Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Summery Winters

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Hi there, Marlen from Messages on a Napkin here! While Chicago is on a schizophrenic limb and blowing 10 degree winds one day and then teasing us with 60 degree days the next, I wasn't sure if I should bust out the summer dresses or onesie snow suits. What's a girl to do?

So I opted for a little bit of both. I paired Ashley's (from Southern (California) Belle) vintage floral dress with a cotton military jacket and braced for Momma Nature to do her worst. It almost pained me to cover up the pretty puffed-out shoulder detail of the dress, but you know how I am with layers. I decided to add a chambray shirt for a pop of color from the collar, and a chunky necklace close to the neckline to add some interest.

A cute side note: I went on a date with my boyfriend in this and he smiled his sweet smile and said that this was his favorite dress I owned. Haha I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was a loan!


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28 comments:

  1. Love seeing this dress in different seasons, the print is super fun and your winterized it perfectly! Love Jessi's pretty collar and Ashley's adorable Beret too! ANd OH MY GOODNESS the story about your date is so cute!

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  2. I absolutely love how you styled this!! You made it so appropriate for winter, love it with the chambray shirt underneath and that khaki jacket. You look awesome!!
    xJennaD

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  3. Great outfit, I like your combination best!
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  4. Cuteness and I like the graphic you used too.

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  5. love the outfit! Cute! 10 degrees then 60 degrees!? WOW...
    At least you had some days of warmth! In London it's just COLD ALL THE TIME.
    You can tell I'm very frustrated with the weather.. haha
    Can't wait till summer! Xx
    http://live-in-this-moment.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. linda, amei!

    xx

    G.
    gabboom.wordpress.com

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  7. Hattitude Style Blog

    ah you live in chicago marlene! I waas just there in December on a holiday! we totally should have met up for a coffee. i'll be back again in the summer. it's sooo beautiful there! i fell in love.

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Style Blog

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  8. I love your hair in these pictures, so beautifully done. Also - it's really interesting to see it going from sweet and summery, to cosy winter. :)

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  9. I just love this. Everything about it. That dress is gorgeous on all three of you!

    If only we had summery winters here.

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  10. love the shoes and parka <#
    you look pretty, kisses

    visit my blog please)
    http://yuliasi.blogspot.com/
    love, Yulia

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  11. The flats look so cool with this dress :) Thanks also for stopping by my blog. I am now following you on Facebook!


    XX,
    Miranda

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  12. How adorable! I love how you styled it with the jacket, even if it did cover up the sleeves. Awwww, your boyfriend sounds like such a sweetheart!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  13. THOSE SHOES. Totally adorable, Marlen!

    www.darlingprepster.blogspot.com

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  14. love both of your pages!
    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  15. loving the way you stylied it, with those shoes, and cute hat :)

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  16. Awwwww! I think it's cute that your boyfriend loved it! You really do look stunning in this dress. I love the olive jacket over it too.

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  17. Love seeing different ways of styling it. The military jacket is perfect for colder weather and modernizes it in my opinion. Awesome!

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  18. I love this dress! The colour is perfect

    Xenia
    xox

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  19. Such a cute outfit, love the brogues and khaki jacket, as well as the pretty dress!

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  20. I love fancy dress with military jacket, it's so cute!!
    thanks to visit me, I am new follower because your style is adorable!!

    Pretty To Be Happy

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  21. Really lovely photos *_*

    kisses,

    nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  22. Love how you styled the dress. Pairing with the more masculine jacket balances it out:)

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  23. Ah that is so cute! I've had someone compiment me while wearing a swap and wondered do I tell them it's not mine? Haha. I love how you layered this dress up, especially the collar and hat. And those shoes are seriously darling! Love them!!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. P.S. love the "how they styled it" graphic! We should start doing this!

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  24. that dress is so gorgeous! really wish I think it would've fit my arms : ) I love your styling w/ the denim top under & the necklace, i always forget about subtle layers underneath & esp necklaces.
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  25. That dress is awesome girl! maybe we can follow each other?

    http://rosannevandierenn.blogspot.nl

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