This weekend was my little sister’s high school graduation and open house. As I sat down at her commencement, I wasn’t overly excited to sit through close to 400 names being called off, but, of course, I was excited to be there to support her and her accomplishments. As I sat there and listened to her classmate’s (and one of her closest friends) commencement speech called “A Thousand Small Strides” I realized that this was hitting closer to home than the commencement speech I sat through for my own graduation. A great message and important to remember that life, dreams and goals are accomplished one stride at a time, not in one big step. Even if the end goal seems so distance, how much harder is it to make that next stride? There have been many ups and downs since I graduated high school and even since I graduated college, and it is nice to remember that even though it is hard to not focus on the future, living in the present and taking one small stride can lead to the ultimate goals. After a refreshing weekend with my family and boyfriend, I am excited for an amazing summer and dreaming big!
Dress, Lulus (Sold Out) :: Similar here
Necklace, JC Penney :: Similar here
Bracelet, JC Penney :: Similar here
Wedges, DSW :: Similar here
Bag, TJ Maxx :: Similar here
HeatherMay 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Aww that is so fun – and emotional I’m sure! Love you in these soft colors, and great accessories accents in black!
mollyMay 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM
you look beautiful! and i totally agree – living in the present can sometimes be the hardest thing – but it’s so good.
HannahMay 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM
That sounds like a very mature speech from a recent high school graduate! I needed to here that lesson today, so thanks so much for sharing Rachel.
RachelMay 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM
Definitely a mature speech. I have met him before and he seems far beyond his high school years and was really great to listen to. I was just so shocked that I felt so moved by a speech relating to all the high school grads and I know to many people! Glad you enjoyed the recap!
SharonMay 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM
Oh my gosh, that dress is gorgeous! I love the pleated “skirt”!
The message of that speech is definitely one that applies long after high school!
Diana - City and BurbsMay 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM
This is really a dress? I love it, so sad it’s sold out. Great recap of that speech. Something to stop and think about. 🙂
Thanks for that!
RachelMay 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Diana, yes it is and unfortunately it is sold out! I got it from Lulus.com and I know in the past sometimes they have gotten things back in stock. I have been checking back quite a bit because a friend really loved the dress! I would maybe check with them to see if it will ever be back in stock, the dress was called “Peaches N’ Cream”! Glad you enjoyed the recap, it definitely has been on my mind ever since I heard the speech!
Megan, The Frugalista DiariesMay 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM
love the peach!
SophieMay 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I love the coral tones in this outfit- you can’t beat happy & bright colours!
KacieMay 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM
This might be one of my favorite outfits! Love it!
RachelJuly 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thank you Kacie! 🙂
KATEFPMay 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Dear your eyes color are so, so beautiful! *.* And you look absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 That speech is very special *.*
AmyMay 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM
What a perfect outfit for a graduation. You are rockin it!
Pop Of StyleMay 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM
Beautiful colors! Love this look 🙂
LindaMay 30, 2012 at 6:53 AM
Wow, what a lovely dress! I love the color on top and the pleated skirt part. Gorgeous!
Your statement necklace really makes it stand out too.
And sounds like it was a great speech. I love the hope and excitement that comes with a fresh beginning. Summer can always present that 🙂
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Diana MarksMay 30, 2012 at 7:59 AM
check out my blog and, if you want, let’s follow each other on GFC or Bloglovin’ or both 😉
IliyanaMay 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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Looking lovely and beautiful! Congrats to your sister.
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GiovannaMay 30, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Cute look! Love the colors and your skirt!!
AnnieMay 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM
Such a pretty outfit – love those colors on you! And sounds like a great speech 🙂
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VirginiaMay 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM
you look great dear!!!
what a nice blog you have!!!
like to follow each other?? I hope so!
we could stay in contact!
I already follow you on Bloglovin!
RachelJuly 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I would love to follow you Virginia! 🙂
Bri MarieMay 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM
So glad I came to visit your blog after you commented on mine – I am your newest follower and I am obsessed with this outfit!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!
SylwiaMay 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM
I love the peach colour of your blouse:)
JessicaMay 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM
wow – you look gorgeous in those girlie pleats! I am obsessed with that necklace too!
EgejtaMay 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
greetings from Poland xoxo
SamanthaMay 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
So glad you had time to reflect and refresh! You look beautiful in peach and nude! 🙂
Always MayleeMay 31, 2012 at 2:01 PM
Aw what a great message! You look simply adorable in this outfit. I love that skirt and the peach colors look fabulous on you. How cute is that bag!? Love.
MollyMay 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM
Gorgeous outfit, the pleats are adorable.
Your look amazing in coral <3
Fashion By AliciaJune 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM
Sounds like a great speech. I absolutely love your necklace! So pretty!
Jacy TiltonJune 2, 2012 at 2:28 AM
That peachy color is lovely with your skin tone and hair color! So cute!
Antonia-IvanaJune 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM
The peachy blouse looks great with the nude skirt.