Classic Little Black Dress
Ah, New Years Eve. The night reserved for getting extra dolled up, drinking champagne, and letting loose one last time before setting goals and intentions for the coming year.
I remember our family tradition of when I was little scouring the kitchen for pots and pans, and running out into the middle of our lawn right before midnight. Although we would always swear that we wouldn’t fall asleep, my parents would wake us up a few minutes before the ball dropped as they watched Times Square on the TV. We would grab our favorite kitchenware and dart out the front door to count down the last remaining seconds of the year at the top of our lungs. As the ball dropped in New York, we would bang our pots and pans together as loud and as proudly as we could, yelling and jumping around until we’d be called back inside to escape the sight of whoever we had woken up in our neighborhood.
I remember looking forward to it every year, until we inevitably grew older and traded in pots and pans for confetti poppers and champagne flutes. For Sam and I, similar to our Christmases, our New Years Eve together every year looks a bit different as well.
Throughout the past 8 years, we have thrown our own NYE party, gone out to friends’ houses, made a 3-course meal for two at home, gone to a fancy restaurant with a themed menu, traveled, and have even skipped it all together. Last year, we watched the ball drop on our phone while driving home from the airport after a long day of travel. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly dolled up in a LBD and Louboutins.
Since New Years Eve falls on a Monday this year, and we both already had off work on Tuesday, we decided to make it into a long weekend and will be heading to one of our most loved getaway spots: Tilghman Island. It is Oliver’s favorite escape from the city, so we’re planning on bringing him along to unwind from the holidays and soak in a little family time just the 3 of us.
Depending on how the weather is for New Years Eve, we may get a little extra fancy and head out to dinner in St Michael’s and then take the boat out to watch fireworks at midnight.
It should come as no surprise that I had bought my New Years Eve dress months ago without even knowing what our evening would look like. I think that it is smart to have a cute mini dress on hand, especially during the holiday season, so that you can feel glam at the drop of a hat. Whether it’s a last-minute event that I’m attending, or if I just want to feel a little “extra” for our weekly date night, I love adding mini dresses to my wardrobe as quick options.
Now, ya’ll know that I am not one for wearing dark colors from head to toe, but when I saw this LBD in Francesca’s I fell in love immediately (bonus points for it being on sale now for under $35!) The cut and fabric is so feminine that I didn’t even mind that it was solid black. I also knew that I could dress it up with a pop of red in the soles of my shoes and some glam jewelry like these drop earrings.
I am wearing an XXS in this dress, but the arms were a tiny bit tight so if I were to buy it again, I would probably go up to the XS. I read online that most people are saying the dress runs small on them as well. I loved the length of the dress because it fell right above my knees and I also loved that it was long sleeve since I don’t own a lot of long sleeve dresses. The lace and slip on this one was just enough sexiness for an evening event or party.
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Photos by Jade Nikkole Photography
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