I fell in love with Tucker back in the summer of 2008. I distinctly recall unpacking and steaming several shipping boxes full of the Classic Blouse while working for the Georgetown Cusp. While the Classic Blouse is cut wide and cropped, it is still an appropriate length for a 6′-2″ frame. The prints, along with the signature shapes, are what the label is known for and added pizzazz to my 2008-to-2012 closet.
One Target collaboration and a studio fire later, and the founder closed down shop. It was a sad day for me to find that out.
Cut to several years and an article in WWD later when I read out that Tucker relaunched. Rejoice! #andtheangelssang
I bought this dress on deep markdown post-Christmas, but to be honest even if it was not on clearance, it would have been worth the MSRP. Unfortunately it looks like the Classic Maxi dresses are cleared out of the online store, but they are worth keeping an eye out for! I regret not procuring one sooner but am making up for lost time.
Back in 2008, Marc Jacobs released a line chock full of designs in “squiggle” wolfstooth for his Marc by Marc Jacobs label (R.I.P.). I was working at the Cusp in Georgetown during the summer between undergrad and grad school and I died when I unboxed the shipment containing the graphic designs. Later than fall, two pieces from this collection and another wolfstooth piece from L.A.M.B. wound up on Blair Waldorf. Eric Daman is a genius. I said it. I meant it. I am not taking it back.
Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW
I uncovered this navy / black wolfstooth dress from the Marc by Marc Jacobs line NWT on eBay. When I find pieces that I am obsessed with years down the road and at a competitive price…it is more like eBae, amirite? I love mixing navy and black. This shape from the collection, at least, is the most appropriate to integrate into the every day. The banded bottom reminds me of a subtle bubble hem, which I understand is coming back in style. The middle of the dress has a bit of volume. Awesome for hiding any winter weight.
Long before J.Crew started releasing coats and skirts in tall, the company designed a series of tweed suits. Every season as far back as 2012, even in the summers, the company had at least one amazing tweed set. This blue set was the second one that I had to add to my closet, regardless of the fact that it was not available in tall.
The details on this blue set are fantastic. Both pieces are trimmed in black grosgrain ribbon and rather than buttons or snaps down the placket, the jacket can be fastened with hook and eyes. The skirt has side vents, albeit minimal.
The skirt is mini length, which can get dicey when worn by someone over 6′-0″ like myself. A shorter length skirt calls for a pair of flats. To wear a pair of heels with a mini would be inappropriate, especially for daytime. Conversely, I never wear flats with a midi length skirt. Hashtag proportions.
My nephew Odie has been in my life since 2010. The Jack Russell / beagle mix was the missing member of my sister and brother-in-law’s family and once they met him at the shelter, he was instantly part of their household.
Back in 2012, while I was living in DC, my sister and her family visited and I spent the day with them. We took the dog around the National Mall. I mean everywhere: Lincoln, Washington, TJ, WWII, Korean, Vietnam. Frequently, I would take the leash so my sister and BIL could get a closer view of the monuments without worrying about tripping anyone with a hyperactive dog. Odie was quite the crowd pleaser wherever we roamed.
This past year for Christmas, I gifted Odie a sweet little denim vest with a sherpa lining. My sister was absolutely tickled by the gift. Though it has taken Odie a few weeks to get used to his new garment, he now loves sporting it, especially now that the temperatures have dipped. As far as the sizing goes, he is a small-to-medium dog and wearing the medium / large.
One of my goals for 2018 is to pass the WELL AP exam. The WELL certification system is similar to the LEED certification system; however rather than rating a building in terms of environmental measures, it regards human health measures. I would say that in the next three years, WELL will be as major as LEED. The rating systems are quite symbiotic, so if a building gets credits for one system, likely it will receive credit for the other.
Buildings may be certified in these systems. People may be accredited in these systems. I passed my LEED AP BD+C and ND exams in 2014 and 2015. 2018 is the year I get my WELL AP accreditation. In preparation, I have split up the information. I have based my study schedule upon the seven Concepts (further broken down into 102 Features) of the system. I will focus on the Features within each concept for one week. The Concepts are:
I was able to list that without referencing a handbook. Sometimes, it is the little victories.
Calypso St. Barth is one of my favorite places to shop. It reminds me of a boho version of Lilly Pulitzer (also love) – just a little more subtle when it comes to brand identifiers and I like that nondescript-ness. I tend to do my Calypso shopping online these days, as the brick and mortar locations are selectively sited.
At the end of December, news broke that Calypso was shuttering. While marked down items have been offered with an additional 50% off as far back as the fall, the promotion still stands. In the past, I have scored marked down items with an additional 60% off, so I can see the prices going lower.
There are the marked down items I have my eyes on:
If you have not yet heard of SHPALA, it is time to take note. The brand was founded by a fellow 6′-2″ tall lady, with the intention to expand dress options for others who are vertically gifted. It is a capsule collection of black dresses; one for every occasion that may arise. In theory, one could get by with a closet solely consisting of these dresses.
Over the weekend I took the Cocktail Dress out for a spin. Y’all, it is gorgeous. Even though satin is not a particularly forgiving fabric, I found that the shape (specifically the flattering paneling of the dress) counterbalanced the fabric.
I have the worst memory of walking home from work in DC while wearing a pencil skirt. It was the dead of the summer 2012 and I was in a J.Crew number that I had seen on our then-First Lady. By the time I arrived home, I felt as though my legs were being bound by tight jacket. Chafe City, Population: me. Ever since that evening, I have frequently stuck with dresses (skirts, too) that are a-line, as opposed to a pencil, cut. The bonus is the front pleat on this dress, keeping the a-line style from bordering on too simple.
I know this is old hat but I am obsessed with the Lilly Pulitzer guacamole print. I knew it would not be a part of the January 2018 After Party Sale; it is too recent of a release. My husband rolls his eyes at me and has insisted that he has no need for an avocado print short in his wardrobe. I disagree.
At the end of November, I got word that Lucy Activewear operations are ceasing. The Lucy product team is now taking their expertise in women’s fit, performance, and style to The North Face and you will see changes to that product beginning in the Spring of 2018. Lucy Activewear is one of the sole athletic brands that offer tall sizing, but so does The North Face in select styles. This isn’t the end of the world. Especially since Lucy is offering an additional fifty percent off their current inventory.
I combed through it and pulled information for the items available in tall. You are welcome.
Did you know that Abercrombie & Fitch has integrated tall sizing into their line? Yes, they had long denim back in the day, but a long torso’d dress? Forget about that. The following dresses come in long. I am into the fair isle number, but then again, I am on Shopping Moratorium 2018. This is an exercise in willpower.
Le Creuset just released a lilac set of cookware. It is so good. Wehaveabunchoftheblue gifted from our wedding registry and I can envision the two colors meshing beautifully. The price points start at $20.
This may be gross, TMI, albeit mundane, but I have to share something that I am really pleased with myself about.
Since last August, I have been vigilant about taking my contact lenses out every night. This came after a meeting with my new optometrist. Before that, for the few months prior I was taking them out once a week or once every two weeks. For someone who would spend weeks (months? perhaps.) in the same set of lenses, this is quite the feat. Technically the lenses I used were FDA approved for wearing to sleep. Regardless, it is amazing that the contacts never fused to my eyeballs.
I think I was adverse to it because it is painful when putting them in backwards, which I was frequently apt to do. Practice makes perfect though because in the past few months I have gotten the routine down to seconds.
How embarrassing that I have to commit to this, but here is keeping up with that practice for 2018.