All Dressed Up & Yadda Yadda Yadda

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While this would be a great date dress, I just wore it on a visit to The Vanderbilt Mansion on the north shore of Long Island. The day was still a little chilly but the sky and water were so so blue, my friend and I couldn’t resist taking a walk around the grounds and visiting some of the historic indoor sites as well (where, sadly, no photography was allowed).

Could that water BE more blue???

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In 1910 William K. Vanderbilt II (a regular Richie Rich) bought 20 acres on a wooded hill above Northport Bay and commissioned a New York City architecture firm, Warren & Wetmore, to build him a summer house (that’s some summer house!). These are the same two architects who designed the Grand Central Terminal in New York City for William’s great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt in in the early 1900s. Over the next 26 years the architects expanded the house into a stunning Spanish-Revival style mansion Vanderbilt called Eagle’s Nest. Over the years, Vanderbilt purchased more land and expanded the estate to 43 acres. One of Long Island’s few remaining Gold Coast mansions, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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I love Spanish style architecture. The tile roofs, arched windows and doorways, the wrought ironwork. This place has all of that! I think my rainbow-hued dress complements the style of the estate, don’t you?

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I’m not sure if this is a boat house or possibly a caretaker’s cottage.

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I’m wearing my sparkly black cardigan. The one that, every year, just barely makes it back from the chopping block of my closet clean-out and is hung back up “just in case.” I’m glad it was there in this case. I’d thought I would wear a fine knit black duster with this dress, but the dress is a little shorter than my other dresses and when I put the  long-line duster over it, it looked like a bathrobe! This shorter dress needed the shorter length cardigan. I guess the sparkly cardigan will stay another year.

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The dress is a faux-wrap style with a tulip skirt and elbow-length flutter sleeves. Stretchy and drapey at the same time.

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I made a short video showing the dress without the cardigan over it if you wanted a better look.

What I Wore:

  • Catherine by Catherine Malandrino plus size dress, size 3x. Via GwynnieBee and in a straight size here
  • Black flats, Taryn by Taryn Rose
  • Black sequin cardigan, old. Comparable here: plus size here and here; straight size here and here
  • Vintage pendant necklace

I’m linking up with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and her #SpreadTheKindness link-up party and also Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb and her #IWillWearWhatILike link-upThere are lots of wonderful bloggers linking up there so take a look and maybe you’ll make a new friend!

Thanks to Karen for taking these pictures and trudging up hill and down dale with me after running a 5k earlier that morning! You rock!

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My Week in Review: Week 29

Annnnnd…it’s October! It’s all just flying by! This week was no different. I went upstate last weekend with a girlfriend who has a house up in Athens, NY and we did some fun things….

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My favorite place besides the beach (and bed!) is in a comfortable chair in the shade with a breeze, with a water view.

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Found it!

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This is Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY. What a wonderful place! Tons of acres of wooded space and paths around a beautiful lake with charming and interesting designed vignettes throughout. I look forward to going back someday and spending even more time.

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Then we just made it to the Vanderbilt Mansion before heading back up to Athens.

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As we headed home the next day we stopped in Woodstock. It was fun, quirky little shops and sidewalk vendors. I bought a pair of Tibetan silver earrings…and I’ve already lost them. Sadface.

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I think this look will be my uniform for fall. Black leggings with a black tunic…then I have like five different vests and kimonos to layer over top. An easy-peasy outfit.

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Did a quick photo shoot with my daughter. This long boho vest was very swirly and fun to wear. Hey look! Those are the earrings! Ooh! Maybe they’re still in the bag I took to the shoot!

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Finally something a little fallish…it got a teensy bit cool this week.

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The boy and I are trying to walk more. It’s the perfect weather to get the habit started again.

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And…a Gwynnie Bee dress I wore back in February (see post here) and recloseted it because I loved it so much. I just got it now…and couldn’t bear to part with it again…so bought it!

And now I’m one day into a 4-day weekend…time for some fun and relaxation. Hope you have some of that planned for yourself, too.