    * Fucshia Pleated Skirt by A new day (Target)

~In a world of pants, be a dress~

Jules

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A Stroll In Stripes

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Hello and happy Saturday! The fall leaves are slowly disappearing and I was thrilled to have found some. I thought I would make the most of my weekend and enjoy the sunny day.

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For my day out, I wore a striped, midi length body con dress. I liked how the dress had stretch yet managed to stay put. Stripes are generally a simply pattern.The simplicity of stripes makes it such a versatile print. Paired or alone, it’s a easy and cute look.

Ive been obsessing over olive/ moss/ mossy green these days. My favorite part is how versatile this shade is. I wanted to see how it would look with a simple striped dress for a neutral fall look. I added an olive/ moss green utility vest on top. For this cool and crisp days, this is also a way to layer an olive field jacket.

Hope you liked the look and let me hear thoughts!

*** What I Wore ***                                                                ** Striped Dress by Forever 21 **                               ** Olive Utility Vest by Mossimo (Target)**            ** Olive Jacket by American Eagle Outfitters

I appreciate you for stopping by!

~In a world of pants, be a dress~

 Jules

 

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Cozy Up to Fall

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  Hello and welcome! I love the fall. The cool, crisp air and changing leaves are almost at its end.  Fall colors are warm and rich earth tones. Think orange, yellow, deep reds/ maroons, browns and neutral green.

  The fall season is great for bringing out your jackets and sweaters. Yes, it’s sweater weather! Cozy, fuzzy knits are perfect for those bristling days.

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  Today I paired a fuzzy mustard yellow sweater and plaid/ houndstooth skirt.  The OTK (over the knee/ thigh high boots) pairs well with shorter length skirts.

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  Hope you liked the look! Thanks for stopping by.

 

*** What I Wore ***                                        * Sweater by Forever21 *                                * Skirt by Forever21 *

~ In a world of pants, be a dress ~

Jules

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Wild About Cheetah

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Hello and thanks for stopping by! If there is one thing I get excited about, it’s a good cheetah/ leopard print. Animal prints can be intimidating, because it’s bold and can go from being classy to tacky rather fast. It’s a flashier print that demands attention.

Leopard/ cheetah prints can be alluring. It’s that step away from the LBD or red dress, it’s a little naughty and unexpected.

A good start into venturing into cheetah/ leopard prints, are statement pieces. Whether it’s a shirt, jacket, pants or skirt, build your outfit around that. Tone down your other pieces and let the cheetah be the standout. Cheetah prints are so wearable, just have fun with it!

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Unleash your inner animal! Have you been loving leopard cheetah this fall? Let me know!

**** What I Wore****                                           **Denim shirt by Maurices**                             **Animal Print Tulle Skirt by A New Day (Target)**

~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

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Flannels and Fall

Hello everyone and happy fall! I took a short hiatus and now I’m back and exited to share some fun fall looks with you!

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Let’s talk about plaid flannel shirts. Growing up in the 90’s, flannel shirts were enormously popular. Fast forward to 2018 and I appreciate the modern take on this throwback piece. There is a wider variety of color and styles now,  than what was available then.

 

Moving on to body con dresses. Typically,  body con dresses are form fitting and “clings” to the body. It can be a sexy look, just by highlighting the silhouette of your frame. Due to the enhanced silhouette, sometimes I can feel a little vulnerable. It’s amazing how a dress can showcase your figure without actually showing any skin.

 

For a crisp fall day at the pumpkin patch, I wanted to keep it light and casual. A flannel is a fun  for throwing on top or tied around the waist. It’s a playful and an alternate way to incorporate your flannels with a dress.

 

Hope you liked the look! What are your thoughts on pairing a flannel with a dress? Do you prefer the pink or the blue flannel? Let me know! Thank you so much for reading! XOXO

 

 

In a world of pants, be a dress!

– Jules

 

***What I wore:

*Grey Dress by Love Culture                                   *Pink/blue flannel by No Boundaries

 

Beach Days and Romper Fun

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Greetings from Cocoa Beach! I haven’t been to the beach in over 10 years. After I moved to the Washington. I said goodbye to warm saltwater bliss. Lakes and rivers are beautiful but it just doesn’t compare to when the sun, sand and sky meet. My inner child came out full force as I ran to the shore and jumped into the waves! I’ve missed this so much. The beach is truly one of my most favorite places to be. I felt so alive and was fully immersed in the moment.

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I tried the gator! Alright, I had one, just to say that I officially tried it. I can’t say that I was a fan, but it was fun to try.

Today I am wearing yet another “alternative dress.” I can’t get enough and it was perfect for wearing over my swim wear. The cold shoulder added a dash of sexiness and the pink floral kept in breezy and casual. A bonus point because it’s in my favorite color, pink! I also loved the ruffle bottom. I’ve been obsessed with rompers and jumpsuits this summer. Everyone is excited for fall, pumpkins and cappuccino but I’m not ready for summer to be over!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Hope you’re enjoying the last remaining days of summer!

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”In a world full of pants, be a dress!” (Jules L.)

What I Wore:                                                                   Pink floral romper by No Boundaries (Walmart)

My Seoul Secret

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I’ve been keeping a secret. A big secret. I’m going to Korea! I didn’t dare utter this before, maybe because I was afraid that if anything  bad could happen, it would. I’m a relentless worrywart and my anxiety gets the best of me. Usually in my case, if something is going to go wrong, it typically does. Cancelled flight? Yup, it’s mine. Plane crash? Damn, why does this happen to me?! I didn’t want to jinx it and I didn’t even feel the excitement until I had actually boarded the plane. This trip is 17 years in the making and I really had to pinch myself to believe that it’s real and really happening! I could hardly contain myself, as I stretched out on all 3 seats. Yes, I had all 3 seats to myself!! Window, aisle and middle, this girl got so lucky and now I’m counting my lucky stars!

I was born and raised in Korea (Seoul, specifically) and spent my formative years here and even my rebellious teenage years here. I had dreamt of going home for so long and I’m here! As soon as I got off of the plane, I cried. I cried tears of joy, tears of sadness and tears of relief. I cried for the young girl I left behind and the woman I was becoming. Tears rolled down my my face freely, without abandon, I was finally home. It felt surreal, I kept wondering if I was dreaming. If I was dreaming, I never wanted to wake up.

Why did it take so long for me to return? Trust me, I wanted to come back. Every single day. For 17 years, I wanted nothing more than to be “home” in my “motherland.” The truth is, I had to put my longing on hold. I was a young mom raising two boys, a family. Let me tell you, raising two boys is expensive but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My time with them was beyond precious and so fleeting. As many parents, especially single parents would know, there are always expenses and unexpected expenses that crop up. It’s really never ending, once you pay off one, here comes the other. Even if when I could afford a round trip plane ticket, how could I afford a place to stay, food and other accommodations on top of my monthly bills?

For years, I avoided a lot K-pop and Korean dramas because they were too painful. It was as if, what I had wanted so badly was right in front of me yet so far out of reach. My eyes would well up in tears every time. Seeing them made me so emotionally invested, it was just easier if I avoided them altogether. I even stopped speaking Korean, at restaurants or markets. I can’t explain why, I just know that it was easier to pretend that this part of me didn’t exist rather than face it.

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Coming back to Korea, felt like a now or never moment. My boys were grown and I was empty nesting. I was so drawn to go… I had talked about it for years. I couldn’t put it off any longer, 17 years was already long enough.

 

So, I’m here now and I couldn’t be happier. Land of the Morning Calm…. I’m home, I’m free and I love every minute of it.

Thank you so much for being a part of my journey.

  • What I Wore:
  • Black and White Dress by Forever21

In a world full of pants, be a dress~ Jules