A Writing Collective, A Farm Dinner, and Champagne Cocktails


LE TOTE Ambassador Joanna walks us through a farm dinner full of lavender syrup and wide brimmed hats to celebrate the launch of her literary magazine, and how she incorporates LE TOTE into her fabulous lifestyle.

“As a stay-at-home mom and a writer, I don’t get a lot of excuses to dress up, but I love fashion and take every opportunity I can. My writing group, the Kindreds, has been meeting for five years now and we share a love for beauty, words, and each other. Thankfully, we’re all pretty girly, so whether we’re meeting at a pie and coffee diner, or a pub worthy of Hobbiton, or a hip, urban cafe patio, it’s always an occasion to wear something fun.

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To commemorate the beginning of summer and the launch of our online literary magazine, Kindred, one of our members threw a farm dinner at her home out in the country. There were champagne cocktails with lavender syrup, a vintage outdoor sitting room in the shade, and a long farm table under the trees that became quickly laden with all our homemade offerings.


It was the perfect chance to dress up a little for the girls and wear out one of my new Le Tote looks. But because the occasion was also casual and held outdoors on a hot day, I took some versatile pieces and paired them with casual counterpoints. I wore the Sanctuary lace trim printed top.

If this had been a mixed group, I probably would have worn a tank underneath for more modesty, but since it was just us girls on a hot day, I let it be light and a little sexy (also a good choice for date night with hubby). I styled this with casual white shorts, saltwater sandal wedges, and a wide-brimmed hat to keep off the sun. The Noir Luxe circle bar pendant necklace paired beautifully, giving a both modern and feminine accent to the look.


Sanctuary Lace Trim Printed Top

Several girls complimented my look that night, before the sandals and the hat came off and we tucked into a delicious farm dinner. As the evening waned to a close and our not-so-dainty appetites were sated (and then some!), I found myself grateful for the millionth time for a group of creative, wise, and beautiful friends who let me be exactly who I am and love me for it.”

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