Ingenue Blue

I'm a big believer in the little blue dress. People always talk up the little black dress, but I can't help thinking of all the fabulous females who rocked it in blue: Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy Gale, Wendy Darling, Summer (of 500 Days fame), Lea Michelle's Wendla, Princess Belle...  To me, it is the quintessential piece of girlishness and adventure.

For years, I lived in deep navy blue. Only in the past few years have I discovered its lighter cousin, hyacinth. Since it's technically the same hue as navy, hyacinth functions equally well as a neutral, and brings an air of fresh sophistication to any look.

This lovely lace number from American Rag has been my go-to audition dress for some time now. Its empire waist and subtle florals recall the youthful innocence of an ingenue, but the lace and low-cut neckline also work to showcase a more flirtatious character. I'm delighted to see my dress against a bright spring background -- I could've spent all day fine-tuning the glorious colors brought to life in the setting sun!

I finished my editing today with some Earl Gray and a slice of leftover funfetti cake, which I made from scratch last weekend for my brother's graduation. Turns out you don't need Pillsbury or Betty C for this amazing crack-snack; you just need a ton of sprinkles. Thanks to Sally for the incredible recipe!

Dress: American Rag
Tights: Hue
Betsey Johnson - "Natasha"
Earrings: unknown

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