I’ll be honest. I hadn’t stepped foot in a Banana Republic for years until earlier this Spring. I always went into the store with high hopes only to come out with a random sweater or nothing at all. Pants never fit. Dresses were incorrectly sized. It was mega frustration on all levels. But this Spring they brought back the shirt dress in a variety of styles and colors, and I decided to give the store another chance. I fell back in love and picked up a pretty green number with flirty sleeves in a Safari style. It’s by far my favorite garment of the moment! So when Banana kicked off a blogger challenge, I was thrilled to participate after my new found love of their duds.
When I walked through their doors, my jaw dropped when I spotted this dress. I happen to be obsessed with this impossible to find shade of bluish green that reminds me of the stunning ocean waters at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. It’s a rocky area on South Africa’s Atlantic coast that is also known as one of the most dangerous stretches of coastline in the world. Despite its penchant for sinking ships, it’s still mesmerizing to watch the waves crash against the rugged and rocky formations. You know those waves mean business but you just can’t help yourself. You can’t tear yourself away.
I feel like this dress, when put on and zipped up, elicits the same responses and emotions as that coastline. The color, well, we’ve already established it’s beautiful. The top half of the dress is also quite feminine, with the ruffled bodice. But the way the faux wrap dress hugs those curves, well, it’s down right dangerous. Breathtaking yet devilish….in the best possible way. Oh and did I mention the pretty, shiny, sparkly baubles that pick up the dress hue and then some? Just a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ to finish off the look.
For days when I can’t dress up like a mermaid (seriously that’s sorta how I feel in that dress!), you’ll find me in a tee, some sort of jacket and destroyed denim. And heels or booties more than likely. Let’s just say I’m not the best at super casual. This tie waisted jacket is a must have for everyone from the uber professional to the most cool, casual chic out there. It ties around and cinches the waist line, perfect over an every day tee or in lieu of being all matchy matchy and wearing a suit jacket. (Suits – I shudder just thinking of them.)
I also happen to love this roll sleeve crew tee as well. It’s the best soft, neutral colored gray I’ve found, and the material feels like heaven against your skin. And while the tees aren’t tunic length, they aren’t super short either. It’s the perfect happy medium where you can tuck in or leave out. I’ve already purchased a second one of these tees in the prettiest shade of blush!
A huge thanks to Banana Republic for making fall in love with you all over again and letting me pick out a few key pieces for my wardrobe.
(Banana Republic provided free products in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.)