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Orange Crush

About this dress:  This Bernie Dexter dress was released about a year ago, in late 2014 or early 2015 (I forget exactly...) and it became one of those instant classics and favorites of the pinup world.  I nearly got it, like a billion times, but then different things would be on better sale or the Magic of Mary Blair  collection via Pinup Girl Clothing dropped, and though I really wanted this dress, it kept hovering around just outside the priority wish lists.  I feel like some Bernie dresses are selling quicker than usual and not being restocked as much and being discontinued (anyone else notice that or is it just me?).  Because Unique Vintage had a site wide Black Friday sale, AND it was the last Bernie dress they are currently selling in XS (my size), I decided to take the plunge because I'd be heartbroken if I never got this dress.  I'm sad about UV only starting at size smalls now too, as they dropped SO many amazing Bernie dresses over the past few months, but none are in my size.  #sad

I think this is a classic and all seasons dress.  The oranges make it summery and cheerful, sure, but the black with white polka dots are not only summery but also good for winter too.  Plus fruit is never a bad spring print, and with so much of the color orange it can be a good fall print too.  As I've been talking about winterizing my wardrobe a bit lately, a dress like this is worth mentioning as it's multi-seasons.  I decided to do polka dots on polka dots, but reverse colors with my cardigan.  

About the pieces: The cardigan and necklace are from H&M, the lizard brooch is from Erstwilder, the purse is Kate Spade, and the shoes are Nine West.  Since I just spoke of Denver being deceiving in regards to winter weather,  the behind the scenes with this post is that I took this photoset about two weeks ago when the snow was melting but it was 50 degrees out (and dropping as it was close to dusk).  I was wasn't shivering too much in these photos, haha!  

Positivity/motivational segment: Maybe because I encountered a lot of young death in my life while I was still young, but ever since I was a teenager I would get annoyed when people would act like there was all the time in the world to do things.  I get that sometimes you have to let the cards fall and weight for good opportunities, but sometimes when you don't plan on things it's easy to never do thing.  One of my friends recently posted this article that uses unique graphs and charts to demonstrate how time isn't what we think it is.  It somewhat corroborates the point I've been trying to make, for like...ever, but the specifics used are slightly different.  Here it is if you want to take a gander.  So much about starting a new year is about aesthetic or superficial goals, so here's something to counteract that white noise and is food for thought about how to change from within.  Please be safe this long weekend too, chickens!  (I have one more post coming at ya before 2016 begins).

Music meets blog post segment:  I love, love, LOVE the band R.E.M.  I think they're amongst the most classic and timeless bands to come out of the past 30 years and their music catalog is endlessly full of radio hits and deep tracks that are hypnotizing.  I'm actually surprised I have yet to name a song after an R.E.M. tune, in part because of how many songs they have, but also because they're probably a top 20 favorite band of mine.  "Orange Crush" was a hella appropriate blog post title for this orange dress, no??

I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. Nice dress. I wishing you a great new year

  2. I am so happy you finally got this dress as it is perfect for you! I love the sweet pattern, so classic! So sad there are no more xs for you to get. At least you got this beauty!


  3. That print is one of my favorites from Bernie Dexter...I'll have to wear mine again! xo Happy New Year!!

  4. That dress is absolutely adorable, I live by the motto that you should only buy clothes that make you want to dance (minus the obvious essentials once in a while)! I love your hair as well :)
    Have a Happy New Year!

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  5. Oh my goodness, this dress is amazing on you! So happy it came to be yours - haha, sounds like it was meant to be :)

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  6. Love this look- totally channeling your inner 1950s chic look!
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  7. Wow! Beautiful dress! Love orange print on it!!
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  8. What a cheerful and charming in this dress! Loving the story how it became yours!


  9. I love this entire outfit! The dress, the polka dot cardigan and the white heels!! It's gorgeous!

  10. Your dress is so cute! I love the orange print, I want it for the summer
    Happy New Year

  11. I love that dress Lauren! So your style!;)
    Have an amazing NYE!;)

  12. That's a stunning dress!

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  13. That dress is beautiful - last one on sale and in your size is always a sign to take the plunge and buy something! :) I think it works really well with the polka dot cardi too - great combination! :)

    Hope you have a happy new year!

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  14. Congratulations on scoring this dress! I never thought of it as a great dress for fall but as you say, with all the orange in it I can totally see it! Sorry to hear that UV isn't stocking your size as much anymore! :(

  15. In love with that dress!
    Happy new year,

  16. Yessss, so glad you got this one!! You have jointed the club! Mine is one of my very favourite dresses. It looks so nice on you!

  17. Stunning look!! The dress is so beautiful!

    Adi xx

  18. You look so pretty in this lemon printed dress, dear, it was great deal to buy it :)

    I wish you amazing NYE amd happy New Year, dear!

  19. This dress is ridiculously fun! Love the coral bag you paired with it. Happy new year Lauren-Blair!

  20. This dress is sooooo cute! It reminds me of Florida lol. You're right about it being multi seasonal too, which are always the best items. I love to gets lots of wear out of what I own. Wishing you a wonderful New Year love!!

  21. Yet another fun and amazing dress Lauren! I'm just going to come by your place and steal a few dresses if thats okay with you? LOL. H&M always has the best cardigans! We finally got some sunshine this week after a ton of rain for weeks! It was a nice little change.. Hope u have an awesome New Years and all the best for 2016:-)

  22. Such a nice and sweet pairing.The dress has such a nice print and I love the choice of shoe that you preferred for it

  23. I agree with you, there's so much about aesthetic and superficial goals when it comes to 2016 goals, maybe beacuse we are superficial...
    this dress reminds me of the summer groves, loving the fabulous prints
    wishing you a happy new year

  24. You are just stunning in this outfit and Your floral dress is amazing

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  25. Ooooh that dress is sooo cute! Looking good on you!

  26. Such a fun dress, love it on you!


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  27. Love your post, great content!
    Happy New Year!! Wish you and your loved ones all the best!

  28. This dress is so cheerful and charming! You look so cute! REM, yes, love them too! Hope you're having a great start to 2016


  29. I loveeeeee this dress!! So gorgeous! x

  30. Love the fun print for summer!


  31. This is a stunning dress and I can definitely imagine heaps of ways to style it. It looks beautiful against your hair colour also. I am totally loving the Kate Spade bag. It is my dream to own a Kate Spade one day. I find it frustrating with a few sites I have noticed only starting at S instead of XS. Wishing you all the best for the new year.

  32. love the look!!
    happy new year sweetie :)
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  33. oh my gosh, I love tht dress on your <3 You look so fabulous as usual :) wish you a happy new year honey <3

  34. Wow!! My beautiful friend. I have missed reading your blog posts. I had to take a bit of a break from blogging but I am back now ;) Happiest of new years to you!! I must say, I'm glad you bought that dress because it looks AMAZING on you. I mean, look at your waist, it's like not even there. Denver does look freezing, I would have never guessed it was 50 degrees. Orange Crush is HELLA appropriate and R.E.M. is a fantastic band.. Cheers to you having most excellent taste.


  35. Your right we really don't have all of the time in the world even though when your young you can sometimes feel like you do. I've been taking a lot of action lately and I hope the new year will bring even more action and making good use of my time into my life.


  36. Happy 2016 Lauren! May it be filled with love, joy and dreams come true! Ooo This print is gorgeous loving the polka dots!

  37. This dress is definitely perfect for every season and you look gorgeous in it!! I really love what you wrote in the positivity segment!! Happy 2016, hope you'll have a wonderful year!!

    xo, Esther

  38. Look great!! love so much the 50s silhouettes and that dress look perfect in your outfit set

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  39. that is a really cute dress, you look great!
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  40. What a cute dress.. love the fruit, the dots! And of course, cute heels as well! :)

    I agree.. while it's not good to feel stressed or rushed.. time does go one way (unless I start working on that time machine :-P ).. so it's also important to grab those opportunities, to do things today instead of tomorrow and to not underestimate how quickly another year will have passed!

    All the best for 2016! :)

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