Fashion Friday: Edition the search for a cute dress

I had all intentions of writing some kind of introduction to today’s Fashion Friday, but I’ve just finished watching Real Housewives of New York and I’m pretty sure I just heard the mouse trap go off. And P is already in bed.

I’m sitting here in a state of denial about what may or may not be going on in my kitchen. Which makes it hard to think about fashion or anything else for that matter. I’m just glad no one threw a piece of half-eaten toast at me.

I really didn’t know what I was going to talk about this week, but then I started seeing a lot of cute dresses online and thought that might work. So it’s all about the dress today.

1. Silk shutter pleat dress

I think this dress is gorgeous. It’s very dressy and is even described as a bridesmaid’s dress. All I can say is it doesn’t look like any bridesmaid dress I ever got to wear. Of course that’s directly related to the fact that most of my friends got married in the late ’90’s when we all thought our only option was to choose from the selection of bridesmaids’ dresses at the bridal store that they make you order three sizes up so they can charge you a sweet fortune for alterations.

Not that I’m still bitter about all the money I doled out on alterations and bad taffeta between 1997-2000.

So, yes, this could be gorgeous for a bridesmaid, but I also think it could just be a great dressy black dress to have in your closet for a special occasion.

2. Daytime jersey scoopneck dress

I know right now you’re wondering where all the pictures are. Apparently there are some websites that make their pictures unfriendly for downloading.

I really like this dress because it’s casual and comfortable, yet really pretty. It comes in several different colors, but I think I’d go with the navy and accessorize with silver sandals and some silver bangle bracelets.

3. Grecian green dress

I adore this dress. The green color is gorgeous and I think it would look so pretty with some great gold accessories.

4. Pearl eyelet dress

The white dress is really in right now. I think they look so great paired with nude wedge heeled sandals and turquoise jewelry.

This cap sleeved version by Nine West is another really great white dress with a different look.

5. Mia striped strapless dress

My friend Steph called me yesterday to let me know that Neiman’s is having a huge sale right now. Sure enough, I looked on their website and there are a lot of cute things that are 30% off, including this dress.

6. Daria dress

My friend Julie called me and we discussed the sale at Neiman’s and we also had a conversation about how we thought the maxi dress was going to be totally over by this summer. She even went so far as to give away her maxi dresses.

It turns out that we were wrong. The maxi dress is back and more popular than ever. However, we did agree that while the maxi dress is super comfortable and allows you to eat a lot of chips and guacamole in one sitting, it’s not necessarily the most flattering look in the world. Unless you happen to be six feet tall and weigh 100 pounds. In which case you need to quit reading this and go eat a cheeseburger.

7. Lucarne dress

I think this dress is just a fun dress for summer. I love the blue and orange together.

8. 100 tiers of solitude dress

Earlier this week, I saw a picture of Priscilla Shirer on her blog (Did you know she has a blog? She does!) and she had on this outfit that I adored. It was a dress in similar colors to this one, paired with white leggings and silver flats. Adorable.

The dress she had on was cuter than this one but I have no idea where she bought it. Actually I take that back because it just occurred to me that I could go back and look at her comments to see if someone asked her where it was from. The dress she had on was this one from Free People but she had a white t-shirt on under it. LOVE.

9. Smocked tank dress

This is the perfect dress to throw on all summer long. I think it’s so much better than a pair of shorts.

10. Nicole Miller aqua printed jersey dress

I’m a fan of Nicole Miller dresses because they always seem to fit so well. I thought this one was really cute which is really no surprise considering the color scheme.

11. Sundial sleeveless wrap dress

I could not be sorrier about the lack of pictures today. Serious technical difficulties.

However, please go look at this dress. You’ll be so glad you did. It’s darling.

12. Glazed fruit dress

Where do I even start with Anthropologie? I went over to their site hoping to find one dress to round out my list o’ twelve and found so much more.

Like this Island holiday dress

And this Endless chevrons dress

And then this Orange blossom dress

Dear Anthropologie,

You never write. You never call. You never even offer coupon codes for free shipping or 15% off. I really believe you think you’re better than me.

Yet I cannot quit you.

Love,
Melanie

Y’all have a great Friday.

For more thoughts on fashion, go visit Jo-Lynne. She’s talking about the importance of a good fit today.

So this was my day

Yesterday morning Caroline wanted to walk to school and I agreed because it is a rare morning that we’re actually ready in time to walk. It’s not that the walking takes so long as much as it is all the stopping to look at rocks or walking along the curb like it’s a balance beam. But we had plenty of time and I thought it would be a nice change from our usual morning routine of me bringing the car to a rolling stop and telling her to jump.

Of course that was before I walked outside and realized the humidity level was hovering around 184%. I’ve been in swimming pools that didn’t feel as wet as the air. Needless to say, things did not turn out well for my hair.

After I got home I drove over to my sister’s house to babysit my nephew, Luke. He is five months old which is right about the age that I find babies to be completely irresistible because their little thighs get all fat and they laugh at you with their little toothless grins, but they’re still content to sit and stare at a ceiling fan like it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen. And then they’re all “What is this? My foot? Oh I’m going to put it in my mouth because I can.” So it’s not really an inconvenience to spend a few hours getting a baby fix.

While I was there I watched The Today Show. Normally, it makes me feel like I might throw my shoe through the television to watch it for any amount of time, but they were doing a segment on foods that are supposed to make your stomach flatter and I was intrigued because who doesn’t want to know more about that? I will share my newfound flat stomach knowledge with you because I am all about sharing some science.

According to some girl on the show (I can’t remember her name or what qualifies her as an expert on this topic), there are a group of foods called MUFAs. At first I was confused because I wasn’t sure what the dad from The Lion King had to do with a flat stomach, but apparently it’s an acronym that stands for monounsaturated fatty acids. New research shows that eating MUFA foods can help you burn fat in your stomach area. And you know what the MUFAs are? Olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, and dark chocolate. Are you kidding me? I EAT ALL THOSE THINGS. Why isn’t my stomach flatter? Is the science flawed or is it that I eat my avocados on top of tortilla chips covered in beans and cheese and my dark chocolate in syrup form over a bowl of ice cream? It’s hard to know.

Later in the day, the Cheetah Girls had our last practice of the season. I think they’ve really grown over the course of the season because they actually listened to P for at least three seconds before they all began twirling in circles or doing cartwheels while he tried to explain that the object of soccer is to score goals.

And then we came home, ate dinner, and got ready for bed.

As I tucked Caroline in, she reminded me that her library book is due tomorrow and we hadn’t read it yet because we’re in the middle of another book right now. She asked if I’d read it to her before bed, so I went in the kitchen and grabbed Shark and Dolphin by Rod Theodorou and Carole Telford. We snuggled in together and I began to read the first page:

“Many people think that sharks attack hundreds of people every year, but this is not true! Most species of shark are harmless. About 30 to 50 shark attacks are reported throughout the world each year. Far more people are killed by bees or in horse-riding accidents.”

What the heck? Worst bedtime story ever. Thanks for that, Mr. Theodorou.

In other news, we still haven’t caught the mouse. Which I find to be even more disturbing than bees or horses or why my stomach isn’t flatter considering my vast intake of avocados in the form of guacamole and chocolate in the form of anything edible.

A list using letters instead of numbers because I’m edgy

It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you that there is a still a mouse on the loose. Apparently he prefers Simply Good trail mix instead of a piece of cheese with peanut butter on top. Probably because he’s concerned with his intake of high fructose corn syrup.

On the plus side, your comments yesterday were priceless. Maybe it’s some kind of sickness, but I loved knowing I am not alone in my struggle against unwanted wildlife. My particular favorite came from Melanie at This Ain’t New York who wrote, “Once a rat is picky about his toast, there is no living with them.” Don’t I know it, sister. Don’t I know it.

I’m also still trying to get over my cold (it’s not allergies) and fighting my disappointment over the whole Supreme Court thing. I really thought the fact that I graduated from Texas A&M while on academic probation would push me over the edge.

So instead of a comprehensive, cohesive post, I’m just going to share a few quick things so I can take my Sudafed and curl up in a very small place.

A. Dear Sun Chips, I appreciate that you are trying to be environmentally friendly. However, your new bags are so loud that my husband thinks I’m grinding coffee beans every time I reach for a Peppercorn Ranch chip. The obnoxiousness of your bag is hindering my enjoyment of the chip.

B. On Saturday one of the little girls on our soccer team told me that she ran so hard she was almost “self-conscious”. I totally understood what she was saying because I also suffer from feeling self-conscious when I run. However, she then went on to tell me she was so tired that she thought she might pass out and lose self-consciousness. That’s when I realized she was trying to tell me she might become unconscious.

I liked it better the first way.

C. My friend, Ross King, has a new CD out for kids called “Words That Rhyme With Orange”. Ross is such a great songwriter and I have fallen in love with the CD and so has Caroline. You can hear some clips from it on his website and you can click over here for a chance to win one for yourself. I’m giving away three copies.

D. I so appreciate that so many of you want me to try the neti pot, but it’s never going to happen. I bought one about a year ago and the whole process just freaked me out. It was worse than eating water chestnuts.

I prefer to get through my cold/sinus issues with a little method I like to call complaining loudly.

E. Is it wrong that I totally covet Casey James’ hair?

F. I packed Caroline’s lunch yesterday and she came home from school with her entire sandwich still intact. I asked her what happened and she said there was “a change of plans” and she bought a corn dog instead. So I explained that we can check the school menu every morning and decide before I slave over a ham sandwich if she’d rather buy her lunch.

She told me that wouldn’t work because she needs to smell the cafeteria food before she can make her final decision.

I’d like to be annoyed but she totally gets that from me.

And that’s all I have for today.

Goodbye and thank you.