Discovering Blue with DressLily & Link Up On the Edge #45

Green is my self-professed forever favorite color of all time. My eyes are a very pale shade of green and my mother always dressed me in green tones because they accentuated the color of my eyes. As a result, I have always loved green. I am always drawn to all shades of green in art, in clothing, in accessories, in nature. But for some reason, my closet is overwhelmed with the color blue, not green. So I was curious as to why this “contradiction” exists.

One reason for sure is the limited availability of green apparel and accessories in the market. Even though Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery, there still is not an abundance of the color in stores. Next time you are out shopping or even shopping online, pay close attention to the colors that dominant the scene. I think you will see blue, and lots of it in a variety of shades and hues, all around you. But why?

I discovered some fun facts about the color blue. These are from Color Matters which is a website dedicated entirely to discussions about the vitally important role that colors play in our world from how they can sway our thinking, change our actions, and cause reactions. Blue is the universally declared favorite color of most people. Of all the national flags in the world, 53% of them contain the color blue. Blue is also the most commonly used color in corporate logos. Even I chose shades of blue for my own website and logo without even thinking…despite the fact that green is my favorite color.

Blue clearly holds quite a bit of power as its darker shades signify trust, dignity, intelligence, and authority. Brighter shades of blue convey cleanliness, strength, and dependability. Lighter blues symbolize peace, serenity, and spirituality. Blue is such a prominent color in nature that it demands our attention and draws us to it naturally. One of the reasons I was drawn immediately to the color of this printed maxi dress from DressLily.

*This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I scoured DressLily for a new red dress (I have been wanting a red dress for quite some time). I also kept my eyes on alert for a pretty green one. But I was drawn over and over again to this deep cobalt blue and the lovely leaf print that cascades over the rich background. I finally succumbed to the natural urge to go for the blue dress. I love the way it pops against the other colors in nature all around me…the green of the grass, the brights in the flowers, even the haze in the air. So although green is my favorite color of all time, it seems that blue draws me in just as much. What’s your favorite color?

Color Matters has some fun color links available if you are intrigued by the role and influence colors have in our lives. Try the Global Color Survey which combines the results of over 200,000 people worldwide into a color chart of symbolism. You can Explore the Meanings of Colors, read about Color Psychology in Medicine, and learn How Color Affects Taste and Smell.

Outfit Details
Dress: Plus Size Printed High Neck Maxi Chiffon Dress (c/o DressLily).
Kimono: Target (No longer available, but similar here and here).
Shoes: Payless (From a few years ago).
Necklace: One Wink Tassel Long Pendant Necklace from DSW.

And now here are your favorites from last week.

Susan of Over 50 Under 20 shared her various ways of styling a red dress in Lady in Red 2. I am loving the red on Susan!

And Suzy Turner shared a super cute look in her post Orange and yellow Converse: matching my outfit to my shoes. Isn’t she just a ray of sunshine in these bright colors?!

Speaking of the color blue, it is my husband’s all time forever favorite color as well. So I dedicate this “blue post” to him today for his birthday. Happy Birthday, my love!

Keeping it on the edge,


Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.


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.

Latest posts from

50 Responses

  1. Love that dress and shoes!! I thought the dress was purple. It looks like purple on my computer. So FYI, purple looks good on you too.

    • Thanks so much, Diane! It definitely looks purple on the computer for some reason. But it is more of a cobalt blue. It also looks terrible and unflattering in person, so the camera did me a favor from that standpoint! Ha. Have a wonderful weekend.


  2. It’s funny because on my monitor your dress looks more purple than blue! But I read that blue is the majority of people’s favorite color—so maybe that’s why it’s in abundance!!
    Yellow is my favorite color lately, but green is a close second!!

    • It definitely does look purplish in the photos, doesn’t it, Jodie? But it is more of a cobalt blue in real life. But in real life, it also is completely unflattering and it looks pretty decent in the photos! Ha. Tricky cameras. Thanks for stopping by as always and have a fabulous weekend.


  3. You look absolutely gorgeous, Shelbee. I am in love with that dress and I love the setting of your photos. Your neighbourhood looks beautiful. Green is also my favourite colour – my house (inside and out) is painted green and my bedroom all my furniture is painted green too lol! Obsessed me? No!
    Thank you so much for featuring me, you’re too kind!
    Suzy xx

    • Thank you so much, Suzy! And it is my pleasure to feature you! My sister is the same way with green in her interior decorations. It is everywhere, but she also despises blue! I find I lean towards greens and teals often for interior design and shades of orange for some reason (like tangerine) and yellows. Have a wonderful weekend.


  4. This dress is spectacular! The color and prints is so pretty. The wedges are the perfect shoes with it. Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend birthday girl!

    • Thanks so much, Kathrine! I was actually amazed at how good it turned out in the photos because I hated it in the mirror! Ha! Have a fabulous weekend.


  5. Beautiful dress, and it looks beautiful on you!

  6. It’s a stunning dress! I love the pattern!!

  7. In apparel design land, green and orange are notorious “colors to avoid if you want your items to sell”. They are my favorites, of course. When I designed Barbie dolls, research said for girls, pink was #1 (duh), blue #2, lavender #3. Is it cultural? Universal, from the deep recesses of our lizard brains? I guess I’ll have to go check out your Color Matters links!
    I like to think my closet has all the bright colors, less of pastels and neutrals.

    The dress is lovely and I can see why you gravitated to it.

    • Anne, I knew I would get a fun , creative, and super knowledgeable comment form you on this one! So the studies indicate one reason that blue is so popular is that it dominates nature in the sky and sea. But isn’t green equally dominant in trees and grass? So why does green get such a bad reputation?! I also have a huge array of colors in my closet, but blue and black definitely dominate! Thanks so much for stopping and for the wonderful compliment! Have a great weekend.


  8. This is such a beautiful dress, and I’m loving the blue on you! It was also fun reading those facts about the color blue!

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! A deep cobalt blue is a good color for my skin tone and hair color, so I definitely gravitate towards it a lot. And I am so fascinated by color interpretation! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.


  9. I really like your new dress!

    Very interesting info about the color blue! I used to wear a LOT of blue, maybe too much. A friend of mine actually pointed that out many years ago, and I stayed away from blue (which I now realize was silly). I recently choose blue more often again. I’m not sure I actually have a favorite color. I really like black and white and do love adding accent colors. I also really like pink.

    Thanks for the link up & have a great weekend!

    • Andrea, thank you so much. It always fascinates me how and why we are drawn to certain colors and the effects that colors can have on our brains. I also am very intrigued how a color can be appealing to me for a long time then suddenly I can absolutely hate it and vice versa! I think it usually comes back to which colors flatter us when we wear them! Have a wonderful weekend.


  10. I’m going to visit this colour site! Sounds interesting! Loving the dress! xx

  11. love the dress shelbee!! So pretty and great for summer!!!

  12. That dress is just beautiful! I love the bright colors and print!

  13. Love that shade of blue on you. Very pretty!

  14. such a pretty maxi dress, Shelbee! Love the color on you!

  15. Thanks for hosting and Happy Birthday to you and your hubby.

    Thanks to your hubby for his service.

    Happy a great weekend.

  16. That is some beautiful dress! What a great colour. Although I love green, I do love cobalt blue too. And I think your shoes are fantastic! I saw this morning a pair of gorgeous blue shoes! I was tempted but I didn’t buy them…… you know how it is……..they are stuck in my head now! Have a wonderful weekend Shelbee!

    • Thank you so much, Nancy! And I hear you on the shoes. When that happens, I almost always end up going back for them! But I have a super cute pair of cobalt blue sandals if I really want to dress this up! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.


  17. Now that dress is fabulous!! Love the style and the color/print!
    Thanks for hosting and for sharing with my party as well!!

    • Thank you so much, Paula! I love the color and print, too. It has a halter style top though which I am not that fond of. But the kimono works! Have a lovely weekend.


  18. That dress is so pretty. You are right about green. I’ve been picking it up at thrift stores more than any place else. Color is so important and I think wearing color gives us confidence and makes us feel fun and fancy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for hosting the link up. – Amy

    • Amy, thank you so much for this lovely comment! I love experimenting with colors in my wardrobe. I find it so fun and fascinating! Have a fabulous weekend!


  19. The dress looks purple, regardless I can imagine myself wearing this same dress on the beach…

    • I don’t know why it came out looking purple in the pictures, but it is more of a cobalt blue! It is definitely a beach ready dress, though, for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Lorena, and have a wonderful weekend.


  20. Hi Shelbee
    I’m out of town so I just wanted to pop by and tell you how lovely you look I. This dress, one of my favorites , the color is rich on you and I lo e the flowy style☺
    Jess xx

    • Thanks so much, Jess! I hope you are enjoying your time away! This dress actually photographed much better than it looks in real life! Hahaha. Have a wonderful weekend.


  21. The color and design on this dress are just magnificent! Love it on you! xo Susan

  22. Great dress, I went to check out the site and found a couple. I think I have ordered from them before. Will see how it goes. Thanks for sharing on Friday Features #OMHGFF this week!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs Karren

  23. Shelbee you look amazing in this dress. Love the wedges too 🙂
    I wish you a great weekend, Tina

  24. Beautiful dress! I can see it’s cobalt blue but it looks more like purple on my screen! Either way, you rock it! and your shoes complimented the dress so well1 Beautiful!

    Edwige |

    • Thanks so much, Edwige! I agree, it does look purple in the photos. Maybe it is more of a purplish-cobalt! I don’t know…either way I love the rich color. Thanks for stopping by!


  25. Beautiful dress! I love your wedge sandals too. Red is my absolute favourite colour, but I love bright jewel colours – emerald green, purple, cobalt blue. I definitely choose what colours to wear based on my mood.

    Emma xxx

    • Thanks so much, Emma! I definitely am a fan of the jewel tones, too, much more so than pastels. Although I am just a fan of colors and black and white! I am still on the hunt for a red, red, red dress! But I think I found one at Rosegal that I am going to get.