Polka dots have never really been my thing. I’m more of a stripes gal. But I have to say….they are starting to grow on me. I saw this champagne skirt with an angled hem and thought it would go perfectly with some favorites I already have in my closet. Neutral sweaters, a black turtleneck, mock neck bodysuit…the list goes on and on.
For our recent trip to Savannah, I had to bring my new skirt along and add in some details to give it some Southern and girly flare. What did I pair my polka dots with? Pink pumps of course. I picked up these famous Manolo Blahnik Hangisi satin pumps that were waiting to be found at Saks Off Fifth. You may recognize these as Carrie’s Wedding Shoes (in blue) in the first Sex & The City movie! Well, While I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, I do absolutely love these pumps that are more versatile than you might initially think. I’ve worn them to work with jeans and a collared shirt and paired them with dresses of equally bright shades.
To finish my Savannah weekend look, I capped it all off with my favorite Eric Javits straw boater, my new Céline (swoon) and classic, cat-eye shades!
So I haven’t talked about it on the blog as yet, but this past year I got my very first tattoo! I had been wanting one for years; but as an overly cautious person, I took my time making my decision. Even when I decided that I definitely wanted it (after years of consideration), I still gave myself one extra year to be certain. I told myself, if you still want this in a year, then go for it! So that’s what I did!
I knew that for my first tattoo I wanted one person, in particular, to be with me. And no…it wasn’t my husband! When I was in my early teens, I was spending the summer in Dublin and had gone with my brother’s partner to get one of his tattoos. So I always had that special memory of Robie and myself doing something together. I knew that when it was my turn, I wanted him (the only person in my immediate family to have a tattoo) to be with me and share another special moment together. I also knew that I wanted to do it in Ireland, which I consider my home away from home. Lastly, I really wanted a badass chick to be my tattoo artist, because….girl power!
So the year before I actually got my ink, I started researching tattoo artists in Dublin. I stumbled across Niamh Coughlin who is incredible, and I thought could really capture the dainty design I was looking for. I messaged Niamh while on last year’s trip, and she was able to squeeze me in. In all honesty, I messaged her last minute because I wanted to give myself the out (I was being a total chicken) if she couldn’t fit me into her schedule. But, alas…she did!
So here’s the good part….what I got! Well, ever since I was an art history student in high-school, the term “Flâneur” stood out to me. In the 19th century Paris, the term referred to a man who wandered or strolled around Paris observing the life of the city. Originally coined by Baudelaire, the term refers to a person who isn’t walking to get from one place to the next, but rather truly experiencing their surroundings and culture. Of course the landscape of France during this time as a hub for leisure, fashion and design also resonate with me. When I studied art history in college, I truly began to love the term started to adopt this stance of experiencing life and modernity as a sort of personal mantra. I hope to not just rush through life from one experience to the next, but instead relish in the now, my surroundings, where I’ve been and not necessarily knowing where I might go. Of course, I had to update the masculine term to feminine – “Flâneuse” which is what my actual tattoo says. And there you have it… a little peek into the window of my psyche, what matters to me, and how I view the world.
What about you, dolls? Do you have any meaningful words that you carry with you – tattoo or not? Tell me about them in the comments below or on social media!
Last year, I showcased one of my favorite color schemes to wear in the dead of Winter: January Blues. So this year, I thought it was only appropriate to update the look for 2019! Again, I looked at one of my favorite designers…Tibi!
A pleated midi skirt and a matching sweater is a ladylike combo that I love to wear to work and off-duty. I especially love the shade of this blue, because of the skirt trends more on a rich teal that pairs well with other jewel tones. The sweater has exaggerated sleeves that makes it more fashion-forward. To complete my look, I added some of my favorite accessories: an oversized rancher hat from Lack of Color and suede sandals from Maje that I picked up in Barcelona.