Fashionable Findings: Dear Stella

Welcome to another Fashionable Find here on my home turf! I discovered a somewhat new boutique down on Whittelsey- Dear Stella. Dear Stella has been around for 4 years, but they have been at their current location for only 2 years. (Fun fact: they may have opened shortly before or after I first moved here!) They have an impressive selection of clothes and all of them are stylish and modest! Which, is right up my alley. 

When I walked in, I was greeted with a friendly “Welcome!” and an offer for help. She was incredibly patient with me skulking around taking photos of the shop. She was absolutely lovely! So I would like to commend her for being so enthusiastic when I approached her. It really helped me feel comfortable.

They have some gorgeous jewelry displayed in front of the door, I had to force myself not to examine it too closely lest I tried to buy some. I really liked how the accessories on display were both artful and simple. Jewelry like this can literally go with just about anything. I need to return for some accessories one of these days.

They have seating by the entrance, I can picture my fiance’ camping there if I had brought him. And I can’t say I’d blame him, because the chairs look comfortable. I almost decided to take a seat, but decided against it. What if it’s too comfortable?

I think my favorite thing about Dear Stella was the dressing rooms. They had trendy wallpaper and were huge, compared to dressing rooms I’m familiar with. I had room to stretch and put my purse and original outfit under the bench for the sake of pictures. I got a picture to show you how cute they are- but it doesn’t exactly speak to the size of it. It was nice and spacious. I also want to note that the mirror was flattering! I always sort of balk when I have to take photos in dressing rooms, but not here. The lighting combined with the large mirror was altogether favorable. 

Moving on from my impressions of the store itself, I did try on 5 different outfits. Four of them worked, and one didn’t. Sadly, they didn’t have my size. But, I do want to give this dress an honorable mention because it’s adorable and I can see it working famously for someone!

           All dolled up- frontAll dolled up- back

Honestly, just look at that. It’s a gorgeous cream color, with a plunging back and that absolutely adorable bow. I would have loved to have found one that fit. Maybe one day! I’ll remain hopeful.

 

Moving on to the things that did fit, the moment I was in the dressing room I had to try this shirt. I’ve seen them all over Instagram and Pinterest, an I’m obsessed with the pastels and the little balls hanging from the fabric. Despite not being fitted the shirt does manage to be flattering. I love how the stripes do line up from the ruffle to the bodice. I hope to return to liberate this, especially. Because while I love all of the selections coming up, this shirt has a special place in my heart.

For a style with this, I can see it paired well with some 70’s bellbottoms and some fun chunky jewelry. I’m thinking really playing to the pastels and going with a slightly Harajuku aesthetic. I’d pair it with a pink bow in my hair and a pair of pastel platform sneakers. Really this shirt begs to have fun stylistically speaking. I get the urge to dress like a 12-year-old just looking at it!

The second item I tried on was this amazingly adorable two-piece checkered set. The moment I laid eyes on it I knew it was going to make it into this post for two reasons. The first of which being I loved the pop of color against the black and white. The second being that I’ve also seen so many of these two-piece sets on social p–media but never got occasion to try one on. I have to say, I understand the hype. They’re incredibly cute. Literally, my only gripe is that the fabric did seem a bit stiff right off the bat, but I can see a wash clearing up that issue.

To style this outfit, I’m picturing a playful hairstyle and some fairly simple jewelry to offset the pattern. I really like a choker with this, since the pattern is so loud you don’t want something disrupting that by dangling over it. I feel like some pink tassel earrings would complement this outfit nicely, too. And as far as the shoes go, I actually do like my converse with this. To be perfectly fair, I do kind of like my converse with everything. 

Dear Stella Dress

Number three was this adorable peach colored dress. This thing really gives me Nurse vibes. I honestly want to pair with it a white headband and some kneehigh socks. Maybe some pearl studs and a long pearl necklace to add a classical feeling. On that same aesthetic, this calls for white sneakers. I think this one may have been one size smaller than optimal for me, but it was still really cute. If I had brought it home with me, I’d have to hunt for a white cardigan, because the only thing I wasn’t feeling was the sleeves.

The fabric had very little give, but that only plays to the nurse vibes I get from it. This is one outfit that the converse just didn’t jive with… yet I didn’t take them off. Seriously, they may as well be apart of me by now. 

Dear Stella Dress

The final outfit I tried on today really feels like I ought to be on a cruise. It has to be intentional with the palm frond pattern. I can picture this billowing slightly in the sea breeze and I’m not going to lie to you, I almost tried to buy it. Unfortunately, I did decide to be responsible at the last minute, though. This is another thing my converse do not go with. This dress more calls for earthy toned leather sandals and gold jewelry. I found this amazing pair of palm tree hoops from forever 21 that I think would be fantastic when paired with this dress. While we’re accessorizing, I also actually really like this pendant, too. I almost want to say a ponytail with this, but I’m really on board with loose beachy waves. 

Apologies for not going into the makeup side, that’s something I’m taking some time to learn about at the moment and I would hate to give anyone some bad advice there. 

Closing Thoughts

 

Out of the 5 outfits I tried, the highest price was 68 dollars, if I recall correctly. This boutique has some wonderful stuff, though just a touch out of the price range that I try to stick in. The two-piece outfit was about 60 altogether, which is decent. I’d put Dear Stella at about a mid-range price point. Not unbelievably expensive, but not super cheap either. From the quality, I’d say it’s well worth it, honestly. 

I do recommend Dear Stella if you have some spending money that you can play with without guilt. You’ll find choices from staples to accent pieces with personality. They are definitely worth a look! 

Fashionable Findings: Lizard Thicket

 

Today’s Fashionable Finding is Lizard Thicket in Columbus GA. They’re a small-ish chain, mostly situated in the Atlanta area with a little web of outreach. They appear to specialize in a modest style, much to my pleasure. The whole aesthetic with the brickwork and the fairy lights, made me feel right at home. They had some decorative pieces here and there. But never too much- it was just enough to give me homey vibes. I was absolutely loving the warm tones and industrial feel- but then again, don’t I always love an industrial feel?

When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by one of the pretty cashiers, and if I may derail for a moment- her hair was amazing. She had this gorgeous half-crown braid that was just perfect. But, I degress, I wandered around the fairly large store and was honestly impressed by not only their selection of JJ approved choices, but also their fantastic service. They really felt like friends after being there for just a few moments, and I want to commend them highly on their interactions with some of the other. I was blown away by how sweet and encouraging they were. 

With their consent, I did snap some other pictures to show you guys some of their aesthetic. For the sake of page-stretchiness, I combined them in a collage for your viewing pleasure.

Literally, everything about Lizard Thicket felt so welcoming, definitely give them a visit if you’re in an area that has them.

 

Now that we have my take on their aesthetic and raved about their service, it’s time to move on to the good stuff! I tried on three outfits, three of which will be featured and one that’s an honorable mention. One that I desperately wanted to try on, I’ll go ahead and mention here. There was this ADORABLE black dress with stars (right up my alley, if you follow the blog on Instagram @java_and_jeans). My only gripe, if I had to have one, was that this one dress wasn’t available in my size.

Click this image to see this dress on their website

Isn’t that the cutest? For some reason, I’m on a star kick at the moment. And I always live for black clothes! This one looks perfect to pair with some… converse. 

 

Voted Number One For Picnics

Lizard Thicket Sumer Dress
In retrospect, I realize that I needed to tie it in the front. My mistake!

The first outfit I tried on today, was this adorable blue strapless dress. Due to my little bit of hip, I had to go with a Large size. Even with the attached tie in the back, the cinching wasn’t quite enough to make me feel secure about the bust. It did want to fall just a little, I’d recommend maybe some that sticky rubber tape, to make it stick to your chest if you’re like me. If you have a little more of a sizeable bust, I feel like this would be perfect. Also, before any comments come in about it, I did just realize that it should have been tied up front- that’s something I don’t encounter often. Next time, I’ll be ready.

I can see it paired with a cute summer ensemble. I’d definitely suggest something lighter in color, like a light gold, to complement the summer aesthetic. For your ears, hoops are timeless. You can never go wrong with a nice hoop, I personally like these with this dress. With a strapless dress, you need either a chunky necklace or layered. I can see a gorgeous sun hat and some wedges.

With the summer heat beginning to ramp up, I don’t know if I’d recommend makeup without a proper setting, but light makeup would be perfect with this. Just something to accent your perfect pout, like a light gloss. This dress, to me, feels like a modest, down-home picnic date or hanging out at a lake.

 

Choice For Date Night Threads

 

Lizard Thicket Wrap Dress
I loved this gorgeous and simple, yet elegant wrap dress!

My second find was this really cute floral wrap dress. It had that strange wrap that I’ve been noticing lately, where you pull the tug the tie through one of the holes from the inside and then tie it off. This one had much the same problem for me, even with my habit of cinching things tightly, it still felt loose in the bust. That gripe aside, it was really quite stunning.

I was living for those ruffles on the but that wrapped back around, and of course, it’s right in my wheelhouse. I adore dark clothes. The fabric was soft and not at all unpleasant. It fell in flattering drape and didn’t accentuate anything I didn’t want it to. Despite the sizing issues, I would love to have brought this home with me. It’s perfect for a vacation dinner with your other half, or even just a girl’s dinner date-night.

With the style of this dress, I was really feeling a high ponytail (hence the goofy pose). I like some strappy sandals with this dress, it would really ramp with the elegance. If strappy sandals aren’t your thing, definitely a simple anklet, to dress up your feet a little. This dress cries out for floral accessories to play with the summer vibes. I’m envisioning something like this– to give a little contrast. If you’re doing a ponytail, I feel like some cute flower studs would do amazing for your ears.

 

Cute an Low Effort

Lizard Thicket Stay Positive with Corduroy
My favorite outfit of today’s batch and what I definitely felt more at home in!

My final outfit was (surprise surprise) my favorite for the sheer simplicity of it. I really dig tanks and shorts, jeans, capris… They’re just such an incredibly versatile look, that I’m obsessed. The grey shirt, felt breathable and incredibly light. My one gripe with this is the necessity of a bralette, due to the draping of the fabric emphasizing anything beneath it. It was really quite comfortable, and honestly, I feel it as pajamas more than going out. The “Stay Postive” on the front could be like a personal affirmation when I don’t want to be an adult.

The shirt was paired with a pair of pink corduroy shorts that despite fitting a little too snug, felt quite comfortable. They had quite a lot of give in the fabric thankfully, that wasn’t over-bearing or too much. With this adorable and simple every-day outfit, I can see white sneakers. The best part about these sorts of ensembles is that you don’t have to feel pressured to do much of anything. If you absolutely wanted to, I can see some heart shades and a tassel necklace in white.

My overall consensus for Lizard Thicket is overwhelmingly positive. With the fantastic customer service, wonderfully modest selections and charming interior design, I definitely recommend you visit if you have one near you! I’m honestly a little offended that I’ve been here for 2 years and never even tried to go in.