this blue dress and my third mother’s day

Hi friends! Here’s a fun blue and white striped dress for you. It’s under $140 and since it’s such a timeless style, it’s going to be around in your closet for years and years.

I wore it on Sunday for Mother’s Day, which was a great excuse to feel extra feminine. That’s exactly how this dress makes you feel. Here’s the link to shop it.

This is my second dress by the Ivanka Trump line. Funny enough, my first Mother’s Day was two years ago and I wore my other one then! My mom bought it for me to help me feel special and pretty on my first Mother’s Day, which I really was struggling with being 5 weeks postpartum at the time. You can always count on dresses like these to make you feel put together, polished, and ready for the day.

I love the flirty details of the ribbon down the center on this one.

Speaking of Mother’s Day. Here are some photos of ours. Sometimes I’m still shocked that I have two children!!

We went to church and lunch with my family, then headed home for cupcakes and snuggles.

Here’s the dress I’m wearing and below are some other dresses I’m loving. Also, they have free shipping on orders over $98 and free returns!

 

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50 Comments

  1. Abbie
    May 15, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Megan, I’m a little disappointed to see you partnering with Ivanka Trump. Politics aside, her brand is well known for ripping off the work of other designers (look up the Aquazzura lawsuit) and labor practices at her foreign factories are reported to be terrible (see reporting from the Washington Post, The Guardian, etc.) Many retailers have stopped selling her products, e.g., Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Belk. I respect your need to have sponsors, but I think your brand is worth more than aligning with Ivanka Trump.

    • Emily
      May 15, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      I totally agree Abbie. Ivanka Trump and her brand have a long history of ripping off other designers. Disappointing that the need for sponsors outweighs ethics. I will be unfollowing this blog.

      • Maria
        May 15, 2018 / 10:04 pm

        I’m surprised too. 🙁 I wholeheartedly embrace the platform of women empowering women but this is definitely a loaded sponsor with a lot of controversy surrounding Ivanka’s business. The dress does look beautiful on you and it’s obvious how much you adore your little lovebugs! Still love your blog, just surprised that such a controversial brand is on here.

        • holycitychic
          May 16, 2018 / 2:39 pm

          Hi Maria,

          I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

          Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

          Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

          It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

          Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

          I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

          With much love,
          Megan

      • holycitychic
        May 16, 2018 / 2:40 pm

        Hi Emily,

        I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

        Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

        Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

        It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

        Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

        I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

        With much love,
        Megan

    • Eileen
      May 16, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Before reading the source of the blue dress, I thought the fabric looked cheap and flimsy–not worth the $140 pricetag. I whole-heartedly agree with other commenters about Ivanka and her unethical business practices.

      • holycitychic
        May 16, 2018 / 2:39 pm

        Hi Eileen,

        I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

        Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

        Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

        It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

        Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

        I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

        With much love,
        Megan

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Hi Abbie,

      I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

      Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

      Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

      It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

      Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

      I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

      With much love,
      Megan

  2. Shannon
    May 15, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Love the dress and those shoes 😍 and those little plates! Home Goods?

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! They are Aerin for Williams Sonoma! xoxo

  3. Katie
    May 15, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Love the dress and love Ivanka! Great choice for class feminine Mother’s Day Dress! Hope you had the most wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you, Katie! xo

  4. Kate
    May 15, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Thanks to Abbie and others for saying what I was thinking. A partnership with Ivanka Trump
    in this polictical climate and for the reasons stated above is wading into murky waters.

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Hi Kate,

      I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

      Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

      Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

      It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

      Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

      I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

      With much love,
      Megan

      • Sally
        May 16, 2018 / 7:32 pm

        Frankly, if you were unaware that supporting the Trump family right now, regardless of the daughter’s clothing brand, was going to bring up “controversial,” I have to wonder if you are living under a rock. I

  5. May 16, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Yikes! Adore you, your blog, your style. I hesitate to say anything I think might make your heart sink (as I can put myself in your shoes and I feel like the vast majority of online negativity is absolutely unnecessary), but if you’re looking for honest reader feedback… yikes on this partnership (for reasons other people listed). Beyond that, love the Mother’s Day recap — snuggles and cupcakes sound lovely!!

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

      Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

      Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

      It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

      Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

      I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

      With much love,
      Megan

      • May 16, 2018 / 3:30 pm

        Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply! There’s certainly no way to appease everyone, or vet every potential opportunity for any publicly perceived issues of integrity (or whatever else). I appreciate you taking the time to address your readers. (I read once about a blogger who did a “controversial” sponsored post with Crocs. She did the most ridiculous fashion shoot wearing this chic boating outfit worn with… white crocs. Like, the original, fugly white clunky clogs. She got the biggest backlash from her readers over it. This is obviously not the same thing, but it came to mind in a funny way. Can’t win ’em all!)

  6. julie
    May 16, 2018 / 11:42 am

    I think you have a precious family and I really enjoy your blog, but I have to agree with the other posters who are disappointed in your choice to champion Ivanka Trump clothing. Setting politics aside, her business practices (especially the horrific conditions suffered by those who make her products overseas), are atrocious. This post and the decision to champion her brand are not ok.

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Hi all,

      I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

      Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

      Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

      It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

      Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

      I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

      With much love,
      Megan

  7. holycitychic
    May 16, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Hi all,

    I appreciate your feedback and always want to have positive, open discussions with you guys! To be honest, I had no idea there would be controversy over my sharing this IT dress—I never meant to make anyone disappointed, as I value your support more than I can say. I don’t ever discuss anything political on my blog and social media, so I wasn’t looking at this brand with anything political considered. I simply was given the opportunity to work with the brand through RewardStyle, and even though I do turn down sponsorships almost daily that I don’t feel are a fit, I really loved the clothing I saw by this brand and decided to go for it.

    Since politics were totally aside in this, I am always a champion of a woman-driven business and will always empower women entrepreneurs who chase their dreams, such as the case with this clothing line. I apologize that I had no clue whatsoever about a lawsuit regarding a copied pair of shoes and wasn’t aware of any news on the factory conditions. Both are things that I absolutely do not condone. In regard to the shoe design lawsuit: I dug more into the lawsuit of the shoes last night and after I googled other designers we all seem to wear daily, I found every single one to have had some similar version of this lawsuit in the past. Again, I do not support that at all! But I wonder why consumers don’t care to express similar feelings of disgust about Steve Madden ripping off the Hermes sandals, Sole Society copying the Madewell leather luggage, all the earring designs that are copied by so many companies, etc. I do not support it, but we as consumers seem to be wearing a copied version of another person’s design almost daily. I myself am guilty of this, even though it isn’t intentional at all. In regard to the integrity of the IT brand in terms of factory conditions, etc: After bringing this up to the company, I have been told that Ivanka herself is actually not affiliated with the company at all anymore and that the brand has done a lot of restructuring and has made big changes to amend these issues. Again, I wish I knew what the factory practices are like for other brands I wear, I’m sure they would make me very unhappy. Likewise, I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the beliefs and statements of other designers I wear if I had an intimate look into their lives, but I don’t. I don’t know these things, but we know them about the IT brand because of the company and family being under a microscope, understandably. I am glad to hear many changes have been made since the issues you all have brought up were brought up in the media.

    Again, I truly didn’t mean to make any sort of political statement by partnering with the company. I saw an opportunity to choose a fun dress to wear for Mother’s Day and at a decent price point. I chose a dress that fit my style aesthetic and that was all there was to it. Honestly, that’s as deep as I looked into it!

    It’s very hard as an influencer to meet everyone’s needs and make everyone happy, and I acknowledge that not everyone will love everything I post. Just as I flip through a magazine and don’t like every single advertisement or article, I hope you’ll take this post with a grain of salt and keep moving forward. If not, I will miss your readership, but I do understand!

    Please note that this is part one of a three part contract over the next two months. Again, I am very much not an openly political person and likewise, I gladly share items on this blog every week that are from designers with totally different political viewpoints than my own. This was never meant to have any sort of political undertone… it’s just a blue dress I liked.

    I understand your sentiments and have taken them to heart. I’m extremely thankful for your support. More than you know!

    With much love,
    Megan

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      PS. I’m sorry I copied and pasted that into each individual response, but I wanted to make sure everyone saw it… that way each person would individually get a notification of my response. xo

  8. Alison
    May 16, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Ugh so, so disappointed in this partnership, as typically I love your blog and style. Surely you realized the feedback that would be received when working with such a prominent and often reviled public figure. Ivanka is a terrible role model for women today and I would never purchase anything from her “fashion” line. Honestly this dress isn’t particularly flattering at all – too much excess fabric, wrinkles and it’s not complementary to your figure. The fabric reads as cheap. Just look at the third picture, it’s a baggy mess on you, and you are usually so much better put together. Please don’t feel pressured to take sponorships like this. It’s not worth the money, and surely not worth having an ugly, frumpy dress which I’m sure you won’t wear again anyway. Please reconsider featuring Ivanka and her clothing line in the future. We have never seen you feature her apparel before and I sure would appreciate never seeing it here again.

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Alison, this is very rude. I hope my Rosie does not grow up to think it’s okay to criticize and condemn other women like you have done in this comment, telling me how bad I look. I’m sure everything you wear looks perfect on you. I am hunching over in the third picture laughing at my son who was making funny noises. Hence, the fabric bunching together. Any other imperfections you see in my body are due to my having a baby four short months ago.

      I understand you don’t like this blog post. I apologized for not making you happy. But please, don’t give it another thought.

      • Alison
        May 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

        You completely misread my comment. I find the DRESS unflattering on you. I personally think you are gorgeous, have a figure that’s enviable for a mother of two and you come off as very poised and polished in what you wear typically. I’ve actually been a long time reader and purchased many items you’ve recommended over the years and absolutely adore your home decor as well. What I expressed is a disappointment in your partnership and a dislike for this particular dress. You didn’t design this dress, choose the cut or the fabric for it so why you take such a personal offense to MY opinion on how it looks is quite unreasonable.

      • Alison
        May 17, 2018 / 3:23 pm

        The fact that you felt the need to delete my follow up comment regarding the fact I said nothing whatsoever to condemn your physical appearance is so very telling that clearly I need to quit reading your blog. Wow. I get it, I had a baby 10 months ago, so the last thing I would ever do is criticize a fellow mom’s postpartum body. I understand that struggle. You’ve lost a long time reader in me. Very disappointed in how you’ve presented yourself here.

        • holycitychic
          May 17, 2018 / 4:45 pm

          Alison, I never deleted your comment. It’s right here. Along with every single other comment you’ve shared here on this post. Please, just move on.

  9. Caroline
    May 16, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    I love your blog usually, but this sponsorship also felt a bit out of place for you. I also noticed you went back through and removed her name from the text..? So as if people might not click on the link and see you’re supporting her? I know it’s hard to turn down free sponsorships, but she’s just been in the press a LOT recently for her ill business ethics and practices. Just shocking you’d put your name with that, because I feel you’re so natural and not in lines with that! I know it’s a hard line to balance. I was just shocked to see you edited the post to remove her name, actually!

    • Caroline
      May 16, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      … and by “her” I mean the Ivanka Trump dress you’re promoting. It seems you’ve removed her name entirely from the post. that seems extremely sketchy to me and not transparent.

    • Alison
      May 16, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      Exactly this. Why also in the blog post is there no mention of this being part of a RewardStyle partnership? The post reads as though you actively went out and purchased this dress on your own accord. It’s not until the reader gets to the comment section that we learn of this. Totally disingenuous not to specifically mention Ivanka by name in the post and to force the reader to click the links to see where the dress is from. It seems as though you know the controversy behind her and conspicuously choose to leave her name out of the post. So disappointing, Megan.

    • Emily
      May 16, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      Yikes. As if it weren’t bad enough. The last thing I want is to be gaslighted into supporting something I don’t believe. As if RewardStyle and affiliate links staying in your browsers for months wasn’t tricky enough.

      • holycitychic
        May 16, 2018 / 8:29 pm

        Ladies…. sheesh! I removed all the various places I had the name because you all got mad at me for championing the brand. Then you get mad at me for removing the brand name in those places! I just can’t win here. I’m not trying to hide anything… clearly. Also, I never ever removed the footer where it discloses my partnership with the Ivanka Trump brand, per the FTC guidelines. I did have it in the wrong place at first… but rest assured, it is appropriately in my blog footer.

        It’s a dress. Please, go on and enjoy your families. I hear you… I hear you! I expressed my sentiments in a thoughtful way earlier and stand behind them. I am not forcing you to come and read my blog. I appreciate hearing your thoughts, but there’s a point where it becomes too much and I think we all can agree it’s time to move along.

  10. Susan
    May 16, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Wow, girls! I guess that everyone has opinions and some of you certainly have expressed yours…extremely rudely, I might add. I guess you were never told that, “ If you can’t say something nice about someone/something, don’t say anything at all.” It’s unnecessary and just plain rude and unkind.

    • Shannon
      May 16, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you for saying this! 🙏

    • Sally
      May 16, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      I guess you were never told to have a back bone and stand up for what you believe. I hope if you have a daughter, you’re not teaching her to be quiet and complacent when she could be speaking up.

      • Shannon
        May 16, 2018 / 7:35 pm

        Yes, Sally, I do have a beautiful daughter and years of infertility. And like yourself, Megan and myself, it seems we all have a back bone and are speaking our minds. However, there is always a more pleasant way to do so and respectful. I hope if you have a child you are teaching them to be kind and respect others view and debate in an appropriate way to express their option and view points on certain topics. Bless your heart and have a nice day!

  11. RC
    May 16, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Sheeeesh, can’t a girl like a cute dress and show it to her blog readers? Snore to all these comments.

  12. Tricia
    May 16, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I agree Susan and RC. Really tired of these sanctimonious windbags. Keep up the great work, Megan.

    • Caroline
      May 16, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      I believe the problem is clearly Megan sees an issue with it, as she went back and edited the post to remove any mention of Ivanka’s name. Clearly she has a problem with it as well, or she wouldn’t have gone back through and done such a major edit. Totally rubs me the wrong way, as well as others. It’s just disingenuous. You’re right, I shouldn’t waste my time reading a blog such as this. But the truth is, I didn’t think Megan was shady like that. Just doesn’t sit well. But I guess I’ll find another blog to follow.

      • Laura
        May 16, 2018 / 7:16 pm

        I think she probably went back and edited it because people started attacking her over it and she doesn’t want to upset readers, which is understandable. I don’t understand the backlash over this dress.

        Actually, I do. Many people hate Trump and by association, hate his daughter. Dresss it up all you want with the “unethical business practice” excuse but I’m calling it like I see it. Do people honestly think most clothes they wear are made here in America by people making $15/hr?

        It’s a blog, not a political statement. People need to relax.

        • Emily
          May 16, 2018 / 7:26 pm

          Frankly, in today’s world, blogs are political. Everything is political. And if people want to stand up for what they believe in, be in ethical business practices or politics, we have the right. Just like Megan has the write to post her outfits here from any brand she chooses. I’ve enjoyed her previously because she gives great reviews on places like Everlane (ethical business!). If she wants to take money from Ivanka Trump’s brand, then frankly she should stand with that sponsorship instead of trying to hide it.

        • holycitychic
          May 16, 2018 / 8:27 pm

          Laura, Thank you so much. I really appreciate your support! Thank you for understanding I never ever have or will make a political statement on my blog.

          • Susan
            May 17, 2018 / 3:15 pm

            I totally agree with Laura! I come here for fashion and beauty inspiration and to see a lovely lady and family who lives in Charleston, a city I love. I don’t care for Trump or his family, but I do not feel this is the correct platform – to attack Megan. What surprises and saddens me is how many people have commented negatively instead of positively! So many posts on this blog, and rarely many comments. I didn’t even notice the dress specifically until I stumbled down to the comments today… wow! Megan, I really enjoy your blog.

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you, Tricia! xoxo

  13. Shannon
    May 16, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    On a better note. Megan, I think the photos and dress are wonderful! And appreciate your opportunity to support a woman entrepreneur. I think the dress is extremely flattering on you and it is something I would certainly purchase. Can’t make them all happy though 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • holycitychic
      May 16, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Shannon, you are too sweet. Thank you for you kind comments and support!

  14. Carolyn
    May 17, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Hi Megan,
    I have been reading your blog for over 2 years. I have never commented or even taken the time to read the comments following a post. I just enjoy reading this blog because I love your style and think your family is precious! I just so happened to catch a glimpse of the first sentence, of the first comment, from your recent post. I am shocked and appalled by the comments of these readers. I wish I could have commented, but it would not allow me. I am SO sorry that you have to even answer to some of these people. I don’t understand why it is even an issue to people. It is your business who you partner up with, what you write about, what you believe in, what you do, what you wear, etc. etc. etc., and if they do not like it, THEN DON’T READ THE BLOG!!!! And, if you lose a couple followers, who cares, you don’t need them anyway! I just hate to see that someone took this sweet blog and tried to turn it into their political platform, when I can tell from years of following that it never has and never will be your intent. And, you responded with dignity, grace, and respect, something they obviously lack! You do a great job, and I will continue to read and support this blog!

    • holycitychic
      May 17, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! Your comment means a lot!

  15. Meghan
    May 17, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    These comments are appalling. Clearly no one understands that you’re not forced to read a blog. I have a daughter, and more than anything else, I hope I teach her to be kind. It is so easy to sit behind a computer screen and tell someone they look ugly because you don’t like the designer of a dress she is wearing. This is a personal blog, and the person who writes on it is entitled to write about whatever she chooses. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. But that doesn’t mean you have to take the time to write a hateful and rude comment about it. Megan – I hope you continue to write about what you personally enjoy. That is a main reason I love your blog – you are true to yourself, and it shows. In closing, does it actually make you feel better about yourself to blast someone else on the internet? I think it’s far more enjoyable to lift one another up.

    • holycitychic
      May 17, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      Meghan, THANK YOU! xoxo

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