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What I Wore: Beyonce Inspired Outfit for Connecticut Open House


Connecticut Governor's Residence
(l) Outfit photo in front of the grand staircase in the foyer leading to the private quarters | Connecticut state seal on the entrance gates. | chandelier hanging over the main entrance of the home

Connecticut  has been my home since I moved to the United States in the early 80’s.  While our activities aren’t as plentiful as the two major cities to our north and south, there is actually plenty of things to do here. This past Saturday, the Connecticut Tourism Board hosted Connecticut Open House Day which allowed residents and friends from our neighboring states, to explore what the state had to offer.

I started my day at the Governor’s residence in Hartford. We were only allowed in the downstairs common areas (the governor and his family actually live there), and although the interior was nice, it wasn’t at all what  I expected.

Interior of Connecticut Governors Mansion
Standing in the dining room with decor provided by a local jeweler. | smaller inset photos are of dining room, sun room and living room in the Connecticut Governors residence

First of all, it was smaller on the inside than it looks from the outside and wasn’t as “mansion like” as I expected.  There wasn’t anything expensive looking or elaborate enough for me to break out my tax protest signs. I’m also not sure how I felt about the eclectic decor which ranged from contemporary to French country. The blonde, parquet, herring bone patterned floor in the sun room was nice though as was the immaculate and manicured gardens which was littered with sculptures, I assumed, were donated by local artists.

Connecticut Governor's Residence exterior
Visitors were all treated to Italian ice. I ate mine sitting on a landing at the back of the house. The back yard has two levels. I am on the top one. The photo on the right shows the immaculate and well manicured gardens.

My next stop was the home of  famous abolitionist, and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The home of the woman whose work allegedly fueled the sentiment which launched the civil war is situated in the Asylum Hill neighborhood next to Mark Twain house in Hartford. We weren’t allowed to take photographs inside, but the home is well preserved (furnishings, 1800’s kitchen and all) and decorated throughout with victorian furnishings.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford
Standing at the entrance of the Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Hartford. | Inset photos: a woman dressed in time period costumes walks through the backyard of the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. | A clearer view of the home located in the Asylum Hill neighborhood in Hartford

What I Wore:

I was anticipating a long day and I really wanted to throw on some jeans and sneakers. However, because I knew I was visiting the homes of prominent people I made an effort.  I wore this Beyonce date night inspired outfit for my stops at the Governor’s and the Harriet Beecher Stowe homes.

Blazer: White textured blazer from Zara (Similar: Topshop Textured Blazer ($130) available at Nordstoms | Bottom: Leather shorts from Asos (also seen here and here)  | Blouse: beige Ann Taylor suit shell blouse | Shoes: Mint green platform shoes from JustFab (Similar: Michael Antonio Love Me ($49) available at Zappos | Necklace: press sample provided by  Bead for Life | Bag: Nine West cross body orange purse from Marshalls

 Ossie took these photos:

XoXo, Natasha

DISCLOSURE : This post includes an item that was provided as a press sample for consideration from Bead for Life. All opinions and my decision to feature a specific item are honest, and most importantly, my own.


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  1. well that seems pretty darn awesome, and your outfit is super cute!

    Avo (www.avoslife.com)

  2. You looked great, and make me wish I was in the habit of wearing lipstick more often! Hey, where’s the high-tops?
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    • Hi Bonnie. Governor’s Mansion and Beecher Stowe house’s are close to my condo. I went back to my house and changed before driving down to Pez and Las Vetas.

      I made it my challenge last week to wear lipstick daily. There was a lot of mirror checking (don’t know why it always gets on my teeth and chin) and re-application, but I discovered that it’s totally doable to wear lipstick on a daily basis. The one I had on in Fairfield is a lip stain by Hourglass (Sephora). I’ve never tried a lip stain before, but if it wasn’t for the $25 price tag, I would add more of them to my growing makeup collection. No chin or teeth transfer or any need for mirror checking with that one.

  3. Yes chile. You look GOOD, and I like how you added the hint of green to the outfit.

    • W’happen Primus. Actually I recreated a Beyonce outfit that was circulating on the net last week. I had similar pieces in my closet and figured why not.