If someone asked me to step outside of my style comfort zone, that would mean stepping out of all black outfits. In fact, just last night I wore an all black outfit! For me, black on black on black is safe – it doesn’t ask for attention, it doesn’t revolve around trends, and it doesn’t revolve around seasons. Instead, it’s simple, it’s chic, and it’s timeless. That’s why I like to see in an outfit.
The outfit in this post was weekend-inspired; maybe for a dinner with friends or a drink with a beaux. Neither of those applied when I actually wore this outfit, though. I donned it for dinner with my mom (affectionately known as JJ Bai) when she visited Nawlins after last semester’s finals. I mean, who doesn’t want some mom-time after being put through the ringer that is law school finals?
We went to Compere Lapin for a celebratory dinner, that finals season marking the half-way point through law school (!!!! – I told my family to watch out, I’m 1/2 lawyer now). Boy did we pick the right place. Without hesitation, Compere Lapin makes my Top 5 New Orleans restaurants – I highly recommend it to everyone. From the food, to the staff, to the fellow-guests, everything was outstanding. I mention fellow-guests because we got to chatting with the table next to us which doesn’t really happen too often, but if you know me, you know I love to chat. Plus, it didn’t hurt that as we were leaving, one gentleman at the table – who was French – said my shoes were fabulous (!!!!!!!!!). If a man compliments your shoes, you are #winning. But if a French man compliments your shoes you are #thriving. That, my friends, was the cherry on top to a perfect evening.
And, speaking of shoes, let’s talk about these shoes. Let me introduce you to my “Taxi Shoes.” I won’t lie, they were an impulsive purchase but hear my side of the story until you dub me a shopaholic.
In 2016, New Orleans formally joined society and got a Nordstrom Rack. To publicize their opening, it held a shopping event for customers, complete with champagne, appetizers, and music – obviously couldn’t miss it! So my friends and I went, and as soon as I walked in, after grabbing a champagne (priorities), I headed straight to the shoe department. As most of my shopping expeditions go, I wasn’t really looking for anything – just browsing around, until I spotted these taxi beauties.
As I drooled over the glittering shoes, two thoughts entered my head: (1) I would never have anywhere to wear these, and (2) How have I survived 25 years without these? It was a real internal struggle, people. In hopes of resolving my plight, I tried on the shoes because I somehow convinced myself that I wouldn’t actually like them on. MISTAKE. I fell in love with the shoes.
And, to make matters more difficult, other people insisted I buy the shoes. By other people, I’m referring to one in particular: Shoe Guy. As I’m checking out the shoes in the mirror, a man approached me and said, “Listen to me, you gotta buy those shoes.” A complete stranger, y’all. He was just another Nordstrom Rack enthusiast passing by who absolutely insisted I bought the shoes. When I shared my doubt about actually wearing them, he said it didn’t matter – I had to buy the shoes! They were made for my feet! I had to buy the shoes! Then, on top of all that, he asks: “Are you married?” To which I responded: “No!” To which he responded: “You wear those shoes and you’ll be married.” No, I am not married now, nor am I looking to get married anytime soon. But, c’mon, y’all – how do you not buy the shoes after such an encounter?
taxi shoes: Kate Spade || blazer: Burberry || pants: Citizens of Humanity
photos by: Scott Simon
Moment of truth: are you dubbing me a shopaholic?
Keep It Stylish,