Nautical Stripes

April 21, 2016

Nautical Stripes | Novelstyle

Dress: Novelstyle | Shoes: Novelstyle | Hat: Novelstyle

This is another outfit from the Novelstyle shoot and I was so excited to have the chance to wear this dress. I was immediately drawn to it because of the nautical stripes, but it actually had so many unique features too. First is the neck tie that gives it an added nautical, sailor look. It also has a sort of cropped top that makes it appear as if it could be two separate pieces. Paired with the adorable hat, I was in love with the look! Since I was only wearing it for the photo shoot, I didn’t actually get to wear it for too long, but it would be the perfect outfit to wear on a beach getaway. I can picture myself wearing it in a small town in Michigan, somewhere on the lake.

Recently I’ve been feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Especially on days that I work 12-8 (which is twice a week) and I have to motivate myself to get something done before I leave for work a little after 11. That’s usually my time for working on the blog, but I have (a lot of) days I just want to binge watch Girls and not think about real life!

Jess from The Golden Girl recently shared some productivity tips on her blog including the Pomodoro Technique and I think it’s about time that I give it a try. Essentially the idea is you work for a set amount of time and then you have a short, rejuvenating break that will allow you to work for another set amount of time. They recommend that you start with 25 mins working with a 5 min break and repeat. I think the key tip is that you start with doing something productive, because my current habit is to say, I’ll just watch one episode and then get something done. But we all know that one episode easily turns into 2, turns into 3, etc. My goal is to start off my mornings being productive and getting rewarded with a break, maybe a walk around the block? Do you have any successful productivity tips that you live by?

All photos are by Mackenzie Hope Jones

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  • Lovely photos ♡

    ♡ Ziaja Cupuacu ♡

  • Lovely photos and outfit ♡

    ♡ Ziaja Cupuacu ♡

  • I absolutely love your dress! The cut and the stripes are so cute!!

  • I love the shoes. They really go with that dress.

  • I love that dress. The style and print are adorable!
    Fash Boulevard

  • Yes to the dress! Productivity is something I am actually pretty good at! I have insane self control [I haven’t eaten candy in 8 years!] so I know how to get a lot of stuff done! The only advice I can give is start to enjoy delayed gratification 😛

  • Love the stripes and cut of your dress! Typically I’m really productive and don’t get sidetracked often but I like the idea of the pomodoro technique and should try it! Have a great weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  • Alix Niyonkinzo

    Wow, sooo chic! You look amazing <3

    x Alix N @

  • Abby Castro

    How cute is this dress? And you can never go wrong with stripes!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Katie D

    This is such a cute , yet effortlessly chic dress! I love how it is a more contemporary take on nautical stripes. You look adorable in it!


  • I can totally relate…. especially when I was working full-time (away from home)!! I would want to just relax during my free time and not spend the time productively. But, I feel that creating lists of what I want to accomplish in time increments (that day, the week, the month), I do a lot better with accomplishing things. Also, there’s an odd satisfaction in crossing off items on my list. Ha! Sometimes, though, “feast or famine” style works too… maybe binge watch your show on Tuesday morning, but then get all of your cleaning and laundry done Thursday morning.

    Let me know if you try any of those ideas, and what works!!

    I adored this dress on you…especially when you added the hat. That little touch nailed this look, and you look great!!

    All the Cute 🎀
    Today’s Post: Floral Blouse…

  • Cute dress! And I love your hat and shoes!!

    I know the feeling. There are definitely a lot of days where binge watching a show is much more appealing than working online. I like working, but I think my brain is just exhausted.

    Hang in there! Your hard work will pay off 🙂

    xo, mikéla /