Last weekend, friends hosted an amazing summer wine-tasting party!  Great wine, great food, great conversation – the perfect summer evening!  As I was getting ready to go, I decided to wear a recent thrift score: a new-with-tags Isabel Marant dress!!

Isabel Marant
Isabel Marant Etoile Saba Wrap Front Silk Matka dress in claret for $12.99 – 30% coupon…. $9.10
I love tags that tell you nice things.
I love tags that tell you nice things.  Yes, I do appreciate the beauty of this item!

My initial temptation was to save this dress for a special occasion, then I thought, “This party IS a special occasion!  I love dresses!  This dress cost me less than $10, it can go anywhere with me and make every occasion special!”

So I wore it.
So I wore it.

I love this dress!  The fit is tailored yet romantic, the silk is structured yet light and flowy – like linen but better – and the claret colour makes my heart beat a little faster!

Kenneth Cole clutch gifted by my hubby back when we were childless and bought new things.
Kenneth Cole clutch gifted by my hubby back when we were childless and bought new things.
Miz Mooz shoes
Miz Mooz shoes, thrifted for $9.80!  Mosquito bites to remind you that I don’t do Photoshop.  It’s all me all the time.

I think true style comes from wearing what makes your heart sing, regardless of what others are wearing or what anyone else thinks!  True style makes every occasion special!  And this designer dress that retails for more than $500 made the summer party even better!

This is always a good sign...
A good sign of good things to come!
Some bubbles to start off the tasting...
Some bubbles to start off the tasting…
Mr. Style enjoying some freshly shucked oysters.
Mr. Style* enjoying some freshly shucked oysters. (*He’s keeping his internet name from back when this was VV Boutique Style!)
Why yes I'll have a homemade salmon-crepe-creation of deliciousness!
Why yes I’ll have a homemade salmon-crepe-creation of deliciousness!
Next up, rose!
Next up, rose!
So pretty I had to take its picture twice!
So pretty I had to take its picture twice!
My contribution for the evening was a lovely Larkmead that we've been saving since our anniversary Napa trip!
Our contribution for the evening was a lovely Larkmead that we’ve been saving since our anniversary Napa trip!
Oh those artists are always photobombing.
Oh those artists are always photobombing.
The party even had a special wine-cage-match!
The party even had a special wine-cage-match!  2010 vs. 2011!
The happiest line-up I ever did see.
The happiest line-up I ever did see.
Now I know why I liked the colour of the dress so much!
Now I know why I liked the colour of the dress so much!
Concluding the evening with delicious dessert wine!
Concluding the evening with delicious dessert wine – I’ll drink you even though you don’t match my dress!

It was a spectacular evening!  I’m so thankful for good friends and good wine!

I think my thrifted Isabel Marant Etoile dress got the evening out it deserved!
My thrifted Isabel Marant Etoile dress got the evening out it deserved!

 

4 Comments

  1. Riki Green Reply

    Beautiful dress! It looks like it was made for you, Nicole.

  2. She Does Create Reply

    Such a pretty dress! I love that you just wore it because life is a special occasion.

  3. Kimberly T Reply

    I’m so glad you got that dress!  It looks gorgeous on you!  Just perfect for wine tasting  🙂

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