Mystic Aquarium

Last Tuesday there was a jewelry launch event for Simply Majestic being held at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut. Meg was invited to the event and asked me to join her, so we decided to go early and spend a few hours at the aquarium.

Today I'm just sharing the daytime photos, tomorrow I'll talk more about the event and you can see how I transitioned my dress from day to evening.

At the entrance to the aquarium we were greeted by Lidia the seal, part of a traveling sculpture exhibit called "Washed Ashore". All the the sculptures are made from garbage found along the Pacific coast, plastic that is hurting and killing all manner of sea life, and they evoke a mixture of emotions; beauty, sadness, and hope. Combined, over 12 tons of debris went into creating the sculptures in the collection, a number that really brings to light just how serious the problem is. You can learn more about Washed Ashore and their mission at their website.

Neither Meg nor I had been to the aquarium in years, but it was still fun to watch the beluga whales perform little tricks, see the penguins get their lunch, and feel genuinely creeped out by all the sharks, sting rays, and moray eels, separated only by a few inches and some glass. Plus, the whole aquarium, grounds and in the tanks, was decked out for halloween. My personal favorite was the skeleton wearing a wet suit in the shark tank. The one part of the aquarium that was not so fun - the 4D movie, which the woman at the entrance insisted we go see. Just as I put on my 3D glasses and was wondering what the '4' meant, water was sprayed in my face!

Be sure and check out Meg's post (she has a bunch more animal photos) and come back tomorrow for the post about the event!

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The Rundown
Leopard Dress c/o Wallis
Utility Jacket Old Navy similarsimilar
Shoes "Patchwork Ox" Converse similar
Huntley Tote c/o Joie
Wool Baseball Cap San Diego Hat Co. via Zappos
Necklace "Greer V" Gorjana via Rocksbox
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Watch c/o Caravelle by Bulova via Lucky Fabb
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Nail Color "Sole Mate" Essie


  1. Haha, yea, I did not enjoy getting wet or poked in the back! But the rest of the show was fun.. :D
    I took TOO MANY animal pictures, I wanted to post like 50 of them, haha...and I'm ordering prints too and narrowing down was so hard!

  2. What a fun time! Love the penguins- so cute.

    And how awesome are you here- mixing girly + sporty? I love it!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. Awww I love aquariums! I also love your dress and the bar necklace. Very cute how you dressed it up with the chucks and the hat.

  4. I love how you mixed up feminine with casual looking fabulous.

    xoxo Ra

  5. Way too cute!! Love that dress and how you dressed it down with the sneakers and hat! And that jewelry is so pretty!!

    <3 Shannon

  6. That is so cool to know your aquarium has beluga whales. (i love those!)

    I agree that the seal statue evokes mixed feelings too. I feel more and more aware of my carbon footprint and wonder if I am doing everything I can to reduce my own amount of waste.

    Love your look (and that Rocksbox necklace) on you. Can't wait to see how you transitioned this dresss to night.

    Brandy -

  7. I love the Mystic Aquarium - I loved seeing all these photos!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. That sounds really fun but also really inspiring. 12 tons??? Crazy! I love you outfit and your penguin photos.

  9. I love the dress, hat, jacket combo. It's a wonderful mix of feminine & sporty. :] // ☼ ☯

  10. This looks like a fun event, getting to play with all the animals! Your outfit is perfect! I love the dressed down dress with the baseball hat!

  11. I've always loved dresses with sneakers. Very cute look! And the penguins are so adorable :)

    Midwest Darling

  12. Gorgeous outfit, I love layering dresses with green army jackets like the one you are wearing. And the penguins are so cute, what a fun time.

  13. This dress is gorgeous on you! I love it with your military jacket.


  14. Those penguins!! So cute.
    And so are you! Love that you took a dress I'd normally dress up, and you totally made it cozy cool. Adore.


  15. What a fun place for an event! I can't wait to read your post about it! I really like your casual look of dressing down your dress. The tote is fab!

  16. I'm so glad you took a picture of the penguins. We have a big aquarium here, but there are no penguins - such a disappointment, it almost seems not worth a bother to visit if you can't watch penguin feeding time. Or maybe that's just me ;) Either way, I love this casual look on you - that dress is so perfect that I really want to steal it from you and it looks amazing with Chuck Taylors!

  17. Oh, this is so, so cute! Your Converse look adorable with your dress and hat. I picked up a similar military jacket a few weeks ago and have yet to wear it. You are giving me ideas... :)

  18. Oh, the aquarium. I love going and my kids do too. The converse look so cute with the dress. Sporty chic

  19. love this casual chic look!! the jacket is such a nice functional and fashionable piece!!

    Animated Confessions

  20. Perfect outfit for the aquarium. Bummer that you got all wet.


  21. I love pairing dresses and sneakers, you look adorable.


  22. Such a fun event and you look so cute in the dress and sneakers!!

  23. What an interesting way to bring awareness to the pollution issues in our oceans! I bet it's interesting to go to an aquarium as an adult and understand the greater issues surrounding conservation and things like that!

    Also, I obviously love this outfit as it includes several of my favorite fall staples. Can't wait to see how you switched it up!

  24. You look so cute - and i see this look transitioned into the other one I just commented on -