Tuesday, June 24, 2008
What do you all think of the long “maxi” dresses that are pretty popular right now for summer? I think they can be very pretty, as in the case of Jessica Jordan, who I spotted during my day-trip to Annapolis on Sunday (you can vote on the outfit!). I used to have this dress that wasn’t quite a maxi…it was kind of a hippie day dress that came down to about mid-calf. It wasn’t the most fashionable thing in the world, but it was silk and so, so soft and comfortable. It finally fell apart and I miss it!
I totally fell for Annapolis. We were in such full-on summer mode getting there, talking and listening to music in C’s little convertible, that we missed our exit and made out way into town some kind of back way. I’m so glad we did, because we ended up discovering Absolutely Fabulous (24 Annapolis Street; (410-268-8762), which, as the name implies, is an absolutely fabulous antique and consignment home shop. Lots of cool shabby-chic furniture (how ridiculous is this cabinet below?! I don’t like it really but it was totally cool), light fixtures and assorted curiosities like old cameras and those model display sailboats that I love. I drooled over a set of antique silver tea spoons and C bought a black leather jewelry box for $50. Roomie E took home a pin for $2. How’s that for painless retail therapy?!
The town has a ton of great little boutiques and antique stores, and it seems like everyone who lives there has a porch.
As we drove home (post-Mike’s), we talked about how good it felt to get out of the city, and how refreshingly laid-back and vacation-y Annapolis was. It got us all talking about where we envision ourselves living in the future. I love Washington for its energy, its smart population and growing creative scene, but sometimes I feel at odds with it. I get frustrated by the self-awareness, the relentless competition, the general feeling I get that people don’t know how to relax. I want to be able to walk out on my porch in my underwear to water my plants without thinking about the neighbors! I actually DID that the other day and realized once I was out there. You can take the girl out of Lexington but you can’t take Lexington out of the girl…