I have been so excited to get away and spend a few days basking in the sun and sand. Unfortunately, we learned that we shouldn’t call a beach vacation any sort of “moon” since that seems to invite the rain. We headed down to Jekyll Island for a mini honeymoon for a few days immediately following our wedding since we had decided to take a longer trip to Paris and the French Riviera later that year. It rained the whole time! The same thing happened this past weekend when we jetted down to Naples, Florida for a babymoon, a final vacation without a baby in tow.
As soon as we landed, we scurried down to the beach to try to catch a few minutes on the sand in between rain showers, but quickly had to seek shelter at the beach cabana. We spent the afternoon darting outside between rain showers, and eventually admitted defeat before seeking out a dinner spot in the historic downtown area.
The weather our second day wasn’t much better, but we had plans to visit dear friends at their nearby home that afternoon and evening. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and sharing a delicious meal. We even snuck in a sunset stroll as the weather cleared just in time for sunset.
Our final full day, we had to admit defeat when faced with a forecast that showed nothing but thundershowers all day long. I spent hours finding a resort that boasted comfy cushioned beach and pool loungers, but also made sure they had a spa with prenatal friendly treatments, so that’s where we sought refuge from the storm. We treated ourselves to massages, I splurged on a facial as well, and enjoyed access to the spa facilities for most of the afternoon. I had also made dinner reservations at BALEEN, one of the few restaurants where you can actually enjoy a sunset dinner on the beach. Again, the rain foiled our plans, but we still enjoyed a lovely meal from the covered patio instead.
I am always on the lookout for fashion related events in and around the DC area so I could not be more thrilled when I heard about The Front Row fashion show at Bethesda Row. Although a fashion show featuring perfectly wearable pieces by Lilly Pulitzer, Milly, and even Lululemon is enticement enough, I was even more excited by the opportunity to meet Aliza Licht, better known to some as DKNY PR Girl. Not only does she have a successful PR career in fashion, she is also known as a social media maven, and most recently an author. On top of all this, she will even tweet you back! I knew I had to seize the opportunity to meet Aliza when I was no more than halfway through her new book, Leave Your Mark. I admit, I was listening to the book on tape, but I think that made it even better as I was listening Aliza’s own voice dispensing invaluable advice on finding your dream job, advancing your career, and rocking social media – all infused with wit, humor, and a peek behind the curtain into the fashion industry. The evening began with a book signing and reception at Redwood Restaurant and Bar in Bethesda where fans had the opportunity to meet Aliza, and snack on these adorable cupcake minis by Georgetown Cupcake.A few minutes before the show was set to begin, guests were asked to make their way to their seats under the tent. I have to admit I always love a swag bag. Inside were coupons to almost all of the retailers being featured in the show, gift certificates to local restaurants, perfume samples, a nail file, and custom-named nail and lip colors as a nod to Aliza’s signature red lip and nails. True to form, she wore a bright red dress, which I can only venture to guess was Donna Karan, and had her thick red mane slicked back in a chic low pony, with a bright red lip to finish the look. Almost showtime! Signed book in hand, I settled in the for the show.Georgetown Cupcake sisters, Katherine and Sophie, kicked off the show in bold, bright dresses. I love the floaty geometric dress on Katherine! One of the first looks down the runway was this two piece ensemble by Milly, available at Sassanova. A dress by another boutique shop favorite brand, Trina Turk, made a trip down the runway. My favorite look of the evening was this classy crop-top ensemble by Yumi Kim. I could just imagine myself stepping off a private jet somewhere on the Riviera in this jetsetter chic look, can’t you? Also available at Sassanova. Always a perennial preppy resort-wear staple, Lilly Pulitzer lit up the runway with coastal inspired prints and splashes of color. Available at The Pink Palm. The models take one final trip down the runway in their Fall 2015 Preview looks.
I’m a self-diagnosed delusional shopper. My problem is that I get so excited about shopping for the life I wish I had, not the life I actually have that post-purchase depression creeps in. Nothing gets me more excited than the idea of shopping for a new cocktail dress. Even with the best of intentions to stick to practical perusing, I can’t help but be drawn to anything on the rack flaunting sequins, feather, or fur. My mind immediately starts daydreaming about holiday parties, charity galas, and swanky dinner parties where such fabulous finds might get to live the life they deserve. After a few moments, the unfortunate reality sets in that what I really need is a new cozy sweater and boots for running errands and to the wood-fired grill around the corner for a quick dinner. No matter how chic the sweater, it simply doesn’t conjure up the same excitement as a sparkly dress and silky soft fur stole. So what, exactly, is causing this current bout of internal warfare of fabulous verses function? Nothing more than a simple flyer from Piperlime featuring a flowing soft pink silk skirt from Milly with its layers upon layers of elegant ruffles topped of my a sparkly pink Kate Spade sweater and metallic strappy sandals. Maybe I can find some common ground and settle for just the sweater paired with skinny jeans and metallic pumps, but it still won’t be the same. What glamorous, but impractical outfits are you craving this winter?
Kate Spade Shimmer Turtleneck/ Tara Skirt by Milly / Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal / Wells Grace Feather Skirt