Yesterday, we celebrated my son Chase,’s 15th birthday. As we do with all of our kids, we asked him what he wanted to eat for his birthday dinner. To my surprise, he said he wanted a “Guamanian dinner.” My mom is from Guam and I remember eating plenty of Guamanian dishes when I was a kid.
So I tried to follow in her footsteps and I made chicken marinated in soy sauce, vinegar and onions; Kelaquen (a ground chicken, lemon and coconut mixture); “red” rice made with Achiote seeds; and Lumpia (ground beef and mixed veges wrapped and fried in filo dough). The meal was deemed a success for the birthday boy and everyone else who came to his party.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about making the food yesterday was reliving the memories that these dishes brought back. Every time we had a big celebration, my mom was in the kitchen making her food. Birthdays, holidays, First Communions, visits from family and friends – all were treated with a bevy of Guamanian dishes. We were surrounded by great food and great company.
Guamanian food can be very colorful. Warm reds and oranges, golden browns and pale creams all fill the plates and they are hues that are featured in my outfit today.
The colors of this dress are much like the colors of the Guamanian dishes of my childhood. I’ve worn this dress before in this post and I called it an “old faithful” piece in my closet. I love it for its simple and casual elegance. When fall comes around, I find myself gazing longingly at it, but I refrain from wearing it because in my mind, it’s a summer dress.
But wisdom is supposed to come with age, right? And while this is certainly not one of those life changing decisions, this is a blog that shares, among other things, my passion for fashion. So I did it, I wore this dress after the warm, humid days of summer had gone past. All it needed was a few helpful pieces to adapt it to fall’s finicky weather and it was appropriate for the season.
My black blazer (another “old faithful”) served two purposes: its dark color updated my summer dress for fall and it added a layer of warmth. It also matched the black in the dress perfectly making it more of intentional pairing.
A second piece that carries this dress into fall are my pebble grain leather loafers from Coach. I bought these last year from Marshall’s. I was actually looking for a white pair of loafers when I came across these. Coach calls this color “Milk” and it looked white under the bright light at the store. But I’ve found that lighting pays a big role in what color these shoes appear. On some days they are milky white, on others they are pale beige, and on yet other days, they are the slightest shade of pink. Their ever changing hues are just part of their charm.
They are also so darn comfortable! In fact, as soon as I put them on in the store I felt as if I was wearing slippers. How do you walk away from a beautiful pair of shoes that feel like your best worn-in house slippers?
This tan suede clutch also updates this dress for fall. I picked this up at Target last year and have used it more than I thought I would. It has a nice boho vibe to it and works perfectly with the dress and blazer.
My burnished gold jewelry collection pairs well with the warm colors of this dress. I wear this “Hope” bracelet a lot with other outfits. It’s a simple piece that mixes well with so many looks.
My necklace and earrings both feature the word “Blessed” stamped in metal. My earrings are no longer available but I’ve included a link to a similar pair below.
I’m not a big fan of “wordy” jewelry, but this necklace and earrings are understated, casual and add to the boho vibe of this dress.
Come to think of it, I am pretty blessed to have been given such wonderful childhood memories of my mom’s cooking and the fellowship that it invited. I count myself even more fortunate that I can share these recipes with my family and create new memories. What more can a mom ask for on the birthday of one of her kids? Not much, except maybe leftovers.
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