Jazz & Plaid

I thought I’d take you along with me on a little Saturday night spent with my mom visiting.  For Christmas we’d gotten her tickets to a Connecticut jazz club called “The Side Door” that is ALWAYS a good time. For reals, if you live in CT get yourself there stat!

Either way, more on that later, first a quick peek at my outfit for the night, brought to you by my biggest style icon: comfort.










what I’m wearing:

Yea..so this entire outfit is from Marshall’s…the pants, the shirt, the cardigan…all from my local Marshall’s. It’s a safe thing to say 75% of my closet probably is.

Shoes  // Payless Remi Ankle Boot (only $24!)

Nails  //  Essie-Shearling Darling

Necklace  // Rose Water Design (check her out she’s AH-MAZING)

OK, onto our little mom date night, shall we?


We took mom out to dinner at Moxie – a hip little restaurant in Madison, CT.  My favorite thing about Moxie is their cocktail list.  Listen if you’re new around these parts it’s important to know I’m a certified cocktail snob. I scoff at premade mixers, well drinks and wannabe bartenders. More about that in another post…all you need to know for now is that I will go somewhere for their cocktails over their food and Moxie delivers.


We order some pre-dinner drinks and I went for this twist on a classic negroni made with apple moonshine.  We followed up with some super healthy snacks…obvs.

PicMonkey Collage


We took a quick pit stop at R.J. Julia (aka Connecticut’s cutest bookstore) for some espresso and mindless wandering.  Then we headed off to The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT.

The Side Door is part of the Old Lyme Inn, and one of the best additions to Connecticut in the past few years. It’s tiny, covered in a blue haze and cluttered with small tables topped with old fashion bar snack mix…so basically everything you’d want out of a jazz club.

For a reasonable ticket cost the Side Door Jazz offers up some of the best in jazz (usually brought in from NYC or further) from the new guys to the oldies. We were there to see Christian Scott, a two-time Edison Award winner and 2-time Grammy nominee, he plays trumpets, produces and composes.  While jazz sometimes gets the rep of being for “grown-ups” Scott played with a group of other musicians from ages 21 to 30 and it was awesome to see such “younger” group who were so wildly talented in the genre of Jazz.


All-in-all, we had a great night and turned out to be the perfect Christmas gift to mom!

What did you do this weekend?

No, but be honest, are you a Marshall’s addict like me?

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