Textures and Print

Dress: Rue 21   Bag: thrifted   Shoes: c/o My Hot Shoes   Ring: c/o Castle In Air   Earrings: c/o Estarer

Summer is in the air. The sun broke through the clouds, the wind stilled to a slight breeze, and I was comfortable with baring my legs. Ah, I can't wait for more sunny days! I have one problem with bare legs though - you can see my volleyball scars. I swear, as long as I play, I will never have pretty knees. Sorry for the unsightly scab there - it was a fresh addition to my collection from playing last week.
I know orange and brown are typically more autumnal tones, but I couldn't resist wearing this dress. Its an old clearance rack find from Rue 21 that I got for $6. When layers become unbearable to use in warm weather, its time to rely on textures and interesting prints to make an outfit unique. The high-low hem of the dress, lace overlay, and floral wedges are what make this stand out. Then some matching brown accessories helped pull it all together. 

So yesterday I went to my old high school's spring play, and it was wonderful. The cast did fantastic, and I'm proud of my friend Jesse for making his directing debut and putting it all together. However, afterwards it felt slightly awkward. There were many kids I knew from before, but it wasn't the same. There was a disconnect between us. I've been so isolated from their social circle since starting college. Its funny how time works - it is both your friend and enemy. Time can steal moments from you and spin the world faster than you'd like - however, it can also help you move on from your past. It dulls memories and pushes you forward. I'm almost done with my first year of college, and already I feel like I've grown so much through it. This year has been one of learning and moving on. 

However, some things will never be stolen by time - at least, not if you make sure to protect it! And that would be friendships. I've maintained a precious few, and those are one's that I cherish. I'm just happy to have a few solid friends in my life. That, and late night talks that are both deep and random. Those are the best! 

PS: Alright, since so many of you mentioned disliking the Google+ commenting system (and I'll admit, I didn't care for it either), I've decided to switch it back. Sorry for the confusion there! The only bad thing is now I lost all the comments on the last post. Bleh.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. 
Hebrews 10:24-25


Lucie Srbová said...

That dress is absolutely amazing and I am still blown away by your shoes! Fantastic! :)

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stunning wedges!

Brenda evans said...

lovely look, the earrings are my fave!


Nathyness said...

Haha, glad you had fun playing volleyball.

This is such a pretty location! Such a quaint, old Americana, vintage-y spot. I love this dress with those wedges, and the bag is my favorite part! What a great find.

SaraM said...

You look gorgeous! Autumn tones are so pretty year round, so wear away ;)
It's good you've been able to keep those friendships alive. Time also has a way of tearing people apart if they aren't paying attention. Sounds like you guys are stuck like glue! Haha!


P.S. THANK YOU for switching back!! Hahahaha!

Ivana Džidić said...

Spring is in the air indeed and sometimes I have a feeling summer is too!

Fanatastic outfit

the red lace dress- stunning!
the flowery wedges- amazing?

The dress also has a flowery pattern, but a more subtle one, right....?

Don't worry about the scars, I think they're kind of cool. I always have some burns because I cook a few meals a day ( We people sure like to eat)

Kamila Z said...

amazing dress and shoes :)

Color-Block said...

nice dress

Danny said...

Such a lovely dress! And I really like your shoes, amazing print :)

The Chic Sheet said...

Beautiful dress!


Hanna & Christel said...

Wonderful outfit! just amanzing!


The Chic Sheet said...

This color looks lovely on you :)


Lisa said...

I love the red dress and the brown purse that you paired with it Linda!

Ali Hval said...

I definitely agree that it's better ot have a few solid friendships compared to many weak ones--I really only have about three good friends at college, but they're lovely and I can tell them anything at all and not feel judged or pressured or anything. It's amazing. I'm sorry you felt a little "out," though. I think that is a feeling that comes with growing through college.

Enough reminiscing, though. Linda, I adore this outfit! I love your purse, and how pretty a shade of cognac it is... and then I love those wedges, too. You always wear them so well!

Joandy said...

very pretty dear, and you always have such amazing shoes!!!

Carrie said...

aahh, you look absolutely lovely! LOVE the dress and LOVE the shoes!!!


caffinatedlove said...

*ahem ahem ahem*


I recently got a pair somewhat like that at Goodwill, except that they're black and dirty and not as awesome as yours. ;)

and a 6 dollar dress? How perfect. That could have been in neon green and I would have scooped it up.


ChicStreetChoc Eriel said...

Amazing that's so cute ! Have u a nice week end!


Kim Alston said...

Linda, that's a great dress! I love the color and material. Looks so awesome on you. These pics are fabulous and you look too cute in the very 1st one. So many things change over time. The friends you have today may be different in the years ahead. People grow apart and together. Just enjoy each day for what it is :)

Ashley said...

This dress is so pretty! I can't believe you got it for $6! Such a steal! I love that you are wearing autumnal tones is seriously stunning on you! I have this weird urge to always wear whatever is slightly out of season. For example, this time of year I always have an outfit or two that are fall colors or layering and in the fall I always want to wear my pastel jeans with cheery floral prints. I say wear whatever speaks to you :) Oh and YOUR hair! I've said it before, but you have the best hair. I wish I was brave enough to rock bangs.

xo Ashley

Mica said...

Glad to see normal comments back, yey! I'm a little put off by Google's pushing to google+ for us all. I get that they want to make the internet a nice place to be by having full names and locations everywhere, but really that's just compromising people's security and safety. Especially for those who don't know any better and fill out all of their profile info and frequently share where they are or where they've been.

Sorry, internet security is a touchy issue for me obviously, haha! My parents taught me well ;)

Love this outfit - the lace dress is beautiful and it looks so good on you with the floral wedges and brown accessories :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Tori said...

Beautiful lace dress!
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Kimberly said...

from one volleyball player to another.... I totally feel your pain on the scarred and banged up knees. I will forever have scars thanks to volleyball. oh well, I'll take the battle-wounds.

lovely dress!

Anonymous said...

I love your dress! Beautiful outfit, and those shoes are so cute! You look gorgeous Linda! Glad you had fun at the play!

shamuboo said...

Wow! I am a huge fan of lacy dresses and few have been prettier than that one, especially on you. And your shoes are so fun and just make me smile, so cute. The earrings also are an eye catcher as is your still-visible henna arm art. Take it easy on your knees :) Lovely look!

Harija said...

love the dress and you look stunning
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JANICE G said...

that dress looks stunning on you!

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JULIETTE said...

You look just great, I love the brown bag!


Anonymous said...

Love the dress! And that thrifted bag is so cute! I love your shoes too! <3


Edixa said...

i like your dres, amazing color, i love red :)

Gail J said...

I love lace dress :)

Monica Harmony said...

Great pictures, you look absolutely stunning!

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EMA said...

That dress and those shoes go so well together!!

The dress also has a great length! I love it!!


Admirably Pretty said...

Such a gorgeous dress! And those shoes match it soooo well! Great location to take photos as well :)

XO, Imke

Jo said...

Lovely photoshoot. The sunlight always helps and I love those on the railway tracks. Poor knees!

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Fabiola said...

Like your shoes!! Perfect look!

like your blog. what about following each other??..

Chai Chen said...

Lovely dress Linda! Perfect sweet look with floral shoes :)

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Anonymous said...

I love your handbag! Great outfit and pics.


Beauty said...

You look great! That dress is beautiful and the shoes are cute.

Following you now and I hope you follow back.

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Amanda said...

u look totally beautiful Linda! Oh I always loved volleyball, and I think its super cool that you play =)

l3xiluthor said...

I love those shoes paired with that dress and the photos are stunning

Imogen said...

My favourite outfit of yours. The lace dress is so pretty and the shoes are outstanding. I am so impressed.

czarianonuevo said...

wow!!! first saw this on insta and i quickly became excited to see the whole post :) i think this will add to the list of my fave outfits of yours. i just LOVE the dress, its color, style and that summer vibe brought by matching it with those floral wedges (i always adore!). and most importantly, your passion, very evident from your knee scars, to whatever it's you're doing (in this case volleyball).

czarina :)
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Kat said...

ooh such a beautiful dress!! i actually really like the color for spring!! its unexpected but perfect :D

Kat said...

ooh such a beautiful dress!! i actually really like the color for spring!! its unexpected but perfect :D

erica marie said...

Such a pretty dress and yay! for being able to bare your legs. It's crazy how time really does change everything but you're lucky to have built some great friendships even if it's only a few...those are the ones who will always be there for you.

xo erica

Maiken said...

gosh, I'm happy you switched back to the normal commenting widget :P I read your last post and wanted to comment but couldn't do it since I don't have this Google+ user thingy. anyway, great outfit, Linda! my favourite thing about it is the combo of your wonderful bag and those matching bracelets. I do love the dress and your gorgeous shoes too of course :)

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Jodie said...

I'm so glad you've changed back to the old commenting system!! I couldn't upgrade to g+ on my kindle so I couldn't comment on your posts;(
You look fab I love those shoes, your knees look very a/w which fits in with the weather were having here on England perfectly
Thank you for the kind comment on my blog x

Maria Gabriela B said...

I like that you share personal story with you outfit post. Sometimes bloggers seem rather stiff by just posting a bunch of pics and just naming the stores of the clothes they have on, and never sharing anything else.
I understand how you feel, I have some old friends from high school whom I love very much but because we go to different colleges very far away from eachother we havent spoken in years, but I still care for them in my heart. I sometimes wonder if they care for me 2. It's sad, but that's just life.

about your outfit. OMG that dress for 6$???!!! You were lucky! I love it when I find awesome things my size in the clearence bin! it's cool that you are not ashamed of your scars and you didnt photoshoped them or anything! and the shoes are so cute!


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Istvanffy Emma said...

you look beautiful!
Emma xx

Carolyna said...

this dress is absolutely lovely - nice colar and this all laces :-)
Love it

Mary Lou said...

wooooow i looooove that red dress, that color looks amazing on you!

Natasha said...

I love this outfit...and those shoes...AMAZING!!

Natasha ~

ねこちゃん said...

awwww… those shoes= ❥!!! This is such a classy and girly style! that dress and colour looks so good on you!

Sam said...

Hi Linda, this is a beautifully romantic dress, love the reddish hue and the wedges are the perfect choice of heel. You're so right about time and the disconnect it can cause between different social circles. I think thats when we appreciate the true life-long friends we have. Thanks for swapping back the comment box :)

Love and Ace said...

Beautiful red dress and I love those shoes - I'm such a fan of wedges! I can't believe what a deal you got too! Even though it's "autumn" color I think it's still perfect for Spring and Summer! x, Kat

Love and Ace

Ak Yasmine said...

great outfit,love the shoes!!
would you like to follow each other?

Jessi said...

I love this outfit! So romantic. I still love those wedges so much and that dress is gorgeous! Awesome photo location too!

Instant Milk said...

Awesome shoes!


The Garage Starlets said...

Gorgeous look! And great that you came back to blogger comments, couldn't post a comment on the G+

Alessandra Mazzini said...

That bag is so cute!! You look great Linda!

Joyce said...

This is such a gorgeous summer outfit! I love the pretty lace dress (and woah, cool asymmetrical hem!) and those floral wedges are amazing. super amazing. But I love how even with the lace and floral print, you are still able to add something edgy into this outfit with the earrings. you are the best at mixing and matching different styles together!

That's so awesome that your friend made his directing debut, must have been a pretty proud moment!

Mira said...

Love the dress and the floral heels. Beautiful look. I wouldn´t care about the knees. Volleyball is soo much fun :)


katie said...

I love so much about this outfit, it's not even funny. You've been getting so much wear out of this pair of wedges, I never would have thought that a floral print could be so versatile but it's amazing how you style them. They're so pretty and add so much to this dress. I just love it!

And oh, I so hear you about the legs! I bruise really easily so I look really strange in the summer, walking around with blotches all over them. (Your poor legs though, that just sounds like it was painful!)

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Jessica Mattioli said...

nice dress dear!!

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Toni May said...

Love your shoes!!

loving-evelyn said...

amazing dress

Joy Shana said...

Love your shoes and bag

Annie said...

You look SO gorgeous! Love that dress, and love the bag :)

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Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

such a beautiful dress <3 <3

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Carly's closet said...

I love your shoes they are stunning!

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Kati said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog, they sweetened my day!
I really like your outfit here, the dress is just adorable and the shoes, too! And your hair looks so lovely!

Have a great week,

P.S.: So happy I can comment here again!

Naville said...

love your shoes!


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Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Style Blog said...

Love your lace dress dear!


Megan said...

You look gorgeous! Love that dress on you, and that old weathered door makes a beautiful backdrop :)

Rs la mode said...

Really love this romantic vintage feeling! You are so beautiful!:) Great photos!:)

Who is Thinkerbelle? said...

ncie outfit!! :)

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Satu said...

Such a pretty outfit & great photos! :) You know how I feel about railroad-images.. These are gorgeous! I hope I can soon start taking my own ones, lately it's been too freaking cold and rainy. :)

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Serenella ch said...

OMG I love that earing and the shoes *w*
Really cute :D

Elana said...

Okay, this dress is the cutest and looks like it was made for you. I'm such a sucker for anything lace and I'm in love with this. You accessorized it perfectly too - the shoes and the bag (which I'm slightly obsessed with) complement it so well!

Also, I like that we both posted about growing up. I'm about to finish my third year of college and things like visiting my old drama department from high school just gets weirder as the years go by.

Terry Duna Kim said...

i'm in love with your bag and the vintage-y feel to it. it goes perfectly with your cute lace dress. so pretty!

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Katie Aman said...

What a change to see you in a girly dress! You look stunning. I really love this color on you, and the texture of the dress is wonderful! I still love those wedges so much, they have a darling print!

Sabrina said...

This is such a beautiful outfit! I really love the lace dress and it's adorable with the floral shoes.

Glad you switched back from the Google+ commenting system- I'm definitely not a fan of it.


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