these last few weeks have been a little hectic, to say the least, and now i find myself hours away from a direct flight jfk to phoenix for a work meeting in scottsdale with nothing in my suitcase but some sunscreen and good intentions…
naturally, i find this is the best time to start a blog post (pffft, who needs sleep these days?!), as what i actually have to pack versus what i really, really wish i could triggers a sartorial inspiration.
in my dream world, this gorgeous gem would be carefully tucked away in my suitcase right now:
it’s pretty much perfect. bright palette to compliment the arizona landscape, a fabric and silhouette that can be dressed up or down and a conservative, yet cute length that won’t send dan from accounting the wrong message. sadly, it’s still a wee bit out of my price range, but if i were to make an irrational purchase decision, i’d need to justify it.
thus, i’ve put together 3 looks using this same frock for that rare, but tricky, “business casual but at a resort location” trip:
MEET & GREET
let’s be honest, you’ve been on a 4+ hour flight and you probably aren’t looking so fresh. throw on a fedora to cover whatever is going on with your hair right now and give yourself a lift with some casual platforms. swipe a nice coral shade across your lips to brighten your face and go show those coworkers what ice breakers are all about!
thankfully the poppin’ hues in this dress will keep you awake during those snoozefest meetings. if they don’t, surely the hotel conference room A/C unit will (seriously, they must store food in the rooms we meet in). which is why a boyfriend blazer will come in handy. it and a neutral t-strap will also keep your look more business appropriate by hiding those shoulders and toes (geez, dan, enough with the staring already!)
COCKTAIL HOUR & DINNER
as the sun sets, you can vamp up your look a bit (fist pumps for dan!). go ahead and bare those shoulders, throw on a strappy heel and trade your laptop case in for a clutch. This dress really does speak for itself, but a simple, bold statement piece like a cocktail ring or cuff would help it transition to evening really well.
a final note: only bringing one dress would be super convenient. so much quicker & easier to grab one major garment and go if you were to say, procrastinate and pack at the umpteenth hour. let’s just say…