From the moment I tried this eShakti dress on, I felt like a princess, but fit & flare dresses always have that effect on me. I put my hands into the pockets (yes, that’s right, pockets) and twirled around the living room, swinging the skirt to and fro. I then immediately ran to my storage unit to find the blush Report pumps I’d been neglecting during my utilitarian NYC years.

Sadly, when it came time to photograph this look, I clumsily knocked over my DSLR & trusty fixed 50mm lens that helps to get the dreamy look every fashion blogger strives for.

Needless to say, I was in the midst of self-loathing when one of you lovelies kindly offered to send me a spare 50mm lens that you just so happened to have around. To say that I am grateful would be an understatement. We tried to shoot this look to the best of our abilities, but sadly my 18-50 zoom lens just doesn’t have quite the same quality. Until a replacement arrives, I’ll be trying my best to continue to shoot looks, so please be patient with me.

I was shocked by how much I enjoyed strutting around in these heels during the shoot. One of the benefits of living outside of a major metro area is how much less concerned you become about the long-range comfort of your shoes. I used to have to walk miles a day, especially when I had frequent doctor’s appointments, and then go to events in the evening, leaving me restricted to wearing sneakers most days. Here in Arkansas, I can wear some of my favorite shoes that couldn’t keep up with the demands of commuter living. It’s downright delightful!

I couldn’t find this dress or any other hot air balloon print items on eShakti’s site, so if you’re interested in feeling as light on your feet as I did in this dress, you’ll have to add it to your Gwynnie Bee closet. If you’re not a member, you can get 30 days free + $10 credit for giving it a try. They have added more items in sizes 30 & 32, as well as adding items starting at size 0. I still haven’t sent this dress or the floral dress I wore last week back because I can’t stop wearing them. They feel so perfect for the weather we’re having and the ability to select items for a trend, event, or season switch is a huge part of the appeal for me. See all the looks I’ve worn from Gwynnie Bee here.

Outfit details

Dress: eShakti Fit & Flare Dress in Hot Air Balloon Print (via Gwynnie Bee)

Blush pointy toe pumps: Report via Nordstrom Rack (I’ve looked for this style everywhere to no avail. I’d love a pair in every color!)

Handbag: Zara, last summer (style no longer available, similar here or here)

Blue tassel earrings: Sugarfix by Bauble Bar (available at Target)

Sarah Conley is a veteran content creator and marketing consultant from Fayetteville, Arkansas. After publishing her first blog, Style It, for over 10 years, she launched Rascal Honey in early 2018 to offer a fresh perspective on style. Her writing has appeared on Time, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Glamour, and Lucky. She's also appeared in tv interviews on CNBC, Fox News, Great Day Washington, The Huffington Post Live, and People Now. She's worked as a social media consultant for the past nine years, helping fashion & beauty brands like MAC Cosmetics, NARS, Prescriptives, Origins, David Yurman, ELOQUII, ellos, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more create meaningful communities online. When she's not writing about style or shopping for makeup at Sephora, she's cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks and perfecting her guacamole recipe.

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