Dots & Bows

Whenever you’re late, there’s never a cab. You know the types of times that I’m talking about… Whenever you forget an umbrella, it rains. Whenever you wear heels and don’t bring a change of flats, you’ll end up having to run all over the city. #MurphysLaw

Well, I have a new one, guys. Whenever you are on your way to the Lucky Magazine FABB Blogger Conference, a hasty barista will spray syrup all over your brand new silk skirt. Oh wait, that only happens to me. #SyrupShower

Thankfully, these pictures were taken pre-syrup-shower. It’s hard to explain via text how exactly this happened, but I’ll give it my best shot. Imagine that you order a Vanilla Latte. That’s a latte with vanilla syrup in it. You know when baristas are in a hurry and just use one hand to stick the cup over the syrup pump and press down? Instead of the usual “put the cup under the pump, and press the pump with your other hand” kind of thing? Well, this barista was doing the one-handed hold-the-cup-and-press-simultaneously thing.

This is where shit goes awry. The cup had to have been at the ‘perfect’ angle because before I knew it, I was getting showered with liquid sugar. The cup was acting as a backboard to shoot the syrup my way, instead of into the cup. And it must have been a four-pump-latte. Such a sweet way to start the morning. 😉

Oops, I forgot the best part. The barista just looked at me as I was standing there, mouth agape, in shock trying to process the fact that I had syrup splatters all over my clothing. “Oh, uh, sorry.” And proceeded to keep making her crappy concoctions.

The silver lining: I had my skirt on sideways. I had the zipper in the back, instead of at the side. I realized this a few hours later, twisted that baby around, and went about my day. There’s never a dull moment!

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Anthropologie Sweater | Kate Spade Bow Skirt (similar dress here & here) | J.Crew Tights | Elizabeth & James Heels | Sequin Bangles | Kate Spade Bow Watch | Capwell + Co. Necklace

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  1. 10.30.13

    I would’ve pitched a fit and demanded dry cleaning reimbursement. Did it come off?

  2. 10.30.13
    Deauna said:

    OMG! I would have hit the roof! Your outfit is gorgeous. I hope the stain did/does confer out.

    • 10.30.13
      Deauna said:

      Come out. Cursed auto text.

  3. 10.30.13

    It’s a beautiful skirt and I love the shirt you paired it with! I hope the syrup comes out!

  4. 10.30.13
    Jessica said:

    Ugh, that’s so frustrating. I hope the syrup comes out. That skirt is too cute to have ruined!

  5. 10.30.13
    Kate said:

    Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine. Props to you for not losing it, and for looking on the bright side & just twirling that skirt around! This entire outfit is ADORABLE, I love the dots & bows together, and the shoes are just perfect with it!

  6. 10.30.13
    Kimberly said:

    Agree with everyone else here – I would have been SO mad! That skirt is to-die-for gorgeous…adore the print!!

  7. 10.30.13
    Rachelle said:

    Love this sweater and that skirt, great outfit. You look adorable.


  8. 10.30.13

    OMG I’m sorry but I had to laugh so hard when I read your description about your ‘sweet accident’ 😀
    But to be honest I’m always a little anxious when the bartista makes my coffee (I prefer vanilla latte, too) because they are always in such a hectic to do three different coffees at the same time..
    The only thing that turned out as a benefit is the pattern of your skirt so others aren’t able to see the the spot at the first sight.
    Nevertheless you look of course amazing 🙂

    xo, Julia (daysfullofglitter)

  9. 10.30.13
    Heidi said:

    OH my goodness! Seriously, you are much more polite than me because I would have thrown a fit (or started crying hysterically because sometimes that DOES work). I hope all the good karma in the world goes your way and the stain come out because that is a gorgeous skirt.

  10. 10.30.13
    Lauren said:

    Oh my gosh. I would have absolutely lost it! Or maybe shed a tear. This skirt is so gorgeous, I hope you were able to get the stain out!!

  11. 10.30.13

    oh gosh… Well, I bet you smelled good all day! But I’d definitely be upset about an outfit being messed up.


  12. 10.30.13

    Well if it’s any consolation I kept bumping into you at FABB and never once noticed any syrup stains, all I saw was that fabulous skirt! 😉

    (I really do hope it came out though!!)

  13. 10.30.13

    Oh no! I would’ve cried/maybe wanted to throw something at that barista. Terrible. At least your outfit is so cute that probably no one noticed! I love the buttons on the back of your top, great little detail.

  14. 10.30.13
    Lauren said:

    I hope the stain came out girly! If its any consolation flipping that skirt around did the trick – none of us noticed! Have a great rest of the week.

    – Lauren/PRBlonde

  15. 10.30.13
    Stacey said:

    I would have been so mad! At least you made things work and tho skirt is gorgeous, I hope it’s ok!

    Five Minute Style 

  16. 10.30.13
    Alissa said:

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!! That is heartbreaking. Like seriously heartbreaking! I cannot believe that happened!

  17. 10.30.13
    kileen said:

    oh goodness! i can’t believe the barista got syrup all over this beautiful skirt! i love the combination with the dotted top. i hope the stain comes out!

    cute & little

  18. 10.30.13

    See, there are frequent days where I end up getting coffee on my shirt all by myself haha — though no matter how it gets there, it’s equally annoying! That gorgeous skirt is distracting enough for any stain though 🙂

  19. 10.30.13

    Cute! Can’t think of a sweeter mix than bows and dots, that skirt is seriously adorable!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  20. 10.30.13
    Katie said:

    Well you look adorable and I’m pretty sure no one even noticed the skirt syrup stain! I love the polka dot sweater paired with the bow skirt! So cute!


  21. 10.30.13
    Annick said:

    What a funny story! Sucks that you got syruped though! That stuff is so sticky!

    Great look today – that skirt is such a gorgeous statement piece! The print is stunning!

    Bold Subtlety

  22. 10.30.13
    Megan said:

    What a pretty outfit! Especially that necklace 🙂


  23. 10.30.13

    Such a pretty outfit! xx

  24. 10.30.13

    Murphy’s Law is LITERALLY the worst. I feel you… But that newest incident?! How does that even happen?! I hope that barista apologized followed by free drinks and pastries. (:

    Just wanted to say that I found you from TCP and am so happy I did! I’m really enjoying the great amount of outfit ideas, clear photos, and short and quirky writing. Definitely your newest follower!

    Also, I checked out our “About Me” and noticed you’re an Illini alum?!!! (Go illini!) I’m currently a senior here right now and was so SHOCKED to see that on your page! My home is also in Chicago… I definitely have a special heart for Chicago-ans/fellow Illinis. 🙂 Today, I’m proud to be an Illini.

    – J

  25. 10.30.13
    Deanna said:

    Bah! I would have been SO angry! I hope that drink was free.
    Oh well, you still look gorge. Love it all– the bows and polka dots are just too perfect!

    Because I’m Obsessed

  26. 10.30.13
    stephanie said:

    Oh my… those sleeves (of the sweater) are sooo cute 😀
    xx Stephanie (

  27. 10.30.13
    Nikki said:

    So first of all, when I read your tweet about this happening, I felt so sad and angry for you. I would have LOST it. I mean, that skirt is 1. fabulous 2. kate spade. I would have leaped over the counter, for real. You apparently composed yourself better than I would have. Seriously I love that skirt!!


  28. 10.30.13
    Meagan said:

    Love the outfit!

  29. 10.30.13
    Vicki said:

    Oh no! That’s awful! And it’s such a cute skirt! I always wind up spilling something on my new clothes. Or more likely, the boyfriend will spill on/rip something I just bought.

  30. 10.30.13

    Way too fabulous! Such a perfect mix of improbable patterns!!


  31. 10.30.13
    Kristen said:

    Oh my gosh! Your skirt is absolutely fabulous!

    xO Kristen

  32. 10.30.13
    AJ said:

    They didn’t even offer you a free drink or to clean your skirt?! That’s HORRIBLE! So sorry!! At least you look cute!


  33. 10.30.13
    Chelsea said:

    I’ve been following your blog for over a year, and this just might be my favorite outfit of yours ever! Perfection.

  34. 10.30.13

    Such a cute outfit, I love the skirt!! That stinks that that happened to you & that barista does not sound very friendly. I’m glad it all worked out in the end though!


  35. 10.30.13
    Kodi said:

    Oh no! Hopefully the dry cleaners can help you with that. I’m glad you were able to go about your day — definitely a super cute outfit!
    grey et al

  36. 10.30.13
    Shira said:

    Nu uhhhh I would so contact Starbucks and make them pay for the skirt! Do ittttttttttttttttt:)

    On another note, you look so freakin adorable.

  37. 10.30.13
    Katherine said:

    Aww! I was out for dinner one night, and the server dropped my mostly empty plate with cutlery on my lap. They were very apologetic, but trying to get au jus out of a silk-blend skirt is not an easy task.

  38. 10.31.13

    Wow I would have definitely got a manager out and demanded at least the cost of drycleaning. Especially on a new Kate Spade skirt! yikes! Glad it didn’t ruin your day. LOVE that sweater. Gorgeous!

  39. 10.31.13
    Charlotte said:

    Such a cute outfit – I hope your skirt is ok!
    Charlotte x

  40. 10.31.13
    Ally said:

    This pattern mixing is amazing and unexpected! That skirt is just to die for

    xoxo, Ally

  41. 10.31.13

    I love how you’ve paired the two patterns together and they complement each other so well. I don’t think I would have ever thought to put them together. Love it! Also, bummer about the syrup on your skirt; did it come out?

  42. 10.31.13
    Agi said:

    Gorgeous outfit. Sucks about the barista. I would recommend carrying baby wipes with you. They remove all stains, not kidding. They are fabulous. Gorgeous skirt and top/


  43. 11.1.13
    Heather said:

    You looked great! Something like that would have ruined my day though. I’m sure I would have been a teensy bit less diplomatic to the Starbucks chick. Dry cleaning reimbursement is a standard in these situations.


  44. 11.5.13
    Payton said:

    Jessica you are so gorgeous! I get more and more jealous of how pretty you are every time I see your blog. It’s horrible that this happened! It’s such a cute skirt. Like how in the world. I hope the rest of your day went well!

    Love and miss you,

  45. 11.7.13
    dollbaby1 said:

    That skirt is so this outfit!

  46. 11.10.13
    theresa said:

    I hope they gave you that drink for free!!! great skirt!

  47. 3.18.14
    Elizabeth said:

    This outfit is an absolute win! 🙂