Woodland Forest

I am in love with this dress. I've worn it so incredibly much despite only receiving it in the mail last week. It's like the perfect dress. The coffee colors with kelly green, the pleats, the silhouette. I will take one in every single color, please! (It's also only $36... Seriously, this dress!) Paired with my mocha colored cardi and the "gingerbread" bag, I felt like Gretel, on my way through the woods. This bag also comes in like 4 or 5 other colors and I wouldn't be opposed to owning them all haha. They're so sweet! I wore this new frock to hang out with my best friend Bryan on Thursday. I ventured down to his new house (which felt like forever away) and spent the day catching up, joking around and having a grand ol' time. I know this dress will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe clear through Autumn. Speaking of Autumn, where are you?! It's been 115* lately and I'm melting. (Don't let the cardigan fool you... I'm spending all daylight hours indoors!) 
Mike took these pictures of me in my office last week and I couldn't help but have a few dozen outtakes where I'm making the most unattractive faces EVER! I have a tendency to do the very same face with the very same pose in every single outfit post, I can't help it. Years into this whole ~style blogging thing and I still freeze up and feel awkward in front of the camera. We can't all be Zoolanders, okay?!?! ;)

Oh, I also hacked my bangs off last week, too. On accident of course, but they're slowly but surely growing on me. I'm still in that super awkward "I don't know what to do with you!" phase where all I can do is pin my hair back on the sides, but that inevitably looks like a weird mullet. If you don't see it in these pictures, wait until I share the other outfit photos from last week! The mullet is in full force. I was trying to trim my own bangs in the bathroom and I managed to take out a huge piece of the long side. My bangs have to swoop to the left since that's the eye I'm blind in, but it was a lost cause. Instead I just had to saw away at them. I can't tell you when the last time I had bangs was... but 1st grade me with the giant poofy fringe cloud atop my forehead comes to mind. C'mon ladies... I bet you rocked those '90s bangs too, right?! Right?! Anyway, I'll figure something out with them and then who knows, maybe it'll be my new thing. Lord knows my mop needed something though. I've had the same haircut for literally 6 or 7 years. I'm a boring creature of habit, what can I say?

Today is a day of designing. All day every day. And maybe stalking Craigslist for a picnic table to put in our backyard. The daytime is positively unbearable here, but it's kind of nice out when the sun goes down. Grilling, frisbee, and evening picnics at our place? Come on over, y'all! Happy Monday!

H&M cardigan
Thrifted belt
Forever 21 bracelets

70 comments:

  1. I adore this dress on you!!! Can you please dress me up to look as cute as you do! Also that purse is just darling
    xoxo

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  2. wow, what an amazing dress! and 115°? really? that sure sucks! i am gonna stop complaining about our 101° here immediately!!!

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    1. Right? I instantly feel guilty for ever whining about the near-100* temps... I take it allll back! ;P

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  3. That dress is absolutely perfect! I love the pleating on the bottom. I would wear it over and over too!

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com/

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  4. Gorgeous! I so love your dress and purse!

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  5. i love every single thing about this look. the colors, the pleating. and i don't care what you think, but i LOVE your hair. :) the browns kind of make me wish it was fall out, and not 100+ degrees. :)

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  6. I think the bangs look cute!

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  7. I think the bangs look cute!

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  8. Not only did I rock 90s bangs... I rocked burn marks on my forehead because my mom would try to curl said bangs and I would move... Curling irons still haunt me to this day!

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  9. You always look amazing! Love this dress so much. Colors really suit your hair and skin tone. Beautiful! :)xx

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  10. I love this outfit! It's always great when neutral colors are still feminine and lovely. Quick question about the bag though-- both of your links to it seem to be broken and I can't quite find it on the site, either. Help a scalloped-edge loving girl out, pretty please?
    xo Julie

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    1. Whoops! Sorry about that lady! Not sure what on earth happened with those links haha Fixed them now, but glad you found it!

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  11. Found it, sorry! I couldn't find it on the site because they list it as a makeup case. Please pardon the double-comment!

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  12. You look so pretty!! I love that bag and you look so cute with bangs!!

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  13. Very beautiful and cute outfit :)
    like it very much. your hair color is great *_* you look so good!
    Lovley greets from berlin, germany
    xoxo

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  14. Personally I think your bangs look fantastic, and I love them like this. Keep them!

    And this dress is great.

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  15. I think the new hair looks gorgeous! The color and cut are perfect for you.

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  16. Oh my gosh! That dress!!! I need to stop spending until I find a full time job *sighhhh. Everything about it is perfect - the color, price, and pleats. You look so lovely in it. Also - I love your bangs! You look so pretty with them. It is fun to switch things up every now and then - even if it was on accident :]

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  17. Completely in love with that bag! I have a similar one from modcloth in a turquoise color. It's my favorite :)

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  18. Yep, that dress is pretty awesome!

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  19. This is such a perfect outfit, I adore the colour scheme! Autumnal colours are the best :)
    Faye x

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  20. Your dress is adorable, I love it!

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  21. Not sure why or how but that dress really brings out your shin tattoos - which are absolutely fantastic. I think you work the bangs!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  22. That dress is great! I love the colors, and it will definitely work well in the Fall too (if we ever make it to Fall...sheesh). I totally had the 90s bangs too! Mine weren't so much puffy as they were just thick. I have naturally thin hair, so I don't know why my mom decided HALF of my hair should be included in the bangs. It was not attractive.

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  23. Hopefully the temps cool down soon! 115° sounds like absolute hell.

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  24. You look so beautiful in that outfit! I'm really sad that I didn't get to meet you in person at the Porter Flea! I think I got there too late :(

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    1. aw, so bummed i missed you! i really wanted to stay for the whole thing. next time maybe?!

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  25. Your bangs are fabulous lady! You rock them so hard! haha and I know what you mean about the photo thing, I have serious awkwardness about having my bf take photos of me!

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  26. LOVE your hair color change. looks great!

    Jillian
    http://www.makingittoday.com

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    1. I didn't change my color :) It's just 4 weeks faded + not in the sunlight. The only change is my bangs.

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  27. I'm loving the bangs and how your hair looks when it's pulled back a little! It's taken me two years to grow my hair out after 2010 when I had a bob and I was so happy a couple of days ago when I was able to pull it back! Also- totally feel you on the bangs, I've had way too many casualties when I chopped them all by my lonesome. I'm growing them out now- I'm originally from NY but I'm working in Florida until November and if there's anything I learned, it's that humidity and my bangs do not mix. Though, I've found that Argan Oil is helping a lot when it comes to frizzy hair!

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    1. my bangs are currently standing straight up, so I wonder how long it'll take them to be stuck to my forehead with sweat haha! it'll be a learning lesson!

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  28. I'm loving the bangs and how your hair looks when it's pulled back a little! It's taken me two years to grow my hair out after 2010 when I had a bob and I was so happy a couple of days ago when I was able to pull it back! Also- totally feel you on the bangs, I've had way too many casualties when I chopped them all by my lonesome. I'm growing them out now- I'm originally from NY but I'm working in Florida until November and if there's anything I learned, it's that humidity and my bangs do not mix. Though, I've found that Argan Oil is helping a lot when it comes to frizzy hair!

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  29. My first thought seeing this was 'You got bangs!' which just shows how many American blogs I've been reading because in England it's called a fringe.
    The new look is great on you, very pretty

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  30. this dress, that bag!! love. the bangs look amazing on you, such a pretty hair color too! i usually do a dark or reddish brown..need some more red in my life! i thought 108 was bad haha it was still 104 at like 10 last night.ugh.

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  31. Hi, well you always have such great style but today you look amazing. The dress is just fab I love it & your hair looks so lovely

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  32. this dress is definitely one of my faves from your amazing collection - its really flattering. my fiance and i are taking our engagement pics at the end of the month, and im considering ordering this dress. im about 5'3" and 170lbs....im just concerned the dress wont fit, so im going to ask, is the dress true to size? thanks :)

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  33. this is definitely one of my fave dresses from your amazing collection - it looks great on you! my fiance and i are taking our engagement pics at the end of the month and im considering ordering this dress, but my one question is, does it run true to size? im definitely a large, but am just concerned it'll be too small (im 5'3" and 170lbs). thanks :) :)

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    1. thanks jackie! it runs really true to size, in my opinion! then again it'd probably depend on your build. if you're built like me (smaller bust) then you'll be good to go! if you're more blessed in the chest department, it might be iffy.

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  34. Brown/tan looks good on you, Kaelah! How do you guys deal with that heat down there??

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    1. as sad as it is to admit, we don't really go outside. at least not during the day. even if it were just heat, we could handle that. but it's heat coupled with insane humidity. it's like sitting in a sauna, on the fritz, in full clothing. :P a little dramatic, sure, but we save our outdoor activities for dusk!

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  35. ...Are those your shoes? I am insanely jealous!

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  36. Lovely and unexpectedly bold colors (never thought I'd say that about brown but it does draw the eye!) The pelts are darling!

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  37. I love love love this dress! And your fringe looks so pretty too! <3

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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  38. I am drooling over that dress! You have such wonderful clothes and you accessorize so well! I wish I had your skills!

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  39. WOOW. I wish I could be so tanned at the moment :D You loook fabulous

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  40. Kaelah, you look absolutely adorable! I love all the colors of your dress and the pleats and oh that bag is super cute. You really do look like Gretel! :)

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  41. Darling dress on you! I just got bangs too and I love them, but they do definitely take some getting used to!

    ~CP

    Enter our cross-body bag giveaway!

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  42. Love this outfit!! and color combo!

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  43. Kaelah,
    You are so cute in this dress! Green is my favorite color, and when I saw this on you, I had to have it. The bangs are very cute on you; happy accident. Hope I look half as cute as you do in this frock!
    Eve

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  44. Loving the dress, and your bangs! When I was in 6th grade, I had a haircut that, when tucked behind my ears, was Mulletsville, USA. So classy. ;)
    You had me there for a minute with that cardigan. I was like, "how is she pulling off a cardigan in 100*+ heat??? WHAT IS HER SECRET?!" Haha!

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  45. Loving the dress, and your bangs! When I was in 6th grade, I had a haircut that, when tucked behind my ears, was Mulletsville, USA. So classy. ;)
    You had me there for a minute with that cardigan. I was like, "how is she pulling off a cardigan in 100*+ heat??? WHAT IS HER SECRET?!" Haha!

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  46. Those Wedges :O they are way too cute. I've been on the look out for more wedges. They are one of the few types of heels i'm very comfortable wearing all day. The dress was super cute too. I love the way they blended the design.

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  47. that dress is amazing. perfect color combo. also, i love love love your bangs. i know it's hot and sweaty out, but i think you should rock them for awhile. they are super adorable on you!!!

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  48. Hot dang, I need that bag. And that dress. My bangs grow out so fast it used that trimming them was my roommates regular Saturday nights, after a few beers, scheduled chore.

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  49. This dress makes me think of pretty ladies in Wes Anderson movies...wear it for a date night or matinee and go see Moonrise Kingdom if you haven't already! :)

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  50. Gosh 115! We're lucky if we're getting 60 in London at the minute. It's been gail force winds and monsoons recently. England has forgotten it's July!
    Looking gorgeous in your dress, love the colour combo!
    Sophie
    x

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  51. love the new hair! keep it that way, it looks amazing :)
    x sandra

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  52. check out your tan! your looking golden! gorgeous!

    B x

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  53. Waouh ... I love this look .... and this purse is so cute ...

    Kisses from France

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  54. Love, love love. This is one of my favorites. Very different from what you usually wear. Too cute.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  55. OMG, thank you SO much for turning me on to Sheinside! I browsed after swooning over this dress and now I'm hooked. Your fault! : )

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  56. this is probably my favorite outfit of yours :)

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  57. looove the pleated dress! such an adorable look, Kaelah! <3

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  58. I am absolutely in love with those colors. This whole outfit flows so well, you have wonderful taste!

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB