Monday, May 9, 2016

Hello Monday: Striped mini dress

Gap utility vest over striped mini dress

Hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating all the moms out there! The days went really fast for us as usual. I kicked off Saturday with a yoga class, then quickly changed into my Cardinals gear to head downtown for the game. I promised the husband we would see Captain America this weekend, too, so we ended up doing that after the game. Before we knew it, it was bedtime! Sunday I was running around like crazy - working out, getting stuff in order for Mother's Day, then I ate my weight in food for the evening. But, alas, it's all consumed in the name of mom, right? So it makes it ok? Yes, yes of course.

Sunnies: TOMS (option) | Earrings: House of HarlowNecklace: CS Gems | Bag: Kate Spade (Shop black Kate Spade bags here) | Vest: Gap (similar) | Dress: CS Gems (c/o) (Use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off!) | Wedges: Jimmy Choo (budget options here and here) (shop other black wedge sandals here)

You guys know that I love to layer. Layering vests over dresses is the best. Even though this dress already has pockets, you can never have too many places to hold things, right? And I just love how the vest adds something else to look at by breaking up the monotony of the stripes. Any one of my utility jackets would have worked just as well in place of the vest, but since the temps are actually warming up a bit, the vest adds another layer while still keeping me cool and comfy.

cs gems necklace, utility vest, striped dress
Jimmy Choo cork wedges

I have been craving wedge sandals lately! Luckily, I have quite a few pairs in my collection  already, so I was happy to reach for some old favorites to pair with this dress. I don't know what it is, but I always love pairing the chunkiest of wedges with shorts and mini dresses. I feel taller and leggier with this combo.

utility vest over striped mini dress and wedge sandals
utility vest over striped mini dress and wedge sandals

This little baseball field is near our house, and there was no one in sight while we were taking our photos. While I would love to take proper blog photos on the Busch Stadium field one day, I figure this one will do for now. It's too bad I'm not a mommy because I felt like this outfit would be perfect for watching my kid's baseball game in the summer and running mom errands. That's how I picture motherhood anyway -- rainbows, unicorns, and platform wedges. Hey, don't burst my dream, ok?

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  1. Cute look and love those sandals!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  2. Lovely layering - that is a really cute striped dress too. I really like the black and gold in your wedges.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. perfect spring look! love the sleeveless trench!

  4. Great layering with the dress and utility vest! Your heels are TDF.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  5. This look is so cute and I'm dying over these wedges.


  6. I love versatile and trusty dresses like yours. What a great idea to add a vest for an extra layer.

  7. So pretty, I love this striped dress on you!

  8. love your KS bag - it's so cute and classic!
    Southern Elle Style

  9. I always love a striped dress with a little something layered on top! And I don't know who told you otherwise, but motherhood IS all rainbows, unicorns, and platform wedges. Albeit, rainbows come with rain, sometimes unicorns poop and you have to clean it up, and platform wedges slow you down when you need chase a child (I still wear mine anyway)! But motherhood only changes you in some ways...it doesn't need to completely change your style!


  10. This casual dress look is so amazing! It's perfect for the weekend. You have inspired me to get a striped dress to wear with my vest. Those wedges are fierce Carylee!


  11. That dress is fantastic. I love how the drawstring gives it some definition.


  12. Adorable! Love the dress on you and love how the vest pairs with it! Thanks!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  13. Wearing the vest over the striped dress is such a great look Carylee, but I LOVE your wedges! Make sure to come on over to SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge to link up your great shoes and look! Thank you for hosting.


  14. As a mommy, I would definitely have to agree and say that this is the most perfect outfit to wear to a kids baseball game! I would so wear it! Love the striped dress and those wedges are amazing!!!

    Have a great Monday!

    Xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  15. Smitten with that vest! Come join this latest GIVEAWAY I am co-hosting with JEWELRY TELEVISION (JTV) where a pair of Ashley Hoffman earrings from JTV's Rock Star Collection is currently at stake! Happy Monday!


  16. This is such a cute look and I LOVE your shoes!!


  17. That is the cutest outfit! I love the vest over your dress, and those shoes are fabulous. I just photographed a similar outfit to be posted on my blog on Friday. Love the idea of using the baseball field as a photo shoot!

  18. That dress is SO cute! Perfect for a lot of things besides a baseball game! Glad you had a fun, busy weekend!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  19. The cargo vest and striped mini are too cute together!


  20. This look is perfection! I love a good striped dress, but that vest looks so versatile!!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  21. I totally love the idea of layering over a dress---I realize a dress is considered one and done, but this vest adds casual flair to the mix!
    Thanks for hosting

  22. I love your pictures at the baseball fields, what a fun idea! And you would no doubt be the most stylish mom cheering on her kid :) Love this cute dress and vest combo!
    Shea | www.shealennon.com

  23. "That's how I picture motherhood anyway -- rainbows, unicorns, and platform wedges..." You are my hero. I also promised the husband that we'd see captain america next weekend. I heard it was amazing, though!
    Glass of Glam

  24. Love the stripes with that vest. I haven't seen one in that color. Glad you had a nice weekend!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  25. I am loving all of this...the striped dress, vest, and sandals! Perfect weekend outfit!

  26. Such a cute outfit! How cool would it be to get to go into an empty MLB ball park one day for pictures?1

  27. I love that color vest! It's so perfect with the stripes!

  28. Hahaha!! That'd be rainbows and unicorns and slippers, my friend. Can't run after them in wedges, I'm afraid. Oh and a healthy dose of candy floss too GRIN

  29. I am utterly in love with this look! The trench vest over the stripped dress is an awesome combo! Those wedges are adorable :)


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  31. What a great dress! There are so many styling options. =)


    I hope you are having a great week so far!