A Rainbow Kind of Day: Little Green Dress

I shared this outfit last week as a guest post for the lovely Nina of A World of Dresses. Today, I thought I would share the entire post with you all in case you missed it over on Nina’s page! (Also, because the weekend got away from me and I never drafted a new post for today! #bloggerproblems #bloggersolutions). You can view the original post here. But here it is again (and there is lots of my background biographical information…in case you were curious)!

I was so excited and honored to guest post for Nina as she is getting herself settled in Spain! I am an over 40 stay-at-home mother of two boys and two cats. I also am an Army wife. We currently are stationed at Fort Drum in the northern reaches of New York State where the summers are short and the winters are long, cold, and very snowy. I decided to start blogging during my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan last year as a means to reclaim some of the sanity I have lost trying to raise these boys in the midst of this extraordinary military lifestyle in this curious climate of the North Country!




My blog provides a welcoming forum for like-minded women and mothers to stop by to give and receive support and helpful insights into surviving this crazy, beautiful life. I discuss topics such as Army life, parenting, fashion and style, and mental health. In my little space, you are free to express yourself without judgments and showcase your own unique style without fear. Here’s hoping we can all find our own individual voices in each area of our lives. While I may teeter on the brink of sanity (and midlife), I still find ways to hang on and feel fabulous in the process!




I have been following Nina’s blog for about a year and I so love her style and all of her fabulous dresses. I was so honored back in June when Nina asked if I would like to collaborate with her and 5 other bloggers on styling our Little Black Dresses. You can read Nina’s post here and my post here. I was equally excited when Nina reached out to me again and asked if I would guest post on her blog while she is making her big transition. Of course, I was more than happy to oblige in helping out a fellow blogger. And the only request she had was that I style a dress! Fortunately, I had this adorable little green number just hanging around begging to be worn!




I bought this dress on a crazy last minute shopping trip in search of a semi-formal dress (you can read about that craziness and see the semi-formal dress I chose here). During the insanity, I spotted this dress and I have always wanted to have a little green dress. There was one left, it was my size, it fit perfectly, and it was 50% off. So, of course, I took all of that as an omen that this dress was meant to be mine. The fate of said dress was confirmed when I styled it for this post and my husband’s jaw hit the floor! We are now planning a special date night specifically to showcase my little green dress! (But you all saw it first here!)




The dress is sleeveless which you cannot tell (obviously) because I layered a cardigan over it. There is a criss-cross pleated detail at the neckline that doesn’t seem to lay quite right. It was super annoying to me, so I added this adorable black and white polka dot cardigan which I think created a vintage feel. I was digging that retro vibe, so I stuck with it and mixed up some other black and white patterns in my accessories. My thin belt is white with black speckles (the dress came with a skinny nude belt which pairs perfectly with strappy nude heels). And I am loving these black and white plaid kitten heels! I wore green drop earrings and a vintage initial bracelet on a green leather strap. Other than the flower in my hair, I don’t think it needed any other accessories.




Well, except for my umbrella and sunglasses! It was one of those rainbow kind of days when we photographed this dress. You know, the days when you need both sunglasses and an umbrella. Because the sun is in your eyes when you are facing one way and the dark gray clouds are threatening you from the other direction. But every body knows that you cannot appreciate the sun without a little rain! And you cannot have a rainbow without both!




I hope you all enjoyed my little post and maybe found some outfit inspiration for a rainy day. I wish Nina all the luck in the world in her new adventure and I know she is going to be just as fabulous in Spain as she has been in Cincinnati! Thank you so much, Nina, for sharing your space with me at A World of Dresses!




Outfit details:
*This is not a sponsored post and I have not included any affiliate links herein.

Dress: Dress Barn (No longer available).
Cardigan: Elle for Kohl’s (from last year).
Belt: Target (old).
Shoes: Payless (no longer available).
Umbrella: Target.
Bag: Very old.

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

32 Responses

  1. I just love your blog and your authentic approach to everything! And this green dress, a beauty. xo


  2. A green dress; fabulous! I’ve always thought the whole ‘little black dress’ concept is so boring, and so few people look good in black. A little colourful dress, we should all do that, choosing our favourite colours.
    I love how your shoes and the cardi sort of match, both black and white but with different patterns.

    • Thank you so much, Tiina! I think you may be on to a blogger collaboration idea…Little Colorful Dresses! Hmmm….now my brain is ticking! Thanks for stopping by and planting such a fabulous idea seed!


  3. This dress is wonderfull. You look amazing in it. Great colour, Shelbee 🙂
    I wish you a nice week

  4. I love the green color of this dress! That umbrella is actually super cute too!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  5. Such a lovely look! Beautiful dress!


  6. This dress is very nice. So fresh color and I love the vintage vibe. It seems that you feel good in this dress because you are shinning in it. Thank you for linking up with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

  7. I loved green. Well, it’s good that you put this dress on your blog this week because I took last week off. You know me and green and I love stretching something into fall with a cardigan. I think you were having a great time during this photo shoot. You have “joy” written all over. Now, I was trying to figure out that bag but that’s me and bags. Take care-see you Friday for your Link Up, Terri

    • Thanks so much, Terri! I was having a blast taking these photos mostly because my husband was behind the camera (cell phone) all cat-calling at me and stuff! Oh, the bag. It just a tiny little satin bag that I have had forever. I do hope you enjoyed your week off! Have a fabulous week!


  8. I adore your little green dress and LOVE that umbrella!!!


  9. This outfit is put together perfectly; everything complements everything. Well done, my friend <3

    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  10. This is such a cute dress! And I absolutely love the color! Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!

  11. Well, you certainly spruce up a rainy crappy day in this outfit with the bright Kelly Green and all the polka dots which I love! Plus these give me a 60s’ retro London-ish look and that is a compliment. I love and want your shoes and clear umbrella.

    • Ada, thanks so much! I really loved styling this dress! I just need to plan a date night at some point so I can wear it in public…not just in front of my house for photos! (Which is what happened here…usually my outfit posts are outfits I do wear all day….this was a special styling situation!)


  12. Thanks for linking up to the Ageless Style linkup.

  13. Loving this. it has a bit of a vintage vibe too, with the kelly green dress, and mix of patterns with the cardigan and pretty pumps.
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  14. Green is always just such a happy color isn’t it? Hope you are having a super week!

  15. WHat a cute look! This green dress & sweater look so cute on you


  16. A charming woman with green dress , clear umbrellas, so cute on you !

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