The Perfect Dress


You know I do not say that lightly. But this is it. The perfect dress. For me, anyway. It was another item I waited for a fantastic sale price on. I bought it in the spring. It nips in at the waist and then flows out into an old-fashioned dream. It is the palest of pinks which makes it more interesting than another white dress. I even purchased one for my daughter, because she loved it so much.


I knew I wanted to take pictures of this Free People Heart Dress (sold out, but similar dress in pink here) in front of an old building. I had the perfect spot in our town. It was an old building with a giant head of an 1800s woman in a flowered hat. Well, we went there the other day and guess what? The new owners painted over it! What a travesty!


When I was at my dad’s house, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity to style this dress in front of Rusty’s house.

Who is Rusty? You ask.


That is a long and short story.

Let’s go with the short version.


When my mom and dad moved into our home, they rented the property from her family. They later purchased it. Rusty kind of came with the deal.


Rusty was not related to the family. He squatted in a ramshackle old house next door to our own that was also on the property. In fact, this house is pictured in the B-movie, “Skeeters.” But that is a story for another day.


Rusty was a hobo.


For real. Although, I realize that is not a politically correct term. It is what I knew him as and I will not change it. It is meant with no offense, because Rusty rode on railroad cars and was a transient, which is how that term came about. He was the real deal and I loved him. He came and went as he pleased. The house is still full of the remains of his travels.


One day I will share with you my memories of Rusty. He died when I was almost four. But I still have fond flashes of moments with him in my mind. I called him, “Uncle Rusty.” And he was a harmless sweet man who happened to bunk on our property. I had an interesting but wonderful childhood.


I think Uncle Rusty would have liked this dress. Although, it wouldn’t have been practical.

I could never catch a train in this.

Maybe it isn’t so perfect after all.

Nah. That’s silly. I’ll just take a bus.


Did you have any interesting characters in your childhood? What is your perfect dress?

With A Lighter Heart


Sorry for another outfit post. I am trying to get through my summer pictures. My mom will be happy. She loves the outfit posts the most.

I could not recall the name of this dress that I purchased last year. I had originally styled it like Mary on Happily Grey, on my older blog post here, but I had wanted to try it exclusively with gold and pink this time. Make it my own.


I found the name of the dress. And it made me smile, because I had picked this dress out of my closet that day simply to ease a heavy heart.


The dress is called, “With A Light Heart Dress.” I am sure it is sold out by now because when I purchased it in 2013, it was all ready 66% off. I bet it can be found on eBay. I cannot guarantee the light heart, though (I am not linking to a similar dress because I honestly could not find one similar enough to warrant a link and I do not like to add links simply for the sake of clicks).


The necklace is Anthropologie’s Lace Flag Necklace from last year. It is surprisingly hard to find pink jewelry. I am happy I picked this up. The shoes can be found here.


It seems silly, but I was thrilled to get a compliment on this outfit earlier in the day.

A woman stopped me when I was with my son and said, “I like your son-”

And I thought to myself, She likes my son? That is odd.

But then she finished. “I like your son-dals. And your whole outfit is just so cute.”

I thanked her and soared inside, both from the compliment and the fact that my son was not being strangely commented upon.


Another silly thing is this bracelet. I love it. I purchased it from Anthropologie when it hit sale with my husband’s initial. However, it is the only piece of jewelry that has ever turned my skin green.

But I still wear it.

‘Cause green skin is kinda cool. I do like to channel my inner Hulk, after all.

Not really, but I do wear it for short periods of time because I really like the bracelet.


Have you ever had jewelry that turned your skin green? Did you still wear it? Do you compliment strangers? I try to always compliment one elderly woman every time I leave the house. One time I was in an airport and I accidentally kicked the poor lady with my shoe when I tried to tell her I loved her dress. She probably did not appreciate that compliment so much.

I hope I did not give her a green bruise.

Maybe this bracelet is compliment karma.

Or some such light hearted nonsense.

“Hip” It Real Good

My style has been evolving from very feminine (a-line dresses and poofy skirts) to more bohemian. Hippie, if you will. I still love poofy skirts. But I also love an easy breezy layered look. Complexity is the key to happiness, afterall.

The other day, I turned to my husband, laughing and said, “Hey honey. When did I turn into such a hippie?” I was wearing the outfit below.

He replied, “I don’t mind.”

: )



This skirt is from Free People. When I purchased it, it was 75% off. It is called Manina Colorblock Skirt. It is still available (as of this writing) in this color, in all sizes. This blows my mind. This is one of my favorites. I love this skirt. It can really twirl.

The top is from Free People, Keep Me Tee. I used my birthday discount for it. I tie it at the waist. The necklace is from Anthropologie last month. It is a layering necklace.



This was another purchase in August with my birthday discount. It is the Free People Rizzo Skirt. I am wearing it in a medium. It has ruffles. Ruffles. Swoon.

The shirt was a sale find also from Free People called We The Free Big Wave Tee in the fatigue combo. It is definitely a muddy grey, rather than green. It is also a medium. The belt is an Obi Belt from Free People. The boots are from the flea market. The earrings are from Anthropologie, years ago.


Here we have a sale find from last year. I scored it for 75% off. I paired it with boots and bee hive earrings from Anthropologie. It was called Glimmered Ankita Dress. It is from Anthropologie.

Have you jumped on the “hippie” bandwagon? Or would it just be wagon? Or van? And would ending this with, “Peace” be appropriate? Or is that just slang?

I would make a terrible “hippie.”

P.S. I shared this on The Pleated Poppy!

A Delightful Surprise



Imagine my surprise when the doorbell rang and a package appeared. My husband said, “It’s from Free People.”

I replied, “I haven’t ordered anything from Free People.”

He smirked and said, “So, what? They’re now just sending you stuff for free?”

I ignored him and examined the box. I figured it was probably some sort of mistake. But then I noticed that the package was not exactly from Free People. The label said FP Me. My heart jumped. FP Me is a fun community on the Free People website. You can upload pictures of yourself wearing Free People outfits. They post them on the product pages. It is really cool to see how different people have styled their clothing. I am an addict!

I like to share my photos so people can get a good idea of what the piece of clothing looks like on the average girl.


I gently cut the box open. I noticed a stick peeking out at me amongst the tissue paper. Curiouser. I pulled on it. Out came this flag! Isn’t it the sweetest? I love the creativity.

I told my husband, “They sent me a flag!”

I was very excited.

But there was more.

Inside the box was a little pouch. It had a note attached that said, “Thank you from Free People for inspiring The FP Me Community with your amazing style pics…” Awwww… So sweet. And I am very flattered.


I opened the pouch. Inside was a necklace I had been coveting. It is called Pewter Short Chain Collar. I was so excited! I love it! It was so unexpected and truly made my week.

My husband was speechless.

I told him, “Yes, they are now sending me stuff for free.” I laughed with delight. It was awesome!



I am styling it here. I am wearing it with the Free People Miles of Henley dress in rust orange (I could not resist a different color).



Thank you so much Free People! Thank you to the wonderful community at Free People Me! This was so very exciting and delightful! Free People has a loyal customer for life, in me.

Have you uploaded a picture to FP Me?

P.S. Yes, that is our new library ladder we installed during our recent home facelift! More pics and info to come. Have a great day!

* Also, I am switching servers today. I will not be posting a new post until 7:00 a.m. on Thursday to accommodate the transition.