How to Style a Bright Dress

There’s no denying that I absolutely adore wearing dresses! I pulled out this bright dress that I bought around 9 years ago when I first moved to Arkansas. It was so unbelievably hot for me when I first moved here so I sought out a few light cotton dresses to survive.

These days, it’s much easier for me to handle Arkansas’ high temps so I hardly wear this dress. This dress is unbelievably loud and screams for attention because of the cut and color so it doesn’t feel like an everyday dress, though it easily could be. There aren’t many dresses like this out there!

Bright Sumer Dress

The trick to wearing a bright, loud dress is to own it. The dress is going to attract attention so you need to be comfortable in it! If you don’t like how it looks on you or it doesn’t fit in a way you love, you’re probably not going to look great in it.

So pop out that hip and smile, girl, ’cause you fine.

How to Style  a Bright Summer Dress

Styling bright dresses like this one often calls for pretty simple accessories with clean lines. That doesn’t mean you can’t play with other bright colors though! The designs and colors just need to not be too crazy. After all, your styled bright dress is the center of this look so let it shine.

I added these simple but eye-catching blue cork wedges with a peep toe, perfect to pair with this flowy summer dress.

Style a Bright Dress

This dress called for beach babe hair! It really reminds me of Mexican prints and island vacations. I grabbed my favorite sea salt spray and scrunched away.

Wearing a bright dress

I kept my other accessories simple as well, with floral patterned aviator sunglasses and a necklace that’s been passed through my family. Rumor is that the necklace came from India or somewhere in the Pacific from an uncle who sailed around the world when he was younger. (I have another matching one that the strand broke and I really need to fix!)

how to wear a bright dress

So throw on that bright dress, toss on your shades, and strut your stuff. Own it!

Same silhouette in bright orange – $38
Drop Waist Sheath in Fuchsia – $50

Similiar color and style in t-strap wedge – $60
Almost exact in navy or coral – on sale $70-40

Multi-Strand Rope in Burnt Orange – $37
Closest match – $319

Exact – $13


Bright End-of-Summer Jewelry Picks

Summer is almost over, y’all! But that doesn’t mean that bright summer style needs to take a back set when we start to pull out those cardigans. (Who am I kidding, it’s going to be hot as hades in the South for at least another three months).

I really love bright statement jewelry and think it’s a great part of a wardrobe of any season, not just the end of summer! Here are some of my favorite picks for bright, fun jewelry right now.

Bright pink statement necklace


On sale for $39

Teal beaded necklace



Turquoise earrings from Kate Spade


Glitter Kate Spade Earrings


Aren’t those glitter earrings delicious? If only I had my ears pierced…

How I Lost 8 pounds in 8 days and plan to lose more

How I’ve Lost 8 Pounds in 8 Days – And Plan to Lose More

I’d sworn up and down hundreds of times in the last few years that I was FINALLY going to get in shape. Yup, I was going to put in the time and earn that sleek, toned body I knew was hiding underneath my muffin top. In fact, I’m sure that you’ve read a hundred, nay thousand times, on this blog that I was on a mission to be healthier.

But I never ever stuck with it. I usually get pretty excited about a new fitness routine and abandon it when something in my life comes up.

This time, however, it really feels like this change is going to stick. In fact, this routine has been so effective, I’ve lost 8 pounds in the last 8 days. Kind of goes pretty well with this week’s earlier post about coming back from a long break. Because, sista, this has been a long break from being healthy.

Continue Reading

How to Rock at Life When you come back from a break

How to Come Back from a Break

Back to school season is right around the corner and that means it’s time to refocus, right? In France, the call the idea of refocusing after a summer break “la rentrée” or reentry. It’s a pretty apt name for the time of back to school season! Even if you don’t have school-aged children, both society and our internal clocks decide to get more serious as the weather starts to cool down. But how can you come back from a long break with energy, direction, and a plan?

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted often on this blog. At the beginning of the summer, my boyfriend came on at my company to do a trial of working together before we made the decision about his buy-in (which he did in the end). Then I went on vacation, left my laptop behind, and spent most of it at the beach with family and friends. Then I came back from vacation to get swamped in leads and new clients. And now it’s August. Uh, what?

Continue Reading