Last month when I was searching for the perfect outfit to take with me to the Southern Blog Society Conference, I wanted to find something that was out of the box and made a statement. I was particularly looking for something to wear to the Friday night cocktail party. I wanted to make a great impression, while at the same time incorporating a little DC flare.
That's when I found this AMAZING Cherry Blossom skirt from Violet Boutique. I fell in love with it instantly. It's one of those pieces that I can wear many times throughout the year. Not just in the spring when cherry blossoms are blooming.
When I went into Violet Boutique, the owner Julie had reserved a dressing room for my friends and I, and was already filling it with looks she wanted me to try. It was like she was in my head. She knew exactly the look I was going for. I narrowed the search down to two options. One, that I felt 100% confident in and was totally within my comfort zone. However, Julie suggested I really reach beyond where I felt comfortable and try something I never had before... a crop top.
Y'all, I have never been one with the crop top trend. Let me be frank, I just don't feel like drawing attention to my stomach. But my friends and Julie really sold me on this particular crop top, because we paired it with a high waisted midi skirt. So only about half an inch of my stomach actually showed. Luckily, it was the flattest part of my midriff, ha!
But let's talk about the back of it. You won't see any photos here, because after many failed attempts taking photos with my friend Katie, we never got a great snap of the back. It is a gorgeous lace design, held up by two thin bands at the back. Initially I was hesitant about the "barely anything there" top, but I quickly changed my mindset when the temps in Charleston that Friday were well north of 100 degrees.
I'm so glad I listened to Julie, and really stepped outside of my fashion comfort zone with this outfit. The skirt + crop top came together to be exactly what I had hoped for. I ended up buying the other dress as well and plan to wear it to an event here in DC.
If you're in the DC area, I HIGHLY recommend you stop by Violet Boutique. I've talked about them before, but I cannot talk about them enough. They are priced so affordable and have the cutest pieces. Perfect for a twenty or thirty something! The quality of the clothing is wonderful too. I have several pieces that I wear on repeat, that I've owned for several years now.
Violet Boutique is located at 2439 18th Street, Washington, D.C.