Last week, to kick off the new year on a high note, Erik and I went to DC for a week. We had to alter our plans a bit because of the government shut down, almost all the Smithsonian museums were closed after the 1st, but we managed to do and see almost everything that we wanted to. Neither of us had been to the new African American History and Culture museum yet, so we made sure to get to DC early enough on the 1st that we could visit the museum while it was still open. It was such an incredible museum. We spend most of our time in the culture section. The music and theater/tv/movies sections are so well done and so much fun to look at how the culture influenced the outfits and costumes through out history. After visiting the museum, we walked around one of my favorite neighborhoods in DC, Georgetown. There are so many cute shops to pop in and out of in Georgetown, and it has the cutest dessert places. I can’t visit the neighborhood without stopping in Baked and Wired or Laduree for a cupcake or macaron.
After wandering around Georgetown for a bit, Erik and I went to the Blue Duck Tavern for a nice dinner out. I opted to wear this gorgeous Gal Meets Glam ivory tweed dress for dinner, it’s a perfect dress for the season. January is always the hardest month for figuring out what to wear. All of the fun holiday tartan and sparkly sweaters are out of place after New Year’s, and it’s so cold that it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of puffy coats and leggings. I think that white is a great way to look chic and put together in January. It’s not too bright and flashy for the dreary month, but it’s not as drab as the continual black and gray that’s worn this time of year. I love the details of this dress. There’s a hint of metallic gold woven into the tweed and the ivory buttons at the collar/shoulder break up the texture of the tweed. Tweed is a great fabric for the colder winter months. It’s a nice, thick, cozy material that still has great structure and texture. Even with the short sleeves, this dress felt like a winter dress with the heavier material.
I kept the rest of my outfit black, so that the ivory color of the dress would really pop. I have been loving these Kate Spade booties this winter. Even though the heel is higher than I typically wear as boots, the chunkiness keeps them comfortable. I walked around the city all day in them, and my feet only started to hurt at the very end of the night. The bows on the side add that signature Kate Spade touch of whimsy to an otherwise very staple item. They jazz up even the simplest winter outfits.