OOTD: That Striped Dress

I never thought I'd say this (ever) but I wish it was cold. I mean not "snowstorm minus 30 with a windchill making it feel like minus 40 cold, but cold.)

I want to wear tights, boots, leg warmers, coats, hats and mittens.  I'm still going to the office bare-legged, only dreaming of the days I can break out my tights and layer more. The last two weekends were so warm I wore shorts out to do errands. Yes, shorts.

My outfit shots are really crappy today, but I wanted to share them anyway since I haven't been posting them a lot as of late and because I'm wearing the new dress that I got at Forever21 over the weekend (you can see it in my latest haul video)

Dress- Forever21
Belt- J. Crew
Pumps- Kate Spade
Necklace- Overstock.com

I also want to give a quick hair update.  I had it colored and cut the weekend before last and it was just a little to light for my liking so I went back in and had more low lights put in.  This was the first time I've ever gone for an adjustment with my current stylist so it was no biggie.

Here's what it looks like now
(it actually looks a lot lighter in this pic than IRL---
and it looks darker in my outfit photos than IRL)

A lot of people ask me to see a picture of the BACK of my hair---
this is the back, in horrible lighting that made it look a lot lighter than it was---
this was from before I had the low lights added

I promise it's my horrible bathroom lighting, it was not THAT blonde.
I just wanted to share this so you could see how my layers are cut.

Here it is how I usually have it colored:

A little bit darker. I think I just had some highlight overload at my last appointment and I like it much better now that there are more low lights. I'll try to take some updated photos of the color over the holidays so you can see a truer-to-life photo. I also plan to get rid of some of the highlights at the top of my hair the next time I go in.

And before I go...I just had to share this:

My snugglebugs.




  1. Love the dress! That is such an adorable pic of Lulu and the H. Gotta love those lazy mornings :)

  2. Haha! That pic of Lulu cracked me up! I just love dogs :-)
    And the F21 dress is so cute. Nice that it's a work-appropriate length (pet peeve of mine is finding a fabulous dress but it's just not the right length for work!)
    XO - Marion
    Ps - I'm glad you posted an OOTD...I've missed them! :-)

  3. @marion---I was shocked to find a longer dress at F21...they never have anything long enough for me so I was happy! :)

  4. I've seen that dress online. Looks fab on you. F21 needs to work in longer length skirts & dresses into their stock. I think they'd fly out the doors.

  5. Love that dress on you, very flattering! Your hair is gorgeous too, love all the layers.

  6. I absolutely love that dress on you! And I love the fact that it's long :) I had to stop buying dresses from Forever 21 as well, they were just getting to be a little too short for my liking. I'll have to check this out and see if they sell this particular dress online. :)

  7. Your long hair makes me miss mine! I chopped it off over the summer and have regretted it since.
    Love the dress. Every time I go to F21, I get overwhelmed by the loud music and oddly posed mannequins, so I never stay long enough to find anything.

  8. I could not agree more about this crazy Houston weather. I like warm weather but we have been wearing shorts, sleeveless tops, sandals, and flip-flops for too long this year. I can't wait to wear my new boots, sweaters and winter clothes!

    I love your new dress and the picture of Lulu is adorable!


  9. Longer dresses at F21 do exist! :) I'll be visiting the store tomorrow to locate. I may have to bring this blog post for reference! lol... I can see it now: the highschool-aged employee looking at me like I'm crazy :)

    xo, tasha

  10. That's acute dress. I'd take your warm weather over the snow that we have in the Midwest.

  11. You look fantastic in that dress! So beautiful! The last pic of your two snugglebugs was so sweet. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  12. I actually agree that F21 needs to make longer dresses now! I keep trying stuff on and having to size up in skirts because they are way too short (and you know I'm short V!)...I know it's junior sizing but it's obnoxious! The dress is super cute on you :)

  13. Gosh, I can't wait to wear cute clothes again! When you're in your 9th month of pregnancy, it doesn't make sense to go out and buy things you can wear (MAYBE) 4 more weeks. I just love that dress on you! And your hair color is to die for. Looks great!

  14. i really like you with the darker hair, in some of the pictures you posted it looked a little blonder than you usually wear it. I love the change, i think going back was a great choice, your hair looks fab!

  15. I totally get you on the "I wish it was cold" I live in San Antonio, not far from Houston, and it's still so warm here too, 85 degres today! I wish I could wear a scarf or jacket sometimes
    About your "horrible lighting" in your bathroom, I had the same, and I purchased daylight energy saving light bulbs at Lowes this weekend, and my lighting is soooo much better for my blog pictures! And only $4 for 4! I don't look yellow anymore lol.

    And your dress looks fab! So dressed up!

  16. Love the dress! I wish our local F21 had this. Your hair is beautiful! (both color and the curls!) Did you curl your hair (1st pic) with a wide barrel? I would like to curl my hair this way for the holiday weekend, but have been unsuccessful. Any tips?:)


  17. I adore stripes. You wear them well! Love that outfit. :)


  18. i'm with you - it has been so warm and humid in austin lately and all i want to do is wear some tights and use my fireplace. ugh.

    you do look super cute in your striped dress and i liked your hair lighter but the darker version does seem more "you". either way you look fantastic!

  19. Love the dress! I will be on the look out for one like it this weekend. :)

  20. Oh my goodness, that last pic is just soooo precious!!! I love it, you should frame it haha :) xoxo

  21. awww!! Lulu is super cute!! nd love ur hair alooot!! :)

  22. you are so pretty!!! and i love your hair. i wish i still had my long hair so i can wave it and do all those good stuff. i also love your dress. the fit looks great on you.

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  23. Very Kate Middleton-y in that dress and the straighter hair :) You look gorgeous!


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