What can I say, my style mavens?
I have been absent from this whole blogging game for longer than usual.
Travel, work and life are all to blame for my recent hiatus. Plus, with everything that is going on politically and socially here in the states, it has just been difficult for me to get excited about what trend I plan to wear this season, or even a new pair of heels.
The truth is, I have just been completely undone lately.
I recently moved to the historical Butchertown in Louisville, and it is definitely everything I imagined it would be: centrally-located to the happenings of the downtown scene, yet still far enough removed that I can sit peacefully on my stoop and enjoy the silence of the day. However, even with the young and slightly eccentric individuals that seem to move into the area on an almost daily basis, and the addition of Butchertown Grocery, the neighborhood has been seriously missing the local and unique culinary establishments that other neighborhoods in the city seem to boast.
All that recently changed though when the new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Ba Luu, opened on East Main St this fall.
By recreating the street fare she experienced growing up in Saigon, Jessica Mach- Pho Ba Luu’s co-owner- is bringing traditional Vietnamese cuisine to Louisville. The restaurant’s menu boasts everything from pho to spring rolls and bahn mi sandwiches, and also features a variety of rice and noodle bowls as well.
What makes Pho Ba Luu’s menu truly stand out though?
The simplicity of its dishes, which are made from scratch on a daily basis with local, seasonal ingredients.
During my last visit, I tasted the chicken Pho bowl and was completely delighted with both the broth (a key component when it comes to an exceptional bowl of pho) and the small bag of additional ingredients that accompany each bowl that you order: Thai basil, a lime slice, bean sprouts, sriracha and a jalapeño that brings all the flavors and smells together in savory unison. The spring rolls are also particularly delightful, which is probably why I order them in addition to my bowl of pho almost every time I visit the local haunt.
With it’s simple and fresh perspective on what Vietnamese food should taste like and a modern approach on how it is served, Pho Ba Luu is a delightful mainstay in Butchertown, and will hopefully serve a model for future restaurants hoping to establish themselves in this neighborhood as well.
It is the thing, right? So when I heard KMAC opened an exhibit titled Sisters of the Moon- a compilation that features artists who dive into the topic of mysticism and mythology, while illuminating the creative space where female identity, art and spirituality connect- I was immediately intrigued.
ASOS Patent Leather Pumps
Confession time: For many years, I have romanticized the idea of wearing denim to a holiday party. And no, I don’t mean the kind of party you casually have with your family and closest friends. I am referring to the ones that are so festive that people plan their outfits weeks in advance for. The ones where tiny food is served all night on tiny treys. (You know where I am going with this.)
I know, in most social circles denim is completely unacceptable attire when it comes to this kind of festive soiree, but my rebellious streak and constant urge to play with new ideas in fashion has lead me back to this particular dilemma many times. However, I think I have finally cracked the code when it comes to navigating this uncharted territory of mixing denim with holiday dressing.
The key? The right pair of heels, of course.
I mean, didn’t Marilyn Monroe once claim that the right pair of heels can help a woman conquer the world? If that is in fact true, then why wouldn’t the right pair of heels help a style maven confidently conquer a holiday shindig in the denim of her choosing? Maybe this holiday season, add a twist to this idea though by pairing your denim with patterned tights or dress socks that really put some focus on your footwear.
Once you have that in place, expect to turn heads in all the right ways this holiday season.
Sleeves seem to be a major topic of conversation amongst the fashion set lately. They have taken on exaggerated silhouettes, been chopped up, chopped off and sewn in ever way imaginable. They even had holes cut into them last season as a playful nod to a time when shoulders were a major player in the game of bringing subtle sex appeal back. However, regardless of how they are constructed, sleeves are the latest it fashion accessory. So, it’s not hard to believe that adding a touch of serious flare would be the next logical step in this quest to make sleeves truly chic again.
Mango Blouse \ Zara Skinny Scarf (similar bow blouse here) \ ASOS Denim \ Goldy Watch (c/o Barbas & Zacári)
Now that the holidays have officially arrived, I have decided to embrace my inner Bianca Jagger and don the bow blouse like I’m the style maven making a grand entrance at Studio 54 back in 1979. Not that I need an excuse to rock the pussy bow trend with abandon, but it is always nice to have another option when you are making the rounds at this year’s holiday soirees.
Along with its day-to-night versatility, this trend is so easy to don. It can be worn with jeans, dressier trousers, and it can even be paired with with a skirt or dress.
The best part?
If you still have that silk, skinny scarf that was all the rage last season, you can actually style it with your favorite button down confection to create a whole new look that embraces the bow blouse trend.
With 2017 right around the corner, it is hard not to take a moment and think about how quickly time passed this year.