I have had this outfit by Beth of B. Jones stuck in my head for forever now. No really, I just sit there and think about that outfit sometimes. No joke. And yet somehow it just dawned on me the other day, that I have all the components to put a veeeeery similar outfit together myself. How did I not realize this before?! It made me so excited!
And also - this outfit made me feel like summer.
Ever since I started making weekly garments for Design Diary, it has also motivated me to tackle projects in my own to-do pile. The pattern and fabric for this dress has been sitting around for quite some time now, and I finally got around to putting it together. It might be a little late in the season to be making a plaid, flannel dress. But at least the bright colors make up for it and make it spring appropriate.
And now I’m even more excited to finish more garments in my project pile!
dress: handmade (based off a vintage pattern)
I wore this out last week for date night with Boo. We went all rebellious and had dessert for dinner. I’m talking chocolate mousse, peanut butter pie, ice cream sundaes, and white hot chocolate. Yes, we had all of that. For dinner.
But the craziness stopped there. We were home by 7, with our butts on the couch, picking our favorites in a fantasy hockey draft. I know - exciting. You don’t have to tell me :)
sweater: Naomi and Lavender
faux fur snood: handmade
I’m a big fan of red. And white. So it’s funny, that when picking out a party outfit around the holidays, I gravitated to the most non Christmas-y colors I could possibly pick.
II guess I’ve just been wearing so many neutrals and deeper colors lately, That I was craving a some bright colors. Plus, this dress is the softest, and fuzziest lace-type fabric I’ve ever felt. It feels cozy, which makes up for the summer-like colors.
collar necklace: shopHollyDolly
When I received this dress in the mail from eShakti, I was immediately excited to put it on. And it didn’t disappoint! My only regret is that it is not warm enough to wear without a cardigan or jacket, and therefore the gorgeous embroidery detail gets covered up. C’est la vie.
Anyway, have you heard of eShakti? They sell adorable dresses, skirts and tops that can be customized to your exact measurements, so you get the perfect fit. You can even customize the length, neckline and sleeve design. And all for very reasonable prices! This is my second eShakti dress (my first one was won in a giveaway), and I can honestly say that the custom fitting is definitely worth it. A good fit can make all the difference!
dress: c/o eShakti
cardigan: thirfted Simply Vera by Vera Wang
tights: Urban Outfitters
Well, not really.
Unless you consider a basic knit tank fancy, which apparently - I do.
But the point is, I rather like feeling like the fanciest person at the post office and farmers market. And Starbucks, too. My errands always includes a Starbucks stop. Obvs.