Outfit // Coral Kiss

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe we are at the closing of another week? I must say, it has been a pretty good week for me. I worked in the afternoons/early evenings and had the mornings to do things like sleep in, hang out with Marly, run errands, and work on the blog! I've been thinking a lot about some changes I'd like to make here and how I'd like to keep moving forward in the blogging world, but I'll save that for Monday, when I share my June goals!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I love a good sale and that I love Anthropologie. When the two come together, it is like Christmas for me. I had loved this dress when it first came out, but forgot about it until I saw it waiting for me on the sale racks. When it is marked down $100 from the original price, how can I say no?

I was expecting a pair of shoes to arrive in the mail and originally wanted to wait until I got them to style this dress with them (partly because I am sick of wearing these brown sandals in every style post lately haha). However, I ended up throwing that plan out the window and styling it like this when we went to visit my mom last weekend, where the weather was going to be in the high 90s. As soon as I slipped this dress on, I felt great in it. I even got a lot of compliments and a little girl told me I looked really pretty. 
Body image is definitely something I struggle with and it isn't all to often that I feel 100% confident in something I am wearing. This dress does that for me and that simple fact made me decide to photograph it just the way it was. We ended up stopping off on our way home to get this shoot in just before sunset and I am really happy with how the images turned out!
I feel so light, feminine, and free in this dress and, really, that is empowering. I also love the delicate keyhole detail on the back and the criss-cross kind of pattern on the bust.
The soft texture of this dress is also really interesting and adds a lovely level of dimension to it. It is so fun to run my hands over! I'll take it in 10 colors, thanks.

There are definitely some changes I know I need to make to improve my over-all health and to simply make myself a priority in that way, but it is great to be able to feel good in the skin you are currently in, you know? Loving yourself is important, no matter what you are afraid of others thinking.

What are your thoughts on body image and self love? And on a lighter note, what are you up to this weekend?

Also, I'm looking for some new blogs to add to my reading list. Any recommendations?

Outfit Details:
Dress // Anthropologie
Belt // Gap
Sandals // Target
Bag // Madewell

Lublyou said...

Very cute and feminine! Love the coral color on you and the hair curls are adorable!
PS there is a blog birthday giveaway is happening on my blog, but bloglovin refuses to post my new posts to the feed, so I thought I'd invite you personally! ;-)

Amber Indoe said...

So pretty! love this colour on you!

Danica Pardini said...

Jess, you look stunning in this dress. And if it makes you feel good...I can't even FIT in an anthro dress! Ha. You seriously look gorgeous. The dress is is flattering, feminine and unique and it's just so you! I too can relate to body issues, growing up chubby and yea, it's a whole journey but I love you for being honest and open. Something we could probably talk a lot about in September! And also, I love your brown sandals. Who cares if you wear the same brown sandals....they are cute and they go with everything and it just makes you more down to earth and relatable. ;) cos God knows I wear the same shoes all the time.

Itbritt said...

You are gorgeous as always.
Its only been recent that I've begun to accept my own body. The issues were similar - only opposite. I was always a bean pole growing up - and was super embarrassed. my knees knocked together and I had reverse cancles - bony arms, bony legs, no butt, no boobs. Now that I'm pregnant, I'm a little embarrassed of all my growing but I also feel more woman like than I ever have before.

Body image is hard - and American women set such high standards for ourselves.
Can't wait to hear your goals.

Carlee said...

These photos are so gorgeous! That color is perfect on you and I think I have those exact sandals. I also just read your summer goals post and we have a lot of the same goals.

ps. you have a new follower.


Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thanks, Katie! Took me a few years to embrace my natural curls, but now I love them :) I entered the giveaway! Woohooo! Happy blog birthday!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thanks Amber! It is definitely a color I have loved for years!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thanks Carlee! Aren't they the greatest sandals? I recently got them in gold too haha. Great to hear that we have similar goals! Good luck with yours!
Thanks for stopping by and following along :) I'll be sure to head over to your blog too!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

You're so sweet! Haha I find it hard to believe that you can't fit into one of their dresses! I'm glad you approve of my brown sandal wearing ways :) Yeah, I think we definitely will have tons to talk about when we meet!!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thank you so much! Your sweet comment really means a lot to me! I am glad you are inspired to treat yourself as well :) Good luck with your shopping binge! Thanks for stopping by :)

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Awww thank you Britt... Interesting to think that people struggle with the opposite feelings as well! Body image is definitely tough. You are beautiful though, inside and out!