what i wore; at the covered bridge - The Dainty Squid

what i wore; at the covered bridge

Monday, June 18, 2012

the details 
dress - c/o Rusty Cuts
belt - thrifted
camera bag - Jo Toes
shoes - thrifted

I don't particularly care for our neighborhood, the homes are too close together for my tastes but I do love the surrounding area. We're a hop, skip and jump from a variety of awesome things - including bunches of covered bridges. This one is the one closest to us and we've been spending more and more time there since discovering lots of mushrooms there last summer.

Last week we went down there for a few hours, played on the banks, splashed around in the water and looked for critters and mushrooms. We really didn't find much except for a little area with tons of crawdads. We ohhh-ed and ahhh-ed at the tiny ones. They are so stinken cute!! It's ingrained in my brain that any tiny animal is super cute. (See last year's baby turtle, tiny toads and that super cute bunny. Oh my!)
This has quickly become on of my favorite summer dresses. Judith makes them exactly to your measurements which eliminates all the fuss of trying to figure out what size to order and worrying it won't fit. The dress is super comfortable and light weight - a must for summer attire. I wish I had five of them in a bunch of different patterns and colors.

Also I can't get over how much I love the cut of the back of the dress. I used to have some acne on my back (looking back it wasn't really that bad, but I felt so embarrassed of it as a teenager) which left me buying only clothes with really high backs. That was not fun in the summer time, finding sleeveless shirts that came up to my neck in the back was super hard! Eventually, as I got older, it just cleared up on it's own and I learned to accept the minimal scarring. Now showing off my back feels so great, not worrying about covering up is just the best.
Well, I've got to run, there are oddles of photos from the weekend begging to be sorted through. Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!
xoxo

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57 thoughts

  1. Your style is just so perfect, dainty but edgy, ahh <3 These photos are beautiful, makes me wish the weather was better here!

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  2. It's comforting to know other people (beautiful people) suffered from bacne as a teen! I'm getting married in 3 months, in a strapless dress, so it's either hair down or a purple cardigan since I'm still very conscious of my scars, even though my back has been clear for 5 years.

    Thank you for making me feel a little normal.

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    1. Ohhh, don't wear a cardigan or your hair down! I guarantee no one will even notice the scars. They always look so much worse to you than they do to anyone else. <3

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  3. Your hair is just too beautiful. I can't get over it!

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  4. My dad used to take us to little streams and stuff when we were little to look for crawdads. It's one of my favorite memories! That little one is so cute!

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  5. What a cute dress! I didn't used to have bacne problems, but now I do. It's SO ANNOYING. I can't find anything to wear. And I'm 26, WTF? Shouldn't my acne be gone by now, instead of getting worse?

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  6. you're looking fantastic, Kaylah! that dress fits you amazingly and your new hair is perfect!!

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  7. Aww! The baby crawfish is so cute! And the dress looks really cute on you (esp. the low back). :)

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  8. just favorited her shop on etsy, because i seriously need to buy one of these. amazing amazing.

    and you look so pretty

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  9. Love that first picture, you look very elegant! I love tiny animals too, even the 'unpopular' kinds, there are some baby seagulls on the roof across from us and they look like fluffy farmyard chicks, they're so adorable!
    Faye x

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  10. I love how you are surrounded by such magical places. I've lived in the same house for 20+ years, and before this house only a street over so I've always been in this neighborhood, I feel like I am just now starting to let my mind explore what's around and see what beautiful places I should go check out, and re-visit!

    I love that dress, so super cute and fits perfectly. Your covering up your back story reminded me of my mom pointing out I have fine black hairs on my back and it made me totally want to watch what I where that show them haha, thanks mom!

    xomando

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  11. That dress is gorgeous!! I love the map and the little ship and I'm totally jealous of the scenery. The closest state park is an hour away but it still doesn't look that cool!!

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  12. Love the dress - looks lovely on you! I'm a big fan of Jo Totes. I was so excited when I discovered that there are camera bags out there that pull double duty as purses. Great way to encourage yourself to carry your camera with you more often.
    xx
    http://www.thrifted.ca

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  13. That dress is glorious. And I love your hair! Not just the color (which is gorgeous, obviously) but the cute, effortless style... I wish my hair looked that good just up in a ponytail!

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  14. Hey sister! I have fallen completely in love with you after spending near four hours scrolling though your archive yesterday. No Im not a creepy stalker but realize i sound just like one. heh. I just love your blog and your knickknacks and your photos and your colors and....

    I have one question though; is there anywhere i can see your owl tattoo in full? Im in the process of planning my own full arm and yours is in the precise style (not motive though) that I like and I want to have some references for my artist so she'll understand what I'm after.

    Love from Sweden
    Natashja

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  15. The cut of this dress, especially the scoop at the back, is so pretty on you! Lovely design. (And I know this is a little late- but I love your new hair color(s)!)

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  16. i just can't get over your hair; it's incredible!

    playing in rivers and creeks is so much fun. we have a lot of the crawdads in the creek on my farm, and my dog kona is always a little scared of them when they start running ;)

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  17. Too cute! I used to never wear tank tops or low back tops when I was a teenager too, which is too bad because I think a little bit of sunshine would have cleared it up a lot faster...

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    1. I know, right?! Wish I would have thought of that then, or someone would have told me.

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  18. I love this dress! Especially the low back. Low backs like that remind me of ballet outfits for some reason.

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    1. I feel the same way, I totally get the ballet outfit feeling too!

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  19. I love the shoes you're wearing... I've been searching for a pair of sandles like those, but alas, shopping for size 10 feet is not that easy :-/

    The bridge/water made for awesome photos & I can't wait until you post your next roll of splitcam shots. That camera is pretty cool.

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  20. Great dress! I love the chain detail :)

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  21. hey you look lovely.and i absolutely love your shoes.always wanted something like thats!!!

    love and kisses from INDIA :)

    http://blissfound.blogspot.in/

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  22. I love covered bridges and I wish there were more around in my part of Ohio! That dress is amazing on you!

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  23. Very cute pictures as always. I'm happy you are comfortable with your body because you're too adorable. =D

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  24. I love that dress! I had the same problem as a teenager, and I think I sometimes now take for granted the fact that I can wear tops that expose my shoulders and back... but it is great.

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  25. The front of that dress is amazing! I love the fabric panel and the chain fringe :-) Also crawdads are adorable. I don't live in an area where they thrive, but I saw one once in our river and was excited beyond measure.

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  26. Your hair is sooooo amazing! Love this new place you found for taking outfit pictures :)

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  27. I love the back of the dress too, while the front is pretty, the back is so delicate and dainty, I want! :)

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  28. I love your hair! All of the photos are so pretty and anywhere with water makes me happy. What river is this?

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  29. your new hair gives you such a great new style! I'm really digging it. adorable dress too!

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  30. Still can't get over that hair! Pretty dress. =)

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  31. Your outdoorsy posts always makes me miss the suburbs outside of Chicago where I grew up. This city is overwhelming sometimes because I also love me some bridges, tree climbing, walking in dirt and just being surrounded by midwest nature.
    I love the chains on the dress. Rock that cute back of yours!

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  32. Eeeep! That dress is so cute!! I looked at their shop and they have Star Wars dresses! I will definitely own one in the near future.

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  33. That dress is so adorable! I love tops/dresses with low backs too; I'm right there with you with some acne on my shoulders/back, but I love low backs so much that I wear them anyways, haha. And that place looks so pretty!

    ♥♥
    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  34. You look so pretty. I'm loving your hair color! And your dress is beautiful. I agree with you, the back to sooooo perfect!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  35. I still suffer from backne (how does anyone not cringe at that word?) so I have to cover up some adorable low back dresses and shirts with a cardigan, even in the heat of summer.

    You, as always, look so effortlessly beautiful.

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    1. Don't worry about covering up and being miserable in the summer time (I totally know the feeling!) because most likely you're the only person that will even notice you have acne. No one cares as much as you do! And I bet it's not even as bad as you think it is.

      I wish teenage Kaylah could have been given the same advice, because life is too short to be worried about staying covered up (and being miserable in the heat!) :)

      Also, bacne is a seriously gross word!

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  36. I love your whole outfit and that bag and your hair! These photos look awesome too, I love little nature walks. :)

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  37. This outfit is adorable. I really love the back of the dress and your shoes!

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  38. I used to go through the same thing too w/my back and acne! I still have some scarring, but its so much better...and I feel great just letting my back breathe! :-)

    Love your blog! Will try to visit more often :D

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  39. I love the neckline on that dress, it's like a built-in necklace!

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  40. Your hair! So adorable! (& greetings from Tokyo!)

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  41. That dress is just so fantastic, and I am beyond in love with those sandals!

    I remember being very self-conscious about my acne on my back when I was a teenager as well... and you're right looking back on it it really was never as bad as I imagined it to be. I had to get over it quickly (or rather just deal) since I had to wear leotards in ballet classes every day.

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  42. You look lovely, the dress is awesome, love the maps detail!

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  43. loooooks amazing! your new hair's rad, too. thanks kaylah!

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  44. I don't think I've commented before, but I always read your blog! I just had to comment this time to say you really look fantastic! Your hair color(s) are the best yet this time.

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  45. I've been looking at Rusty Cuts dresses for forever but still haven't purchased one. I didn't realize she made them to fit! There's one I really want but the measurements weren't quite right for me. Now I know. Thanks! You look beautiful in that dress and holy gorgeous covered bridge!

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  46. The picture of you under the bridge is absolutely lovely. It's all so soft and gorgeous.

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  47. You look nice, I liked the back
    your tattoos are so cool, I am going to get my first on August, I think

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  48. That dress looks like a ballerina dress from the back, and that front panel just adds such an interesting touch to it. But also OHMYAWWWWTHATWEECRAW-DADDY!! I'm so weak for those things <3

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  49. Oh wow those dresses are fantastic!

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  50. That dress is too adorable, I love how it comes down in back but not too far. Girlfriend needs to wear a bra! :) The teensy crawdad is so cute! I wish we had covered bridges here in SoCal.

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  51. Ah! this is less than 10 minutes from my house! I love going to the river. If you ever want to come back and decide to go swimming theres a great rope swing at the top of the damm. You just have to go back into the woods behind the parking lot a little bit:) Seems crazy that someone who i found by reading blogs has visited my little hometown.

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  52. Ah I love Rusty Cuts! I wore one of her dresses to my spring fashion show. It was so comfortable but still quite dressy and perfect for the occasion. This dress looks great on you!!

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