Monday, June 4, 2012

Fresh Produce

If I have not previously made it abundantly clear, let me me settle the score and leave absolutely no room for doubt: I love dresses. 

And believe me, this is not because I'm fancy {as sometimes said in derogatory tone by Little Miss Thang}. No, it may in fact be because I'm somewhat lazy. Personally, I prefer efficient. 

Dressing in dresses is efficient. No matching. No looking around for a top to go with your un-ironed shorts. You put on one piece of clothing and *poof* you instantly look put together. Add an accessory or two if you want to up your game a tad. And honestly, isn't a cute dress and flip flops is just as easy as yoga pants and a t-shirt? 

Game elevated. 

Of course, the dress must match the lifestyle. I certainly have no plans of ironing. Wash and wear is the name of the game with my everyday clothing. I'm generally running all over town, grocery shopping, and schlepping kids to and from tennis and their friends'. Alternatively we've spent a day at the beach or in the pool and I want to shower off and slip into something comfortable but attractive for the rest of the day. 

So when Fresh Produce contacted me to review one of their clothing items I was ecstatic! Their casual beach aesthetic fits my lifestyle perfectly. And their price point is clearly within budget.  

I chose the Fiji Cafe Wrap Dress in Sanibel.
Fiji Cafe Wrap Dress on the model.

The dress arrived promptly and I was even more pleased with it than expected. The cotton knit is extremely soft and comfortable {imagine your favorite t-shirt} and *very important* washes well. 

The Fiji Cafe Wrap is a faux wrap dress which I greatly appreciated given the wind on the coast and the amount of times per day I bend over to pick up ________ {fill in the blank as you wish}.

And *here's the real clincher* it fits perfectly. I ordered an XS {this is a woman's brand - I am not an XS in brands that cater to the 00 set} and was pleased that it covered everything it needed to cover, hung nicely, yet loosely, around my thighs, and fell to a suitable length.

I'm sprouting out of the lantana {which is a shame because I was wearing very cute wedges}.
And I'm clearly looking down noting how badly we need mulch. 
It truly is the perfect summer dress. I've worn it for a girls' day with Little Miss Thang during which we painted pottery and enjoyed lunch and ice cream on the water {the photo above was by snapped by Little Miss Thang on our way out the door} and while relaxing poolside one evening with another family. I plan to pack it for our family travels this summer knowing I can pull it out of an overstuffed suitcase and still wear it to dinner that evening. 

I am now a Fresh Produce fan. And while I will remain loyal to their spring dresses for women, I also love the variety of casual tops, tunics and beach cover-ups.  

If all that were not enough, you should also know Fresh Produce is co-founded and still run by a mom entrepreneur, Mary Ellen Veron, and is primarily made in the USA. You’ll find the clothing sold in Fresh Produce stores and more than 500 specialty retailers throughout the US and Caribbean. Additionally, Fresh Produce now ships to over 200 countries, so women outside the US can enjoy the colorful styles, too.

As the final kicker, many of the styles are 25% off this week only!

Thank you

for sending me such a lovely and versatile dress to review! 
While I was clearly quite pleased to receive the dress, 
all opinions expressed herein are solely my own. 

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