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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekend Uniform

Friday Night Frocks
 I have this little section of fall and winter frocks in various patterns (and one bright green) which I have come to think of as a sort of weekend uniform.
I call them "Friday Night Frocks" but they're really all about the weekend: festive outings and friends in for cocktails.
With my during-the-week palette of black, brown and gray I'm ready to break free and let loose on a Friday afternoon and just roll that feeling on through the weekend.   Don't you think that sounds sensible?

This is the dress I wore this past Friday.  It was a dark and stormy night but I ventured out to our date spot to meet up with MrBP.
Cocktail Themed Frock

Illustrated by Garance Dore

It's by Kate Spade, you can see it here.

Admittedly it's not for everyone.
I wear it with a gold Brora cardigan.
 Cocktails are really a theme for the weekend.
The bottles on top of the bar.
Those bottles of wine vanished last night.
I didn't do it.
 Do you remember when I stopped having cocktails completely in the spring?  My that was disciplined of me.  I never did go back to drinking red wine, I completely lost my taste for it.  I can have champers, sparkling wine, a little white wine but that's it.  No more headaches but I still get to drink!  
Our champagne bucket.
Purchased at Dehilleran in Paris.
MrBP bought this champagne bucket in Paris and carried it home.  I like the shiny, festive, hammered surface.
My favorite apron has a cocktail theme.
It wasn't too much of a stretch for me to buy that crazy looking Garance Dore cocktail frock, my best apron has illustrations of martinis and happy people drinking cocktails while wearing mod outfits.
I wore it yesterday to prepare for our party, over a dress that has become a staple of my weekday uniform wardrobe: an Eileen Fisher black jersey wrap dress.  (More on that later this week as I once again chatter on obsessively about the uniform concept.)

What are you wearing at the weekends?
I hope your Sunday is lovely and calm.
xoDani

39 comments:

  1. I don't really have a weekend uniform, I usually try to wear clothes that I don't wear during the week and I end up even more casual than I usually am, unless we have friends over (we don't go out that much and when we do our daughter is with us so I try not to wear stuff that gets easily ruined).

    Kate Spade is having a sale this morning (by email invitation), did you see it? They have the Garance Dore skirt and the blouse. I am tempted by the blouse but I know I should refrain. Great prices though, it is worth a look, especially if you have still some gifts to check off your list!

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    1. Ema I looked and I wish I hadn't, so many lovely and tempting things. I am on a strict no-buy for a fairly good spell, self-imposed and due to my expensive renos.
      The blouse is beautiful, I am crazy for the pattern with its bits of red and yellow, I love the dress even though it is quite different.

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  2. What a lovely weekend uniform! I too, break out the dresses in the evenings! I am usually the only one these days it seems...but perhaps I move in the wrong circles! I wear separates to work all week and cords & cashmere during the weekend days to run errands and cook...then change into pretty dresses in the evening...I just like them (AND the cocktails!). Have fun with the Grey Cup today...you've got our (EE) fabulous quarterback...can't believe we let him go! I'll be wearing a green frock with gold cardigan for the festivities...even though we're not in it ourselves!!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, oh yes there will be a party here today, just our family but my MrBP is a massive sports fan so all of these events get a party around here.
      I think you have excellent uniforms figured out and after my own heart wearing your dresses on the weekends! You'd fit right in at my house!

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  3. I really love that dress! Such a happy print. I also gravitate toward dresses for evening. I like feeling like a girl.

    My weekend attire varies as widely as the temperatures do. It's over 100 in the summer so I tend to favor light dresses, skirts, tees and tanks. In the winter, even though it's not winter by Canadian standards, I pull out all the things I can't wear in the summer! Jeans, sweaters, leather jackets, boots, wool dresses and skirts. I have so much summer and winter weekend wear that I stopped buying more a few years ago.

    Enjoy the Grey Cup. My mum is heartbroken the Sask Roughriders aren't in it but she will be excited to watch the game nevertheless.

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    1. DF, It really changes my mood to pop a dress on, so fun. The Garance Dore dress has just the silhouette I love too with its full skirt.
      I'm sure your Mum will have fun watching anyway, I'll be organizing the food and reading a magazine while "watching" the football!

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  4. Mr BP must be strong like bull, that must have weighed a tonne! It's beautiful.
    Oh I do like your dress collection, my weekend uniform is socks, grey sweats which are about 12 years old and a long sleeved white t shirt, I just can't get the hang on wearing proper clothes indoors, I always wonder if it would be different if I had children, I'd set the worst example to them.

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    1. Having kids made me even sloppier, if possible.

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    2. I often wake up and put on a proper outfit, and then replace it piecemeal over the course of the day with more comfy items. Jeans become yoga pants, an underwire bra becomes a wireless one, etc., until at the end of the day I look more ready to work out than anything else.

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    3. Know just want you mean Abby, with me it's always that button-down or blouse that goes for a tee, tank or old sloppy jumper first.

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    4. Abby - the underwire doesn't get a look in at home!

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  5. Love the champagne bucket ~ so beautiful. I sort of dress the same all week..some version of jeans. If we're going to stay in I wear really ugly flannel PJs, with all kinds of crazy prints on them, and Uggs.

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    1. Also, take out contacts immediately, put on glasses and pull my hair back. I'm a real glamour girl at home.

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    2. Kathy, I think you might be my doppelgänger.

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  6. Love your weekend uniform, but even more, I like your weekend plans and the amount of entertaining that you do. Those cocktail themes definitely can put you in festive mood. And yay for cocktails , I would not survive the weekends without wine, it just does not feel like weekend, although I have some on weekdays as well, I come from a long line of alcoholics, lol.
    My fall/winter weekend uniform is jeans or cords with tshirts or sweaters, very basic. I wear dresses to church and sometimes when visiting friends or more formal going out. Just going for drinks it is my best jeans with some fun top and heels.

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  7. so fun! i wish my weekend uniform could be so chic and elegant! our weekend also has hubby and i sitting and having wine while we catch up and recover before starting another week!

    hope you had a great weekend!

    xox P

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  8. DBP, please tell Mr. BP I want his champagne bucket almost as much as I admire your bag. You know me and cocktail accoutrement. My Sunday uniform is polar opposites, either skirt outfits (usually with a jumper and/or jacket since the church can be brrr) or jeans and layers for footie and then long walks. The dresses come out on Friday night, although sometimes if it's a pub people look at me a bit funny. But whatever, you and stylish Miller Time have rubbed off on me. Plus, now I've got 'em have to wear 'em sometime, otherwise wasted JC investment.

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  9. Dani - love the dress - I went to visit Kate Spade, too, but refrained, even on the dictionary clutch, because I am now in throes of Christmas shopping!

    Yesterday I wore PJs all day - I was just worn out! Today is much better and back to work tomorrow. The good news is that I only have a few weeks and then back to christmas vacation when I will take at least another 10 days off!

    I had anticipated wearing a fancy frock last night, but none for me...

    We decorated around the house this a.m. - it still feels a mess to me, but I am letting it go as I am too tired to fuss with it. I did box up a bunch of books to take to the library and donate - sometimes, you just have to let 'em go, which is really hard for me! I do love my books!

    My liquor bottles are all festive! I will take a picture and post later!!!!

    Have a hapy grey cup day! I am roasting pheasant and potatoes with some nice veggies on the side. My children love pheasant!

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    1. Dani - two ps: I wish I had bought to ice bucket! I think the sentence "My children love pheasant!" has got to be one of the most insufferable sentences I have ever written! Apologies all around!

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    2. That's true, but I think it could only have been worse if I had signed off "Love, Muffy"

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  10. Well, I had a drinky weekend, too, as follows: T-day, champagne with puree of raspberries in a desperate attempt to recreate a luscious aperitif we were served in France - mine good but not quite - 2 wines with dinner; Black Friday - pitcher of Brooklyn Lager on pizza&movie day; yesterday - the Minetta Tavern's version of a French 75 with brunch (people please this was named after a WWI cannon), and last night figured out how to make the raspberry cocktail, but can't remember how this morning. oh, look, pieces of uniforms scattered on floor.

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    1. WFF, have you tried puree with just a dash of actual Framboise for body and sweetness? That usually does trick for me. Good luck with floor.

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    2. Get Fresh - I ma very big on the old Framboise and champers.
      Love your recipe for eggnog, I am definitely join to rustle that up.
      Just want to live on eggnog and toast this month.

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  11. You are so stylish in your KS dress. I adore the champagne bucket. It is stunning.
    My weekend uniform doesn't vary much from my day to day uniform. Last night we went to a tree trimming party so it was jeans, a cashmere sweater and boots. I'd have looked overdone in a dress. We have another casual pot luck dinner for the school board volunteers this week and I'm torn about what to wear. It is going to be cold, wet and windy that day which will limit my options. I think my black knit skirt, boots and a sweater with some sparkle will be right amount of festive for a week night.

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    1. Hi Julie, I like the sounds of that outfit. You are busy! I've got renos happening beginning tomorrow, demolition and what a mess it will be. Not sure when I'll be able to get our tree, some of the houses in the neighbourhood have them up and I'm so jealous!
      That bucket is like a work of art isn't it!

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  12. Did you have to buy that champagne bucket its own seat on the plane? Love it, and your dress and gold cardi---

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    1. Sue, it's fancy, it flew up front with the captain.

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    2. Yes Sue and we flew Air France, they serve champagne in economy class, they get it! Bucket was honoured passenger!

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  13. Hi Dani,
    You are the Queen of dress up. So pretty and festive. We're over in Vancouver for the weekend to see Paul McCartney for my birthday. Went out to dinner last night and I wore the K.S. leopard and my husband loved it.
    Went to Holt's and saw THE BAG. Picked myself up off the floor.
    Let me just get this straight first your husband buys the bag and then you have him lug a bucket all over France. Is this man a Saint?

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    1. Yes Tabs it's the big one. Remember you said about once you got to 60 the floodgates would open and elastic pants would be the norm. Well I'm here and wondering if I should lead the way or hold off for you ?

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    2. Marsha Happy Birthday, will be curious to see what you and Tabs decide, if you go for elastic pants we'll find you some outfits to go with! I bet you looked smashing in that leopard dress, it's a good one, so much better than it looks online. You saw the bag! Did it draw you in across the room like it did me? MrBP is quite saintly isn't he, and I'll tell you he loves shopping more than I do, he was the one who had to have the champagne bucket.
      Have a great time celebrating your milestone! That's it I'm going to have a glass of sparkling to you later today!

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    3. Marsha - a huge birthday hug for you! 60 is awesome! I am 50 days till the 50th and I am in elastic pants today (well they are leggings, but who am I fooling????)

      Paul McCartney is on my bucket list! How was he??? I, too, am quite taken with Mr. BP! What a man!

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    4. Marsha - I said that because it takes me so much effort to try to stay at this weight, it's unnatural for me, so I will definitely be adding 14lbs in the next ten years.

      WMM - yes, your'e 50 In January? I can't believe it will be my turn in 18 months, boy have I been a low achiever.

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  14. That KS dress it charming, Dani - so pretty. And now you show me your favourite apron! I must hunt that one down. I only bought an apron because of you, and it's nice but now I want that one! I slob out like Tabs and Kathy. Seriously, I actually pity my Mr. - he deserves more. A medal of some sort at least!

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  15. The Kate Spade dress is adorable! I am all for dressing up for the weekend - during the week, conservative corporate wear is what is required, so it's nice to break free from the uniform and wear something that is more fun. The champagne bucket is fabulous and what a great souvenir of your France trip.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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