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My mom always told me that when you look good, you feel good. I’m a huge believer that an outfit, a pair of shoes, or the right kind of mascara can brighten your mood. When I get dolled up, it’s not because society tells me I need to “act like a lady.” I do it because it actually makes me feel great. When I look frumpy, chances are I’m going to *feel* frumpy. My style might be all over the place, but it’s truly magical what a little bit of makeup, cute shoes, and a flowy dress can make.

I’m not one to wear crazy prints or shoulder cutouts. So it was surprising when I found an affordable dress (keyword: affordable) that combined both styles. Long story short, I fell in love.

Here’s the thing: I normally stick to black ensembles — most of my closet is filled with dark tees, dresses, jeans, and blouses that can easily be dressed up or down, depending on my mood. In January, I became aware of this “problem” and started buying clothes with little pops of color. New year, new closet, amiright? Case in point: the Forever 21 dress I’m currently obsessed with.

Here’s my full ensemble

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When I took this photo, I was thinking, “How would Selena Gomez pose?” I’m seriously still stuck in the mentality that I need to emulate her and her poses (ever since I did a post about recreating her Instagram photos).

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This fruit-adorned dress puts a pep in my step because it’s just so darn cute. It makes me feel like two things: Carmen Miranda (aka The Lady in the Tutti Frutti hat), because the watermelons, pineapples, and peek-a-boo shoulders make me feel like I’m channeling the famous Latina starlet who made a fruit headwrap chic. Second, this dress reminds me of Frenchy from Grease in the prom scene where she’s all dolled up and she asks Doody how she looks, and like a typical man, he responds, “like a beautiful, blonde pineapple.”

To complete this outfit, I wore tassel earrings, denim platform heels, sunnies, and a bright yellow purse.

Here’s a closeup of my shoes

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These platform heels are surprisingly comfortable. I love the little flower details in the back of the heel; it adds a little bit of oomph. Since this outfit is cute and playful already, I decided to be more daring with my shoe choices. Instead of wearing simple black heels or sandals, I wanted to try my hand at mixing patterns. These denim heels keep the dress relaxed, and the embroidered flower designs make it fun and flirty.

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To add a pop of color, I threw on my tassel earrings. They make my heart sing! I instantly feel like a sophisticated blogger, who is up-to-date with the trends.

A closeup of my earrings

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But in all seriousness, when I spotted these affordable earrings at Forever 21, I knew I needed them in my life.

A pineapple yellow purse to go with my pineapple dress

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I’ve been obsessed with yellow lately. It’s so bright, loud, and it radiates sunshine, which makes me instantly happy. I scooped this bag at a small boutique when my mom was in town, and it’s been the best 30 bucks I’ve ever spent. Doesn’t it look like a mini suitcase?

This is me goofing around trying to release my inner Stevie Nicks, but in all honesty, I just really wanted to show you guys how flowy the sleeves are.

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To complete this ensemble, I threw on my rounded sunglasses to give it a retro touch. (Selena G. would approve!)

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Whether you’re feeling down, or feel like trying something completely new, just remember the right kind of outfit can lift your spirits!

Buy it all here:

Printed Smock Mini Dress from Forever 21, $19.90.

Silk Tassel Earrings from Gilt, $25 (sadly, I purchased my earrings from Forever 21 a month ago, and they are no longer available. I guess it really is fast fashion).

Bamboo Denim Platform Heels from Urban OG, $32.80 (I originally purchased my denim shoes from TJ Maxx but they are currently sold out. However, the brown version is still in stock).

Yellow box purse from a small boutique, about $30 (similar option, here).