Summer Celebrations!

There seems to be so much to celebrate lately. Nationally, it was the Fourth of July, and personally,  there were happy occasions. A close friend had a big birthday, and my son got his Master’s Degree. I am sincerely happy and proud.

We all celebrated at a local restaurant. In these heels it had to be close by! I wore a foulard printed babydoll dress. I know, I know…  I am a bit on the “mature” side, but I did,  and I don’t regret it. It is by Billabong, a company that excels in beachwear and fabulous little summer dresses!

I love the quiet ruffle and the mixed prints, and I also appreciated a bit of sleeve.  The striped bag added even more pattern mixing, and I added a floral brooch that reminds me of Chanel. It is made by Suzanne Carillo , a very talented blogging friend. I enjoy her blog so much, her writing is crisp and her sense of humour,  as well as style, is sophisticated and fresh. And boy can she shop! ( we both love thrift stores!)

Some serious heels keep me on my toes! Truly! As high as they are,  they are not too bad to walk in; the cork sole is super soft, and the generous platform does not make my arch scream. I love to be a bit taller than I am. These are by Gomax, via and are about 2years old.


My iolite cocktail ring is from KC Signatures in Manhattan.

My striped bag reminds me of a Henri Bendel shopping bag! I bought it wholesale, in the flatiron district ( if you buy over $100, they give you good discounts)  at Just Fantastic. Ask for David there. You have to create an account and have a resale number, or be shopping with someone who does.   You can also do this online, if you are not in NY. If you go there, take a quick detour to the flower district, heaven! This is how I came across these shops!

Unlike some of the online sites that offer inexpensive bags and clothes, this company is based in NYC, and employs a good number of US residents, it does not go direct from China to US, skipping the US work pool altogether. And while I do not like to buy so many made in China merchandise, this is a good source for gifts and pieces that much for expensive in chain stores.

My friend, the birthday girl,  also enjoys politics, so the discussion at dinner was lively!   I was going to buy flowers for the table, but at the last minute decided to get balloons. So much more festive, as was the bubbly Rose Prosecco! Yum!

I am not a fan of babydoll dresses in general, but this one spoke to me, as it is more of mixed media mini with a ruffle. Babydoll dresses, carefully selected, can be cute, especially when worn with pointy flats of flip flops. Mine is not backless , does not have cut outs or a deep v, like many of the babydoll dresses you see. Others like this, that I love, are here, here, and here

This particular babydoll dress also looks like an A-line shift in mixed prints, so if you like this dress you can shop it,  in those search terms, choosing a fit and length you like.  Actually it is only the empire waist and ruffle that puts this dress in that category. Today,  babydoll dresses are pretty generic: there is one for most everyone. They also look great over jeans or denim shorts. For the beach, you can choose one that is a bit sheer and lighter weight.

So what have you been celebrating recently? I hope it is many things at once! How do you feel about this 70’s trend coming back and being re-imagined as a Boho staple in mixed prints and often times, embroidery or crochet.? Will you wear a version? : Let me know. You know how!

Oh, and by the way, my dress was $8.00 form LVIS in East Hampton!  🙂

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