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7/6/18

T-Shirt Dress Friday Four

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I hope you all had a fun and festive mid-week holiday! We went to the beach on Wednesday and it was the most crowded I've ever seen it here! I expected it to be busy but it was absolutely packed. We still had fun and luckily there was plenty of room for everyone in the water so the kids boogie boarded and body surfed their hearts out. I was going to post this outfit on the 4th (hence the red door posing!) but bumped it today since this t-shirt dress was unaffected by holiday sales. It's under $20 even without a sale so no need to wait for one, either!
T-Shirt Dress (c/o) | Denim Shirt (tied at waist) | Necklace (c/o) | Earrings | Tory Burch Bag (c/o Shopbop) (Budget Option) | Sandals (c/o Shopbop) (Less Expensive, Budget Option) | Nails: Non-Stop White (2 coats) + Pearl of Wisdom (1 coat)

Believe it or not this t-shirt dress is my first ever t-shirt dress. I know it's a staple for a lot of people, and I've been warming up to the idea of t-shirt dresses for awhile. But I have tried and returned about a dozen options before keeping this one. First off, it's just the right balance of fitted and relaxed. Most I've tried are either bodycon or swing dress styles and neither of those work for me. This has some shape to the waist without being tight everywhere (for reference I'm wearing XS in this). Second, it's not too short and doesn't ride up at all while I'm walking/moving around. Of course, length will depend on your height, but I'm 5'4" and this is a great "mom on the go" length for me. I can wear this to school and activities or running errands with kids and feel 100% appropriately covered. Finally, the neckline is a flattering scoop without being low cut. Most t-shirt dresses seem to be crew neck, and I generally don't like the look or feel of those myself so this was exactly what I needed.
T-Shirt Dress (c/o) | Denim Shirt (tied at waist) | Necklace (c/o) | Earrings | Tory Burch Bag (c/o Shopbop) (Budget Option) | Sandals (c/o Shopbop) (Less Expensive, Budget Option) | Nails: Non-Stop White (2 coats) + Pearl of Wisdom (1 coat)

When I pulled this dress out of the packaging I thought to myself, "I thought I ordered navy blue?" The dress looked black in my house lighting, and you might see why I thought that in my selfies below. But I liked the fit so I didn't mind if it was black (it does come in black plus several other colors), though I was thinking navy would be better for summer. Then after I saw these pictures...I could definitely tell that it was navy so I felt like I was having an interpersonal Yanni/Laurel moment. At any rate...just wanted to mention my own color confusion in case you order navy and go through the same thing yourself!

I'm doing my best to show additional styling options for the newer/still-in-stock items, and I was originally thinking I could style this dress with a cardigan or two. Then I tried it with multiple cardigans of different lengths and fits, and honestly, I didn't like the way it looked with any of them so I didn't bother posting those outfits. But I did find it worked easily with several different jacket and shoe options.
Here are my four random things for this Friday!

1. Shopbop Summer Sale: FYI Shopbop is having a big summer sale with up to 70% off items from top brands like Free People and Rebecca Minkoff.  You can shop all sale items here, or for the best bargains check out the sale picks under $100 section, including the Free People dress below:

Shop All Sale Clothing | Shop All Sale Bags (Parisa Wang "Addicted" displayed) 

2. Figgy Pops. I am really loving these two flavors of Figgy Pops for times when I need something to tide myself over before an upcoming meal. This always seems to happen on the weekend when I start getting hungry but have lunch or dinner plans within the next couple of hours and don't want to fill up beforehand, but I also don't want to get hangry . These are perfect! My local Target and grocery stores have stopped carrying my favorite flavors (usually I find them in the raisins/dried fruit section), but Target still has these online (linked below).


3. Fitness Myths. I really enjoyed this article from Cathe.com on five fitness myths that need to be retired once and for all.

4. Still Skimming. It's been awhile since I talked about The Skimm, but I'm still a fan of their daily news emails (weekdays only). I hardly ever watch television news these days, but I like staying somewhat informed on current events and their emails are perfect for that. They have brief, high level explanations of current events that take just a few minutes a day to read. And they always have some humor or snark infused in their writing to keep it entertaining. I even have my 12 year old read their emails at times when he wants to understand a current event that I find difficult to explain. I get zero dollars if you use my referral link, but I'd be flattered if you did anyway!

We've been enjoying some beautiful weather so far this summer but we're heading for a big heat wave this weekend, so let's see if I change my usual, "I love summer" tune by Monday! I hope you all have a great weekend and stay cool and comfortable wherever you are!


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20 comments:

  1. THat's such a cute tee dress! I definitely need some new ones, all the ones I have feel a bit short for running around with the toddlers, this looks like a great length on you. Would be too long on my short self though, haha!

    Hope that you're having a nice end to your week with a fun weekend ahead of you, and that the heatwave isn't too bad!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. It really would be nice if this came in short/medium/tall to accommodate height for more people! I do love the length but obviously not everyone is the same as me!

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  2. This t-shirt dress is perfect on you and love the styling options. happy you found a pink utility jacket, yours is really cute and look a lot like mine. I just love pink jackets, I think eventually I want a pink blazer too. have a great weekend, if it's hot I'm staying inside.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I'm really happy with the pink jacket. So glad they re-stocked it.

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  3. Sooo super CUTE & Versatile! My boys love Figgy Pops! Happy Friday!

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    1. I wish more people liked them so they'd keep them in stock in store! Ha! :)

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  4. You are going to get a ton of wear out of that tee short dress and it fits you so well. I love all the ways you styled it. I really love reading all the reasoning behind your purchases - you are so smart Gina! I love your thought process and I need to learn to be a little more discerning. It would help with impulse buys!
    I used to read The Skimm every day and stopped, might be a good idea. I could stand to be a little more informed!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh thanks Kellyann! I appreciate your feedback on that...I feel like I can write way to many paragraphs about one outfit so I'm glad it's not useless! And believe me I still make bad choices. e.g. the Adidas Superstars I just posted about on my Instagram story. Live and learn!

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  5. Love this dress on you and fun to see the options. It is nice to have a versatile piece. I laughed about it being a Yanni/Laurel moment. Totally unrelated, I have been trying to work on mirror selfies, and my mirror frame looks huge in them. What mirror do you use? You cannot even see yours. Oh the blogger life... The beach did look crowded in your stories, but I am glad you all still had fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Well, the reason you can't really see mine is just because of how I crop my photos since I take them in a room with a lot of other "noise" I would rather not share with the world. :) But it's the room with the best lighting so that's where it has to be done. At any rate, my mirror is about 5 years old from Target. I browsed quickly and don't think they still have the exact one, but if it helps, the frame area is 17x53 and the mirror area is 11.5x47.

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  6. This T-shirt dress is perfect on you! Im the same way about the fit. I finally found one last summer at the Gap. It was slightly fitted and I loved it. I like how you can dress them up or dress them down. I love how you paired the jacket with it too. Perfect for the beach.
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It's one of those basic pieces that seems like it should be easy to find anywhere...and you CAN find t-shirt dresses everywhere. But they don't all fit the same, that's for sure!

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  7. Tshirt dresses are one of my fave things ever. Looks great!

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  8. I'm not a fan of swing dresses either. They make me look so much bigger. But on the other hand I am not a fan of very fitted dresses because you can see every little thing! That t shirt dress looks like the perfect in between. And it is a great price too!

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    1. That's me to a T! Glad you can understand my frustration, and yes, this dress really is just the right in between.

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  9. I like t-shirt dress. I like to wear them to the beach or while doing some errands around. I am not comfortable to find that tshirt dress that I will be able to wear to the work or formal events. I look too little in it :P
    www.chez-rama.com

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    1. Yeah, I can't see this working for an office job or a formal event, but it's great for all kinds of casual events.

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  10. I saw those Figgy Pops at Whole Foods recently but wasn't sure if they would be good. Glad to hear a review on them!

    xx,
    Meredith
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  11. Such an adorable simple look dear! Love this outfit, so effortlessly pretty. Chic denim jacket accent too.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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