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Stylin: Birthday Dinner at The Hill

Part of the fun of enjoying a meal is dressing for it. The right outfit sets the mood. I think the food just tastes better when I’m dressed appropriately for the occation. My ensemble for a night out with the girls is very different from the one I would wear to a Sunday boozy brunch. Here, I’ll show you how I style myself for all sorts of different meals.


If you’re gonna go out in Murray Hill, you may as well look the part: that means black leggings and some tall shoes.  The Hill is not my favorite place in my neighborhood.  It’s pretty bro-y and the food is pretty terrible.  They do, however, have a great deal (an entrée and 2-hour open bar for $45) and semi-private area upstairs that makes it great for birthdays.  When you get to take over an area like that with both the drinks and music flowing, you’ll have a good time.

I have never actually owned a pair of black leggings.  They always seemed to trendy for my classic/preppy style, but I figured for $30 I could try them on for size.  I bought these from Zara ($29.90) and paired them with strappy sandals with a slight platform (Nine West, old, but I think around $40).  On top, I wore a lightly patterned breezy peach tank (~$30) and layered two different gold necklaces (~$14 each).  I got the top and both necklaces at a great DC boutique called Violet.  The final piece of jewelry was a cuff with large black “stone” from Charming Charlie (~$8).  Finally, I tossed on an old leather jacket (TJ Maxx) and carried a simple black clutch (Kate Spade Saturday).

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