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Bernie Dexter Mari Green Bee Dress

Earrings: Ann Taylor
Cardigan: J Crew Factory
Brooch: Erstwilder

Hello!  Today I wish to tell you a very sad-turned-happy shopping tale!  Years back Bernie Dexter had a dress in this exact print but in the Mariposa style.  I waited for it to go on sale, but sadly it sold out before that day happened!  And I never saw this dress on my size in eBay or swap groups again!

Imagine my delight when Bernie Dexter brought this print back earlier this year in the Mari style.  Obviously it had to be mine!  Green is one of my favorite colors, which is part of what attracted me to this print (not enough novelty prints come in green!).  Though I recently reviewed the tropical Mari dress, this was my first Mari dress.  I have it in my usual XS size (the tropical Mari I own is in a size small) and I must say it fits like a glove!  The Mari style is officially one of my favorite Bernie Dexter cuts and I hope she continues to release more of her prints in the Mari!

Word to the wise: this green Mari dress is currently only available in XS.  There is also a fraternal turquoise twin, which seems to still have every size available.

Styling wise I wanted to play with colors.  My yellow polka dot cardigan from J Crew Factory was a natural choice for this dress as the yellow matched the bees. The polka dots make this outfit technically a mixed print outfit (polka dots mix well with any print, FYI).  My Kate Spade T-Rex bag was next added as pink is a good color to play with green and yellow.  Keeping the pink theme I added my Chinese Laundry heels, Ann Taylor green and pink earrings, and one of mt Erstwilder dinosaur brooches.  I would classify this outfit as both loud and simple, which are two fun themes to play simultaneously with.
Warning: in the coming week or so this yellow cardigan will make more appearances, as will this T-Rex bag.  I have an unusual amount of Bernie Dexter posts coming up as well.  Sometimes I get fixated on particular pieces and sometimes I keep reaching for the same brand.  Both seem to be the cases recently!  
Lauren-Blair Donovan


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