Playing Dress Up

Playing dress up as a kid had to be one of my favorite activities… that or playing house (and surprise, surprise, I always played the “mom”) + some of that love of putting on a pretty dress + some heels has definitely transferred over to my adult life. I have a love/hate relationship with dressing up for fancy outings like weddings, charity events, or milestone celebrations. I hate trying to find the perfect dress for the occasion but I love the feeling of getting all dolled up + looking my best. It’s easy to just get used to + enjoy the casual-comfy mom style I rock on the day-to-day or even the dressed-up-casual style of normal date nights so it’s fun to step out of my usual element + get glammed up.

We recently had an incredible event to attend called Five Star Sensation which was headlined by host chef Michael Symon along with a star-studded list of chefs + vinters to raise money for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. It was such a great night for a worthy cause.

Now if you know me well then you know that although I am a constant shopper – I’m also super picky. I always have a vision in my head of what I am looking for + search high + low for the perfect item to fit that vision – it’s sometimes a frustrating experience. I also always want whatever that piece to be to be reasonable + affordable (unless it’s an investment piece) so it always takes me a lot of time + a lot of frogs to find my prince when it comes to shopping for a specific item for an event. By the time I had found this dress I had probably ordered + returned at least a dozen others + truth be told was about to revamp something from my closet when this one showed up as a last ditch effort to buy a new dress. I slipped it on + it was absolutely perfect! It fit in all the right places, it was so on trend with the off the shoulder details + it made me feel amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve slipped into a form fitted dress + felt so fabulous… If I’m being totally honest then I have to admit it’s probably been since before my son was born that I had felt this great in a figure hugging number. (I gained a lot of weight while pregnant – like 57 lbs. – of which my son was 9.5 of! Talk about having my work cut out for me with the weight loss!)

I paired the dress with my go-to white wedges by Rag + Bone (sadly these are a few seasons old), my favorite ‘it’ bag of summer + some dainty gold jewelry including a set of gorgeous Swarovski drop earrings {borrowed from my awesome mama} that helped show off my chic ponytail. Speaking of the ponytail, (can I even call it that? it was seriously like a work of art) if you’re a Cleveland local + in need of an amazing salon that does it all Santo Salon + Spa is hands down the best place for any service you need. Be sure to ask for Sasha who is so talented at color, cuts + obviously up-do’s. And be sure to tell ’em I sent ya 😉 For this look she pulled the sides of my ponytail into loose 4-piece braids + then wrapped the remaining length of it around a curled pony. It was so pretty + this is coming from a girl who absolutely hates her hair up! xo, Jules

off the shoulder dress {under $120!} // same dress in white or peach {hello, brides-to-be, the perfect LWD for all your bridal events} // loving this peach lil number {such a deal too} // love this gorgeous lace option {on sale} // single pair of my exact wedges {if you’re a size 8-9 then you’re in luck, these run a bit small} //A gorgeous investment worthy pair of nude wedges {I swear a nudey/cream wedge may end up being your most worn pair of summer sandals} // cult gaia ark bag {I recommend preodering it – that way when it finally is back in stock you can grab it} // a gorgeous earring option //

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