Thank you for sticking with me as I finish up the final three weeks of bikini contest prep. So many of you have let me know that my posts inspire and encourage you and that actually gives me motivation to continue. It’s been super challenging sticking with it this long (9 weeks so far), but I’m also excited about my progress and thankful the end is near. I don’t know if I’ll compete again after this, but I know I won’t do a contest in July again. It makes for a bummer of a June in terms of summer vacations and eating out and enjoying simple pleasures like cold ice cream on hot days and evening s’mores.
I’m trying to just focus on the next three weeks, instead of always looking forward to the next thing. I can’t help it though. I’m ready to get back to more decorating, organizing and home projects. I’ve kept a running list of some things I’d like to do in the coming months. The other day, I added some summer decor to the entryway and our sitting room and it was nice to spend some time on those pretty things inside our home. I’ll show you tomorrow!
For today’s Wardrobe Wednesday, I got gussied up in one of my summer staples – a maxi dress. I’ve always been a fan of dresses because it just makes getting ready so easy. All you have to do is add shoes and accessories! Maxi dresses are a definite go-to that make me feel more dressed up than my typical cotton or jean shorts, but being only 5 feet tall, I usually have to order petite or wear with tall wedges.
I’m really smitten with this Loveappella maxi dress. The neckline is super flattering and since it comes in regular and petite, I didn’t have to hem it. (I’m wearing XSP- I’m 5’0.) I will have to be careful not to shrink it though. This length fits perfect with flat sandals.
I’m wearing XSP- I’m 5’0. It could be my wishful thinking, but I think it makes me look taller! I’ll take all the help I can get! 😉
This style and back is perfect because you can wear a bra with it and the straps won’t show. I’m wearing a racerback bra with it.
This pattern was my favorite, but it comes in several others.
Henri Bendel bracelet (summer sale – up to 40% off select items)
(Not quite sure what this dreamy photo editing app is that my friend Traci used on this photo, but if only my skin was that dewy and soft in real life! Ha!)
And I finally got my Barrington St. Anne Monogram Tote! Goes perfectly with this dress and everything else in my closet! I might have spent a little too long playing on the interactive site, but there are so many ways you can customize this bag. First, you choose the design background (stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc.), then you choose the stripe colors, initials and finally, the monogram style. Isn’t she pretty?!?!
A couple other maxis I’ve shown you before, but are worth repeating in case you missed them are the Crochet Back Maxi and the Marcia Print Maxi. The colors are fun and vibrant for summer. I always gets lots of compliments when I wear these.
left :: Crochet Back Maxi (also in solid colors) | old Splendid wedges (similar Charles David wedges)
right :: Marcia Print Maxi | sandals (similar – price matched $23.96) | Halogen clutch (other colors) | earrings | HWH Everyday Fave Initial Necklace
For a deal of a maxi, you can’t beat the Lush Knit Maxi.
More maxi options here ::