Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What I Wore: Tropical Garden Party

Hey, y'all!  I am trying my hardest to get a few posts out this week.  I apologize for the sporadic posting.  Last week, I had a ton of issues with the hard drive that houses all my downloaded photos.  It was so very frustrating.  My surgery is scheduled for Friday morning, so if you don't hear from me until next week, you know why.  I will definitely try to check in and let you know how I am doing.  Follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter for breaking news and random photos!

DivineMrsDiva.com - Easy Tropical Garden Dress by NorthStyle via Gwynnie Bee, Amber Shrug from SWAK Designs, Peep Toe Flats from Avenue, Necklace from World Market

I told you I was on an all-over patterned dress kick!  This one is from a company called NorthStyle that I became aware of through Gwynnie Bee.  I love the colors of the dress and was wondering how a larger print would look on me.  The fabric is a not-too-heavy stretchy knit that is comfortable to wear.  The turquoise in the dress goes perfectly with my SWAK shrug, while the nude flats don't fight the pattern for attention.  I added a dark blue necklace to keep things a little more grounded.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Easy Tropical Garden Dress by NorthStyle via Gwynnie Bee, Amber Shrug from SWAK Designs, Peep Toe Flats from Avenue, Necklace from World Market

While I appreciate the ruched waistband giving the dress some shape, the dress was a little big on me and didn't fit my body the way it may have been intended.  I also found it at least eight inches too long.  Below I have an example of how I pulled the ruching up to my bust to make the dress a suitable length.  Had the dress done its own thing, the ruching would have been around the biggest part of me and the length would have been too long.  It felt really frumpy in the longer length.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Easy Tropical Garden Dress by NorthStyle via Gwynnie Bee, Amber Shrug from SWAK Designs, Peep Toe Flats from Avenue, Necklace from World Market

I'm glad I tried the larger pattern, even though I don't think it is necessarily the best thing for me.  Maybe a V-neck would have made it a bit better?  I do love the colors and the tropical flowers reminded me of my honeymoon in Hawaii.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Easy Tropical Garden Dress by NorthStyle via Gwynnie Bee, Amber Shrug from SWAK Designs, Peep Toe Flats from Avenue, Necklace from World Market

Easy Tropical Garden Dress - NorthStyle via Gwynnie Bee (I am wearing the 3X.)
Amber Shrug - SWAK Designs (I am in the 3X.)
Peep Toe Flats - Avenue
Necklace - World Market

Have you tried anything out of your comfort zone lately? 


6 comments :

  1. I loved that dress from NorthStyle. I will probably recloset in the spring. I did scrunch up the waistband, also. I like the higher neckline, but I'm a weirdo that way, I think. I like the dark blue necklace against it!


    Be sure and let us know on FB or something how your surgery went!!

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  2. Spot on with the length, looks much better after your adjustment. It would be an easy enough thing to fix through tailoring, I'd imagine.

    As to the comfort zone, my goodness, yea I wore sweatpants - that's about as far out of my comfort zone as I've ever been.

    Keep us updated via FB with regards to your surgery, I'm sending good vibes your way.

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  3. Will definitely keep y'all posted. I am taking my iPad with me so I can check things out when I am awake. :-)

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  4. Thanks, lady! I will keep you updated. I want to see this dress on you! Did you post it on your blog? I am so behind. I bet the colors go great with your hair!

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  5. I didn't post this one. I had it over the summer. Seeing it on you, though, I think I'm going to re-closet....and it REALLY goes with my hair now because I just dyed some crazy turquoise streaks in it! MIDLIFE CRISIS AHOY. (I'll probably post pics on FB once I have a chance to fix it...I had a really late appointment and my poor hairdresser is 8 months pregnant and was in a fender-bender this morning and it takes her FOREVER to color my giant mess of hair, so I told her she didn't need to fix it and to go home and lay down.)

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  6. Oh gosh! I hope she is okay! I am kind of thinking of doing some purple or pink streaks..just a few. It is something I have always wanted to try. Maybe after radiation I will do it for spring/summer. :-) Now turquoise I need to see!

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