the perfect sandals, the perfect dress

May 3, 2011 |  Category:   happy purchases me

There were quite a few of you who asked to either tag clothing posts or write more about style. I don’t really “have” a style other than I believe you should wear whatever makes you look and feel good, and since I don’t like being photographed, there’s not much to tag! But I did buy this dress the other day. I don’t really wear that many dresses, but this one’s pretty perfect, don’t you think? I got it at Madewell, but I don’t see it on their website so I don’t know what that’s all about. Also these sandals…they are knockoffs, I guess, of Swedish Hasbeens that I bought at Urban Outfitters over the winter for about a third of the price. I know I’ll be wearing them almost everyday this summer. And the baubles – the smoky topaz ring I’ve had for years, the jade ring my mom recently gave me (don’t know if it’s real jade, but I don’t really care much about that stuff), the leather studded bracelet that’s perfect because it actually fits my skinny wrists (I have a hard time finding any bracelet that fits) and the earrings, one of my Odette NY birthday treasures. This is what I’m wearing these days. What about you?

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  • Jessie May 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    That dress is so cute! I love Madewell and stripes. It looks comfortable too, and comfort is so essential in fashion :)

  • Jen May 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Oh–that dress is so cute on you! I have the same Odette earrings in rose gold. I’ve had them for a couple years and wear them constantly–they look so lovely in silver too. Looking good, lady!

  • Hyun May 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Cute Dress!

  • tallin May 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    love, love, love the dress. and the ring!

    (the dress is sold-out. it disappeared from the site a few days ago)

  • angie May 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    love that dress, jenna! prettyyy.

  • jodi May 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    adorable!! i just walked past madewell today, but didn’t stop in. i might have to go back and look for this dress!

  • Vanessa Rae May 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Yup, pretty perfect!

  • kim - 40over20 May 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    So great! The dress is amazing!

  • Uncle Beefy May 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Jenna, the dress if flippin’ perfection! LOVE it!

    We won’t talk about what I’m wearing these days. Basic Pacific NW schlub. :( Hmph!

  • Stephanie May 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love that dress and the jewelry shot.

    Almost all of my jewelry was given to me by my grandmother and my mother. I think it’s better that way :-)

    I have been enjoying your blog immensely since I discovered it last Monday. Thanks for your honest writing and wonderful photographs.

  • Jhope May 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Love it-looks fantastic on you. These days I’m finding the weather confusing for getting dressed.

  • Susan May 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Love it, comfortable beauty!

  • helen May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I’m not sure about the shoes for me cause my feet are very narrow and thin…. but other than that, I’m tempted to steal the dress and all the baubles!!!!

    Too bad we don’t have madewell in canada, boo :(

  • Linda May 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    lovely, lovely dress!

    and congrats on your mention in seriouseats today (!

  • Jennelle May 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I love your style! I’ve been contemplating purchasing some swedish hasbeens for the summer…they look so cute on you.

  • Pancakes For Recess (Pawan) May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Adore that dress. What a lovely cut and it fits you perfectly:)

  • Sara May 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Great dress! I actually went shopping for a stripped shirt today. I have this vision of stripped shirt, rolled up jeans and flats, but no shirt fits me right :-(

    And like everyone else, I love your style!

  • Chai Ling May 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Pretty short hair you have, Jenna :) Always a big fan of yours!

  • Angela May 4, 2011 at 12:31 am

    You look gorgeous in that dress! I also love your sandals, so your title is very appropriate I think ;).

  • Justine @ Urban Scarlet May 4, 2011 at 1:20 am

    your outfit is too cute :) and i have to say, i’m lovin’ your blog! i’m your newest fan! xoxo

  • Vera May 4, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Love the shoes! Love the dress! Looks like you are going to have a perfect fashionable summer ;-)!

  • sylvï May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

    the cut of that dress is awesome! the stripes make me a bit dizzy though… but i might just have to try and make something similar for myself this summer.
    we are having a bit of a cold spell in finland so i’m wearing anything i can! but i broke out a pair of ‘new’, vintage, suede, wine red shoes yesterday. they are very comfy and make me feel like myself like only certain items can.

  • Clara May 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I can’t seem to buy enough clothing with stripes these days, I just might have to pick up this dress. Looks great on you!

  • Pink Ronnie May 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Definitely a lovely dress and is that short hair I see!? Loving it.

  • Lakshmi May 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Awesome… Keep ’em posts coming in. I love seeing what you (and your little cuties) wear on a daily basis… if that isn’t style, what is?

  • lola May 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Hot dang, I love the dress! It’s the perfect cut. You look awesome!

  • theresa May 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Looking good. I am buying my first Swedish Has Beens after my next paycheck… they must be expensive there in New York and they are pretty expensive here in Sweden too but I am worth it (ok, I have a 40% off coupon). Love the dress and the green ring is awesome!

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  • marlene May 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    awesome dress. i just copied you and bought the same one. hope you don’t mind :)

  • Emma May 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Cute cute cute dress! You have a lovely figure. The shoes and accessories suit really well also.

    Re: stripey stuff, I love stripey t shirts, I’m obsessed with them.

  • stuffedmice May 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I love the dress. You definitely do have a style. And a new haircut (or am I late to notice) – really suits you.

  • Sara Jensen May 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    You have awesome style. I loved all of your outfits that I saw you wear. I know that you really loved my pajama pants and moo moo shirt I wore while I sat on the couch and heckled Design Star.
    Love that dress and those sandals.

  • raquel May 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

    that is the perfect dress! i need it.

  • Michelle May 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    WOW! Someone has an amazing figure and exquisite taste! You *seriously* need to wear more dresses! Gorgeous!

  • Jenna May 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    @Linda, thanks for the heads up on the Serious Eats article. Awesome.
    @Sara, I believe I was wearing shorts one day at the lake, ha! And ok, i did covet your moo moo shirt, I won’t lie…

  • Barbie (Birds of a Lovely Feather) May 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Pretty! The earrings are beautiful

  • Sarah May 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    You look so pretty in that dress!!!

  • Sarah May 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I love how you capture life moments these photos. They are amazing!

  • Alicia May 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Yay! Thanks for giving in to our requests. I keep hearing everyone talk about Madewell and have never been to the store, so I need to high tail it over there cause I haven’t been shopping in 329124 years.

  • Alicia May 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Also, found the (your) dress on the website, here’s the link, so pretty:

  • Samantha May 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    You look lovely! I am SO depressed though, the dress is SOLD OUT! :,(

  • wendy May 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I’m so bummed that dress isn’t available anymore. It looks so cute on you!

  • jennifer May 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful! I love those sandals:)

  • Riri May 10, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I love that dress! Lovely!
    What? Sold Out? :,(