Souvenirs Are Perishable, Memories Are Not

I didn't buy much (besides food and train tickets) during my brief jaunt to Spain and Italy. A few gifts were thoughtfully chosen for select friends and family, but for myself I was happier to walk away with a couple of memory cards full of pictures and one small illustration by a street artist. My friend did lure me into an H&M while we were in Barcelona and there I couldn't resist this happy dress (aren't the colors too cheery?). One of the exceptions of my usual dislike of the color pink is when it is obnoxiously paired with red or orange. A dress from H&M is hardly a proper souvenir from Barcelona, but I bought it there and wore it in Venice. Perhaps it isn't very traditional, or even a special piece, but I can wear it again and again and relive a portion of my memories from my trip every time...


Outfit details:
H&M dress
white slip-ons

CONVERSATION

34 comments:

  1. sometimes i hate pink + red. sometimes i LOVE it. looks good in this dress, so right now, i love it! if only all of life's decisions were this easy! :)

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  2. This is my least favorite color combo but somehow on you it just looks so right!!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  3. pink is the one colour i still can't quit bring myself to wear. although, this dress is tempting me...
    i love it paired with the white shoes, really cute!

    Annah xx

    girlandbird.blogspot.com

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  4. You've hit the nail on the head. Just yesterday, I was cleaning up, packing for my impending move and I came across a bunch of old soveneirs from my trip to South Korea. Honestly, yes, they were neat to look at, but the photos I have, the memories are so much more. These trinkets that I'd shelled out money were collecting dust in a long forgotten box.

    I'm really glad that you were able to have such a fun time and to make memories and document your trip with photos.

    And a stop to an H&M sounds perfect. I've actually never been before--- there isn't one in my state, and I've heard such great things about it. Le sigh!

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  5. Love that dress! I'm tempted to go by H&M this weekend and see if I can find it in my size...

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  6. Oh, it's a dress, so cool! You look fab.

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  7. Cute dress! Love red and pink together!

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  8. Color blocking... you wear a lot of color, but I don't think I've seen such blatant color blocking on you before.

    The material, the color combo and the cut seem different that most of the things you sport on a regular, so this is nice and refreshing.

    Plus it looks perfectly comfortable while still being chic.

    Who says we have to trade?

    4 months to Hawaii... I'm getting nervous. We put numbers together last night and man, living there is so expensive, but then we noticed that lots of people live there with much less and still get by. I must be missing something.

    If you had the chance to live anywhere in the Islands, what city/town/village/Island would you choose?

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  9. What a lovely dress! The pockets are great and the colors are great on you. I admit, I'm not much of a souvenir gal either. I'm much happier with pictures!

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  10. this is a great dress. it also goes very well with your hair.

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  11. I work at H&M, and was never really sure what I thought of this dress. You just made me fall inlove with it!!! I'm definitely going to have to try it on tomorrow to see if I can pull it off. It looks amazing on you!

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  12. I just love those two colours together ! :)
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  13. Love this. Really cute paired with the white slip-ons.

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  14. so on trend with the colour blocks and the bright red/orange. i love it

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  15. If we're ever in Barcelona at the same time (I spend weeks there bc of in-laws), I could show you all the hot-spots for cheap and neat treats. :)

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  16. love the color of the dress it is so pretty!
    XX Ilana
    http://mymodernvintagefashion.blogspot.com/

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  17. What a fantastic dress to find!! I was watching Style Like U the other day and this woman was discussing buying random clothes or jewelry as her souvenirs since wearing them reminds her of travels. It's such a good idea:)

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  18. I love this colour combo!! I have just been contemplating how to style a red t-short I have to wear (stupid uniform for a great new job), and had thought a big bright pink skirt might be the shot - now here it is embodied! :)

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  19. That skirt is great! I love the pockets!!

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  20. What a cheerful dress!

    Peace and love!

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  21. Fabulous! Sarah from Sarah's Laundry just posted this dress on her blog today too. Thinking about doing a Who Wore it Better? for my column. You look fabulous!

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  22. Such a cool little dress! The colors are so bright and cheery. Definitely perfect for summer.

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  23. I have all these memories of my mom telling me that I couldn't wear those colors together. Now I found myself pairing those colors the most: red and pink, purple and red, orange and blue

    I love that mix

    You look delightful

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  24. Although, I like the color combination I actually think this dress is highly unflattering. It's very ill fitting on the bottom and the pockets create quite a bit of bulk. Normally, I think your taste is quite spot on so I'm surprised by this misstep especially with the cheap skippies that add nothing to the look. Keep experimenting; it is nice to see you change it up, but I don't think this should have been it.

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  25. @Anonymous, seriously? I don't think it is unflattering, so I just basically disagree with you on that & even if it is unflattering...well, I don't see why that should stop me from wearing it. I've actually written a blog post on this before, but I don't believe dressing merely to flatter. If I look ugly in an outfit, but I like the colors I'm wearing, oh well.

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  26. I love the look! I actually saw that dress today and almost bought it... what a surprise to check your blog and spot it again! You pull it off very well :)

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  27. I love buying new clothes while travelling, they make the best souvenirs because they're purposeful and practical and I love sharing their stories.

    Pink and red is a winning combination, I agree!

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  28. I've always liked the red and pink color combo - cute!

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  29. @ The clothes horse This is the other "anonymous" who left the shall we say controversial comment. I do not want to drag this out or be overly confrontational. I just wanted to offer one more further comment.

    With all due respect, I did try to track down your post which was referenced in your comment to get an understanding of your point of view. I will preface my response by saying that I am a fan of your blog and have for the most part except for the outfit in question admired your style. However, our opinions differ. I do not think that because an item has one quality that you like about it is always worth buying. If it's not complimentary to the body in some fashion, why waste precious money? The look of color blocking with red and pink could have been achieved in a myriad of ways without swathing the body in unnecessary bulk. Not that a item has to be skin tight to flatter, but it should highlight and accentuate the person on some level. But, my interest is not to offend or be a thorn to anyone's side least of all you, dear blogger. I'm just offering my point of view. I will continue to watch your blog and continue to be a fan. Thank you for reading.

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  30. @Pomellyop, I do respect your opinion and I appreciate the polite manner you are phrasing things. I also don't want to just keep yakking about this, but it just makes me sort of sad that we're stuck on this "flattering" point. Clothes aren't just for making someone look good, they're to be used for expression. I wish my style was more consistently creative and outlandish so that it could demonstrate my views on this better, but I happen to also like clothes that are rather conventional )& I suppose to some people "flattering"). I love Susie Bubble's style and others who are as daring and outlandish as she is.
    So, I do appreciate what you are saying, but I don't dress for the same reasons that you do. I mean, what is the point of dressing to compliment or hide a body? I'm not dressing to attract a mate! I'm dressing to make me happy and I don't care if a dress gives me big hips, or a flat chest, etc. I don't want to go on and on about this, but it is a big deal to me that I convey I'm not offended that you think it's unflattering, I just firmly believe that unflattering isn't important.

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  31. this dress is a little weard, in a chic way??? i have to admit that i like that color combination, its unusual but its ok. The important thing here is that you rock it girl!!!! because you FEEL comfortable and thats all about.

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  32. @ the Clothes Horse Hello it's the same commenter again, I just saw that your outfit is featured in the New York Magazine best of street style for this week. I guess the press has spoken and I'm wrong! It's all good; it put a smile on my face when I saw it. Cheers!

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  33. @ the clothes horse And P.S. the crow tasted good, in case you were wondering!

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