Wednesday, July 2, 2014

You are a garden rose

Outfit Details:
Flora Dress: Voodoo Vixen
BAIT Footwear spectators: ModCloth
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Okay, so here's some real talk about this outfit.  First of all, I absolutely love the colors and print of this dress.  I've mentioned before that I can be picky about floral prints, but this one is incredibly stunning.  I have some major love for UK brand Voodoo Vixen, who makes this dress; they have really great prints and do some awesome vintage reproductions.  And normally, I'm all about a fit & flare dress.  But unfortunately, there is something about the fit of this dress that just doesn't work on me.  I think part of the problem is where the pretty pink piping and the seaming falls on my body -- it emphasizes some areas on the sides that I'd rather not.  It might be the kind of thing that could be corrected with some shapewear underneath, but that's not an ideal solution for hot summer days.  I think the seaming on the bust is a little strange on me, too.  All in all, it's a gorgeous dress, but I'm still on the fence about whether or not it'll remain in my closet.  Since I've had good success with the first week of relaunching my "shop my closet" store (again, thanks to all of you who've already purchased something -- and to those who haven't, there are still plenty of great pieces left!), I'm definitely going to be doing at least one other update within the next month or two, so I'll have to decide whether this dress and I will stick it out or part ways.    

The Jazz Fest gig on Saturday went well, under the circumstances (i.e., having no real sound check and not being able to hear ourselves the entire time).  We had a pretty huge turn-out (thousands of people!), so that was cool.  But the calling hours and funeral for my friend were also this weekend, and those were incredibly difficult.  These past couple of weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster.  I think I've been trying really hard to keep it together.  I go back and forth between being motivated and wanting to curl up into a ball.  I guess maybe that's part of my mourning process.  I'm frustrated because I feel like I'm stuck in a "one step forward, two steps back" situation sometimes.  I suppose a little headway is better than none though, and I'm trying to remain positive, even though it's proving hard.  Mostly though, I just miss my friend.

I hope you have a nice Wednesday.
xox Sammi


  1. Oh, that is good that there was such a turn out to the concert. Personally, I think this is adorable and like the pink piping up by your arms and shoulders (not sure it is was elsewhere). You always have really good posture, so I'm not sure how exactly, but I think the piping makes it look like you have even better posture.... is that weird?

  2. I think this dress looks absolutely beautiful on you! The sleeves are so darling, and I think the cut is really flattering on you! But all that matters is if you're comfortable in it (:

  3. Beautiful outfit--and, dare I ask, is that a clever OITNB reference in your title? ;)
    You look great! I'm glad your concert went well!

  4. Nice:)) xx

  5. I love that color and print on you, although I have to agree that the way it fits tends to make you look a bit broader across the middle than you actually are. Something about the way the seaming cuts across your bustline, like it's meant for someone whose bust sits just below their collarbones. It's just the worst when something that you like has that one wonky thing that makes it less flattering than it should be.

  6. That dress is super pretty- love the pink and blue floral! Alex

  7. Oh that is a shame you are having problems with the fit and the piping, it really is pretty and yes the colors are gorgeous.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  8. This dress is such a sweet color on you and your hair is lookin' fabulous! I am so sorry you had such a tragedy in your life <3<3 sendin' all the positive vibes your way. And I saw photos of the jazz fest and it LOOKED awesome. How in the heck do you perform in front of so many people?! Mad props.

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  10. You look very pretty. I have the same dress and I'm going to wear it tonight :-)

    Regards from Canary Islands (Spain),

    Mónica - Retro Cake

  11. LOVE this dress. I've been eyeing all of the items in this pattern. So very pretty!! (let me know if you decide not to keep it!) And I'm loving your hair styled this way!!!



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