Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

Lilac Midi Dress & Pearl Barrette // Have I Peaked?

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Lately I’ve been having the scary feeling that I’ve peaked in my blogging career. I know this might sound strange, but the reason I’ve been having this feeling is because too many good things happened too fast last year. Last year was my second full year as a full-time blogger, and in my mind I was still just starting out. But somehow, last year I got my first press trip, first big collaboration where I was flown out to speak on a conference and paid really well for it, and first big press feature in Buzzfeed. All of this felt like a dream to me as a mid-level blogger at 50K and just having done this for 2 years. I found myself at intimate events where I was the only blogger under 100K to be invited, and all of this made me feel exhilarated. But the downside to receiving so many amazing opportunities is the inevitable question of where do I go from here? How do I beat all the highs I achieved last year? LayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Spring Fashion Style BlogLayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Hairstyles Fashion BlogLayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pink Socks and Sandals Vintage Handbag

So far, this year has been slow but steady, and I definitely have not encountered a high yet like I did last year. If I let myself sink too deep into this mindset, it always leads to me feeling depressed and hopeless. It has become increasingly hard to grow in Instagram, so I find myself thinking “What if this is as good as it gets?” But lately, I’ve come to realize that not every year can be a “high.” In what will hopefully be a longstanding career as a fashion blogger, some years are going to be better than others, and I just have to accept that. Yes I achieved a lot of highs last year, but that shouldn’t diminish my accomplishments moving forward. The most important thing is to focus on creating amazing content for all of you, and hopefully the opportunities will keep coming. LayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Hudson Yards NYCLayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Layered Gold Talisman NecklacesLayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Spring Outfit Ideas NYC Style Blog

Now moving onto this outfit – I’ve been so into lilac for Spring. Purple has always been one of my favorite colors, and lilac is an especially feminine shade that’s so fresh and pretty for Spring. I picked up this lilac midi dress from & Other Stories and it checked all the boxes, with the ruffle straps, buttons down the middle, and breezy linen material. Since it’s still a bit chilly in New York, I layered it over a green pleated top. For my shoes, I chose pink sandals paired with pink socks for a cute and quirky look.LayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Vintage Bag Feminine StyleLayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Feminine Style Blog

I added a feminine touch with the hottest accessory trend this season: a pearl barrette. I love how easy it is to transform my hair with the simple addition of a pearl barrette, and it’s so sweet and feminine too! I completed the look with a vintage handbag, gold earrings, and layered gold necklaces and bangles.LayersofChic Lilac Midi Dress Pearl Barrette Gold Jewelry Green Pleated Top

Shop the Look:

Dress: & Other Stories
Top: NA-KD (similar here)
Shoes: Bill Blass
Bag: Vintage
Pearl Clip: Astrid & Miyu
Necklaces: SEQUIN
Bangles: SEQUIN (here & here)
Rings: Miranda Frye

Thanks for reading,


13 comments so far.

13 responses to “Lilac Midi Dress & Pearl Barrette // Have I Peaked?”

  1. Madi Rowan says:

    I love the mixing of the pastels! Especially with you gold jewelry! Such a pretty outfit, perfect for the Easter season!

    -madi xo |

  2. Janicr says:

    Your photos…ideas.outfits are fabulous…expressive and so unique..everything has such a personal flair…keep on going..every photo/outfit is perfection!!🎈🎈🎈

  3. Joan says:

    Love the combination of colours definitely perfect for Spring.

  4. Rosy says:

    Wow! The different colors actually mix with each other very well! Looks magnificent!

  5. Lisa Autumn says:

    Such a cute dress!

    x Lisa |

  6. I love all shades of purple so this dress is right up my alley! It also looks so good with that blouse you’re wearing. The mix of blues, greens and purples have been attracting me lately.

  7. Carolyn says:

    Good points that past success doesn’t mean your future won’t be good either! You’re looking great, can’t wait to see what else you do!

  8. This outfit is so pretty Mary, I especially love the color palette of it! And I can totally relate to how you are feeling! It’s super hard to grow on Instagram these days and sometimes it makes me feel like Instagram is only for the bigger established bloggers now. But you have such a good mindset and your content is amazing, I know you’ll keep growing and achieving those highs!

  9. This is so cute! That lavender looks absolutely lovely on you!

  10. Izzy says:

    I’m obsessed with lilac myself! I love this dress! Love the way you styled it as well.
    IG @IsabellaDavidVintage

  11. Kasey says:

    Such a stunning look! Obsessed with pastels right now!

    Kasey Ma

  12. jasna says:

    I love your outfit details so much and yes blogging has so many highs but so many lows too, I have been blogging for 10 years this year and its tough but the highs and the relationships we make with other bloggers out way everything:)

  13. Ok you are killing it with those accessories girl!! I need that barrette and dress in a bad kinda way 😍

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