05 November 2007

An unusually social weekend

For the first time in recent memory, I was busy this weekend.

And by "busy," I don't mean busy with my usual Saturday/Sunday commitments like documentary watching, dog snuggling and late-night exercising but rather more age-appropriate fare like fancy DC event attending, club hopping and new "friend" making.

I don't think I'll make a habit of keeping this kind of weekend schedule - I only have so many party dresses, after all - but I will admit, there was one major benefit to being a social butterfly:

finding blog fodder -- lots and lots of truly horrific blog fodder

Being the studious little fashionista bee I am, I stopped mid-sip of Bollinger at "Tour de Champagne," mid-swig of Amstel Light at The Park and mid-gulp of Diet Coke at American Gangster to take very descriptive notes with my cell phone (thank GOD for the full keyboard on my enV) of five of the most unfortunately dressed women I have ever come across in this city.

Some ill-fitted, some double-take trashy and some in low-rise, black-sequined bell-bottoms with square-toe work pumps and bifocals.

Check back later in the day for the full breakdown.

And speaking of poorly-dressed, here I am looking much the opposite on my way to the aforementioned Champagne tasting -- my first fancy-pants DC event:

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wore a dress that short to the French Embassy and you lecture on venue appropriateness??? Hypocritical much?

Shar said...

I just adore that haircut on you, I have to say. What a grown-up weekend! We found out this weekend that my husband passed the Bar Exam and we just did death by tequila...nothing grown-up about it. Maybe now that he's a lawyer....

PS: LOVE the shoes

Anonymous said...

a little inappropriate for an embassy.... but cute otherwise.

Anonymous said...

your legs = to die for.

Anonymous said...

Great legs, great shoes and nice dress.

Anonymous said...

Jo, you are gorgeous!! how'd you like the movie??

in your defense said...

I'm a pretty conservative dresser, and I don't think you look the least bit inappropriate for an embassy cocktail function. First off, you're in your 20s, you've got a great figure, and you chose a dress that aside from its mini length, is very conservative. You look Parisian chic and don't let any American tell you differently. The shoes help too because they're very simple and upmarket, not strappy pageant sandals.

intern in the city said...

I was at The Park at 14th on Saturday night as well! Where were you sitting and what time were you there??

callie said...

I was there, I met you, and the last thing on my mind was that you looked inappropriate. 'In your defense' is right, it was a very minimalist French look.

And believe me, no one was complaining except maybe the wives in their Golden Girls getups.

tellin' it like it is said...

Eh. Not crazy about the hair or the dress. And the shoes are a little too girly for my taste.

elle said...

anyone who thinks that outfit was not venue appropriate has never been to a cocktail event at one of those embassies. Tres belle.

Anonymous said...

where's the coat from?

tom h said...

All I can say Jo is.......you look fantastic.....again you have the best legs....love the whole look......

Johanna said...

anonymous 8:53/9:29-

See Elle's/in your defense's comments. K'thanx.

Shar-

Thank you! Congrats to your husband! Definitely a tequila-worthy milestone.

Those shoes are definitely in my 'top 3 things I'd grab during a fire'. After Monte and my Dauphin eye cream.

anonymous 9:38/9:52-

I figured I might as well wear a mini while my legs were still benefitting from their marathon definition. Muwah to you both.

anonymous 9:59-

the movie was tremendous. hands-down my favorite of the past few months. Don't know how it'll rank up there with "Love in the Time of Cholera" (11/16) and "Hitman" (11/21), but it was definitely worth seeing. Twice even.

intern in the city-

I was there (on the second floor) from 11:30 until um, uh, 3ish? Sorry Mom!

callie-

it was really great meeting you (and your friend). I hope to see you both at the DC STYLE event on 11/29!

And there were quite a few Bea Arthur outfits there, weren't there? Yikes.

anonymous 12:23-

The coat is probably my favorite Zara purchase on record. I think it was $99, and at the time, I thought it was an impulsive, impractical buy, but in the past two years, I've worn it numerous times and always gotten so many compliments on it.

best,
J

Candid Cool said...

I adore those fancy pants shoes!

and you look fabulous.

Scott said...

Normally I'd put I'd be with the inappropriate crowd, but having been to enough events here nobody knows what's appropriate anyway so you see the gamut, and even if you're the optional person at a black-tie optional event there's always someone less appropriate than you to point out in the crowd. As such, wear whatever and you'll still fit in. It's tres DC.

Anonymous said...

you look amazing. you earned those legs, show 'em off!

nyc admirer said...

New "friend" making? Tres interesting, missy...as are the time-stamps on your posts Sunday morning ;-)

Anonymous said...

I just wanna wrap those legs...(ahem) back to work.

dara said...

where is the dress from? it's such a cute take on the LBD!

samantha said...

You have inspired me to hit the gym, and hit it hard, until I lose that 10lbs. I've been meaning to lose for 6 months...so that I can look as trim as you for holiday gatherings.

Johanna said...

Dara-

It's Milly and I love her so!

Samantha-

I'm so flattered! Let me know if you need a fantastic workout mix to help furter motivate you!

best,
J

i heart dc said...

You are beyond lovely.