The Purple Dress

This dress? I love it.

Here’s why.

You know that feeling when life is incredibly stressful and it seems like you’re on a roller coaster of emotions from  frustrated to defeated to excited and then to anxious?

(Yeah, me too. It sucks.)

And you know that feeling when you find something totally unexpected and it makes you immensely happy and erases all those stressful feelings, if only for a few minutes?

(Me too! And it’s awesome!)

That happened to me last weekend.

I spent all day Saturday with a group of girls celebrating a friend’s birthday. We ventured all over Austin from the Ice Cream festival, to Bingo, to 6th Street. But my absolute favorite part of the day was when we stopped at Buffalo Exchange. This place is amazing. It’s a thrift store full of eclectic shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, and accessories. At first I wasn’t too interested in the shopping experience since I’m b.r.o.k.e. and knew I wouldn’t be able to buy anything, but I quickly changed my mind. I tried to convince myself that trying on clothes for fun is just as entertaining. And it was, sort of.

Until my BFF pulled out a beauty of a dress out of the racks. A strapless dress from Ann Taylor. White with purple flowers. It practically screamed Ashley. I knew I had to try it on. In the dressing room I put on the dress and walked out to show the group of girls. It was love at first sight. For all of us. I knew I needed this dress. It fit perfectly and with a $21 price tag there was no way I putting it back on the hanger for someone else to find! But how was I going to buy it without any money? (For the record I don’t condone stealing.) My BFF was the answer to my prayers that day. She offered to buy me the dress as an early birthday present (my b-day is in September, in case you’re curious and want to send me flowers or baked goodies).

She paid and a few minutes later I walked out of the store with the dress in my hands. I was so excited I almost gave my BFF a hug, except for the fact that she doesn’t like hugs and is big into “personal space”. Weird, I know. So I just told her THANK YOU a million times. And I meant it every single time.

Now all I have to do is look at this pretty dress hanging in my closet and I somehow forget whatever is bothering me. I smile. Because I am in love… with the purple dress.


Isn’t it gorgeous?


28 responses to “The Purple Dress

  1. It IS gorgeous! I love the colors and the length. So darn pretty lady!

  2. It’s really cute! It’s nice when something can cheer you up just by looking at it! And I love buffalo exchange too! Great brands and prices!

  3. That dress is super adorable!!!

  4. It’s the best feeling to find something in a thrift store that fits you perfectly. Looks like you got a real find!

  5. Beautiful! And it looks great on you!! What an awesome BFF, you have!!

  6. SUPER CUTE! I love those moments when you find a gem of a piece of clothing when you least expect it.

  7. So cute!! It’s very you. 🙂

  8. Swoon! That is one gorgeous dress, and you look lovely in it.

  9. Beautiful and how nice of your friend to get it for you! xoxo

  10. Beautiful! Purple is my favorite color. You have excellent taste, my friend! I absolutely LOVE Buffalo Exchange. We have it in Seattle, as well as another store that’s very similar – “Red Light”. You have to be in the mood to dig through the racks, but most of the time it is SO worth it. Happy early birthday!

  11. Very nice. Love the colour and the pattern.

  12. Very fun pattern and yes, its gorgeous. Sounds like a fun store and it was your lucky day!

  13. Excellent find! Totally gorgeous!

  14. It is beautiful! I love it!

  15. This sounds like a case of the traveling pants (as in Sisterhood of the…), because it fits you perfectly and makes you so happy! I love it. You look beautiful in it!

    And I’m a bit partial since purple’s my favorite color. But trust me, I’d be saying this either way. 🙂

  16. that’s weird i was talking about that place with my co-worker the other day.

    you look beautiful in that dress! purple looks good on you!

  17. We have a Buffalo Exchange here in Minneapolis and it’s where I’ve gotten just about ALL of my dresses this summer. I JUST LOVE IT. 🙂

  18. Fantastic dress! I love the colors.
    Can you email me your address so I can send you some Birthday Blog Love?

  19. it looks FABULOUS on you dear!

  20. It looks awesome on you and it’s perfect for summer! So cute.

  21. LOVE the dress, so glad you found me through Kyla! hello new blog friend 🙂 your blog is adorable. can’t wait to read more!


  22. Oh it’s so pretty! Simple things that can make you happy? That’s pretty much priceless.

  23. It’s so pretty! Best friends are awesome.

  24. It’s beautiful!

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