We had a little heat wave sneak back and dance around over the last week or so, presumably in solidarity with the West Coast. A small group of us decided to have one last hurrah al fresco at Hungry Mother's wily and tasty new sibling restaurant, State Park, also in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
Those crazy pants masterminds serve delicious pitchers of Pimm's Cups or Tom Collins right to the table. What else are you gonna wash down fried cheese curds, fried oyster po'boys, fried chicken and collard greens with - water!? Don't be crass.
I broke out this maxi dress one last time and topped it with a natty little houndstooth vest I picked up at the final Providence Flea of summer because SEPTEMBER. As we wrapped up our meal, a bluegrass band began to warm up and we decided to make ourselves cozy and stay awhile longer inside.
Some sort of Virginia malarkey! Hungry Mother State Park is an actual thing, which I did not know. I do know that it's kind of a blast in terms of decor, which you'll see more of below, and some truly epic dioramas are displayed in a big side room. All the little teensy tiny people camping or hanging out lakeside with their wee bitsy bums!
The thought of someone making mini people the size of an ant and carefully ensuring that each of them got a shapely rear end just really amuses me for some reason. (I'm guessing Pimm's, although I'm quite sober now and still rather tickled.)
I love this vest. I've also worn this belt more recently, it's definitely got a whimsical Western vibe and just has great details and proportions, especially with that ornate brass buckle that doesn't overwhelm. My Brooks Brothers crystal pendant and feather earrings from way back when I went to FemmeCon in Oakland for jewelry, along with a mix of J. Crew and Madewell cuffs.
Horse looks freakishly realistic, is actually some sort of magical painted tin folk art. The bluegrass was fantastic, I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy it but after some shuffleboard, pinball and that epic dinner outside, we were ready to call it a night after 3+ hours.
That tomboy look is nothing but trouble. You can see that she, too, seized the warm weather moment and trotted out her shark shorts and Ray-Bans one last time.
Dress: The Addison Story || Vest: Providence Flea || Chunky Peep-Toe Shooties: Jessica Simpson || Belt: Vintage || Sunglasses: Warby Parker || Crystal Pendant: Brooks Bros. || Asst. Cuffs: J. Crew, Madewell
Hope you enjoyed this post - I'll get into some autumnal duds here soon, and my DC trip is around the corner, but this is definitely a solid recommendation if you're ever in town - either State Park or the fancier, sit-down Southern decadence you'll find at Hungry Mother.
Friendly Toast is just around the corner, in fact, so one could have a fantastic day brunching there in the morning, checking out The Garment District's three stories of insane secondhand, vintage, costume and new clothing and accessories, brave Cambridge Antique Market a short trek away, come back for lunch at State Park, catch an indie flick at Kendall Square Cinema, and then discuss over an amazing meal at Hungry Mother. And then not eat for like a week, because you'd be absolutely stuffed.
Be sure to check out the adorable post at Autostraddle featuring 21 super cute and badass QPOC couples. We're in it!