Striped Maxi Dress for Summer Parties + Life Update

Happy hump day, friends! I’m sharing another look from my photo shoot in Florida last month, and today I’m going to do the typical fashion blogger thing and share all my photos first and then talk about my outfit and give a quick life update.

Oh, and also. No Facebook Live today… see the Life Update at the end. We have a lot going on this week!

I absolutely love how these photos turned out. I know there are a lot of them, but I had a hard time deciding which ones to leave out. Martina moved around a lot and took pictures in several locations with each outfit, so it was hard to narrow them down.

This striped maxi dress is perfect for summer parties or events, and it’s 30% off and fully stocked at the moment. The multi-directional stripes are fun and flattering, and the body-conscious silhouette and side slit create just enough drama without being too revealing. Also, the cutout on the back is a big trend this year and makes for a fun unexpected feature when you turn around.

I wore black strappy sandals and carried a white bag. This actually would not be my first choice of bag for this dress, but I got to Florida and realized I hadn’t packed one. I’d probably go for something a little bit dressier — perhaps a clutch or a more delicate crossbody. Maybe even a fun color.

Now I just need an event to wear this to!

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maxi dress // sandals (option) // cuff bracelet // pearls // similar crossbody (option/option)

photo credit: Martina’s Photography

Life Update

As far as the life update goes, it looks like we’re going to be moving! It’s a local move — just a couple of miles away, actually. We weren’t even looking, as we are quite happy here, but we’ve talked about some day wanting more entertaining space and a larger yard with more mature trees.

My husband occasionally peruses Zillow for fun, and a few weeks ago he came across this house and sent me the listing. I liked it as much as he did, so we went to their Open House. In a nutshell, this house checks all our boxes and some we didn’t even know we had.

We hemmed and hawed for a few weeks, researched the comps in the area, and prayed a lot. I kept thinking I was going to wake up one morning and find out it had sold, and that would make the decision easy for us, but three weeks later it was still on the market and we couldn’t stop thinking about it so we put in an offer last weekend, and we are officially under contract.

We still have to get through the inspections and all of that rigmarole, but in anticipation of moving this summer, we’re putting our current house on the market this weekend.

It’s been a crazy whirlwind, and I’m a big bag of mixed emotions. We have such great memories in this house and great friends in the neighborhood, and with my son going to college this fall, it will be a lot of life changes happening at once. But I have a really good feeling about this new house and and I’m excited to make it our next home.

All that to say, the next few months are going to be quite hectic so if I’m not as responsive as usual, or if my posts get shorter and more perfunctory at times, that’s why.

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