First things first - check out that sunburn! It was not nearly as bad as it appears in the photos... or maybe it was and it just didn't feel like it. I tried taking advantage of the first "summery" day earlier this week by laying out on my parents' deck. I know it's super bad to roast yourself in the sun, but it was nice and relaxing for the hour that I had to myself. I didn't feel like I got any sun really, but the sunburn showed up later that night in all it's glory! Every one of my tattoos were slathered with SPF 50+, but I guess I got a lil' big for my britches by putting some tanning oil on the non-tattooed parts. Yow! Lesson learned. I think I prefer the sun-less rub-on kind of tan haha Moving on... (that photo below... yeah I don't know that. The pose is redonk.)
How amazing is this dress? Don't you love how I say that about every dress ever?! Well, this dress was a challenge. I first saw it at TJ Maxx a couple of months ago and immediately knew I had to have it. It was a Jessica Simpson dress and the only size they had was a 6. HA! Good luck KB. I took down all of the tag information and proceeded to call every single TJ Maxx in middle Tennessee on the hunt for it. I found it in a size 10 at one store, but I didn't like the length. A few weeks later I found it in a 14 at a store but it was too big. Lo and behold one fateful shopping day, I found it in a 12! Huzzah! I had seriously returned this very same dress at least 2 or 3 times on my weeks-long hunt, but I finally found it! I was *this* close to paying full retail price ($138! but it's currently 40% off!) at Nordstrom just to have it, but I saved a whopping $88 by snagging it for under $50! If you watch New Girl then you may recognize it as the same dress that Zooey Deschanel wore on the show recently. I've had it for a few weeks now and the newness still hasn't worn off. I love it so much. It's a nice, thick fabric with some crochet detailing. It won't whip around in the wind!
I paired it with my trusty ol' polka dot cardigan and my new favorite necklace (it's even prettier in person!) from The Northern Sea. Seriously, this necklace is on point. I feel like it's the perfect complement to the JS dress. Mike actually picked out the shoes for this outfit. I was leaning toward my MIA Jukebox wedges (as always!) but realized I had worn all 3 pairs I own just this week. A nice neutral platform for the win.
Wednesday we drove up to Nashville to have dinner with two of my favorite people (and best friends) in the world: Elle and Bryan. They're packing up and moving to North Carolina in just 8 days and my heart is breaking. I'm going to miss them so much! I grew up 3 doors down from Bryan and we lived together for a while when I was in college (you may remember that if you were a reader of LCH from the very beginning!). Elle has been one of my dearest friends since freshmen year at O'More... I don't know what I'll do with myself! They just happen to be moving to our very favorite place (Wilmington!) so we're definitely going to visit, but I wish there wasn't going to be 700 miles between us. // Thursday was more of a laid back day, though Toby had a speech appointment so we did quite a bit of driving. Then when we got home his little neighbor friend came over to play. I love living where we do because Toby has so many friends to share his days with. It's really fun to see him grow as a social little dude.
Today I'm really hoping to finish up the last of some lingering design work for the week, and then get started on moving in Honeybean inventory. We open our doors for the first time this year in just 2 weeks, but we feel so unprepared! There are so many products that need to be made, ordered and accounted for. This is the first weekend in a while that we don't have any definite plans. I'm hoping it'll include a lot of relaxation and maybe some pool action, but I'm getting antsy for camping in the RV already! Any of y'all planning anything exciting for the weekend?!