When you live in a place that's basically Winterfell (Chicago = ten months of winter, God help us all) you make the most of your summers. And I have been squeezing mine dry. On Friday I went to a BBQ joint that made you feel like you were eating food straight off the grill in your best friend's back yard, with tables strewn across the grass and fairy lights criss-crossing over themselves to stitch a roof over your head. We shared a tray of waaay too much smoked BBQ, gabbing the way girlfriends do, closing our eyes over queso corn and gesturing enthusiastically with forks over mouthfuls of pulled pork. If I could, I'd move in there while the waiters weren't looking. A plan is being drafted, stay tuned.
Then switching moods, yesterday I decided to make my Monday fancy and go to one of the oldest hotels in downtown Chicago to watch black and white movies over cocktails. Walking into the lobby made me instantly wish I had white silk gloves and some dramatic, draping sash swishing down the side of my dress to the floor. Talk about glamour. It was all chandeliers and mirrored ceilings, white leather couches and callaillies. I felt like I'd see Daisy and Gatsby breeze past me any moment now, their laughter egged on by the pink champagne cocktails they just had at the bar. The movie was House on Haunted Hill, a spooky 1950's movie that made you giggle over its cheesiness as you sipped pretty cocktails with names like Vampire's Delight and Witch's Brew. Watching old movies is fun alone but made extra entertaining when you have a room full of strangers, your eyes meeting and dancing over the rim of your glass as both of you share a laugh over the skeleton that was supposed to be scary but looked like he was just doing the hula. Now I can't wait for the next one- and that'll give me just enough time to find those white silk gloves ;)
Speaking of fancy, let's talk about this look, shall we? Let me introduce to you all my favorite things: the black column dress, the prism necklaces, and this sheer, lacy delight of a skirt. When I put it all together I almost passed out in front of the mirror out of happiness; I had to grab the wall as I weakly fanned my face.
I found this skirt under a pile of clothes in a super sale in Urban Outfitters and instantly had to have it. I didn't know how to style it or what to do with it, but goddamn it, it was going to be mine. And trying to figure out how to not show my knickers to the world has been fun. So far I've been putting it over solid column dresses, over knee length frocks to show some leg, and I saw a photo of pairing it with a blazer to create a contrast with the delicate fabric and the sturdy jacket. I can't wait to try that one. What do you think- do you have any ideas? I'd love to hear!