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dress: Cousin Earl via ROAM Port Aransas // shoes: Moorea Seal (similar) // pouch: REALM // earrings: Gudbling

photos by Chelsea Francis

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get this dress up on the blog! July totally got away from me, and my photographer took a well-deserved vacay for a good part of the month, but better late than never, right?

In case you missed it, this dress was my souvenir from my Port Aransas trip earlier this summer. As Dago has learned over the years, my favorite gifts are the kind I can wear, and the same is true for souvenirs. I like to wear my love & experiences! Every time I see this dress in my closet, I get a little flashback to my vacation - the quality time I spent with Dago, all the pretty colors of the Coastal town, the ease of beach life. Sure, I may be putting on sweat pants to go work at my desk at home, but I get a little dose of inspiration and ocean air just seeing the flamingos hanging out.

I'm actually so glad that I was having such a body positive experience while on vacation because this dress isn't something I would have picked up in my "real life." Never have I thought I could wear, or be comfortable in, a dress that didn't have a defined waist. I know I wear a lot of smock dresses (literally my favorite), but they always have a waistline. Something about the totally #onbrand flamingos and you-can-do-anything-you-want vibe of vacation gave me the push I needed to grab the dress and run to the dressing room before Dago could say "We're going to miss our brunch call!" The rest is history. I didn't even change back into the outfit I was wearing and became officially the happiest person on the whole dang island.

What kind of souvenirs do you collect? If you could find a dress entirely printed in one thing that would make you buy it in an instant, what would it be?

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