I've been having a little love affair with Mata Traders lately, and I'm pretty sure it's mostly due to Marisa. I've always loved the brand (especially that it's fair trade), but I've never had the money to buy any of the gorgeous pieces. Luckily, this is the second Mata Traders dress that I've borrowed from Marisa via Flock Together, and it's making me yearn for more of these dresses of my own. This one in particular caught my eye with its fantastic sailor-esque collar, which feels like something my closet desperately needs. I mostly just say that because I want to feel like Sailor Moon, but can you blame me? I had a little bit of trouble styling it because the collar is so eye-catching on its own, but I didn't want to cover it up with a sweater or jacket. Both Marisa and Sammi styled tops underneath it, which I adore and almost did as well, but I decided to just keep it simple for summer. A few cute accessories is really all any summer dress needs. See how Marisa styled it for all four seasons here and Sammi's take here.
My favorite part about this outfit is that it cost me $0. I've been getting back into the swap Facebook group I'm part of (where we swap clothes permanently), and I got this fun bag from a swap last year. These flats were waiting for me when I got home a couple weeks ago, and they're definitely one of my favorite items to come from a swap ever. I had been lusting after these on Modcloth for a while, so when someone agreed to send me these (which are like new) for two of my thrifted items, I almost couldn't believe it. This necklace was also a freebie, this time given to me from my wonderful friend, Lexi. Lexi had a ton of jewelry she was looking to get rid of, so she let me, Katie, and Mary raid her collection, and I ended up with this seriously awesome fan necklace. It even folds up and expands like a real fan, and we all know that practicality is the mark of killer accessory.
In real life news, not much has happened other than getting a haircut yesterday and watching "Harvey" with a friend, because Jimmy Stewart movies are always a good idea. I haven't had too much luck on the full-time job market, but it looks like I'll be starting an internship soon. Working for free again isn't exactly ideal, but I do still need to get an internship credit (I was hoping to get the credit from a full-time job), and this particular internship seems like a great opportunity. I'm going to wait to share until I have everything set in stone after my meeting next week, but let's just say that I'm really excited about it.
Dress: Mata Traders, borrowed from Marisa
Flats: Modcloth (via swap)
Bag: Target (via swap)
Fan necklace: gift