Yep...all dressed up and nowhere to go. I got this Dress thinking there may be another fancy dinner, trip somewhere or wedding to attend but truth is, all our time is consumed with house stuff, being waaaay over budget that there should not be fancy dinners or trips going on. We're smart..two in college ya know. 

So this posing was just for fun but I do love this dress and the brand Chelsea28
So glad you're here for the fashion link-up and the twofer today with a month end What's Up Wednesday post

I really liked the sheerness of this dress, the 3/4 bell sleeves and the little ruffles at the neckline.

The Sam Edelman "Patti" strappy sandals are my favorites and not hard to walk in with the 3" heel. I love the patent leather!

And while we're taking about Chelsea28 midi's, I LOVE this Velvet ONE!

Now it's time to see what's up in the Nine neck of the woods

                                          Ham Chowder Recipe HERE

White Chicken Chili HERE
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: I told you the baby had a birthday recently. Well, I was reminiscing about the first "Sports" cake I made him; I made several and found this cute picture. I forgot I even "made" the grass.

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: After days of 80's and 90's, tomorrow they are calling for 67 degrees and I couldn't be happier!
4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Heading over to the house every few days to check progress....siding and shake on up shake and stone on front. View of the back from our woods....
6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Gathering decor for the new house. Love this clock I got at Hobby Lobby.

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: #MugLoveExchange, there reveal TOMORROW!

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING: Fall TV is back baby!!! This week, these favorites premier:
 Cool tidbit here. Our oldest son was asked to be an extra on Chicago Fire but college conflicted. Education or Acting???? Mmmm, which would you pick, lol?


9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Taylor Swift, The Script, Debbie Gibson...yes cause she is currently on DWTS, Thomas Rhett new song "Marry Me."

10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Pulling it out..the FALL WARDROBE makes me happy.

Similar Sweatshirt HERE and HERE

MY favorite Fall outfit from last year will be on repeat again..Similar Plaid Shirt HERE // Henley HERE

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: two words, two sons, two colleges: Indiana University, Purdue University....Yipee!!
13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: come Monday, The Blended Blog ladies and I are at it again with one of our most popular link-up series called TBB ASKS. This month's theme is ALL THINGS FALL so get your minds in Fall gear, duh, I know most of yours are and join us then. Here are the questions:

Will & addition to the shows Mentioned above..the actors are just so darn good and funny

Now Let's Link-Up your fabulous style and head over to The Blended Blog and see what one of our beautiful ladies is styling and loving!


  1. Fabulous! Black looks amazing on you Andrea xx

  2. Such lovely things in this post, including YOU dear Andrea, looking so gorgeous in that dress! And choosing between an amazing house with its OWN WOOD or a fancy dinner is a no-brainer ... dress AS IF you're going out for dinner then live the dream in your beautiful home! Hugs, x.

  3. Gorgeous everything - you, your dress, your new home, your Fall wardrobe! So happy for you that you'll get to see your boys this weekend, sounds like a busy one but a busy one of the best kind! How cool that your oldest was almost an extra - I think he made the right choice! Happy Wednesday sweet friend!

  4. That dress is fabulous and I want to take you to dinner in it hahaha. Mr. Nine better take you out for a nice evening in that :) I cannot wait to see your house. Looks beautiful and serene back in the woods!

  5. You look gorgeous, Andrea! I love this dress on you. Chelsea28 has some really cute pieces. I've been eyeing that velvet midi too! Today is our last day of the 80s too. So looking forward to the cooler weather tomorrow! Happy Wednesday, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  6. Loving your house! I can't wait to see the finished product! Heck yes for soup weather! It started pouring here last night so the next few days should actually be cool! Happy Wednesday!

  7. You're just stunning! Love this black beauty on you. Really like your house photo, would love to be at that point with ours - not even started yet!
    I adore the rust combo, will be looking for some similar pieces. x Jacqui

  8. What a beautiful dress on you! I love the details and the length! How cool your son was asked to be on Chicago Fire, no doubt he'll get more opportunities, he's so handsome! Have a great wednesday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. This dress is so chic and you are looking gorgeous in it Andrea!

  10. Eeeeeeek! Chicago Fire is back tomorrow! I would have been really conflicted about going to school or hitting up the set! The house is really coming along too!! So many exciting things to look forward to :-) Happy Wednesday! xox

  11. OK sweet lady I totally love that black midi sheer dress. I also bought an LBD from Chelsea28 during the #NSale. This outfit would be perfect for an early Fall wedding and we are talking about those in my latest post. ;=)

    And lady, you guys purchased a new house?! I cannot wait to see you decorate it. How fun!! That clock is awesome. And I love the fall cozy casual outfits, especially the last one.

    Fun fact: Vivian was an extra for 3 different TV shows in Albania between the ages of 5 to 9 months old. Our 'almost famous' kids!! LOL

    1. Oh and here is my Fall wedding post by the way. You'd love it!

      Have a great hump day!

  12. I've seen that clock at Hobby Lobby and love it! Your house looks amazing, can't wait to see more!!

  13. This dress is absolutely GORGEOUS on you and I LOVE the choker you paired with it! Seriously SO boho chic! Happy Wednesday love!

    Rosy Outlook

  14. I am crushing on velvet this season and now I'm crushing on you in that black dress! It just makes your hair POP! Have fun cruising around campuses this weekend and I think that was my wing of the house in that picture, right? Have a Happy Wednesday!

  15. Girl, you are incredible in that dressy outfit!!! I definitely think date night is in order!! Your husband is a lucky guy!!

  16. Yes, save all of your money for the house! You'll need it with the building process, yard, furniture, and all the pretty things. :)

    Love your fall outfits!! It has still been in the 90s here but they say a cool down is coming in the next 24 hours!

  17. Love that black dress on you and the velvet one looks gorgeous too! Such a sweet throwback photo of your little one. Homemade cakes are always the best! :)

  18. Look at you in that off the shoulder! I see you girl! Love it. PS I ironically want that happy camper jumper. I do not camp. At all. So it's a bit ironic, you see?

  19. Your Fall outfits are gorgeous! Looking forward to hearing more about your lovely new house!!

  20. This dress is absolutely stunning on you, and will be well worth the wait when you do get around to that fancy dinner or fun vacay. So much excitement going on <3
    Green Fashionista

  21. You look adorable in that black dress, Andrea. I watched This is Us and of course, had a good cry. Have a wonderful week.

  22. Girl, your outfits are always amazing. Seriously, I think I need to hire you as my stylist. Your new home is AH-Mazing!!! I cannot wait to see it all done, it's going to be soo amazing!!! You have the best taste!!

  23. That dress looks great on you! I bet an occasion will arise before you know it. A good black dress is always in style. Bring on the fall weather and clothes!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  24. Such a lovely dress. I really like your orange cardigan too!

  25. Dang it...I forgot What's Up Wednesday...AGAIN. You'd think I'd learn to look at my calendar. I LOVE that dress on you. You look stunning and it's too bad you don't have anywhere to wear it at the moment. I bet you'll find a good excuse though and be so happy you have it. Loved the sneeky look at the back of the house. That clock is awesome. Too bad your son couldn't work out the extra gig. That would have been fun. So much goodness in this post!! XOXO

  26. Love a black dress!!! Half my dresses are black. Or black and white striped lol. The house is really coming along!!! I don't think I know a single person who builds and stays within their budget. Ugh. I hate the b word LOL. Wish You Were Here is so good, right??? I loved that book! She is one of my favorite authors. Cant wait to watch all the Chicago shows and This is Us!!! We started The Good Doctor last night, you must try it!

  27. Love love love seeing pictures of your house! When's projected move in day? Also- I will happily hop over there and go for supper with you so you can wear that dress out. Dan was listing his dream vacation and it happens to be small town mid-west. Seriously.

  28. That clock, and your house, I can't wait to see more details of it and maybe a lessons learned for building a new house? Not that I could ever do that where I live...hehe.

  29. Such a pretty dress on a gorgeous lady! Oh your weekend sounds fun! I love the house - looking so NEAR COMPLETION! Eeeeek! What is your estimated move in date? My mom has moved into her place but it has a few more weeks of work. Your ham chowder has me wanting to make my New England Clam Chowder! Love you sweetness! xo

  30. That clock! I love all things Hobby Lobby... they have the cutest stuff!
    This Is Us... oh man, one episode in & my heart is already attached to the Pearson family again hard core.

  31. You look like a beauty in black! And that is so cool about your son... does he want to be an actor one day? If so, it might not be a bad idea for him to take the part because it could open the door for something more later on. If he doesn't want to be an actor I would say just stay in school. Lol.

  32. Loving your dress, Andrea, you look stunning. Your fall fashion is on point!
    I love the location of your future home, it looks so nice!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  33. Pretty, pretty in this black dress. Love your fall looks too.

  34. So much good stuff in this post! I love the black dress and all of your fall looks! This is us was so good last night! I am so excited for mug love and TBB asks link ups! Have a fantastic day!

  35. This summer weather is killing me! Haha! I'm so ready for actual fall. Not only so that I can wear my fall clothes, but so that I can see all of your amazing layered outfits!

  36. You look lovely as usual. Nothing beats a black dress :)

  37. I love how the dress is off the shoulder! That's so cute! And I'm so incredibly jealous of your cooler weather! It's still hot, hot, hot down in Texas, and I wish that it would cool down so I could eat all the soups and chilis!

  38. What a fabulous midi dress!

  39. Black is a GREAT color for you and I'm betting you will have an occasion to wear it sooner or later. I need to link up for the What's Up Wednesday sometime. Can't wait to see this house!!!

  40. Black on black on black looks gorgeous with your blonde hair! Good timing for Halloween even though I think the dress is timeless because it can be styled in an infinite amount of ways! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  41. Oh my goodness that dress is amazing on you! Sometimes you find a dress that fabulous and you just have to get it. The occasion to wear it will come up!

  42. I love that dress and all of your fall looks. I also love that your house is moving along! How cool about your son being asked to be an extra. I love that show so that would have been a hard choice. That ham chowder looks soooo YUMMY! Enjoy those fall temps! We are experiencing the best fall weather too and it is glorious!

  43. I am such a sucker for anything sheer. Love this dress on you! Gorgeous LBD!

    xx, Elise

  44. This outfit is so gorgeous on you! I love the contrast from the black dress and your blonde hair. You truly look stunning.
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

  45. Fab dress as it is, I am loving the ruffled hem detail too!

    Jessica |

  46. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. you look stunning! Did you see that you became Top of the World Style My Fav? Congrats! You rock!

  47. Your black dress is so beautiful! I love all your outfits as usual. I made white chili this weekend. I think I will try your ham chowder. I know I would love that. I am a big soup lover. Lots of interesting info this week! How exciting! Thanks for joining our Style Wise link up party. I hope you will join us again next week!

  48. What a cool dress! I love the OTS style!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  49. This dress looks amazing on you!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  50. You look gorgeous in that dress! Maybe you can wear it for a celebration dinner in your new home. I'm lovin' your woods in front of the house. xoxo

  51. Love all of the fall colors and outfits on you gorgeous! That black dress is a knockout on you! I love it with your jewelry.
    jess xx

  52. Looking stunning in your black dress, Andrea! So pretty! You made me laugh with your line - my dad used to say it all the time - "all dressed up and no where to go."

    How exciting that your new house completion is getting close! Looks beautiful and the setting looks so serene!

    Have a great day!


  53. You look fabulous in the dress, Andrea! I hope you'll get a chance to wear it for real soon! And how exciting to see the progress of that fabulous house of yours!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes


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