Ali Schilling in Navy Dôen Dress

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”-Oprah

I have so many things I have to be thankful for this year. First and foremost, for my family, my health, my puppy girls, and of course, and all of you!

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Maybe its the fact that growing up I always wanted to be one of those California cool girls.  You know what I am talking about, that effortless, sun kissed style.  In high school I tried to let my hair air dry (mistake) and pretend I was the best surfer in the state of Arizona. Not to mention at the time I had only gone surfing a total of 10 times. It was all a mindset, right? All jokes aside,  I think growing up so close to Southern California had me itching to be one of those “cool girls”.   After living in the midwest for almost 10 years now, deep down I still with I was one of those beach bum, all natural girls. Whenever I am craving the sunshine and ocean breeze, I always turn on some tunes and browse pictures of the water.  If I can’t easily get to the beach, I might as well look at it.

There are a few brands out there, one being Heidi Merrick, that portray that effortless style. Recently I was reading Alicia’s blog (it is one of my favorites if you are not already following- the girl just gets it) and she posted this dress from the brand Dôen.  I was obsessed so I clicked over and not only are the clothes cool, but the entire esthetic of the brand is my spirit animal. While I may never live in California, I can at least dress like someone that does.

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