Leave All This Illusion Behind

In case you missed it: I live near the water now. Perhaps instead of being one of those "plain white wall" bloggers I mentioned before, I will be a seaside blogger. Even when it's breezy and cooler, I still find myself wandering down to the water for a bit of a break from...life. These pictures also generate a false impression, since I don't really wear shoes at the beach. It's one of the most pleasant experiences to just kick off your shoes and wander about barefoot in the sand...

This dress is a new piece from APART; a brand that has been overseas since the 70s and just recently opened up it's online store to US customers. I snagged a couple of fun pieces from their store and I'm so pleased with their quality and they arrived super quickly. This dress is so breezy and I love the fun, bold print. It's a large, loose-style dress for someone of my height (5'1"), so I kept the belt it came with fitted at my waist and I rolled up the sleeves to make the proportions work better on me. It's a super small and easy adjustment, but it makes all the difference when you have a petite frame, especially since I didn't feel like wearing heels.
*If you see something you like in the store you can get 25% off your order with the code "CLOTHESHORSE" at check out; it's good until 11/30. They also offer free shipping on orders over $100.
Outfit details:
Juicy Couture purse
secondhand ring & Bijules ring

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38 comments:

  1. Great post hunnie...love the water moving..and your dress is SOOOO gorgeous!!!


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  2. i agree, the print of that dress looks amazing.
    i love your shoes too. i actually wouldn't kick off those shoes to go barefoot. because they are too awesome :)

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  3. Love how you did the last photo with the waves and wind moving. The dress looks gorgeous on you and I'd never have guessed you were 5'1".

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  4. The shade of your hair matches the dress so well... the colours really suit you!

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  5. That dress looks lovely on you! I have to say, I am envious of you being so close to the water. I miss the ocean! A true island girl at heart, I suppose.

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  6. beautiful dress, enjoy the seaside =) thanks for the coupon code!

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  7. i love this print on you! looks amazing with your hair (which i'm super envious of!)

    i'll definitely have to check out their site.

    i wander, i wonder

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  8. Very pretty! The dress and the last photo are simply adorable!
    xo
    Giovanna
    Boho Market Blog

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  9. Such a pretty dress. I love the print.

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  10. The pattern is beautiful. I love that last GIF, the movement makes me feel like I'm at the beach!

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  11. I love the gifs you always create whenever you go to the water.

    This is a very 70's inspired vintage-like ensemble. You have the doctor's bag, but you also have these intricate tribal-like patterns with a 70's vibe to it.

    It's really interesting to see it juxtaposed against such a natural background, and the masculine detail of edgy, tough shoes.

    I hope moving hasn't been too hectic for you! But being near the water seems to be an important spiritual connection for you, so I know it's definitely a good thing. I just hope you still have serene woods and meadows in which to shoot!

    XX.
    Mae Lu, thereafterish.

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  12. I love the picture with the water moving, my favorite pic this month thus far! :)

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  13. Gorgeous post and dress. Wow, I'll definitely be checking out the website. I live near the water too, but its about a 10 minute drive including parking. Not so practical for everyday photos, unfortunately. Did you move to a new state?

    xo
    nancy

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  14. great dress!!
    u look so fabulous here :))

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  15. darling, darling, these pictures are so beautiful, so magical. x

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  16. never heard of the brand myself! what a beautiful print

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  17. wow I would have never guess you were 5'1! I thought you were like 5'7.
    lovely dress, and love the video at the end

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  18. I love animation. The dress is beautiful

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  19. Beautiful dress! =)


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  20. The print on the dress is gorgeous! The cut and the draping as well...Seaside scenery make for nice pictures. But in my experience they also mean the wind poufing my hair up and getting my clothes wet!


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  21. oh no, by default, i'm not a white wall blogger, a garden one! love the backdrop + your hair x

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  22. Your hair is really flawless, the first shot is my favorite. It's reminds me of "widower by the water". just unbelievably gorgeous.

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  23. I love the tribal print of your dress -- it looks so great on you!

    I'm a beachside photo blogger now, though my beach is at a tiny lake and not at the ocean. Love your photos as always.

    JoAnn
    Sidewalk Chalk

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  24. wow, the gift it's great!! I follow you!! http://moonsandme.blogspot.com/

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  25. This dress is so pretty on you and goes great with the colour of your hair. I wish I was on the beach when I see your photos.

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  26. I have NO idea you were only 5"1 and it makes me very happy to hear so. (I'm only 4"10) I love how your clothes portray you to look taller.. And this dress! Beautiful:)

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  27. I've been thinking you were more like 5'4" or 5'5" this whole time. Although I remember you mentioning it before when you were trying out different skirt lengths or something... guess it never sank in! :p
    That's awesome, I'm only 5'3" and I feel so short in the world of fashion bloggers...!

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  28. lovely pattern dress.. great outfit! from head to toe!



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  29. Love your outfit! The dress has such a great pattern to it. Btw, I just started moving away from the "white wall" photos into outdoor ones. The ones outside look much more interesting. And it's awesome that you live so close to the seaside. =)

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  30. thats a really pretty dress! you look lovely in it! :)

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  31. Love this dress! Love all your pics. Gorgeous outdoor shots.

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  32. Oh i like print and the polka flats. So sweet to see you. You give me an idea on what to wear for my family's reunion. mmmmm..nice

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  33. I haven't checked in for a little while, and though I've always enjoyed your blog and outfits, you are totally blowing me out of the water right now! Wonderful outfits, beautiful photos, your hair is so pretty, all that stuff. :)

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  34. Great post! I literally fell in love with this dress!!!

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  35. absolutely gorgeous! the colours of the dress really make your beautiful skin and hair stand out!

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  36. Delightful, I love the beach! I think this dress would look perfect without shoes, too. It has a nice, earthy vibe that totally calls for kicking your shoes off and getting sand between your toes!

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