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Happy Hour: Welcome to Georgetown


When I spotted this cocktail on Honestly Yum, I knew it would eventually appear on CHS.  Why?  It’s called “The Georgetown.”

While I loathe the overwhelmingly congested sidewalks and pretension of that particular neighborhood, you can’t deny that Georgetown is as much a part of the D.C. mystique as Capitol Hill, the Beltway or the Potomac River.  And a cocktail made from rum, bitters and Maraschino liqueur certainly sounds like it would be right at home in the wood-paneled, smoky back rooms of the upper crust establishments that line the neighborhood’s cobblestone pathways.


Milly Illusion Yoke Fit & Flare Dress ($450)

Show me a dark brown cocktail served in a champagne coupe, and I’ll show you a little black dress.  This Milly frock (available in more sizes at Neiman’s) with a textured skirt and an illusion neckline is perfect for sipping a libation in a dimly lit hotel bar, Off the Record, perhaps?

If you like the look of an illusion neckline, then you’re in luck.  I have compiled a bevy of sheer-accented dresses in a host of price points.

Want a bit of sparkle with your sheer?  This BCBG dress accented with large pailettes is Stella McCartney-reminiscent at $398.  White House Black Market added rosettes to their festive party frock, which sells for $280.  And this sleek, one-shoulder Aidan Maddox has peek-a-boo sheer, and sells for $295.

If you prefer a dress price somewhere in Onederland, this pleated jersey sheath is a good place to start at $158.  This tiered mini-dress has lace and a bit of a flapper feel to it.  But my favorite is the unfortunately named, Gothic Prom Dress, with laser cut details, a deep back and a flare skirt.  (I mean, really, I die for this dress.)

Under-$100, I found this super simple dress with angular details at Target for $35.  This sleek lace option is $79.  And this pretty DKNY knock-off with a flare skirt and long sleeves is $60.

I found a few plus size dresses that I love including this 3/4 sleeve lace dress and this 30s-inspired dress with crystal embellishment on the shoulder.  And if you’re petite, I love this matte jersey dress with demure sleeves and a sheer back and this tiered dress with a sheer lace yoke.


I’m speaking at the GW Women in Business Conference tomorrow on the fashion panel.  It’s at 11:00AM, so hopefully I’ll see a few of you there.

Have a great weekend, and see you Monday!

xoxo, Belle



  1. Pancakes says:

    I love that Gothic Prom Dress! I wish it still came in the peach.

    April 5, 2013/Reply
  2. KC says:

    If anyone is interested in the Wallis flower-print top from Thursday, it has been restocked in all sizes.

    April 6, 2013/Reply
  3. Chelsea says:

    I wore a gothic prom dress… it’s not something I’d like to revisit.

    April 8, 2013/Reply