What I Wore: Date Night

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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!


  1. February 8, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    You look fantastic in that dress, Allie! And happy (very) belated birthday!!

  2. z
    February 1, 2015 / 6:37 am

    Happy Birthday Allie – long time lurker, but so happy to see you so happy. BTW, I think a lot of us would love to see posts about how to get the most number of wears/different combinations out of a normal or limited wardrobe. Sounds like you had a great birthday! You’re a lucky lady with a loving husband and lovely daughter! And you appreciate it!

  3. Karen
    January 30, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    A very happy 40th to you! You look fantastic and sounds like it was the perfect date night.

  4. Maude
    January 30, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Happy 40th Allie! You guys look so cute in your picture and you look beautiful as always 🙂

  5. SusanM
    January 29, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great evening. You two look cute and I like your outfit. I can see how versatile that dress would be.

  6. Anamarie
    January 29, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    This 43 year old wishes you an amazing 40! 40 marked the first time in my life when I truly felt like an adult. 🙂 Love this look on you, and your husband is adorable!

  7. crtfly
    January 29, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love seeing you look so happy.


  8. TinaLou
    January 29, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Allie! The 40’s are fantastic!

  9. Guest
    January 29, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Happy birthday! it’s my favorite decade so far. 🙂

  10. Lindsay
    January 29, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Love the outfit, and love the way you celebrated! “Room service” at home sounds like a perfect way to ring in 40. Happy birthday!

  11. rebs
    January 29, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Cutest picture!! Happy birthday, Allie, hope this is your best year yet.

  12. DC Celine
    January 29, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    What a perfect birthday night! LOVE the takeout!

  13. Pam S.
    January 29, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Happy 40th Birthday! You are rocking it!

  14. Lisa
    January 29, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Happy Birthday! You look radiant and lovely. Karl looks good too!

  15. RM
    January 29, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Sounds like a great time; happy belated birthday!

  16. Elena
    January 29, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Awesomeness!!! Happy fortieth, Allie.

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