White Embroidered Midi Dress

Embroidered Midi Dress (on sale, under $55!)
Sandals (old, similar)
Hat (old, similar)
Crossbody Saddlebag
Bracelets (here & here)
Earrings (c/o)
Lipstick: Lancome – Natural Beauty

Whew! We are already into the first full week of August. I cannot believe how fast this summer flew by. My summer was filled with learning, and I’m ecstatic about it!

During the 2016/2017 school year, I taught high school English classes. I’ll always have an interest in teaching, but at the end of the day, being a classroom educator isn’t my calling. I’ve spent the last several years designing a life that I (unexpectedly) love. That Instagram hashtag, #calledtobecreative, truly feels like a reality for me because of the creative growth I’ve been through. I've spent the last several years designing a life that I (unexpectedly) love #calledtobecreative #alltheambience Click To Tweet I taught myself how to start a blog, how to curate design work, how to plan posts and create beautiful images, how to market my blog(s), how to collaborate and how to make friends in the digital creative space and also engage with followers. The funny thing? Those are just the basics. There are countless hours that have gone into all of those simple sounding “how to’s.”

Recently, I’ve been working on improving my photography. My boyfriend, David, takes almost all of the photos for my look good outfit posts. David is great because he has a good eye for a wonderful image capture. However, many of our photoshoot sessions used to be filled with lots of “rapid fire” photography and a whole lot of “hope for the best” when it came to reviewing photos from a shoot. We’ve grown from that unskilled approach and are working together as a team to better our photography knowledge. David is a mechanical engineer, so he automatically appreciates the science behind setting the camera to capture a great photo. With some research and effort, we’ve been able to go out for photoshoots and take more deliberate photos.

The pictures in this post are from one of the first purposeful shoots we’ve gone on and I’m thrilled to share them with you. I’m also immensely grateful for David. I really have to give most of the credit to him because without having Dave behind the camera, I wouldn’t maintain consistency with All the Ambience and consistency really is key.

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About the Embroidered Midi Dress

I give lots of gratitude to David for the photos, but the outfit styling is all me. This embroidered midi dress is a summer favorite. It’s perfect for brunch with the girls, a lunch date, strolling around some darling boutiques while on vacation and even makes for a lovely, casual wedding guest look. It’s really a versatile piece, and it comes in black, too. Currently, this embroidered midi dress is on sale for under $55! Buy it, you’ll love it… just be prepared to look good! 😉

With Love & Style,
♥ Amber Monique Shannon
St. Charles, IL

xo, Amber
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  1. Amy Arnold
    August 7, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I give so much credit to Russ for my blog too. I wouldn’t be able to do it without him. You look amazing in this great dress!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. Shannon Jenkins
    August 7, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    This midi dress is gorgeous! I love the embroidery!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  3. August 9, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Girl, that’s awesome that you’ve realized what your true passion and calling is, I wish you much success with All The Ambiance! As for your dress, it’s so cute, I love the embroidered details! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  4. August 10, 2017 / 8:37 am

    The pictures turned out beautiful! My husband and also me are constantly trying to get better in taking pictures for the blog. I still have sooo much to learn! I am glad to have a friend who is really good in taking picutres who is sometimes helping me out. Otherwise my hubby and I just try our best 😀
    The dress suits you so well! I actually bought a white dress the other day, after seeing your all white look on instagram. Unfortunatly it seems like summer is almost over here in germany so I am not sure if I will be able to wear it 😀
    Thank you a lot for your last comment on my blog 🙂
    Sending much love!
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

    • Amber Shannon
      September 4, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Rosa, thank you for the thoughtful comment. I think trying the best is a great place to start… it’s such a tough hobby to nail, but we’re getting there!

  5. Adi
    August 10, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Beautiful dress! Such a stunning look!!
    Adi xx

  6. Lorna
    August 11, 2017 / 6:58 am

    That’s gorgeous! I LOVE this dress on you, the print is so pretty! You look beautiful!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  7. August 25, 2017 / 8:27 am

    That is such a beautiful dress! I love embroidered pieces, I want to add more of them to my wardrobe now that my no shop challenge is over – 7 months without shopping completed! 🙂

    You are doing an awesome job with the photos – both of you! – as these look great.

    Hope you are having a good week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Amber Shannon
      September 4, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Can’t believe you went 7 months without shopping. I’ll have to do a shopping cleanse sometime soon, I’m sure!

  8. August 26, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    LOVE the post:) The dress looks beautiful on you and I am mesmerized by your hair! Keep inspiring others and rocking the natural <3 I've been looking more into photography as well…and I must say it's not as easy as it looks so kudos to you for improving!

    • Amber Shannon
      September 4, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you dear!!

  9. August 28, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Very cute dress! It can be so intimidating learning to use a camera since we all know how to take picture but not always one that is amazing. What resources have you found to be particularly helpful in learning?

    • Amber Shannon
      September 4, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Hey girl!
      I’ve used Pinterest to search photography tips and I pin good ones to my photography board, which makes for a good resource in one area. I also Google a lot. I’ve noted problems I’ve had and Googled ways to fix them. My BF is also an engineer and he is a very scientific/mathematic thinker, so that has helped with him configuring settings, especially the SHUTTERSPEED/APERTURE/ISO trio. Xo!

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