Dainty Jewell’s Denim Dress Review

Oh Dainty Jewell’s. Where were you almost 15 years ago when I got married? If I could go back and change one thing about our wedding, it would for sure be the bridesmaid dresses. We sewed the dresses and none of them fit the bridesmaids properly, and the style wasn’t really what I wanted.

Dainty Jewell’s offers the most lovely lace dresses that are perfect for Bridesmaid dresses! I’d love to wear one to a fancy party or concert!

Dainty Jewell’s was so gracious and let me pick out a dress to try, and seeing how I’m not attending a fancy party or concert anytime soon I went a little more practical. 🙂

Dainty Jewell's Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress

The Dainty Jewell’s Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress is a really soft denim dress that is very well made! They released this dress for their summer line, and even though it’s a lighter denim I think it’s actually better suited for fall days because of the sleeve length.

Dainty Jewell's Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress

Dainty Jewell's Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress

I wore my TOMS shoes with this dress for a more casual look, but you could easily dress this up with nice heals. To go with the more casual look I also wore a braided leather headband from Lilla Rose.

Dainty Jewell's Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress

Dainty Jewell's Sunshine and Tea Denim Dress

If you are needing a nicer dress for any occasion, definitely consider Dainty Jewell’s! Look closely at the sizing chart, I ordered a medium and it’s a tad snug, but I’ve never ordered a large dress in any other brand. So I tend to think they run slightly small, but since I’ve only tried this one dress it might just be this style.

If you could get a Dainty Jewell’s dress, what style would you like?

 

*I received this dress from Dainty Jewell’s, but was not paid for this post.*

 

 

 

 

Establing 4th Of July Traditions

Do you want to create memorable 4th of July traditions that your children will never forget? Then read on, for I’m here to tell you what we have done for the past 13 years. Our children enjoy the 4th of July almost if not as much as they enjoy Christmas!

I will warn you, creating traditions sometimes requires hard work and time. This is one of those times. But the lessons your children will learn and the memories they will keep from this are timeless.

13 years ago we called together a small group of friends and invited them to my in-law’s house for a 4th of July gathering. My husband and brother in law are very patriotic and love history, and they thought it would be nice to actually remember our forefathers and the history of our nation on the 4th, instead of it just being a day for a cookout and fireworks.

Never fear. We do the cookout and fireworks, we just add a lot more to it!

We started small that first year, but now we have grown to around 100 people that come each year, friends invite friends, and it’s a super fun day!

Here is the outline of the day, in detail of what we do.

Opening Ceremony

We normally open the day with a flag raising ceremony. My Mother in law has a flag pole that we all gather around, and it’s pretty official looking. Two young men open the flag up, trying to follow proper protocol, and raise the flag. One year we had a mom play taps on her trumpet, other times a patriotic song is being sung.

Then we have the cannons shooting off. Yes, we have a real live cannon that a dad made and brings each year! Don’t worry if you don’t have a cannon. We started small without visions of cannons and flag raisings. 🙂

Historical Skit 

After that everyone takes their seat and it’s time for the skit that has been prepared! Some years there is a lot of preparation and practice that goes into the skit, other years it’s thrown together last minute but still always turns out!

My mother in law is amazing at putting costumes together from thrift store finds, and she has dressed solders, presidents, reporters…the list goes on!

Little Israel years ago! I have this outfit saved for him, he wore it constantly!

Landmark Lecture 

Then we listen to a man that has been carefully selected to give a speech, called The Landmark Lecture. This is a very important part of the day. It’s where we remember our past, and where we came from. We honor the brave men and women who endured so much for our freedom.

The lecture is focused around the topic that has been picked for that year.

Some of our themes have been:

“Who Will Follow Washington?” Taken from a speech by Jonathon Trumbull, we asked the question as to whether or not we were the sort of Americans who would have fought alongside George Washington and whether or not that same spirit burned within us today.

“The Last Full Measure” where we remembered the turning point of the Civil War in the battle of Gettysburg and used this famous line from President Lincoln’s speech to consider our devotion to the cause of freedom.

“Building the Constitution” where we reflected on some of the most prominent figures responsible for crafting this most amazing of documents.

“Awake!” where we remembered the famous ride of Paul Revere and asked if we had eyes to see and ears to hear the many signs of opposition facing our country today.

Sean normally makes some pretty awesome signs for the event!

These lectures are amazing but we have found it’s best to keep them shorter. It’s easy for the guys to talk for quite awhile because the history is just so amazing, but the children get restless, especially if it’s hot. 20-30 minutes has been pretty succesful for us.

Music 

After the lecture we have music! It might be singing, or instrumental (we have several young people that play violin and cello, as well as adults), and we all sing patriotic hymns together as a group as well. I love this part of the day!

Time To Eat! 

By now everyone is hungry and ready to eat! We have tables and tables of food that everyone brings. The guys will BBQ hotdogs and hamburgers, and the ladies bring side dishes of baked beans, corn casserole, salads, fruit, chips, and so many yummy desserts.

Time To Play!

We bring volleyball nets for the adults and teenagers to play (I’m scared to death of balls so I never play), and those who don’t want to play sit under the shade trees and visit. The children play on bunker hill (just a small mound of dirt that they have called bunker hill for years now) and you wouldn’t believe the collection of toy guns and swords that they have! Last year a train was made for the event! Yes, you read that right! The same man that made the cannons welded together a train that fits on a riding mower. Oh the younger children had SO much fun with that!

Some years we have water balloon fights and more organized activities.

Fireworks!

We never do fireworks at the event, normally people start to pack up and leave around 5:00 and go to a local event that puts on a great display.

Our children look forward to this day all year long! This year we are doing a World War 1 theme, and it’s been fun finding music to fit that theme! We are all humming Over There, Over There and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary over here these days. 🙂 I’m trying to forget hearing the song Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. Oh my!

What to Wear to the 4th of July gathering?

Of course I’m going to mention clothing. 🙂 I love seeing all the red, white, and blue that everyone shows up in! Many years I’ll wear my Rainbow Denim Skirt and a red or blue top.

Last year I found some of the shirts on ThredUP, and my mother in law always helps put outfits together as well.

I’ve seen some cute patriotic shirts out in the stores right now! Here are a few resources.

For Men

City Streets Short Sleeve Graphic Tee – I bought my husband the red shirt to wear this year! You can’t beat the price.

Comfort Stretch Poplin Shirt – If your guy wants to be a little more dressed up, there is a red plaid option!

St. John’s Bay Americana Short Sleeve Tee – Some more options for patriotic tees!

For Women

Stars Shirt – This looks like a cute shirt!

St. John’s Bay V-Neck Shirts – Red Stripes, Starts, and more!

If you want to be fancy on the 4th, this Navy maxi dress with white polka dots is super cute!

Here is a nice flag shirt for Junior sizes.

For Children

Okie Dokie Boys Shirt – I like the stars shirt!

Americana Peplum Tank Top – I just saw these last night in the store and loved them! If I didn’t already have a shirt for Carrianna I would have gotten her this, and she could have worn a short sleeve Halftee under it!

Americana Raglan Tee– Another good option for size 7-16!

And of course I always wear a patriotic flexi clip in my hair!

This was a hairstyle I did a few years ago, using one of my favorite patriotic clips that have been released so far.

But I have exciting news! 

Lilla Rose is releasing the July Flexi of the Month clip today, so you have time to get it for your own 4th of July gathering. And they are offering some great sales to go along with the release! All the previous patriotic styles have been brought back, so you have a large selection to choose from!

 

I hope this inspired you with some new ideas for how to celebrate the 4th of July! I’d love to hear what traditions you have already established for this day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Solid Color Shirts For Women

There are certain days you want a casual, relaxed outfit. Solid color shirts can go with anything and everything!

Surprisingly, finding solid color shirts that hold up and are not super thin can be difficult to find. I have four different shirts from four different brands to share with you today. None of these shirts are very expensive and are all comfortable!

All these shirts ran true to size. I’m currently a size medium in a t-shirt, and except for the Mossimo they all are a medium.

Solid Color Shirt #1


Mosimmo Brand – These shirts from Target are soft, fit well, and surprisingly hold up very well for the affordable price tag. They have several different colors as well as stripes.

If you don’t shop at Target right now, keep reading….I have more options!

Solid Color Shirt #2

Gap Vintage Wash Crewneck Shirt – I’ve gone back and forth on my opinion of this shirt. It’s the priciest of all the shirts on this post, and it is one of the thinner ones. However it has a really tight weave, I don’t think it will pill at all and has held up very nicely so far. I don’t have to wear a cami under it, and I would love to get some other colors.

I purchased it during a half off special, and right now they still have sales running on all the different colors.

Solid Color Shirt #3

Liz Claiborne White T-Shirt – It’s terribly difficult to find a white t-shirt that is thick enough to wear without a cami under it. I was hopeful that I had found it with this one, but I feel better wearing a cami under it.

This is a soft shirt and it looks nice with the French White lace cami from Deborah & Co.

And sometimes I have to just break out into a fun pose. 🙂 

Solid Color Shirt #4

A.N.A Boyfriend Tee – I love the sleeves on this shirt! It makes a basic shirt look a little different. It comes in a huge variety of colors. I think it’s one of my favorites, just because it has a slightly different look.

So there you go, four perfectly good options for solid colored shirts!

 

 

 

Petite Ladies – Skirts and Dresses For The Shorter Women

I have to admit, I’m thankful for my height. At 5’5″I’m not petite and I’m not tall. However there have been times that I have looked longingly at the outfits that shorter ladies have been able to wear. There are so many cute dresses out there that are just an inch or two shorter than what I feel comfortable wearing.

That being said, I hear petite ladies mention how hard it can be to find maxi skirts or dresses that they are not tripping over all the time. I was just out shopping and found a few things for petite ladies that I wanted to pass along!

If you are petite (meaning shorter than the average person), definitely don’t just shop in the petite section! Check out all the knee length length dresses or skirts that will be mid length on you. The above the knee skirt will be knee length for you!

Here are some petite length skirts that I fell in love with, but the good news is that most of these are available in regular length as well! And most of these are on sale for some great prices!

I was shopping in the petite section at JCPenny for shirts (yes, I actually bought some petite shirts! My sister convinced me they looked good!), and saw these maxi skirts. These are a great find for you petite ladies! They have several different colors and patterns such as solid and stripes, and the quality of Liz Claiborne brand is great!

These skirts are available in misses and petite lengths, so make sure you select petite length when checking out.

I’m in love! The Chap brand from Kohls is a really good quality brand and normally these petite tiered skirts are out of my price range at $79.00. I don’t always see them on sale, but right now they are half off! These are available in petite and regular length, and look so beautiful for summer with sandals. If you are tired of wearing the same old t-shirts with skirts, try a chambray shirt with this skirt.

This chambray shirt comes in petite and regular length, and you could just roll the sleeves up for warm weather like they have shown in the picture.

Here is a cute knee length knit skirt that my sister tried on. The color wasn’t right for her, but I loved it! The red would be great for the 4th of July, and they offer 4 different colors, including a floral that is beautiful! Once again, this skirt comes in petite and regular length, so make sure you choose the correct length when purchasing.

Are you looking for a little nicer dress in petite length? I fell in love with this maxi dress, and it would be gorgeous with a shrug over it. I would wear this to church, to a wedding, party, or even a nice date night out with my husband!

I almost tried this dress on but I had spent enough so I put it back. It’s a really pretty maxi dress, and it’s a little more casual for summer days. You could wear a short sleeve halftee under it, or wear a halftee tank if you want it sleeveless. The material is wrinkle free which is always fantastic with young children sitting on your lap. Yes, I speak from experience. I always have a child on my lap at church!

Here is another great causal maxi dress that would be great with a short sleeve Halftee under it.

Finally, don’t forget about the coral dress that we sell at Deborah & Co. It would be mid length on a petite person, and would be super cute!

Petites ladies – share your own suggestions for how you shop for modest skirts and dresses! I know other ladies would really appreciate it!