What I Wore: Reality

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Dress: Lands' End c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bracelets: c/o Lulu Avenue (Rhodes, Majorca, Granada) | Rings: Etsy | Earrings: c/o RocksBox | Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Neon Red

Reality is having your breasts seem to grow a whole cup size the week before your period and having none of your closet fit.
Reality is dressing for the weather.
Reality is being thankful for Gwynnie Bee who brings your wardrobe to your front door, cleaned and ready to go without having to put forth any thought or effort.
Reality is wearing your outfit – sitting to put on makeup, scrunching into the back of the car to belt in your child, hugging your dog, and having it all show on your garments.
Reality is trying to distract with a mega pop of color on the lips.

The family and I have had a busy few weeks.  Going to Kentucky for a music festival (details soon), doing some home redecorating (details soon), attending another music festival in Maryland, a few photo shoots for Karl and me heading to NYC for two days for a fun project with Foxcroft (details soon), lots of projects and busy days at work.  We see the light at the end of the tunnel, we're glad to have had all the experiences but are ready for some chill time.  In the mean time, I dress for reality!

By the way, Lulu Avenue sent me a few great bracelets, I've been wearing the leather one from this post quite often but this is the first time I wore these bangles.  They're a great choice for those who have large hands or wrists, they're a bit bigger than the other gold bangles I wear, but as you see they aren't so big that they look wonky on smaller wrists.

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  1. I had that dress from GB a couple months ago and SO wish I’d bought it. Was on sale at Land’s End for a song, but I entered the chorus too late. So classy, love the shoes with it.

  2. I think you look fab here. I especially like the final photo, you look relaxed and happy, which is a lovely reality.

  3. Ah yes…reality…sometimes it just bites, doesn’t it? For what it’s worth, you look beautiful. It sounds like you have some great projects going on in life and work, so I’m excited to hear about them all! 🙂


  4. I have been a longtime reader/follower, but seldom commenter… and I just wanted to say, you look fantastic! We are different ages, sizes, and points in life, but I have always loved reading your blog because of the constant inspiration to live in “reality” and still look great. You are awesome and lovely! 🙂

  5. Ali, is the dress navy or black? I love the neckline. Reality at our house looks like three partially packed suitcases and no air conditioning. I could use a break from reality!

    1. The dress is black, and a really lovely fabric that can easily dress up or down. I actually rented this dress before from Gwynnie Bee and wore with black pumps and a cardigan to a memorial service, but thought it would also be lovely for a wedding or cocktail party.

  6. Amen to reality!! That’s why I love (and model myself after) your blog–you really focus on what is possible for real women with jobs and lives and families…
    You look great!

  7. Reality is good! About 99.9% of us live in the real world with regard to fashion/style. That’s one reason I love your blog. And BTW, you look fab.

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