My Summer “Wish List”

Let me get this out of the way, because I hate preachy posts that make me feel like I shouldn’t want stuff.  TRUST ME, I have a list three miles long of the things that I want, and NONE OF THEM are cheap.  So making you feel like I’m all altruistic and have sworn off shopping would be a MAJOR miscommunication.  However this post is not about stuff.  It’s my grown up summer wish list, which doesn’t have as nice a ring to it as the whole grown up Christmas list, I realize, but it’s not Christmas and I’m frickin hot.

My Summer Wish List*
(*does not include all the stuff I want, I’ll hit you up later Santa Claus.)

  1. Have Fun
    I love how as a grown up, I have to like, purpose to have fun.  What the literal heck, you guys???  As a kid, all you want is to be a grown up so you can do whatever you want whenever you wanna do it.  Then you become a grown up, and you realize you can basically never ever do what you want because you have kids, you’re not independently wealthy, and, oh yeah, there are other people in this world who need you to do stuff for them.  One of my goals for the summer is to have fun.  Both the kind of fun that involves me shopping by myself and the kind that involves doing family stuff with my husband and kids…and trying desperately to ENJOY it instead of stressing about the fact that the kids are TOUCHING EVERYTHING.  Wish me luck, people.
  2. Be Wise, But Worry Less
    I like to shop.  Every time I intentionally try to “spend less” I end up feeling restricted mostly due to how I was raised, and I end up impulse buying something just so that I don’t feel trapped.  Uhhh…that’s not wise.  I find that for me, when I intend to “be wise” with how I shop, it makes for healthy purchasing habits.  I buy the things I would be sad I missed out on if I was strictly just trying to save money…and I don’t buy the things I would have bought just to make myself feel better.  And the second half of this whole thing goes along with this.  Worry less…meaning, when I’m being wise with my purchases, I can stop worrying about spending needlessly.  I want to enjoy the all the fun I’m trying to let myself have after all, right??
  3. Give Myself A Break
    I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself.  To lose weight, to keep the house clean, to get my kids in bed exactly at the same time every night…and inevitably something gets in the way of any number of the things I’m attempting to control…and then I feel like I failed.  So this summer, I’d like to give myself more rest time.  Time to read a book, time to not think about any of the things I “need” to do, and time to recharge.  I often fill up that time with other things, and then feel rather burnt out on life.  That’s no good for anyone.

This dress was kind of one of those “I’d have been bummed if I missed it” purchases.  I popped into New With Tags in Paso Robles and this Raga LA dress was just hanging there, staring me in the face.  It’s so lightweight and flowy and makes for one of those great summer outfits that makes you feel so dressed up without being hot and uncomfortable.  The choker is from Amanda of The Desert Mermaid and the bolo is from my good friend Jessica from Hillbillygypsyboots.  The lace bralette is from Urban Outfitters, but you can find these babies almost anywhere now including Target!

Whatever’s on your wish list for the summer, I wish you great luck getting it or getting it done!

Katy

 

Fashion Feelings: Flowers Are Better Than Numbers

I hate it when passwords have to have numbers in them.  You know why?  I can’t remember numbers.  The first two years of my marriage, I wrote down our anniversary on the calendar on the wrong date.  My husband just looked at me and was like…”why are you writing our anniversary down on that date…you know that’s not actually our anniversary, right?”  Yep.  Two years in a row, no joke.  Remembering my kids’ birthdates or trying to figure out what year it is…my brain rejects numbers vehemently.  I remember things by pictures, words, or by where the nearest Starbucks is to them.

For all you numbers people out there, seriously, I have so much respect for you.  How would we function without you??  This is not meant to offend you, this is just my brain and how it thinks!  I often wish numbers could be replaced with words.  It would be so much easier…common questions like “what time is it?” or “how old are you?” could be answered with colors or feelings.  I could remember that so much easier!  Taking this even further, potentially offensive questions like “how much do you weigh?” or “how old are you?” could become much less horrifying with answers like “feathers” and “happy” (respectively, obviously!)  Yes, I think I am on to something.  Granted, everyone may be in a constant state of confusion, but hey, there would be no more math and that would sure help my brain out a lot!

So today, I’m flowers years old and I weigh roses!  Florals are IN FOR FALL (can I get a hallelujah?!) and I’m so down with that!

Rocking florals for fall is all about LAYERS!  Take a floral sundress (you have one of those right?) and put a shirt under it, or throw a jacket over it, and you are fall ready!  I love the idea of taking a scrappy dress and putting it over a shirt.  It’s super hot right now and is a lot more fun and wearable than you think it is!  Here is a gorgeous (and under $100) idea for a fall floral maxi and here is a great layering piece for underneath to take that dress right into the new season.

Happy weekend 🙂
Katy

Real World Style: Michelle Obama in Gucci

The second I saw the photo, all I could see was the dress.  And I knew, in my heart, that it was Gucci.  Oh and then I realized that there were humans in the photo too.  Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres to be exact.  But let’s get real, sometimes the dress steals the show from the humans!

Oh. Em. Gee.  That dress.  With its sequin faux belt and collar…and the map print…hey.  Wait a minute.  I have something like this!!  I feel like this is a point that I’m gonna be making a lot.  Couture is often designed after vintage.  Both in fabric patterns and in styles.  So you know what?  I have a map print vintage silk shirt that’s vintage, so thank you Michelle for inspiring me to bust it out!  I’m gonna clarify one thing.  In no way is my outfit meant to mimic or copy this gorgeous dress.  However, it is inspired by this dress.  And to be totally honest, often a piece like a top is more wearable than a full length maxi dress of this nature anyway!

And there you have it.  Often you can scan vintage racks and spot the inspiration behind what designers are doing.  Normally Michelle Obama and I don’t share the exact same taste in style…I respect hers greatly but It’s not usually stuff that I would feel natural in per say.  But I gotta say that on this dress, she and I are in COMPLETE agreement! 🙂

Ahhhh Gucci always does it!
Katy

Fashion Feeling: What I “Need”

Have you ever noticed how many times a day we say: “I need ____”?  I find myself saying it all the time.  Constantly.  And then sometimes, I wonder, do I really need what I just said I did?  I’m not always sure I do.  I’m not talking about like, a new pair of shoes, or a fur bomber jacket.  We ALWAYS NEED those things (can I get an “amen” from all you fashionistas out there?)!  That’s not the direction I’m going with this.  No, on the contrary, what I mean is this: I often think I need things to be a certain way before I can go on and do other, new things.  Like, I want all my ducks in a row before I start something new.  (If I had ducks, they would be in a row.  It’s how ducks are supposed to be.)  This is the problem of the non-procrastinating personality.  I was the kid who finished her homework before getting home because I wanted to go have fun, and there was no “fun” for me if my homework wasn’t done.  I like to work first, play after.  It makes my brain feel better.

While that is a good quality to have, it’s not always, shall we say…realistic, when it comes to real life.  It’s all well and good when you’re in school or have a job where you are able to check things off a list and keep everything in a nice spreadsheet.  But in my experience, life is much messier than this.  There’s things that don’t fit into categories, the lines all blur together, and there’s no finishing all the things you need to do…like…ever.

I found myself recently hearing about someone who had basically everything they needed in life.  Like everything.  There was security, there was money, there was space both physically and mentally to be organized.  And I found myself feeling a little…angry about it.  I started thinking things like: “yeah!  That’s what I need.  I shouldn’t be starting a clothing line or trying to work like I am without the space or resources!”  I felt a wave of righteous outrage flow over me.  And I felt completely justified in feeling this way.  I mean, logically, shouldn’t you have everything you need BEFORE you start something new?  The answer to that is as plain and simple as the nose on your face.  No.

Here’s why my “righteous anger” is completely unfounded.  Because when I have the time, the space, and no need to move forward, I will not.  There is something about a small amount of messiness, a need for forward motion in life, and some “lack” I will call it…that can cause incredible creativity.  Diamonds are not made in a cabana on the beach.  They are made in the fire.  Most people in history who did incredible things were not sitting there in mansions surrounded by everything they needed.  No, they actually did not have what they needed, which is what gave them the drive to move forward.  Now I know, it’s not like a recipe for creativity or an equation that says “need causes creating”.  It’s more of an observation really on myself, and on the human race.

So yeah.  I need certain things.  The need is real.  But that “need” shouldn’t be something that I focus on.  When we are in that fire, in that place of discomfort, we have got to focus on what’s in our hearts.  That thing that drives us.  Because often the most beautiful art comes out of discomfort, disappointment, and, well, need.  I got over my indignation when I realized that I only started writing as much as I am, when I ceased having the free time to do so.  Do you see what I mean?  When I had the time, I didn’t use it.  The need has created the desire.

Don’t worry.  I will never every tell you that you don’t need an article of clothing. I’m literally the worst person to ask when you want to make a decision because my default it that if you’re asking, you probably need it!  And no matter if you are in a place of comfort, discomfort, need, or plenty, don’t let yourself forget about what lights your fire.  No matter what space you are in, you can create.  You can build something.  You can move forward.  And if you don’t feel the need to move forward in your own life, you can do it for someone else!  We all have gifts, passions, and abilities that we need to share and use.  Otherwise, the rest of us miss out on what YOU have to offer!

I almost didn’t get this Free People dress.  (I got it second hand). And then, I realized, I needed it.  In the good way 🙂  The pink vintage concho necklace is from Classic Rock Couture (love her shop!) and the vintage huaraches I thrifted from Goodwill.  All the rest of the jewelry I picked up second hand.

Hope you’re feeling the passion today.  Even if it’s just in your brain while you shuttle your kids around back and forth to school…that’s a perfectly good place to create!
Katy

 

 

On Basics…And Maxi DRESSES

Wednesday is upon us, so it’s once again time to think about how to swap, switch, and snazz up a basic!  “Basics…Anything But” today is all about a maxi dress!  To begin with, let’s have a little heart to heart about maxi dresses, shall we?  I remember watching an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project years ago when she was meeting with buyers for some major department stores to find out what pieces from her line they were going to purchase.  To her shock and horror (being a MAJOR maxi dress lover), NO ONE was ordering the maxis.  Actually, they were ordering everything BUT the maxi dresses.  She asked them why on earth this was the case, and they gave her their honest answer: because they just aren’t big sellers.  Because a lot of women are afraid of the maxi or they just don’t know how to wear it.  This really got me thinking.  I’ve always loved maxi skirts and dresses…I’ve worn them my whole life, and I haven’t really thought twice about it.  But now after spending some time in a clothing store, I’ve realized that this is actually fairly true.  I wouldn’t say that MOST women don’t wear them, but I would say that A LOT of women are not drawn to this length.  The skirts that sell out are the shorter lengths by FAR.  This is the funny thing…maxi dresses and skirts, if they are the correct fit, are actually quite flattering, comfortable, and versatile.  So regardless if you’re a long dress lover or not, let’s try and have some fun with one!

THE DRESS:  Okay so fit is really important on a maxi, just as it is in most dresses.  Floor length dresses tend to be a LOT of fabric (I think this is one of the things that can scare women away to be quite honest) so if this is an issue for you, stay away from a higher waist empire style for SURE.  If the waistline starts just under your boobs, that’s going to be a much longer, fuller skirt than if it starts lower down on your waist, or closer to it.  If you happen to love the empire waist, then go for it!  But if not, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of skirt that is happening!  In order to pull off these swaps and switches successfully, the best style of dress will be a strappy (or strapless) simple maxi that’s a bit more fitted at the top and fuller at the bottom.  The dress I chose is from Free People and it’s got quite a full skirt on it.  (I gotta say, I bought it because Sasha of @snafierce wore it and DANG she rocks it, check out her post!)  You can EASILY do this exact same styling with a simpler dress if you don’t want the huge ruffles!  HERE is a super cute option that’s got some pattern variation and is nice and relaxed and HERE is a super simple budget friendly option (I know it’s called “empire waist” but it’s not full skirted, so it’s much more slimming than the average!)

Let’s start styling!  The beauty of this switch up is that if you have summer events or weddings to attend, you could potentially buy one dress and re wear it multiple ways (including to an everyday non formal function) without wearing the exact same outfit!  Apparently that’s all the rage now (I read about it in the Wall Street Journal this week so I know it’s true!).

HI! I’M SERENA VANDERWOODSEN (IN MY DREAMS)
Something about this dress reminds me of Gossip Girl!  It’s got a Grecian feel but it’s not quite as fancy as that dress Serena wore in the Hamptons!

I paired this dress with some gladiator sandals (HERE is a great pair for $54!) and some bohemian beachy macrame jewelry to give it a dressed down but still classy feel.  This is a great look for a beach wedding or party!
THRIFTY TIP: This look is VERY similar to the look I put together a few posts ago when I did one about maxi skirts!  So if you don’t have a good long dress or can’t seem to find one, find two long skirts and layer them just like I did on that post!
CRAFTY DIY: If you know how to make macrame plant holders and the like, make yourself a great necklace!  Otherwise, you can totally buy shells at the craft store and hang them on a chain to make your own necklace and it will look super boho beach ready!
SWAP IT OUT: Fringe sandals, or a basic scrappy sandal will also be very beachy keen with this look.  You could also use beaded necklaces instead of shells to add color and change the vibe of the outfit.

DO YOU CROCHET?
Here’s an easy way to change the look of your dress without layering on too much in the hot weather!  It adds a little coverage also if you’re looking to cover your arms or shoulders.


This look is still beachy but it’s a little classier.  It’s a very monochromatic look with this dress, but you could TOTALLY change that by using a different dress or shoes or top!  The crochet top needs to be short typically so that it hits at the right spot and leaves you a bit of a waist with the maxi dress.  HERE is one option, but it will depend on the top of your dress what style works best with it!  HERE is a few color options on the wedges for you (the ticket is that stretchy top because it’s SO comfortable!).
THRIFTY TIP: HERE is a fabulous (and nice retro reproduction too!) steal of an option for a crochet top that comes in black and white to give you a choice of colors!  And while you’re at it, HERE is a great cheap gold collar to give you a pop of metallic for this look!
CRAFTY DIY: Another way to make this look super cool and a little bit tough, is to thrift a bunch of gold chains (or make some at the craft store!) and layer a bunch of them.  That way you have an instant gold collar necklace!
SWAP IT OUT: Swap the cream crochet for black and use silver jewelry and black wedges.  It’ll be more of a nighttime look, a little bit tougher, and less beach ready.

I JUST LOOK LIKE I RIDE
A great way to make almost ANYTHING look more casual and daytime?  A graphic tee.  They layer over or under most anything and everything and they really relax the whole vibe of the outfit!  My answer to most everything is (yes a kimono, but in this outfit that doesn’t apply!) is a graphic tee and cowboy boots.  You can pretty much go anywhere with a casual dress code in those two things.
In this case, I used a tee from Bandit Brand, which is a GREAT place to get graphic tees if you want to splurge and grab something that really does look vintage.  (HERE is my exact shirt).  You could totally grab one of the same prints in many different styles (I just happen to love the muscle tee but sleeves totally work too!) and even some in different colors.  Also, Midnight Rider is another go-to for vintage reproduction tees!
THRIFTY TIP:  So when I started hunting at thrift shops for graphic tees, I realized why they are typically so expensive when you find them online or at a vintage shop.  The good ones are pretty darn hard to find.  But do look when you’re thrifting, just focus on the MEN’S SECTION because that’s where the good ones, if they exist, will be.  The great news is that places like Target have been ROCKING the vintage shirt game and even Forever 21 is getting up to speed too.  Check out THIS ONE and THIS ONE because I know it can be kind of shocking, but I never expect to pay less than around $50 for a good graphic tee and these ones totally fit the bill and come in way under that price!
CRAFTY DIY: I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  A borderline lame or not so hot tee from the thrift store can be saved by stretching the heck out of it, cutting the hems open, and ripping a few holes in it.  Heck I even got one that was basically ugly and I cut a v out of the front and grommeted and laced it up.  Totally changed the shirt into one of my favorites!  Here’s a YouTube tutorial on it!
SWAP IT OUT: You could easily use a cute tee and tennis shoes to liven up this look and make it super fun!  THIS ONE and some white tennis shoes would be fun!

YETI IN A DRESS
I know, I know, who in their right mind wears a summer dress with fur right?  I DO!!!!  I love the neutrals and the sort of haute couture of the loafers, gold, and the fur vest with this ruffled goodness.
This is a super easy layering option…throw on a vest, slip on some loafers, and go.
THRIFTY TIP:  Fur is one of those things that it’s honestly better to get new…faux fur is preferable usually, and places like Target and Forever 21 and H&M tend to have a plethora of them in the fall.  The great news is that it’s totally off season for fur vests so they’re all on sale!  THIS ONE is under $20!
CRAFTY DIY: HERE is a FABULOUS post on how to make your own statement necklaces out of stuff like ribbon and chain and stuff so that you can create your own bling for much cheaper than the store bought ones!
SWAP IT OUT:  Too hot for fur?  A denim vest or even a funky brocade one would be really fun over a maxi dress!  You could also swap booties for the loafers or even simple ballet or lace up flats for them as well!

We MADE IT!  Now do you wanna try a maxi?  I promise these looks will be cool over a sleeker dress if the ruffles feel like too much for you.  Even a kimono (gasp!) would look amazing over one as well, so GO NUTS!

And happy midweek day y’all we made it this far hallelujah!
Katy

On Things I’ve Lost and Things I’ve Found

When I went through the three year darkness (what I call a very difficult and painful time in my life for those who don’t know what I’m talking about!) I lost a lot of stuff.  Some of the stuff was tangible…like a home or possessions.  I lost friendships and my job because I couldn’t manage anything except my own survival at the time.  You know what’s weird though? As much as losing that stuff has been so painful, it’s some of the things that I didn’t even have but still lost…that hurts the most. Let me explain.  Before everything kind of crashed down around me, I had these very specific hopes and dreams in a lot of ways that I was holding onto. I had chosen certain cabinets and flooring for a house that never materialized. I had planned out nurseries that never got built. And there were even things that I saw during that time that I kind of held onto…thinking that maybe they’d still be around when I was actually emotionally alive again.  Some of it may seem kind of benign…like “I want to see that movie in the theatre before it comes out on DVD.” But in reality, holding onto those seemingly silly things was like me desperately trying to hold onto this ideal that I would be okay soon. And then, when those things didn’t happen, it was like complete and utter devistation all over again.

Now that I’m feeling alive again and I’m no longer in the darkness, there’s some things that have materialized and things that I am so grateful for and humbled by because I know what it means to lose them. Like being in a safe and comfortable home. Being able to shop and have fun again. And spending a Saturday going out to breakfast and going downtown with my family.  I don’t take these things for granted anymore because once I did not have them.  And still, there are some things that I still ache for.  Things I still have not been able to do yet.  Some of them are long gone, like my kids nurseries.  I’ve now decorated their rooms, but the nurseries that I designed before they were born will remain a dream that I had when I was pregnant.  Sure. Some of it still makes me a bit sad like how I’m tearing up a bit even as I write this because all you women out there who’ve had babies or have planned some kind of special space before know how important those plans are. But I am thankful I’ve been able to decorate their toddler rooms and that is just as important in reality.  Some of my plans are old, leftover plans from a different time in my life that really needed to die so that they could come back to life in a new and mature way.  And others will one day materialize at the right time and I will get to see them the way I long to see them come to life.

During that time, I really didn’t shop at all. I didn’t care to shop, didn’t care about styles or clothes or fashion. I was in too much pain. But I wanted to care, and occasionally a tiny part of me would wake up for a minute and dream for just half a second. I saw a dress in the window of a store downtown one day during that time, and oh man. I dreamed that I would be able to buy that dress before it went away.  I dreamed hard for that dress.  It was a premature dream though, and it did go away before I had any ability to buy it. Maybe someday I’ll find that dress in a resale shop or something and it will just happen!  But when I was in an H&M a while ago after all the painful stuff had passed, I saw this dress I’m wearing in the photos and it reminded me a little of that one that I saw so long ago.  So I bought it because it’s lovely and it reminds me that there is hope, and that even if it feels like we have missed something along our journey, there is always more for us down the road.  We are never “finished” or just “done” no matter how life beats us down.  We can still get up again and find the new dreams that are yet to come.

I love wearing this dress over skinny jeans almost like a kimono.  It can be buttoned all the way down, but I just like how this makes it really interesting and different than your typical maxi.  The boots are my fabulously handmade hillbilly gypsy boots and the squash blossom is baublebar.

You guys, just keep dreaming ok? Always. Whatever you missed you’ll either get back in a better way or there will be something new to come. I believe it for you and for myself.

Have an amazing weekend!

Katy

Out of my Comfort Zone…in All Black.

I’m not the greatest at relaxation.  I’m one of those “doer” kind of people who has a harder time than others just chilling and doing nothing.  I always feel the need to be productive…like I should be DOING something.  I push myself too hard often, and have a hard time giving myself a break when I don’t finish things or if I take too long to get stuff done.  Life is just so much better when you relax.  It’s just something I have to learn over and over again.

Like in the case of wearing all black.  It’s so simple.  It’s such a great, no-brainer outfit for those days you need something quick and easy…those days when outfit inspiration is lacking and you just need something that always looks good.  I struggle with wearing black often, because I tend to feel like it’s a cop out.  Like I haven’t been creative enough and I’m just throwing in the towel.  It’s ridiculous, but that’s totally my nature!

So for today’s ways to wear it Wednesday, I’m going with the all black theme, to cut myself a break from pattern mixing or color mixing…because today I kind of feel a little more “mombie” (mom-zombie) like than usual.  I think it always looks so good, so I’d like to encourage myself to love all black for those days when I need to look and feel extra chic.

I started with this black maxi that I’ve had since I was pregnant with my daughter.  It’s flowy and has a really nice uneven hemline to it, but I don’t love wearing it on it’s own because it’s a bit shapeless.  I figured this would be a great piece to start with to do some layering over!

The first piece I used to layer over this basic maxi, is this sheer Chloe top I got from Lazy Eye Shop (an instagram shop owned by a friend of mine).

I love the pop of color from the vintage red cowboy boots and the contrast of that vintage necklace from Admire Boutique in Atascadero.  The sleeves on this top are just glorious!  I added a belt to give it a bit more of a waist.  Sheer tops are perfect over maxi dresses because then you don’t have to wear a tank underneath them!

 

I love button down shirts tied at the waist over maxi dresses.  It’s the perfect way to wear them cropped without showing your tummy!  I got this fringy black western beauty at a thrift store.  Worth every penny of that $5!  The earrings are from Southbound and I wear them with so many things!  I changed the boots to a light buttercream tan to compliment the earrings and to not steal the show from the fringe top.

 

Again, a tee knotted over a maxi is so fun!  This time, it’s a vintage-y graphic tee.  It gives the dress more shape and adds a new dimension to the idea of a maxi dress.  The earrings make me feel like magic…from Gypsies Caravan on Etsy.

I hope you’re relaxing today!!  It’s a great thing to let yourself do 🙂

Katy

 

My Princess Dress…According to My Three Year Old.

I’ve been accused of wearing princess clothes before.  This isn’t the first time.  Years ago I went over to a friend’s house after work.  Her four year old daughter saw me in my vintage white fluffy dress and my sparkly wedges and her eyes got huge.  “You’re allowed to wear your princess clothes outside??”  She asked me with a twinge of jealousy in her voice.  I laughed and explained to her that these were my ACTUAL clothes and that when she got older, she too could wear clothes like this wherever she wanted.

I found Nidodelida through Instagram and basically all of their clothes look like they were made for a princess.  I found a dress and a jumpsuit that I just couldn’t pass up…even though they are not really summer pieces, they will be patiently waiting for me in my closet come fall.  Of course I had to try them both on though!!  I’m not waiting for cooler weather to do that!

My two kids were in their high chairs eating dinner when I walked out in the dress…this gorgeous mustard colored maxi.  My son, who just turned three, looked at me and said, “Mama!  Is that your princess dress??” Oh my goodness.  If that is not a Monday Mojo outfit, I don’t know what is.  I do feel pretty magical in this dress.  I mean, it’s from Greece.  GREECE.  Someday I will actually go to Greece, but in the meantime, I’ll settle for wearing their gorgeous princess clothes.

This fabric is so soft and so cozy.  The neckline and shoulders are sequined in a very light, day wearable sequin pattern.  I’m wearing it with Minnetonka moccasins, which totally go with the vibe of the dress.

I should point out that after I tried on the dress, I came back out in my old black tank top and shorts and my son took one look at me and said: “Those are NOT your princess clothes.”  Noted.

Hope you’re feeling like a princess today, even if you’re in your “DEFINITELY NOT princess clothes!  Hahaha…

Katy

A Maxi Dress With Sleeves

A maxi dress with sleeves.  This is what I set out to find for my Easter dress this year.  Actually, I had seen the Spell Xanadu dress which was completely sold out everywhere, so I was trying to find something I liked just as much.  Such a thing as a maxi dress with sleeves should be pretty basic and easy to find right?  Wrong.  Now these elusive creatures are plentiful online, but I of course had waited until the week prior to Easter to realize that I needed a new dress…so online shopping was kind of out of the question, especially if I was going to order from Australia.

I went downtown to a couple of stores and I found this beauty from August The Label at H&G Boutique in SLO.  It was one of those magical dresses where when you put it on, you kind of never want to take it off.  It has the softness of pajamas with the flowy feel of a fancy gown.  Plus it’s off the shoulder, which is my favorite.

It makes me feel so pretty and thin and it totally works with a western edge, which I find is one of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit.  It’s totally a classic Monday Mojo outfit!

I did finally get my Spell Xanadu dress…which will undoubtedly be one my my Monday Mojo outfits :).  But this Auguste dress is still one of my absolute favorites.

Happy Monday!  Hope your mojo is strong today! 🙂

Katy