The story usually goes something like… you are preparing yourself to be wined and dined by a significant other or potential suitor. You ransack your closet looking for the perfect ensemble, amassing piles of clothes on your bedroom floor, scrambling about to finish hair, makeup, and that manicure you somehow forgot about. The anticipation is exciting but the process stressful.
It’s rare that we use this phrase in the context of wining and dining yourself or taking some time out of your busy schedule to join a friend for a drink and a meal. So this post is all about taking it back to basics, dressing elegantly but not fussy, enjoying a pizza (or two!) and a glass of wine, and cherishing moments of laughter, good conversation, and a warm ambiance.
1. Wining and dining shalt not be reserved only for significant others or suitors.
In layman’s terms, make time to wine & dine yourself (say, after a stressful week at work) and your friends to show your appreciation for their friendship and to be there to laugh, listen, and offer words of wisdom or encouragement.
2. Thou shalt dress up but not dress fussy.
Blend comfort and style with a chic poncho (that way you can eat as much as you’d like!) or stay warm and stylish with a sweater dress for a more form fitting look. The key to avoiding a massive fight with your closet every time you get dressed is to invest in timeless pieces that are appropriate for day or night and never go out of style.
3. Thou shalt not stress about primping.
Keep your makeup simple and sophisticated by focusing on flawless skin, polished brows, and lashes (add a subtle cat eye for a bit of extra drama).
Don’t stress about getting a blow out! A fishtail braid or ponytail accessorized with a fun headband give you a chic and put together look without much effort (*added bonus: they also work great on dirty tresses).
Some tips for wining & dining.
1. Explore your hometown or city.
You never know what hidden gems you might find. While we love Boston, New York, LA, São Paulo, and other big cities that we’ve been blessed to spend time in we’ve also come to appreciate all that Worcester has to offer. We are incredibly lucky to have a plethora of restaurants of varying tastes to choose from. We recently enjoyed authentic Neapolitan pizza just fifteen minutes away from home at Volturno Pizza, an italian restaurant located on Shrewsbury street.
2. Explore your taste buds.
Speaking of Volturno, we had clams on our pizza… and it was delicious! Wining and dining is all about the experience. Create more memorable experiences by trying something new and exploring your taste buds. You never know what you might discover!
3. Carve out “me” time.
Sometimes the only way to get some “me” time is to step away from the stress of work and home and just get away for a weekend. If a weekend is too great of a commitment then plan a night out. A great way to spice things up and do something special for yourself is to stay in tune with local events happening near you.
Attend an evening event that forces you to take some time to pamper and treat yourself to an extra special night out!
For our west coast friends – the inspiration for this post came from speaking with our new friend Jenna at Fairmont Hotels, West Coast. She told us about the themed events that the Fairmont San Jose hosts each month. With this month’s being “Wine & Dine,” we are sad to be missing out. Boy, do we wish we were in San Jose during these chilly days – especially at the Fairmont Hotel, which is conveniently located close to more than 60 wineries!! Fortunately, we still created a couple of inspired looks for you to serve as inspiration for a wine & dine evening on your calendar. It is a tad chillier here in Massachusetts so we brought some New England flare to our looks. However, if you are enjoying those warmer temperatures you can easily tweak this look. For cooler evenings, opt for bare legs and strappy sandals with a light knit sweater dress or an a-line skirt with a light weight poncho.
So, Cali girls attend the event and soak up some extra sunshine and glamour for us, will you? For the rest of you, if wining and dining isn’t on your calendar yet go ahead and pencil it in now.
Sweater dress: Abercrombie & Fitch
Purse: Kate Spade
Necklaces: TJ Maxx, Bauble Bar (pendant)
Cape: Ralph Lauren
Jeans: American Eagle
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Clutch: Kate Spade
*Special thanks to Fairmont San Jose for collaborating with us!