my sunday best ~ vol. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12...

In my quest to return to regular blogging I have a massive My Sunday Best post joining in the fun with Rosie over @ablogformymom There are bold colors, patterns and lots of heat and humidity to make my hair poof and frizzle. Yay summer!

First up we have a sunshine yellow dress I wore today. It has a knife pleated skirt with a lace inspired top, an empire waist and cap sleeves. It was light and airy to wear. I had been looking for a yellow dress all summer long. I stumbled upon this one from Lane Bryant a few weeks ago on the sale rack. I could not resist the price point of under $40. I paired it with my double strand pearls, a fav from my costume jewelry collection, plaid flats from Talbots 2015 Spring and a Dooney and Bourke "Ruby" satchel. I love this purse. I stalked it online until it hit the $75 and under price point then punched. It's leather with a fabulous hydrangea print.

Next up we have a classic Navy sheath dress with a unique short peplum sleeve. This one is from eshakti. I love this on-line resource. The fabrics are fun and I can choose different sleeves, necklines and skirt length for each dress I choose. You can also have them add in pockets!! I can also make adjustments with my measurements so the dresses have a better fit than off the rack. The price point is equivalent to the department stores but it does take 10-14 days for the dress to arrive so take that into account when ordering.

I paired this dress with a scarf from Charming Charlie's that is several years old and Ralph Lauren espadrilles from Summer 2013. Again, if you find something you love and cannot afford the price point, watch and wait my friends. Sometimes the shopping fairies are good to you and you can add some fabulous pieces to your wardrobe.

Here we have one of my outfits from work. Talk about a colorful pair of pants! Carmen Miranda ain't got nothing on me sister. Again both pieces come from the sale racks of Talbot's and Lane Bryant. The top is a cotton peasant blouse and the slacks are also cotton and so comfy. Perfect for a long day of polishing brass, candle wax removal and restocking sacramental wine. Oh the glamorous life of a liturgy coordinator.

Next up is one of my favorite new dresses, again from eshakti. They had a 40% off sale in June and I scored a few pieces. This orange and navy print dress is also light and airy and the scoop neckline is very flattering for us plus size busty ladies. The sleeve length is a flattering one for me with my larger upper arms. Of course the empire waist helps create a waisting where one may not be, making me feel slender and feminine. A good dress should do that for a girl. It should make you smile at the image in the mirror and this one does that for me.

This next two dresses were DressBarn finds. Again, sale rack to the rescue. I have lost one dress size this summer so I needed to find a few things that would work as I continue this weight loss journey and these two work.

A-line dresses work for my apple shaped body. the cling where I can handle it and then flare over my worst spots like my tummy and upper thigh. Normally I would wear a cardigan but it's just too darn hot for that nonsense, so embrace my fluffiness I shall. It's much cooler that way.

This sheath dress below has a fab "jewelry" collar which simplifies my accessory choices to my watch and some fabulous earrings. In this heat, simple is best. Blue is my favorite color and this weeks post really showcases how much I love the color. I am trying to branch out a bit but I always come back to what I am most comfortable in.

I was running errands this day so no make-up and flip-flops are the name the game. It's a colorful patchwork print that can be dressed up or down depending on my mood. I think dresses and skirts are actually cooler to wear in the summer, so bring on the fabulousness.

The last installment of this week's My Sunday Best is another jewel from eshakti. It's Boho style really sings to me and makes me want to take a sip of my favorite drink with an umbrella in it. The cotton is of the highest quality and the peplum sleeves just make it fun, like a party on your arm. The shade of blue reminds me of the sea and just makes me take a long deep breath.

The embroidered detail is what drew me to it in the first place. And...there are pockets!! You know how I feel about dresses with pockets. It's a love affair for sure.

There you go my friends. Now we are all caught up. You have seen 1/4 of my closet as well. LOL!

Until next week...happy dressing.

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