One of my favorite things to do when in New England for the summer is hang out anywhere around Boston Harbor. On a recent Wednesday evening my husband and I started with dinner in the North End, a neighborhood near the waterfront famous for it’s Italian restaurants, pastry shops, salumerias and feasts (street festivals dedicated to different saints). Then finished our night with cocktails and dancing under the stars at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Wednesday night is Rat Pack night, so we were very excited to listen and dance to a band playing some of our favorite songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Since we were planning on doing a lot of walking and then some swing dancing, I wanted to be dressed comfortably, but still dressy enough for hanging out at a four star hotel!
So I chose this rayon crepe bias cut dress by Loco Lindo, a California based label. The owner/designer uses imported French rayon crepe for many of her designs. It drapes beautifully and is machine washable.
This is their Rita dress, which is a figure flattering silhouette with a late 1930s/early 40s vibe. The dress is a pull on style that fits somewhat loosely, but has ties at the waist that you can tie in back to make it as fitted as you like. And the flared bias cut skirt is nice and swingy for dancing! I have to admit, I own this style in several prints, that’s how much I like it.
I also sell Loco Lindo dresses on my website because I truly love the quality, unique vintage style prints and the fact that they are made by an indie designer here in the USA . I know how hard it is these days to be a small business owner, especially in the fashion business. So I try to support others in the same boat! This particular Rita dress is on backorder for now, but they’ll be restocked in the next few weeks. And several of the other Loco Lindo styles I sell are currently on sale.
After din-din we walked through the “Prado,” aka Paul Revere Mall, which is a park/brick passageway between the Old North Church and St. Stephens Church. It is home to this famous statue of Paul Revere. Sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin received the commission for this statue when he was only 22 years old, and it took him 16 years to complete it. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in Boston.
Knowing I’d be a little dressed up AND walking a lot I opted for my Aerosoles ballet flats because they look fine with a skirt or dress. And my 1960s straw bag was small and lightweight enough that it wouldn’t dislocate my shoulder!
See how I’ve matched my shoe and bag color? Apparently this is a fashion don’t these days because supposedly it looks “dated. ” Ummm, yeah, whatever. For someone who makes fashion choices based on what styles were like decades ago I have absolutely no problem with that at all. Never been one to pay much attention to what the fashion dictators say we should or shouldn’t be wearing from one year to the next. Anyway, sometimes I match and sometimes I don’t. No big whoop!
Because it was a little cool by the water, I wore a vintage beaded cardigan which meant I got a chance to wear a vintage sweater guard. Absolutely adore these. To paraphrase from a song sung by both Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, I don’t know why I love them like I do, I don’t know why, I just do!
Views along the Harbor Walk
Rowe’s Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel at night
And on our way back to the car I took this photo of the Customs House Tower. It looked so beautiful lit up against the night sky. This historic building sat vacant for many years, but is now a Marriott Property! I’m certainly relieved they didn’t tear it down to build some ugly steel and concrete thing.
So, do you ever do the matchy-matchy thing with your accessories or stick strictly with mixing it up?
Till next time…..
Linkups this week-
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday,
Catherine of Not Dressed as a Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike
Jess of Elegantly Dress and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge for #SpreadTheKindness