Out of My Comfort Zone

Dress: Nordstrom [TTS, was a bit larger in chest area but I threw on a strapless bra and problem solved!] | Shoes: Kate Spade, Dupe | Bag: YSL, Similar | Lipstick: Vegas Volt | Bracelet: Julie Vos [c/o]

Photography by: Angie Garcia

Think of your favorite things. Your favorite dress. Your favorite meal. Your favorite item in your home. Your favorite photograph. Chances are, they probably aren’t staples or they aren’t for me at least! My favorite things always come from purchases or choices that are out of my comfort zone. For example, with my wedding dress my number 1 rule while wedding dress shopping was no beading. I kept telling my mom, “Beads are for jewelry, not gowns.” And while I clearly don’t believe that [look at said wedding dress] I kept harping that as some weird bridal defense mechanism to stay in my comfort zone.

Sometimes while shopping, it’s so easy to think, “Let’s be practical. I’ll grab a v-neck at Target or a tank at the mall.” But it never feels special and life is too short and we are too special for our purchases to continually be defined by practical. 😉 I swear I follow Dave Ramsey, but hear me out!

Purchase one item seasonally that is out of your comfort zone, this dress was out of mine. I was scrolling online trying to use up a gift card because heaven forbid I save that thing until Christmas or something. I thought that I could grab a simple shift dress to carry Maxi around in. Then I stumbled upon this green dress. It was under $100, but I’ll admit my first thought was, “When would I wear that? Moving on.” I went through shift dress after shift dress and I kept going back to this green beauty. I finally decided to just go out of my comfort zone and grab it. Once it arrived in the mail, I tried it on and I fell in love. It runs TTS but is a little big in the chest area, so you could go down a size for that reason alone. However, I just threw on a strapless bra and problem was solved. The best news was that I checked my planner and realized we do have 2 weddings this fall and I think this would suit either occasion!

Thank you so much for reading!

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  1. I wouldn’t be able to tell the dress was out of your comfort zone. You look like a total babe in the dress, rocking it so perfectly! Great pick!

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    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw thank you!! Yes, I sometimes think being a mama I think, “This is so not practical!” And it’s out of my comfort zone, but this was such a great buy! xo

      Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  2. Julianne wrote:

    What size are you wearing? Gorgeous!!

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      A S!

      Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  3. Katie E wrote:

    “I follow Dave Ramsey, but hear me out!” –best line I’ve heard in regards to shopping in a while, I might need to start using that one on my husband (we too follow Dave Ramsey’s steps)…especially when those Loeffler Randall marigold sandals arrive 😉 Love this dress on you!

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  4. Megan wrote:

    Your comment about not being able to save a gift card until a Christmas made me laugh out loud! Story of my life!! That’s a great idea to purchase a piece seasonally that is outside of our comfort zones. I can definitely get comfortable in my wardrobe and buy things that all look the same – plain top and spice it up with fun jewelry. I never buy patterns but maybe that will be me coming out of my comfort zone!

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  5. Sara Baysinger wrote:

    Love that color on you, great look!! I’m always living your nail color, is it polish or a dip or shellac?

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Sara! Thank you so much! I do polish or gel! xo

      Published 11 Aug 17Reply
  6. Girl, this dress SO suits you!! I love that green!

    xoxo brandi

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  7. Katey, I love this post! I always stick to my favorite colors or cuts while shopping but trying something new can be fun! Love this dress!


    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  8. So glad you went for it because it seriously looks like it was made for you! The kelly green color is stunning with your blonde hair and while I am typically anti-strapless, the architectural neckline really elevates this dress making it super special. I can’t believe it was under $100 – score! You are going to be a smokeshow at that wedding!

    xo Mary-Katherine

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  9. Mary wrote:

    You look stunning! It literally looks like it was made for you! I think green is totally your color! 🙂

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  10. Adriane Morrow wrote:

    Hi Katey.
    Beautiful color on you and great advice to step out of the comfort zone each season! Wondering what style and brand of planner you use. I am trying to narrow down all the choices available but want something practical yet chic and professional.

    Published 10 Aug 17Reply
  11. I am so loving you in this dress! You look gorgeous in it! I am obsessed with anything green so this dress definitely caught my eye.

    Published 11 Aug 17Reply
  12. Brianna wrote:

    Your legs are looking amazing!! Just had to compliment you on them ????

    Published 12 Aug 17Reply
  13. Love the color of this dress! <3


    Published 14 Aug 17Reply
  14. Jill Blanton wrote:

    You once mentioned, on snapchat, a hair product you and your Mom were using to combat hair loss. My sweet daughter-in-law suffers from post pregnancy hair loss and I myself am recently experiencing what could be alopecia. I would love to know what you mentioned in that snap, but just cannot remember.
    Thanks so much in advance!


    Published 14 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Jill! We use Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins! I hope this helps you! So sorry for what you both are experiencing!!



      Published 15 Aug 17Reply