Pond House

A couple weekends ago I attended a baby shower in honor of one of my oldest friends. It was held at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, CT inside Elizabeth park. The venue hosts events, but also has a cafe open to the public, and if you are in the area it is not to be missed. The grounds surrounding the pond are perfectly manicured and in full bloom. There is outdoor seating, and in the summers, even a special area where you can bring your dog. If I weren't on the shoreline, I'd probably be a frequent visitor!

For the occasion I wore a silk dress by Etro that I picked up during the summer sale at Roundabout last year - I think I missed the sale this year :(
The dress was a steal (I think about $125) and I was drawn to it because it was 1) silk and 2) made in Italy. Sadly this is only the second time I've worn it, the first being to a wedding last fall, which went undocumented. Hopefully I can sneak in another wear soon, because this dress is far too good to be stuffed in my closet 364 days a year.

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The Rundown
Silk Dress Etro via Roundabout
Heels "Reverse" Charles by Charles David similar
Green Box Purse c/o Vintanthromodern similar
Loyce Earrings Elizabeth Cole c/o Shopbop
Diamond Necklace Gift
Pave Toggle Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Nail Color "Marshmallow" Essie

Linking up with Jeans and a Teacup's Flashback Friday (one year ago today)


  1. Gorgeous dress Lydia, it looks beautiful - they just opened a Etro store here, I have not dared to enter.
    At a current approx 62 bucks per wear... it's not that bad because its such a nice dress that you do want to wear it for special events. Then again, like i do sometimes, I just wear stuff to finish them off (get them dirty enough) to wash or take to the dry cleaning.

  2. That venue sounds really amazing - I wish I had known about it when I still in the area! And that's also a lovely dress for an event like that; you look amazing in it.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. This dress is absolutely stunning, and definitely deserves more wear than it sounds like it's gotten! But there is something to be said for having special dresses that you hold onto for truly major occasions, and the baby shower for one of your oldest friends certainly is one of them. And what an absolutely gorgeous location for a baby shower! I admit that I have opened their website in another tab so I can take a look :)

  4. You look extra fabulous in this dress and kinda sexy too. . .that handbag is TDF!

  5. Such a lovely dress! Your hair looks really nice!

  6. WOW, that dress!! I'm in love with it. Love your daily posts.

  7. Wowza...that dress is everything Lydia!!
    I'm thinking you better drum up some fabulous date nights to be able to wear it more---either that or I'll come take it off your hands---ha ha!

  8. That dress is beautiful! I don't blame you for wanting to save it for special occasions, it's the perfect dress for events like that.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  9. Such a stunning dress and you look amazing!


  10. Sounds and looks like a beautiful setting for a party. Love your dress and that cute bag.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. This setting is so picturesque! And your dress is stunning! You definitely need to pull it out of your closet more often!

  12. This dress looks great on you! I especially love the pattern!


  13. You look amazing in this dress! Definitely get more use out of it, it's gorgeous :)

  14. Such a gorgeous dress, you look amazing!

  15. Love the dress, what a great find! It looks so good on you and the background for these photos is beautiful.

  16. Etro pieces are lovely and this one is no exception. Hopefully you wear this again soon!

  17. YOu look so lovely in that dress!!!

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  18. Suuuuuch a stunning find- I love Etro! Want it all in my closet, now. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  19. What a gorgeous dress!! I love the drape of it, but also how the tie-waist adds structure. So pretty, and so is the scenery!

  20. Wow this dress is stunning and looks amazing on you! I've never been to Pond House but it looks gorgeous!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  21. Not gonna lie, that kid statue with flower hair coming out from the door is hella creepy. But. Other than that, this place looks very cute. I hope you had a wonderful time at the shower--you look gorgeous as always!

  22. What a beautiful place for pictures! Love your dress and the box purse :)

  23. What a great dress for a great occasion.


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  24. Wonderful look! Beautiful dress!
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  25. Wow, that dress is beautiful and it looks stunning on you, sweetie! Kisses