As much as I complain about spring’s fickle temps, I actually kind of like that it requires creative layering. I bought this dress during warmer months last year and honestly looked forward to when it was cool enough to layer it with a blazer. The belt is a find from a vintage shop in New Orleans ages ago (and it reminds me that it’s been too long since we’ve been back). But let’s talk about this bag for a minute. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love Danse Lente’s designs. Every bag has a beautiful shape, color combination, hardware, or all of the above. I felt a little boring getting this bag in black because it looks so good in brown and white, but I was in sore need of a small black bag. Perhaps I’ll have to snap up this one in white for the summer!
I wore this for CARE’s “From the Arctic to Africa: Her Harvest, Our Future” – a special evening hosted by Chef Spike Mendelsohn, the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi of Finland highlighting the connection between food, national security, and a clean environment. I was invited to this event by Rachel Mlinarchik, their Senior Director of Development and another one of the lovely people I’ve met thanks to the blogging community. Established in 1945 when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE packages (yup, that’s where the term came from) to World War II refugees, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In the age of GoFundMe and overnight social media campaigns for the cause du jour, though oftentimes well-meaning, it’s more important than ever to support established organizations with proven track records to ensure the majority of your donation actually goes to supporting the intended cause instead of unnecessary overhead. I often use Charity Navigator to research organizations before I donate, and over 90% of Care’s expenses are spent on the programs and services it delivers with only $0.04 per $1 being spent to raise charitable donations – a very impressive track record. CARE’s current efforts focus on fighting poverty through the empowerment of women and girls across 94 countries and global action for climate change – two causes close to my heart.
Genuine People dress (similar)
vintage belt (close match)
Jean Michel Cazabat pumps (old, close match)
Danse Lente bag
Great post and photos! Thanks fof sharing! 🙂
Meg @ Closet Fashionista
That dress is perfection. I always love the mix of different sized stripes, such a statement piece! And that bag is so beautiful!
Wow! I never knew that’s where the term Care package came from, that’s really cool. I’ll have to check them out!
Such a great post girl, thanks for sharing! I am OBSESSED with your whole look, especially that bag! It’s amazing.
OMG…this outfit truly has me salivating!! I think it’s the dichotomy of the fun dress with the sophisticated blazer. And then that belt?? I thought it was part of the blazer!! I’m going to have to figure out how to recreate this look—it’s so amazing!!
moda & style
Wowww!!! What a beautiful photos … I Fantastic outfit, absolutely stunning!!!
Sounds like an amazing evening, and your look is just amazing. I was drooling over that bag when you shared it on instagram, and seeing it with the belt and shoes, I love it even more.
Short Girl Long Jacket
Those mixed stripes are so pretty! x
Susanne - Bag at you
Your shirt dress is amazing! Love the blue color on you! Xx Susanne
The gold accents here are superb ! I love the buckle on that vintage belt and the detail on the hand bag.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
I just love everything about this outfit! So lovely and such a fun dress!
Wow, this outfit is so unique and amazing!! So glad I found your blog, just now!
This is so nice!
You look so stylishly chic babe.
I love your dress.
Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
Loving the flowy stripes, the chic blazer and the unique bag. Awesome style!
A Trendy Life
So chic and elegant, love it!
Have a nice day!
That outfit is gorgeous. I love the striped dress.
Gorgeous look! It’s so professional and elegant! I love it!
I love how you styled the dress with that blazer, and the bag… gorgeous! XO
I’m absolutely in LOVE with that striped dress – you are so stylish!!! Beautiful!!!
-Emily | http://www.East91Blog.com
What kind words about CARE’s poverty-fighting work, and especially about the importance of supporting established organizations when the world is in such great need. Thank you, thank you, thank you for highlighting our work and (always) looking so chic while doing so! Love that dress but love even more those heels, which I think you’ve had for a while? The best.
Oh wow. You’re looking so gorgeous with this outfit dear. Looks so refined, and sophisticated. So perfect on you.
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
That sounds like a great cause, and I love that you did the research and learned that they are a reputable organization too. That dress is so fun–it works perfectly with that jacket and the simple yet gorgeous bag!