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Zara Mandarin Collar Dress – 12th Wedding Anniversary

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

Today, September 18th, is my 12th wedding anniversary. My husband and I celebrated with dinner at Ouzo Bay in Baltimore’s Harbor East. The food and the atmosphere in the restaurant is amazing and I highly recommend it.

I reprised the Zara mandarin collar dress I wore a little over a week ago for a blogger party at New York Fashion Week. I have always had a soft spot for the mandarin collar detail. The black and white dress below, also from Zara, is 13 years old. I know that with such accuracy because I bought it for my engagement party (left). Not too many things make it in my closet past a couple of years. That is how much I love this one – don’t have the heart to get rid of it. I also wore it for a night out celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary (right) three years ago.

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress

See a theme there? I can’t help myself! In fact when I was in Zara this weekend I saw another Mandarin collar dress and I had to make myself turn around and walk away from the rack.

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress

 

How many dresses of the same type does a girl need? I wouldn’t be surprised if the siren call is too strong to resist and I end up getting it. I also think I will fill it out much more nicely than the model above, you know what I mean!

 

But back to my current dress! It was originally midi length. It hit me mid calf and I thought that it would be much more flattering if it was right at or slightly above the knee. So I grabbed my scissors and went to town. I don’t recommend doing this unless you have some experience with a sewing machine. You can always take things to a tailor to get them hemmed. Some dry cleaners will do that as well.

 

I love the satin feel of the fabric and the bright florals against black background. I’m normally not a fan of empire waist (makes me look pregnant, ugh) but made a conscious decision to ignore that in this case. I didn’t think it was terrible enough to reject the dress. Obviously, I was committed if I went as far as hemming it myself!

 

These red mules saved my life the first day of Fashion Week. I had walked in pumps the entire day which left my heels with blisters. I still had an event to go to in the evening and thank goodness for these backless heels! The V-cut front makes them look like two velvet hearts on my feet. They are fairly comfortable for this type of shoe. Again, walking for miles in them is not recommended! (If I would only listen to my own advice!)

 

Our anniversary dinner in Baltimore only a week after NYFW reaffirmed for me how much I enjoy the urban setting and how much I miss it. It’s not just the large trendy flashy restaurant that we just can’t seem to get in the country, not just the upscale retailers, not just the people out on the town at night dressed ever so stylishly, not just the diversity of faces and backgrounds, but all of the above! I promised to myself that now that my kids are older and less demanding of our time, that I will make the effort to go out to Baltimore more often, even take day trips to NYC.

 

We don’t live that far from either one, speaking in the context of a smaller, more globalized world. Living on a sprawling property with a large house and the absence of major city stressors has its advantages. I have been enjoying those for the past 12 years. But I think I have rested too long and am ready to swing back towards an urban lifestyle. Realistically, it is not likely to happen any time soon. But you know what they say, dress for the job you want to have! I will add, dress for the place you want to live in!

 

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

Zara Mandarin Collar Dress, Gucci Marmont Bag, Jeffrey Campbell Jodeci Mules

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Dress: Zara || Mules: Jeffrey Campbell || Bag: Gucci

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