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I was thinking that this should actually be a Style Obsession post because I’ve been obsessed by brunch for almost a year now. This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, and Sunday means BRUNCH. If you’ve been here for a while, you’ve heard me natter on about wanting to go out to brunch… Like for at least all of 2020! I love brunch! Breakfast food with booze and dessert. I know that makes me sound like a glutton AND a lush, but brunch is a rare treat, and brunch out (quarterly) was one of the items on my date list with Mr. CP at the beginning of last year. And then, well… You, know the rest. Outdoor brunch would be ideal! But February is still too chilly for that, so my brunch aspirations will need to be put on hold. AGAIN.
If we can’t brunch out, we can brunch in. AND dress for it! Brunch isn’t an everyday event; it’s a special occasion and deserves better than sweats or yoga pants. So… Today’s post is a brunch of outfit ideas (#sorrynotsorry) for a special day. (Should I have said a buffet?) I’ll keep the pink and red and hearts in check to make this inspo more versatile and seasonless. Sound good? Bonus? I’ll throw in a couple of menu ideas for fun.
The challenge? For brunch we want relaxed, but not too casual. Special, but not too fussy or fancy. Let’s see…
Eggs Benedict + Fruit Salad + Pink Grapefruit Mimosas
Flats are practical for shuffling about getting brunch ready. The pink tee is a nod to the holiday, comfortable and a great backdrop for a few sentimental jewelry pieces. (The button lei was a souvenir from Hawai’i.) The swirly midi skirt adds a feminine touch to the tee and flats.
Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles + Blackberry Maple Syrup + Bacon + Coffee
What could me more comfortable on a chilly February morning than jeans and a sweater? I added a lemon yellow flower pin and teardrop hoops that mimic the shape of the petals. And because I want to dress it up, let’s throw on pumps before heading to the table…
Parmesan Spinach Dutch Baby + Sausages + Sparkling Cider
PS: I add a LOT more spinach than the recipe calls for. At least double! Enough to turn my skirt green! 😉 I pulled this outfit together in January’s Styled for Work and Play post, and decided right then that it was in the running for Valentine’s Brunch. But TBPH, I think I’ll be wearing flats… Maybe my navy suede? And I’ll throw on a cropped grey cardie; that will be easier to cook in than the shawl!
Stuffed Omelette + Pan Fried Potatoes + Coffee with Cointreau
Roasted veggies and a drizzle of tahini dressing (Or Romesco sauce!) sounds like a fabulous stuffing. Maybe just a good old-fashioned Western omelette with onions, peppers, and mushrooms? Western was on my mind when I pulled out brown, turquoise and green to pair with my trusty 501’s. Writing this post has my tummy rumbling!
So How About You?
What’s your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? All of them? Do you brunch? Which menu would you choose? What’s your favorite omelette stuffing? Were the menu/outfit connections too cheesy? You can say yes. It won’t hurt my feelings. Any outfit here that sings to your inner brunch nymph? What would your ideal brunch menu and outfit be? Do tell! I love to hear from you…
PS: The Menu/Outfit connections didn’t happen until about three-fourths of the way through this post… It really was NOT intentional! Until I got to the lemon flower. Totally irresistible!
Have a bless Easter!! He has risen!! Amen!! Your brunch recipes and outfits are still so wonderful!!!
Thank you, Natalie!
Ooh, ginger and pineapple sounds good. Similar to some South African recipes that have Malaysian roots.
Now I need to go explore Malaysian cuisine… Yum!
I love all the menus but when I go out for brunch it’s usually an omelette filled with ham, mushrooms, onions,peppers, and cheese served with a mimosa!
However those poppyseed waffles sound delicious! I will have to pin a few of those recipes!!
I am loving the green pleated skirt with the navy top flat lay!
Terrific styles for brunch!
The poppyseed waffles are AMAZING, Robin! My mother and I ask my husband to make them for us every year for Mothers’ Day… We’ll be Eggs Benedict-ing this holiday. I’m not yet fixed on which outfit, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be with the skirt. There’s lots of room in the waist!
Liz, I loved the navy top and green pleated skirt outfit with the grey cardie. I would use a maroon cardie though. I also loved your pink tee with the green pleated skirt. I don’t look good in pink so I would wear a blush color blouse.Loved your poppy seed waffle menu! Our favorite omelettes is the Western with cheese and ham. Sooo good! Happy Valentines!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Natalie! I’m feeling the love for the blue and green, myself… I’ve been craving Eggs Benedict for months now, so it’s now or never! (I’m hoping there’ll be some decent asparagus at the store tomorrow; I love asparagus on my EB!)
Asparagus with Eggs Benedict sounds so very good!
Hi, Natalie! It was delicious!
I love the jeans outfits. I am falling in love with burgundy all over again. Used to always be a favorite and then I got tired of it for about 15 years! The blue and gray is also lovely. I am a vegetarian, border-line vegan who doesn’t eat breakfast 🙂
Sounds like I’d be making baked oatmeal for you, Lise! I have a yummy vegan-able recipe for that, but you have to like pineapple and ginger… It tastes like a dense rich cake, good for any time of day. Embrace that burgundy; I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a LOT of it again next fall!