You guys might have seen the photos I posted to Instagram the other day of Molly eating watermelon. I knew National Watermelon Day was August 3 so we shot them so I could post that day! It’s kind of ridiculous how many national holidays we have celebrating different food but a cute picture of Molly with watermelon was one I couldn’t pass up! And even though they’re kind of ridiculous, it’s just fun to celebrate those days with photos!
Anyway, I absolutely had to post all of these photos for a couple reasons. One, because they’re absolutely adorable and definitely going in frames in our house! But also because I feel like it’s really important for me to share details on this dress I’m wearing. This dress is an up-cycled piece of clothing. It’s hard for my to explain the difference between up-cycling and recycling. From what I’ve read, recycling is when you take a material like a plastic bottle and then it’s turned into a less usable material that will ultimately end up in a landfill one day. But up-cycling is when you take a product and reuse it to either make something better or something of similar quality and the cycle can happen over and over again which reduces energy consumption. I’m not really explaining it fully, if you wanna read more about it, this is what I googled and read myself.
Either way, both recycling and up-cycling are super important! I remember back when I was the Bachelorette on ABC people used always asked me what I was looking for in a partner and one of the things I would frequently say was “He has to recycle!” Really! If a guy isn’t super into recycling, it’s a total deal breaker in my book. Obviously, I’m not looking for a man anymore, but back in the day when I was dating it was important! And I ended up marrying a guy who is just as into recycling as I am! In fact, we just had to request a second blue recycling trash bin from the city for our house because we are producing so much more recyclable material than actual trash – which I’m really proud of.
With that said, I buy a lot of clothes. That’s my one thing and I know it’s not necessarily best for the environment. That’s just the truth! So even though I do my best to reduce my carbon footprint in many other areas of my life, buying clothes is just one of the things that I do for me. But I also realize that I can help reduce my carbon footprint by trying to buy more up-cycled clothing. And this dress is one of those things!
And honestly, it is one of my favorite pieces of clothing ever! It’s just so darling! Don’t you think? It’s perfect for me to wear around the house during the day so I don’t feel like a complete mess all the time. It’s just a bonus that has a button up front so I can nurse Riley in it. And it’s cute enough that I can throw on some espadrilles or wedges and go out for the day. It has a real farmhouse feel to me. I feel like this is something Joanna Gaines might wear while feeding her chickens at her farm. Ha! I also think it would be a great maternity dress!
And at under $80, it’s a really good price! I think one of the reasons I haven’t written about as many up-cycled pieces of clothing in the past is because they tend to be really expensive. And they should be expensive honestly. They’re helping make the world a better place! So the fact that this dress is super cute, versatile, and affordable is a win-win-win in my mind! Size down if you get it FYI. I’m normally a medium and I got a small. But it is ALMOST too tight on my chest when sizing down. But I decided I was okay with that because I know my chest size will go down soon once breastfeeding is more established. So if you are really busty (DD or bigger), you might want to get your regular size. 🙂
Anyway, I’m going to do my best try to find more items like this in the future and I encourage you guys all to do the same when you’re shopping! And check out my cuff too because it’s 50% off right now and a piece I wear all the time!
Here are some more cute pictures of Molly eating watermelon! 🙂 Enjoy!