barrister’s ball

Barrister’s Ball

Barrister’s Ball was definitely an experience. It was both hilarious and surprising to see all my fellow law students transform from the squibbling (pretty sure I just invented this word) lumps of sparse hair and lumpy fabric into people with surprisingly toned bodies (for people who read all day) looking for action (outside the courtroom).

But I digress. To pictures!

DSC_0061My main qualm? WHY CAN’T MY SHOES BE IN EVERY PICTURE? Is that too much to ask? Anyway to the details. I decided (for once) that in an effort to save money, I would not buy a new dress. I need a new dress like I need a bad grade (although after I saw Leigha’s floor length French Connection number I had to bite my lip and remember that jealousy is a mean and vicious mistress). Of course, that meant I could splurge on accessories *ahem* expand my shoe and clutch collections.

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Hi-lo dress: XOXO from Macys (holla! last year’s Christmas sale)
Clutch: Vince Camuto (eBay)
Shoes: Chloé (eBay)
Headband: Urban Outfitters

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My writing partner and I really love Papa Johns. It doesn’t always bode well.

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Feel free to submit a caption on the next one. I still don’t know what they were going for.

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Now I have a new camera. If only I knew how to use it! I vow next year my prom-esque photos will not be washed out like so. The room was stunning. Looking down from the second floor was like looking over Gatsby’s balcony.

I’m still unsure how, but I managed to convince D. that he should wear red socks to match his tie and my dress. I fully expected noncompliance, thus I bought them. On the premise he would get the wrong thing, he conned me into going to the mall for him. I’m still trying to figure out how he managed it, although I have a feeling the conversation went something like this:

D: I won’t pick out the right one, you should get it.
R: I don’t have time. You’re a grown man. I’m not going.
D: There are clothes at the mall….
R: Okay.

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Red Socks!

At the end of the night (before we finished with the Notre Dame fight song, they played “Piano Man” by Billy Joel (if you haven’t heard it, you best be clickin’ on that link). Everyone naturally formed this amoebic circle (as I ran for my camera). It was pretty cool, you know if you’re into that solidarity/communal-environment/one-family sort of thing. And just as naturally couples started breaking apart and dancing (pretending they could do something besides grind) in the middle. The next picture is hands down my favorite moment I captured.

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All in all it was a very good night. Thanks for indulging me!

Pragmatically Python and a Sneak Peak to Barrister’s Ball

Barrister’s Ball is todayyy! As I know I won’t have the pictures up until tomorrow, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak of my shoes (which I am ridiculously ecstatic about)! To preface, I’ve recently been all over the internet (heaven forbid I leave my apartment) searching for shoes. My dress is red, so I thought I would go gold to accessorize. On the safe side, I know, but I’m going for glamour at a conservative law prom, not New York fashion week, sheesh. Anyway, not long into the search, I started to notice a trend. Namely, SNAKE PRINT.

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Then yesterday on WhoWhatWear. (A godsend I recently discovered — except they also introduced me to this Randall Loeffler clutch and I am so conflicted as to why I am so in love. I have never felt this need for citrus… I’m all at sea! — Get it? Sailors, at sea.. limeys… citrus…). Moving right along, they put out like a gajillion posts a day (decidedly unlike this blog) and have really cool stuff. Well, their “item of the day” was this pair of Need Supply snakeskin (print) shoes!

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It might be my law degree, but I feel the need to offer ample evidence that every “trend” I’m documenting is not merely a figment of my imagination. So now that you can see I’m marginally credible, I thought I’d show you my interpretation on personal style and python print shoes (of two types).

First: Barrister’s Ball! These are my Chloe python heels (2012.. I believe). If you don’t like them please don’t tell me.

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Glasses: Disney, Shirt: Disney (gotta love that employee discount), Leggings: The Row via eBay

DSC_0038This is the most I’ve ever spent on shoes (although they were still eBay). I wish I felt more guilty… but aren’t they beauts? So that is how to wear snakeskin going to the store or hanging at the mall. If you think you are Beyoncé or just have fab legs (and smaller calves then my half marathon running monsters) then this next look is for you.

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Also, the reason that my pictures are marginally better is because I got my new camera!! Barrister’s Ball here I come (I just have to avoid the punch… for a variety of reasons).

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This dress is in my Posh/Vinted closet for those interested. <\shameless self promotion>

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Unneeded dress details (because it cracks me up when people do this)

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These are La Perla Pret-a-Porter, which I also got on eBay — word to the wise next time you’re buying gold snakeskin boots online — maybe know your calf size first. (They call me Epimetheus.)

But snake print doesn’t stop at gold (though mine does… or it gets too snakey for me). My sister put together an interesting ensemble to prove it (also because I ran out of snake print shoes).

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She sends her love from a travelling mirror inside her phone.

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For those interested, I’m fairly certain we bought these BCBG heels from T. J. Maxx after a long conversation about the fact they wouldn’t make her too tall. Amirite or amirite? Just good legs all around.

Wish me luck (with the curling iron) tonight at the BALL.

Lion’s Thread: From Uganda with Love

I’m so excited! This week is Barrister’s Ball, AKA law prom!! I’ve splurged on shoes, bought my first ever clutch and have a hi-lo as flexible on length as I’m going to be on that dance floor (yeahhhh). But here’s the thing. In the name of all that is noble and good. If I have to see one more combed-over conservative being suffocated by whale apparel , I’m going to cut someone. The combined homogeneity and color scheme of these fratdaddies in their Vineyard Vines get up is enough to drive me and my perfectly-manicured-for-one-day nails to the nearest shot of absinthe, so like Hemingway I can slowly succumb to “Death in the Afternoon” bemoaning the fact that all men have said a farewell to charm, and bravery is dead.

But! The Sun Also Rises, and there is an alternative: Lion’s Thread. As bold as their mission, Lion’s Thread bow ties come to you direct from Uganda, where the profits work toward both providing and training for women in the Namatumba community and providing a source of sustainable support for the affiliated orphanage there. At $45.00 a pop, that’s a pretty sweet deal.

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One of the coolest things about Lion’s Thread is that it’s one of the first ways I’ve encountered that artisan fabrics coming from eastern Africa are being marketed towards men. Let’s be honest, you’ve all seen the girls carrying their African satchels, whether it be from the last mission trip or Urban. Yet, straight from the Kampala market, Lion Thread brings a new (and sustainable) alternative for men’s involvement into the conversation in a way that is not nearly as overdone or boxy as granola chick’s satchel….

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Seriously, check it out Auburn and Florida fans.

BUT this dream isn’t a reality yet. While they have expanded since hiring their first working seamstress, Sarah (shown below) to four, sometimes five part-time workers, it can’t really expand without your support.

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It’s 12-day crunch as we speak.

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Whooooo! Exclusive Designs!

Check out the kickstarter page for more info, loot, and bow tie patterns, including one special edition model, only offered on kickstarter! For those of you unfamiliar with the kickstarter forum, entrepreneurs set a certain goal for a certain time period, and if they make it they get all the pledged money. Alternatively, if they don’t make it, they walk away with only the shades of their dreams in hand.

Last Thursday, I spoke with Co-Founder and Creative Director, Sydney Hulebak about the brand, it’s conception, development, and her involvement (originally I planned to talk to fellow co-founder Brittany Enterkin but Uganda time is decidedly my sleep time).

R: Where does the name Lion’s Thread come from?
S: Well the lion is the most empowered, powerful animal in Africa, and we were looking for something strong and courageous to embody that spirit. Threads of course has the obvious meaning, but it also stands for the connection between the women sewing in Uganda and the men here who buy the bow ties.

R: Can you tell me more about you and Brittany’s story and why you decided to do this?
S: Well, Brittany really helped me get involved with SOUP [Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project], but we have constantly been fundraising, and have pretty much exhausted the Atlanta market. So, we were trying to come up with a new creative way to fundraise that would be more stable and support the orphanage long-term.

R: This is a great idea, I haven’t seen anywhere else, do you have a background in fashion?
S: My degree is actually in communications and public relations, but I did a summer internship with Billy Reid.

R: What’s your favorite thing about being a part of Lion’s Thread?
S: Chatting with the women and talking about how this is impacting their lives. They are all very excited to “help men in America.”

Frankly, I’m glad they’re helping too. It’s about time we get something funkier than Uncle Earl’s eighties relics wrapped around our boys’ adam’s apple. It’s time to invest in the next big thing.

Worst case scenario? You get to look good. do good. and can add “philanthropist” to your resume.