One Perfect Summer Minidress & Summer Hat

Hello friends!  We’re almost to the weekend!  Woo hoo!  I thought summer would feel like we’re slowing down, but it hasn’t been that way around here yet!  We’ve been catching up on little projects and things like getting dental visits out of the way!  I asked James if he wanted to go to the pool yesterday afternoon and he said no!  Huh??!!  When I was a kid, I lived at the pool all summer!  I never thought I might have to bribe a kid to go swimming!

If you’re doing the #HWHFitnessChallenge with 1,500 of us!!! (and even if you’re not), be sure to subscribe to my weekend newsletter which will have a my new MEAL PLAN for next week! It will come directly to your email bright and early Saturday morning so you can make your grocery list and prepare for the week.

If you have questions about the #HWHFitnessChallenge , please leave them in the comments below so I can answer and also address some common themes in next Monday’s fitness post!

Today, I’m focusing on one.perfect.Summer dress.  When you find one that takes you from hanging with the kids, to brunch with the girls, to date night with your man, you know it’s good.


This one checks all the boxes- comfortable, cute, flattering fit, and under $100!  I’ve seen it on women of all shapes and sizes and it’s adorable on every one of them – even pregnant mamas!

free people floral dress

Smocked Mini Dress • Earrings • Necklace • Bag • Everyday WedgesLink Bracelet • Cable Bracelet • Similar Sunglasses • Anklet

FIT : TTS, I’m 5’1, 110 pounds and wearing size XS.  It hits me a few inches above the knee and the smocked part doesn’t feel tight on my chest. 

I’ve read the reviews on the dress and here are what sizes other ladies ordered:

  • 5’4, XS felt too short, kept the Small
  • 47, 5’7, 135 lbs, curvy – Medium fit well
  • 5’8, Medium – didn’t think it was too short
  • Pregnant – sized up from XS to Small, noted the button front is nursing-friendly
  • Size not mentioned, but wears shorts with it for her comfort level


free people floral dress

I love the breezy style of this mini dress that flows away from your body in the skirt.  The smocked bodice helps give the dress some definition and the cap style sleeves are just cute!  And how about that print?  The orange is a spicy shade and it also comes in black and peach (just ordered the peach!). The black one is taunting me now. I think it’s jealous.

Cute summer dress

You could pull from the aquas, yellow or whites in this dress to help accessorize.  I had these fun Kendra Scott earrings to bring out the turquoise.

Cute summer dress and Kendra Scott earrings

I’m also a fan of layering jewelry and delicate necklaces- so I have the 5-strand necklace paired with the pendant tassel necklace.

Cute summer dress and wooden bag (1)

Smocked Mini Dress • Earrings • Necklace • Bag • Everyday WedgesLink Bracelet • Cable Bracelet • Similar Sunglasses • Anklet


If you don’t have the curved wooden bag yet, it’s become a summer staple in my wardrobe because it looks so good with all your Summer outfits.  Everytime I wear it, I get tons of questions and comments on it.

Cute summer dress and wooden bag (2)

I have the small version from Amazon because it’s so much less expensive than the designer bag.  And the quality is still good! Mine fits my wallet, phone, keys and a few lipsticks comfortably.

Cute summer dress and wooden bag


This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my favorite Summer straw hat.  Not only is it incredibly chic and stylish, it comes in different sizes so you get a perfect fit and it’s a great price.

Cute summer dress and summer straw hat

Smocked Mini Dress • Earrings • Necklace • Bag • Everyday WedgesLink Bracelet • Cable Bracelet • Sunglasses • Anklet • Hat

I took this hat on our Memorial Weekend to Lost Pines and wore it all weekend with shorts, dresses and even my swimsuit at the pool! It’s functional for shielding your face from the sun, hiding a bad hair day, and also looks cute on!

Cute summer dress and summer straw hat (1)

The wide, black grosgrain ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

free people floral dress

Smocked Mini Dress • Earrings • Necklace • Bag • Everyday WedgesLink Bracelet • Cable Bracelet • Sunglasses • Anklet • Hat

Cute summer dress and straw hat

free people floral dress

Cute summer dress and straw hat (1)

free people floral dress

Smocked Mini Dress • Earrings • Necklace • Bag • Everyday WedgesLink Bracelet • Cable Bracelet • Sunglasses • Anklet • Hat

Which color do you like best in this dress? Y’all have a great day!  

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. I LOVE that dress! I actually tried it on in store a few weeks ago, but they didn’t have my size (M) and the large was too big. I am going to order it, but can’t decide on the black or the peach…decisions decisions. It felt so good on, even in the wrong size, its going to be a summer staple! And as for the fitness challenge, I am loving it and thank you so much for organizing this! Day 4 and I am hiking in our beautiful local mountains for the second day in a row with another girlfriend and our dogs.

    1. It’s definitely turned into one of my favorites! I’m so glad you’re loving it! That sounds amazing, I wish we had mountains here ?

  2. Hi Heather! I am a completely new reader to your blog, just finding it via the link in Emily Dunham’s blog. So happy to find it! I have only been blogging since Feb and it is great to find a blogger with so many commonalities. As I read your posts the similarities made me chuckle! I am English but went to TAMU and LOVE Texas, I’m 41, trying to get pregnant with our second child and have an older boy, am petite too (5ft 2, so your style pics are perfect for me), I even have the same skincare issues you discuss #earlyfortysomethingissues. Looking forward to reading more@ Joanne @europafox

    1. I’m so happy you found my blog and are enjoying it! We sound similar. This made me smile though, my name is Megan, but I get called Heather all the time! Isn’t that funny?! Maybe I look like a Heather.

      1. Oh gosh I am so sorry! Where on earth did I get Heather from?! My apologies! It has been a long week! ? Trying to acclimatise to 5:30 am workouts at the mo, I’ll blame it on that, or my hayfever meds, ha!

        1. Ha! No worries! I just thought it was so funny bc it’s not the first time! I have total toddler brain- I have to write everything down or I forget!!

  3. I was wondering if your Live Instagrams are stored somewhere that I’m missing? (I’m not that good with Instagram, ha.) I can find the normal ones in your profile heading, but the Live ones don’t seem to be included. Specifically I was after the Challenge Exercise routine one – I’m in the wrong timezone to actually view these live, and was hoping that I could access them after the fact, esp since there are several exercises named in your routine that I don’t recognise. I could ask Google of course, but watching your routine would be easier! 🙂 Loving the fitness challenge – had a wobble today, but still going…

  4. HI Megan! I love your blog and have been a follower for several years now. It’s like having my own personal shopper!! So, thank you!!! Im writing because I am obsessed with the Treasure and Bond wedges that you have been wearing in many of your pics lately. I’m sure everyone else is too because they are sold out in my size (6.5) and all but a few of the larger sizes in the tan and black. I have looked everywhere!! So, today, I out was shopping and found a great second choice that you might want to share with your readers. They are by Design Lab at Lord and Taylor. The description is: Vexed Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal. They come in black, white, and tan. They were $59 but are on sale for $49.97 plus you get an extra 30% online using code:FRIENDS. If you purchase in-store they give you the discount at the register. You do not have to use a Lord and Taylor credit card to get the FRIENDS AND FAMILY discount. Bonus!! I bought myself and my daughter a pair for $73 bucks!!!

  5. I scored this cute smocked minidress over the weekend on a super sale for $30! I can’t wait to get it, it’ll be perfect for our hot humid summer. It looks perfect on you.

      1. Lord & Taylor had it marked to $44.10 plus an extra 30% off for Friends & Family over the weekend…unfortunately they’ve since sold out but I’m so happy to have gotten so lucky. Saks Off 5th has it marked down to $59.99 though and lots of sizes left.

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