Dress: Belle Stretch Ponte Twist Dress c/o Dobbin Clothing | Jacket: c/o Talbots (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Boots: Ros Hommerson ‘Maryland’ | Lipstick: Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Romantic
This outfit makes me realize my closet is really heading in the right direction for my lifestyle, my personal style, and my desire to have more style with fewer pieces. Dobbin Clothing sent me this dress in 2012 (see it on me in January 2013) and it remains the most versatile dress in my closet. Worn to a wedding, a funeral, many times to work, and several date nights I love how I can dress it up or down with a switch of accessories. The boots I purchased almost a decade ago; while some winters I don’t wear them as much and some years I adore them. This is one of those love years; I’ve been wearing them weekly with skirts and dresses but also over skinny jeans (as seen here). This bag was super trendy when I purchased it in 2013 (first seen here) and while many bloggers have moved on from the Mini M.A.C. to other bags, I continue to love it because it encompasses everything I love (leather, leopard, calfhair, tough silver hardware) with a perfect size and great craftmanship. I’ve removed the strap to carry it like a clutch, and the length makes it a good shoulder or crossbody bag. The coat only joined the wardrobe this past fall, but I wear so often. Back in my sorority days it was considered a faux pas to “double letter” and wear your Greek letters on more than one garment at a time; I guess I “double leoparded” with this look but I don’t care. I love me some leopard, it’s who I am.
Saturday night Karl took me to Republic for my birthday. Karl is the master of getting somewhere at the right time; we only had one quarter in the car and that’s all we needed for the meter until meters weren’t needed any longer. We decided to sit at the bar and arrived just as another couple got up to leave. We had an amazing bartender who totally geeked out on mixology and we learned so much from here about cocktails and oysters. Soon after settling in the place got packed so we’re glad we got there when we did. We felt like we were on vacation; we usually find a place that has oysters when we travel so we continued the vaca-feel by getting two burgers to go, heading home, putting on bathrobes and watching a movie and enjoying our favorite “room service” dinner. Couldn’t think of a better way to ring in my 40th!