Sunday, January 5, 2014

Brunch at Cafe Lalo

Yesterday, my sister was stuck in New York due to inclement weather (or the threat of inclement weather, anyway).  I'm sure this was a bummer for her, but it did mean that she, my other sister, and I could go to brunch at Cafe Lalo together.  

If you're a fan of Meg Ryan + Tom Hanks movies (and who isn't?) you might recognize Cafe Lalo from You've Got Mail.  Their characters have a run-in at this European-styled cafe.  Fortunately, it has plenty of charm, apart from its 90s film cred--and that's saying something, from someone who loves that movie more than she can admit without cringing a little.

I really like their cheery color combinations, as well as the simple style of the cups and creamers.  I also have fixation on creamers, which unfortunately fall squarely in the "You Only Need One.  Seriously." category.

Worth noting, for three-cup coffee drinkers like myself: they serve a darker roast of coffee.
Not for the faint of heart.
Since I see brunch as a sort of festive occasion, I decided to wear a petticoat with one of my favorite 1950s dresses I found in Baltimore.  

Unfortunately, the slush outside restricted my footwear, particularly since I realized the tread on my overshoes is dangerously worn down.  Luckily, I realized this before getting the chance to inadvertently ice skate up Broadway.

Is snow boots-plus-circle skirt my favorite combination?  Nope.  But did I careen into a snow drift?  Nope.  I'll be bringing my overshoes to a cobbler this week, but in the meantime, this'll do just fine.

Outfit details:
Dress: Avenue Antiques (Baltimore, MD)
Sweater: Poor Little Rich Girl (Cambridge, MA)
Petticoat: Thrifted
Boots: UGG
Coat: Tahari
Purse: Michael Kors
Scarf: Old Navy


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  2. Lovely post! Seems like you had a great time in that café. It just reminded me of my brunch at one of lofty spaces as fell victim to bad weather and had to change our plans. However, honestly, it was a great experience to be there and loved their food, especially chocolate cake.

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