Crochet Trim Sundress & Lace Vest: Style Mosaic

crochet trim sundress, lace vest, toe ring sandals

I think perhaps Monday’s post startled a few people. No, it wasn’t the blatant explosion of color on the dress, nor was it the retina-searing neon pink clutch…


…I think it was the entire look. I don’t mean startled in a bad way, maybe it’s more like surprised. For those of you who have been around for awhile, you probably already know that when the situation warrants it, I can kick it up a notch or three. Whether I’m doing a presentation about my program to members of the State Department of Special Education, meeting parents at open house, or attending Style Week Pittsburgh I can throw together a mean look suitable for just about any occasion. It just so happens that I’m most comfortable in slouchy boyfriend jeans and loose floaty boho-inspired looks; therefore that is what I’m most often wearing on the blog, but I’m no one trick pony. Seriously, what’s the fun in that? And besides I like to throw a curve ball every once in awhile. It keeps people on their toes.

I always find it next to impossible to answer if someone asks me to define my style in one word. For me, that’s akin to asking me to define my personality in one word. I mean, is that even possible? Much like my personality, my style is a mosaic of my life experiences. My style reflects my personality, and as such it can change from day to day or situation to situation. For example, when I’m just being me I’m as sarcastic as hell and could definitely hold my own in a cuss-off at a truck stop. When I’m being teacher-me, well, yeah, I’m still sarcastic as hell, but obviously I don’t swear like I’m at a truck stop. No, what I’m saying in my head doesn’t count. By the same token, while I definitely push the envelope in regard to what I wear to work I don’t wear distressed denim (my favorite), or graphic tees with anything even slightly controversial on them or my cut-off bootie shorts…gotcha. C’mon now, you guys have to know by now that I don’t wear cut-off bootie shorts. Or bootie shorts of any variety. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

What I’m getting at is the best part about fashion, at least for me, is that it gives you the opportunity to be whomever you want to be at that particular moment. It allows you to try on different personas with no strings attached. It allows you the freedom to show a different side of yourself without fear. It allows you to be unique; an individual. The singular human being that you are.


I mentioned at the beginning of the summer that I was on a mission to not dress like a scrub five out of seven days of the week all summer long. As part of that mission I’ve been collecting cute, inexpensive summer tops and now I’m adding to my sundress collection. This sweet little taupe crochet trim sundress came from Three Bird Nest. Unfortunately, it is completely sold out. That would probably be because it was on sale for $20 over the 4th of July weekend which is when I snatched it up. The nice thing about this particular crochet trim sundress is it will make a fabulous layering piece come fall/winter. I layered my lace/ruffle vest over it and then added the toe ring beaded sandals and tassel necklace for a little full-on bohemian to counter balance Monday’s tea party bridal shower look. And because I’m on a serious summer dress hunt, I decided I’d share a few of my current favorites from Shein with you:

Shein Dresses

/1. Blue Floral Maxi//2. Camo Tank Dress//3. Butterfly Halter Dress//4. Mixed Print Off The Shoulder Dress//5. Floral Midi Dress//6. Black Embroidered Dress//7. Floral Sleeveless Dress//8. Watercolor Spaghetti Strap Dress//9. Blush Off The Shoulder Dress


Allow your fashion choices to reflect your personality. And by the same token, allow your personality to reflect your fashion choices. I kid you not, a fabulous outfit that you know you look good in, can make an immediate change in how you view yourself on any particular day.


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Dress: Three Bird Nest (Similar);  Vest: Shoptiques;  Sandals: Payless (Similar)



  1. 07.13.2016 / 7:15 am

    Love the hemline detail on this dress, so pretty!

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 8:57 am

      Thank you Tara!

  2. 07.13.2016 / 7:32 am

    I think the fact that you can’t sum up your style in one word is exactly why I relate to you! I’m a school counselor and at work and at home my style can be all over the place. I never want to be pigeon-holed into one style, how boring! Guess that’s the benefit of life experience and age, we are comfortable in our own skin being who we are and being at our best whether we’re in slouchy boyfriend jeans (my fave too) or in a fitted ladylike dress!
    Also, I am seriously waiting for a brand to reach out to you so you can design or have input into some awesome dresses/tunics with that boho flair!

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:03 am

      Thank you so much for all the love Kellyann! A one word summary would be incredibly boring! And seriously, how fun would it be if I had input into the design of a boho inspired line? That would be like a dream! 🙂

  3. 07.13.2016 / 8:05 am

    mmmm hmmm! As always #slay girl! I love this, I love the color combo…! Loving you.Erin
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    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:04 am

      Thank you my super sweet and beautiful friend!

  4. 07.13.2016 / 9:44 am

    You surely do express your personality in your clothing style. It’s a shorthand way of telling us who you are. I’ve inferred a lot about you from it and later learned that was all accurate.
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    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:06 am

      I guess I must be doing something right Ally. The funny thing is, the clothing just became a natural extension of the personality. It’s not like I put actual thought into it…it just happened. 🙂

  5. 07.13.2016 / 10:43 am

    I’m with you on “keeping ’em guessing”. That is the fun part about fashion, you don’t need to be the same over and over again. I always find myself wondering if the people that do dress in the same fashion or style repeatedly are boring people.

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    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:10 am

      I agree. I think the ability to change things up so easily it what makes it fun. I wonder if people who dress the same over and over are boring or maybe fearful…perhaps it’s a combo of both.

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:13 am

      It is fun to try new things in regard to style. The nice things is, if you don’t like something, you don’t have to wear it again. It’s not like it’s a permanent change. Bridges of Madison County…lol! I never thought about that when I started using the bridge as a background. It’s actually about two minutes from my house by car. Like literally two minutes. I decided it was nothing more than sheer laziness to not use it for photos more often. 🙂

  6. 07.13.2016 / 2:03 pm

    The Fun part about fashion is dressing for YOU. When we dress for someone else we just look O.K but when we dress for ourself “Watch out World”. I love this Boho chic outfit on you and love reading this post.
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    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:14 am

      I couldn’t agree more Neti. Even when I have to wear something that isn’t “me” per se, I always try to throw in some element that is me so that I feel more comfortable.

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:16 am

      Thanks Carrie! The bridge is right down the road from my house so I figured I might as well take advantage. 🙂

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Ruth!

  7. 07.14.2016 / 4:19 pm

    I wouldn’t want to sum up my style in one word-that would be boring! I relate much more to people who add in different vibes and elements and try new things. Love that dress on you! Can’t wait to see how you style it for fall!
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    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:18 am

      Thanks Laura! The dress will make a super easy layering piece when it turns colder outside. 🙂

  8. 07.16.2016 / 9:11 am

    Debbie, I love it! This dress is like the perfect summer boho dress ever! And I love the turquoise accessories with it, too. That crochet hem is everything! It reminds me a little of the skirt/dress extenders you wear (which by the way, I have acquired a full slip and a half slip plus lots of lace and lots of white eyelet fabric from the thrift store to being my DIY skirt extender project…more to follow!)

    Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week!

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  9. 07.17.2016 / 9:04 pm

    I really love this palette…

    And I also love your blog design update!

  10. 07.21.2016 / 2:10 am

    I adore this look Debbie. Taupe and aqua work so well together and really offset your golden tan. I like the feminity of the lace and crochet too. You look so comfortable in this outfit which really makes it uber appealing. I love those cute sandals!
    Anna x
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    • debbies
      07.21.2016 / 8:53 am

      Thank you Anna! Even though taupe is kind of a “noncolor” it’s one of my favorites. It’s the perfect neutral to add pops of color to.