Fashion

Double-Duty Weekend

Last weekend called for some innovative packing. And by innovative, I mean not packing at all.

With two formal events to attend in Connecticut, I opted to do Rent the Runway and have my dresses shipped up on Friday. This completely avoided any worrisome packing details, such as having to bring a suitcase and garment bag on the subway, to the office, in a cab, in a train, and finally in my dad’s car.

On Saturday, I attended our dear family friend Cindy’s wedding.

For the occasion, I chose a resplendent Erin Fetherston dress. From this photo, you can only see the back (which was absolutely gorgeous and sheer, with a easy-to-tie, perfectly-sized floppy bow). For a better look at the front, I’ve linked above to Rent the Runway. There’s nothing I would change about this dress.  The short front kept things casual, while the long back made me feel elegant, but not overdone. While I would usually wear my hair in long waves, I wanted to show off the pretty bow in the back, so I pulled everything off my face into a low bun. I kept the accessories minimal, and besides a couple of bangles and diamond studs, let the dress speak for itself. I finished things off with a bright pink lip.

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My favorite photo of the day is undeniably the one with my handsome date (my notoriously media-shy little brother).  A very sweet, but very tipsy lady told us that we were the most gorgeous couple. We let her romantic notions down gently.

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On Sunday, I took my mom and godmother to a Mother’s Day brunch.  I chose to let my hair down (literally) and wear a short, creamsicle-colored, Tibi dress and nude Louboutins. The day dawned blissfully warm and sunny, so the dress worked perfectly. Can I just say that bracelet-length sleeves are my most favorite? I kept the makeup neutral (think: apricot lipgloss and bronzer), but chose a dramatic necklace to pump up the simplicity of the dress.

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All in all, a most wonderful weekend. I must say, one of the best parts was being able to slide the dresses into a UPS envelope and jump on the train with the simplest of overnight bags.  Thanks, Rent the Runway, for another wonderful experience.  We’ll be doing business again soon!

xoxo

Neutral Dressing

In a passing comment, my boss said, “I am so glad you aren’t afraid to wear color. Too many New York City girls wear all black.”

City girls do get a bad rap. Don’t get me wrong – I certainly appreciate (and utilize, on occasion) the ease of dressing in head to toe black. It is an armor which provides a slimming effect and a resistance to city dust. However, there is also a lot to be said for the joy of dressing colorfully.

Several years ago, a fashion-forward coworker and I had a Khaki & White Challenge.  The rules were simple: wear khaki on the bottom and white on the top to work for one week. If you cracked and wore something with color, you owed the other person dinner. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard! It actually made morning decisions really easy (all those of you who wore uniforms to school can relate).

Hypothetically, if I had to pick only one color that I could wear for the rest of my life (horrors!), I’d choose white. This is a page torn directly from the Olivia Pope book of fashion. Wearing all white is SUCH a powerful statement.

Last week, I chose an outfit based in neutral tones: white, gray, and ivory:

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Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target. Blazer: Banana Republic.

The dress is a fitted sweater-style, with a loose, pleated hem. The blazer is fitted and structured, as jackets should be. Vogue would tell us that the new neutrals are light in color and turn multi-seasonal when choosing fabric and layering.

SHOP THIS LOOK:

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Victoria’s Secret (Sale $114)

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Vince ($495)

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Club Monaco ($139)

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kate spade ($428)

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Nightcap (Sale $207)

xoxo