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March 16, 2017

Palm Trees + Paisley Dress.

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     I think one of the easiest fashion pieces to build an outfit around can be a patterned dress. A dress with a bold pattern can often speak for itself per say in terms of accessorizing or the rest of the outfit, and it's almost a "one and done" type look! I chose to pair this dress with my favorite fringe booties and a fun floppy hat. Until wearing this outfit, I kind of forgot how much I loved wearing floppy hats! I own a few but haven't worn them much recently. I think that'll be changing though! 

     So I have to share the background story on this beautiful location that these pictures were taken in! Despite the fact that Charlotte is a much warmer climate than where I'm about to be moving to, it still isn't quite warm enough for palm trees to flourish naturally. However, they can survive if they're planted in gardens or homes. There were actually some homes in the neighborhood near where I went to college that had little palmettos in the gardens, which gave everything such a southern feel! Anyways- this specific spot is the lakefront of the house of one of my broadcasting school classmates, Jana! She and her family live in Rock Hill, a suburb of Charlotte, right on Lake Wylie. Their lakefront is GORGEOUS, and as you can see they have palms flourishing on their property! Talk about a perfect photoshoot backdrop. Deeana and I kept saying that we felt like we were in South Florida for the day! 

    If you didn't know- my mom and I are in Italy right now on an amazing vacation!! Follow my social media @miss_alk for current updates... I can't wait to recap everything we've experienced on the blog when I get back to the US!

    xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Hope you're having fun in Italy! That dress is adorable!

    Top Knots & Sweatpants

  2. Paisley done right is incredibly adorable and let me tell you, this paisley was done RIGHT! Hope you're loving Italy :)

  3. I agree with you, a patterned dress is such a good staple to have in your closet because you can build so many outfits around it! Currently on the hunt for a vintage-looking wrap dress for spring, but I love the paisley detailing on yours as well. ya look fab x

  4. That dress looks amazing on you, and I love this photoset!

  5. What a pretty location! Loving this dress lady.

  6. Love the look! So seventies chic!

    Greta |

  7. I love how this outfit is everything I would never wear but that it looks so amazing on you! It just goes to show that style varies by person :)

  8. I know your dress is the star of the show but I love your hat!! I hope you are having fun in Italy :)

  9. This is such a lovely dress! I hope you're having the best time traveling (:

  10. Such a cute dress and I love how you paired it with booties! I also hope you're having fun in Italy!

  11. What a cute dress! Love that you paired the hat with it too!

  12. Cutest girl! I love how smiley you are! And that dress is adorable!

  13. Loving your shoes and oh gosh, you're adorable!


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