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Miracles do happen, I was up and dressed yesterday!  We are having spectacular weather here in Southern California, like warm spring weather with the clearest blue skies you can imagine.  Since I'm a native Californian I respond v well to warm sunshine.  I was able to slip into this little midi dress from American Apparel.


It is on sale right now for...are you ready?  $12.  It's currently 60% off.  It's such a plain, basic tshirt dress but I love it and feel like convincing you too. First of all it's made from 100% fine jersey cotton.  It's long, has 3/4 length sleeves, it's roomy.  You can belt it high like I've done here with my vintage Gucci or low, in the middle or not at all.  The only thing it is lacking is pockets.




I plan to style the daylights out of it all spring and summer.  I don't know about you but I love a dress like this.  Everything they sell these days seems to be too short or too low cut.  And I know when the heat wave hits every summer I can just slip this on and poof, effortlessly chic.  If black isn't your thang it comes in several colors.  I wash mine in cold water and line dry it.  😻

What have you been up to lately?

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  1. very A Hepburn looking there AJJ!
    I'm glad you're feeling better.
    I'm celebrating that we got a Trader Joes FINALLY. well it's over 20 miles away but still! they gave me a printed out list of all their vegan products! YAY!!!
    and spring is on the way. it's 19 degrees here. but I think the ice missed us. xo

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    1. gee thanks tammy. i hadn't thought of audrey. what a compliment! happy to hear about your TJs coming. i'm addicted! x

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  2. STILL PRUNING!!!!!!!!!!
    SO what am I doing sitting HERE READING YOU!?
    BACK OUT I GO!!!!!!
    XX

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    1. i just came in from pruning. only about 60 left to do...lol

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  3. That dress looks cute on you! On me it would look like a night shirt.

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    1. thanks. the truth is it is like a big comfy nightshirt. without a belt it will need a cute scarf in your hair or on your handbag maybe. cute sandals will help it. it's so basic. x

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  4. You look gorgeous as always, Janet.

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  5. Tres Chic!
    You look marvelous and happy to hear that you are back in the land of the living.
    It's so wonderful finding a dress like this and what a bargain price!!! Whoo Hoo!

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  6. I love these photos of you. You're such a hot little mama!

    Somewhat north of you, I'm getting the same weather although I notice that it's really cooling off in the afternoons - - but, Janet! This is when we need our rain, and we're not getting it! Boohoo, just more drought and water restriction I fear, come August...

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    1. i know we so need rain vicki but i have to tell you after feeling so lousy last month this warmth is just what i need. hopefully we will have a rainy spring. x

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  7. I love this on you so much! Well, it's the way you accessorize it, just perfect!
    Warm sunshine, I can't imagine, I'm just trying to stay warm lately. So cold for walks, lots of snow, wearing 900 layers!
    Love to see you up and about, smiling in the California sun. Very happy you're on the mend. xx

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    1. oh stay warm dani. this weather is crazy nice here. we do need winter as vicki pointed out. xo

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  8. I love a basic tee shirt dress..if it has pockets it’s even better. There’s so much you can do to dress it up or down. I didn’t realize you also live in Southern California. One day last week it was 37 degrees at 8 a.m. the next morning, at the same time, it was 71! Glad you’re feeling better.🦋

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    1. you are so right bc, the weather has been crazy. thanks for the well wishes. xo

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  9. I adore this look, it's so you and got to be one of my favorite outfits I've seen on you. The cut of the dress is perfect, the Gucci belt, shoes, hair...and the sunglasses are the icing on the cake ;) Simply beautiful, Janet! xo Deni

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  10. Love this dress! Does it run big?

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    1. yes, it runs big emily. def get the xs/sm. it's quite big but so comfy!

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  11. So cute, thank you for the recommendation! I ordered 5! Spring/Summer wardrobe done! Just kidding. Maybe. (Just fyi for anyone considering ordering: I got an additional 15% off for signing up for emails, so even with tax they came out to about $11.00 each).

    They had me at cotton. So many cute styles are blends now, and this is Texas. It's almost coat weather today, but by this time next month wearing poly anything will be like wearing a plastic trash bag. This will be nice with a cardigan and espadrilles, or as a swim suit cover up with sandals, etc. I LOVE a good t shirt dress. Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. oh you are funny rachael. it gets hot like that here too in the summer. i can barely wear a bra! it will look fab every way you described. i've been tempted to get a navy one too.....hmmmm. xo

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  12. Okay, that does it--went and ordered one for myself. You've definitely an Audrey vibe with the updo, the shades, and the bag slung over the arm. On me it will look evil, but that's okay, I can rock evil. ;)

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  13. Such relief you're feeling better, I'm glad I got a flu jab cos it sounds like it's been an awful flu to recover from, poor you. But Janet, you're looking stylish in your dress and hair do so all is good at The Gardner's Cottage again, phew! Hugs my lovely x

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  14. Janet, you look gorgeous and wear this dress way better than the models on the AA site!
    Tanja
    xx

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  15. Janet - tell us a little about Redlands; I'd love to know what your town is like - I know you love living there! (I'm in England).

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  16. Love your style!! Could you please share a link for your handbag.

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    1. thank you canela. the bag is by matt and nat, a fabulous vegan handbag company. it's no longer for sale on their website but i did just put my favorite spring bag on my sidebar which is made by them. x

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  17. Your Cali weather sounds wonderful It was in the 60s here today in southern Illinois, but it's getting back to the 30s again tonight. This dress looks great on you! What a deal! ~Miranda

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  18. So cold here, so it's nice to see you out strolling in the warmth and feeling better. I love black clothes and have far too many black dresses and trousers in my wardrobe. Another weakness is white shirts!

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  19. So glad to know that you are feeling better. We had our flu jabs in late autumn and, so far, they are working! I love black clothes and have far too many black dresses, but always feel like 'me' in them.
    Warmth and sunshine - ah, I'm dreaming of it!
    Miss Cellany.

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