True Beauty Files: White's Last Hoorah

Gave my favorite white dress one last wear of the summer. But whose to say you can't where white after Labor Day, right? 

{Lace Crochet Dress: Banana Republic (similar), Denim Vest: DIY, Shoes: BCBG, Tote: Mimi Boutique (similar), Initial Ring: c/o JL by JanetLeigh, Shades: Urban Outfitters, Cuff: Bellafusion}

With the way summer flew by, I am accepting that time will never go slowly anymore like it did when I was young. Summers seemed like they were months and months. I wish I could make time slow down, but since I can't, I have learned to stop looking ahead. This is the first year I can honestly say I am not wishing for the next season. I want to live only in this moment here and now. I thank my children for teaching me to appreciate the slow beat of being still (which seems to be a lost art). We intentionally didn't make any plans this weekend, and it was wonderful. I think I will make plans to make no plans more often;) How was your weekend friends?
Love, Anna

The True Beauty Files
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"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years." 
~ Audrey Hepburn


  1. Anna, it's so true isn't it? Time doesn't seem to be slowing down one bit, if anything, it just keeps going faster and faster. To realize that we need to live in the moment is so great...amazing what we can miss when we are constantly looking ahead. Love the initial ring and think that I may have found the bracelet I've been looking for in that shop! Thanks for sharing...lovely outfit (as always ;) ).

  2. you are so right about time flying by so quickly! that's why i'm trying to enjoy every day as it is :) and you look fabulous as always :)


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  3. You look fabulous and love those shoes!! Time is flying by really quickly and I'm trying to hang on to every little moment!

  4. I LOVE this outfit, the booties with that dress and the vest is gorgeous! and those bangs are fierce :-)


  5. You can definitely wear white after Labor Day this year...white is the new black... apparently ;).

    I agree with the need to slow down. It is in the slow moments that I really appreciate things and see more beauty in my surroundings. Moo has helped me with realizing that as well:).

    Lovely outfit, Anna! Those shoes were made for you.


  6. I love white, this year more than ever! As for summers... they did pass slower when we were young and on vacation. But living in the moment is a great "plan" and something I want to do more!

  7. I took Sunday off to spend time with my family before the girls went to school today. It was great. We just sat around and did nothing. I miss spending weekends with them.

  8. If there isn't a labor day, do you think I can still wear white? :)

    xx Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

  9. LOVE the combo of the denim and the white Anna. And I am floored with how fast time is going lately! Sigh...

  10. You look amazing......I will miss my Summer Whites.

  11. Soo cute! Those boots are amazing by the way!!
    And I say where white all year!
    You look smashing in it!


  12. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only thinking that time is passing so quickly! I barely feel like I can enjoy the moment, because it's over before it even started. But making sure that a few of my week-ends are eventless definitely helps. Love those days!

  13. I hear you! this weekend we had "no plans" but plans to fix the apartment up a little... next weekend we have NO plans, and I am kind of excited. It felt so good just to relax around the house.... seriously.


  14. Rachel Zoe always says to wear white all year long and it's one of her favorite colors!

    Time DOES go by fast. My husband reminded me the other day that there are only four more months until Christmas! I can't believe it.

    You look lovely! I love that you added the denim vest with this dress.

  15. Love the outfit! I am a firm believer that white can be worn any time of the year :)

    Such an important reminder to always cherish the present moment!


  16. Lovely! I did see something on Good Morning America about wearing white all year around. I couldn't do it though. Haha.

  17. some rules are made for breaking... like YES! white after labor day!

    love what you had to say about time flying. It is incredibly true. We very often schedule "family weekends" where it is 'no plans allowed.' In fact, we even are going off-grid for Labor Day weekend. You may find us tubing down a lazy river...

    thanks for the modern modeste inspiration!

    - {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign.com

  18. loving the shoes!! gorgeous as always!! xoxo

  19. I love how you dressed down that gorgeous frock with the denim! But you kept it classy with the heels! I love this look :)

  20. Fab, fab dress Anna. I'm going to miss summer.

  21. Nice put together! Love the shades and the tote Anna!

  22. Nice put together! Love the shades and the tote Anna!

  23. Wise words! One of the teachers that I work with lost her daughter over the weekend in a fatal car accident...life goes by way too quickly. You are so right about living in the moment!


  24. You couldn't be more spot on...I have become a planning and running junkie and I have completely lost the ability to just. stay. still! Stop and smell the roses...or read the blogs...whatever (c:

  25. beauty!



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