The Maxi Dress of My Dreams

April 17, 2019

It’s official, this is the maxi dress of my dreams! A long, tiered, striped, maxi dress is flattering and surprisingly versatile too. The top is a halter style with a fun back (see the listing for that – sorry, I didn’t get a pic). It is a wonderful quality dress too. If you caught my Instagram, I wore this to Russ’s mom surprise birthday party when we went back to Alabama. Can you imagine a more perfect party dress? I might wear it for Easter Sunday too. I am undecided on exactly what I will wear… 

Eliza J was nice enough to send this to me, and it comes in petite and regular. I am wearing the regular. If you are shorter, I definitely recommend the petite since the regular length is long enough for me at my height. I just paired it with my favorite Tory Burch sandals, but you could easily dress it up with a heel. You could also dress it down further with a jean jacket. Read on for a funny story about this photoshoot.

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Funny Photo Story

Though I did share a quick iPhone family snap of it, I knew I had to do this dress justice with a full set of photos. They ended up being some of my favorite we have taken recently because of the pretty spring setting, but I have to tell you the story behind them. I know they look idyllic. However, the scene was anything but…

As many of you know, Russ is my photographer. Bless him! Ivy Jean almost always comes with us unless we can fit in a shoot during his lunch break on a day she is in school. We always try to do that if possible. Not the case on this day.

So… there she is in her stroller right next to him when she unhooks herself for the first time ever, climbs down, and starts running around! The setting for these photos is at a pretty outdoor mall here in Tulsa. Picture a nice restaurant with outdoor seating on one side Starbucks patio seating on the other, i.e. people everywhere. Now, taking photos in public always invites some stares. Add a stroller, an escaped toddler, a crazed mom in a dress chasing her toddler trying to keep her from playing in the fountain, and there were some real funny looks. I was sweating. 

Then, to top it all off, a legit photographer type guy saw Russ and wanted to talk cameras. I was near my end and less than politely told him we did not have time to talk cameras while Russ, who is too nice to say the same, embarrassedly finished the shoot. All the while, Ivy Jean was back in her stroller wreaking havoc on my extra earrings which we gave her to look at to try to make it through. It’s a glamorous life you all. Hope you got a laugh! 

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  • Reply Retailescaper September 23, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Hello Amy Ann,thanks for this quality post. This is a stunning dress on you Love the stripes and details.

  • Reply Amber April 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    This is indeed a perfect spring dress! As readers, we never would have known about the craziness that went on in the background, as you certainly can’t tell from these photos, but thank you for sharing a laugh today!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  • Reply Shea April 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    That made for a very memorable photo shoot–and if it’s any consolation your photos turned out great! But I can totally imagine, and Ivy Jean sounds like she may have an ornery streak similar to Violet’s. I bet they’d get along great 🙂 I love that dress too, it is the epitome of spring!

  • Reply Lyddiegal April 18, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    That is so funny that Ivy Jean managed to escape her stroller! At least you don’t look at all flustered in these photos and your dress is simply gorgeous!

  • Reply Katherine April 18, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Stunning!! Love your funny photo story. It’s amazing what goes behind a blog shoot! This does look idyllic though! Great location!

    Katherine |

  • Reply Beth April 18, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Love this dress on you and it photographs so well ????????


  • Reply Kelly R April 18, 2019 at 6:28 am

    This dress is GORGEOUS and I love the pop of pink you added!! You would never know what was going on behind the scenes haha!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Kate April 17, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    That dress is EVERYTHING and more!
    -Kate //

  • Reply The Fashion Folks April 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Hahah that’s quite the story though!! The result is stunning and even more adorable with that story! Xx

  • Reply Grace Sawford April 17, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    oh my god – that dress is gorgeous!! I just love the color and every details of it. you look so cute! x
    have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Laura April 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful maxi dress! Every summer I am drawn to all things blue and white! The bow at the waist and tassels on the skirt make it so much fun!

  • Reply Rachelle April 17, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    these photos are stunning and how lovely is that dress.


  • Reply Maureen April 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    You look great in this maxi dress Amy! I love the halter top and tiered skirt as well. Best details ever if you ask me! These photos look great too but I can relate to your story as well because my son is almost always with us too when I take photos. Now that we don’t have stroller to strap him on to, I have to make sure to bring him something to keep him preoccupied otherwise, I spend a lot of time chasing after him. I hope your week is going well and happy Wednesday!

    Maureen |

  • Reply Jessica A Jannenga April 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I love how the dress is flowing in the wind in the last picture. This is a stunning dress on you Amy! Love the stripes and details. I know photoshoots can be interesting! Even though you were chasing your daughter etc, you pulled it off anyway!
    jess xx

  • Reply SundayDahlias April 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Hahaa the behind the scenes drama didn’t reflect in the pictures because they came out lovely!

  • Reply Ruth April 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I can see why this is the dress of your dreams! It fits you perfectly and you as always look gorgeous! And as far as blogging pics in public I totally understand. You look so chic and calm in these pics though!

  • Reply Cheryl Shops April 17, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    That is indeed the perfect maxi dress! I had a similar one last year, but I ended up reselling it because it just wasn’t right. This one looks like it was made for you!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Reply Beautygirl24 April 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    What a beautiful dress! I love the stripes, the soft blue color, and the bow in front. It’s just a stunning look! Perfect for the warmer months 🙂

  • Reply Karly April 17, 2019 at 11:56 am

    This dress was simply made for you! You look absolutely gorgeous. And, look at that pretty spring background! Regardless of all the behind-the-scenes havoc that was happening lol. 😉

    Just sayin’,
    Karly @ What Karly Said

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