Friday, May 31, 2013

Frock Fridays: Reunion

It's another long weekend for me, dear readers!  I took today off work to head up to New York for my five year college reunion.  (It's shaping up to be a busy day because I have my visa appointment in the morning and then a vet visit with Charlie at noon before my 2pm train.)  Reunion activities actually start on Thursday night - I guess that a lot of alums from my class stayed in the city after graduation - and there's a young alum party on Friday night that's billed as a repeat of Senior Week shenanigans.  But I can drink with the kids I want to see from college whenever I want (well, you know what I mean) and I'm not really excited about making the same inebriated small talk over and over again with everyone else, so instead I'm having dinner with a friend I haven't seen since London a year and a half ago.

On Saturday, I've signed up for a morning lecture and an afternoon class; the first will be given by Attorney General Eric Holder and the second is a continuation of one of our Core courses and we'll be discussing King Lear and government.  (Why yes, I am a total nerd!  Learning is FUNdamental, you know.)  In the evening, we have a wine tasting and then a cocktail reception followed by dinner and dancing under the stars in front of the library.  A bunch of friends have signed up for this, too, and, since we won't all be stuck on a boat with an open bar and there'll be a lot going on, it'll be a great chance to catch up with kids I liked in college but have since lost touch with in a totally escapable way.  I can't wait!

I've packed two outfits for Saturday night and I'm not sure yet which I'll wear, but if I had a blue frock like the one below... well, what better time to dress in school colors?  This would be a perfect outfit for the evening's activities.  If Reunion really is anything like Senior Week, the heels will be off by 9pm but the pashmina will keep me warm as the New York air cools and the skirt will be perfect for twirling.

Now, to remember the rest of our fight song...

(If you've been to any college reunions before, give me your suggestions for how to navigate everything gracefully!  I'm sure I'll need all the help I can get, especially once the champagne starts flowing.)
roar lions roar


  1. I think college reunions are a lot, well, weirder in this day and age of social media. I've kept up with most of the friends I wanted to via facebook and so forth, so when we went to my 10 year, it was mostly hanging out with friends I'd kept up with but hadn't sat down with and talked to for years and introducing Scott to everyone. Of course, there was the occasional "Hey, I haven't talked to you in years! Great to see...oh, I forgot you're a jerk. THAT'S why I haven't talked to you in years."

  2. Oh, love it! Have a great time love :)

  3. I've never been to a college reunion but that outfit looks great! :) I'm all about school colors.

  4. haha my high school colors were purple and gold... blue and white is a lot easier to wear :)

  5. thank you! bit cooler in NYC than here in DC, thank goodness...

  6. totally agree - I've already seen the wedding photos and the sonograms, so "catching up" takes on a whole new meaning. it does mean we know what to talk about though!

  7. 5 year college reunion? amazing! I'm not sure if my college will have one next year for our 5th.

    Enjoy your time at the reunion. That dress is amazing!

  8. i love the outfit, especially the wrap. Going with school colors is a great idea. My last college reunion was for my 25th, two years ago. I would say be cordial to everyone but hang out with your crew! Enjoy!

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  10. I have yet to attend a high school or college graduation. I'm actually a little annoyed my high school didn't have a five-year reunion. Ten years isn't that far away, so I hope someone manages to get that together. I mean, part of the reason we elected certain people as our class president/VP was because we thought they could handle planning reunions.

    Not gonna lie, I mainly want to go back to humblebrag that my life has been so much cooler than most of theirs. #SorryImNotSorry

  11. That dress is DARLING! So elegant. Have a blast at your reunion-- I have yet to give in and go to one! :-P
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  12. The fact that you went to Columbia makes me so jealous. That's amazing! And so Blair Waldorf. And didn't Ted Mosby on HIMYM teach there? Basically I need to go.

  13. YAY! Weekend in the city!! And you're totally right, learning is FUNdamental!! Hope you have an amazing reunion!! And the outfit is superb, too! The dress is... WOW!

  14. That's a gorgeous dress! My old university's colour is orange and there's no flipping way you'll ever see me in that, haha.

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  17. That's one gorgeous look! Love those cap toes!

  18. I'm swooning over those shoes Betsy!
    As this was posted last week I'm way behind, so instead of telling you to have a great time, I hope you had a great time! x
    P.S. I grew up in the Hudson Valley :)


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