A reflection on 5 months and linkup

reflection on 5 months

Hi everyone! Today I’m very excited to be co-hosting the Thursday Fashion Files with Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom and Jill from Doused in Pink. I have been following their blogs for at least a year now and have linked up with them countless times. As I have transitioned from just blogging about to fashion to blogging fashion and travel, the times I can link up are less frequent. But I, of course, am always excited to when I can!

So for this post, I thought I’d do a little reflection on how I’m doing. I thought it would be fun to mix some photos in from the different shoots and outfits I’ve worn over the past five months.

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Exploring old Granada in a dress

exploring old Granada

Last weekend, I spent the day exploring old Granada. For those of you who do not know, I live in Granada, Spain. I’m an American and I moved there to teach English. And I must say, I absolutely love it in Granada. Some days I catch myself taking it for granted. Then I walk to meet a friend for a coffee and am stunned by my surroundings. I live in one of the prettiest cities in all of Spain. It is simply amazing.

Last weekend, I teamed up with a friend of mine in Granada who volunteered to do my hair, makeup and take my photos (thanks Kat!). Friends like that are the best! Kat lives in the historic area of Calle Elvira.

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My winter look: a dress and boots

winter look

I recently realized that I have a classic winter look. Furthermore when you add in that my current wardrobe in Spain consists of what fit in my suitcases plus a few things I’ve bought over here, this look is one I wear a lot. Little booties seem to be very on-trend over here in Spain. So while I brought my own boots over as well, I often prefer these with a dress.

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My winter wedding look collaboration

winter wedding look

When I think of my ideal winter wedding look, I think of something cute and warm. I always like to be warm and truly think that you can still look just as cute in the winter as in the summer. Furthermore, I think you can still wear your dresses all through the winter! As long as you have the right tights, shoes, scarves, sweaters and such, the cold will not be an issue!

I’m also excited to be collaborating with four other fashion bloggers from around the world. In the fall, Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood had approached me to be a part of the fall wedding collaboration. It was lots of fun and you can read about it here. So when she approached me about a winter wedding collaboration, I said sure! I had recently shot these green dress photos of a new photographer here in Granada. So it seemed to work perfectly.

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A day in Loch Lomond

day in Loch Lomond

Hi friends! After about 12 days of traveling, I am back in Spain. I have so much to share with you all that this month will just be full of tales of my travels to Scotland, Andorra, France and Spain (Barcelona). So I thought I’d start off with my day in Loch Lomond.

What is Loch Lomond?

Well I’m so glad you asked! Loch Lomond is this beautiful body of water just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. If you’re spending a few days in Glasgow like I was, it’s an easy drive or train ride to spend a day in Loch Lomond. In America, we really don’t have lochs or we at least just don’t call bodies of water lochs. So the word seems very Scottish to me (especially since they have to whole Lochness Monster deal).

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My year in dresses part 2

wore in Portland

Earlier last week, I had recapped my year in dresses. As many of you already know, I wear a lot of dresses. In fact, that’s what inspired the name of my blog. I think that as we end one year and begin another, it’s good to do a little reflecting. Even if we think our year was not the best, we usually have made progress. Reflecting can help us see that. I know I for one made lots of leaps with the blog.

Reflecting also allows us to see where we are and where we want to go. I know that for me, this is the year that I give the blog my all. I’m going full force with it. So to those of you who are new, welcome! I hope you stick around because I have lots of great ideas for the year to come. And those loyal readers out there, thank you for all your support. You all are amazing.

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A year in dresses part 1 and StyleWe Giveaway

year in dresses

It has been quite a year in dresses for me. As I think back to last year at this time, so much was different. My mother was about to go into hospice after a six-month stay in the hospital after having a brain aneurysm. I was nearing the end of Dressember, a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. While I was 3-months in, I was such a baby blogger.

Now one year later, I think it’s fitting that this post includes a giveaway. In this year since, I’ve seen a growth in traffic and engagement on both the blog and my social media platforms. I’ve worked with some brands and small businesses, and continue to have people reaching out for collaboration. I feel like I’m in my solid sophomore year of blogging and there is nowhere to go but up. And it could not have been possible without you all. So thank you for reading, liking and commenting. It always brings me joy!

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Your holiday black dress

Ah the holidays. There’s so much joy and cheer. There are also many, many, many things to do and events to attend. Between your office party and friend party and family get together, not to mention New Year’s Eve, it can get overwhelming. What do I wear? Well we are here to help! Here is your holiday dress by color.

Your holiday little black dress

We all have our color. Mine is green and in fact, I wrote all about it last Spring. You can read that post here. That color that just looks amazing on us … it fits with our eyes and our skin tone.

Today, though, I’ve decided to show you some of my favorites in lack. Who doesn’t love a good little black dress?

Also every good holiday dress needs the right bra. I know for me, it can make or break my whole evening. Luckily I’ve teamed up with Thirdlove, a company prides themselves on good-fitting bras and underwear. They have this super fun quiz here. What bra should you wear this holiday? Spoiler: I got the 24/7 t-shirt scrappy bra because I’m a slight grinch. They are so kindly offering all my readers a 15% off discount code. Make sure to use this code: TL15BRABLEMSDEC when making your purchase!

The quiz

And now onto the dresses

Your holiday black dress

The little black dress is the easiest go-to. If you’re a girl who just likes to go with what you know will look amazing, a little black dress is perfect. You cannot go wrong with it.

Dresses, bras and holidays

Have you found your perfect holiday dress? What color do you prefer? Make sure you go give Thirdlove some love.

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Guest blogger Alex, Medicated Follower of Fashion

Today we have a guest blogger while I explore Madrid. Meet Alex, a lovely blogger I met through one of the style blog linkups I participate in each week. She’s fabulous and I hope you enjoy!

Hi! My name is Alex and I write over at Medicated Follower of  Fashion.  I’m 34, married with two lovely boys and live in the UK.  I suppose I really ought to explain my blog name.  I started blogging in 2009 after the birth of my eldest son. Very shortly after having my son I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression and I found blogging a great outlet for me.  Something that gave me a great deal of joy and helped me feel more, well, “me” after having a child was clothing, fashion, style and kids clothing too.  I’ve always loved dressing myself  (sometimes in weird and wacky ways!) and one of the best things, for me, at that very low point, was having someone new to dress.  Someone who for quite a long time couldn’t express an opinion!

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5 tips for winter travel wear

tips for winter travel wear

Last weekend around this time, I found myself in Cordoba, Spain. I had decided to take a day trip with a friend. Winter is setting in here in Spain, so I had to dress accordingly. Did I wear a dress? Of course! I did choose carefully, though. So I thought I would share my 5 tips for winter travel wear.

My 5 tips for winter travel wear

Many of us find ourselves traveling during the winter months. Perhaps you decided to take your two weeks off around the holidays in the Czech Republic. Or perhaps you have some time in February and decide to make your dream of visiting Paris a reality. Or perhaps, like me, you’re an expat who plans to travel through Europe little by little on long weekends and days off from your job. Either way, we do find ourselves as tourists in the cold. And as long as you are prepared, it can be just as much fun as traveling in the warmer months.

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