Weather Permitting: Off the Shoulder Dress

What is it about rainy days that make you all sentimental and nostalgic?  What is it about spending time with family that makes you all sappy and emotional???  And then just like that the sun comes out and you feel revived and ready to face life.  Please tell me I am not alone….please tell me you are as influenced by the weather as me…. come on, anyone???

The weather this week has given me opportunities to embrace both.  A lot of rainy day reflections.  And a lot of sunny day flourishing.  And I think I needed a bit of both. To be honest I have turned into a super sentimental, emotional person.  In fact most days I could cry on cue.  Maybe it is motherhood, maybe it is being a consultants wife, maybe it is being 35 or maybe it is knowing that each day is a gift I can never get back.  Sometimes I want to re-live moments or even days…. but reality would not have it.  So, instead I cry a lot #truth

August has always been a time of transition for me- I mean as a child it was “back to school time” and then when I became a teacher it was more “back to school”.  Each year I would go through the mixed emotions of leaving the long summer days behind and starting a new grade.  Or when I went to college the emotions of leaving home and starting on my own.  And when I was teaching the anxious feelings of meeting my new students and new colleagues.  Each August brought about reflections of the months past and aspirations for the coming year.  And this August in no exception.

Over the last several days (and actually several weeks, if I am honest) I have been thinking about my “life”.  Now, if that isn’t the broadest topic ever I am not sure what is.  However, what it comes down to is the little things and the feelings.  Its the little things that send my mind spinning into reflection.  Its the little things that I can hang my hat on to keep my emotions in check. It the sound of the rain against the window reminding me of the amazing opportunities we had abroad.  The thunderstorms bringing back the memories of Declans time in the hospital.  The bright sun challenging me to find the best in a situation despite my instinct to see the negative.  The warmth of the day helping me refresh my soul and appreciate all I have.  The cool evenings lending themselves to a little reminiscing of life before a child and a spouse.  But at the end of the day, no matter the weather, no matter the time of year,  I am left with overwhelming feelings of gratitude and appreciation.  Each day I am reminded just how lucky I am to live this life.

 

Photo: Jenna Sparks Photography

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I wanted to be simple and classic with this look. I wanted to keep it neutral and easy.  Both THIS dress and THESE shoes are the  definition of simple, classic and easy.  Off the shoulder is a HOT HOT HOT trend right now and it makes for a nice flare on a neutral dress.  The simple eye-let of THIS dress was what stood out for me.  And it is under $40.  There is still plenty of summer left to snag it up.  THESE  simple nude heels are a classic pair that can be worn across the board.  Paired here with a dress really keeps them simple and neutral but don’t be afraid to throw them on with boy-friend jeans and a tee.  Be prepared to see THESE heels a lot more in the coming months.

My EARRINGS are apart of the Sugar FIx line from Bauble Bar.  I love the great price, the great selection and the availability.  I mean who doesn’t shop at Target….. you know you do.

As always I have tried to link several options for all the items in varying price ranges.

rainy reflections and sunny starts

I am thankful each day for Brendan.

I am appreciative of those friends who continue to support and lift me up.

I am blow away by my love for Declan.

I am grateful for my parents undying support and love.

I am lucky to do what I love and share my life.

I am blessed to live in a place that is endlessly gorgeous and breathtaking.

I am indebted to the memories of my life and how they have shaped me.

August weather seems to be as unpredictable as my life; rainy and reflective mixed with a fair amount of sun and fresh starts.  Despite the ever changing forecast of life I am confident knowing that each day I am given the gift to embrace, love, reflect and change.

With Love,

 

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33 thoughts on “Weather Permitting: Off the Shoulder Dress

  • Reply Lauren | also known as mama August 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Perfection! You, this outfit, everything about this photo shoot!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Lauren!
      A

  • Reply Ashley Markwood August 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I loveeee off shoulder dresses! Especially the details on those sleeves!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

      I am coming around but love the detailing. Sometimes I feel restrictive!!
      A

  • Reply Eryn August 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Off the shoulder dresses and tops are so fun! Seriously one of my biggest obsessions right now!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

      I know right?!?
      A

  • Reply Nicole Flower August 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    You are stunning my friend and this wall is everything! My mom actually calls me when she see’s a fun wall, lol! You know you’re a fashion blogger when…
    I did not know Target had a Baublebar line, good to know cause I love their earrings!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thats so funny that your mom calls you! I have a friend who does the same for me. You certainly need to check out their line at Target- it is super affordable!
      A

  • Reply Clair August 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I need this dress! I am all about off the shoulder dresses, and this one looks perfect! Love how you styled the entire outfit 😊

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Ahh thanks Clair.
      A

  • Reply Angela Kim August 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Love your off the shoulder dress. It’s perfect for this time of the year! And glad you are able to find gratitude and joy in your life. 🙂

    • Reply pishtoposh August 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Angela!
      A

  • Reply Keala August 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I loved this. August has always been reflective for me too. Maybe it’s the teacher in me. It always felt like that he beginning of something new. Almost like January. I so get it!
    And I have those earrings from Sugarfix too! Love them!

  • Reply Devon August 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    That dress is beautiful! I definitely need to get more dresses, I only own two!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Absolutely!!! You need more!!! Dresses are so feminine and flirty- love them.
      A

  • Reply Shannon | Mom Without Labels August 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Yes girl!! The little things outweigh the big things every time! Love this post. And, I love your look! So pretty!

  • Reply Jessica Peresta August 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Ok I love that dress! I don’t know if I could pull it off as well as you, but it is so cute!

  • Reply Kerry August 14, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Such a pretty dress! I love the eyelet detail. The background for these photos is beautiful too!

  • Reply Kiley D. Smith August 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress and I LOVE your freckles!

  • Reply Neely Moldovan August 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I love the eyelet! So pretty!

  • Reply Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms August 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I love those earrings and that dress is beautiful!

  • Reply Emily August 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Motherhood turned me into a crybaby too! Love your reflections, and that dress is gorgeous!

  • Reply Justine @ Little Dove August 15, 2017 at 12:17 am

    That dress looks so great on you! I love it with the nude heels too!

  • Reply ashley peavey August 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    You are stunning, I love that dress!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      You are too sweet Ashley.
      A

  • Reply Katherine August 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Love it! Totally suits you and I’m totally into the off the shoulder look at the moment!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Katherine! It is certainly the season and they look great on everyone!
      A

  • Reply Melissa August 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    You have the perfect figure to pull off that dress! It’s stunning on you!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Wow Melissa that is so sweet. Thank you.
      A

  • Reply Jennifer Corter August 17, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I love love love that dress, it’s beautiful and looks great on you!

  • Reply Sara M. @ The Sanity Plan August 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Your outfit looks amazing! I really love that tile wall, too!

    • Reply pishtoposh August 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Sam!
      A

  • Reply April August 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I love this dress, so cute and elegant on you

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