Monday, May 2, 2011

In Full Bloom

When I last left off it was the eve of the Royal Wedding and I was going off the royal tracks with excitement.  Suffice it to say I stayed up all night Thursday watching it unfold, tweeting with several of you, and texting back and forth with one of my top Canadian girlfriends. It was a mixture of tiaras, tea cups and tears over at the bird (oh and possibly 15 mini cream puffs, but who's counting?).  Friday morning found me a hot mess, trying to work and still buzzing from all the royal festivities...shockingly so were several of my clients.  It was a royal kum bah yah.  Someday I will stop saying royal, but not exactly sure when that will be.

I think it's safe to say at this point that the neighbors think I'm whacked due to round the clock laughing and crying.  That could work in my favor regarding keeping them off my deck, so pardon me while I go let out a cat call to keep the stigma alive.

Okay I'm back.

Anyway I awoke Saturday morning determined to get more unpacked and organized.  This of course meant I abandoned ship and headed straight for Free People.  Procrastinator C at the helm.  What was supposed to be a return resulted in the most spontaneous yet delightful purchase I've made in some time:  hot pink slinky ruffled dress.  I wore that mother to church yesterday morning, then straight out to brunch afterward getting stopped along the way all day.  Brace.

~Free People Dress, J.Crew Tissue Hoodie and Vest, Brandy & Melville Bag
Matt Bernson Studded Sandals, Target Sunnies~
Let's take a moment to discuss:  gorgeous color, bottom portion so full you have to
gather it to ascend/descend stairs a la Scarlett O'Hara (or at least in my mind)
fringe bag swinging in the wind + paper thin layered hoodie + military vest =
a marriage of multiple styles culminating in favorite new outfit.
Fresh off meeting one of my fave teachers ever we celebrated with brunch at a fave spot,
sipped cocktails called 'sonic smash' and made a pit stop at the chocolate shop.  
Okay I window shopped to maintain some semblance of the 98 day shred.
Said fave teacher, John Piper, and me with me third grade panic grin.  
Humor me, okay?  It was a moment.
Speaking of moments let's all go have a bunch of them so Friday gets here QUICKLY.
I need a nap.

In the sheer giddy of it all I forgot to show more of the dress details.  You can find it here and it also comes in white and navy which are just perfect.  The fabric is super soft and great for summer because yesterday was 85 degrees and I swirled around all over without breaking a sweat once.  In my mind I see it layered with a pullover type sweater and my Joie combat boots...kinda can't wait to try that one out.

Happy Monday everyone!

68 comments:

Kavery said...

Scarlett had nothing on you in that dress.It looks lovely! And I'd be nervous meeting my schhol teacher too

Josie said...

Carieeeeee. You look amazing! I love your gorgeous bright dress -- it's so cheery and pretty and ruffly and FABULOUS. And it sounds like you celebrated the royal wedding PERFECTLY.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Rissy said...

I am loving it... and I adore the way you styled it and totally made it your own.

Holy cow! third grade teacher?! I saw my fourth grade teacher mall walking while I was waiting to be let into work the other day... she has no concept of an inside voice and I really wanted to tell her (bc she was a B word when I was little) oops!

CarissaExplainsItAll

this free bird said...

I'm busting up over my own ambiguity...he wasn't my 3rd grade teacher! BAHAHAHA

He's a pastor/teacher who came to guest speak at a local church and the chef and I rolled out to see him. We've read a few of his books and were so challenged by them. Such a wise and kind person!!

xo,
C

Half Dressed said...

All those gorgeous flowers, I love seeing so many on blogs atm, spring just brings so much colour. And that skirt is gorgeous such a pretty colour :)

L x

Jammer said...

I believe that every return was meant to lead to an even better purchase. Royal score on the skirt/dress!!

RosaLovesDC said...

Oh the color of that dress is amazing on you. Love it!

Debby said...

You wear Free People so well... you could be in one of their catalogs. I love how you styled it... totally makes the skirt. The weather looked gorgeous, so glad you had a good day. xo

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh that dress is awesome!!!! I loooove it :D
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Cara said...

great look carrie!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Gorgeous pictures. I love your dress and those flowers look amazing!

xo

Jess said...

Oh my gosh Carrie I LOVE that skirt. I think if I wore it I would have to twirl around and around in it- I love how full it is. And perfect pairing with the vest!

Happy Monday!

Jamie said...

I am also a master procrastinator. Instead of vacuuming my house like I should have been yesterday I took a trip to Crossroads and made it an all day affair!

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Daisy said...

that vivid pink color and the beautiful swirl - this dress has it going on! you look cute/happy and I love your hair down!

Dawn said...

Love how you put things together and look dazzling! I still haven't caught up on my sleep from the wedding festivities....ugh.

Hannah from FlyChicks said...

ok..ive only been to L.A. twice, but the pic with the brick walkway and window shopping looks like its right off of the venice boardwalk. am i right? that place just really stuck out in my memory and from what i remember, this looks like that. great outfit! love the dress color. :)

Higgenbottom said...

I love it! I've had an eye on this skirt/dress for over a month now! I love the color you chose, and then you balanced it out perfectly with the vest and bag. Perfect! I'm love the third grade panic grin also.

Courtney Erin said...

I LOVE that skirt - and it's so perfectly you! And I can't believe you met up with your third grade teacher. My fourth grade teacher, Ms Tulip (real name) was my hero as a girl and totally inspired me academically. I'd give just about anything to see her again!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

MoMO said...

You look amazing! your hair and makeup are very natural and elegant!

MoMO

Alleen said...

I've been away for what seems like forever (life happens) and what a great post to come back to. I too was up at 4 am watching the royal wedding...made for a LONG friday. Happy Monday! xoxo

Dancing Branflake said...

That is such a lovely dress. You must have been an A student. I stayed away from all my teachers.

Valerie said...

Carrie, that dress is something special! I love the color, the tiers, the texture. And the military vest completes the look! I cried over the royal wedding too. I loved every minute of it. Especially loved Kate's dress and all the pretty hats everyone wore! So excited about the warm weather we're having!!! Want to sit outside all day with a magazine and a margarita.

xo
Val

Bonnie said...

I am not surprised that dress caught your eye. It's AMAZE-BALLS. I would wear it every day.
But then I would need two of them so I could wear one while washing the other because, you know, it would smell after a while.
...
I'm so awkward.

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saltandpine said...

That outfit looks fabulous! Perfect for traipsing all over the place and staying cool in the heat. And your awkward third grade grin comment? Totally made me laugh. I know exactly what you mean. I have a "take the damn photo already!" pained grin that surfaces quite often...
Katie

Marjorie Rose said...

Love love love the skirt! Great awkward but friendly smile :) No one could really tell..

Annie said...

that skirt is gorgeous Carrie! I adore the color. And so perfect to have the flowery background :) Your 3rd grade teacher?! How fun/funny!

Claire Kiefer said...

I loooooooove that dress. And you look about 22 in that picture with John Piper! I had to google him--interested to hear more about his teaching/philosophy.

this free bird said...

Claire what he spoke on yesterday was EXACTLY what you and I talked about last week. Very cool.

xo,
C

kimbirdy said...

that is such a gorgeous dress! love it. and i'm not sure if you read pughs' news {the blog} but the gal that writes it got to go to a fancy hotel for a royal wedding party. they showed it on the big screen with lots of tea and british treats. it looked like quite the 3am party! :)

Katie said...

Ok, the dress is amazing and I'm going to NEED to see it paired with combat boots ASAP!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Love your dress! I think you chose the right color :) I love hot pink!!
Glad you survived Friday after staying up for the Royal Wedding. After saying I couldn't stay up, I tried...but fell asleep soon after just like I thought. At least I could watch it all day on Friday! Thought it was amazing!

Marie a la Mode said...

I love the dress! Can't wait to see it in its full form! You met with your third grade teacher?? Awwwww!

heather said...

i LOVE your new dress!!! And isn't it wonderful to have to bunch up your skirtness to walk up stairs! yay! you look beautiful! and your fave teacher, how fun!!!

la petite coquine said...

That dress is delicious-what a divine weekend! Glad you're continuing to frighten the neighbors-it's the only fool-proof way to make sure they leave you alone!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

I' in love with the color of that skirt! Such a great piece to have in your closet. :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

Slinky ruffle dress get in my closet!

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Alicia said...

Um I think you're totally a pink girl! Love that dress and your third grader smile ;)

Lisa said...

Can I just tell you I'm so totally obsessed with pink and army green right now! I want your vest so bad and in love that you paired it with a hot pink skirt!

Krystal said...

ooooowowowo the dress is perfect!!! i love that you chose bright pink, you're right, that outfit is the tops!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} said...

How adorable are you!!! Oh my goodness :)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Holy moly...THAT DRESS! Loving the detail on the bottom...and with the vest?! Brilliant!

My Heart Blogged said...

I love that dress. I have a strange need to buy one in white, slap my fur vest over it, and add an excessive amount of chain necklaces. I really like your pull over, and combat boot idea. I can't wait to see it come to life.
My Heart Blogged

She Wore It Well said...

super awesome and so very you carrie!! i like!

x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Happy, pink loveliness! Happy Monday (aka it's getting closer to Tuesday!)

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

LyddieGal said...

I share a similar weakness for Free People... I'd buy out the whole store if I could, and i love the new dress, the color is amazing!

Chic on the Cheap

Olivia.Dee said...

loving the dress. i used to have a skirt like it.. and then i went wide in the hips. le sigh.

Anna Jane said...

whoa, layer queen! i love that dress on you. i also love that you enjoyed the wedding. it was so great!

Fifth Sparrow said...

Well, for a procrastinator you look HOT!! That skirt is amazing and very Scarlet O'Hara ;)
I also was up for the wedding, though I couldn't push through for the whole thing so I give you mad props for that! It was quite gorgeous and romantic. Exactly what I plan my wedding will be like (hahahahahahaha)
xx

Lisa Griffin said...

this is my favvvorite color, corally electric watermelon i think! you look great!
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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Wait? I didn't see anything after day 98 of shred....WHAT?! you.are.amazing.

I gave up on day two...

mari b. said...

such a lovely and spring-like look.
xx



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Dree said...

I am in love with your outfit. That dress is incredible! I'm also permanently parked at procrastination station. It's baaaad.

Just followed you on Twitter! Sickened that we couldn't tweet during the royal wedding! I'm @dreejay.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Carrie, Carrie, Carrie...I am swooning at the skirt! Who on earth could resist a Scarlett O'Hara moment? Especially one that involves such a gorgeous color?! :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

looks like a lovely day! that dress is gorgeous and the perfect honeysuckle color!

xo.ashley

Val said...

I heart your style~

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

super cute dress - love how you layered it!

Torrie said...

Carrie- You're killin' me with this outfit. LOVE, WANT, NEED that dress. (but CAN'T buy- since I've been doing a littttle too much shopping as of late) But seriously- a perfect outfit.

Did I tell you- I finally made it to L2 again??? Today, day 3 L2. Must finish this time around......... (whether it takes 98 days or not) ;)

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Gorgeous color skirt! And your commentary leaves me wanting to follow you around all day! ;) Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather! xo Samantha

Diana Mieczan said...

This is such a great summer dress and you look beautiful!!! The colour is so happy! Hugs and kisses, sunshine

Kara said...

gasp! The most perfect skirt! I'd sleep in it, I'd lounge in it, I'd wear it everywhere. It'd be way too hot, but I don't care! Love it Carrie. great impulse buy :)

xx Kara
Sprinkles in Springs

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

shopbop girlfriend. i spend a fortune on those damn boots, only to see the price get knocked by $100 a few weeks later. very unfortunate, but no regrets since they're comfy and ridiculously awesome :)
your outfit- where do i begin? the pink mixed with the army green and then FRINGE. clearly you're trying to give me a heart attack. hope all is going well on the home front!

Niki B. said...

I LOVE this. And I love it more because of your vest. So rad. And duuuude the royal wedding, I stayed up all night too and was half alive for two days following it. But three cheers for prince harry's singledom! woooooo
xo
Niki from A Haute Mess

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

You look great! That wedding sure was fun, wasn't it?

Style Attic said...

Killer read and you schooled us in how to rock a bright skirt! Preach it sista :) XO, Kelly

Mo Pie, Please said...

God's Nightgown, you look GREAT in that dress! I love love LOVE the color and the flowiness of it. Feeling like Scarlett is always a plus.

Jasmin said...

that dress is gorgeous, and i love your scarlett moment! x

this free bird said...

i am over the moon for this dress...may or may not have worn it 2 days in a row? eeps!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

you look f'ing beautiful!! I LOVE that skirt on you so much!

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