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

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

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

Perfect Dress for an 85 Degree Day


A few weeks ago, for Easter, the fiance and I shared brunch at La Peg and spent the day walking around the city. Little did we know that the temperatures would rise rather unexpectedly to the upper 80s.

Lucky for me, I selected a swingy dress style that morning. The outer layer of the dress fell away from the body while the slip layer clung a bit closer, which allowed me to remain ventilated without risking inappropriate exposure. After walking a few miles through Society Hill, the fiance and I had to take a pit stop at Ela for some air conditioning, drinks, and ice waters.

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Let’s talk about these amazing sunglasses, shall we? Krewe du Optic is a New Orleans-based sunglasses and eyeglasses line. Each pair is handmade and feature materials such as yellow gold and rose gold. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and as such, I love to support local artists. Truth be told, however, I would be as obsessed with these sunglasses if I were from Anchorage, Minneapolis, Baltimore, or Madrid.


dress // clutch // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // sunglasses // pearl and gold cuff // rose gold cuff

Wear What You Know

 

After yoga class last Sunday morning, the fiance and I decided to have brunch at North 3rd. Along the way there, we found a beautiful ivy-lined fence. While I do not condone ivy growing on the exterior of any building, ivy growing on fencing is acceptable, as it is considerably less expensive to replace a cedar fence once the moisture destroys it.

I stuck with an outfit formula that I have used in past (last seen in this post). When the yoga class was over, I changed out of yoga leggings to shower and change into – tada! – a (clean) pair of yoga leggings. With an army green waxed jacket, skater sneakers, and a concert tee shirt older than I am, I was ready for brunch.

The concert tee shirt is by far my favorite part of the outfit; possibly my favorite item in my closet. While my parents were dating, they and a group of their friends went to one of the Hampton Roads dates. As my dad tells it, it was a general admission show and there was actual sprinting of their entire posse when the gates opened to get a plum standing spot in the venue. Rocking out to the Rolling Stones…they were much cooler than I was at that age, but do not tell them I said that.


jacket // tank // wunder under legging // sunglasses // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // bracelet with black diamonds // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

The Cars On The Road 1982

 

I woke up Sunday to a rainy morning, effectively prohibiting me from my morning bicycle ride. Rather than getting a morning of exercise in touch-and-go weather, my fiance convinced me to accompany him to brunch. (Twist my arm.) It was one of those days in that only leggings would do.

Lululemon Wunder Unders are the best, no? I am sure we are all on the same page with that sentiment – and if we aren’t and you know of something better, please let me know!

Despite the perfection that is the Wunder Under legging, my favorite part of this outfit is the concert tee shirt. Purchased by my dad for my mom when they went to The Cars on the Road 1982 tour while they were dating, it has been consequently shrunk in the wash and passed down to my sister and me. Right now, it, and several other treasures purchased at shows my parents went to in the early 1980s are in my custody and are the most valued pieces in my wardrobe. While this tee shirt is not part of my traditional aesthetic, it is older than I am, which I think makes it classic in it’s own right. It is beyond special.


jacket // wunder under leggings // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // sunglasses // ring // pearl cuff

Summer Tweed

 

Last week I discussed my stance on wearing last year’s  / past year’s clothes this season. My conditions were that the garment must fit my aesthetic and / or must feel like it is relevant this season. This dress is a perfect example of the latter.

J.Crew essentially recycled one of its black and white tweed fabrics from last summer’s dual tweed black and white dress for this year’s navy and white tweed dress. I love either version, especially when one finds herself in a summertime destination that offers a cooler climate, allowing for a heavier fabric.

I love outfits that allow the wearer to pile on copious accessories. In this case, the freshwater pearl necklace with a black ribbon tie (can be worn as a single strand or doubled up), RayBan Wayfarers, and orange-red Nars lip crayon. The dress shape reminds me of a tennis dress so rather than wear a headband and look country club costume-y, I went for a headscarf and tied it around my head, Rambo-style.


sunglasses // lip pencil // sandal // necklace // dress (similar)