Week 14 :: of shifts and enjoying being a girl

This promises to be an odd sort of week.

Not only will we be having a late start day on Wednesday due to final presentations (meaning the juniors don’t check in until 4:30pm and will be showcasing their projects through 8pm so parents can come see), I am also taking a sanctioned day off to celebrate my birthday.

That’s right; I said “sanctioned”.  The Big Boss okay-ed my request to play official hooky.  I think my prestigious Yale trip had a lot to do with that okay.

Anyhow, because of my deviations from routine, I decided to resuscitate a previously-discarded theme for reasons that will be abundantly clear once I present it.  Without further ado, then, my friends, I give you

Frolic in Frocks Week

Oh, quit with the eye rolling already.  You know it sounds a lot more impressive than “Dress Week”.  And “Dress to Impress Week” was too predictable and suggested something else entirely.  But do you see now why this is the perfect theme?  I mean, how much more effortless can a dress be?  One item.  Throw it on.  Run out the door.  Brilliant.

Of course, being me, I have to go and complicate things even in the pursuit of simplicity.  So I decided to give you different types of dresses, a new silhouette a day.  Thanks to Luscious Dress Boutique for a very comprehensive article, from which I am shamelessly borrowing all this week.

Today is the day for the shift to shine.

Dress Monday

I didn’t think this dress would get to me in time, Target’s shipping being infinitely snail-like and all.  Even then, I had little expectations of it since, according to its description, it “hangs from the shoulder in a straight line with no waistline accentuation”.  It doesn’t sound too flattering, does it?

But the second it settled across my shoulders and skimmed over my hips, I was in love.  I don’t care if it ends up not photographing well and it looks like I’m wearing a potato sack.  I feel pretty.  I am totally channeling my inner Nancy Kwan in it, feminism be damned.

Dress Monday

I don’t know if it’s the color or the fabric or the cut, but my happiness factor is just through the roof with this dress.  And since it’s getting harder and harder for me to muster any sort of enthusiasm for work anymore, especially on a Monday, this choice was a no-brainer.  It also pairs nicely with the Christian Siriano wedges I scored from Payless a while back but hadn’t found an occasion to wear until now.

Dress Monday

The lace of the dress and the strappy blue sassy-ness of the wedge make for a winning combo with no further need of embellishment; it’s just that perfect.  Honestly, if it weren’t for my budget and the lack of real estate in my closet, I’d already have bought this dress in all colors.  Happy Monday indeed!

And you, my friends?  What in your closet makes your happiness factor shoot sky high?  Does it depend on your mood or do you have a go-to item?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Merona @ Target
Shoes – Christian Siriano @ Payless

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25 thoughts on “Week 14 :: of shifts and enjoying being a girl

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  4. Elba says:

    I was on vacay last week, but loving all the posts (I’m doing speed catch-up). Love the yellow frock. I love shift dresses too but am always afraid of the sac look. I’m inspired to give them a try. Ty!

    Can’t wait to see what all is in your Yale suitcase. We want pics!

    Also, I see other peep copy/paste other people’s pics all the time. So go ahead, and just say you got it off Pinterest if the real source is buried deep!

    Ok, night night!

  5. Anna P says:

    Love the dress, especially the color. A good choice to brighten up the first day of the week. I also love the shoes. UC colors : )

  6. Heather says:

    What a fun sunny dress! You can bring the sunshine everywhere you go 🙂

    Pearls & Paws

    • mtsedwards says:

      Indeed! Never thought of it that way! I’m glad I got over my hang ups about wearing “my colors”. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought this dress since supposedly yellow is not suited to me.

  7. Del says:

    Yay for shift dresses! Wish I could find more that would make me feel as happy as you are right now 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      OMG, with your body structure, you’d look fierce in any shift dress. You have legs for days! Buy one! Then we can match and look like Mom! 😀

  8. jenortega says:

    I guess you are happy! You quoted two songs from musical theatre in one post? I think that shift is gorgeous on you. I love it when you go retro!

  9. erikael says:

    I like the yellow-nice and bright, but not too bright. I am in love with your wedges! Don’t really think the wedges fit with the dress, but you look girly and pretty nonetheless. I don’t really have a “happy outfit”, so I won’t bother with that question.
    Today’s outfit rating: 7 out of 10.

  10. sarahtaylorisoneword says:

    The dress just looks HAPPY. And the silhouette looks like spring/summer time, especially with the popped knee. Doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing a potato sack, I promise.

    I can’t believe I just used the word silhouette in a sentence regarding fashion. You’re ruining my street cred here….

    • mtsedwards says:

      Mwah, SarahTaylor! I’m so proud of your use of the word. I am deffo rubbing off on you, hopefully in a good way. 😀

  11. Shane Suri says:

    It’s my favorite shade or yellow, the “go-to” crayon in the box, the “ohhhhh sunshine!” of the colored pencil case, the color that makes me smile even if I have nothing made of fabric in that color. I would totally wear this dress in fushia or red or purple, knowing full well that I would look like a slightly pudgy stick figure in a potato sack. It’s just that kind of a dress.

    I’m currently in love with a pair of “boyfriend” jeans. The pant cuffs are wearing and grungy, they want to fall off my hips unless there is a belt cutting me in half to hold them in place, the little intentional “tears” are really starting to tear and are being held together by a combination of knee patches and force of will and they are so faded from continual washing and wearing that they are really starting to not look good. I don’t care however; their worn in comfort gives me a mental sigh of relief and ups my happiness meter by more than a few degrees. 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, that elusive pair of perfect jeans! Hang on to those babies – they’re worth quadruple their weight in gold if they make you feel so good.

  12. Selah says:

    Oh, this is lovely! Your right to love your legs, they’re gorgeous! Purple always makes me happy – my daughter and I went shopping last week in a little boutique where everything was purple, and we were both grinning the entire time!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Aw, shucks! Thanks, Selah! And my legs thank you too.

      Purple could make me happy if I could find it anywhere but for some reason, the stores I frequent never stock cute purple things.

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