handkerchief dress

handkerchief dress handkerchief dress dress with back cutouts simple gold bar necklace handstamped bar necklace by Betsy Farmer Designs
dress: SoLa (for non-Austinites, get it here!) // shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // necklace: Betsy Farmer Designs (gift from Indiana)

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I make a point of checking out SoLa any time I have an exciting occasion to shop for. Every time I stop in, I find something I love, get to pet the most adorable French bulldog Miss Venus, and get to chat with store founder Coral who always remembers my name! As if that didn't already make her the world's best shop girl, she also did a double take to make sure all my bits would be sufficiently covered in this dress for TxSC (look ma, no bra!).

I wore this little number on stage to moderate the final keynote with Sophia Rossi. I didn't quite know what I was looking for in a dress for the occasion, but as soon as I saw the open back and unique hemline, I had to at least try it on.

Never has a dress made me feel more confident so quickly. Especially a dress that doesn't fit my usual fit and flare formula! Between showing off my tattoo and my legs without being overly revealing, I was sold. I can't wait to wear this dress all summer! It's perfect for everything from margaritas on a porch to watching live music in the park. 

I don't have any special events coming up soon, but SoLa happens to be pretty close to my favorite ice cream shop, so I think I'll be popping in soon anyway! I love supporting my local businesses, and it doesn't hurt that they sell such cute stuff!

Speaking of supporting small sellers, I'll be sharing more about this sisterhood necklace soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out Betsy Farmer Designs!

P.S. I just realized today is exactly one month 'til my 25th birthday! Eep!


  1. I love your dress! The print is unique and the cut-outs on the back add a little something extra :) I've actually never been to SoLa even though it practically right down the street from me, lol! Now I'm thinking it's time I make a visit...

  2. oh my goodness that necklace was such a sweet gift!

  3. OMG I love this dress! I want it. I have nothing special coming up either but man if I did... So pretty.

  4. That dress fits you like a dream! :) And how perfect is that necklace! Indiana is so sweet.

    xo Kimi

  5. First off, that dress looks amazing on you!! Next, HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY!!! That is so exciting! I love birthdays. Lastly, I love your necklace!! I am definitely going to go check out the site.
    Missing you lady!

  6. I love how this dress perfectly shows off your tattoo! Very cool! And I'm in love with that sisterhood necklace! Happy almost birthday!!

  7. Better pick a dress that makes you feel confident when you're going to be on stage! I could never pull off a dress this style, but I love it on other people. You, especially. It totally suits you!

  8. NICOLE! That third picture of you is absolutely stunning! You are so beautiful and you have the best smile! This dress is really fun, by the way - I like the print a lot, and the cutouts in the back are wonderful. It's cool to see your tattoo, too! :)


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