This outfit came together in a moment of total panic. There's no reason for you to know that, of course; I look relatively put together in these photos (minus the bandaids on my heels covering blisters from the allegedly comfortable Chuck Taylors I bought before we left for New York.) No one ever had to know. But I'm telling you because I feel compelled to be honest about everything, no matter how silly it makes me look, for reasons I have never fully understood and because looking back at these photos, I still can't quite believe how they came into being. On Tuesday evening in New York, I was walking down Sixth Avenue, aware I had no fresh clothes for the following day - a day when I had a train to Philadelphia to catch at 7 am - and little hope that my suitcase would show up in the intervening time. Stores we closing. Despite the lack of clothes I had with me, I knew I didn't actually need anything new which made it next to impossible to narrow my focus down to an outfit. I left Gap and Macy's and Zara empty-handed. H&M didn't promise to be much better, but I steeled myself before going in and made the decision that I would find something, anything, to wear the following day. The fact that I settled on this dress only because I couldn't find anything else is a testament to the head space I was in - and am always in - when my life doesn't go according to the meticulous plan I have laid out for it, because when I see it now, I can't help but think how absolutely adorable it is. But on that Tuesday evening, it was simply the only thing that fit. Hours later, after stuffing ourselves with a perogy dinner in the East Village (more on that later), we arrived back at our Brooklyn hotel just in time for bed and, when I walked into the room, I tripped over our suitcase. My clothes had finally arrived! I almost returned this dress because of that. But it wasn't wrinkled and everything else was, so I tore the tag off and laid it out for our trip the next day. Best. Sartorial. Decision. Of. The. Trip. I can't wait to restyle it for the cooler weather we're experiencing now in Vancouver. But I also can't help but wish I could go back in time to this beautiful sunny day at the Rodin Museum; it already feels like so long ago!
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