3.10.2010

Why Don't You...?

…go ice skating a la Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in Serendipity? No embarrassment allowed – falling down and making a fool of oneself is all part of the fun!

…purposely get all dressed up despite the fact that you have nowhere to go? Slip into a sweeping, floor-length gown, and spend the evening feeling like a debutante. You never know when Prince Charming will knock at the door.

…shelve your typical reading material and delve into a tale penned in a foreign language? Devour Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary in Italian; savor Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea in Japanese; inhale Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in German; and if you’re feeling truly precocious, take a tryst with Kay Thompson’s Plaza-dwelling darling Eloise in French.

…pull out a stack of pretty stationary and pen an old-fashioned letter to the individual whose style you admire most?

…replace greasy bags of potato chips and salty snacks with posh hors d’oeuvres consisting of Antipasto Skewers, Quiche Lorraine, and General Tso's Chicken Dumplings? Line them up on smashing sterling silver serving trays and invite a gaggle of your girlfriends over for an impromptu gathering.


Fashionably yours!


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The Style Revolution said...

Wow that would be a dream come true... Put on a gown and prince charming comes to my door. I would LOVE IT! Erika... fab post!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I went ice skating the other day and it was absolutely glorious!! I used to read in Latin and it is seriously alot of fun!! hehe.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Getting all dressed up and having nowhere to go... Sounds like the story of my life. But then I take Bridget Jones' diary and we suffer together. Always love your ideas, Erika!

tess said...

oh bridget jones is so fun!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

:) You're such a visionare! Love you! x

Maddy said...

I always love your lists! So many great ideas :) I used to do "wine & cheese" dates with my girlfriends. We'd a buy bottle from a different part of the globe and luxuriate in various kinds of cheeses. Mmmm....Just thinking of it makes me giddy!

daisychain said...

I haven't been ice skating in way too long, fabulous idea.

Shopgirl said...

I truly love these posts - they always make me smile!! :)) I might have to write a letter to someone tonight... Who shall it be?!!

Happy Wednesday! xx

janettaylor said...

I adore Serendipity. :-D

Sara Lynn said...

Oh I have always wanted to read a favorite book in another language! I took French and I have always wanted to read something in French :)

I love the idea of dressing up with nowhere to go. My Best friend Jamie and I always say that we are going to put on our old prom dresses and go bowling. :)

Leah said...

I love Serendipity... one of my fave movies.

If I read a book in another language, google translate will not stop working. Hahaha!

Have a great day Erika! xoxo

kristengilmore said...

I love this post! I love the idea of getting dressed up to go nowhere :)

Jaime said...

I love pretty stationary- can't get enough! :)

Jamie said...

I think I will sit down with pretty stationary and send thank you notes to everyone who was there for me during the last few weeks. Great idea!
xoxo

http://glamlatte.blogspot.com

Thu Hien Nguyen said...

I love that picture!

xoxo, thn

Joanne said...

Serendipity is a great movie, I just might opt for that instead of the skating! Love the stationary idea too, so inspiring to write someone a note on.

Jacqueline said...

I love to get dressed up even if I have nowhere to go! Why not?! xo

www.FashionSnag.com

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I just looked up those chicken dumplings and now my stomach is growling. Yummy! I'll take those over greasy ol' potato chips any day!!

Alicia said...

You're too cute! Love the idea about ice skating and falling (I would definitely not be a graceful sight out there on the ice!)... ;)

Closet Cravings said...

The "Why Don't You . . . ?" posts are my fave. They're dreamy and thoughtful.

The girl in the photo looks uber stylish - hate her. =)

Special L-O-V-E for "Serendipity" (heart John Cusack), Bridget Jones' Diary (confession: I've never read the book, but I adore the movie), and "Pride and Prejudice" (Mr. Darcy gets me every time - seriously. I adore the movie with Keira Knightley.)

There is something so special about pretty stationary and receiving things in the mail.

Fabu, sweetie.

R. said...

Those all sound like excellent ideas! xo

English Rose ♥ said...

Just like Coco Chanel said, you should always look your best because you never know when you are going to have a date with destiny and you're suggestion just confirms that.

Merci beaucoup for the lovely comment darling =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Aury said...

Oooo I'm going to read Eloise ! I love reading in French and reading is such a good way to practice your foreign language grammar :)

Leia said...

I love pretty stationary!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yay for girly appetizer parties!

I did once put on my Monique Lhuillier reception dress, slipped on my feather fascinator, and surfed the web. My husband thought it was hilarious but I loved it.

Rick said...

Erika, diggin' your things to do list! very cool.

just came over for a daily cafe/fashion fix. now to dig myself from a mountain of work :) postings to (hopefully) resume soon!

Ali said...

Seriously, why DON'T I?

Happy Hump Day! xo

Anna Jane said...

I love the idea of getting all dressed up for no reason! Think I should do that more often...

- Anna Jane xxx
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

MOLLYKT said...

totally do number two... only with my prom dress!
xxx

AH said...

great ideas, and gorgeous pic of siri! i like to be all dressed up around the house sometimes..

Couture Carrie said...

Exquisite post, darling! Love everything in it, from ice skating to pretty stationery and everything in between! Yay for Eloise!

xoxox,
CC

Xisca said...

Wow, your posts are georgeous!
I really adore them.
I'll follow you :)
xxx

L said...

I've got all dressed up for no reason before! I found this amazing floor length evening dress and I had to prance around the house in it :)
L x
fashionlooksnorth.blogspot.com

Spicy Candy said...

<3 <3 <3 this! I'm going to read something in Russian...I'm obsessed with Russian classical literature :)~ Oh and you inspired me to have a fancy cocktail party with all my girlfriends...strict dress code will be enforced. Come fashionably loud or go HOME!

xoxo
Katya-

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Amber said...

I love to ice skate but my husband is HORRIBLE at it and hates it; so sadly, I gon't get to enjoy it as much as I'd like to. Fab post, though! :-) XOXO

Jenny_loves_frosting said...

He was so cute in serendipity :) hes looking older now, especially in 2012. but the 2012 movie made a cool explosion e-card, its worth checking out :) http://bit.ly/cKHVQU

ellie said...

such sweet ideas..oh, I had to work my hat I made into the story..someway..now if I could have only taken a pic of my friend in it, but he's so shy.

Now I must go and make those pink cupcakes that are long over due. All the best on a wonderful week.

Mara said...

Matthew and I went ice skating in December and totally made fun of ourselves! we sucked so badly. I was too scared to let go of the rail!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I love the idea of writing an old-fashioned letter with pretty stationary *^_^*

Hope said...

I love these posts, they make me happy!

Kristin said...

I think I will take pen to paper and send some snail mail this week. Thanks lady!

Brunch girls said...

Not even gonna lie,
we're obsessed with your blog!
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The Blonde Duck said...

I went to a place today for work called the Antler Cafe. It serves fried frog legs and Chicken Fried steak.

That's how we do it in Texas baby...

drollgirl said...

excellent suggestions!!!!

Pop Champagne said...

awww, hehe lately I've been dressing up more for work, I figure why not! When else would I get to dress up! lol

dv said...

this is really cute! i like your blog.

Dream Sequins said...

Yes please- I would LOVE to go skating with my Mr. a la Serendipity ;)

Luinae said...

My goal is to read Les Miserables in the original French before I'm done high school! It's hard enough in English!

Clare said...

I am dying to go ice skating in the city! I didn't get a chance to this year. But it is on the top of my list this year!

Clare said...

I am dying to go ice skating in the city! I didn't get a chance to this year. But it is on the top of my list this year!

Krislyn said...

guilty of dressing up and having nowhere to go... but who cares, i dress for myself, fashion is my therapy!

Josie said...

I absolutely love the second idea -- precious :)
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

J. said...

Love your "Why Don't You Lists"! I think I'll actually send a letter to someone whose style I admire...

Andhari said...

Love these ideas!:) Especially the skating and dressing up one :) They're always fun.

Elie's Papel said...

I love it every time your post is like this... sooo cute!

Dancing Branflake said...

I wish I could spend a day with you and eat fancy food and go ice skating! I love these posts so much.

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Mmmm, might just have to read Eloise in French while wearing a ballgown...mmmm I think so.
XOXOX
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

Terence Sambo said...

I'm certainly guilty of dressin up wit nowhere to go :o]

nookie said...

those candy stripe sheets are so cute:x

nookie said...

those candy stripe sheets are so cute:x

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i adore ice skating, havent been in sooooo long! indoor rinks just arent as charming as huge outdoor ones thou...

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i adore ice skating, havent been in sooooo long! indoor rinks just arent as charming as huge outdoor ones thou...

ediot said...

hi dear. always appreciate your comments! i cant wait either for the collection.. im utterly in love.. especially since i long for summer..
I would love to go ice.skating-as you proposed in the entry. Hope youre having an great week dear.
xxx ediot

ediot said...

hi dear. always appreciate your comments! i cant wait either for the collection.. im utterly in love.. especially since i long for summer..
I would love to go ice.skating-as you proposed in the entry. Hope youre having an great week dear.
xxx ediot

gleenn said...

haha! I like the last part, that replace the greasy bags of potato chips .... The bag that I carry to work everyday just needs that :)

Emily said...

ice skating is so much fun. and I love the idea of dressing up with no where to go! adorable.

Schnappy said...

I love Bridget Jones! :)

Audrey Allure said...

I love stationary & writing old-fashioned letters :)

COCAMIA said...

I agree! These are my favorite posts! Great ideas of inspiration...xx

Sherin said...

The ice skating scene from Seredipity was by far my favourite.

And I love the idea of dressing up in a gorgeous long dress for fun!

The Pink Tutu said...

Serendipity is one of my favorite movies! I love it. I also love getting all dressed up. In college, the girls that I lived with and I would have little impromptu dinner parties in the apartment and dress up. So fun!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Ah yes, dressing for no particular reason--that's a great suggestion! And of course, I love the last suggestion of fab yummy things for my friends on the spur of the moment--love the idea of displaying them all very elegantly--it's filed away for sometime soon!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

xo Mary Jo

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love your list. I feel like spending the night lounging around in my evening gown :)

Gaia said...

Serendipity is my and Mr B's movies! we love it and the song is our song!

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Elizabeth Marie said...

You know you had me at "Serendipity" :)

xoxo

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

oh, the stationery one really speaks to me. I LOVE stationery. There's something romantic and thoughtful about it.

Islandia Lane said...

you always have the BEST suggestions! so ab fab.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Ooo I've been wanting to ice skating lately! I haven't been in years. Thanks for the extra encouragement ;)

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