Happy Monday friends!
How was your Easter weekend? Are you suffering from sugar overload? I can hardly wait to see all the kids at school and how much candy they sneak in their lunchboxes and backpacks! Of course I’ll hear lots of tales about what the Easter bunny brought and that will bring a big smile to my face, I really love listening to the excitement in the children’s voices. Sometimes I have to remind myself what a blessing it is that they want to share their stories with me, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and miss the gifts bestowed upon me. Ahhh, the life of a school counselor!
We celebrated Easter on Saturday this year. We always host and this year I decided I’d like to go to church on Easter Sunday (we usually go on Saturday night) and then relax and enjoy the day. This also gave my brother and sister a chance to be able to celebrate with their in laws on Sunday so we could all be together on Saturday. It was weird that our oldest son was not with us; we made the decision not to drive up to Gainesville to get him since he’ll be coming home in 10 days for summer. I can hardly believe he is for all intents and purposes done with his freshman year.
Tomorrow our younger son heads to Kentucky with his high school robotics team for a competition. He’ll be gone until Sunday so we’ll be empty nesters for a few days. I’ll miss him like crazy! We are also finishing up volleyball tonight. When he returns next week he’ll be facing exams and all the other end of year busy-ness. Before we know it school will be out!
On that note, I’ll be finished with work on June 2. With that in mind I’m going to try to stop shopping and use what I have in my closet. I’m sharing this to try to stay accountable but…well, we’ll see what happens, lol! So the dress I’m wearing in today’s post I snagged at Old Navy for a steal $15. I am planning on wearing it this summer because it’s so lightweight and it can also be thrown over a swimsuit for a quick cover up or dinner out after a day at the beach. The material is thin but I LOVE the color, this pink reminds me of Barbie. Some might call it bubblegum pink but I like Barbie better!
When I wore it to work I wore a denim jacket because the air conditioning is too cold for me to go sleeveless. In the pictures without the jacket you can appreciate how thin the fabric is because you can see the outline of my bra. As much as I really hate it when that happens you should know I took this dress on and off no less than 4 times because I kept playing around with different bras! Next time I wear it I think I’ll try one of my sports bras. And don’t even get me started on the underwear! I ended up wearing boy/bike shorts underneath. I really have a problem with panty lines, back fat or bulge, dimpled thighs showing through my clothes. Once I spot it I’ll do just about anything to conceal it! I guess except return the $15 dress because the material is thin, lol!
I am wearing a small in the dress. Remember how last week I talked about dressing for your shape? By adding the jacket to this dress it definitely helps create the illusion that I have a waist! Oh and in case you’re wondering the necklace I’m wearing is a few years old; it was a birthday gift from my sister! I love the happy colors and it gets a lot of use this time of year.
My denim jacket is so old I can barely believe it! I bought it when my boys were babies and they are 17 & 19 now. Just goes to show you that having some classics like a good denim jacket are worth keeping. I probably went through a stretch where I didn’t use it much and I remember just a few years ago buying a lighter colored one but this is my favorite. In fact I got rid of the lighter colored one because this fit my arms better. So yes, I got this jacket when I was in my 30’s and I’ll soon be 50 and still wearing it!
Lightweight (and I am so not kidding about that with this one) dresses paired with denim jackets and comfy espadrilles are what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, are you ready to add them to yours?
You can shop my look here:
Suede espadrille wedges • Gap • $64.95
Striped Plus-Size Fit & Flare Dress • Old Navy • $29
Plus-Size Cutout-Shoulder Swing Dress • Old Navy • $32
Drapey Plus-Size Swing Shirt Dress • Old Navy • $22
Women’s Plus Denim Jackets • Old Navy • $44
Fit & Flare Plus-Size Dress • Old Navy • $19.99
Denim Jacket for Women • Old Navy • $28
Distressed Denim Jacket for Women • Old Navy • $32
Sleeveless Cutout-Back Shift Dress for Women • Old Navy • $14
Jersey Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $15
Crepe Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $14.99
Printed Pintuck Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $14.97
Side-Slit Midi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $15
Pleated High-Neck Tank Dress for Women • Old Navy • $9.97
Jersey Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $12.97
Linking up with:Patti for Visible Monday, The Blended Blog, Royally Waiting,Get Your Pretty On, Moda Thursday,Not Dressed as Lamb
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