I know I have said this before-every once in a while, when I buy something for my store, I can't help but keep one for myself. Yes, I will wear something in the store for a little bit, or toss something on when I get in, but I usually don't keep it for myself (don't worry, I only sweat in the clothes a little bit. Jk.). But this dress? This dress was a total exception.
The fact that it is strapless was a little bit of a stretch for me, simply because I just can't handle strapless like I used to, you know, before I had children. But I really, really loved the print of it, and the fact that it's a maxi, one of my summer staples. The easy fix for it being strapless was (surprise, surprise) tossing on my favorite denim jacket. It allowed me to wear an actual bra, which made things a lot easier!
Jacket: Gap /// Dress: Elizabeth & West Fashion House (contact me to order!) /// Shoes: Gap (similar) /// Hat: Target (similar) /// Watch: Target
Can I also note that I am actually smiling in the last picture? Well, it's more of a laugh than a "smile for the camera" smile, but its still a smile. My bells palsy is pretty much gone, which feels pretty great. The left side of my face still hurts a little bit-tender to the touch, feels like its bruised a little. But, my smile is complete! I still don't smile as much in my pictures as I used to, only because it doesn't feel natural. It does feel good though to know that my smile is whole!
I was telling my husband the other night that I was always lucky that smiling just came naturally to me when getting my picture taken- because of my bells palsy, and not smiling for week after week, it's almost like I forgot how to just smile. When I am talking, chatting, laughing it's fine, but when I have to smile for a picture I actually have to think about it and it feels odd. It is the weirdest feeling, one that I can't really explain (those of you that have had bellys palsy can probably relate). It sounds so shallow, but something as simple as smiling is something that we don't really think about, we just do! I cannot tell you how GREAT it felt to see this photo with a smile!!