Last month, I turned 32 (! — where does the time go?) and instead of asking for physical gifts from my sisters, I asked them both to take me out to dinner. This was a tradition that Jennifer and I started when I turned 30, but I am glad Lindsey and I now have this tradition, too — it’s fun to spend one-on-one time with two of my favorite people, and y’all know that I love enjoying the DC dining scene.
Lindsey and I went to ilili, which was one of my favorite dinner club spots from 2021, and a restaurant I was dying to eat at again. The food, as expected, was amazing — and the ambiance, decor, and service at ilili are unmatched. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a great special occasion spot in DC or NYC, where the original location is. More about exactly what we ordered is saved on my Instagram Story Highlights — and I’ll give a full recap in my next dinner club post.Prior to our dinner, Lindsey came over for a happy hour at my apartment — we drank some bubbly out of my favorite Estelle Colored Glass Champagne Coupes and snapped some pictures.
While I used to be really confident in my clothing and sense of personal style, lately I’ve been feeling like I am in a fashion rut. I am not loving the latest trends — the 90s were never my favorite fashion period, and I don’t think a lot of the denim cuts are super flattering for my body type. Compounding this feeling is that since the pandemic started, I haven’t prioritized investing in clothing outside of athleisure, so I am a little bored of what I owned and some pieces feel somewhat dated — though fashion changes so fast these days that what’s in style one week is cheugy the next. Earlier this fall, I did purchase some new work clothes since we have been going back into the office some, but next up on my closet refresh list is finding fun girls’ night or date night clothes that feel fun and of-the-times that I also feel confident in.
While I’m building out this section of my wardrobe, I did want to share one of my go-to girls’ night outfits that I do feel super confident in and have worn numerous times over the last year or so. It’s this Cece Off the Shoulder Smocked Blouse that I picked up at Nordstrom — if you’re between sizes, I would size down! — and the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, which I purchased in the petite length since I am 5’4″. After loving the Dolce Vita Paily Heels because they are so comfortable, I recently decided to add another pair by the brand to my closet and went with the Dolce Vita Noles City Slide Sandals, which I think will be great for a slew of spring weddings I have on my calendar.
You can never go wrong with an all black outfit paired with gold accessories in my opinion!
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- Cece Off the Shoulder Smocked Blouse
- Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
- Dolce Vita Noles City Slide Sandals
- Gigi Madison Crossbody
- 2 Carat Faux Diamond Studs
- Gold Post Earrings
- Apple Watch + The Best Apple Watch Band
- LOFT Metallic Beaded Stretch Bracelet