Drop waist

I had my first driving lesson today and even though I was mostly terrified the entire time, it was also just a little bit fun. I thought that I would start out driving somewhere with no people or other cars but I actually started driving on the big road outside my house. I was totally not expecting that and the entire time I was driving out of my street onto the big road, this is what was going through my head:
no..no...no...no..oh no....oh no the cars are going so fast...ahhhhhhhhhhh...i want to go back....

But I made it through in one piece so that's always a good thing :) I also made a huge mistake yesterday by starting to read Divergent at 11 pm. I told myself I would only read one chapter but one chapter turned into two chapters and then I just kept telling myself I would just read one chapter more. So anyway, I ended up going to sleep at 2 am because I didn't want to go to sleep until I finished the book. Now I can't wait for the movie! Have you read it before?

dress: urban outfitters//necklace: free press (nordstrom)//shoes:MIA


  1. YES!! I think I mentioned it on the post where you first mentioned that book. I LOVE Divergent! Like you, I couldn't stop reading it. I'm impatiently for the library to get the second book on the holdshelf for me so I can continue reading!

    If it makes you feel any better, I'm 22 and just learned to drive in April. Yep, I'm a late bloomer. I was really scared to drive and at times I still am (haven't tried the freeway yet) but it gets easier, especially in familiar areas. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it soon enough!

  2. Lovely dress and nice pictures! :)

    xoxo ♥

  3. I love Divergent! I can't wait for the movie to come out either! Love your dress by the way! So cute!

  4. Glad that you made it back home in 1 piece. LOL! I'm sure it'll get better as you practise more =)
    I've not read that book. Ok, since you highly recommend it, I guess I'll have a look at it soon.
    I like this dress you are wearing. The shade is really nice =)

  5. I love the drop waist dress! Those sandals are wonderful too. Driving can be so scary when you first start out! After a few years it's almost like second nature. Good luck with your future driving lessons :)



    Southern (California) Belle

  6. Sometimes I forget about how young you are! Love the outfit. Take driving nice and slow and you'll get the hang of it!

    7% Solution​

  7. Is that another teen book? I must check it out if it's that good! :) I remember learning to drive. It is scary, but you get used to it the more you drive. I think the scariest is at night, so practice doing that as much as you can! :) That dress is so cute and I love your sandals! <3


  8. Love your outfit:) Omg i want your style!!:D

  9. that's very smart of your driving teacher to get you on a big road first, cos then you'll realize there isn't anything actually that scary about it. but, yeh, i remember my first driving lesson: I was terrified! lovely outfit too joyce, drop waists suit you! :)

  10. This is a simple but nice dress :) good luck for the next driving lessons!


  11. Your dress is so lovely and congrats on your first driving lesson!!! Glad you are still in one piece :D. We have something in common. I often do the same thing if a book is really great I just can't stop reading. Most of the time it's 3am and I still read. I have heard of the book but I haven't read it yet. I read some reviews and it looks like something that I would love :D

    xx Mira


  12. nope, I haven't heard about that book/film but usually books and film about future are not quite my thing. I also haven't read The Hunger Games and I haven't seen the film either. it just doesn't look like something that would attract me. anyway, good luck with your driving lessons! I know it feels scary now but later you will be happy when you're finally driving your own car. believe me because I know ;)
    ps. I love it how the necklace looks like a part of your dress. very clever layering!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  13. I LOVE your outfit! Drop waist dresses are my current obsession, I think it's because of the Great Gatsby! ;) And ah, driving! Thats so exciting! Im horrible at driving, Ive had my license for 3 years and barely ever do haha

  14. The shoes are so cute. Love the sorta tie dye effect.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  15. I love Divergent, such a great series too!this dress is super cute on you too, so flattering!

  16. Hi Joyce, I recall how petrified I was at my first driving lesson, in the end you will be driving like a pro! Love this dress, been looking for a colour like this for ages now, really chic and classic.

  17. Divergent's SUCH a good book. I'm glad you're enjoying it!! Also...those shoes! I remember them from last summer and I'm falling for them all over again :)
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  18. hahaha I remember driving the first time--sounds just about the same as you described it! Did you ever have trouble with using one foot instead of two? I always wanted to use one foot for each pedal the first week or so. It was so hard to break me of that awful habit. But I think you're doin' awesome so far!! And good that you went on the roads the first time. My dad brought me in this old dirt road in a neighborhood being built using a stick shift Jeep.. ahh, good times.

    Hehe, I love the lighting in these photos! So orange and warm and glowy. And gosh, that drop waist dress looks gorgeous on you. You make me want to try one... oooh.

    And yay for reading late at night! *____* I hope you enjoyed it!!

  19. That dress looks so lovely on you!


  20. I was so scared and nervous when I first started driving too. But no worries, after you keep practicing, driving will eventually become like second nature to you :)

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  21. Congrats on your first driving lesson! The first time I got in a car to start driving I started crying...so you're 1 step ahead of me :) You look so cute in that dress!

    The Other Side of Gray

  22. I love this dress on you and those cute sandals!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  23. Ooh, you look fantastic in a drop waist! It's such a difficult loo to pull off, and you make it look so easy. Good luck with learning to drive! It's always scary at first, but it's so worth it :)


  24. Haha, oh man, when I start a good book, the same thing happens to me. Divergent was so good! I think I finished it up in a day.
    And you'll get better, don't worry. Driving is always terrifying when you first start off. It still makes me a bit stressed at times when I'm driving down the busy roads here in town.
    Just always stay alert!
    Anyway, love the drop waist dress girl, I have yet to own anything with this type of design

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  25. Love that dress. Congrats on driving!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  26. Gorgeous dress, I look terrible in anything drop waist, but you look lovely! The Divergent series is on my to-read list, did you really enjoy it then? :)

  27. Loving the dress style and the colour! I heard Divergent is a really good book but I just can't find the time to read it. Also... I was so excited when I saw that you commented on my blog :) Haha, "fangirl" moment. Love reading your blog!

    A Splash Of Tan

  28. I LOVE this dress on you! its so perfect and simple and the color is just amazing. also your sandals are way too cute! i need a new pair <3 and i totally remember my first driving lesson! its pretty crazy but the freedom is amazing! enjoy it

    Alexa <3

  29. I love drop-waisted silhouettes and this dress is So pretty on you! Love the navy as well :)


  30. That dress is too cute and these photos are so lovely with the setting sun.

    Wardrobe Quarry

  31. Hi dear... I appreciate you taking the time to visit :)

  32. Beautiful!!



  33. ugh so jealz, I still haven't had my driving lessons with my dad yet. cute dress btw! and I love the setting of your pics :)


  34. Love your sandals. The lighting in these photos is perfect, thank you golden hour. Congrats on finishing your first lesson! I was the same as you.. except even worse. My first lesson I literally spent the entire hour driving in circles in a secluded neighborhood lol.

    Mili from call me, Maeby

  35. beautiful outfit! love the dress and adore those sandals, so gorgeous!
    love the lighting in these photos too - like ^^ - it's so pretty! x

  36. Love this dress on you! You look great in a dropped waist. I wish I remember my first driving lesson...I think I repressed the memory honestly. So it must've been bad.

    Have a great day!
    A Southern Drawl

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  37. Love how the dress drapes your frame so well! I remember the first time I got behind the wheel...it was fun! I just drove around in a parking lot though, not a legit street like you, lol. I've never read divergent, but I should probably put it on my list. It sounds like an interesting summer time read :)



  38. The dress look so pretty on you.


  39. The dress fits you perfect. but i don't know if that low waist would look good on everyones... well, lets say me hahah.
    Diving lessons? that sounds so cool!

  40. The drop waist looks amazing, I'd love to get a dress like that. Good luck with driving, that's so exciting. I was rather terrified with my first one even though it was in such a quiet street,

  41. It's hard to wear a drop waist, you look great.

  42. This dress is a great summer piece and I love the sandals. I'd love to have a pair! And I remember my first driving lesson -- the scariest! I hope you survive the rest.

  43. Soon I'll start with my first driving lesson as well and yes, I'm quite nervous too but I'm happy that you made it :) I like the outfit your wearing. This shade of blue suits you well and the golden bracelet combined with it? Perfect.


  44. Such a lovely cut on you, drop waist styles are so happening right now! And navy is a great color for you!!

    Xo, Hannah


  45. very amazing blog


  46. These pictures are just gorgeous Joyce! I love the lighting and background (train tracks in CA?!) and of course the look! This simple dress is so pretty!

    Getting into a book you cannot put down is the BEST. Think about how much less guilty you should feel staying up til 2 to read, as opposed to, say, watching infomercials. No shame!

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! I am basically obsessed with your style & blog (Elana was right, you really do have impeccable taste!)...so I really appreciate them :)

    perfectly priya

  47. oh man, the drop waist doesnt work on my body type at all, but you look awesome in it!! and wow, your first driving lesson, I didn't realize you were so little!! glad it all went ok even if you were nervous. I can hardly even remember that now, although i do remember the whole learning to parallel park using recycle bins on our street fiasco haha.
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda


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