• Six Months + Six Dresses (4)

    It’s dress day!!

    And I’m even on time this month. Isn’t that splendid?

    I know I’ve been neglecting you for the past few days–I’m sorry. We’ve been hard at work transforming our back yard of dirt into a backyard of smooth dirt!

    With grass seed.

    (I have pictures, don’t you fret.)

    (Because I know everyone wants to see photos of dirt.)

    So, this month I tried to give myself a little challenge: find something with colour. My first three dresses were black or mostly black, so I tried to find something completely different. Something fun and light. After searching high and low, I saw a cute little green dress on the rack at The Salvation Army. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to try it on, and even after I had it on I hemmed and hawed over whether or not I really liked it.

    To be honest, I’m still not sure.But when I saw that it was only $4, I decided to get it anyway. :)

    I give you: The Green Dress*

    It’s summery and fun, but I feel a bit like a leprechaun in it. haha! I’m also afraid that I’m now “too old” to wear dresses in this style…

    But, c’est la vie! It’s not black, and I think it’ll be fun for shopping or a lunch date.

    Thoughts?

     

     

     

    Dress #1 (March)
    Dress #2 (April)
    Dress #3 (May)

  • Six Months + Six Dresses (3)

    So.. the first Thursday of the month obviously didn’t happen.

    …or the second, or the third for that matter.

    But I’m here now! YAY! YAY!

    And actually, this isn’t even the dress that I originally planned to debut this month. I just happened to find it at Value Village’s half price day earlier this week and fell in love with it.

    So, it became my dress for May. YAY MAY!

    Anyway.

    Like I said, I finally found some time to go thrift shopping this week. I wasn’t even planning to look through the dresses as the line ups for the fitting rooms are always crazy long on half price days, but I figured I may as well just look while I’m there.

    Then I saw the dress.

    I love button up dresses. A million years ago I used to have a black button up dress, and I’m actually not sure what happened to it. It disappeared somewhere along the way and I’ve always wanted to replace it.

    So, when I saw a knee-length black Banana Republic dress in my size for $11, I was so excited.

    I waited in line forever to try it on, and when it fit perfectly I knew it was meant to be!

    …then I remembered that it was half price day and it would only end up costing me $5.50. Isn’t that magical? So, without any further ado, here is Dress #3!

    Dress – $5.50 @ Value Village
    Shoes – $9 @ Value Village

    I’m sorry that the picture isn’t the greatest, we snapped it while we at church today! It’s the most comfortable dress in the world–I could easily wear this to work all day and be perfectly fine.

    I know it’s maybe not the most exciting dress in the world, but it’s perfect for me. :)

    See you in two weeks for Dress #4!

    Dress #1 (March)
    Dress #2 (April)

  • Six Months + Six Dresses (#2)

    It’s here!! It’s finally here!!

    Today is the first Thursday of April which means it’s finally time to debut Dress #2 of my Six Months + Six Dresses challenge! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to write this post–I was expecting to post it last week, but then that dang 31st of March fell on a Thursday which meant I had to wait an extra week.

    *sigh* C’est la vie!

    Before I show you my new dress, I just have to say how excited I am about my Summer of Dresses project. I already have six guest bloggers lined up to show you their favourite dresses, and I’m hoping that number will grow as the summer passes! This will be an ongoing project over the next several weeks, and I hope to have my first guest make an appearance this week. SO exciting! If you’re interested, click the link and drop me a line! :)

    Anyway.

    For the past several weeks I’ve been rifling through racks searching for dresses. One thing I’ve noticed is that thrift shopping and regular shopping run on opposite schedules. When I worked in retail I always thought it was hilarious that the shoes (and clothes) always came in months before the season you’d need them for. We started getting our fall and winter boots in by the end of July. Who is thinking about boots in July? Madness.

    …but it’s the opposite in thrift stores. People don’t donate their clothes until the season is over, so I’m seeing a lot of autumn and winter apparel on the racks right now. There were still “summery” dresses, but the bulk of what I’ve found has been a season behind.

    I found Dress #2 at Value Village. When I saw it I fell in love with it immediately. I love how simple and versatile it is. It’s incredibly comfortable, and it’s something that I could absolutely wear to work. Now, I have to apologize in advance–our camera broke this week. It took a tumble a few weeks ago and finally died earlier this week. We haven’t had a chance to go out and get a new one yet, so these photos were taken with my blackberry camera. I’m sorry if the quality is less than fabulous!

    Voila!!

    …and the back!

    Dress – $6 @ Value Village
    Gap Shirt – $2 @ Goodwill
    Black Flats – $5 @ Payless
    Bracelet – Made by me!

    And since you can’t really see the dress well in the photos (we took the picture after the sun had set — bad idea), I took a photo of it in better light for you:

    I love how simple it is, and I cannot even begin to tell you how comfortable it is. The second I tried it on I knew it was perfect for me. I know it’s black, but I can easily add a splash of colour by wearing a colored shirt underneath it, or by pairing it with some fun accessories!

    So lovelies, there you have it. Two down, four to go! :)

    If you missed Dress #1, you can see it here!

  • Six Months + Six Dresses (#1)

    Hi lovelies!

    I’ve been waiting allllll week to write today’s post!

    (And then I went out with Dee tonight and left myself no time to write it. ha)

    Confession: I don’t own very many dresses. If I had an occasion where I needed to dress up or look extra nice, I currently have about two dress options to choose from.

    Seriously.

    For some reason I’ve always been afraid to wear dresses. I think that part of it comes from the fact that there are certain things I avoid when wearing dresses… for example, I prefer dresses that have capped or long sleeves, and my ideal length reaches just above my knee. I’m also not into anything that’s really tight.

    Finding dresses that meet all these requirements is often next to impossible.

    However, I am determined.

    And so, today I begin my journey to find six dresses in six months, and I have my first one to debut for you! When I first saw it in the store, it immediately caught my eye, but I was almost afraid to try it on. It’s very… different. The pattern is bold, and while most of the skirts and dresses I own are an a-line design, this one is straight and fitted all the way down. I get a bit of a 1960s vibe from it.

    And so, without any further ado… I give you Dress #1 (March):

    (You can click on photos to enlarge them.)

    (Also, I took these last weekend. Please ignore my face and focus on the dress. haha)

    H&M Dress – $10 @ Salvation Army
    Cardigan – $16 @ Winners
    Belt – $1 @ Salvation Army
    Shoes – $20 @ Goodwill

    …and without the sweater:

    I like it better with the sweater, but I wanted to show you what the top looked like.

    When I first tried it on, I felt like it needed something–like the pattern was too much on it’s own. I strolled over to the accessories department at Salvation Army and found a black skinny belt for $1 dollar. I knew I had a black three-quarter length cardigan at home, and all together I kinda like the outfit. It’s casual enough that I could wear it to work, but I think I could also dress it up a bit if I need to!

    So, there you have it. One down, five to go! :)

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