I’m Wearing: Gaiam racerback maxi dress (similar) Â | Â Hot Kiss denim vest (similar) Â | Â Penguin sneakers (similar) Â | Â Thrifted vintage Coach bag (similar)Â | Â Thrifted necklace Â | Â Shop ALS Yhanni Nefertiti earrings (aff)
Every year, my family and I look forward to Memorial Day weekend, as it brings carnival in Atlanta â€” the one time of year when we can almost feel like we’re back home in the Caribbean again. My husband, daughter and I, along with my sister and nieces, usually go to the parade on Saturday and the Virgin Islands picnic on Sunday, and we always have a great (and exhausting) time. I’m actually glad this only happens once a year, because it took me all day Monday to recover from all the walking and standing in the Georgia heat.
The occasion always calls for comfortable, cool (as in temperature) outfits, because I know I’ll be standing most of the time. On Saturday, I broke out my current favorite maxi dress, a colorful vest I’ve been itching to wear, and my go-to Penguin sneakers. I couldn’t have made a better choice. I actually wore my FitBit activity tracker for the whole weekend, and I took almost 19,000 steps through downtown Atlanta on Saturday alone. My feet were done by the end of the day, so I can only imagine how much worse it would’ve been had I been wearing uncomfortable shoes. (aff)
And as you can see, by the end of the day, I got tired of my long dress tripping me up, so I tied a knot in the front to keep it out of my way. I actually think I like the way this looked, though I wasn’t planning on showing off my shoes that much 🙂
I’m Wearing: Differently Clothing “I Love My Hair” t-shirt Â | Â Forever 21 peplum skirt Â | Â Converse Chucks Â | Â Thrifted vintage Coach bag (similar) Â | Â Thrifted necklace Â | Â Random boutique earrings (similar) (aff)
On Sunday, the temperature jumped about 10 degrees, so my maxi dress was comfy, I knew it would be too hot to try that again. I broke out another t-shirt from my company, Differently Clothing, a cute peplum skirt and another pair of sneakers. Again, a great choice, because I think I only got to sit down for a total of 5 minutes for the whole day. I didn’t even remember to put on my FitBit until halfway through the day and it still measured nearly 6,000 steps.
I also didn’t get to take as many outfit photos, but I got a lot of shots with my family, which really was the whole point of the day.
I always enjoy carnival in Atlanta because it’s an opportunity to introduce my daughter to Caribbean culture in a way that is tough to experience when we’re at home. Immersing her in the food, the music and the people all at once is a unique experience that I’m glad she’ll be able to refer to as she’s growing up. My husband, sister and I always get to see people we either haven’t seen in years, or only see during carnival.
So what about you? What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? Feel free to link to your Memorial Day fashion posts in the comments.