Perfect Summer Dress

It’s Wednesday…yay!  I’m off to Chicago tomorrow to spend the weekend with a dear friend, so I’m in vacation mode already.  This trip could not have come at a better time as I have been a little stressed the last few days.  Finding a new house in Charlotte has been challenging so far – I mean, we have only looked once but the it’s so hard to find homes in Charlotte while living in Raleigh.  With the market moving as fast as it is, I need to be there so I can go see the houses we like in person before they are sold.  Plus, our house went on the market yesterday and within 3 hours of going “live”, we had a request for a showing.  So, now the coordination of that will be interesting as we will need to get our dog taken care of during the times of showings…whew, it’s a lot.  But don’t get me wrong, these are all great problems to have, so I’m not complaining.

Anyways, as I was packing for my trip last night, this dress made the cut.  I bought this dress before Memorial Day and it hung in my closet for a few weeks before I actually wore it out.  I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to be flattering on me, but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on.  The empire waist really helps with the silhouette.

Although the dress is rather simple, the small details like the frayed hem and the side pockets really make the dress.  And while I styled this as an outfit to wear out during the day, I would also use this as a bathing suit coverup.  The material is so soft and really keeps you cool during the hot summer days.

Obviously, I love the color blue but it also comes in orange/brown color.  I will warn you that I typically wear a small or medium but got an extra small, so it does run a little big.

I’ve linked my exact items below along with some similar items.

Hope you have a fabulous day!



Red, White and Blue

It’s FriYAY!!!  We are off to Charlotte tomorrow morning to look at houses, which I’m really excited about. If you didn’t see our InstaStories yesterday, Rudy and I are moving to Charlotte.  I’m from the area, so we are happy to get closer to family and friends.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a crazy few months, but I’m looking forward to the 4th of July this year as I am headed to see a friend in Chicago. I’ve never been to Chicago, so I know it’s going to be fun to explore the city during the holiday.  As I’m packing for my trip this weekend, I will definitely pack this red dress.  When I first saw this dress, I fell in love with the silhouette and while I don’t typically wear a lot of red, I knew this would be perfect for the 4th.

When I tried the dress on, it was a little more sheer than I expected so I immediately thought to use it as a coverup.  I love that I can throw this on over my swimsuit and look cute enough to go grab lunch.  This dress is so flattering and girly…if this came in other colors, I would buy them all.

You can shop my exact dress/cover up here, but I’ve linked other red, white and blue items below.



My Idea of the Perfect Distressed Tee

Good morning and happy halfway-through-the-week!

Not too much going on around here.  Just catching up on household work and also a bit of resting.  We spent the weekend at the beach with both David’s parents as well as my parents.  It was pretty special to see Ryan share that experience with both sets of grandparents and I know that David’s dad and my dad loved spending Father’s Day as one big group.

When we went to the beach a few weeks ago, Ryan loved swimming but he had yet to figure out how to stay buoyant (while wearing his Puddle Jumper).  I had to have a hand on him at all times.  We have gone to the pool here in Raleigh a couple of times since and I could see the learning beginning as his little legs were starting to kick a bit but he still needed assistance.  Over this past weekend, it all just clicked and he was swimming around the pool (with his Jumper) independently.  Definitely one of my most memorable mom moments so far.  Pretty amazing to witness your little one learning such a fun and important skill!

Because we are going to be spending quite a bit of time at the beach over the summer, I have been hunting for tees that I can wear both during and after pregnancy.  (I am trying not to purchase maternity tops, only bottoms out of necessity.)  When we are down there, I don’t tend to get ready like I do at home.  Comfort and ease are at the top of the priority list so when I found this particular distressed tee, it was ordered immediately…in all three color options.  I will live in these babies!  The longer length is perfect for pregnancy but will also be so adorable afterwards when paired with skinny jeans.  The tee isn’t distressed too much, just a few tiny little holes and the shoulder cutout.  To me, it’s pretty close to the perfect tee…especially love the nod to my old home.