Well, spring has definitely sprung! Some of my favorite flowers and flowering trees (like lilacs, magnolias, and dogwood) are taking their sweet time to bloom, but I know they'll be out before long! Until they do, I'll be wearing as many floral dresses as possible.
I've loved this Bernie Dexter sorbet cabbage rose print (as well as its sister print, the blush cabbage rose) for quite a while, but I never ended up taking the plunge on it. I've seen other styles in this print before, but this version caught my eye when I saw it on eBay. It has little bows on the straps, and it's definitely a LOT more boob-friendly than a lot of my other Bernies. I would love it if she came out with some more pretty florals for spring and summer; I get so much use out of them and never get tired of looking at them!
Did you all have a nice Easter holiday? I enjoyed the most delicious brunch at my parents' and soaked up the sunshine. We had a beautiful couple of days here, so I've been trying to get outside as much as possible. And it was finally nice enough to wear this adorable checkered dress from Dolly and Dotty! In my opinion, there's nothing better than gingham and checked dresses for spring and summer. This one is super comfy and easy to throw on, so I know I'll be wearing it a ton over the next few months.
I consider myself to be a celebrator of all holidays. I'm Jewish, but I grew up celebrating the major holidays from both the Jewish and Christian traditions. I stuffed myself silly with matzoh at the start of the week, but I'll be ending it with lots of chocolates from my Easter basket (thanks, Mom!). And although I dream of having a matzoh dress someday, Easter is definitely a bit more fun to dress for – as if I needed an excuse to wear my pastel-filled Sunday best.
I actually gasped when I saw that the Unique Vintage "Hamilton" dress was coming in a new colorway. (You can find how I wore the green version here.) It's one of my favorite UV dresses, and it looks like it could really be vintage (probably because it was inspired by a vintage design). And when I found out the new version would be peachy-pink, I knew it had to be mine. This dress reminds me of the table umbrellas on Main Street, USA in Disney World that I remember from my childhood. It's perfectly pretty and dapper, making it an excellent choice for Easter brunch at my parents' this weekend. Of course, I had to pair it with this adorable bunny brooch, which is actually my friend Dana's bunny, Sophie! PSA: please do not give rabbits as pets this Easter. Wear them in brooch form, instead! :)
Things around here are finally starting to bud and bloom, so I thought it was the perfect time to wear this gorgeous floral print dress from Voodoo Vixen. Before I get into the details on this dress, I wanted to share something that happened when I took these photos. I have a feeling it's not a unique story, especially for other bloggers, but it's been bugging me ever since.
Although I take a lot of photos of myself, I prefer to do so in a quiet area without many people around. I hate taking photos in public places, so if I have to do it, I'll try to go during a not-so-popular time. These flower murals (which I've wanted to use as a backdrop for a long time) are painted on the side of a beloved Rochester shop. I decided to go in the early morning, hours before they opened. No one was around, but it's not a secluded area by any means, so I thought it'd be fine.
Of course, as I'm setting up to take photos, a squirrelly looking guy in his 40s comes into the parking lot and starts walking towards me. He's got his earbuds in and is singing to himself. He gets closer, looking at me. I'm not exactly worried – more like annoyed – but then he pulls out his phone to take a picture of me. This is while I'm busying myself with settings on my camera, mind you, not while I'm posing in front of it. I can't think of anything good to say (I think I said something eloquent like, "uh, I don't need you taking pictures of me, thanks"), and at this point, I'm wary of saying anything too abrasive anyway because I'm alone and relatively defenseless. After a good minute or two, he slowly walks across the parking lot, still looking at me. Then, he goes over to a car and starts talking to the driver. I'm hopeful that he's leaving, but then he comes back and continues to watch me. Then, the car comes into the parking lot, and the driver gets out. The two of them start talking – loudly, almost suspiciously so. I hear the squirrelly guy tell his friend about his encounter with me, mocking me with my own words and laughing. I'm on my guard, but don't want to pack everything up and get in the car; I have a right to be there and I don't feel like I'm in extreme danger. After what seems like an eternity, the pair finally drive away. I feel like I can breathe again and I finish taking my photos in peace.
The thing is, nothing bad happened, really. I wasn't physically assaulted. I wasn't even catcalled. I'm not trying to make something out of nothing. But this is precisely the kind of bullshit women have to deal with on a daily basis. And I resent the fact I apparently need to bring along my boyfriend or another person just to make sure that nobody invades my personal space and ruins my morning. I realize #notallmen are like this (ugh), but it's way too common and represents a huge problem that many people fail to recognize. So please: if you are in a position to speak up about this sort of behavior when you see it, do it. No one should have to feel unsafe just because she's a woman going about her routine.
All that being said... this dress is everything. The print isn't a typical spring floral, which makes it a bit more versatile for year-round wear. In all honesty, I think this is my absolute favorite Voodoo Vixen dress I've ever owned. The fit is amazing (and it has pockets, yay!), and I love the silhouette. Plus, the print makes me realize how much I feel like I'm blossoming along with the flowers. Last year at this time, I was so overwhelmed with figuring out what I was going to do with my life. And now, I have a creatively fulfilling job at which I excel, I'm starting to take control of my health, and I'm in a relationship with someone I really care about. It may not always be easy and I may not handle everything with poise, but I'm so excited about what this spring will be and I feel so proud about how far I've come.
Happy Monday! It's finally starting to feel spring-like here, but we had one last (I hope) snowy day on Friday. It's all melted now – it was actually melting on my head as I took these photos! – and I think it's supposed to be beautiful this week. And speaking of this week... it's time for both Passover and Easter! I don't have a matzoh dress (yet...), but luckily, Easter is the perfect holiday to show off all of my pastel pieces.
I was taken with this Collectif dress from the moment I saw it. Pastel candy-colored gingham is essentially the way to my heart. In all honesty, the fit isn't my favorite; it's a little odd in the bust, and I wish the skirt was a bit fuller. But it looks really cute with a cardigan (and my chocolate bunny brooch from Kate), and I'll most likely be wearing it to Easter brunch this year. Why wouldn't I want to match the pastel M&Ms in my Easter basket? :) What's your favorite kind of Easter candy? (Mine is Reese's eggs, followed by licorice jelly beans – yes, I know I'm the only one who likes them.)
Can one ever have too many kitty-cat-festooned pieces of clothing? I feel like there used to be a much bigger stigma (at least for me) about being called a cat lady, but in the last few years, I've totally embraced it. It definitely helps when there are cute skirts like this one! It doesn't look like it's available anymore, but the dress version still is.
I had a pretty low-key weekend, but I did go vintage shopping and got SUPER lucky. I got the most adorable blue rain cape, a strawberry-covered hat, a brooch, and a great pair of sunglasses. Did you do anything exciting this weekend?
It's been SO LONG since I was able to put together a Friday Favorites post! Since it's officially spring (though it may not feel like it here), today's post is filled with florals, pastels, and other pretty things.
I'm obsessed with both of these floral print dresses!