Labor Day Blues

Dress: Nasty Gal – identical version HERE

Shoes: Target

Necklace: Gentry – get it HERE

Labor day weekend is always the unofficial end of summer for me. I spent my time hanging by the lake with my family, reading good books and relaxing in the sun. I was torn between enjoying my long weekend and already missing summer, but overall the weekend was a success. I definitely feel more relaxed and ready for fall (pumpkin spice lattes, boots, and pretty fall colors outside…yes, please) and have accepted that summer is coming to a close.

Accepting summer being over was way easier wearing this gauzy dress with lace detailing and my new chunky bubble bib from Gentry. Saying I’m obsessed with this necklace is an understatement. I want to wear it with everything! It’s so pretty and adds the perfect pop of color to just about any outfit.

I purchased this dress for graduation but ended up wearing another one. I just pulled this beauty out of my closet, tags and all, and mentally kicked myself for forgetting it all summer. I probably would have never taken it off if I would have worn it sooner. It’s the perfect LWD for summer and I’m already figuring out if there is any way I can make it work this fall. Wouldn’t  you say YES to white after labor day for this dress??

As for my hair, it was pretty and bouncy all day, but by sunset and the time of taking these pictures, it was a hot mess. Rather than put it up into a top knot like I would usually do, I took a note out of Lana Del Rey’s book, and threw it all over one shoulder. While my hair looks nothing like Lana’s (smooth, beautiful perfection), I liked the messy, easy look, that was so reminiscent of summer. I will definitely be bringing this look back in the months to come!

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102 Comments

  1. September 4, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Love this Ashley!!! Love the shoes too!

    xo
    Melissa

  2. September 4, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    Ohhh man that dress looks AMAZING ON YOU!!! I love the cream color and the cutouts with lace in them…wow. This is basically my dream dress! LOVE the statement necklace with it too. Could this outfit BE ANYMORE PERFECT???? πŸ™‚ And I gotta say, your hair looks fabulously bouncy. Love it!
    Rory
    p.s. This dress is so worth breaking the white after labor day rule for. Do it. πŸ˜‰
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  3. September 4, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    very beautiful look,my dear!!!:)

  4. September 4, 2012 / 5:20 pm

    Omgsh, how could you leave that beautiful dress alone??? Haha, it looks stunning on you girl, especially how you styled it. That statement necklace is so awesome!
    It's hard coming to grips that summer is over…I went through my first week of school and am still in denial…

    Trendy Teal

  5. September 4, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    Beautiful dress! I absolutely love it. And I am all for wearing white after Labor Day (who needs rules)?! The detailing in the dress is amazing and I love the cut of it at the bottom. Glad your weekend was so relaxing!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  6. September 4, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    im in love with your necklace! its such a beautiful shade of blue, it works so well with your dress too :') thanks for the comment on my blog, definitely following you! xx

  7. September 4, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    this is such a wonderful dress. I love it. Ive been looking for such a great white dress for month now and i couldnt find one that i really really liked (except for one) but your dress is just so much prettier πŸ˜€ and you look sosoo good in it. and i am totally in love with your necklace. very very beautiful color πŸ™‚ great outfit i really love it!!!

  8. September 4, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    Stunning dress, you're gorgeous, keep in touch, B x

  9. September 4, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    The necklace is gorgeous, it brings out the entire outfit πŸ™‚ lovely blog

    xoxo
    Lots of Luv from Ruth
    I'm following you πŸ™‚
    Please check out my blog and follow if you like :
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  10. September 4, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    So pretty! The necklace and the dress go perfectly together!

    HippieChicPao

  11. September 4, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    amazing dress so romantic and lovely pictures;)
    Kiss
    Monika;)

  12. September 4, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    thanks for checking out my blog!

    you look absolutley adorable in that dress!!

  13. September 4, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    I love, love, LOVE this dress!! It’s so summery and flowy (I don’t want Summer to end!!) … and love the pop of color in the necklace. Seriously, you look so pretty!

    xo everything-pretty.com

  14. September 4, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    amazing blog! keep posting! would you like to follow each other on gfc and bloglovin?
    lifeisbetterblondewiths.blogspot.com

  15. September 5, 2012 / 2:46 am

    Everything about this outfit is perfect, and beautiful. I love it.
    xo
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

  16. September 5, 2012 / 3:08 am

    I love the idea of throwing you hair over your shoulder when it has gone wild! and I love the dress! it would be nice to see a post on how you work it for fall πŸ™‚

    http://mrmrswalsh.blogspot.co.nz

  17. September 5, 2012 / 4:19 am

    Gorgeous white dress! You look stunning in it! Love your blog, I'm following you now, having a little ray of light that you follow back! πŸ˜€

    xoxo

    http://glam-mania.blogspot.com/

  18. September 5, 2012 / 5:06 am

    Absolutely in LOVE with your lace dress! So lovely and feminine πŸ™‚ You look GORGEOUS as always girl!!!
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously ObsessedΒ 

  19. September 5, 2012 / 6:13 am

    ASh, you're necklace is perfectly awesome.. πŸ˜€

    cassiecadiz.blogspot.com

  20. September 5, 2012 / 7:54 am

    This dress reminds me of Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides.

  21. September 5, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    love that dress, the lace cutouts are a nice little detail. you look beautiful! xx

  22. September 5, 2012 / 2:05 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I'm following you too,

    xoxo

  23. September 5, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Blue and white are always stunning together! lovely combination xoxo

    diaryofmystery.blogspot.com

  24. September 5, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    Lovely dress.
    I follow you, follow you back?
    Xoxo

  25. September 6, 2012 / 10:14 am

    what a wonderful look πŸ™‚

    xx m

    thisishowwerule.blogspot.com

  26. September 6, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Your dress is so pretty, you look great πŸ™‚

    xoxo

  27. September 6, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    I'm definitely lamenting the end of summer too.
    You look so fab, that dress is amazing.
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

  28. September 7, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    hi there on bodyy-rockk.blogspot.co.uk is a new post it will be nice to me if u will see what is there
    u can find something for u
    thanks :*

  29. September 7, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Lovely dress!

    mylovelyfashionstyle.blogspot.com

  30. September 7, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    really cute dress‘‘ love your style dear‘‘ xoxo

  31. September 7, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    OH MY GOSH!! I absolutley love your outfit – you look gorgeaus πŸ™‚ <3
    really lovin the necklace!!

  32. September 8, 2012 / 7:30 am

    that is such a gorgeous dress, i really love the lace! πŸ™‚
    i love reading your posts, they're very inspirational <3 XO

  33. September 8, 2012 / 10:35 am

    Wow you look absolutely stunning here! That dress is gorgeous and I adore that necklace!

    dimplesdiaries
    x

  34. September 8, 2012 / 10:59 am

    thanks for your nice comments dear! keep posted… =)

    <3's
    cassie

  35. September 8, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    omg, you're so beautiful *.*

  36. September 8, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    Hi Ashley! Love your blog…. this outfit is amazing. Can't o wrong with a sumer white dress and a statement necklace!

  37. September 9, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress, love the lace detail & the asymmetric hem.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your Sunday xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  38. September 9, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    awww it's too bad you forgot that dress all summer long- it's SO pretty! i love the high-low hem, and the pretty lace detailing. and oh i LOVE that bauble bib necklace- i'm so mad it sold out for now :((

  39. September 10, 2012 / 2:32 pm

    Oh my god, this DRESS. It's absolutely drool-worthy. I'm in love. Forget the no-white after Labor Day rule (it's silly to begin with), wear this all year long! Definitely one of my favorite looks from you!

  40. September 11, 2012 / 3:01 am

    LOVE that bubble necklace and your dress is gorgeous!!

    -Rachel @ A Preppy State of Mind

  41. September 11, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    amazing dress! πŸ™‚

  42. September 12, 2012 / 8:25 am

    You look so amazing. I love the necklace and the dress is great.

    XX,
    Jenny

    PS.: Gorgeous blog. Maybe we could follow each other?

  43. September 13, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Holy gorgeous!! And, you are about the size of my right thigh, you lucky duck πŸ™‚ LOVE this dress, fits you like a glove!

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