What A Hoot

Dress: c/o ZLZ   Cardigan & Belt: thrifted   Sandals: c/o My Hot Shoes   Bag: c/o Romwe via  catsuit-latex

Isn't this owl bag just adorable? When I saw these lovely girls rocking an identical bag on their blog, I secretly kept my eyes peeled for an opportunity to try it out myself. So when my coupon to Romwe arrived, I used it to get myself this cutie. 

Now this dress is something I'd really hoped would work out, but I'm sad to say it's just a tad too tight in the arm area (notice how that cardigan remained on in all the photos?) and short in the hemline for me to be comfortable wearing on a regular basis. However, it is rather pretty, and nothing a little layering can't fix for a day. The navy color is lovely, and I adore the pleated skirt part and layered ruffles in the bust area. Now if only it were slightly bigger!

I'm certain by now everyone knows that GFC is shutting down for real. It's rather frustrating since that's my biggest platform for the blog, but I'm trying to view it as a fresh opportunity to try something new. I'll reveal more later when things are more certain, but for now, follow me on Bloglovin here

So in other news, I can't help but feel relieved by a phone call I received from financial aid. I've been worried about expenses since moving out, and pay day was coming up soon. However, I'd mentally subtracted next month's rent from that, and I was disappointed to find out I probably couldn't take a little weekend trip I'd hoped to go on to visit a friend. 

When my phone rang, and I saw it was from a local number, I debated over whether or not I should answer (I don't like phone calls). I figured why not, and slid the unlock button.

"Hello, I need to speak with a Linda?" 
"Speaking," I replied.
"I'm just calling to let you know that you have unaccepted summer scholarships for this month, so you'd better accept them by the start of July or they'll be revoked."

My eyes widened. Was she serious?
"Oh my word, thank you for calling me! That's exactly what I need!"
The woman on the line laughed and we hung up. 

God answers our needs, even if we don't specifically ask Him sometimes. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19


Ali Hval said...

Oh man, firstly, CONGRATS ON THE SCHOLARSHIPS!! Man, what an awesome suprise, right? High fives... wait, no, high TENS for you, Miss Linda! (internet high ten)

(also throws confetti)
(also throws a giraffe just because the internet can let me do that)


But seriously, awesome job!

Your dress is bangin'. I love navy, it's gotta be one of the darlingest (totally not a word, dangit) colors out there, and I also adore the leopard belt against it. And the pleaaaaats... Pretty, pretty!

Instant Milk said...

Cute hairdo and bag <3


Mish R. (LBD and Onesies) said...

That dress looks dainty on you! :) Love how you paired it with that cardigan. Anyway, congratulations on your scholarship! You deserve it! :D

XO, Mish @ LBD and Onesies

Sam said...

Hi linda, thats such great news about the scholarship! Congrats, so happy it worked out for you :)
I have this little navy dress, the perfect alternative to black and the leopard belt is the ideal accessory, pity about the fit. Owl bag is the cutest thing!

La Chica del Sábado said...

Your bag is so beautiful!! : )
Great pics!
La Chica del Sábado

Renae Simple Sequins said...

see email k?

Angelica Hennata said...

congrats for the schoolarship yay!
anwy you looks so pretty here, xx

Renae Simple Sequins said...

Dress cute! Too bad arm/sleeves are issues. Hair wonderful! I'm always loving your hair. Darling purse! Such a cute find!

ola said...

effortlessly cute! I love how the cardigan is same length as the dress. Love the braid babe!


Ashley said...

CONGRATS!!! There is nothing better than scholarship money!! So happy that God answered your needs!

You look gorgeous! Loving the color combination and that leopard belt adds the perfect touch! This dress looks too cute with the cardi layered over would never know it doesn't have a perfect fit! Oh, and your hair?! You need to do a tutorial! It's awesome!!

I am excited to see what you have in store for followers. I'm sad GFC is leaving and will be searching for other ways (besides bloglovin) to cater to readers. I'm sure you will inspire always do!!

xo Ashley

katie said...

Heh, I'm the same way, I really dislike talking on the phone and if it's a number I don't know, I don't like answering. I need to work on that. :P I'm really happy about the scholarship money, that's wonderful Linda and I'm sure that's a huge load off your shoulders!

I just have to oooh and aaah over your braid for a moment. The pull around braid like that is really pretty and effortless looking!

Love and Ace said...

Such a fab outfit - I love all the little details like that leopard belt, owl bag and your side braid! So happy for you on the financial aide Linda! p.s are you interested in doing a blogger collab? xx Kat

Love and Ace

DXiredDiamond said...

Hello love! :)

Thanks! I've missed you while I was away! I do have a new laptop. I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures that I've shared with you all! :) Awww... And thank you! I'm glad that you liked my artwork! And you are so kind and wonderful! I appreciate the compliment! You're amazing and loving yourself love! :)

How are you!? How have you been?

LaTasha B.

Beautiful post and pictures by the way! You look gorgeous! I love the dress and the belt! :)

lian said...

Ohh, this is such a cute outfit!, really like this dress and your hair is so pretty!, really like that lovely braid!

anyway,hope you had a good time today and have a great new week!

shamuboo said...

Such an adorable bag. And I understand your point on the hemline from a comfort point of view but it looks perfect from here :). Congrats on the surprise funds. And in case you didn't see it on my blog, I really appreciate you commenting on my last post especially. Outfit posts are scary for me. So, you rock!

TheFashionFraction said...

cute outfit

Danny said...

wow wow wow, so pretty!

Maiken said...

I just wanted to say how great the dress was so I'm sorry to hear it's actually not that great for you. at least it doesn't show from the photos and you look great in it. white and navy really match wonderfully. oh and what cute accessories you've chosen! those sandals and the bag - awesome choice, Linda!

Maikeni blogi - part of me

Tabet said...

great pictures and a sweet outfit! :)
The bag is amazing - i saw it on a tradefare :)

Marsa said...

oh my goodness that bag!! haha so cute!
and i couldn't tell at all that the dress is too tight.
looks good linda :)

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Alexandra Zakharova said...

I'm feeling happy for you, it's such a great opportunity!
Outfit is beautiful as always, u definitely have your own taste and sense of style. Lovely pictures:)
Have a great time!

Best wishes, Alexandra

SaraM said...

Congrats on the scholarships! That's great!! Prayers are sometimes answered in the most unexpected moments :)


Gina Alyse said...

Congratulations, girl! That's the best feeling! And your purse is so cute and unique! I love incorporating owls and birds into my outfits--this is just too adorable! Loving it--Happy Saturday!

xo, gina

Mica said...

Love your hair! That dress is beautiful too, shame it's not the perfect fit! The bag is cute :)

Great news about the scholarship, congrats! :D

Away From Blue

Lily said...

What exciting news! Comgrats on all the scholarships! You definitely deserve it (: It's always great to see God working in our lives.

That bag is seriously adorable. I've seen the owl bags around too, and they always make me smile! Could you honestly be any cuter? I love your braid and the pop of print from the leopard print belt!

Kim Alston said...

GOD is GREAT! What fabulous news! So happy for you. Linda, I love that dress and your new owl bag. So cute. Sorry the dress doesn't fit properly, but one could never tell through these pics. Have a great weekend doll.

Jessica Mattioli said...

Super cute dress!!

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anoddgirl said...

your bag is so cute

Helen Dushko said...

girlish and pretty sommerish look<3
let's follow each other?


Em Sheldon said...

love this whole outfit! especially the dress. so gorgeous for summer :)

Love Em x

Helena Resende said...

Love the way you use your hair! :) You look adorable :)

Emerald Dove said...

Such a cute outfit - I love the dress and, of course, the bag! :)

Jenniya said...

Lovely outfit! :) You have a nice blog. Want to follow each other via Bloglovin & GFC? Let me know in my blog dear. 

XX, IamJenniya

Heidi said...

I love the sandals! :) xx

P.s I invite you to my giveaway! :)

Click here to win $100 voucher to

Marie Zamboli said...

Aww this is a lovely blog honey :)
I'm Marie I blog from Italy I wish we could follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin what do you think? Let me know I will follow back as always sweety
I just wore my new cat design bag do you like my outfit?

Avi Valencia said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR SCHOLARSHIP! YOU REALLY DESERVE IT! God is always on your side :D Awesome job! And you are right the navy color is so beautiful <3

Istvanffy Emma said...

such a cute bag! lovely look!
Emma xx

Alexa said...

obsessed with your dress and i love the belt you paired it with! this is such a cute outfit and you look super good in it <3

Alexa <3

Minh Nguyen said...

You look so lovely ♡

Ps: May I invite you to my giveaway?

Win a $80 Sheinside gift card on my blog:

Tanya Minxy said...

I love this look, I want that bag :3 Good luck with everything! =^.^=

DXiredDiamond said...

Hello lovely Linda!

Thank you for your comment love! I do appreciate it! And I agree with you, hope is a powerful fuel for us! I'm glad you like my post hun! :)

You look beautiful all of the pics hun! And congrats on your scholarship love! That's amazing! Wishing you the best of luck! :)

LaTasha B.

Sarah said...

Congratulations on receiving financial aid, that makes everything a little easier :). I love your outfit and the owl bag, I'm sorry to hear the dress is too tight in the arm area, that sometimes happens to me (or it's too tight in the boobie department haha)! xx

Almost Delightful

Kimberly said...

you look amazing, first of all, and CONGRATS on your scholarship! =D W'ere all so happy for you!

PS. I'm hosting a giveaway with Statement Baubles on my blog! You could win a stunning J. Crew inspired statement necklace! =D I'd really love it if you'd enter!

Chai Chen said...

Lovely dress Linda! Perfect! Cool look and congrats yay! :) Wish you all the best :)

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JULIETTE said...

You look so cute! This dress is so lovely and I like all the accessories you added!


Elana said...

Aw, it's too bad that this dress isn't working for you, the pleats are wonderful! I love the leopard belt with it too. And ah, I've always loved these bags! That's awesome that you finally got your hands on one. I'm only slightly jealous ;)

Yay, congrats on the scholarship!!

Megan, said...

love the hair
Xo, Megan,

Joyce said...

Yay i'm so happy for you about the financial aid! Congratulations Linda :)

And ooo I love how the dress has ruffles on the top and pretty pleats on the bottom, sooo cute. And hehe that bag is adorable :)

Bernadette Czle said...

really love your cardigan! xx

Candida Maceo said...

I love phone calls with that kind of news on the other end! Such a sweet dress. It looks adorable on you. Great braid too! I can't wait for my hair to get long enough so I can do styles like that.

Merch Maven


awww yay matching bags hahaha! ill have to do another post wearing mine ;)
oh and just btw, ive mentioned this on almost every blog because eveyone is saying it, but GFC IS NOT CLOSING DOWN :) google reader is shutting down, a platform that collects all your blogs you follow via GFC in one place, like bloglovin. but it only affects people who use google reader instead of for example. and hardly anyone uses it so dont worry, you wont lose any followers, GFC will still work :)
just google it and read up on it :)


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Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Nice cardigan! Love it! x

Monika Ozdoba said...

how amazing! xx

Kati said...

Thanks for your kind words on my last post!
Congrats on the scholarship. Perfect timing!
And oh my, could this bag be any cuter? And I also love your dress!

Have a great day,

Sandra Leiva said...

Love your sandals!!


Stylish By Nature said...

Congrats !! Great dress...Love the sandals and bag so much :)

New Post up...

Sam said...

Thanks for stopping by.. Hope you have a positive and productive week ahead!

BriMUA G said...

very well put together!! i love it all


BriMUA G said...

very well put together!! i love it all


Life's a shoe said...

cute outfit! love that pop of leopard!

Annie said...

Glad your prayers were answered :) You look so cute in that dress!

The Other Side of Gray

Megan said...

Cute look! I love that dress, and you styled it perfectly with the leopard belt :)

Tori said...

Loving that belt! And yay for the scholarships :)
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Jessica Mattioli said...

Lovely dress!!!

The Fashion Heels

Kat said...

haha yay for financial aid! :D you look sooo pretty in that dress!!! and i love love love your bag!! its so freaking adorable :D

Marta Purriños Hernández said...


You know to be soo elegant and chic! Loving this look.

Would you like follow each other? I’ll be sooo glad =) Let me know =)

Hapy Monday!

Andrea said...

wow is GFC for reals shutting down? I'm so confused
BUT YES THAT OWL BAG IS ADORABLE! and congrats on your... unaccepted summer scholarships?

czarianonuevo said...

omg Linda! congrats on your scholarship!!! i'm happy for you!! this joyful vibe is the same feeling i can associate with this post's outfit! Love this casual yet so chic ensemble!! i like the blue and black combined and that sweet girly hairstyle seals the look!!

czarina :)

Larissa said...

Great outfit!

Marlen said...

Yaaaay congrats on the scholarship!! Looks like hard work really does pay off ;)

And is GFC really closing down? I didn't see a notice by Google itself so this is SO CONFUSING. Also frustrating because now I'll probs lose half of my followers. Ugh, the invention of Google+ was the worst thing ever.

But on a more positive note, looove that bag. And looove your savvy shopping skills- way to wait for a coupon ;) My thrifty polish mother would have high fived you, haha!

xo Marlen
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Ashley Taylor said...

That cardigan looks so cozy. I want to curl up next to a fire in it!

xo Ashley

Ramida Dusdeevutikul said...

cute look! nice blog<3

Laura Whitman said...

That dress is just adorable! Glad that everything worked out with your scholarship too - isn't it awesome how the big man upstairs just knows exactly what needs to happen sometimes? :)


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