You can see that I'm only holding the dress up because IT WOULDN'T FIT OVER MY HEAD!
I loved the polka dots, but needed to get it over my head. As much as I tried squeezing it through, it just wouldn't budge!
This piece was going to need some adjusting to make it work, so it was time to roll up the sleeves.
I started off by removing the white buttons that were only stitched on for decoration.
One by one...
...they came off and before the remnant threads could be pulled out, I cut a four inch strip right down the center.
To open up the neck, the easiest thing was going to be creating a V shape. I loved how this worked out because the blue flowers are now the focal point as they're right on the V.
I stitched my new neck down...
...and ended up not going any further. I was thinking about shortening it, taking off the last layer to make it more of a mini dress or even more layers to make it a tunic, but I ended up loving how it looked! It was just the right dress to take with me on a quick road trip up to wine country.
Kind of the perfect thing to wear whether on the road, or vegging with a glass of wine in my hand.
I packed it up in my favorite LeSportsac weekender along with some comfy Seychelles heels and Kimchi & Blue flats I snagged at Buffalo Exchange, along with a few vintage accessories...
...and wore it proud as we hit our first winery in Santa Ynez Valley!!
There was a spread of cheese, meats, baguettes, and even a box of Danish pastries that went faster than you can say Cream Cheese Danish!! Nothing like a little stop at Mortensen's Bakery on the way to sprawling vineyards!
We headed to Rideau Vineyards next, run by folks from New Orleans, so beads were being given out just like the sips of wine were. I decided to take my glass on the road. Touring through the grapes while sipping on a wine made from said grapes?? Yep, amazing!
The best part...the fake plastic grapes that were hanging around the patio.
I did have a little snafu. I got a little too close and my ring got stuck.
After one final stop...
...it was back to the hotel for picture taking moments in the outdoor lobby/foyer.
It was pool time, then nap time, then dinner time, then pass out time, and before we knew it it was time to grab breakfast and head out. Paula's Pancake House was the next to last stop...
...before the true last stop to grab pretzels for the ride home...
...and the last photo with the wooden soldiers.
Such a fun weekend away to kick back and relax before saying goodbye to summer. It's hotter this week than it's been all summer long, so I'm really not saying goodbye to anything yet!
Hope everyone's Labor Day weekend was wonderful!