I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

July 23, 2014
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” 

After my review of eShakti (read here), I decided to treat myself to another eSkakti dress.  I couldn’t resist the whimsy of this sweet dress with the embroidery detail.  That the birdcages reminded me of Maya Angelou who has recently passed somehow seemed fitting as well.  As a high school English teacher, I often read with my class from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as well many of Angelou’s wonderful poems.

I love that when you order from eShakti, you can customize your garment.  This dress was shown knee length, but I’m so in love with the midi length right now that I ordered it longer.  What do you think?

I added a pop of pink with the handbag …

(Not quite sure what my hair is doing here, but let’s pretend it’s on purpose!)
I have a lightweight cardi that matches the embroidery, which would be nice to add for a cool evening.  

Or a cool morning! I think the dress would be cute with flats for teaching.  (Only 3 more weeks until school starts back for us, but let’s not talk about that!) 
How much do I love having dresses with pockets?!

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite Angelou quotes …
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” 

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” 

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply garaytreasures July 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    😉 looking lovely. Ahhh! 3 weeks til school starts for you?!? I better get on the ball to find out when kindergarten starts for Nevaeh. She is registered/enrolled thank God. Rachel xo

    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

      Awww kindergarten! What an adorable age! Yeah, we start August 11th.
      Love my job. But love my summers!

  • Reply Haley Brianna July 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I love the design at the bottom of the dress! This color of blue is always great. 🙂 You look awesome and rock this outfit girl! Love your posts!!


    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

      Thanks, Haley! You're a doll!

  • Reply J. Elle July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I was looking at the dress the other day and thinking how pretty it is. I love how you have styled it here and your hair looks quite pretty.


    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

      Thanks so much, Jennie. Love your blog, Lady!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga July 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I love this dress on you! I am going to have to check them out! The embroidery is so lovely and boy, you have some long legs! Fab! I do love the Maya quotes, especially the first one, as sometimes I think we can feel like we merely exist, instead of living. I also love the quote about doing what you love and not being in it for the money. I always believed that you have to have a passion in life. Gorgeous as always!
    from the link up, jess

    please stop by


    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Thanks, Jess. Yeah, Maya was a wise woman and full of passion for life. Thanks for stopping by. I'm definitely a regular at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish!

  • Reply whenlifehandsyouapear July 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    What a beautiful dress and the length is just perfect!

    I love the Maya Angelou quotes you shared, I need to jot them down and put them where I can see them for sure!

    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:39 am

      EShakti seemed to be a good fit for us pretty pears! Yeah, Maya was a very nsightful lady.

  • Reply Monika Faulkner July 24, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Thank you for sharing those Maya Angelou quotes, dearest Dawn…although I never had the pleasure of studying her work when I was still in school, I've often come across her words since then, and always found them to be inspiring and insightful. (English was my favourite subject in high school, by the way!!) And on the fashion front…I've been forcefully restraining myself from heading back to eShakti's site for a second helping; but now I think you may just have been my undoing!! This dress is sooo perfect for you!! Whimsical, flattering, classic and versatile…all rolled into one!! P.S. I keep forgetting to mention that I love your blog's new look!! XOXO


    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

      If you do head back for another eShakti, I can't wait to see what you pick out and how you style it. You're one of my fav style blogging, Dear. You are fab.

  • Reply Lana July 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Maya Angelou was such a gift to the world! Love the midi length of this dress – you look very elegant!

    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:43 am

      Thanks, Lana. I wasn't sure about changing the length to midi, but I thought I might wear it more this way. I'm loving it and so glad you do too! OXOX

  • Reply Tiina L July 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Lovely dress! And pockets, too, great! Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday… I have only two weeks till school starts again…

    • Reply dawnlucy July 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Summer is flying by! What age do you teach?

    • Reply Tiina L July 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      I am an EFL teacher, so I teach grown-ups, mostly. My students can be university students or professionals, CEOs or factory workers… The youngest are 19, the oldest student I had was 72.

  • Reply GnomeLover July 26, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I love Maya Angelou and I love that dress. I like that you got it made longer. It is perfect at that length. My favorite quote is also from Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time." I think that is so true.

    You look positively stunning!


    • Reply dawnlucy July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenni! Yes, that's a great quote and so true, right?

  • Reply Sabina B August 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the poetic and stylish inspiration. I so love the first quote and totally can see why you are head over heels with dress. I like the details and it flatters your shape and you look lovely. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    PS: my fave poet has always been RW Emerson:)))

    • Reply dawnlucy August 2, 2014 at 2:08 am

      Oh I love Emerson too! I love his essays, especially Self Reliance. Thanks for for the super sweet comments, Hon!

  • Reply Susan Street August 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Nice to meet you! You have a great area for photos. Love your look.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Susan! OXOX

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