I drove down to San Diego for a few days a while back to visit Em and her little family. Of course when we get together we need any excuse to get dolled up and wear things we never get to. So we came to the conclusion that we needed a ladies night out with our other bestie Alesha.
After much deliberating and digging through Em’s closet we came up with this little number. I chose the dress (that Em got at Marshall’s) but she decided she was going to try and wear it backwards with the back acting as a deep V (we frequently try weird things like this and it probably works 20% of the time- we were lucky with this one). Once we found the pink bandeau, it was like it was meant to be.
That clutch was Em’s mom’s from high school, by the way. I can’t even handle how many awesome vintage things she has from her family.
Every time I come within a few feet of Em’s closet I find a way to wear this dress. It always makes me feel unique and dressed up, and I am a huge fan of silver (as you probably have noticed) so it’s a no-brainer.
This time Em had the brilliant idea of pairing it with her brown leather jacket (an amazing thrift store find that I try to not be mad at her for). We loved the texture of the leather and velvet together, plus the brown made the deep blue color pop so much more than a black jacket would. To finish it off Em handed me her clutch- a gift from Alesha after Em’s car got broken into in front of her house. Alesha will just give you stuff sometimes if she feels bad, even when it wasn’t her fault. She’s a sweetheart. I think we’ll keep her.
Em and I have a lot of the same things in our closets, because we will just buy the same exact thing when we’re shopping together. We both have that necklace- mine is short and hers is long. It’s also a great example of how we keep things FOREVER. We bought them at New York & Co. probably in our freshman year of college.
I love hearing the stories behind pieces in someone’s closet, especially when they are thrifted or hand-me-downs- it makes the piece that much cooler to me. When we were out Em told a really cute story about this dress that I didn’t know until now: “I should have given Steph this dress a long time ago because she loves it so much and I hardly ever wear it, but I can’t let it go! I bought it during my freshman year of college at a little boutique in Santa Cruz. I walked into the store during my lunch break and this little dress spoke to me; I loved the mixture of textures, and the color was so rich. It was $50 but I had been working a lot as a lifeguard that semester, and I remember feeling like I could afford to splurge. It felt like my first “grown-up” purchase! To be honest I still don’t remember ever spending $50 on one item of clothing, so every time I see this in my closet it makes me smile. I love getting to see the different ways Steph has styled it. She’s also worn it with tights and red suede wedges in the winter, which I always thought was so adorable.”