I'm not a big fan of purple. I'm not sure why but I just never really liked it. However, here is a mix of all sorts of purples -- royal purple, lilac, lavender, pink-purple, purple gray. I'm not saying I am now a huge fan of purple but I do like this outfit with the mixture of purples. I seriously doubt I'd ever own a dress or suit in all one color of purple but the blending of purples really works for me.
Skirt by Roman
Blouse by Ann Taylor
Hat by SJB Millinery
The days are getting chillier and gloomier with less sunshine. So it's perfect time to throw a tea party! I know what you might be thinking, "tea time is for old ladies with white gloves and pristine manners." Well you are partially correct. Tea time is a time for good manners (they must not always be pristine, just decent) but it is not an activity confined to any particular generation. Tea time is for everyone! As the weather gets colder, its a perfect time to host a tea party. Why? Seriously, if you need a reason to get together with your friends for a good chin wag and a hot cup of tea then I feel really sorry for you (more so for your friends). But here are a few reasons you can use to cajole your girlfriends out of their almost-winter hibernation: 1) It's fun to learn more about different teas (Lipton, Tetley and Stash are not the only brands out there). A great place to start your tea education is Dominion Tea, a company that hails from a long line of tea exporters.
2) I would be remiss not to point out that a tea party is a perfect occasion to dress up. Put on that fancy Sunday dress and hat. Seen here is a fabulous green Jones New York dress found at a consignment shop and a SJB Millinery hat. No white gloves required as you can see nor does one need to poke their pinkie into the air. Just put your napkin in your lap, sip don't slurp and enjoy the tea party. 3) It's an opportunity to travel. There are several tea rooms in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area such as: The Tea Cart, Virginia; The Tea Cellar, Washington DC; and Dollies Tea Room, Maryland. Or use the TeaMap to locate tea rooms and cafes throughout the United States and United Kingdom. 4) Sometimes, tea parties are charitable fundraisers. The Duchess Tea being held in Berryville, Virginia, Nov. 8 will help the charity We Will Survive Cancer.
5) You can also learn about different cultures. Not everyone drinks tea the same way. In Turkey, they drink Cay (their word for tea) out of little handle-less cups. In Japan and other Asian countries, they have an elaborate ceremony dedicated to tea.
What better way to make a splash than with dots!? A cute linen polka dotted mini-skirt with a simple cotton polka dotted shirt. Throw in some Cole Haan flats and you are ready to just walk out the door for any event!
And this is how we do Autumn! Brown flat boots, brown AG leggings, beige shirt, denim jacket and tan felt fur cloche hat. Guess what? I got all these items at consignment stores! You can dress well and fashionable while saving money. A few of my favorites are Just Like New in Vienna, VA, and Current Boutique in Old Town, VA.