LE TOTE Lifestyle— A Writing Collective, A Farm Dinner, and Champagne Cocktails

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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.

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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.

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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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