Living in such a casual city, where jeans and booties reign supreme even at the hottest of restaurants, I sometimes feel like I'm missing out on the "up" part of dressing. And isn't that how we all formed our love of fashion to begin with? Playing dress-up in our mother's closets, lusting after the newest arrivals from Abercrombie & Fitch (which I was desperate to be old/big enough to fit into, and by the time I was, could not care less about it), and teetering around in too-big heels are some of my first sartorial-related memories. Clear indications of my future propensity (bordering on obsession) with this bizarre medium of self-expression that is both life-necessity and art form. Annnyyywwwaayyyysss.....all of this is to say that I don't have enough occasions to slap on a fancy-ass dress and high-as-hell heels, which for some reason I find to be a fun thing to do. Recently, however, I took the opportunity of an upscale brunch at Neiman Marcus-- the mothership of the Ladies Who Brunch-- to take this new Banana Republic Dress and my favorite Choos for a spin. The look definitely felt way more dressed up than my usual brunch attire, but the minty hue and light fabric of the dress (as well as a more daytime-appropriate silhouette) kept it from feeling overdone.