Introducing…Darling Boyfriend!

A rare thing happened yesterday, Darling Boyfriend left work while it was still light out. I jumped on this opportunity to meet him downtown where he works and goad him into taking pictures. I have to say, he’s a total champ when it comes to playing photographer. Unless he’s hungry, he’s always willing to indulge me in a bit of cam-whoring, even offering up artistic direction and ideas on locations. He even contributed the gorgeous Hermes scarf that I am wearing as a belt, it was his birthday gift to me last year.

UPDATE: I submitted this post for the newest Bloggers Do It Better challenge, Maxi skirts! Check out the rest of the great participants here.

I suggest you stop reading here unless you don’t mind the mushy story of how we met. When I was growing up I spent many summers attending summer camp in Maine, band camp to be exact…please feel free to ridicule me all you want but it was actually pretty cool – American Pie jokes aside. It was full of crazy talented teenagers, many of whom went on to attend some of the most prestigious music schools and one of those crazy and talented teenagers was a flutist from Montreal ( in case you’re wondering she’s still wonderful and talented and with her own fabulous blog that you should check out, noshameshow. She became one of my closest friends and told me about her cute friend from home that she thought I would like. Thanks to her urging I wrote him a letter and he wrote me back. I ended up visiting her during the school year and she made sure that I got to meet the cute boy who I had written to. After I left we spent another year writing to each other, yes kids….we actually wrote letters and sent them through that quaint antiquated system, the postal service. He even was able to convince his father to drive him down from Montreal to Philadelphia for my sweet 16 so that he could be my date, shockingly that persuasive teenager grew up to be a lawyer. After that he did what any other 16 year old boy would do and stopped talking to me. Good one Darling Boyfriend, way to be a gentleman. Fast forward 10 years, he decided to do a little Facebook stalking and reached out to me and a little over a year later I set off with that giant U-Haul of clothing to move to Montreal.

Tank: Forever 21

Skirt: Juicy

Hat: Asos

Belt: Hermes scarf

Bracelets: H&M

Ring: Vintage

[Darling Boyfriend’s Editorial]: Ok, so most of you reading that are now saying “What a jerk! Who just stops talking to someone?” I don’t remember it quite like that… But I’m not getting into details. What I will say, is that I never forgot of my first love. She was always there in the back of my mind. So much so that one night while I was on vacation in Miami, she popped into my thoughts one evening. So I thought to myself that I’d look her up on Facebook, just to see what she’d been up to these past few (10!) years. I found a girl whose profile pic looked remarkably familiar, but there was a whole bunch of make-up and artsy butterflies on her face. So I sent a message, asking her if she was the Jess I remembered from my yesteryear (that’s right, I just used the word “yesteryear”). Turns out, it WAS her! And then when we started talking, and she decided that a trip up to Montreal sounded like a fun idea, I simply couldn’t believe it was all happening. But more than anything, I’ll never forget laying my eyes on her again, for the first time. We were at the airport and she was walking though the gates. My jaw dropped to the floor – “That girl is coming to see me?” I thought to myself… And that’s when I knew, that girl is the girl.



  1. Amy

    June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Loving the entire look! Also loving that nail color!! Thanks for your comment on my blog 🙂

    1. jessica

      June 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

      Thanks Amy!

  2. Carly

    June 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    GIRL…loving that scarf..such beautiful colors.
    You look gorg as always….and what a great story about you and your man.

    1. jessica

      June 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

      Thank! When he picked the scarf for me he wanted something that would pop against all of the black I wear, he’s such a sweetheart.

  3. StyleOnTheCouch

    June 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Aw that is such a brilliant story. Thank you for sharing and for the introduction. I liked the editorial by the boyf too! Back to the outfit – I love the hat to top all this off. Great use of the scarf, it all works so well!

    1. jessica

      June 23, 2011 at 3:15 am

      Thanks! I’ve had the skirt for years and that was the first time I wore it. I think it’s quickly becoming a summer staple for me.

  4. Little

    June 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Aww, Big, although I still haven’t met Darling Boyfriend, it sounds like he’s a keeper. Miss you much, have a ton to tell you about my trip. xoxo

  5. Laura

    June 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Such a cute story!! 🙂

  6. robyn

    July 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Wow! I’m loving that scarf, but the love story takes the prize, I got a little misty reading it 🙂

    robyn of

  7. Still blonde after all these YEARS!

    July 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Super gorgeous. Love the addition of the scarf! Magazine worthy!

    Glad to see you in the hop. Hop to see you at more challenges and at my blog. Come and see how a over 45 year old wears the Maxi Look yet again! (I have been through this trend before!) The Chief Blonde!

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    September 17, 2012 at 1:02 am

    […] and the giant jeweled eye-patch…well, that’s the photo Darling Fiance came across when he decided to look me up again after not speaking for ten years. No wonder his message contained the sentence “if this isn’t you, I promise I’m […]

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