One of the best things about taking blog photos with Amy and Moira was their eye for pretty houses and specifically pretty doors. We had talked about what I had brought, but when we found this turquoise door that just so happened to match my dress, we knew it was a match made in heaven.
Here's the funny story with it: we were just driving around and were about to go up to this front door just to stand on the steps to take photos....and the woman who lived in the house parked and asked what we were doing. We explained I was just taking photos for a fashion blog and she seemed skeptical at first, but then got really excited. She told us to stay as long as we wanted and do whatever. After a few minutes, she came back out and asked how it was going and said if we wanted to use the front door, to go for it. Thus, the photos of standing behind the door. Pretty funny how people can be so gracious when they know you're not trying to take advantage of them or anything.
So yes, I know I ranted about Lilly for Target last week and about how Lilly can be unaffordable, but then here I have a post of wearing a new Lilly dress. Sure, I look like a hypocrite, but this is a good example of buying Lilly at affordable prices and I don't want to ever come across as a privileged snob. This was purchased during the huge sale in January with my Christmas money and I was super excited about it! It's not for sale anymore, but they have lots of other t-shirt style dresses. The necklace was a Christmas gift, but here's a somewhat similar style.
The earrings are an old pair of my mom's, but here's a similar pair. Monogram necklace can be found here. So it's kind of sad because these rings were from C. Wonder and we all know how devastating it was when they closed. I haven't been able to find a similar pair of social media rings, but Baublebar has a really cool selection of stackable rings. I absolutely love these flats, too. They're just a normal pair of brown ballet flats, but they match my brown collection, ie, I have a pair of riding boots, a cardigan sweater, and a pullover sweater that are all the EXACT same shade of brown. These flats were a whopping $3 when the local plus size Wet Seal was going out of business. There's a real tip right there-- I mean, I wouldn't normally shop for the clothes at Wet Seal +, but I got a lot of great jewelry pieces and this pair of flats when they were closing. Here's the exact pair, but because they only have them in black, here's a different brown pair.
A sidenote about ballet flats: y'all know I try to save money wherever possible, but ballet flats are something that no one will ever know where they're from and quality isn't too shabby. My four favorite pairs of ballet flats are from Forever 21, Wet Seal, TJ Maxx, and American Eagle. And they've lasted me a pretty long time. The nicest thing about cheaper ballet flats is that you can wear them wherever and not worry about them being Tory Burch or something. Obviously if you have a nice pair of Torys, then I love em, but in instances where I worry constantly about them being ruined, it's nice to have a pair that can go through whatever. For example, my nude flats I wore on my birthday were destroyed because so many people stepped on my feet. What did I do at the end of the night? Literally wiped it all off with a Clorox wipe because it was patent leather and didn't worry too much because I spent $15 on them. Yeah, maybe I'm tacky, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Whatever.
So. Thank you to Lilly sales, and to the gracious lady that let us take photos in front of her adorable turquoise door, and thank you to Moira for taking the photos (all y'all better go look at her insta), and well worn ballet flats.
Happy Hump Day!!