Outfit: Blooming

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Details: ASOS body con dress | Aerosoles Sarasota extendable calf boots (also seen here) | Merona neon cross-body bag from Target | Gifted jewelry (aff)



I don’t know if you can tell, but I can’t WAIT for spring! The weather in Georgia is a big tease. We’ll have a day or two in the 60s, but then it will drop back down to the 30s and even 20s for a full week just to remind me that we’re not there yet. This week, I decided that if spring wouldn’t come to me, I’d create my own spring with my outfit.

This dress is a big statement about how far I’ve come in terms of body confidence. Not only does it feature a very bold, noticeable floral print, but it’s also a body con dress β€” something I NEVER would’ve worn a year ago. I never thought I could feel comfortable, or even less, confident, in something so form fitting, but you know what? I felt beautiful and sexy.



The length of the dress was a bit awkward for me, as it hit me at mid-calf. I couldn’t decide what shoes to wear, and nothing looked “right” β€” until I put on my favorite Aerosoles riding boots. They felt like the perfect complement to the dress and kept me warm on a chilly not-yet-spring day.

I needed something special, so I added a neon pink crossbody bag from Target that I am absolutely in LOVE with. It’s not as big as my typical everyday bags, but I can carry all the necessities. And frankly, it’s cute enough to make me leave all of the “stuff” I usually carry in my larger purses at home.



Seriously though, spring needs to get a move on. I already have at least a handful of warm weather outfits planned in my head, and I’m getting really impatient to wear them πŸ™‚


Details: ASOS body con dress | Aerosoles Sarasota extendable calf boots (also seen here) | Merona neon cross-body bag from Target | Gifted jewelry (aff)

I’m linking up with: Dress for the Day | Wardrobe Wednesday | What I Wore Wednesday | Style Sessions | I Feel Pretty | YOLO Mondays | Real Girl StyleΒ  | Β Hello SpringΒ  | Β Style Me Friday

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45 responses
  • Brooke March 6, 2013, 7:56 am

    Floral prints make me so nervous, but you definitely rocked this dress! πŸ˜€ It looks great Jennae. That’s one of your outfits I’d love to see done as a mommy-and-me with your little girl since it’s so bright and playful.

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 1:56 pm

      Thanks Brooke! I usually stay away from florals too, because it’s tough to find ones that are modern enough for my taste. This one is bold and I just felt great in it. And trust me when I say I have a great idea for a shoot with my daughter that’s coming up soon πŸ™‚

  • Shon March 6, 2013, 9:28 am

    Fun…Let Spring begin!! This dress could also be paired with lady-like pumps for a flirty date night too. This is very pretty on you.

    Burr..bundle up today..it is FREEZING!!

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 1:58 pm

      Thanks Shon! I’m definitely keeping this dress around for another opportunity. I’m really glad I shot this yesterday when it was windy and rainy, but not very cold. Because it is frigid today!

  • H&K Style Journey March 6, 2013, 10:03 am

    Girl, you rocked this outfit! It’s such an eyecatching print with the florals and beautiful colors. Love it! Heather

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 2:00 pm

      Thanks Heather! I appreciate you stopping by.

  • dearabbyleigh March 6, 2013, 11:28 am

    i am ga-ga over this look, jennae. i often visit ASOS, but i never know what will work. the shape and pattern and pieces you put with it are making my head spin with ideas. thanks for stepping out and trying something new! love it.

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 2:01 pm

      Abby, I actually bought a different dress from them and had to send it back because it was too big. The sizing is definitely a trial an error process, but I’m glad I sent the other one back because I found this beauty. I am surprised at myself, but I love this dress and the way it fit. πŸ™‚

  • Daenel T March 6, 2013, 11:30 am

    Absolutely adore! You look fabulous. I’m so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished. Confidence is just flowing from your pictures. Keep up the good work, lady!

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Thanks Daenel! I’m a work in progress, but my confidence has come a loooong way in the past year!

  • chandra March 6, 2013, 11:39 am

    i love a girl who can rock a pretty floral print! and this dress hugs you in all the right places and is perfectly paired with the boots for a cold day! thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting so i could make my way over to you. nice to meet you and so glad to have found your stylish spot on the web;)


    • jennae March 6, 2013, 2:03 pm

      Thank you Chandra! Happy to make new bloggy friends β€”Β especially stylish ones πŸ™‚

  • Channing March 6, 2013, 12:46 pm

    That dress is EVERYTHING. I can’t believe that bag is from Target, so cute!

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 3:42 pm

      Thanks Channing! Once I decided I wanted a pink cross-body bag, Target was the first place that came to mind, and they didn’t disappoint. They had this one in several colors, and a bunch of other styles too πŸ™‚

  • Antionette Blake March 6, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Wow, I love how this dress fits you, I may have to bite the bullet and try one as well. Come on Spring…hope it’s behind this snow storm heading to the Mid-Atlantic.

    • jennae March 6, 2013, 3:44 pm

      Antoinette, you should try it! I never thought I’d like it and that I’d be self-conscious, but the result was the exact opposite. I loved it and I felt comfortable and confident.

      I don’t envy anyone in the path of the storm. It’s already freezing in GA today. I don’t think I could handle snow too. I’m just waiting for permanent warm days.

  • SACRAMENTO March 6, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Fabulous dress, wonderful and GORGEOUS YOU.

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:31 am

      Thank you! I definitely will!

  • Kelly @ Kiwi Womens Style March 6, 2013, 3:47 pm

    The black part in the middle really makes you look long and lean! Good on you for braving a body con as you look incredible (and I love the earring too). Thanks for joining us at WW

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:33 am

      Thanks Kelly! The shape and placement of the pattern are what really drew me to this dress. I’ve taken chances before that didn’t pay off, but I’m glad this one did πŸ™‚

  • Robin March 6, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Pretty print on the dress and a nice fit. You can just ship that pink bag to me!

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:33 am

      Lol…thanks Robin. I saw the bag as soon as I walked through the door at Target and I knew I had to have it πŸ™‚

  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On March 6, 2013, 5:32 pm

    This dress perfectly accentuates your smokin’ curves! I love the pop of pink with that fun purse. Thanks so much for linking up!

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:34 am

      Why, thank you Alison! I don’t know if I’ve ever had my curves described as “smokin” before, but I think I like it πŸ™‚

  • Jessi March 6, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous dress! Love the awesome pattern and that it’s covering but still totally sexy!
    Visiting from the Whatever Works Wednesday link-up!

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:35 am

      Thank you Jessi! That’s exactly what I love about this dress. There’s no skin showing, but it’s still sexy. That’s my general approach to fashion.

  • Nic March 6, 2013, 8:06 pm

    This it so pretty on you! What great colors for Spring but love that you can still wear it when it’s cold. You look fantastic!


    • jennae March 7, 2013, 6:36 am

      Thanks Nic! The fabric is just thick enough with enough coverage to work on a cold day, but I’ll be pulling this baby out again when it gets warm, too.

  • Windy City Mama March 6, 2013, 8:28 pm

    Beautiful dress! You look great in it!

  • brooke @ what2wear March 6, 2013, 9:54 pm

    You are ROCKING this dress……its absolutely gorgeous on, I wish more people would go out of their comfort zone with a print like this πŸ™‚
    Brooke @ what2wear

    • jennae March 7, 2013, 7:38 am

      Thanks Brooke! Both the print and the fit of the dress were both outside my comfort zone, but I don’t regret it for a second πŸ™‚

  • Chioma March 6, 2013, 10:48 pm

    i love your dress and that bag, i need that! πŸ™‚

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    • jennae March 7, 2013, 7:39 am

      Thanks Chioma! Target is always my go-to place when I need something stylish in a hurry.

  • Karen March 7, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Love the entire outfit! The dress is a good fit and the mirror trend is so flattering!

  • Joy and Sunshine March 7, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Beautiful dress, and it looks great on you! You are serving serious model at.ti.tude in every pic πŸ™‚ Also, I agree with you 100% that Atlanta’s weather patterns are suffering from serious multiple personality disorder.

    • jennae March 8, 2013, 7:43 pm

      Thanks Joy! The model attitude comment made me laugh. Definitely not my intention. I was just trying not to have a cheesy smile in every pic…lol

  • Carissa March 7, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Cute dress! I love your handbag too!

    Lillies & Silk

    • jennae March 8, 2013, 7:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Carissa!

  • Baby Shopaholic March 8, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Love your dress and hair! WERK!

    • jennae March 8, 2013, 7:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Shen March 10, 2013, 1:29 pm

    LOVE this dress girl! found you on the fashionista next door’s SMF link up. enjoying your blog πŸ™‚


    online boutique:
    etsy.com/shop/ofthetraveling or thriftandthecity.com

    • jennae March 12, 2013, 7:20 pm

      Thank you Shen! I visited your blog, and I really love your style. So glad you commented so I could find you!

  • Anita June 24, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Love the dress. I’m still working up the nerves to wear a bodycon, but this one looks fab. Did you size up?


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