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.
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.
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.
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:
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.