Bell Sleeve Boho Dress & Lace Vest: Beauty And Brains Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Olive floral boho dress, lace vest, over the knee boots. How to style a boho outfit.

Today, I pose to you a question…

THE STORY

…What are your thoughts on Christie Brinkley landing the SI swimsuit edition cover? Is it an example of female objectification or female empowerment? I guess I didn’t really think about it too deeply until I read this article. I ain’t gonna lie, my first thought when I saw the gorgeous photograph of her and her two daughters was “You go girl!” I remember being in my early teens and thinking how gorgeous she was. And she still is. Her trade so to speak, has always been her looks, so if she is able to still be out there representing for women whom many consider to be past their prime, I don’t see a problem with it.

Are we all blessed with the genetic gifts that Christie so obviously is? No. But we are all gorgeous and unique and special in a million different ways. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about her, but I’d be willing to bet there is probably a lot more to Christie Brinkley then we know about. What I do know is that that woman has still got it goin’ on, and she damn well should be on the cover of SI.

And we should all have common sense enough to know that we can’t all look like that. But so what? That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be supporting someone who is 63 and does. I’m sorry, but while I do believe that many of our rights that those who came before us fought so hard for are in danger, I do not believe that a smokin’ hot woman in her 60’s posing in a bikini is a danger to those rights.

Should we encourage our daughters to only aspire to being physically beautiful? Absolutely not. I tell my daughter all of the time how smart, brave and funny she is. I encourage her interest in politics and her unconditional love for those different then herself. But I have also taught her how to use makeup, style her hair and dress well. Just because we are smart, that does not mean we can’t be beautiful as well. And vice versa. Why can’t we celebrate both? Neither is mutually exclusive after all.

THE OUTFIT

When I went to Boutique 16063 to pick out some pieces as one of their new brand ambassadors, this bell sleeve boho dress jumped out at me. Of course it did. It’s simply oozing that boho vibe that I love. The colors in the flowers were a perfect match for my Grace And Lace convertible vest; it was like they were made for each other. Since it is still Winter after all, I went with over the knee boots although the dress will be perfect with either my cowboy boots or ankle booties come Spring.

Speaking of Winter, I went bare legged because it was relatively warm in the morning. Uhhh ya, but the temperature dropped about 25 degrees before the end of the work day and I was absolutely freezing. Never thought I’d say this, but I wish I’d had a pair of tights.

Even though it’s a little early for it, we are at that in between time…one day it’s Winter, the next it’s…not Spring exactly; let’s call it Wannabe Spring. In light of that, I’ve put to together a list of sweater/dress pairings that are perfect for this bipolar weather. Pretty and Spring-y, but still warm enough for Winter. Let’s just call it my “Wannabe Spring Picks”.

Spring Wishlist

  1. Pink Lace Up Sweater//2. Light Blue Sweater//3. White Low Back Sweater//4. Navy Floral Maxi Dress//5. White Floral Maxi Dress//6. Black Floral Maxi Dress

THE TIP

When the temperature is unpredictable it’s always better to go with too many layers as opposed to too few. If it gets too warm, it’s far easier to remove a layer then it is to freeze because you left your fur lined long underwear at home.

THE LINK UPS

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Dress: Boutique 16063 (Similar);  Vest: Grace And Lace;  Boots: ASOS (Similar);  Boot Strap: Ettika (Available in Silver);  Earrings: Essentially Raine

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14 Comments

  1. 02.12.2017 / 10:15 pm

    I don’t disagree with your points but I can’t support Christie Brinkley; she’s too much of a jerk. She lives near me and I see her behave badly too often. She recently chased a young woman off the public part of the beach in front of her multi-million dollar house using a water-hose to splash the woman. When criticized in the press, she used the opportunity to plug her private wine label. And let’s not talk about her divorce from Billy Joel…
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  2. 02.13.2017 / 9:52 am

    Christie’s pictures made me feel bad about myself – not empowered. She is beautiful and I know we are too, but I can’t relate to that level of “perfection” at 63 (and I can’t afford it either). That said, more power to her and long may she run. And you look gorgeous in these warm colors. xox
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  3. 02.13.2017 / 10:28 am

    I thought Christy and her daughter’s were featured IN the SI swimsuit issue, not on the cover?
    She looks as good as her money can buy.
    Her daughters are fabulous.
    I love your boho looks. I wore my hair this way for my wedding in 1973. You wear it well!

  4. 02.14.2017 / 8:53 am

    Great dress! It’s very you!

    I hadn’t seen the CNN article and just read it. I think the author made a lot of assumptions. We can be beautiful and smart and involved in what’s going on around us. I don’t know a lot about Christie, but I don’t see why we have to criticize other women for how they look, choose to dress, be photographed, etc.
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  5. 02.15.2017 / 3:10 pm

    This Bo Ho look should be on the cover too. You look so darn good. . .
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  6. 02.16.2017 / 11:01 am

    Deb, Love the olive and rust shades here on you! Perfect with your hair. Congrats on your brand ambassador-ship 🙂 Love the detail on the back of the boots.
    Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
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  7. 02.17.2017 / 9:42 am

    I adore this boho look…from the floral dress to the OTK boots, to the layered necklaces and ankle chain. Thanks for linking up at Fabulous Friday!
    xo-Mary

  8. 02.19.2017 / 1:22 pm

    Love this look Debbie, so stylish 🙂 Your boots looks great, I would love some like these. I love Max dresses, like the ones you featured. I can not wait until it is warm enough to wear them!! Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.
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  9. 02.20.2017 / 1:52 pm

    Dear Ms. Ambassador:

    You look fabulous, as always! YOU should be on the cover of sumthin, just sayin!

    I’m still waiting for the FDD JEWELRY EXPOSE!

    Bettye 🙂