Tuesday, April 26, 2016

All in the Design

I have a lot of dresses, but there is one type of dress that I will always avoid: any dress with a drop waist. You have to be stick thin to pull off that look, with no hips or belly, and it's just not a silhouette that works well on my frame. Today's dress has probably the closest thing to a drop waist I will ever buy, and that's a flared hem. But the dress was so comfortable, and I had to travel for work, so it was a great choice for the day.

Dress: Taylor Navy and White Floral Jacquard Sleeveless Fit-And-Flare Dress

I found the dress at Belk this past weekend when I was scouring the clearance racks for cute dresses in my size. I paid only around $30 for it. I love a great deal! You can still find it at Bluefly (on sale) and Nordstrom, or perhaps check out your local Belk store. I've been impressed with the selection at the Phipps Plaza location in Atlanta.

Sandals: Kate Spade New York in Gold/Khaki (no longer available)

My calves are so sore after running in the Lauren's Run 5K over the weekend to benefit childhood cancer research. There were so many hills on the course. Amazingly, after a slow start (I thought the race started at 8:15, not 8:05, so I didn't have my music cued up), I ended up finishing third for my age group. It was a fun day, one I have spent with my parents the last three years. I love that there is something the three of us do together. (My dad ran the 5K, and my mom walked the 2K.) We had beautiful weather in Atlanta, and it was wonderful to be out enjoying the spring sunshine.

My mom took the picture below of me with my bronze medal. After struggling with childhood asthma (that I have since outgrown), I just never had much of an interest in sports during my school days. I was always the one who preferred writing for the school paper or serving as the student council secretary. Finally, when I'm almost in my 40s, I've found my 'stride' in a competitive sport. It's funny how life always manages to surprise you!