Today's Everyday Fashion: The Final Stretch

 
 

We are in the final stretch of opening our new business and the Sunday morning we took off to attend church and snap these pictures was glorious! It’s been almost a year since we started the process, and it has been a lot. Most recently, that has meant spending every waking moment (since April 27th - but who’s counting?!) doing physical work. My body might be tired but my heart is so happy. The hard work is meaningful (I have no doubt I will look back on it with nostalgia someday!), it’s important (Rome wasn’t built in a day), and it’s enjoyable (I listen to podcasts + friends come to visit). And - most of all - it makes mornings like these extra sweet. All dressed up, wearing a new dress, enjoying the beautiful weather and time off with the hubs. I’m excited to share this awesome find with you today + wishing you many sweet moments like these! xoxo

Dress: TJ Maxx, $40 (same, similar, plus)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, $59 (similar, similar)
Purse: Macy’s, $63 (similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 5 years ago. Earrings are last year. Purse is recent, dress is new.

Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Off-Shoulder Top

 
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So excited to share the latest new arrival from my fair trade clothing line with Elegantees! This Eden & Ivy top is made from a soft, slightly stretchy organic cotton and is made by survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal. It is truly the most comfortable off-shoulder top I’ve ever worn - it stays put and doesn’t restrict your arms at all. It comes in 3 colors - black stripe, periwinkle stripe and cerulean blue - which one is your favorite?

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Necklace: Aster/Rocksbox, $42 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans, shoes, jewelry is last year. Purse is recent. Top is new.

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: Vince Camuto/Saks Off 5th, $70 (similarsimilar)
Bag charm: H&M, $6 (similar)
Earrings: NM Last Call, $22 (same)
Approx. dates: Purse is 4 years ago. Jeans, shoes, earrings are last year. Top is new.

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: Old Navy, $30
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans, shoes, earrings are last year. Purse is recent. Top is new.

 

Today's Everyday Fashion: I Clearly Have A Type

 
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I clearly have a type and that type is linen and buttons! The fun started last summer with the purchase of the linen dress below, bottom right. And this summer I added shorts (with matching shirt, top right) and today’s midi dress, which means my collection is now complete! This dress is a total steal and I highly recommend it. Just size up - it’s definitely junior’s sizing! (And ps. if you noticed my missing wedding ring, I injured my tendon and can’t get it over my knuckle at the moment. 😢)

Dress: TJ Maxx, $20
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Earrings, shoes are last year. Purse is recent. Dress is new.

 
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Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Dress in 3 Colors

So… I counted. And I‘ve spent 19 of the last 23 days working at our new business, getting it ready to open. And by working I mean physically working late into the evening - painting or whatever labor I can contribute. My body is beyond worn out but my heart is so, so full. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be starting this business, so grateful for the season of rest that came before this that prepared me. And so grateful for Eden & Ivy launching right now!! It’s certainly a morale boost to see something we (me + Elegantees) started working on almost a year ago come to life. All of your responses and notes have been so appreciated, too. I’ve even seen pics of you wearing the collection which is SO fun! And knowing that the women in Nepal who made these dresses are being given fair employment and that fashion is restoring lives? Whoa. Such good stuff.

On top of all of that - this dress is SO pretty and fun to wear!! I’m excited to share this latest Eden & Ivy release with you today - a beautiful, versatile dress in 3 vibrant colors!

Which color do you gravitate towards most?

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