Pretty Summer Dress & My Birthday

June 24, 2019

Last Saturday my husband took me to Carmel-by-the-Sea for the day to celebrate my 53rd birthday!  Have you been there?  It’s one of my favorite places, and only about an hour and half drive for us. We had a fabulous time exploring all the art galleries and shops, having brunch on the patio, walking on the beach, and looking at all the cute cottages. 

I always love to have something new to wear for my birthday, and this year I picked out this Band of Gypsies dress on the Nordstrom website and I just love it!  Got so many compliments on it too!

floral maxi dress

I usually do photos by myself with a tripod and I like doing them that way, but it’s also super fun to have a photographer for a change. It’s especially nice to get a few action shots!

I love the black background with the blue, white and coral flowers in this print.  The ruffle across the top can be worn up on the shoulders or pulled off the shoulders for a sexier look. I like having both options!  This dress is my first Band of Gypsies dress and I’m impressed with the quality and price point.  The side slit is a little higher than I prefer, but still doesn’t show much.  The length is perfect for me at 5’7″ so a shorter women might want to check out the petites unless she’s certain to wear it with heels.

I went with more delicate jewelry for a fresh summer look. My pretty gold hoop earrings were a present from my friend Rachel and I’ve been wearing them almost every day since I got them!  The necklace is from Kendra Scott’s summer collection last year, but they have similar styles this year as well.

summer off the shoulder dress

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summer dress

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Do you like to buy yourself something new to wear on your birthday?  Do you have a new summer dress that you’re just loving? Let us know in the comments.

Also in honor of my birthday, I wrote this special post: Ten Tips for Loving Ourselves Through the Aging Process. I would love it if you would check it out!

Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply Nancy June 25, 2019 at 12:05 am

    You look gorgeous in that beautiful maxi dress!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Aww thanks so much, Nancy!

  • Reply Kellyann Rohr June 25, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Happy Birthday! Great way to start a new year in a fabulous dress!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Kellyann! 🙂

  • Reply Grace Liang ULS June 28, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Wishing you a late happy birthday!

    Please stop by at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties! Hope to see you there!
    Grace Liang

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 28, 2019 at 7:26 am

      Thanks so much, Grace! OXOX

  • Reply A Woman Of A Certain Age July 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    GORGEOUS dress!!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy July 25, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much!

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