One Shoulder Blue Dress

Happy Friday friends!  What a week!  School got out on Wednesday and my last day of work was Thursday so this Friday is especially sweet.  On top of that tomorrow is my birthday and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m excited to enter my last year in the 40’s and super thrilled to be spending my birthday shopping and eating with my husband and my sons. I’ve collected the names of a few good restaurants in the Tampa area where we’re headed to shop and I can’t wait to enjoy a cocktail (or two), delicious food, and find wonderful treasures shopping!  For the last several years my birthday has fallen on or very near to the last day of school and while we’re trying to wrap up a school year by the time my birthday rolls around all I want to do is collapse.  So with the school year officially over I feel like I can really enjoy.

I’m spending today with one of my besties getting mani pedis and then heading out to lunch.  A perfect Friday in my book.  Later my son (which means me) is hosting a pool party so the rest and relaxation from earlier in the day will be short lived, lol!

This one shoulder blue dress was a spur of the moment purchase last week. But I am so glad I bought it! Every morning I peruse the blogs I follow on Bloglovin. When I saw this dress on Alyson of The Modern Savvy I fell in love! Of course I was just a smidge hesitant because Alyson is much younger than me and petite but with Nordstrom’s easy peasy return policy and the fact that the dress is under $40 I knew I had nothing to lose. Just days later my package arrived #cometomama. Yup, the dress is pretty terrific!

I popped on an old red necklace with it in honor of Memorial Day weekend (when we took these photos) but it could easily work for the 4th of July.  I am on the hunt for a hot pink necklace which I think would look great too.  Of course I’m wearing nude wedges because you know how I feel about that (longer legs please!).  If you’re interested I bought the dress in a size medium. I think it’s perfect and not too short.  I’ll wear it with flats or sneakers this Summer when I ‘m out shopping or running errands.  I’ve said it before but it’s so hot and humid here in Orlando that sometimes wearing a dress is the only way to stay cool.

I am completely digging the one shoulder style of this dress.  It’s a lot less fussy than the off the shoulder styles which are everywhere.  Not that I’m knocking OTS, I keep buying them!  I swear everything I see and like is OTS!  I need an intervention.  Soon.  The vertical stripes are great too, and the ruffle detail is a nice, feminine touch.  If my chest was smaller the ruffle would be even more flattering but I like the dress enough to work around it.

Summer is all about relaxing and taking it easy for me.  The cut of this dress is very forgiving which goes hand in hand with happy hour cocktails and snacks.

Honestly this dress has so much going for it, the style, the cut, the color, and the great price.  Check it out here.

I’ve linked some cute dresses at a great price below.  Do you like wearing dresses to keep cool in the Summer?  I’ll see you on Monday but till then I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

A pretty near-perfect dress is what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, what’s in yours?


Fashionably yours,


Cute dresses under $40:
Women’s Love, Fire Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress • $35
Women’s Lush Surplice Cold Shoulder Dress • Lush • $29.40
Women’s Socialite Ruffle Cold Shoulder Dress • Socialite • $25.20
Women’s Lush Ruffle Skater Dress • Lush • $29.40
Women’s Lush Cold Shoulder Shift Dress • Lush • $26.98
Linking up with:Patti for Visible Monday, The Blended Blog, Royally Waiting,Get Your Pretty On, Moda Thursday,Not Dressed as Lamb ,
Confident Twosday ,
A Pocketful of Polka Dots , Lady in Violet Fashion Should Be Fun



  1. June 2, 2017 / 5:50 am

    Happy, happy birthday! This dress looks so beautiful on you. I really need to find a better strapless bra so I can try the one shoulder trend. Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • Kellyann
      June 2, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thanks Lana! I’m actually going to try the strapless bra everyone raves about at Nordstrom when we go there tomorrow. It’s so hard to find a good one! I’ll be sure to let you know how it works out. I told my friend I was bringing my current one with me so I could compare the two and really see if there’s a difference. I’m skeptical but hopeful!
      Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

    • Kellyann
      June 2, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Thanks Jaymie! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. jodie
    June 2, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I’m so glad you bought this Kellyann!! Because it’s so perfect on you!! I just finally found a strapless bra, so I can try out these fun styles!!

    • Kellyann
      June 2, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks Jodie! Finding the right strapless bra can be such a chore, glad you found one!

  3. June 2, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kellyann! This dress is supremely fabulous on you! You are most certainly rocking it…and better than a 20-something because you have that amazing self-confidence that only we women with more years behind us can have! I hope you have the most wonderful birthday weekend!


    • Kellyann
      June 2, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Shelbee you are so sweet! Who wants to be 20 anyway? I like myself so much better now, stretch marks and all, lol! I hope you have a great weekend too!

  4. June 2, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    WOW! You look marvelous in this dress! I love the one shoulder style and the stripes, yes! Your shoes are fab too! Perfect red necklace to top it off! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and I hope you have a great celebration ! Cheers!

    Edwige |

    • Kellyann
      June 3, 2017 / 12:53 am

      Thanks so much Edwige, you made my day! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Amy
    June 3, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Don’t you just love the one shoulder trend?! Looks so great on you with the fun stripes.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Kellyann
      June 4, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Thanks Amy! I sure do, feels so much more secure than the OTS but I’ll admit I keep scooping up OTS. Even though they’re a pain to manage sometimes that hasn’t slowed me down!

  6. June 6, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! You wear 49 like no other!!! Okay, I’m so happy to see you in this cute number. I’ve been wondering if the one shoulder look was appropriate for us 49er’s and it totally is!!! Now I’m on the hunt! Thanks Kellyann! Hope you’re day is fabulous and have fun hosting the pool party! XOXO

    • Kellyann
      June 6, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks Lisa! The one shoulder is a lot easier to deal with than off both shoulders look, way more secure and I don’t feel like I’m pulling my shirt down all day, lol! Hope you find yourself a good one and maybe you and I will be the only 49er’s in blogland wearing the trend but hey, why not!

  7. June 7, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Happy 49th birthday babe! Enjoy your last year of the 40s. I hope your pool party was great and you did some awesome things with your friend.

    I love this outfit and the Americana, nautical vibes it has with the red necklace. Like you I need an intervention because anything cold-shoulder, 0ne-shoulder, off-shoulder or striped I can’t stop buy it. That dress is pretty perfect and it looks better on you than on Alison. You will also see several of these in my capsule wardrobe this Summer. =) Can’t wait for you to see the outfits I come up with.

    We had a great linkup last week. Thank you for everything and all your support and I’d love to have you co-host with me again in July, dear Kellyann. ))
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    • Kellyann
      June 7, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Awe thanks Ada! I’m anxious to see all your capsule wardrobe posts, it always amazes me how people put so many outfits together using a few key pieces! Looking forward to co-hosting again in the future.

  8. June 7, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    YAY!! You look SO good in this dress, and I love most that you can tell you look smokin’. 🙂
    Totally love it with the red accessories, and I love where you’re going with the pink — maybe some fun earrings?

    Thank you so much for the sweet mention, and the younger comment, haha… we’re not that far off — I’m in my late 30s!

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    • Kellyann
      June 7, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Alyson! I can be your older sister, lol!

  9. June 8, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    This is such a pretty dress and at such a great price. Looks really good on you.
    Believe it or not I have not purchased a one shoulder anything for at least a year !

    • Kellyann
      June 8, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Oh my goodness Lorena! That’s incredible, wish I could say the same. It seems like everything I like is either one shoulder or off the shoulder! Thanks so much for the kind words!

    • Kellyann
      June 12, 2017 / 12:52 am

      Thanks Shelly! I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off but I really felt good in it!

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