Strawberry Dress + Getting Back to Normal

An exciting wardrobe addition, and what life is like currently in SoMD.

I’ve long been a fan of fruit printed clothing, and fruit shaped accessories for summer. As it’s such a seasonally specific style, it’s usually sells out as soon as it’s launched. Unless you’re one of the lucky few to catch something right as it is listed on a retailer’s website, you’re usually out of luck until next year. The few fruit accessories and clothes I’ve managed to snag are some of my absolute favorite pieces in my wardrobe, and make constant appearances all summer.

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This year I was fortunate to snag this Rachel Parcell strawberry print dress as soon as it launched – and good thing, it was sold out by the time I went back to get a reader the link to it! I have had some issues with RP dresses being cut too generously in the bust, or generally not petite size inclusive in the past, so I bought it half expecting I’d have to return it. While this dress does come with the former issue, the garment as a whole is amazing enough to outweigh that one issue. Of course, that’s the reality of being petite shopping in an industry that caters to tall, thin women. Though brands have become more inclusive of plus sizes, they’ve paid little to no regard to petites. Such a shame, considering the majority of American women are 5’4″ and under, which is ‘petite.’

You might be surprised to hear this but my wardrobe has a serious pink dress shortage. So sad, but then came this dress. It’s not only the most perfect delicate shade of pink, but also has the sweetest strawberry and floral print! Thankfully, this dress is a short enough midi-length that it falls mid-calf on me, and makes styling with a variety of heel heights a breeze. I’ve already enjoyed floating through the house in my favorite flip-flops in this dress, and also wore it to a very special occasion, church reopening! This dress sold out within a few days, but I’ve included links to a few similar options below, including a skirt in the same fabric!

Shop my outfit: Dress (sold out, similar linked below) | Bag on sale!| Heels (old) similar here

My dream dress!
Strawberry confetti.
Detailsss! Comes in pink.
Coveted brand.
Skirt version of my dress – watch for returns!

Getting back to normal.

As I previously mentioned, our church reopened for in-house service this past weekend. It was different in that there was a socially-distanced queue outside the door, then methodically timed admittance, names checked off a guest list, then shown to our seats – which had our names on them. It was different, but it still felt nice and felt familiar being there again. Unlike the awkward atmosphere that makes grocery store runs absolutely horrible, the mood at church was celebratory, and joyful. As someone who isn’t a fan of the greeting normally, I actually felt that I had to hold myself back from giving out handshakes and hugs. It was just so good to see so many familiar faces – that aren’t my own small family – again after so long!

I haven’t gone to many public places for almost a week (in which time our state has moved to phase 2 reopening), but a few neighbors have boats in their driveways that disappear and reappear periodically as they escape to the water. Toilet paper and paper towels have finally filled their rightful place on store shelves again, and perhaps most exciting; local restaurants have set up makeshift outdoor dining areas as extensions of their patios and are finally reopened!

We are however, still waiting for pools to reopen (specifically the one on base where we go), and some playgrounds still are roped off. I dare say, keeping pools closed (especially following the CDC’s revelation that asymptomatic spread of covid is “very rare”) is a bit inhumane, considering how unbearably hot and humid infamous DC summers are.

Are things getting back to normal where you live?

xo, Mia

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