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This dress reminds me of a test pattern, it surely is an optical illusion. This dress is why I love Gwynnie Bee: it's something I would normally not try or wear but with an unlimited wardrobe I can take risks and know if it doesn't work I can mail it back and get something else. This is a bodycon dress, but the fabric is heavy and not really stretchy so it's not like my belly button is on display (I do have a control garment on underneath). I was pleasantly surprised by this dress but was at a loss as to what shoes to wear with it. I thought it would look cute with a pair of sneakers like my shell tops, but it made me look stumpy. Pumps in silver, nude, and black all looked too '80s. I grabbed my peacock pumps (previously seen here) by chance and really loved how the patterns clashed and didn't really go but kind of did in its randomness. This bag too doesn't really match, but I think works. After finding the Mini Suki from Rebecca Minkoff too small, I picked this one up and it's been great this summer. It also comes with a belt strap so it can convert into a hip bag!
This tree is an art installation by Greenbelt Artist in Residence, Rachel Cross. This tree has been in our community for a long time; while there are no branches the trunk remained. In May, Rachel Cross collected donated knitted and crocheted items: scarves, gloves, doilies, afghans, and more. During a town festival (this one in fact), she organized a Sit and Sew where individuals in our community sewed together the donated pieces. Then in June, Cross took these pieces and connected them around the tree. I think this is such a beautiful piece of art, and such a great representation of the community spirit of my town. When trying to find a backdrop for this wacky mismatched colorful outfit, I felt this yarn-bombed tree was the perfect spot!