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Utility Dress + August Update

It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a monthly update! This month was a complete whirlwind. From going on vacation to back to school chaos (have you ever been to Staples or Office Depot on the first day of school? I honestly think the crowds are worse than anything I've seen on Black Friday) and a whole lot of other stuff in between, it was anything but a ho-hum kind of month! As usual I'll be answering any of these prompt questions that apply to me, starting with what I'm wearing.

If you saw my Amazon Dress Haul post on Monday then this dress is no surprise at all! I actually wore this to three different appointments in the space of a week! It was just so convenient to throw on and run out the door, then change into something more casual once we got home. The skirt did wrinkle a bit from sitting in the car and I relied on photo editing to smooth it out for blog photos, but it wasn't such a problem that I was embarrassed to wear it in real life. I'm wearing a 2 in this dress and it fits the same as an XS in dresses from Express or Old Navy. Also, I used some Hollywood Fashion Tape (link goes to Amazon but you can also buy it at places like Target and CVS) on the sleeves to help keep them in place since I wanted the cuffed/rolled look rather than long sleeves.

Well, only having one piece to an outfit makes it pretty easy to give key details on fit and sizing! I guess the only thing I need to add is that the material on this is nice and soft and as you can see in both photos, it has pockets! I'm lost whenever I try to take photos of a skirt or outfit of any kind that has no pockets! My photographer for this particular outfit was my 14 year old son, and he had a different point of view on this dress than I ever would have considered. After we snapped these pics, we were getting back in the car and our conversation went something like this:

Him: So...is this some kind of Vietnam War shirt outfit?
Me: Uh....what? No...it's just a dress? Why would you think that?
Him: Oh, well, it looks like the OG-107 fatigues they used in Vietnam, which was different from the World War 1 and 2 Uniforms because....(etc. etc......I already forgot the history lesson he gave me but I didn't realize he knew so much about U.S. Military Uniforms!) 
Me: Oh...Well, I'm sure you're right. I wasn't really going for that look when I got this but I guess I'll have to Google that when I get home.

I can always count on my family to make me look at fashion in a different way! And yes, I had to go back and look up the name he used for the Vietnam uniforms because that is definitely not my area of fashion expertise. At any rate, I knew this shirt dress had some military vibes but I wasn't expecting anyone to get quite that specific. Hopefully that's not the first impression the average person gets from this dress!

That's it for "What I'm Wearing," so here are the rest of the What's Up Wednesday prompts I'm answering this month!

What I'm Eating: Andrea shared this low-carb snack on Friday with pepperoni, cream cheese and banana peppers (scroll down to Item 2 on her list for recipe!). I immediately bought all the ingredients for it and have been enjoying it a lot!

What I'm reminiscing about: My oldest (the apparent U.S. military uniform specialist) just turned 14 this month so I've been reminiscing a lot about the wild journey of parenthood. Kellyann shared this quote last Friday and it really resonated with me: "A Mother's job is to teach her children not to need her anymore. The hardest part of that job is accepting success." Obviously my kids aren't at that "not needing Mom" stage quite yet but I can see that it's not far off! I'm trying to enjoy these years as much as possible despite some of the craziness that comes along with each stage.

What I've been up to: Surviving back to school season. I honestly think Target, Staples, and Office Depot on the first day of school are worse than the mall on Black Friday. In elementary school we could buy the pre-boxed supply kits, but they don't offer them at our Middle School and I really miss them! August also had some fun times, like our trip to C'oeur D'Alene, Idaho, Family Beach Day, and a Padres game last weekend. They got shut out by the Red Sox so that part wasn't enjoyable but the experience itself was fun!

What I'm dreading: Not too much now that we've survived Back to School! That was the main thing I was dreading all of August, so even though I miss summer break, the lack of dread is not such a bad feeling.

What I'm working on: Filling out my editorial calendar (i.e. my blog post schedule) for September. September is usually my most challenging month as a blogger since it's our hottest month...but the fashion world has fully moved on to fall. It's hard to balance my reality with "staying relevant." I'll probably never figure that out but I try every year anyway!

What I'm excited about: Labor Day weekend since I have plans to not do any particular labor that day!

What I'm reading: I'm just getting started on Bryn Greenwood's The Reckless Oath We Made. She's the author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, which was disturbing and excellent all in one.

What I'm listening to: What You Did by Clare McGowan on Audible. I'm really enjoying this a lot and it's giving me Lisa Jewell vibes. You know, I have been lukewarm on my Kindle Unlimited membership, but lately I've been finding more books that are free on Audible with KU membership, so it's changing my POV on the value of KU.

What I'm looking forward to next month: Malcolm Gladwell's newest book, Talking with Strangers comes out on September 10 and I look forward to reading anything he writes. I'm also looking forward to Dancing with the Stars starting again on the 21st! I don't care if it's not cool to watch that show anymore (or if it never was!) but I still enjoy it so I'll be tuning in. Though I am sad that Sharna Burgess isn't one of the pros this year because I love her dancing and choreography!

That's it for this month's update! If you're a blogger I hope you'll join us for the link up below. Otherwise I hope to see you back on Friday for a recap of my summer favorites!

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  1. Oh that conversation with your son is priceless! Isn't it funny the things that fashion conjures up in them? Ha!!! I really do like that dress on you, the fit is perfect and it looks so soft.
    I meant to do a monthly update today too and then completely forgot. I am looking forward to the long weekend but we may end up with a tropical storm so it will be a wet one!
    So glad you enjoyed the quote last week - it is so true and a nice reminder of the parenting process!

  2. Ha, I have to laugh at your son's comments. I'm finding it's nice now that both my kids are in high school. I don't have to buy nearly as many school supplies.

  3. Yay, glad you like the pepp snack as my boys call it, lol. And so glad you shared more of this darling dress! Your son cracks me up and sounds like something one of mine would say. You’re DARLING! Have a great day!

  4. Your sons comments made me smile! That dress is so cute on you and I do love the military vibe! I'm so glad my daughter is buying her own supplies when she gets to college!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  5. I am loving olive for fall, and this dress is so perfect! I think we talked about All The Lovely and Wonderful Things when I read it. I really liked that one, I'll definitely stay tuned to hear your thoughts on The Reckless Oath We Made. I read What You Did for my free Amazon First book this month so curious to hear your thoughts on how it ends as well. Hope all is well in your world <3 - Britt

  6. It's a cute dress and I like that it inspired your son to think about history! It's always interesting seeing different things people take from fashion!

    I always enjoy getting feedback from my kids on my outfit - even if they are under 5 they are still so adorable and they have the best comments! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is going well so far :)

    Away From Blue

  7. I love this history lesson from your son! Being a military family, my kids are becoming pretty well versed in military history as well. My 8 year old can also identify most weapons with their correct names! I, on the other hand, know nothing! In any event, this dress is gorgeous and will prove to be super versatile in the fall.


  8. LOL at the conversation with your son, my husband says the same stuff about my outfits! Love love love this dress <3

    Green Fashionista

  9. The dress looks fantastic on you! Love this look!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  10. BOYS!!!😂I am dying! I can totally see why you are reaching for that dress repeatedly. I'm impressed with his photography skills though. Wish I had a jr. photographer😉

  11. Haha, I enjoyed your fashion conversation with your son. I like easy and this dress is so cute, no wonder you've been wearing it frequently. (If not off to combat.)

  12. That utility dress is the cutest! Love the pockets!


  13. OMG I can't stop laughing at the Vietnam War convo with your son! They are both SO smart Gina! I love how creative kids are in their thinking :) I of course love the dress! The color is perfect for any season, and I love the silhouette. It's one of those items that can be dressed up or down so that's always helpful. August went way too quickly. Onto September!

  14. I never thought to use fashion tape for shirts that don't have those roll tabs. Duh! What a great idea! Your son's comment about your dress cracked me up!

  15. Your son is so funny! I love the dress!


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