Happy Monday! And I sure would appreciate it if you would take a moment and vote for your favorite outfit of mine for July. Thanks in advance!
And as promised last week, here are photos from our anniversary day. And what a fabulous day it was! We started the day by visiting the Portland Art Museum and finished up with an excellent four-course dinner & wine pairings at Natural Selection.
I wanted to wear my new maxidress for the special occasion. And since we woke up to weather that had turned a bit colder and off-and-on rainy overnight (it’s Portland, y’all, it happens), I decided to wear this long-sleeved maxidress for the entire day — and turn it into a day-to-night kind of style post.
During the day:
For the casual variation, I added colorful accessories, including a teal patent leather belt with a gold heart buckle, teal studs and big hoop earrings, and my canvas colorblock tote. I pulled my air-dried hair into a simple side ponytail. I also mixed two lip stains to play off the bright berry color of the maxidress.
And halfway through our quick photoshoot in front of the museum, I realized how cute my striped makeup bag looked with this dress, so I took the small bag out of my purse and posed for a few photos using it as a clutch, below. This makeup bag came as a set with this bigger striped tote bag, seen here, that my mom recently gifted me.
Details: Long-sleeved maxidress: Old Navy, gift-carded last month / Gold-and-tan sandals: Target, last summer / Teal skinny belt: JCPenney, gift-carded in spring / Hoop earrings: InPink, c/o giveaway last year / Teal studs: Local boutique, winter / Canvas tote bag: Gift from my mom, spring / Striped makeup bag: Gift from my mom, summer / Vintage sunglasses: My mom’s, prescription updated this spring
And here’s my handsome husband outside the museum. Later, for our night out, he layered a grey blazer and blue pocket square over this navy gingham shirt.
Details: Blue gingham button-down: Target, fall / Grey trousers: Old Navy, fall / Black slip-ons: Kohl’s, new
For a night out:
So for our dinner out, I switched to metallic silver accessories, including a layered silver necklace, dangly earrings, a silver sequined clutch, and my pewter sandals. I also put the matching fabric belt back on the dress but tied it in the back, so as not to distract from the statement jewelry in the front.
Details: Maxidress: Old Navy, gift-carded last month / Pewter sandals: Target, spring / Silver necklace & earrings: My paternal grandmother’s / Sequined clutch: Origem, Abu Dhabi, old
For the hair, I kept the side ponytail but added quick ‘n’ easy side braids, which I then wrapped around the ponytail base and pinned. An easy upgrade to a basic side ponytail.
I really like this maxidress, especially the deep, rich color and the sort of slouchy feel to the neckline and sleeves. It’ so comfortable to wear and versatile because it’s easy to dress up or down. Ultimately, I felt pretty and feminine, just right for our special day.
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- 10 Simple Ways To Upgrade A Basic Tote Bag (eyeoncelebs.com)
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