That ModCloth 70s Dress + Announcements


Hello to all!  I am kicking off this week with a dramatic dress that's surprisingly a very simple look!  Last week I discussed my love of vintage 1970s dresses and today I'm stating that I'm no snob when it comes to also loving new dresses that are full of 70s inspired goodness!  This is a dress from ModCloth and seeing the longer length in both the length and the sleeves made it a must have for winter for me.  

The Dress: When I first tried it on I hesitated because billowy sleeves that are cinched at the wrist are not usually my favorite.  The dress fits me, but it was more of a relaxed fit than I was expecting.  Nothing was wrong with the dress, mind you, I was just expecting something slightly different for some reason.  But upon wearing it for a few minutes I declared it glorious and knew it'd be a great staple from now through the spring.  Also, how killer is this print?  I loved it on the ModCloth site but in person it just pops!  An orange backdrop with a vivid grey and muted blues in the pattern makes for a surprisingly fun color combination!  I feel like the flowers are literally popping off the page in this set of photos I've taken!!  

Style Tips: For styling purposes, my secret to wearing dramatic clothes like this is to keep the rest of the outfit simple.  Jewelry and other accessories were not necessary to complete this outfit, and that's a tip to consider when styling similar maxi dresses.  I could have matched the shoes with a color on the dress or used a neutral color shoes, but instead I opted for a complimentary color like these Nine West mustard yellow pumps.  It's a very fall look (which despite that it's December it is technically still the season of fall...) and gives an extra boldness to the outfit without overpowering anything.    A little more boldness is a-ok, but everything else should be from the mantra that less is more.

My Real Life: In regards to life, boy am I tired as I publish this!  I got minimal sleep last week so that's always fun, ha.  The good news is that last evening I turned in my final assignment for my last class at Second City for 2016.  If you didn't already know, I took two online comedy writing classes with the amazing Second City to sharpen both my writing and comedy skills.  I can honestly now say it was a great experience.  I went into it happy to get to be a small part of the legacy that is Second City and was hoping I'd come out a little bit more polished.  Though I never got bad feedback, there were weeks that I found a bit challenging.  It's a very interesting experience to have someone who is in the industry tell you why a joke isn't landing.  That part was humbling, but I anticipated that going in and looked forward to improving.  Some other critiques utterly confused me though, ha.  Comedy is obviously subjective and at times I couldn't tell if I was misunderstood or if I wasn't doing my job correctly so that I could be understood.  Trying to figure out how to have a more concise voice while keeping your true voice is tricky!   Those moments were hard to see the forrest through the trees and figure out how to apply criticism!  In the middle of the process I felt exposed and frankly a little insecure, which surprised me because not only was I not getting "bad" feedback but I'm someone who is actually secure with my comedic voice.  But by the end in the final weeks I felt back on track as the edit notes and reviews got consistently positive with only a minor grammatical tweak here and a lopping off a word to make the ending of a joke there.  Phew!  I initially thought I would just do the two classes and call it good, but I am tempted to continue to expand and grow and may take another class in early 2017!

Announcement: This announcements makes me nervous!  On Friday I'm debuting the prequel to what will become a monthly series on this blog in 2017 that is unlike anything I've done on here before.  I rechristened this blog's name to Grace Rock Kelly Roll over the summer to both cover the dichotomy of my personal style as well as have this blog be a platform for whatever came up in various parts of my lifestyle.  Without giving all away, like most people I've grown sick of the non-stop growing polarization of viewpoints in this country and after being more inspired by the posts urging to be the change that we want to see in the world on social media over the emotionally driven rants, I've decided to take a risk.  I want to humanize view points again by stating my own in a non-condemning way while exposing the worts, blindspots, and grey areas that actually bridge two sides of the issues.  Everybody has become a caricature for what they believe and we all need to stop this practice.  This is my answer to trying to be apart of the solution.  Each month I want to discuss a hot button issue in a first person perspective that is absent of language that is angry, one sided, overly simplistic, or ego driven.  I want to explain my views but in a story telling way while showing where I meet others in the middle.  I won't condemn differences though I may politely  question them.  I know not everyone will agree with everything I say, and that's fine.  That's actually kind of the point.  But let's not judge our differences so harshly and genuinely try to listen and get back to a civilized discourse and look at each other as humans with differences as opposed to cartoon characters with one dimensional talking points.  On Friday I will debut the name of the series and have a soft open that is the lighter side of things instead of a hot button issue.  The topic will be on where social media meets celebrity culture and how I think both combined shaped so much of how we ended up in a more polarized nation than ever, because we have to retrace our steps before we can tackle the current issues.  

So let's have style and grace, diplomacy with our convictions, and try to bridge some gaps.  Nobody has to agree with anybody, including me.  You can hate my views, but please listen to why I have them and try not to hate me.  Let's practice a higher level of dealing with differences and if nothing else fall back on our bond of loving fun clothes (we'll always have that!  And, I'm going to try to add a fashion component to most of these pieces).  I'm willing to take this risk, because everyone is yelling at repeating information that nobody is listening to anymore.  I don't want to live in a world like that anymore, and I think it's possible to live in a better world!  The world is all so complex and I'm willing to be human about how I see the world.  Please join me in doing so.

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  I should have posts every day this week and I hope you definitely at least come back Friday for the new series! 

~Lauren-Blair Donovan

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Comments

  1. First that dress is an amazing statement!! How absolutely lovely!
    And second, I'm looking forward to your monthly series. I think we should all be able to "talk" about any subject be it controversial or not and question, listen and learn. No one person knows it all. And if it's anything I've learned in my old age, it's that there are many different perspectives to consider!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  2. What a gorgeous dress! Love the entire look. Happy holidays!
    Much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com

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  3. Oh my goodness that dress is so gorgeous!
    Happy holidays lovely xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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  4. Beautiful!! Hope you’ll stop by my blog for the latest post!

    www.loveolia.com

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  5. Such a cool dress! Love the print. Glad you've enjoyed your comedy class.
    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  6. I love this dress on you, babe- the print is too fun. And can't wait to see what you come up with for your new feature!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  7. What a beautiful dress! Looks amazing on you.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  8. First of all, yes, this print is a killer one - I loved your dress! I like maxi dresses, the sleeves like they are - with the wrists exactly that way, OK, not something everybody likes, but I do :) And very beautiful shoes too! You always look stunning! So good to have the Comedy writing classes, wow! Maybe yes, going on is a nice thing! I didn't know you took these classes, but it's really nice. And as for the new series, you are right - diplomacy is all, not condemning, just showing your views. Eager to read the first article! Hope you have a very nice week!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  9. Gorgeous dress, Lauren! And congratulations on finishing your class - that is an awesome accomplishment. I'm also really looking forward to Friday's post. :)

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

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  10. First of all, looking gorgeous in that dress! Love the heels too! :)

    Secondly, it's so cool to follow those course.. and wow.. I would find it so challenging to hear the instructors giving feedback on something like comedy writing!

    Thirdly,... I applaud you for trying to be constructive in this polarised political climate! I have found the US elections very depressing... both before November.. and definitely after. As a European leftie liberal.. it's going to be hard watching what happens in the US!

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  11. Love this dress on you! These colors look amazing on you as does the cut <3 Congrats on completing the Second City class! It sounds like you learned a lot. Also, I applaud you for taking this risk on your blog for the new monthly feature. I am a big believer in accepting that people have different view points and rather than shun them for it, hear them out. Like you said, it doesn't mean you have to agree with someone if you don't have that same view ;)

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