Friday, September 30, 2016

Summer Dreaming ft. Dresslily

I received some goodies from Dresslily as part of our collaboration, and when it came time to pick out some items, my mouse kept clicking on the swimsuit section.

This palm tree print bikini (see HERE) stole my heart. If you follow me on Instagram (@the_dragonfruit), you'd know I have a slight obsession with these tropical trees. And when it comes in a black and white print, you know I couldn't resist adding it to my cart! However, I've always been hesitant about wearing a two piece. I've never felt comfortable in  them, and I still don't feel 100% confident. The first time I rocked a bikini in public though  was very recently in Belize (see HERE). Yep. I never wore a bikini out in public until the wizened age of 22.

I still love my one pieces, and they make me feel extra secure and comfortable when I know I'm going swimming and planning on being active on the beach. However, it felt so freeing to have the breeze tickle my stomach as I lay out on the dock and sunbathed.

I'm not saying all my self conscious fears completely evaporated. But it helps when you have a cute swimsuit on! I know my body is far from what the world says is perfection, and its only gotten bigger over the years. Despite that, my confidence really has grown, and I realize that other's thoughts and opinions only hold as much value as I give them.

So while we may be heading into fall and winter, my head's still in summer, and I can't wait to bust out my new swimsuit for an actual day in the sun!

Till then, you can totally do your summer dreaming by checking out some Dresslily goodies.
Reflective sunnies (found HERE and HERE) are some of my favorites in case you couldn't tell! And be brave - wear something you usually wouldn't. You never know - you may just surprise yourself with what will feel good on you.

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8

Thursday, September 29, 2016

OOTD: Dancing or Grinding?

Bet you weren't sure what kind of outfit you'd see with a title like that, huh? Haha, well first off, let's talk about the outfit. These ripped up jeans are becoming a staple in my closet. It pairs well with a fitted, sporty tank and snapback. Dresslily collaborated with me, and a few items they've sent me have been making their way into my everyday outfits. Such as these purple reflective sunglasses (get them HERE)! How fun are they? The pop of unexpected color in an unusual place makes them so fun. 

Also, the world print watch? Um, how appropriate is that? In case you didn't know, I only have traveling on my mind all the time. Now this just adds fuel to the fire by reminding me of all the places I have yet to see! It's super cute, and it came with a battery already in it. For less than $2, this watch is a steal for the stylish travel addict (nab yours HERE)!

So why did I title this post Dancing or Grinding? Because in this day and age, they've become practically synonymous, despite my belief that they're two completely different things. Allow me to share a short story from my most recent dance floor predicament.

"You don't have enough paint on you!" he shouted back at me. 
"Well maybe if I was in the front I'd look like you too!" I volleyed back.

I was currently shoulders deep in a rave, with pink and green paint being sprayed mercilessly down on the masses. And we loved it.
Life in Color. AKA: the largest paint party in the world. EDM combined with paint and rave culture. It was definitely an experience to say the least! Corina and I had bought these tickets back in June, counting on this shebang to be the perfect kickoff for her birthday. 
And here we were, three months later with paint-drenched shirts, deafened ears, and heartbeats that thumped in time to the overwhelming music.

The tall guy in front of me was at the rails, and it was a miracle he could even see through his paint-smeared glasses. 
"You want to stand here?" he asked.
I made a noncommittal shrug, uncertain of how serious the offer was. Apparently, very, because he shifted down to my ground level and helped me up.

Well, why say no to that? I figured, and started bouncing up and down to the music again. 
Then at one point, he leaned up to my ear and shout-asked me: "Do you mind if I dance with you?"
Immediately my eyes zoomed in to the couple to our left, who had basically been having sex through their clothes the entire time. 

Hell yes I  mind, because "dancing" isn't really dancing anymore, and I'd prefer not to have a stranger's penis pressed up against my butt, thank you very much.

I made a face, said no thanks, and promptly switched places with him again. 
"I'm sorry if I made you uncomfortable earlier," he shouted back to me sheepishly.
"It's fine, I just came here with my friend, so I'm gonna stick with her!"

Seriously ladies, I'm in love with dancing and having music move through my body. It's freeing, empowering, and happens to be a fun, killer workout.

 However, it always makes me uncomfortable when someone wants to dance with me. Because I NEVER KNOW IF THEY MEAN DANCING OR GRINDING. In this culture, it's become one and the same thing. If you've ever gone out, you can bet that at one point or other, some male is going to come up to you from behind and try to squeeze a free humping session out of you.

Um, no thank you. Not for me at least.
What was the point of this story? I don't know. All I know is that if a guy can actually face me, twirl me around, look me in my eyes, and dance with me, he immediately gets way further in my book than humpty no-face man from behind.

What are some of your dirty dancing tales? I'm curious what your thoughts might be on this topic! Share in the comments below.

PS: You can check out the rest of the day at Life in Color in my vlog HERE! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OOTD: Autumnal Florals

According to half a dozen fashion articles I've read, we're taking the ever-so-popular floral trend into fall this year, so you can imagine my excitement over this. Because with a little bit of layering, I'm ready to take a good portion of my summer wardrobe into this next season! 

For example, this gorgeous top from Dresslily (get it HERE). This is my first time working with Dresslily, but based on what I've received from them, I'd say they're a decent site. This tunic arrived in good condition and no threads have started fraying (as is common with clothes from these type of sites). In fact, it seems rather nicely made! I'd compare it to Forever 21 type clothing, with reasonable prices, so-so quality, but trendy and cute items. An easy fix for the fashionista looking to expand their wardrobe without draining her/his bank account!

This floral print meshed with crochet and earthy coloring made it an easy piece to style. The cut outs of crochet add a fun interest, while the darker tones mesh well with fall layers. Paired with a slip dress underneath, tall boots, and my favorite cape jacket (see it worn HERE and HERE), it made for a beautiful fall-themed outfit that received a lot of compliments. 

I'll admit, while I'm still clinging to summer in my mind, my wardrobe is ready for fall. It's an age old love-hate dilemma between Autumn and I. On the one hand, I adore her style and the layering options that help spice up outfits. On the other, I despise the chilly weather and sniffle she gives me. 

Where do you stand on fall? Love her? Hate her? A little bit of both?

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rosegal Wishlist

When contacted to take a look at Rosegal and their selections, I felt skeptical. I'm still curious whether these items are as high quality as they appear (because we all know how those sites work!).

However, it never hurts to window shop...right? After perusing the site, I'd have to say these are the pieces that intrigue me the most. The prices are a bit more than the typical wholesale sites that carry similar items, so it makes me wonder if they're higher quality as well.

With fall on my mind, I'm all about those cozy, cute elements such as sweaters, boots, and cute dresses! What are you planning on wearing this fall?

PS: I'm testing out some new layouts on the blog, so apologies if it's a little rough around here. Let me know what you think though! 
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