Not A Moment Too Moon

 


I remember the first time I heard about Mignon Faget jewelry. I was a freshman at Millsaps College. Several of the girls who also lived in Becky Bacot Hall owned pieces. One night, I was actually lent a set of three pendants on a chain: the beaded, double half round, and I think the third was the knot? Bold and trusting move to lend that jewelry out, but my New Orleanean friend believed that I wouldn’t drop it in a toilet at the KA house.

Several Christmases, Easters, and birthdays later and I, too, have amassed quite the collection of Mignon Faget.

The last time I wrote about a Mignon Faget collection release, it encompassed the wire bow cuff. Shortly after the wire cuff collection was available, the Crescent Collection followed. It was very fittingly released on the day of the great American solar eclipse: August 21, 2017. The designs were inspired by the New Orleans water meter cover. Compare the two and anyone can see how the Crescent Collection pays homage to this NOLA icon.


NOLA water meter.jpg
Credit: Anne Power

I was thrilled when I opened the parcel with celestial stacking rings from Mignon Faget. Wear one solo, wear three stacked, wear them on different fingers. Mignon Faget is taking ten percent off any purchase of three or more Crescent Collection rings. Act now.


dress (similar, tall option available) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // dress (similar) // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // moon ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // beaded ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // star ring (℅ Mignon Faget) // sunglasses // purse (similar) // shoes (alternate colorway) // shoes (alternate colorway) // hair dryer // hot rollers // hairspray // eyebrow product // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow palette // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // cheek stain // lip pencil // lip color // setting spray

The Colour and The Cape

 


Do you remember back in the day (by that I mean, a decade or so ago) when you couldn’t get a dress sized for a tall framed female to save your life? Yes, there were “tall” pants available, but those typically had a 34″-35″ inseam. Pairs eventually were available in longer lengths, and eventually dresses and woven and knit shirts followed. I suppose a tall torso was an afterthought for many a label.

These days not only do mall brands offer tall dresses, albeit exclusively online, but there have been many a boutique line that offer clothing for the exclusively for the tall female. Meghan Evans Clothing is one of these lines. The first collection was released earlier this year and consisted of a peplum top, tweed wrap blazer, and printed shift dress. Restrained, but well done. The second collection was just released: a faux wrap dress, stripe knit dress, and a surplice neck top.

Meghan saw a void in the market for professional wear for the tall girl and is doing something about it. In a world where fast fashion is king, it is so refreshing to see a line produced in an ethical manner. Furthermore, as a gal who spent her twenties within the Beltway, I love that this line is locally produced in Washington DC.

I received the faux wrap dress earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised by the fabric. It reminded my husband of neoprene and I agree. It is the type of fabric that will hold you in (no Spanx necessary!) and keep you warm. The sleeves are extra long and the body is long enough to wear to the office. I loved that the dress moved with me; if I can wall sit in this dress, no doubt will I feel comfortable wearing it to any meeting.

Now, let’s all smash some glass ceilings in this dress.


dress (℅ Meghan Evans Clothing) // cape (similar) // cape (similar) // cape (similar) // purse // tights //  heels (simlar) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // heels (alternate colorway) // sunglasses // pearl earrings // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // gold pave bracelet // gold pave bracelet (budget) // hairdryer // hot rollers // hairspray //  eyebrow product // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow palette // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // lip liner // lip color // setting spray

All You Tweed Is Love


The husband and I made our way to Center City on Sunday. I had plans to hit A.C.Moore and stock up on arts and crafts supplies to put under the trees of less fortunate families. This year has been so full of blessings that I could not help but pay it forward.

As we walked past Philadelphia City Hall, we noticed the Dilworth Winterfest. Dilworth Park has been converted to accommodate a ice skating rink, cocktail and food tent, garden maze, and local vendors. Very festive and it adds more zest to Center City! I can practically smell the cedar and balsam just thinking about it.

Despite getting into the holiday spirit, the temperature was fairly temperate. Just looking out the window, I knew that I wouldn’t need a winter coat. I have been wanting to break out the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally tweed blazer since I received it earlier this autumn. Pair it with the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally houndstooth cardigan over a studded dress (last seen here) and patent heels, perfection. I would wear this outfit every winter day in perpetuity; this is how much I adore the combination.


tweed blazer (℅ Long Tall Sally) // houndstooth cardigan (℅ Long Tall Sally) // studded dress // tights // sunglasses // heels (old, similar) // purse (similar, similar) // necklace // ring // hairdryer // hot rollers // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // tinted moisturizer // setting spray

Houndstooth Remix

 


When I shop, I seek pieces that I can foresee transcending not only seasons, but years. When markdowns are posted at the end of winter (and summer), you can believe that I snag the items that I believe are classic or are not so strongly tied to a certain moment in time. This goes back to my declaration that I will wear whatever I damn please, even if it isn’t “this season”. Nothing is the post is younger than a year old.

The last post featuring this blouse was at the end of last summer. I wouldn’t recommend it for a taller frame, as the sleeves run short. Unfortunately I bought it on a final sale, so I decided to make the best of it. I have worn it (with the sleeves pushed up) enough times to justify the price per wear so I am content. I have said it once and I will say it again: I am all about the data.

I have posted on this skirt not only once, but twice. In the past year, I have worn it at least ten times as much. I love houndstooth; it is just such a classic print / tweed. Most of all, I love that the skirt was released in tall!

The structured bag is everything. I wish I had purchased it in black as well, as it is the ultimate boss-woman vessel of carrying one’s possessions and most of my professional-wear skews in black and grays. I break out this burgundy version whenever it matches with my outfit.

Lastly, can we talk about the shoes? I wore them twice last year, but since they are suede, never when it rained. They are so good and so classic that they were not only remade with an update for this year but also in an outlet version.


blouse // skirt // skirt (similar) // skirt (similar) // heels // tank top // purse (old) // heels (similar) // heels (similar) // sunglasses // tulip ring // rose gold cuff // bow cuff // pearl bracelet // earrings // necklace // tinted moisturizer // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow pallette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // lip color // cheek stain // setting spray // hair dryer // hot rollers // hairspray

As a Lady Dresses


Can you tell that I am stoked on the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration? If writing about the part one and part two releases was not an indication, consider this the formal notice. Along with my wedding, the collaboration has been a highlight of 2017.

This tweed set was the first thing that I put in my online shopping cart. I love the lady-who-lunches vibe is exudes, while being completely appropriate for the office. This was the outfit that prompted my husband to comment that I looked ready to take on the world. The tweed fabric is sturdy, yet soft, I love the fringe and the pearl trim on the pockets.

I used to look for old Milly (with the old script label) to get a Chanel-like look. I would constantly run into the issue that the styles were not necessarily cut for a taller woman, and eventually Michelle Smith abandoned the ladylike aesthetic for something more modern and streamlined. While I know designers must evolve and I could find older styles on eBay, this transition was incredible disappointing to me.

Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris has settled my woes. This collaboration, and specifically this outfit, references Chanel while cuts fitting for a six-foot-and-over frame. As we were walking around town this afternoon, I commented to my husband that I wanted this set in powder blue, deep purple, and a gold-laced ivory. Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris: ball is in your court.


dress // jacket // shoes (last seen here and here) // shoes (similar) // sunglasses // bag (similar) // bag (similar) // scarf (vintage) // pearl necklace // pearl earrings // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // black diamond cuff // quatrefoil ring // tinted moisturizer // eyeshadow primer // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil // setting spray // hair dryer // hair spray // hair rollers

Have a Caftan


Caftans are the most comfortable article of clothing and they are quickly becoming my favorite, even surpassing leggings. I last wrote about my obsession with an embellished dazzler several weeks ago, and again I found myself spending another lazy Sunday in one.

I love that they are so versatile. There is a caftan for every occasion, whether you are in sipping a Manhattan in a dark fancy-pants bar or sipping margaritas by the pool. I have worn them for both occasions, whether I find myself in Center City Philadelphia or Hilton Head.

This lightweight orange number over a bikini was perfect for a 95 degree day. The fuschia Jack Rogers and the clear printed tote brought out the pink sequin detail on the caftan. My favorite accessory was the jalepeno margarita in the floral tumbler.

 towel // tumbler // sandals


I have my eye on a few more caftans that I plan to add to my collection:

clockwise from top left:

bright printed caftan // blue and white printed caftan // blue and white engineered striped caftan // pink and red open back caftan // blue printed short caftan

Longest Leggings Ever

Since I got back on the workout train last December, I have been working on increasing my collection of leggings. Having amassed quite the selection of black reversible Lululemon leggings with the basic black and patterned waistband options, I decidedly skipped Lululemon entirely and shopped other brands. I passed on another pair of from the Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaboration, as they did not hold up the way I wished.

Enter Alo. I was skeptical that the 34″ inseam that the item description cited was a typo. I was pleasantly surprised that the 34″ inseam was spot on, with the potential for the leggings to stretch further. The rise on these leggings is higher than the rise on the standard Lululemon Wunder Under. This style fits true to size.

I purchased two pairs in this style. I have worn each once a week since the end of December to either barre, yoga, and namaste + tone. The waistbands in each pair stay in place while going through a vinyasa flow. There is no inching downwards. Perhaps most crucial is that neither pair are see-through in down dog. Especially, when there is a mirror at the back of the class, opaque fabric on the backside is key.

With multiple solid and print combinations, these leggings are a no-brainer for the tall girl whether she is sporting these to the studio or to brunch.


tank // legging // yoga mat // yoga towel // water bottle

A Fab Collab: Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade

My Sunday mornings are for yoga. Sometimes brunch afterwards, but always yoga.

Last Sunday, I deviated from my standard wunder under-based ensemble to try out a pair of yoga pants that I purchased over a year ago, yet still had the tags attached. The first Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaborative collection was released in the fall of 2015. Since then, there have been at least three more releases.

I initially bought these leggings in a medium and had to exchange for a large. I usually do not love cropped leggings (#tallgirlproblems) but these were long enough that they did not turn into Bermuda-length bike shorts. The rise on these leggings is particularly low. Compounded with the facts that the waist ran large and the fabric didn’t have enough stretch to bounce back, I found myself repeatedly pulling up the leggings throughout the class. Flowing through chatarunga to up dog, my pants definitely creeped when they caught on my yoga towel. I regretted going up a size while trying to mellow out in down dog; however I think sticking with the medium would have made the leggings too tight throughout the legs. If you have slim legs, these are the leggings for you – just err on the small side.

They are cute leggings, but unless every other pair of leggings are in the hamper, I will not be wearing these to yoga or any other fitness class again. Breaking from down dog to pull up your pants…ain’t nobody got time for that!


gray tank // capri legging (similar) // yoga mat // yoga towel

Winter White Waiting for Snow

 

In the winter of 2009, I was impressed by a sartorial combination of a winter white dress and black opaque tights. I was immediately jealous of the genius wearing it – I wish I had thought of that combination first. Since then, I purchased many a winter white dress, and I love wearing all of them with black tights.

Last weekend, with the intent to shop the post-holiday sales, I made my way into Center City. I was wearing my most recently purchased winter white dress, black opaque tights, black riding boots, grey peacoat, grey scarf, and blush sequin cardigan. Along the way into Center City, I found myself in the garden next to the Bishop White House. Shortly after the fiance and I left the garden, it started to snow – barely – and it made me all the more happier that I had a multilayered outfit.

While my dress is from last winter, I put together a list of favorite winter white dresses that come in tall lengths.


fringe sweater dress // cowl neck sweater dress // sleeveless sweater dress // ruffled shift dress // wool a-line dress


peacoat // riding boot // tights // earrings // rose gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl cuff // quatrefoil ring


Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

My fiance and I hosted my parents for Christmas. Since we had a huge homemade meal planned for Christmas Day, we took Christmas Eve off from the kitchen and dined at Butcher and Singer.

Our meal was fantastic. I tried swordfish for the first time, in addition to ordering some favorites: oysters rockefeller, creamed spinach, asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts. I ate a few bites of my fiance’s chocolate cake and mom’s baked Alaska, and stole a forkfull of my father’s cheesecake.

Going into the dinner, I knew that I was going to be eating a lot of food; it is crucial to be able to recognize this when picking out one’s outfit for the night. Rather than wearing something with a static waistband, I opted for a dress with a touch of stretch, cropped tweed jacket, black leather gloves, black Kate Spade bag and black patent Cole Haan heels (both previously featured here).

Tights are a little trickier, especially for a taller woman. Two weeks ago, I ordered three pairs of Urban Outfitters opaque tights. I have had excellent luck with this style in the past. The pairs in my dresser are soft and do not have to stretch so much that they lose their opacity. I loved them so much that I had several pairs in black and charcoal gray, and even a lovely light gray pair. Unfortunately, I think the style has been updated through the years. After slipping into a new pair, my fiance pointed out several patches that were of varied in terms of opacity. The tights had to go back.

I purchased three pairs from J.Crew – the opaque and super opaque. Just after I hit the order button, I realized that I could be going about this all wrong and perhaps it was time to try a clothing line that exclusively releases designs for tall females. With that, I visited the Long Tall Sally online store and added two pairs to my virtual shopping bag, with plans to test them out on Christmas Eve and to return the J.Crew pairs.

The Long Tall Sally tights weren’t as opaque as I wished they would be. They were a lower rise than I am used to, probably because I tend to buy tights in medium/large or large and I bought these in a medium. There were a few moments that night that I had to excuse myself to the restroom and pull up the pair. The jury is still out on whether I am going to keep the second pair I ordered, but I am going to give them another shot on New Years Eve.


tall dress // basic opaque tight // superopaque tight // opaque tights // long tights // black leather cashmere-lined gloves // pearl necklace // quatrefoil ring // cable bracelet with pearl and gold // lip pencil // rose gold eyeshadow pallette

Sunday Brunch

The fiance and I both had obligated our last Saturday to our respective work. In my field at least, there are contracts must be finalized prior to the end of the calendar year. How unfortunate it is that the end of the calendar year coincides with the holiday seaon.

Since Saturday would be dedicated to work, we made a concious decision that Sunday would be dedicated to fun. We brunched at a.kitchen in Rittenhouse Square, before working our way back to the east side of the city while shopping for Christmas gifts and ourselves.

Throughout the day, I repeatedly received compliments on my outfit, specifically the skirt. Let it be known that I love sequins. I love paillettes even more. I never met an article of clothing adorned with paillettes that I didn’t love. This skirt also has an elastic waist. (#chaching) I have emotional connection with the skirt because I was wearing it when I received the marriage proposal from my now-fiance. Fuzzy feelings all around with this skirt. While this skirt is no longer available, I put together a selection of similar cut skirts complete with paillettes and sequins, at a variety of price points.


white sequin pencil skirt // floral sequin pencil skirt // sequined pencil skirt // black sequined pencil skirt // paillette stripes midi skirt // paillette-embellished crepe skirt


peacoat (similar) // heels // bow bag (similar) // bow bag (similar) // bow bag (similar) // fringed cashmere scarf (similar) // plaid & sequined star cashmere scarf (similar) // pearl cuff // earrings // ring // eyeshadow palette // lip color

Thankful

The fiance and I live at least two flights away from either set of our parents’ homes. Since it was just us for Thanksgiving, we decided that dining out would be the way to go. After much research, we chose XIX for an afternoon Thanksgiving brunch. With an all-you-can-eat raw bar in addition to the traditional holiday staples, XIX was a no-brainer.

Being the ever-wandering daughter, I have been to enough restaurant Thanksgiving brunches to know that an oversized shirt and leggings is just not appropriate (and let’s be honest, even if I made it home, my mom would not be a fan of either of her daughters congregating at her holiday table in athleisure); however it is a total rookie move to wear anything with a static waistband. An empire-waist dress is definitely the way to go! This dress from last year’s J.Crew winter selection, was perfect for the outing. With a cocoon coat and Cole Haan with Nike Air Technology heels, I was ready for walking to and from the restaurant; thus walking off the inevitable food baby.

I love most of J.Crew’s tall line of dresses and this dress is no exception. While this style is no longer available, I have found a selection of dresses, with either empire waists or belt-able over a less fitted silhouette. The best part is that every style I picked comes in tall, and ranges in price points. For the tall J.Crew, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Gap lines, as well as other less tangible things and people in my life, I am thankful.


embroidered swing dress // pintuck swing dress // long sleeve wrap dress // boucle wrap dress // silky split-neck dress // lace-trim shirtdress


coat // purse (similar) // eye shadow pallette // lip color // earrings // necklace // ring // pearl cuff