Another White Dress

Remember how I said I was embracing black more this summer? Well as you can see, I clearly am, with my black bag and sandals. Though I can't help that another white shirtdress found its way into my closet. I had a promotional credit to spend at eShakit and decided that my old white shirtdress could use a replacement.

I really love that this dress has an extra hidden set of buttons at the bust - you know, the place where they always pull and gap - so that issue has been solved. I also love that eShakti lets you choose your hem length, sleeve length, and collar style, however after wearing it and now seeing these photos, I kind of wish I could send it back and have the hem shortened just a half inch, and eliminate the sleeves - I don't mind how they look, they just feel a bit too constricting.

It's okay, I'll keep wearing it until I find my next perfect white shirtdress.

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White Shirtdress eShakti similar
Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Earrings Lunar Revolution via Flavors of Life
Gold Rectangle Chain Necklace Etsy

Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie



Waiting for an Occassion

Whenever an item makes its way into my closet that I deem 'special' I often wait a terribly long time for an occasion to arise. When I finally acquired this Kate Spade dress last summer, after years of searching, I envisioned its first outing to be on a boat. There was nothing rational about this desire, and no reason I shouldn't have thrown on this dress the day it arrived at my doorstep. But I waited all the same, and when I had an opportunity to attend an event supporting small businesses in New London this weekend, I decided that boat adjacent would have to be good enough - this dress could not miss another summer.

While the forecast had called for cloudiness with a small chance of rain, it could not have been more wrong. Torrential downpours dashed my hopes of lunch al fresco, which was a shame, as the restaurants in New London along Bank Street all have fantastic water views. The rain didn't mange to stop me from shopping however, and I enjoyed patronizing all the small businesses in New London's historic downtown. When the sun finally broke through I thought it would be the perfect time to get ice cream; naturally the moment my sundae was in my hands the rain started up again! Despite dodging the rain drops, it was still a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I hope to plan another visit soon.

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Dress Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade via eBay
White Slides Ferragamo via Coco's on the Green
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Earrings Vintage similar
Pearl Anchor Necklace Handmade similar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie




Linen Jumpsuit

Once again I'm sharing a piece at quite a delay; I snagged this jumpsuit back in May and initially purchased it in the petite, but felt the torso was too short so I exchanged it for a regular with the intention of hemming it.  Needless to say I found myself mid-August with a thin layer of dust on my sewing machine and decided the length was just fine.

Also making an appearance is the raffia belt from Mango. The only size in stock when I placed my order was large, which I decided was acceptable as I would have the option to wear it lower than my natural waist with jeans, however the issue of the extra length of belt flopping around arose. The cheapest and easiest solution to the problem was a clear hair elastic. They also work great if you've got a long adjustable strap on a bag which refuses to lay flat.

This summer feels like it's just been flying by, and as usual, I'm digging my heels in and choosing to enjoy the rest of it, rather than prematurely starting fall.

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Linen Jumpsuit Banana Republic
Rust Mules Madewell similar
Raffia Half Moon Bag Mango
Raffia Belt Mango
Half Moon Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Rhombus Charm Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie


Local Charm

It's easy to be dismissive of what Connecticut has to offer, despite being a New England state, it has always seemed to be lacking when compared to the others. We aren't known for our beaches, blocked off from the Atlantic by Long Island, there are no mansions to tour, islands to visit for a long weekend, and despite being given credit for inventing the lobster roll, only a resident of Connecticut would bother to look that up.

Yet, if I'm willing to let go of the idea that I need to book a ferry to Block Island to soak in some New England charm and simply drive twenty minutes down the road, I can have breakfast on a stone patio overlooking a river that flows into the Long Island Sound, enjoy a beautiful garden bursting with color and flooded with monarch butterflies, and appreciate the beauty of New England without swaths of tourists getting in the way.

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Point Sur Square Neck Top J.Crew
 Denim Cut Off Shorts Gap similar
White Slides Banana Republic
Round Rattan Bag Etsy similar
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
 White and Rose Gold Link Bracelet c/o JeweshopThin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
 Sunglasses "Caravan" Ray-Ban
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie


Hamilton Park at The Blake

Last week I ventured into New Haven to celebrate the grand re-opening of Hamilton Park, the restaurant at The Blake Hotel. This being my first time there, I was immediately impressed with the grand space, high ceilings, hugs windows flooding the space with natural light, and plenty of comfortable seating. Additionally there was a large outdoor patio which offered feelings of seclusion few outdoor dining areas in New Haven do. There is also a rooftop bar, the High George (a fun play on the intersection of which the hotel is located) that I didn't get to check out, but I can't wait to!

The cocktail list was full of some old favorites, such as the Bee's Knees (gin, lemon, and honey), but also offered some unique drinks such as Smoke on the Water, a rye drink with a fun presentation in a glass box filled with applewood smoke, and my personal favorite, the 1724 Tonic, similar to a gin and tonic, but with the additions of vermouth, sage, and a cucumber lavender syrup.

I also sampled a number of appetizers, most of which were very unique, such as a tapioca clam chowder, smoked bluefish dip with trout roe, and a tomato tart with melted onions. Every bite I had was delicious, and I may have eaten more than a couple of the tomato tarts, along with quite a few oysters, when we were reaching the end of the event and was told to take as many as I'd like!

If I were planning a stay in New Haven, Connecticut, The Blake Hotel would be at the top of my list, and I will definitely be dining at Hamilton Park again soon!

Thanks to Splash PR and Hamilton Park for inviting me!

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White Ribbed Midi Dress Mango
Pearl Sandals Ann Taylor
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Pearl Earrings "Sailor" Maris Pearl Co.
Layered Charm Necklace c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban similar



Impulse Shopper

Shopping used to be a lot harder. I had to make a conscious decision to shop; drive to a store, hunt for my size, try something on, and then decide in that moment if I wanted to make a purchase. It was all very tangible.

Now I open up Instagram and am fed a bombardment of images, both from other bloggers and from targeted ads. Facebook is tracking my every keystroke, and I'm convinced listening in as well. It does not take much to lure me into making a purchase, it's so simple and hypothetical. I can make these purchases and I don't have to commit to them. I will have the small excitement of a package arriving at my door, then I can make my decisions. The money spent seems less real when I'm always rationalizing I'll return things.

I do swear I'm trying to be better. It does not seem like it or feel like it, but the thought process is there, telling me to be more discerning, to make returns, to act as if I'm shopping in a real store instead of a virtual one.

A couple weeks ago I followed a predictable route. I opened Instagram, started scrolling, and was immediately served an ad for Banana Republic. Naturally, I shop there a lot, and the carousel of products typically includes whatever I was last looking at. I should know better than to peruse the images, but I couldn't help myself, and I spotted this skirt, which is normally $128 on a flash sale for $45. My interest was peaked and it wasn't long before the skirt along with two other pieces were in my cart and the order was placed.

The package arrived, I tried everything on, I shared on Instagram, and made the decision to just keep this skirt. I felt pleased when I returned the other items and believed I'd gotten a good deal. However, I was not looking for a green pleated skirt. It was not on my radar nor is it filling a gaping hole in my wardrobe.

Targeted ads: 1
Lydia: 0

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Floral Pleated Skirt Banana Republic
Off The Shoulder Tee Express similar
White Slides Banana Republic
Round Rattan Bag Etsy similar
Pearl Hoop Earrings Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie