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What to Wear: Hosting a Jazz Soiree

by Amanda Jane Jones

Cree and I love to go out on the town…dinner jackets, heels…we love it all. That said, this year we’ve been trying our best to be more budget conscious. This ultimately means less nights out and more nights in (and some creative planning!). We are currently planning a Jazz Soiree (60’s shifts and tie clips are encouraged). I can think of nothing better than spending a night at home with friends listening to Chet Baker while wearing these fabulous Kate Spade gems.

Any additions to the evening’s jazzy playlist?




  1. sara

    October 6, 2011

    I could be wrong, but wouldn’t a night on the town be cheaper than $298 shoes?!

  2. Gretchen

    October 6, 2011

    Hello! I found your blog through another friend’s blog and it is lovely πŸ™‚ I do have a question: who takes all the pictures with you in them?

    Your posts about Paris are making me want to take a European vacation!

  3. Eliza

    October 6, 2011

    Love the idea of a jazzy evening! Have you listened to Hugh Laurie’s album? More blues than jazz but definitely worth a listen. Perfect late-night music.

  4. bink & boo

    October 6, 2011

    I can’t decide which I “need” more, the shoes or the dress. Wait I just looked at the price of the dress. I guess I will have to “invest” in the shoes and find a knock-off dress. I love this post!

  5. Some West Coast cool jazz, for sure! I love Dave Brubeck – his music is super-accessible. If you like the song “Girl from Ipanema,” then you like Bossa Nova, so you’ll want Joao Gilberto and Antonio Jobim, too.

  6. fanfamfun

    October 6, 2011

    that outfit is great! totally my thing! the shoes match the chet baker cover so well, you would have to carry the record with you all night! x

  7. Brandy

    October 6, 2011

    love the idea of hosting themed dinner parties or even just cocktails & music with nibbles. wonder if i can pull it off with my group of friends. i’ll let you know!

  8. mandy

    October 6, 2011

    Simple and elegant! Those shoes are so fun!

  9. Oh mu gosh those shoes!!! I’d want to wear them for ANY soiree! What a fun outfit. Thanks for posting =)

    – Sarah

  10. Caty

    October 6, 2011

    Great picks!

  11. TJ

    October 6, 2011

    miles davis and that dress are just perfection!!!
    xo TJ

  12. Ridgely's Radar

    October 6, 2011

    Love the dress! So chic!

  13. ruth

    October 6, 2011

    jazz pianist ahmad jamal — best party music ever.

  14. Tequila b

    October 6, 2011

    My funny valentine is a perfect end to a boozy night.

  15. rhiannon

    October 6, 2011

  16. Merritt

    October 6, 2011

    The only thing missing is a jazzy gin-based cocktail. Have fun!

  17. DeAnn

    October 6, 2011

    I was thinking the same as the first commenter – don’t the shoes blow the budget – but I will say that a jazz night sounds pretty nifty. I’ll have to ditto this idea.

  18. Jennifer

    October 6, 2011

    First – Amanda loving the new column on Oh Happy Day!
    Second – well.. the shoes might brake the bank BUT… they are the cutest EVER! i want.. i want…

  19. Kacie

    October 6, 2011

    I adore those Kate Spade flats! They are so simple and chic. A little Holly Golightly! Love.


  20. Cecilia

    October 6, 2011

    How elegant
    less is more!
    leved it

    ps: your captchas are impossible!

  21. Amanda Jane

    October 6, 2011

    Haha! I know it! I’ve never owned a Kate Spade anything in my entire life. Only in my blogging dreams….;)

  22. junebug

    October 6, 2011

    Just today, I was loving this dress:
    Not quite as short (not necessarily a bad thing?) and a lot more affordable.

  23. diana

    October 6, 2011

    Suggestions of real jazz music from my husband (a h-u-g-e jazz enthusiast):

    lionel hampton (vibraphone)
    add duke ellington’s retrospection (great piano)
    mal waldron’s impressions (great piano, great bop)
    john coltrane’s soultrane (great bop)
    john coltrane’s giant steps (great post-bop)
    duke ellington and john coltrane (great classic jazz)
    lester leaps in (best…BEST jazz sax, better than chet baker)

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    October 7, 2011

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  25. sarah

    October 7, 2011

    LOVE! the dress and flats are sooo cute:)

  26. Allyson

    October 7, 2011

    LOVE the Kate Spade shoes. This is such a fun outfit!

  27. Gina

    October 7, 2011

    Cute idea! One tiny note… I believe you should use the word fewer instead of less in “less nights out”. Less is for volume and fewer is for quantity. Less orange juice, fewer oranges. Sorry to nerd out.

  28. Lisa

    October 7, 2011

    Is there anything better than a theme party? doubtful this one looks like it will be crazy fun!

  29. houseofearnest

    October 7, 2011

    eeek! I love this! I don’t know any jazz specifics (I just turn on the cable channel that plays endless songs and turn off the screen), but I have always wanted to do something similar. There is just something so nostalgic and ‘grown-up’ about it all πŸ™‚ have fun!

  30. April Bladh

    October 8, 2011

    I collect Vintage jewelry and those ear rings are to DIE for. I love the whole idea of hosting a jazz pary

  31. Carrie

    October 10, 2011

    I have been looking for a dress like this. But $450? Surely I can find one cheaper! Anyone know how I can score a simple shift dress that doesn’t cost an arm & leg???

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