Fashion In a Heat Wave

About 13 years ago I purchased this little brown dress on clearance for $19.00 at Lucy.  I’m pretty sure it is my favorite item of clothing I have ever owned.  I still wear it at least once a week and I still love it as much as the day I bought it.  It’s simple, machine washable, cool on these hot summer days, can be dressed up or down and is perfect for travel because it doesn’t wrinkle.


A few days ago I thought how much I would love to own another one like it. I didn’t have time to go shopping so instead I jumped online and searched for “best summer dresses”.  What came up was Walmart and a bunch of cute, really inexpensive dresses.  For those of you who know me, I could care less about labels, name brands or even the latest “style”. I do however love simple dresses because they represent everything I embrace.  They are feminine, easy to throw on, cool, and wash and wear (I hate to iron).  I have only been to Walmart once in the past 10 years but I decided to order a few dresses (5 to be exact).  The total was about $50.00.  Here are some photos of what I ended up with.


Under this short striped dress I wore a pair of little shorts.



My sister Mary also decided to order a few dresses. Each one was under $10.

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If this Washington heat wave continues..and it will…I’m ready!  What is your favorite summertime style?

The Essential Thirty-One Bag


I was recently at a clients house and she had a really cute tote bag. When I asked about it she told me about Thirty-One Bags. I decided to check out their website and since they were offering a special discount I decided to order one. My tote bag arrived and it’s even better than I thought it would be!

They work so well for a variety of organizational uses:

  • Groceries
  • Farmers Market
  • Travel
  • Beach/Seasonal
  • Library books
  • Kids stuff

Here’s an idea: Inside each tote keep zipper pouches or makeup bags for smaller supplies and essentials!

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Kelly Hartman
Ind. Senior Director