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Remixing a Dress

This summer I started out with an unofficial goal to wear all my dresses at least twice. Okay, maybe more like a mental note than any kind of goal perse. Still, sometimes it can feel hard to wear a dress and make it look completely different, particularly in summer when the simple addition of a jacket isn't necessary.

This grey dress is one of my favorite pieces to pull out when I don't know what to wear to work. The length, neckline and short sleeves are office appropriate, while the comfy sweatshirt material is unfussy, and the basic grey leaves a blank slate. Most days I opt for a pendant necklace, however one morning I thought I'd give a neck scarf a try and loved the look!

When I styled it again for a little weekend shopping trip to downtown Westport (basically all my favorite stores on one street) I added the hat because it was so cute, and I'd never show up to work in a straw hat.

Because I love the idea of focusing on the remix, here are all the other ways I've styled this grey dress since I got in 2013: with a peach cardigan, with a field jacket and ball cap, with a navy blazer, with a denim jacket, with a different denim jacket, with a black cardigan, with a black leather jacket, and layered over a button down.

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The Rundown
Grey Dress Gap similar, similar
Suede Mules Madewell
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Straw Boater Hat Hinge similar
Scarf Vintage similar
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Fifth Avenue" Essie




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Friday Five Under $50

I'm happy we are having a nice July heatwave, because it's summer, and that just how it should be. Sometimes I wish I had a pool in my life. Not necessarily my own, just one belonging to a friend or neighbor who I felt comfortable enough to freely use. I know I have a beach, so I shouldn't really complain, but when it comes to actually going in the water, I'm prone to a panic attack every time a piece of seaweed brushes against my ankle - I know I should have thicker skin for a New England girl - clear blue waters where you can see your feet even when you are up to your neck are stuff of fantasy, all I've ever known are the somewhat murkier depths of the Long Island Sound.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some cute poolside pieces today, and hopefully that J.Crew coverup is still on sale, it was yesterday. Also, who else is having a slight obsession with one shoulder swimsuits? Admittedly I did place an order for this Old Navy suit, we shall see if it works out!

friday five pool side

Embroidered Coverup, $89.50 at J.Crew (take 40% off with code shopsummer)
Soludos Red Espadrilles, $50 at 6PM.com
Turkish Round Beach Towel, $36 at Gilt
One Shoulder Swimsuit, $30 at H&M
Toucan Pool Float, $25 at TJMaxx

Picket Fences

I don't make a habit of taking outfit photos in front of people's homes, I've had homeowners come out wondering what I was doing there on more than one occasion, and those kinds of interactions make me very uncomfortable, so I feel it's best to avoid them. Though I made an exception with this house, as it is on a main road and the fence (which is what I love) felt like an appropriate division of taking photos on public property (the sidewalk) and the home.

I dream of having a home with a white picket fence lined with hydrangea, and while Sean and I are considering looking at homes right now, we both have very different ideals. I imagine a colonial or victorian with wood siding, definitely something old with lots of character. Bonus if there is already a cherry blossom or other flowering tree in the yard, and a porch would be nice. A kitchen with a pantry, lots of closet space, and a clawfoot tub also make my list. Sean's list consists of 1) inexpensive but not requiring updates, 2) gas heat, and 3) as little maintenance as possible. Combine those lists and I'm pretty sure we will house hunt for eternity. Regardless, we want a dog, so we need to move.

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Scalloped Camisole J.Crew Factory
Linen Pants Lou & Grey
Cork Platform Sandals MRKT similar
Straw Tote Memar via TJMaxx similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Mini Cactus Pendant Kate Spade via Rocksbox
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class




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