The Sunday Prior

 


The fiance and I spent the Sunday before the wedding running errands. Yoga, sweetgreen salads, returning my would-be bridal party day-of outfits (heads up: Chubbies run small), getting my ring cleaned, procuring a new suitcase (with my then-soon-to-be monogram) for the honeymoon, getting a silverware organizer from the Container Store, grocery shopping for the week, and meal prep. It was a busy day to say the least.

The fiance and I came across Linwood Park while we were in Ardmore. The park provides a beautiful respite from the urban, and even suburban rush. There is even a reflexology path, where one can tread with or without shoes. We only had time for a quick break, but have plans to return next time we go grocery shopping.

A day with so many errands calls for comfort. This means a cotton tank, silk kimono, and my go-to jorts (seen here and here). Everywhere I went, I received compliments on the kimono and that made my to-do list all the more manageable!


kimono // tank top (similar) // shorts (similar) // bucket bag // sandals // sandals (tall version) //  prasiolite cuff // rose gold cuff // bow cuff // ring // sunglasses // tinted sunscreen //  eyelash curler // mascara //  eyebrow product // eyeshadow // lip liner // lip pencil // cheek stain

Date Night Done Right

The fiance and I went for dinner Saturday night to mark one week until our wedding. After realizing that I actually made Talulah’s Garden reservations for Sunday night, we went to Ela, as it was one of the only places we could get into with minutes notice. We ordered from the four course prix fixe menu, highly recommended. Plates of octopus (octopi?), gnocchi, figs, lamb, trout, and the most decadent cookie dough in which I have ever indulged. When I could not finish my dessert, the fiance was more than happy to take over and clean the bowl.

When we walked out of the building earlier in the day, we were both shocked at how hot and humid the weather was. If it is after Labor Day, but still over 85 degrees outside, I will insist on wearing white, especially if it is my wedding week. For those not into wearing white after Labor Day, this dress also comes in a pale blue-ish gray.

My favorite part of the dress is that, although it is not offered in a long or a tall option, it fits my six foot two inch stature perfectly. Those in the six foot club understand how rarely that happens. (Spoiler alert: nearly never.) Can I get an amen?

Are you sitting down? Because this dress is marked down under twenty dollars. Did I buy both colors? Yes. Did I buy the sister tank top in the three shades it was offered? Again, guilty, but not sorry!


dress // sandals (similar) // necklace (similar) // earrings // prasiolite cuff // black diamond cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // ribbon ring // eyeshadow pallette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // lip color

Gulf Coast State of Mind

 

 


Growing up on the Gulf Coast, there were certain staple items that were crucial to one’s wardrobe. Since I left the coast in 2008, I have not noticed these items in the communities along the east coast seaboard, where I have since lived: Maryland, Washington DC, Philadelphia. The fiance and I tend to return to the coast for July Fourth and Labor Day weekends, and we always pack these key items. We always look like extras from Netflix’s Bloodline (highly recommend!) and I am perfectly okay with that.

We decided only to visit the Gulf Coast for July Fourth this year. Naturally, even though we stayed in Philadelphia for the long weekend, I dressed for a weekend in the south. These are my go-to items:

  • A Columbia long sleeved shirt is ideal for going out on the boat and catching a ton of fish. It stays cool in humid temperatures, it has epalettes for rolling the sleeves, and you can flip the collar to keep the back of your neck from getting too much sun. This shirt is also made in men’s sizes. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t purchase it in two colors for me and two colors for the fiance. Admittedly this shirt is a total mom-shirt, but mom is always right everything…right?
  • I love the scallop hem shorts. The inseam is more modest at 5 inches, which is what I have been into lately. The family and I were on a winter vacation in Key West, where I made the mistake of wearing a swimsuit and coverup to Duval Street on a day less warm than I anticipated. The fiance took me to Lilly Pulitzer where he insisted on me picking out a pair of shorts and long sleeve top (#twistmyarm) and these were the pair I selected.
  • I stand by Rainbow flip flops. Yes, they are the definitive throwback from college, but I loved them (still love them) for making the inevitable dash from the house / store / work to the car during the daily summer 1 pm rain shower. The puddles and rain did not ruin them and on top of that, they never tore up my feet.
  • Mignon Faget pieces are total Gulf Coast staples. Women from Pensacola to New Orleans sport this designer’s pieces and I am no exception. I own most of the tulip collection, save for the tulip-in-the-round earrings and tulip bracelet, both of which I have had my eye on for YEARS. Wearing the tulip ring has inspired two (DC-based) friends to order it as well.
  • The Gulf Coast humidity is the culprit of many a bad hair day. For those with fine hair like mine, hot rollers are an essential. While my objective is not to have curly hair, the rollers along with a good dose of hairspray, gives my hair more body and movement.

shirt // scallop hem shorts // sunglasses // flip flop // bucket bag (similar) // black diamond cuff // pearl cuff // prasiolite cuff // tulip ring // eyelash curler // tinted moisturizer with suncscreen //  lip pencil // lip liner // eyebrow product // mascara // eyeshadow pallette // nail lacquer // hair rollers

Sequins in the Daylight


I recently came to the realization that I passed the age threshold of which three inch inseam shorts are deemed appropriate. Now that I am reflecting on this, I am not sure that three inch inseam shorts were ever appropriate given my height. On the other hand, after I graduated from high school and broke free from the dress code, I decided to wear whatever I felt like wearing.

A few summers ago I found a pair of four inch inseam shorts online on markdown and decided to pull the trigger. I did not see it coming but the inch difference of modesty made me feel considerably more comfortable. I had several other pairs with a four inch inseam – madras, printed, seersucker – but none were as much as a staple that I wore them consistently and was cognizant of the difference. Earlier this summer I purchased several pairs of four inch inseam shorts, all pairs of which have stretch in them (last seen here and here, in pink and blue).

The tank top is an economical find. I do not even remember how I found it, but I know I found the sister slipdress first. I said it before and I will say it again, sign me up for paillettes any day! Fixed tank top straps do not tend to work on taller gals, unless the torso of the tank is longer. The tank top has adjustable straps, which was crucial because the body is shorter than I tend to wear.

I always get compliments on my Lauren Merkin clutches. Unfortunately they ceased operations in 2015. Fortunately I stocked up on them before they were no longer available via retail and not the second-hand market.

Jack Rogers signature sandals are my go-to summer shoe. Work, weekend, holiday, I am wearing a pair eighty percent of the time. I broke in my first pair nearly ten years ago when I wore them to the spring Foxfield Races. I did not notice until I returned to my host’s house that evening, but I had never seen my feet beat up and blistered to that extent before. Granted this has not deterred me from purchasing at least one pair per summer every year since then. I worked on breaking in my wedding pair last week; as always it was brutal and I deferred to wearing a pair of dreamy sheepskin lined UGGs the following day. If anyone has any hacks for breaking in Jack Rogers, please sound off below. My wedding look depends on it.


tank top // shorts // sandals // sunglasses // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff //   prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff // eyebrow product // mascara // tinted moisturizer// lip color //  eyeshadow pallette // nail color

Let Your Style Speak for You


I have written about my dislike for the ‘Kardashian’ look in the past, and that preference certainly will not change my mind for my wedding day. I prefer a more classic, traditional look on me. When one is 6′-2″ tall and wearing super dramatic makeup, complete with smokey eye and heavy contour, one risks being confused for a transsexual. That just is not the type of look of which I feel comfortable wearing.

To underscore what I planned to ask my makeup artist and Drybar artist for, I kept my outfit super classic. A very wise woman once said that style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. I channeled this philosophy when choosing the outfit to wear to my bridal makeup and hair trials.

Cut to selecting the preppiest dang oxford in my closet (last seen here)! The shirt is available in tall and the pastel colors can not be beat. The shirt married perfectly with a pair of 4″ inseam chino shorts (last seen here, in pink). Recently I realized that I surpassed the age threshold for wearing 3″ inseam chino shorts, so I stocked up on the longer shorts in several colors.

The makeup artist completely understood the look I wanted. The few times I felt uncomfortable with the intensity of the makeup, she removed the makeup and adjusted it accordingly. Unfortunately, I was not as lucky with Drybar. My experience there is a lot of information to unpack, but I will leave it at this: if I am asking for a blowout and schedule a trial, I absolutely expect to have my hair washed first.


shirt // shorts // bag (similar) // shoes // sunglasses // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // pearl earrings // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff // nail color

Brights in the City


The fiance took me to New York City for the weekend. While he made the train, hotel, museum, and show tickets, I was in charge of picking out restaurants and making meal reservations. Based on where we were staying (Hilton Fashion District), where we were eating (Empellon, Ardesia, Upland, Milkbar), what we were seeing (Museum of Modern Art), and who we were visiting (a great friend doing standup, and who happened to open for Melissa Villasenor of SNL), we knew our itinerary was going to require us to either Lyft or walk extensively. Our health goals inspired us to walk so we packed and dressed accordingly.

I was thrilled when I saw that the yellow bow top came in tall. I was even more thrilled when it was marked down with an additional 50% off. Put it in the online shopping basket. Done. I am approaching the age of needing to retire my 3″ inseam chino shorts. This year I purchased several pairs of 4″ inseam shorts. There were some great colors released this spring, all with a bit of stretch in them; I definitely prefer them to the static 100% cotton pairs that I have a stack of in my closet. This trip to New York was the azalea pink maiden voyage out of the dressers and into the real world.

The hologram tote (last seen here, here, here, and here) is quite the conversation starter. It got it’s own seat at the comedy club and the hostess actually called it out and complemented me on it during one of her interludes. Any given time that I take it for a spin, it averages two-to-three compliments.

This was the only ensemble from the weekend of which I actually captured full-length photos and only because we arrived at our brunch reservation, which was for the first time slot, several minutes early. Other than happening to arrive early, this weekend was definitely one of those where we were enjoying ourselves too dang much to document an outfit.

Also, on the note of general documentation, can we cease photography at museums? iPhones are the worst thing to happen to MoMA. I observed many people simply taking a photo of the art, maybe a photo of the interpretation plackard, but not even glancing at the art if not through a smartphone camera lens. Let’s change that.


bow top // shorts // tote (similar) // sandals (similar) // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl and gold cuff // quatrefoil ring // earrings // chain pave bracelet // chain pave bracelet (budget) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) //  sunglasses (alternate colorway) // eyeshadow pallette // mascara // brow product  // tinted sunscreen // lip color // lip liner // nail color

Shirting Stripe Skirt

 


I went on a bit of a shopping binge this week. When you see things you like, go after it or risk obsessing about it until you can find it NWT on eBay, yes? I found several things on markdown, along with discount codes, thus I couldn’t resist.

The skirt was also on markdown with an extra percentage reduction. It is available in tall and has an elastic waist, both of which sold me on the skirt. I purchased three sizes and kept the smallest one. As much as I wish it was a result of weight loss, I do believe that this skirt simply runs large. I love that it is made of two types of shirting fabric, much like the cocktail shirt I purchased several months ago. I cannot wait to pair the two for an office ensemble.

The bucket bag was the bag of last summer, no? Perhaps the shape has passed it’s peak, but I do not care. The leather is so buttery soft and the color is so muted that it works as a neutral. As I wrote in a post last summer, I will unapologetically wear anything as long as it fits my aesthetic and I like it. And I not only like this bag, but I love this bag. It is here to stay.

I purchased the shoes on deep discount. I covet everything that Princess Kate wears and as I have written about before, I love her navy blue cork wedges. Yes, I have a similar pair with a lower wedge, but those are not the ones my friend Kate sports. Financially less responsible than I typically am? Perhaps. However, I will not kick myself for weeks to come when I realize that they are no longer available. Unfortunately for you, they are only available on consignment sites; fortunately for you, there are several similar options available.


v-neck tee // tank // skirt // bucket bag (splurge) // bucket bag (budget) // sunglasses //  quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // earrings //  wedges // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // eyeshadow pallette //  mascara // eye liner // eyelash curler // eyebrow product // lip color // lip liner // tinted sunscreen // make up setting spray // nail color

High End Hippie

 


The moment I saw the tie dye collection from Tory Burch, I was all in. Sign me up. I wrote about the tunic being on my wish list several months ago, as well as other items in the collection. While the tunic does not have any stretch in it, there is a hidden zipper beneath an arm, which allows one to get in and out of the tunic with ease, no matter how much you have unintentionally bulked up your shoulders. Speaking on behalf of a friend.

The sunglasses are perfection. Blue lenses and gold arms? That is slam dunk in the form of shades. I am as excited to wear them these days, as I was when they first came in the mail. I wrote about how I had passer’s remorse on them once they disappeared from the online store. Cue me implementing all FBI-level search tactics in order to find a pair. Finally, I just called the store, they had a pair in stock, and several days later they were in my sunglass storage box.

The last time I wore the shorts was two weeks ago, and then last Indian summer. I can tell you that I have worn these at least once a week, and all 4th of July weekend. I love that they have a longer inseam as far as denim cutoffs go. Especially since these days, brands tend to release denim cutoffs that rival the length of boycut short underwear, I am thankful that I can find a pair with inseam lengths that provide more coverage.


tunic // tunic (alternate colorway) // tunic (alternate colorway) // shorts (similar) // shorts (similar) // sandals // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // quatrefoil ring // pearl and gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl bracelet // pearl necklace // pearl earrings  // eyebrow product // eye color pallette // tinted sunscreen

WHAS in Philadelphia


While my graphic tee preference undoubtedly goes to genuine vintage, few brand-new vintage-inspired graphic tees will inevitably catch my interest. After Christmas and before New Years, I spied this particular one at a boutique in Center City. A few weeks ago, I was discussing shopping with my grandma and she mentioned that if she remains obsessed with an item (likely a gardening gadget, knowing that sweet lady) for a week after first spying it, she will buy it. I take after my grandma in that way because by the time 2017 rolled around, that graphic tee found a home in my dresser, just waiting for summer!

No doubt that I get outfit inspiration from past decades. I hope you all get a good laugh at what I got this outfit inspiration from:

Yes, it is Victor from Wet Hot American freakin’ Summer. I just re-watched the First Day of Camp edition two Fridays ago, in anticipation of the new series this August. (Sidebar: the original movie is no longer on Netflix. Pour one out.) Once you stop laughing, please do chime in on who wore the muscle tee and cut-off denim look the best.

I traded in the sweatbands for stacked bracelets and the Birkenstocks for metallic gold sandals and added a pair of bomb sunglasses. The line between cult movie character and myself is definitely defined by the accessories, y’all.


graphic muscle tee // graphic muscle tee (similar)  // cut-off denim short (similar) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // hologram tote (similar) // hologram tote (similar) // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // rose gold cuff // quatrefoil ring // earrings // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // eye shadow pallette // lip color // nail lacquer // tinted sunscreen // sunscreen

The Bridal Shower Ensemble

About a month ago, my bridal party threw me a lovely bridal shower brunch. My pet peeve is dry showers with the little finger sandwiches and all the enforced ooohing and ahhhing. Cue Miranda Hobbes talking about baby showers. Truth be told, I am about as cynical as she is. Last year I had two very different experiences with two very different (baby) showers: a dry tea an hour and a half out of the District and a cocktail (mocktail for the mom-to-be) lunch twenty minutes away from my DC apartment. I kept this contrast in mind when I was asked what I wanted for my shower.

This brought me to my main criteria: must have cocktails and must be a brunch. Brunch is everyone’s favorite, right? Who can turn down a brunch, even if it is for a shower?

Before I can go into my shower prep and outfit I have to give snaps to my sister and my graduate school roommate, both of whom gave the most touching toasts. (Shoutout to mini-Scouting Tall for speaking extemporaneously. All of those years in theater, advanced public speaking, and debate really worked out for you!) As soon as I dried my tears from the first toast, the waterworks turned on for the second toast.

How did I prep for the shower? By hiring hair and makeup. Kinda.

Did you know that when you hit VIB status at Sephora, you get a complimentary makeover? Fact. I promptly booked a makeover at the Georgetown location, where I met Kionna. In the age of Kardashian, I am paranoid that anytime anyone else comes at me with makeup, I will walk away with way more makeup applied than I am comfortable wearing. Yet, I am not particularly skilled at applying it on my own. I loved that Kionna listened to what I wanted (“Just to look like my every day self, but better and more rested.”) and delivered.

My next stop was Drybar. Since I will be using them on the big day, I am test driving as many blow out styles as possible. I have the finest hair ever, second only to mini-Scouting Tall, and both of our hair have tendencies to fall flat. I think I am going to be going with the Southern Comfort on the big day. The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.

I bought several potential shower dresses. My sister, mom, and I ended up coordinating in blue. As for the seersucker, I called dibs.

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dress // shoes // necklace // quatrefoil ring // pearl and gold cuff // earrings

Chicest Caftan Ever


I had my eye on this caftan for nearly a year now. When I met it, it was over $800, and admittedly too steep for my budget. I watched it go on sale, picked up other similar caftans that reached my markdown threshold, and noticed that it suddenly disappeared from the site.

This happens all too frequently to me, waiting too long to buy an item, and consequently having passer’s remorse. When I miss out on an item, I repeatedly check back on the site, hoping that there has been a return in my size. (I shop online 90 percent of the time. What can I say? The online stores have the tall sizes.) Nine times out of ten, this strategy is successful and I end up purchasing the item at a very competitive price. However this time, when the caftan turned up on the site, it was marked up since the last time I saw it. Rather than buy it on the site, I bought it NWT through an eBay vendor at half of the original store’s current markdown price.

I was thrilled when it was finally delivered. The beaded and sequined silk is beyond beautiful. I received compliments galore when I wore it this past weekend. Also, tall ladies, take note that this is the perfect length. The size small fit perfectly; I cannot imagine anyone shorter than 5’11” not needing to hem it. I look forward to wearing it over a swimsuit this summer, but for now, I will be wearing over a black slip and accessorizing with a glass of rose.


caftan // slip // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // sandals // bucket bag (similar) // sunglasses // lip color

Wine and Wind


Two weekends ago, the fiance and I headed up to the roof deck to watch the Kentucky Derby and enjoy a bottle of wine. (Our building has quite the swanky roof, with the outdoor television and furniture set-up.) While the weather was mild on the ground, the wind was in full effect ten floors up.

I initially met this dress in Anthropologie back in January. Even though we had a temperate winter, I could not fathom shopping for spring at the time of our acquaintance. However weeks later, I just could not forget about it, or the lovely dress that I wrote about last week. By the beginning of April, both dresses were marked down and thus, found a home in my closet.

Ever since Kate Middleton started sporting them, I have been on the hunt for a pair of navy blue wedges. The ones I frequently see her in have a cork wedge, and I suspect that they are this style.

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I was not ready to take the plunge on such a pricey shoe, having never tried them on. Instead I went with an espadrille wedge with a little less aggressive height. They fit true to size and an overall great choice.

I have already expressed my love for Krewe du Optic eyewear. I last wore this pair on an unseasonably warm Sunday in February. I love the blue polarized lenses against the tortoise frames and 24 karat gold arms. I’m obsessed about this particular pair in this particular colorway until they eventually disappeared from the online store. And then I obsessed about them even more, until I eventually called the brick-and-mortar location and asked if there were any left. There was indeed a pair left, and they were my Valentine’s Day gift.


dress // necklace // wedges // earrings // gold pave bracelet // pearl and gold cuff // black diamond cuff bracelet // ring // sunglasses // wine glass