Counter Culture: White Provision


One of the “rules” that most annoyed me as a child was the unspoken mandate that white was unacceptable after Labor Day. Seriously, why did half of my wardrobe become unnecessarily moot when Fall in Georgia doesn’t begin until November? While the ban on whites acted as a good excuse to buy new shoes, I never liked wearing off-white (let’s be honest– it’s not “off” it’s dirty), or really changing my routine at the behest of some old lady’s exaggerated interpretation of Emily Post. If we don’t wear black for two years anymore when someone dies, why hang on to the rest of the Victorian eccentricities to dress?DSC_1038

By now it’s probably clear that this post offers an example rejecting this rule into Fall, and in order to show you how, I went to a neighborhood in Atlanta, affectionately (and somewhat jarringly) called the “White Provision.” The name comes from an old shirt factory building that remains in the area (though no longer making shirts).DSC_1053

A lot of great food places line the opposite side of the building, including Atlanta’s number one rated resturant Bachanalia. However, if the 5-course prix fixe menu is out of your budget, the operation has an adjoining cafe/ bakery called Star Provision, where you can sample the kitchen’s fares before commiting to the date night. In my case, I shared a charcuterie and a box of sweets (go for the ginger cookie!). 


As for my outfit, I’m wearing knock off Ray Bans, a Talbots white linen blazer (thrifted), a Chloe sequin tank top (Ebay), vintage Givenchy purse (Ebay), Gap white skinny jeans, Primark heels, and a ribbon literally taken from an Agent Provacateur box. My necklace is thrifted as well. As far as carrying white into Fall, I think that jeans are a great way to go. While seasonally appropriate, they still make enough of a statement, but will pair well with Fall separates. The blazer, I think, is a harder sell, especially this one since it’s linen….

A quick word on blazers: if there is one item that you look for in a thrift store, try blazers. I think they are a very good intro. to the art of effectively shopping for used clothes. Most generic blazers will run you somewhere in the range of 40 dollars, which is a disgruntling price to pay for a glorified cardigan (unless of course it has elbow pads.. in which case do what you have to do). Most blazers are going to look less sketchy on the rack than a lot of the other hand-me-downs, and a lot of times you can score on some great brands you might not have been able to find otherwise. I know I’ve found DKNY, Pendleton, Brooks Brothers, Talbots, and Ann Taylor to name a few.


DSC_1071DSC_1077DSC_1047Alright. It’s your turn. Go on out there and crush some Victorian sensibilities, and when you do, be sure to share in a comment below. I’d love to see your interpretation of “Winter White.”


Oakland and Octane

DSC_1032Hello everyone, I’m sorry for the brief hiatus, but in the past week I have gotten settled into my new apartment in the Southbank of London and started Fall classes. After wading through I the mountains of paperwork that accompany the new year, I finally got onto the blog today only to realize what a backlog of unpublished posts and lovely comments were waiting for me! For this reason, I’m going to do my best to have a sort of “purge” week and go ahead and publish posts from this summer that are probably barely acceptable after Labor Day (but I hate to throw them away). In addition, I wanted to let you know that over the Fall I will be using this forum as a way to keep my family and friends updated on my travels, so you have to forgive me if some of my posts wax towards travelogue rather than fashion discussion. However, while in the land of Harvey Nichols with my new Chelsea boots in tow, fashion will never be too far from view. 😛

Tldr: A bunch of posts coming out this week, and you can look forward to my travels this autumn!

In the meantime, I wanted to show you some pictures of what I would consider well-executed eyelet that you could probably get away with until October (at least in Georgia).

DSC_1069Julia (shown above) and I explored Atlanta’s Oakland cemetery a few Sundays back. It’s famous for its beautiful architecture and for holding Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson’s graves. There are also a large number of confederate graves here, as the cemetery was founded in 1850. Today, you can still see where some Union soldiers who spent the night in the cemetery wrought havoc, changing dates on certain graves so that people died before they were born, etc.








DSC_1035Julia’s ensemble is composed of a navy eyelet J. Crew tank with pleated eyelet J. Crew shorts, and shoes from Bass, I think her outfit is a good example of looking very cute and put together while staying cool and comfortable. Without exerting too much time and energy, she’s pulled together something you can wear to coffee, the mall, or afternoon lunch without the discomfort that usually comes from anything not-a-sundress touching your body in Georgia.


DSC_1040After Oakland, we skipped across the street to Octane Coffee shop. Inside, Octane has teamed up with “The Little Tart” for a great pastry selection. Personally, I enjoyed the apricot ginger scone, though that should come as no surprise. Thanks for viewing!


Insta-Saturday: Cafe Intermezzo

IMG_8829I’ve been trying to put this post up for a grand total of three Fridays now, but alas it has not been in the cards. I suppose fate has willed the creation of Insta-Saturday, an event as charmingly original as the setting of this post. I’m very excited to introduce you to my favorite taste of Europe in Atlanta: Cafe Intermezzo. With its continental charm, expansive coffee menu, and 2 a.m. close time, it’s an affordable, yet upscale way to make your evening classier (though you will have to battle with the hordes of teenage boys who have the same idea for their prepubescent date night). It’s perfect for a lady luncheon.



When I say expansive coffee menu, I’m not kidding. I’ve always liked it, namely because I’ve always enjoyed seeing non-alcoholic drink options outnumber food offerings (that’s when you know there is a good base line drink), but Cafe Intermezzo is by no means dry, and if you flip to the back of the veritable treatise on drink-making, you’ll find plenty of flavors to “spice up” your beverage. As for food, I’d highly recommend the Parisian Turkey sandwich. You may find it a bit dry, but I think that the added cucumber and raspberry make a lovely combination.



I love Cafe Intermezzo, but one thing always leaves me on the fence. They don’t display the names of their cake offerings. I can’t decide whether the process of getting up every time and going down the line pointing and asking is magical or plain inefficient. For those of you who prefer cheesecake, they have one counter devoted to cake and the other to cheesecake, so you too can participate in this “ritual.”




What I wore

My Tablecloth Dress! I love this piece, which I picked up in a sadly now-defunct boutique in St. Augustine. We didn’t get too many pictures of it at Cafe Intermezzo, so I’ve included a few of us goofing around at high tea in Oxford, England (another time I wore it). From the first one, you can see why it reminds me of a tablecloth. The shape is so unique, and I’ve never found anything else like it… The shoes are Ann Taylor (shout out to my father on the excellent find). Further, to spice up this number, in Oxford I added a hat and gloves, but at Cafe Intermezzo, I think my family was my favorite accessory.

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