Your New Flattering, Polished, Fit and Flare Mini Dress

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom dusty rose steve madden slide sandals

your new flattering polished mini dress baby blue with stripes straw clutch sachin and babi beaded drop earrings fit and flare dress cold shoulder ruffles nordstrom

Dress | Earrings | Sandals | Clutch | Lip

It’s no secret; fit and flare¬†is the most flattering style of dress you can own. They are fitted at your natural waist, where you are most slender, and flare out over the hips, giving you a clean line. They also mimic an hourglass shape for those who maybe aren’t as concerned with hiding any problem areas but simply wish they had a little more going on in the booty department ūüėČ You’re probably thinking “yeah, yeah I know fit and flare is great” but sometimes when I’m shopping, as much as I carefully think about what I’m choosing as a blogger, I can forget to grab for fit and flare even though I know it’s pretty much always going to work for my body. A flared skirt adds a touch of fun and femininity to an otherwise simple dress. Imagine this dress as a shift dress or pencil dress and you see what I mean.

Another things I¬†love about this dress (other than the fact that it’s my favorite color) is the fun¬†cold-shoulder detail. It really stands out among ordinary¬†cold-shoulders with the fun ruffles, and also adds another flattering element by hiding the place where your shoulders meet your arms. This is a problem area for a lot of women, and it hides it without having to have real sleeves.

Also, can we talk about these Sachin and Babi earrings?? I don’t always go for larger drop earrings, I’m more of a simple jewelry girl, but these are by far my new favorite earrings ever!! They are so elegant and you can just see how high-quality they are. They’re clip-ons too, which keep your ear lobes from hurting, which some heavier earrings will do.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying following along with my road trip this week on my Instagram!

Photos by: Brandon Hill

How-To Be the Picture-Perfect Wedding Guest

how to be the picture perfect wedding guest, wedding season, wedding outfit, summer dress

how to be the picture perfect wedding guest, wedding season, wedding outfit, summer dress

how to be the picture perfect wedding guest, wedding season, wedding outfit, summer dress

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Wedding season is in full swing! If you’re like me, you have gotten your fair share of wedding invites in the mail, or you’ve been invited to be someone’s plus-one. When you’re at an event that is as fun as a wedding, it can be easy to treat it like a party, but it’s important to remember that you’re attending an extraordinarily special day in a couple’s life. ¬†That being said, you definitely want to be the picture-perfect wedding guest¬†and make sure your presence is adding only positivity to the day.

Here are my 5 tips on how-to be the picture-perfect wedding guest:

#1 Respect Any Requests

It’s important to remember that any requests the couple have for the day of their wedding are carefully thought out and mean a lot to them. No one wants to make a bunch of “rules” for their wedding, so if they decide to have any, they’re important to respect.

Many ceremonies are “unplugged” now, meaning the couple doesn’t want you on your phone because they want you to be present. Phones can also be a huge distraction. I was at a wedding recently (the one from these photos, actually) and the ceremony was unplugged, and yet there were dozens of people snapping photos throughout the entire thing, some even with flash! I’ve also been to¬†an adults-only wedding, where the couple requested that guests not bring their children, and people still brought their kids. It’s just not good etiquette to disrespect¬†the wishes of the couple who have spent a lot of time and money to host a lovely wedding for you to attend, so read your invitation carefully and check for any signs upon arrival that might mention a request the couple has for the day.

#2 Be Social

If you’re someone’s plus-one for a wedding where you don’t know the couple, do your best to be social and talk with people you don’t know. The person who invited you will likely know a lot of people, and instead of clinging to their side, make some new friends and let your plus-one make their rounds saying hello.

#3 Watch Your Drinking

Open bars can be dangerous. While the couple definitely wants you to have a great time, that doesn’t mean you need to go ham. Don’t be the sloppy guest who embarrasses themselves by getting sick or acting inappropriate.

#4 Be Fun

If there aren’t a lot of people on the dance floor and your date asks you to dance, you should go! The couple wants everyone there to be having a good time, and if no one is dancing, it can be stressful or upsetting for them. Think about how you would feel if you threw a party and no one danced all night. You would feel like¬†it was a bust, right? It’s such a seemingly small thing that can really mean a lot to the couple hosting the wedding.

#5 Respect the Dress Code

Make sure you find out what the formality of the wedding is and dress appropriately for it. Dressing appropriately is a sign of good manners (as my mom always said), so it’s not good manners to be the wedding guest who shows up under or over dressed. This shows that you either weren’t paying attention to the dress code or you didn’t care, and that’s not a good impression to leave. It also can make your date look bad if they invited you and you look way out of place. For a more detailed wedding attire guide, check out this post.