A confession: for my first outfit post on Already Pretty, I’m feeling REALLY insecure. Last week was a hellish week: family fighting, an accident that totaled my car, a $400 electric bill (for winter! in New Orleans!), and my body reacted. Add in a couple of styes (which prevented me from wearing eye make-up) and tender gums (making it hurt to smile)– well, I guess the exhaustion and pain are showing through!
As a Monday pick-me-up, I threw on this outfit. This dress has become a quick regular in my rotation– I’ve worn it at least 5 times since buying it 3 weeks ago. It’s where my childish (or perhaps, childlike) tendencies show. When I love an item, I wear it all the time. When it’s destroyed or I ‘outgrow‘ it? I seek out another one or pair, like I did with these wedges. They’re my second pair, and I don’t care. A great classic wedge (thatyoucan’tsee) is always a yes in my book.
This dress has beautiful details, which I can attribute to the designer– Trashy Diva, a wonderful New Orleans based brand by designer Candice Gwinn. They’re my #1 go-to, and to say I have an obsession with them? It’d be an understatement. I knew that slipping on my favorite dress by my favorite designer would be a surefire way to feel good (even if I didn’t think I was lookin’ so good). Can I wax on this dress? I love the heavy weight and beautiful attention to details (that shoulder stitching! that waist pintucking!). I love the glorious swish it makes around my legs as I walk and the great tea length. I’ll be sad when the weather gets too warm to wear it (which is, inevitably, only a few months away), but I’ll look forward to pulling it out again at the first sight of cool weather. And picking up it up in burgundy and black.
In the meantime, my fragile ego is pushing through. Our accident’s been settled; we’ve got a potential replacement car transferring (and the one I originally wanted!); my body is on the mend, and I’m enjoying a beautiful burst of warm weather…
What Ashley Wore:
Jenny Dress – Trashy Diva (available in long sleeve & short sleeve, red, black, and army; order in a size, or two!, down. I went down 2 sizes)
Floral scarf – Urban Outfitters circa 2006 – similar and similar
Leopard Wedges – Steve Madden circa 2007 – similar and similar
Purse – Foley & Corinna Mid-City in Copperhead (via eBay; get it here. Rue La La had it recently, too!)
Bracelets – c/o DuePunti (view close up here)
Watch – Michael Kors Runway
Patent Skinny Belt – from this dress (similar here and here-plus size)
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Call her Ash, Ashe, or Ashley– she doesn’t mind! Already Pretty contributor Ashley began blogging in 2007 about fashion and style to fill a void in her life while living in the wintery tundra of Indiana. Her blog Dramatis Personae focuses on food, life & style. Ashley’s love of fashion began at 10, when she bought her first issue of Seventeen magazine; this also began a life long battle with learning to love her body (she never looked like the girls who graced those pages). As a plus-sized woman, she loves promoting fashion for all women and shops that want to make all ladies feel beautiful. She currently calls New Orleans home and share her little house with a wonderful fiance and two brilliant and playful Maine Coons kitties.