dress: c/o sheinside // belt: kohls // gold clutch: c/o hello fab // heels: kohls (similar) // watch: michael kors

Lately, Philip and I have been getting better at regular date nights. Now that we have two babies, we’re both working (even if mine is from home), have decently demanding church responsibilities, and much more, I’m realizing how important it is to have regular alone time with my guy…more than just watching a movie together on Saturday nights (as much as we love that). This weekend we dressed up and went to the Newport Beach temple. With a twenty minute drive there and back, we got a chance to just sit and talk, and just be silent together (and with two kids, that is precious). And just that one evening was enough to totally rejuvenated me for the new week. Maybe the dipped cone from McDonalds that we grabbed on the way home had something to do with it too…

Time to kick Monday in the buns.

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  1. Stephanie X says:

    wow that dress is pretty.
    xx Stephanie (

  2. Teresa says:

    Ooh…I love this dress! And I know what you mean about dates. When my husband and I were young we thought dinner and movies were a great date. Now walking together and talking is the best date we could get!

  3. Jennifer says:

    What a beautiful dress! I love it.

  4. Camille says:

    Loving your dress! And your hair is beautiful. Sounds like you had a fun date night. πŸ™‚

  5. Julia says:

    That dress is awesome! I think I might pick it up to see if it's formal enough to wear to a wedding. (It looks like it from the photos.)

  6. Laura Dadomo says:

    That dress! I loved it the moment I set my eyes on it. And you look beautiful on it!
    May I ask you what size you are wearing? I was thinking about getting it for my college graduation but I'm not sure which size to pick.

  7. Kimberly says:

    Ahh, I can completely relate to enjoying time alone to talk (without being interrupted)…that is precious! Lovely dress on you πŸ™‚

  8. Kristina says:

    That dress is adorable! Loving the print, and that you paired it with a sequined clutch!

    Kristina does the Internets

  9. Madeline says:

    Gorgeous dress ! Glad to see you two making time for yourselves xo

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  10. YFG says:

    Ow ow, looking good mama! And your hair is always effortless chic – any tutorials on that on the horizon?

  11. You look beautiful, Merrick! Good for you two for getting out! We just had a 'date night'…it was heaven! Congrats on your new writing job!

  12. Kelly says:

    Beautiful dress!!!

  13. Lauren W says:

    Your dress is darling! I am loving that clutch as well. Isn't the Newport Beach temple beautiful??

  14. Blahhhh your hair just kills me. Why does it look so dang good everyday? I'm glad you've been getting more regular date nights!

  15. Laura says:

    Oh my word, that dress is just so adorable! I love all the colors – so perfect for a date night!


  16. Haylee says:

    Oh my goodness, this dress is AMAZING. It's cute and trendy in a good way but it's also totally unique and definitely stands out. To be honest I haven't seen an outfit on a fashion blog that seems unique and not a copycat of everyone else's outfits in a LONG time and this one is definitely just that.

    Speaking of copying other bloggers, I totally just ordered this dress. hahaha I'm sorry, I hope that doesn't bug you. I just absolutely love it so much. You of course will get all the credit when people ask where I got it.

  17. Nichole says:

    What a gorgeous dress!

  18. Cali says:

    WAHHHH! Dress is sold out. πŸ™

  19. Lindsay says:

    That dress is absolutely beautiful! You look fantastic.

  20. I love your website! I follow your sisters also. Refreshing to see modest style out there πŸ™‚


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