Monday, July 29, 2019

Drawstring Tencel Shorts & Aquarium Outfits

Hello my friends! Today I'm introducing another clearance find: TENCEL drawstring shorts from the GAP! I had no intention of adding more draw string shorts to my closet but the softness of the material called to me. I've not had the best of luck with drawstring shorts, yet this pair came home with me. They are so comfortable, but I question how flattering they are on my build. What do you think?

Nagging doubts aside, these shorts are on repeat, firstly to the Mote Marine Labs Aquarium and then all over the town! Speaking of the aquarium, I lost count of our visits since we moved here but I thought it would be fun to share a few outfits from a few of them. In addition to outfits, I'll close with a few reasons why I think everyone can benefit from being a member - somewhere! ;)

The TENCEL Shorts
What is tencel anyway? I had to look it up. The quick answer is Tencel is a trademarked, sustainably sourced material that can be combined with other materials for added breathability, longer lasting softness, gentleness to the skin, etc. Admittedly, that is about as much as my curiosity needed for satisfaction! I can confirm the softness. Time will confirm their durability, especially considering my frequency of wearing them!
The Camo Dress
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I like Sea Turtles!

These shorts are also on repeat around here! And of course they are on sale right now!
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This was taken at a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium!
The Boyfriend Jeans 

Trying to keep the boys entertained over the summer!

Distressed Denim & Graphic Tee
Homeschool educational activity means we play the same but the boys are instructed to pick their favorite of the day and write about it!

Alright my friends, there's my fashion and aquarium visits recap. Now for why everyone would benefit from a local membership to a museum, zoo, aquarium, etc!

Benefits of Purchasing a Membership
  • You support a local organization, rehabilitation, research, the arts, etc.
  • Educational for all ages
  • You get out and move around - the walking is good for us
  • Depending on your family size you get your money's worth in the first visit!
  • Something to do when you've run out of somethings to do. When we need to get out, this is almost always an option with no extra spending.
  • Discounts to other participating establishments. We were able to visit Selby Gardens for free in the month of September b/c of our aquarium passes.
  • Tickets for out of town guests. I've taken family, friends and even dropped off my eldest with a few of his friends. We've received our investment back and more!
  • Date outing. Some places have cafes so you could make it a meal and more. ;) 
How about you? Are you a member somewhere and do you have reasons to add to my accumulating list? 


  1. Those drawstring shorts are so cute on you! Loving all of your aquarium outfits, especially the camo dress! We were members of the aquarium and art institute when we lived in the city. It was worth it for the free tickets for the special exhibits!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  2. I have a feeling my collection of shorts is totally going to grow with our move to AZ!! I love the wider legged ones lately!! But I will need some denim ones too.

  3. Thanks for the Tencel lesson. No matter what they're made of, they look cute as can be on you!

  4. HI Chrissy
    I have a Tencel dress and I know how soft the material is. So nice! Those shorts are a winner on you! I love your casual looks and that camo dress looks so cute and comfy! I am a big fan of aquariums, there is one in Georgia that is fun to go to, part of a Ripley's Believe it or Not. Looks like you guys had fun!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  5. I think those shorts are really cute on you! I find I just need to play with the drawstring a bit on where they hit me to make them more flattering. I love aquariums! They are so fun!

  6. I love these outfits! Also, the backdrops really make me want to go to an aquarium again haha.

    Have a great weekend :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  7. I love the look of those shorts, I've never really understood exactly what Tencel is either haha!

    Lily loves |

  8. Thanks for sharing about Tencel - its a lovely fabric and always looks super. Love the short and glad you added them to the #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

  9. Looks like you are having some fun! Those shorts are really cute and I love how comfy they look!

  10. I really like those shorts on you! I have a pair of drawstring tencel shorts in olive and they are a staple - they get worn year after year! You definitely won't have any wear issues with these! :)

    The aquarium looks so fun too! My boys love our local Sea World theme park and getting to see all the animals, but we haven't bought them season passes yet. I'd like to one Christmas!

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :)

    Away From Blue

  11. So many great photos AND great outfits, Chrissy! I remember when I was first introduced to Tencel (23 years first job out of college was manager at Talbots and Tencel was like the new thing in fabrics!) It is super soft and breathable and I love the way it hangs so beautifully. I think these shorts are quite flattering on you, by the way. And I am loving you in boyfriend jeans! So cute. And your camo dress and your graphic tank top. All so perfect. I want to see inside your closet!

    What a fun day at the aquarium, too. We do not have one any where near us but I think my boys would love it. Must add to our list of things to get to!


  12. Your outfits are all so cute and those shorts would be perfect for lake life. Also the camo dress is adorable. I love supporting something local and in the past we've had both children's museum and zoo family memberships. We are now gone so much of the summer so our zoo one isn't worth it but now that the children's museum is recipe Ed we are totally going to support.


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