January 21, 2013


Dress: Old Navy  /  Sweater: J Crew  /  Shoes: Sole Society 'Kelly'  /  Handbag: J Crew

Dresses make me so happy.  They are easy and forgiving.  However, there was a time that I despised dresses.  Middle school Maria was NOT a fan of anything girly.  I didn't hit my girly peak until the summer between the 8th grade and 9th grade.  No matter what anyone said or did, I could not have cared less about what I looked like in middle school.  Looking back, I wish someone could have been like "hey, why don't you brush your hair" or "maybe your dad's t-shirts aren't the best things to wear" but, honestly, it wouldn't have mattered.  Dad's old t-shirts and ratty hair was my norm.  I cringe at those super awkward photos that now happen to be my husband's "favorite" of me...he's evil I tell you...


  1. I was the same way! My dad always wanted to see me in dresses but I just felt awkward in them! Nowadays, I love them because its an entire outfit with just one piece! I love the print and fit of this one, you look great!

  2. Haha....I cringe at my middle/high school photos! This is a great look on you Maria! Love the geometric print on the dress:)!

  3. I wasn't in my dad's old t-shirts, but I was in head to toe limited too with matching socks and scrunchies. Not sure which was worse - perhaps we'll call it a tie!

    Your glowing!

    xx Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

  4. That dress is such a pretty print, and love the contrasting colored bag for an extra pop :)

  5. Totally agree with you- I had this super awkward phase where my hair was short and I dressed like a tomboy in middle school. I hated the color pink too and my dad would buy me clothes that were pink and soooo girly!

    Love the little pop of red with this outfit!

    xo Rome

  6. that dress is pretty fantastic!!!! love the length!
    HA- love your middle school reminiscing! we've got some pretty "awesome" pics from that age too!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  7. Oh my gosh!! That dress is amazing!

  8. What a pretty print on that dress - it totally looks more expensive than Old Navy - what a deal!

  9. You look great with your adorable belly Maria!! I am super excited for you!


  10. I think it's adorable that you used to wear your dad's clothes. I maybe sometimes perhaps still do that ...sometimes ;)

  11. You are sooooo glowy in the baby bump stage Maria.....and fun to look behind our outfit past!



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