April Showers Bring May Flowers

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bold stripes meet a girly silhouette and delicate pleats to create a look that's uber feminine and classic. 
This ladylike dress is super flattering, and the pleats in the skirt add a spark of elegance and femininity. 
Nautical-inspired styles have always been the summer equivalency of effortless, preppy clothing. Navy & white are a match made in heaven - especially when done in stripes. The look reminds me of a breezy day at sea! 
I wanted to keep my accessories light and fun in order for the look to stay fresh and colorful. 
I can't enough of this dress style. The fit-and-flare is my new favorite trend because it hugs my body in all the right places and subtly hides typical problem areas. I feel like a princess with such a flared out skirt and we all know that when you look good, you feel good! 
Nude booties are a contemporary alternative to your simple run-of-the-mill nude pumps. They're more youthful and fun! 
A splash of pink compliments navy impeccably well. 
 Photos by Dan Harper (thanks Dad)
[dress: Gap, heels: Gianni Bini, necklace: Ann Taylor, headband: Tasha via Nordstrom, watch: Kate Spade, earrings: boutique, bracelets: Ann Taylor, Stella & Dot, Alex & Ani]

Happy May everyone! May has got to be one of my favorite months. The flowers are in bloom, the cloudy skies of April are behind us, and summer's just beyond the horizon. These warm days are slowly turning into hot ones and the promise of more sunshine and outdoor activities is enough to make the stress of my approaching finals seem insignificant...almost!   

I decided to take a break from my unhealthy obsession with florals and dress in something classic and bold. Nothing embodies modern femininity more than stripes! And the nautical color scheme of navy and white is ultra chic and fresh during these warmer months.  


GIVEAWAY

Today I'm hosting my very first giveaway with two lovely ladies! Anna from "Happy Medley," Amy from "The Real Arnolds," and I have teamed up for this cool giveaway. I'm so very excited about this and can't wait to share it with you all. I know that for Mother's Day we are all looking for something special to give our mothers. So if you found that something but lacking in funds, this is for you. We are giving away two $50 gift cards to the store of your choice (OR) PayPal cash. You choose! Talk about a win/win, huh? Enter with the rafflecopter below! 



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81 comments:

  1. Loving that striped dress with the neutral lace shoes!! Such a cute outfit, with lots of colour popping out! xx

    Chic Nikkie

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  2. I love the dress on you! This is a cut that I love for the same reasons. I actually got a similar dress at Gap recently, and it was because the cut was so perfect.

    You look great as always in these photos and I always love your fun accessories!
    xo Jackie

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  3. You look seriously so adorable. Love this whole look!!!

    XO Color Me Courtney

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  4. WOW, what a lovely marine-style dress! This style is perfect for you :)

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  5. The stripe dress is soooo pretty! And I love the cute shoes <3

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  6. girl this is super pretty i can't even!

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  7. Adoring this look! A fan of stripes myself, I just posted a nautical inspired look also, check it out when you get a chance. The giveaway sounds great also!

    Kisses,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  8. very very nice!!!:)

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  9. This dress is adorable on you and fits you perfectly, gotta love stripes!

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  10. Your dress suits you well, gorgeous! The pleats are so cute <3

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  11. Wow, beautiful photos and the dress is so gorgeous! You look amazing, I adore your hair. :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xo
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  12. I've always been a fan of stripes, and this dress is perfect! I love the fuller skirt and the long sleeves. Just the right amount of coverage for these chillier spring months!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  13. I LOVE stripes! Great dress and fun background!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  14. Gorgeous look darling! Love your heels!!!!!!!

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  15. lovely dress, you look so pretty :)

    xx

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  16. this dress is so much pretty you look perfect, very pretty!

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  17. I'm not the hugest fan of stripes but you make that dress look very pretty! Lovely silhouette too, and you found the cutest spot to take pictures at!

    House Of Illusions

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  18. Lovely outfit. I'm in love with stripes!
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  19. you look very lovely. I adore this dress not because of the cut but also it is stripes, i am a big fan. The pictures too are very lovely and your background, such a happy place kinda.

    xo
    Sam
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  20. Haha love the pix of you on the bike wink wink. And that dress is great just love and you are right nude booties are a nice alternative and easier to walk in.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  21. Wow I'm totally in love with your beautiful striped dress. So classy and chic. Happy Monday Kat :)

    xx Mira

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  22. You look lovely
    Love your dress
    Rachel XX
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  23. Loving this background, and your eyes look so blue!

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  24. This dress is perfect! Love your Kate Spade watch... Lovely


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  25. Love your striped dress! You look adorable. :) Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    Jen
    www.lifeunrefined.com

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  26. This dress is one of my favorites! It's so comfortable and can be styled so many ways! It looks perfect on you Kat! I love the nautical feel! P.S. You have no problem areas to hide whatsoever girl! You are beautiful!

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  27. You are such an cutie pie. Love ur outfit!

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    xx Lori
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  28. Love your dress! You are so beautiful dear!

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  29. Thise dress is terrific, such a great find, indeed:) I love the way it looks on you! Those photographs turned out so great;) Especially I like that one where you act like you are riding a bycicle, it looks so real;)
    Wish you a great day ahead!

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  30. You look amazing babe! Love your hair!
    Amazing pics!
    kiss
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  31. wauw you are very beautiful and your face and eyes! so stunning!
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    have a nice week girl! lots of love www.rachelkromdijk.nl im following you on gfc :)

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  32. pretttty bebe!
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  33. The dress is so cute and looks amazing on you! Love your watch too!

    KARAMODE

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  34. super cute look! I really like your dress <3
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  35. Wonderful dress, you look so sweet, I like the booties so much, I have a question your giveaway is international? Tell me please!

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  36. Aww you look absolutely amazing and sweet over here (: x

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  37. Loving this… outstanding sense of style! you nailed it doll!
    kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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  38. you look awesome dear :) love your watch !! xx
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  39. Lovely outfit!

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    Stay fancy!
    xxx Kelly-Louise

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  40. Gorgeous outfit, you look so beautiful :) have a great day xo

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  41. Really charming! Black and white striped dresses are always very stylish!

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  42. I am IN LOVE with your shoes!

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  43. That dress is so cute on you...I love the cut of it!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  44. I love your style! The dress is cute and the pictures are lovely. Love love love it!

    xx

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  45. You look so adorable in stripes Kat! :) i really like this dress and it definitely looks very nice on you! :) I like the accessories you used- that watch is so pretty- I love the bright pink detailing it has! :)
    And wow I am totally loving the background of your pictures! the wall is so beautiful ( love the picture where you are driving an imaginary bicycle!) cuuute! :)
    And I am totally participating in this giveaway! :)

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  46. Love the title of this post :) The same goes for your outfit :) xx Maja

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  47. Great post, dear!

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  48. Beautiful dress! It is so chic, girly and fun! I'm also loving your Kate Spade watch! they have such a cute collection :)
    XOXO

    Milu
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  49. Great giveaway! Crossing my fingers.

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  50. Oh god, you are so gorgeous! Love your hair.
    And your outfit is simply perfection:)
    Have a lovely day,
    Kisese
    Christine G ♥

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  51. How amazing is that background! The background + your gorgeous dress = Spring Perfection!

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  52. Ok that picture of you pretending to ride the bike is just the cutest picture!! I adore your nautical inspired outfit! That striped dress is so wonderful and could be worn all spring and summer long! Your little neutral booties are the perfect choice and I totally want your Kate Spade watch!!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  53. Your photos are always great!! Your dress is so cute!! :) And the shoes too! Perfect outfit!

    Kisses,

    Babi
    www.voguebuster.net

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  54. ohhh the stripe skirt looks fab on you- love the way you styled your hair here too, it match the outfit so perfect!

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  55. Such a sweet outfit. Love your watch.
    Beautetude

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  57. You look great swiry. That flared dress fits you perfectly. Love the boots too.
    Kisses from Kenya

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  58. OMG Kat!
    You are beautiful and you look adorable.
    This dress is perfect.
    Kisses
    The Indian Savage Diary

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  59. So cute - this really fits your figure :)

    xx,
    Liz

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  60. What a lovely post! I love your outfit, but your shoes and that watch are to die for!
    You are so beautiful!

    Kisses,
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  61. Ahh you look gorgeous! I really love your outfit and it suits your style perfectly :)

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  62. I love the stripes on your dress!! And that hairstyle with the headband = adorable <3

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  63. You are gorgeous-love your makeup!

    xx

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  64. Thanks for your visit my love! can't wait to see more of your beautiful looks!
    kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  65. oh dear you look super cute in this stripe dress and sweet lace detail in your nude ankle boots!

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  66. Happy Friday Kat!! Looking forward to see your new post :)

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  67. how cute you look! such a pretty dress! and the photo with the bike on the wall - so lovely!
    happy weekend sweety!

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  68. Wow! You have done a fantastic job this time!
    I am mesmerized by this post! Love it!
    You do not know how glad I am that I came here! Big hugs!

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  69. Love the shoes!!!

    Hannah
    fashioningjoy.com

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  70. you look absolutely amazing!♥ and that dress is adorable!:)

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  71. this dress is so cute!
    love how your paired it with your nude boots.
    but most importantly, i LOVE your nail polish color!
    blue hues are my fave!

    :)
    vanessa
    grace-and-gratitude.blogspot.com

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  72. I love these photos! And that dress is simply stunning on you. You look fabulous in stripes!

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  73. You look amazing this is a gorgeous outfit post and I love your styling.

    Love your blog and I am now following it. Hope you can stop by mine and possibly follow me too if you like it xx

    Tia

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  74. Aww you looks so nice^^
    Love your style <3
    Would you like following each other on GFC and bloglovin?

    xx
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  75. you look so pretty Kate ! xx
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