5.13.2009

Shopping Hiatus {2}


I woke up and wanted a new dress. Do you have days like that? Just to have the desire to slip into something fresh and new. To slip into something that makes you feel like a better version of yourself even if it only lasts a minute. What did I do you may wonder, well, I went to my closet and pulled out this dress that I bought when I was 9 months pregnant and having those same feelings. That was over 2 years ago and I may have worn it once. Now I can officially say I have worn it twice. I am thinking of dyeing it a new color. Oh, and did you notice my somewhat of a new haircut. It's the first time since high school that I am embracing my curls. The calves are new too. They are from running almost every day. I seem to be embracing more of who I am as I inch my way towards 30. I think I like her.

41 comments:

Miss Aimee said...

funny before i read your post i was like....nice legs! go girl. that is so awesome...running! I am not a runner BUT started a walking group wed and sun nights with a large group of friends and biking 1 day a wk with joslyn so I am working towards those calves too girl! and I love the dress!!! if you dye it you will have to tell us how that worked. and the hair(sooooooo perfectly you). I love it all. embrase it. 30s are your best years ahead. I am at the end of them(38 in august)....and have loved the early 30s the best! xo

erin said...

oh! i think the dress is beautiful! but if a dye job would help it to feel new again, i say dye away!

Emily said...

Beautiful dress! And I agree - I think that as you get older, you accept yourself more and that's when you really appreciate everything that makes you unique.

Aartee said...

Love the dress! I'm also a curly girl armed with a great hair straightner!

PS~Erin said...

It sounds like you are doing a quite a bit of growing/changing/evolving is some really neat ways. And you look great! (I'm wearing my hair curly/wavey today for the first time in a long while and I'm not sure I can embrace it... It's so much easier though!)

Hill Country House Girl said...

Love the dress - my daughter just bought a bunch of V neck T shirts and dyed them different colors. I was skeptical, but they are really cute for spring and summer. You should dye the dress - you would be so pretty in color. You are already pretty - and great legs. I sound like a weird stalker - sorry. I actually just clicked over from "Blueprint Bliss". I had better shut up now - I am scaring myself! Great blog!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

there's nothing quite as special as finding a dress that makes you feel pretty, uninhibited and girly so i definitely get it.

Kotori said...

You look great - and so impressed with the running (one thing I just can't seem to do very well!). I think the 30s are a better version of your 20s... you feel more in charge and know who you are...

Love the dress... what color would you dye it? You'll have to post some pics if you do, I'd love to see them!

Blair said...

Oh, you are too cute about liking who you are--such a fantastic attitude. And I know exactly what you mean about wanting to put on a fresh new dress every now and again!

Rachel said...

Adorable!!

Mrs. Filly said...

I love that dress it's really cute :) and I did notice the new hair and I said to eric...paula never wears her hair curly. I like it curly she should do that more often :)...and as for the running! I'm so proud! do you love it? how much are you doing and when do you get to do it? and as for inching towards thirty since my number still rounds down to 20 I havent yet gotten that feeling...but eric just had a bday and he is rounding up to 30 so yea...he understands...he went to the gym he said that helped..he felt more young afterwards

AllisonM said...

Beautiful Dress Paula! I love the idea of dyeing it and the first color that came to mind was light gray? (although for summer you may want more of a pop?) I'm with Aimee..before I read your post I was admiring the pretty calves. I need to start running..now!

Jackie said...

Great willpower! You look great in that dress. I like your idea to dye it to make it more like a new dress in your eyes.

Kathy Posey said...

you are beautiful

Federica said...

Oh yes, I have days like that...every day!
Beautiful dress and beautiful lady!
You're gorgeus!

wide open spaces said...

Oliver was standing next to me as I was looking at this post and he exclaimed - "her look beautiful!"

I totally agree.

joy said...

You are beautiful Paula ! I love all the pics that Kellen takes of you :)

bluehydrangea said...

Great picture! Love the curls.I too am trying to go with the curl instead of fighting it but sometimes I look like a muppet! You look great!

~ ennui ~ said...

first saw the photo and wondered where you had found this image and dress- after reading was surprised that this is YOU! Beautiful!

down and out chic said...

you're gorgeous and that dress is so sweet.

Joslyn said...

i love,love,love my 30's. the dress is lovely! as are you!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Paula- such a great post. Love your hair curly...

Sarah Klassen said...

Paula, you are so naturally pretty! I envy your beautiful hair, and am happy you are embracing your curls...I totally understand what you mean about the new dress and the feeling of something new and feminine. I had one of those days as well a few weeks back and ended up finding a very French dress with a bold print and full skirt - makes me feel pretty and reminiscent every time I put it on :)

Your dress is lovely! I like the details...I've never tried dying anything before, but I can somehow picture it in a very soft pink or blue - pretty with your skin tone and hair...

Rachel Follett said...

I like her too! Beautiful dress and love the curls! Whenever I need new clothes I do my laundry and usually I feel better but I like the idea of changing up a dress you already have to make yourself feel like you have something new. Great post!

Haven and Home said...

Love the hair! You look great!

Jessica said...

Fabulous shoes!!! Love the dress as well! Paula you are just the cutest!

Kasey said...

love the dress....
xo

Kelee Katillac said...

GORGEOUS!!! You are GORGEOUS!!!!!

Amazing photo....

love, kelee

angela hardison said...

you're beautiful and i love the dress.

also... to answer your questions: yes, the lamp was from homegoods. and the paint color is jalapeno pepper from benjamin moore's pottery barn line.

Hannah said...

Beautiful dress, I also think I have those sandals. Most wonderful ever.

megan said...

love your haircut and love your sandals!

Under a Green Roof said...

good for you! actually, GREAT for you! sometimes you do just want something new, and how smart to think of changing the color of something you already own. And good for you for running everyday, I need to follow your lead...

Gracie said...

Amazing and so inspirational. I hope I learn to embrace myself more in years to come. You hair looks great! Love your natural curls. I do like that dress by the way =)
PS. Definitely check out Star Trek!

thebush said...

Paula, I love your blog! And your dress, very cute curls and your toned legs. I really need to start running more. So proud of you running every day. Hope to see you soon!

My name is Erin. said...

Embrace the curls! I'm actually considering a perm. *gasp* Did I even say the word?! My hair is stick straight and what I would give for some LIFE that didn't come in a bottle and via blow dryer with my head hung upside down only to have it lying flat again by the time I make it out the door.

I turn 31 in 4 weeks. So far, being in my thirties is lovely!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

you look so beautiful!! the dress is gorgeous :)

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

I love your hair cut. I have naturally curly/wavy hair and go in and out of embracing it. Your calves have inspired me to step away from the computer and go take a walk {at least}...perhaps I'll even build up to a run. :) {Love your home in the background btw}

Hanako66 said...

such a beautiful dress!

I love your attitude:)

Kellen Jacob said...
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Kellen Jacob said...

In my unbiased opinion, I have to agree with everyone here - the most beautiful woman I've ever seen!

Love you babe.

maureen said...

the dress looks vintage & it's a darling....don't change it. the calves are awesome & don't worry the 30's are not bad (it's the new 20's!)