Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By the Lakeside

This past weekend I was down in San Diego visiting my boyfriend and we discovered this really pretty lake close to his place. I can't believe we hadn't been there before! It's definitely our new picnic (and outfit-photoshoot) spot ;). There seem to be so many pretty places in San Diego and I love finding somewhere new. I love taking pictures in nature because the background is always so pretty, but I couldn't help feeling a bit out of place being this dressed up at the lake. Maybe it's just me, but I felt like people in their workout or otherwise casual clothes were looking at me all weird! I hope some good pictures came out of it at least :). 

The dress I'm wearing is by the brand Taylor. 
I joined a clothing swap group on Facebook last year and a few months ago I was lucky enough to score this dress in exchange for a dress I don't wear anymore. It's the best feeling to swap out "old" clothes for new ones!




Details of the belt, necklace, and print of the dress.




I love the back cut-out of this dress. It's shows some skin but in a totally classy way! I think this dress is better suited for more formal events. I wore it for my sister's graduation in June and I can't wait for an occasion to wear it again :).

Dress: ModCloth (similar here). 
Necklace: ModCloth (similar here).
Heels: ALDO Frited Heel (similar here).
Belt: Sidecca


35 comments:

  1. So pretty! And don't worry- the stares were probably good as you def look like an old Hollywood movie star here and they were probably in awe! (PS I kind of wish more people dresses up on a regular basis because it's always weird to be amongst the T-shirt and jean crowd when you're dolled up!). XO

    -Lauren Blair
    www.prefer2Bdemure.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I wish more people dressed up too. On the plus side, we get to be the ones who stand out in crowds ;)

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  2. I always think that a cut out is the classiest way to show a little skin! I've been getting kinda used to the weird looks when I take outfit pics somewhere other than my backyard...It's flattering! they probably thought you were a model from NYC!

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    1. Haha, thanks Angela! The looks are something I'll have to get used to I guess! :)

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  3. Beautiful photos and gorgeous dress - love the black and white with red accents :) Taking blog photos outdoors can be a bit funny with everyone going by wondering why you're so dressed up - especially when its in the morning and everyone is still in their gym gear :P

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  4. OMG I can't believe you got this beauty in the swap! It looks so pretty on you. This exact dress has been on my wishlist forever, I'm pretty sure our styles are exactly the same :).

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  5. Cute! You look stunning, as always. The cutout in the dress is really lovely.
    I know what you mean about feeling out of place when you're wearing something a lot fancier than everyone else, but I have come to get used to the fact that I am almost always the most "dressed up" one, and try not to pay attention to people watching me when I take pictures for my blog, etc.

    ~Bristol

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    1. Thanks, Bristol! The looks will definitely take getting used to!

      xo

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  6. Swapping clothes is so fun! I love this dress and how you accessorized with the gorgeous red necklace :)

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  7. Super gorgeous dress! You remind me of a modern day Audrey Hepburn :-)

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    1. Aw I'm flattered... thanks Marisa! :)

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  8. Such a beautiful outfit and location! I am really loving that adorable bow belt.

    Little Lady Little City

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    1. Thanks Amanda! It's amazing how versatile the belt is :)

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  9. honestly i like to get crazy dressed up for everything so this would totally be my sitting-by-the-pond outfit haha ;) I love the dress- it's so girly and a total dream!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Thanks, Marlen! I'm glad I'm not the only one haha :)

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  10. You are so cute! I'm so happy you found me on Instagram because your style is absolutely adorable, and I'm so happy to have found your blog. This dress is amazing, and I love it with the red necklace!

    www.room-334.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Elana, I'm happy I found you too! :D <3

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  11. Love the idea of a clothing swap site, can you recommend any? I have SO many clothes that I've maybe worn once or twice and would love to trade with someone! Lovely entry, and I'm sure people were staring because you look so beautiful, and they were in admiration!
    Xo
    Amanda
    http://sansscrubs.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. The swap group I use is this one on Facebook, the girls are really nice and I've scored some sweet stuff! I highly recommend it :) https://www.facebook.com/groups/163183680407117. Happy to have found your blog! xo

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  12. A clothing swap group is such a good idea! I love this dress, it's so cute on you. Fit and Flare dresses are my absolute favorite! :)
    I know what you mean about feeling out of place when you are having your pictures taken in public. As a new blogger myself, I'm still having a hard time getting used to all the looks. It just feels so awkward, but hopefully it gets easier over time.

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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    1. Thanks, Tamara, I'm hoping it gets easier over time too, haha :) xo

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  13. What a gorgeous dress! I know what you mean I am always overdressed everywhere I go too! You look amazing and that belt is just perfect with the look! Love the pops of red too!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  14. That dress is adorable. I love the combo of stripes and dots in one dress. I'm always the most dressed up of my friends.

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  15. You look absolutely gorgeous! I love the bow belt. I always feel overdressed too, but I go by the saying, "One cannot be overdressed, only underdressed" If you are wearing something you love it shouldn't matter, right? :) That is a stunning lake spot too. I do hope you can share many picnics there-I know I would!

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    1. I like the way you think! I definitely agree. Thanks Katie! xo

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  16. This dress is absolutely stunning! I LOVE it on you, especially paired with the bow belt. So darling.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  17. Great outfit:) love it!

    www.blogsbygabrielle.blogspot.com

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