Saturday, July 4, 2015

Barbecues + Boat Docks

bernie dexter dress

Happy 4th of July! Since this is the quintessential cookout holiday, I thought it was only fitting to wear my new BBQ print Bernie Dexter dress. Honestly, I had never really lusted after this particular dress, but the more I saw it, the more it grew on me – and I realized how perfect it would be for the summertime. I've been trying to venture to places other than my backyard for blog photos, so I headed out to Irondequoit Bay (a short 15 minute distance from where I live) to see if I could find a place to take photos near the marina.
bernie dexter
bbq print
bernie dexter bbq dress
baby swans
bbq dress

I hadn't been out to the Bay since the tail-end of my relationship with my ex, which is almost two years ago now. I was worried that I would feel sad being there, but it's amazing how a little time and a change in perspective can help you give up the ghosts who once haunted you. I'm still affected by our breakup (more so than most people would be, I think), but I've been really happy to discover that, as cliché as it may be, time does heal all wounds. I guess I still miss what our relationship was at one time, or maybe what it had the potential to be... but I think I'm ultimately thankful that I found out that things weren't "meant to be" (if you believe in that sort of thing). Finding myself has been the greatest gift to come out of our breakup. And I don't ever want to lose myself again.

bbq print dress
fork necklace
midcentury print dress
retro dress

I'll be watching fireworks (and eating copious amounts of cotton candy) tonight with my best friend, Wayne. I feel very grateful for the supportive people in my life and the opportunities I have right now. And my freedom. I guess that's kind of what Independence Day is all about, right? Being proud of how far we've come and being thankful we're free? (And also, eating.)

americana dress
Outfit Details
Necklaces: ASOS (old)
Boater hat: similar
Pettislip: Amazon
Flats: Amazon

Have a wonderful & safe holiday!


  1. THAT DRESS is so amazing!! And your necklaces are too perfect for it!
    I like your mindset of going back to a place that was special with someone else. I always struggled with that, but it really does help putting a new perspective - like personal growth - on it to enjoy it again!

  2. Perfect look for any summer party.


  3. Happy 4th! You look fab in that dress!

  4. Too cute for the words! The cutlery necklaces are truly the most perfect accessory choice for this dress ever!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. So cute! I love the hat with this dress! I am also trying to branch out when it comes to photo spots for blog posts! It's easy to pop into the backyard but it's fun to find new spots! Gotta get my lazy butt out there!

  6. I wore that same dress this past 4th of July weekend! ;) I love the necklace you paired with it! They are so perfect together! <3

  7. you look soooo beautiful. two questions: where did you buy it? and also, what size do you wear and what are your measurements? x

  8. you look soooo beautiful. two questions: where did you buy it? and also, what size do you wear and what are your measurements? x


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