Full Circle – How One Outfit and One Event Helped Point me in the Right Direction









Skirt : Tibi | Tank : Rag & Bone
Pumps : Nicholas Kirkwood | Necklace : Dannijo

On Saturday I co-hosted a bridal shower for a good friend and between choosing an outfit and catering the event, I re-discovered 2 things I had forgotten I love; feminine dressing and cooking.

If you’ve seen some of my other outfit posts such as here and here, I’ve made no secret of my love for minimal, edgy and borrowed from the boys style. However, there are other, more feminine pieces in my closet, such as this Tibi full skirt. We’re not talking a few well placed pleats here, this skirt is full-on silk shantung with a tulle interlining and I love it. I knew immediately that my Nicholas Kirkwood pumps were the perfect marriage to complete the look. Of course, I had to pare it down a bit with a beater style Rag & Bone tank, but I still felt a little like June Cleaver (from the waist down anyway).

I’ve spent most of my career working in haute cuisine kitchens in France and here in California, ending with owning a well regarded small hotel and restaurant in New England. When I moved to California several years ago, it was in an effort to “re-set” and re-evaluate my commitment to my trade. I was burnt out and needed a break. I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently thinking about my next career move and not once did those thoughts include cooking, even though friends, family and everyone that knew me and/or had tasted my cuisine urged me to go back to it.

As I started planning the menu, writing the prep list and doing the mise-en-place (literally: “putting in place” of all the ingredients) for the shower, a feeling of comfortable familiarity came over me. The organization, the attention to detail, the planning, the creativity and of course the food; these are the things I love, the reason I entered the business in the first place. I’m an adrenalin junkie, not the kind of adrenalin you get from base jumping or riding a world class roller coaster (2 things I have no desire to do) but the kind you get from having to serve 150 people in 3 hours with fine cuisine that has to be perfect night after night. I think fast and like to keep moving and I’m particularly good at multi-tasking, all qualities that are useful in a restaurant kitchen, no matter the genre.

It appears the craft from which I started, spent 15 years perfecting and the last 7 years trying to escape has merely been dormant inside of me, waiting for the right catalyst to spark it and bring it to life. I am officially out of denial. It’s time to get back to it.

So, it seems I have come full circle.

  • thedailysavant

    Isn’t it funny how the littlest things we do in life awaken old passions? I left the fashion world for education years ago, but got bored with teaching, started my blog, and now it’s a genuine part-time job! Congrats on your re-awakening! Love the skirt!