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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Clema W. lemon dress

…You make lemonade! I know that it’s a rather overused saying, but it is one I do love…as I really strive to be optimistic, even when things are looking a bit sour. Not that there are any particularly bad lemons in my life right now – things are going very well in Sydney!

Clema W. lemon dress

But it is good to be reminded sometimes to be positive. And what better way to remind oneself, than with the most adorable Clema W. lemon dress? Everything about this dress is cheerful and bright, right down to its amazing designer, Erin. She has to be one of the kindest business owners I have ever collaborated with. I, unfortunately, just missed this dress as I left for Japan the same day it arrived in the U.S. But Erin was not upset and wished me the best of luck on my adventure! Fortunately, my mom kept the dress safe for me until I returned to visit (and she and my stepdad loved it because their last name is “Lemmens” which is pronounced the same as lemons, haha).

Clema W. lemon dress

Clema W. lemon dress

I also love that all of Clema W. dresses are made right in Oregon and Erin named her business “Clema W.” after her amazing grandmother, Clema W., who taught her so much in life and the sewing room. I can just feel that this dress was made with love!

Clema W. lemon dress

And all of Clema W. dresses have such wonderful and whimsical patterns…they also come in a wide variety of sizes. Oh, and most importantly – this dress has pockets! I repeat, this dress has pockets! It seriously meets my criteria for the perfect dress 100 percent! New favorite dress right here! I’m already trying to decide on another dress to buy from Clema W. (I have it narrowed down to the Haunted House dress and Old School Cassette dress. Decisions, decisions!)

Bulbasaur pin

This dress also matched wonderfully with my new Bulbasaur brooch from JollyHollieDay! She makes the cutest custom Pokemon brooches (among many other adorable brooches!) My mom was also keeping this little guy safe for me until I returned home…she was a bit confused by what he was, though, and thought I had ordered a toad pin. Haha. Now, that’s all I can think of when I see Bulbasaur, haha. (And I did catch a Bulbasaur that day, in case you wondering. Haha.)

Sydney sunset


I didn’t do quite as much exploring in Sydney this past weekend as I had planned to. Boring stuff like shopping for towels and hangers took longer than expected…and I had quite the ordeal trying to find a coffee pot! Haha. There’s apparently only one store in Sydney that sells coffee pots, and it took me all weekend to find it! But I did manage to take some time and walk through the botanical gardens and watch the sunset over the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge! I also discovered while I was in the gardens, that cockatoos are wild birds here (and they beg people for snacks..smart little guys)! I hadn’t realized they were a wild bird in Australia but was pleasantly surprised to see flocks of them.

Be sure to check out the Clema W. website by clicking here! And let me know which dress you like best in the comments!

*See how I styled this lemon print dress for cooler weather by clicking here.
*And see my other Clema W. dress I ordered, here.

Where to find it:

Dress: c/o* Clema W.
Bulbasaur brooch: JollyHollieday
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals
Belt: Taken off my polka dot dress

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me the product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.


  1. You look so gorgeous in this post! Your hair and makeup is so lovely as well. I can really tell how well this dress is made. It also fits you so perfectly and this cute print really brightens a sour lemon mood 🙂 Cute pokemon pin too!


    1. Thank you, Laurie! Yep! This is where they come from – I had no idea! I always thought it was the Amazon or something for some reason. Haha, coffee takes a different form here that’s for sure! I like regular, black, drip coffee…which is hard to come by. Everyone really likes flat whites – which are delicious, but not the same as what I need in the morning to function. 🙂

  2. I loved Lemmens 🙂 dear Lindsey! It’s a cute dress, and you look super sweet and beautiful, as usual! So good that your family received the dress and you could wear it when back to the US. I loved the bird, it’s really very beautiful! I think that right now, that you are going to live in Sydney, take your time, explore the city little by little! I really liked the positve post; we have to make lemonades and lemon cakes from the lemons life gives – but I am partial, because I looove lemons (to “eat” 🙂 I liked the Pokemon brooch! Hope you have a very nice day, Lindsey!

    1. Aw, thank you, Denise! Haha, I love to eat lemon flavored things as well! And oh yes, I am certainly taking my time…almost being a bit lazy, actually, when it comes to exploring! 😉 I hope you have a wonderful day too!

  3. Say yes to the dress! I love lemon prints and this one is just so cute! The color combo is so pretty and vibrant too. Oh wow, only one store with coffee pots?!? What, haha? Hopefully this weekend will have some more exploring for you guys!


    1. Aw, thank you, Lauren! Haha! Funny enough, your one photo from a long time ago was my inspiration for the laying in the grass photo. 😉 Mine did not turn out nearly as fun as yours, though! And I guess folks down under are not into regular old drip coffee as much as everyone else. Even coffee shops are almost all strictly espresso based drinks and instant coffee! I was shocked! Haha. I really, really need regular black coffee! Haha. 🙂

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