What I Wore: Monet

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Dress: Spruce & Sage c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Bracelet: Nordstrom | Bag: Hobo Bags (similar) | Cast Cover: c/o CastCoverZ! | Lipstick: NARS Red Square

Emerson said this dress looked like rose petals underwater. I said it reminded me of a Monet, she quickly agreed which freaked me out because we haven't really taught her that much about artists. A Monet fan in a past life? Besides the dress being a pretty print, it's pretty comfortable too. It's fully lined, but the lining is a bit stretchy and not as hot as a traditional acetate one. While this would look cute with a skinny belt or shoes in one of the great colors of the print, I decided to keep it simple with nude pumps and a fun little bracelet.  And this bag was a Hobo Sample Sale purchase that has given me years of happiness; it has a chain strap making it uber versatile and an unexpected classic.

This dress is a perfect example of why I love Gwynnie Bee; it's a pretty dress that I kept for more than one wear, but it's the type of dress I would purchase and then grow tired of before the season is through.  With Gwynnie Bee I can keep and wear as long as I wish and the return for a new dress to love!


  1. CozyCorner
    August 3, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Dress is NMS but looks lovely on you. On another note, I am down to one hand having hand surgery last week. I am sorry for what you are going through and couldn’t quite understand until now. Believe me folks, if you’ve never lost use of a main hand/arm, you really have no idea how difficult it is to manage. Allie you are a trooper and sending healing thoughts to you!

    • August 3, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      It’s funny how people will say things like, “well at least you still have one!” and you don’t realize how important a hand is until you’re down one. I wish you the best during your healing process! My favorite tip to share is to open a jar, put it on a rubber or silicone mat on the floor, grip with your feet, and you should be able to open with your other hand! <3

  2. Erica
    August 1, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    This look is flawless, one of your best and most flattering. I’m a size 10 and, like a lot of curvier gals, I gravitate toward some retro silhouettes but am always afraid of looking too costume-y. This is a really good blend of old-school figure flattery and polish and with a more modern cut and print.

  3. Elona
    July 31, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    I love the dress. But there’s something more here, you’re really glowing in this post.

  4. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    July 31, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    So, so pretty – I love prints like this. xo

  5. July 31, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Wow, Emerson’s understanding of art goes deep! The Monet reference is impressive, but even the comparison to flower petals in water is a pretty amazing. Either way, you do, indeed look great. That Hobo Bag clutch is a really perfect touch.

  6. Aimee
    July 31, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Count me in with those who think your hair is fab and the dress is made for you. I love it!

  7. N. L.
    July 31, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    This is one of my favorite dresses and the color/print is fabulous on you. I can’t wait to see more posts from you and here’s to getting that cast off soon (sooner than later).

  8. crtfly
    July 31, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    What a wonderful dress! I love the style and the print. You look so great in this dress.

    It does remind me of Monet’s work. He is one of my very favorites but I sure hadn’t heard of him at E’s age. I wouldn’t have known who or what a Monet is. The only artists I knew of then were the ones my Mom liked and talked about. If E thought that the dress looked like rose petals under water, with that level of sensitivity and perception maybe she is a new iteration of Monet.


    • July 31, 2014 / 4:38 pm

      I don’t think she knows any artist by name except Georgia O’Keeffe but she has a book about her and there’s a poster of her on a motorcycle in our downstairs bath. Knowing her at this age, she probably readily agreed to look smart and mature 😉

  9. Karen
    July 31, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    I also love the hair — And a dress with pockets? *swoon*

    • Karen
      July 31, 2014 / 1:59 pm

      oops, just realized that’s not a pocket. It’s your cast. But it matches so well! We’ll keep hoping for dresses with pockets. 🙂

  10. July 31, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    This dress is lovely on you! I love your entire look…picture perfect! 🙂

  11. Ginger
    July 31, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    You look great!
    I’d always wonder if I should put a belt with a dress like that, but looking at you I don’t think it’s necessary, plus it’d be sliding around all day needing adjustment.

    I have a Hobo bag in a similar style that I got someplace years ago. They’re expensive but do a pretty good job of remaining relevant over time.

    • July 31, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks Ginger! And yes, as soon as I put it on I went to my belt rack, but it looked dressier without one (and a lot less complicated!). And I agree regarding Hobo, they aren’t cheap but they are styles that don’t date like other brands, they’re well made, and I love that they’re based in Maryland 🙂

  12. July 31, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    LOVE everything about this outfit on you! Beautiful dress, lovely print, sweet smile. It’s good to see you again! 🙂

  13. Amy
    July 31, 2014 / 11:40 am

    You look adorable in that dress! The pumps really make it, too.

  14. Sonia
    July 31, 2014 / 10:54 am

    You’re back! I love your posts outdoors with descriptions of your entire outfit. Love this entire look! Hope you’re heading fast.

  15. Lynn
    July 31, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Oh Allie! You look beautiful head to toe. That dress is perfect for you. You’ve inspired me to put some extra effort into my appearance today. Thank you!

  16. Grace McNamee Decker
    July 31, 2014 / 10:38 am

    SO pretty! LOVE the dess, and your hair looks amazing.

    • July 31, 2014 / 10:50 am

      Thank you! Each new skill is so exciting with this cast, I can now maneuver a round brush and dryer to smooth out my hair and this morning I put in my contacts! Oh the small things that bring so much joy!

  17. DC Celine
    July 31, 2014 / 10:17 am

    also, love the freudian slip/truth in the typo in Moet v. Monet. I mean, i would *expect* your daughter to know about champagne 😉

  18. DebH
    July 31, 2014 / 10:17 am

    Is there a GB option for the non-plus size girl?

  19. DC Celine
    July 31, 2014 / 10:16 am

    Girl, you’re just looking fabulous lately. Know it’s been a long hill you’re still climbing, but glad you’re doing outfit posts again – love seeing your face (and your fab new hair – just LOVE it!)

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