// Parrot Island

Parrot Island - Kaelah Bee
This dress makes me think of one thing: Mexico. When we were in Mexico for our honeymoon, we ventured over to Xel-Ha for a day. We weren't sure if we'd enjoy it, and we were super hesitant to go since it was sort of expensive to get in. But oh man! It was amazing! I know I've already touched on that (if you're ever in that part of Mexico, you must go!) but the point is: when we were there, we had our photos taken with some giant parrots on our shoulder. I had never been that close to a parrot before, and I was totally shocked by how huge they were! They were oh so gorgeous though. I feel like I never really appreciated how majestic a bird can look (?! What am I saying?!) but these were so bright and beautiful! I was instantly drawn to this dress for that very reason. We've been hankerin' to get back to Mexico more than anything and some days it's all I think about (seriously). We loved it so so so very much. Now I've gone on a paragraph-long tangent about Mexico instead of talking about the dress!

No but really, this dress! It's a Hell Bunny dress, and you already know that I adore them! (I have a similar flamingo one, worn here!) I feel like this dress is perfect without a petticoat, but would be that much better with one. It was a bit hot on this day though so I skipped it (hello shiny face!) Maybe next time. I really love how the bust is cut and wrapped. The top is a halter style which I normally don't go for, but it ended up being the perfect summer dress! (There's some smocking on the backsides, too, so don't be afraid to order a size down!) Isn't the buttery yellow color perfect?! I'm totally smitten.
Parrot Island - Kaelah Bee
Parrot Island - Kaelah Bee
Yesterday went pretty much according to plan, but I was able to also squeeze in a 2 hour Skype sesh with my best friend, Elle (and a little bit of Bryan, too)! It breaks my heart that two of my favorite people in the world are 700 miles away, but thank goodness for the beauty of technology! We had planned on making our Skype dates a regular occurrence, but then Summer came full force with all of it's "to dos" and life got in the way. We're excited to make it an every Monday event now though! It's so great to be able to chat about life, businesses, goals, etc. Even just seeing their faces and reminiscing is perfect! We're really hoping that we're able to pay them a visit shortly. We haven't been back to Wilmington since we got engaged, and that was in 2011! I wouldn't mind walking along the riverwalk again!
Parrot Island - Kaelah Bee
Parrot Island - Kaelah Bee
My hair has been awfully frizzy as of late, but I've kept it in this slightly pulled-back look ever since getting home from the beach. Well, that's a lie. My hair normally stays in a messy topknot (like 80% of the time!) but when it's time to actually do something with myself, this is all I can be fussed to manage. I know y'all have to have your own version of your "DGAF" hair 'dos, right?! Let me hear 'em! I'm trying to relish in the last bit of my tan. I got a nice little bronzing in Florida, but I know it's fleeting. Autumn will soon be on it's way and I'll be back to my pale ol' self!

Today I'm attempting to photograph July's "A Day In The Life" so I can post it tomorrow. I guess if you see an ADITL post tomorrow you'll know I succeeded. Otherwise feel free to call me out haha This is how I'm holding myself accountable! :P

Catamaran Candescence dress c/o ModCloth
Vintage/thrifted straw clutch
ShoeMint wedges (c/o - last year)

32 comments:

  1. the print of that dress! so gorgeous!!!!

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  2. Ooof this dress! You look like an absolute pin up dream! Somewhat envious of how tan you look against that lemon yellow too.. How do you manage to look so put together in the heat lady! Darn it
    xxx

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  3. This might be my favorite dress you've ever posted.
    I also like how you're not wearing a cardigan with it so I can see the sleeve/strap situation ;)

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  4. SO bummed that my size is sold out! You look amaaaazing.

    http://kitschvixen.com

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  5. I love the story behind this dress, that's something that will make this dress a special peice in your wardrobe! Having clothes that remind you of something is always fun :)
    And I know what you mean about the tan, I'm trying to enjoy mine to while it lasts!
    xx

    mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a pretty outfit! I love how quirky the parrot print is! You always have the best outfit posts!

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  7. skype has been my life safer ever so often with my friends living all over the country and even across the ocean. always nice to see their faces.

    top knot over here about 80% of the time too.

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  8. I love your dress! The print is so pretty. My DGAF hair-do is usually just drawn back into a low messy bun. Then again, I don't usually spend more than 2 minutes on my hair, so maybe all my hair-dos are DGAF 'dos... Hm...

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  9. aww you always have the cutest dresses! I can't believe the print on this one, it's so pretty!
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  10. you'd fit right in at trader joe's! but much cuter of course :)

    xo
    Ali
    when life gives you mellins

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  11. The yellow of that dress is basically made for skin that's gotten a little bit tan like yours! Super cute.

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  12. I love this dress, so cute. That sweetheart neckline looks absolutely wonderful on you. And holy moly that tan! I am ridiculously jealous, no matter what I do I never seem to get rid of my paleness haha.

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  13. You look adorable. The slightly busy hair works with that dress. I have short curly hair so mostly using curl tamer and hoping my hair grows faster.

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  14. I love the way this dress sits on your body. Totally a perfect fit. The print on it is awesome to boot.

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  15. This is a great dress on you and definitely makes me think of Mexico too. I also love that you do not over style any of your looks, your tattoos do enough that you don't have to use a lot of accessories and I like that!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  16. Love this outfit!!! You are so glamorous!!

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  17. Honestly, that dress somehow makes you slimmer while enhancing your curves in a more positive way. Wear these dresses more often? They look that good on you!

    Try the Wilmington Ghost Walk & the ice cream parlor in the middle of Main Street when you visit Wilmington. Best things to do while there!

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  18. that dress is such an authentic beauty! It looks fabulous!!! also makes me think of mexico! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  19. Great dress! I love the neckline and its solid yellow contrast and curved edges. Very cute! xoxo

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  20. Love this dress, so bright and summery, you're looking very summery too, all tanned and not wearing a cardi, gorgeous!
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  21. the colors on this dress are so natural and pretty, love! and the fact that it reminds you of Mexico, even better! :)

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  22. You're on the Modcloth website in this dress! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/catamaran-candescence-dress?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=CJaffiliate&utm_campaign=CJ&cj_linkd=10632182&cj_webid=4323927&cj_sid=&cj_affid=3228978&cj_affname=Kaelah+Bee

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  23. You're on the Modcloth website in this dress! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/catamaran-candescence-dress?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=CJaffiliate&utm_campaign=CJ&cj_linkd=10632182&cj_webid=4323927&cj_sid=&cj_affid=3228978&cj_affname=Kaelah+Bee

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  24. I love your dress, the parrots are too cute!
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  25. somehow this dress perfectly matches your ink! it's a compliment to it, beautifully!
    kw ladies in navy

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  26. This is absolutely adorable!!!!!



    Emily
    eageremily.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh goodness, I love love love that dress and it looks great on you!! God it is so cute!!

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  28. Ah, I love Hell Bunny, and this dress is awesome!! Definitely suits you!

    Anja
    www.aheartandsoulstory.blogspot.com

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