For weeks I started wistfully at the ferris wheel each night on my drive home from work. The yearly carnival has set up shop in New Haven, and my desire to visit would have remained unfulfilled had one of my friends not mentioned that she too was feeling the allure of the carnival. On the very last night we made our way out, purchased a small stack of tickets, and felt a bit like our teenage selfs, shrieking on the fast rides. I played the squirt gun game and won - though as I accepted my stuffed prize I realized I had no desire to take it home with me. I promptly gave it away to the first little girl I saw - it's her mother's problem now! We didn't stay too late or even use up all our tickets, but I'm glad I went and experienced a few moments of weightlessness.

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The Rundown
Poppy Print Cami Dress Kohl's similar
Distressed Denim Jacket Gap similar
White Sneakers "Dainty" Converse
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Sayulita Fringe Earrings WILDE via Rocksbox
Mini Cactus Pendant Kate Spade via Rocksbox
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
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Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Fifth Avenue" Essie



  1. It's so nice that you got to let go for a bit and enjoy the carnival. There's just something about the carnival atmosphere!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. How fabulous to give your prize away, Lydia!! I bet that little girl was so excited!!
    And what a great evening for you!!

  3. How fun! I used to LOVE the carnival as a kid- and I love that you gave your prize away to a little girl; she'll put it to good use, I'm sure. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. These photos capture an evening of summer fun so perfectly - the detail shot of the carnival tickets tucked in the pocket of your denim jacket is just too perfect! I haven't been to a carnival for years. It's an annual tradition that it rains the whole week that the carnival comes to Winnipeg, and this year was no exception, so I gave it a pass. But if I could have had a night like this, I would have been there in a heartbeat.

  5. Sounds like a fun outing ! I need to find something like that so i can liberate some stress.
    I have not been to a Carnival, which we actually call "fairs" in years.
    And I thought you'd like to get a glimpse of what a "Carnival" is like where I live

  6. Oh and I am sure you made that little girl's day !!

  7. Such a cute dress and love this backdrop! Looks like so much fun!


  8. Yayyy so much fun!! And that's a perfect outfit for the carnival! (I have a post with that dress going up on Thursday, haha!)

  9. What a beautiful dress!

  10. Oh fun! I always love going to carnivals and fairs too, it's always a blast. Your look is perfect too--the jean jacket and sneakers make it youthful and fun, and the dress and earrings are so pretty and feminine.

  11. The carnival looks like so much fun, and how sweet of you to give your prize away!

  12. It looks like you had so much fun! It was sweet of you to give your prize to a little girl.

  13. Looks like so much fun! and I love the print of your dress!


  14. What a fun outfit for the carnival! I love the dress and the sneakers combo!

    Jessica |

  15. super cute look dear... such a funnn place to be! I believe I have the similar ata bag... I looove it!
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