A few weekends ago, my husband and I took his 83-year-old Uncle Lutz out to dinner and I wore this maxi skirt, feeling like it was going to be the star of the evening. It looked gorgeous, was comfortable to wear, and with its full and flowing design, was quite dramatic.
While I received many compliments on the skirt, it definitely wasn’t the star that night. Uncle Lutz stole the show and I’m so glad he did!
The Perfect Evening
We asked Lutz to pick his favorite restaurant and he chose Landini Brothers in Old Town Alexandria because “they have the best clams on the half shell and the best martinis,” he said. Sporting a white fedora, Lutz helped us navigate to the popular restaurant. I’m not a huge clam fan, but I do like a good martini. Lutz was spot on with Landini’s version. We only had one each, but it was quite tasty.
By the end of dinner, we were all feeling warm, full and happy. Lutz suggested a walk to the waterfront since the weather was so mild. My husband and Lutz talked about family trips and visits when they were both younger and they had me laughing at their adventures. We then stopped at a waterfront restaurant for a dessert cocktail before heading back to Lutz’s cozy apartment, where we had a final cup of coffee and exchanged a few more stories.
Lutz had brought out his best china and a few little cakes. He also played German holiday music in the background. Several little lamps sprinkled throughout his dining and living areas created a warm amber glow.
When we left, my husband and I couldn’t stop talking about what a fun time we had with Lutz. We don’t get to see him much, and when we do, most of the time it’s at a family gathering, so there are always tons of people around. This was the first time in a long time that just the three of us got together. We had a blast. The martini, tasty food and great company made for a perfect evening.
As for my skirt, well, I still felt a little like the belle of the ball. Maxi dresses and skirts are favorites of mine because they are comfortable, feminine and can be dressed up or styled casually. You can see a maxi dress I wrote recently in this post.
I love the design and the fullness of this skirt (perfect for hiding a big meal). Because the skirt is so full, I knew I wanted something up top to whittle in my waist. This faux leather jacket is old, but I wear it quite often in the winter. It is a perfect match for this dress.
I almost feel as if the skirt and jacket combination have a sort of Victorian vibe to it, so I added my antique looking necklace. You can’t see it too well in these photos, but I picked it up at an antique warehouse in North Carolina when I was shopping with my mom. It was $3! No kidding.
But my outfit really wasn’t that important that evening. When we told my mother-in-law about our night out, she said it was better than any gift we could have given Lutz. But he gave us a gift as well. He showed us that being present in every moment and enjoying where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing is the key to a life filled with truly happy experiences.
A great tasting martini doesn’t hurt either.
Photos by Kelly Lefler
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