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Monday, July 17, 2017

Polo Dresses, Peonies, and a Personal Style Evolution

My personal style has evolved a lot over the years.  I was very girly, then in elementary school I hit a brief tomboy period where I wore boys clothes.  After that phase ended, my style became super preppy.  When I hit high school, my style became obnoxiously preppy.  And when I hit college, I would mix edgier pieces in with my obnoxiously preppy style, like a leather skirt with cardigan, pearls, and pumps.

I'm currently at a point where my style is a little bit of everything.  I wear a lot of black and navy, with the occasional piece of Lilly Pulitzer sprinkled in.  I love fitted dresses, and a good pencil skirt or pixie pant paired with a flowy top or something with dramatic sleeves.

And then there are the times when I go back to my super preppy roots, like with the dress I'm wearing in these photos.  I mentioned in a previous post that my dad sent me a couple of dresses as a late birthday gift, and this was one of them.  I'm not really sure why I stopped wearing polo dresses, because they are so easy.  Want to look like a real person while grocery shopping?  Polo dress.  Casual day at the office?  Polo dress.  Walking to dinner and drinks downtown?  Polo dress (and Chacos... because I learned the hard way that comfortable shoes aren't always comfortable when you walk a mile in them.)






















Dress:  Ralph Lauren (similar)  •  Shoes:  Chaco


Also, can we talk about peonies for a second?  I never really understood the hype.  I thought everyone was obsessed with them because Blair Waldorf loved them.  I've been pretty transparent about how I haven't felt good lately, and while focusing on my physical health is important, I also focus on my mental health, as it's so easy to become obsessive, anxious, and depressed.  Flowers are a mood brightener, so I've been making a special point to keep fresh blooms around.  (I've had to cut out my beloved Chick-Fil-A breakfasts, so that padded my flower budget a bit ;))  Peonies are not only beautiful, but they smell amazing.  Like why haven't I had these in my home before?!

Last Tuesday, my aunt dropped some hydrangeas from her yard off for me on her way to work, and I was so tickled.  They also smell amazing, and they remind me of my grandfather, which always makes me smile.  So today, I'm peer pressuring you to buy (or pick!) yourself some flowers, or do something else that makes your heart happy and starts your week off on the right foot!

I want to hear from you - How would you define your personal style?  And when was the last time you bought yourself flowers?



PS - The deadline was extended on the giveaway I'm participating in!  Go enter! (If you're already following me on social media, that's an automatic two entries!!)



24 comments:

  1. I love how that Polo dress looks on you, so cute. I have also learned the hard way that comfortable shoes are not comfortable when you intend to walk forever in them. Seriously I have cuts and blisters on my feet to prove it ): I'm also all about peonies, they are hyped up but they really are gorgeous! Fresh flowers at home really is uplifting, sometimes it's the little things!

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  2. You look so great in this! I can totally relate to your style evolution, mine has been similar!
    Fresh flowers are one of my favorite treats!

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  3. I love that polo dress! My style has evolved a lot too; it was girly, then I took part in the punk rock phase with spiked belts and shirts with fishnet sleeves! Now I'd say I'm more classic/girly. Hope you're feeling better!

    Kristin
    stripesandsangira.blogspot.com

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  4. This dress looks SO cute on you! I totally agree with you on fresh flowers, they totally brighten my mood!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

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  5. Okay, I gotta go smell some peonies soon hahaha but I'm totally loving that dress on you!!

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  6. I always go back to my preppy roots too! It's just what I feel most comfortable in!

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  7. I love this shoot with the flowers!

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  8. You look so happy in this shoot! Love the paint-splattered look of this dress!

    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

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  9. Totally get you on the style evolution. I feel like mine is going through a phase of wanting to try to combine "Asian street style" with girly / preppy... we'll see how that works out.. hah!
    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  10. I would say my style is simple - lots of neutrals for sure - but with a little personality. I buy flowers every week - they are my favorite way to boost my mood and bring life to a room!

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  11. Totally feel what you're saying!! You look so cute in this dress!! xo, Jaime

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  12. I don't think I've ever bought peonies!! I think I need to change that. My style has changed through the years too. I say now it's half preppy/classic, half trendy, and always feminine and bright!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  13. You look amazing!!! I love that dress its so cute.

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  14. Love the dress! And I absolutely LOVE having fresh flowers around, and peonies are one of my favs. They are just so darn hard to find!

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  15. This dress is the perfect casual piece for Summer and into Fall!

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  16. I need that polo dress in my life!!! So cute and perfect to wear on a hot summer day!

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  17. I love the color and style of the dress! You look so beautiful my friend!
    xo Debbie | www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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  18. I love a good polo dress! They're perfect to throw on during the summer when you're on the go.

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  19. This dress looks so cute on you! It's always interesting to hear about style evolutions!

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  20. You look adorable in that dress! Love the fresh blooms!

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  21. This dress is gorgeous on you! I've been dying to go pick up some Peonies too, now I definitely need to after seeing your gorgeous ones!

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  22. such a freaking beauty man! you are a stunner!
    xoxo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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  23. Happy to read it's not just me who drastically changes on the personal style situation! It's wild just how much mine changes in just a few months. Love this polo dress on you and the little bit of edge with the paint splatter detail!

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  24. that is the prettiest dress!!


    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan
    www.gypsytan.co

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