Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hip Hip-opotamus!

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river horse

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works cited: dress c/o ruche; gap jacket; target sliver wedges; breda watch

Since Christopher and I began dating, we've had a beloved, too-inside-to-explain joke about hippos. He got me a stuffed hippo for our first Valentine's day together; we went to the Chicago zoo expressly to see the hippos; whenever he goes away on trips, he draws me pictures of hippos with hearts around them (sounds weird when I write it down but it's actually really funny and sweet); and over the years, we've read so much about hippos that we both know a staggering amount of useless information about the animal (for example, did you know hippos are responsible for more human deaths than any other mammal?). So when I saw this dress at Ruche, Christopher begged me to get it. What could be more perfect than a pretty dress that also makes you laugh?

53 comments:

Monique said...

Me and my boyfriend do the same thing but with pandas! Weird huh!

.kt said...

I was so close to buying this dress once! I need to find it so that I can get it! love love love it!

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Liz of SSG said...

The dress is almost as cute as the story-- and thanks for encouraging me to start my day with this Flight of the Conchords classic--
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk

Della said...

I love hippos! I'm trying to convince my sister to tell her unborn child that his favorite animal is a hippo...no more of this conventional dog and cat stuff!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

liz! yes, i know the sketch and LURVE it!!

Ki said...

Awwww :) SO cute! I love this dress!

Annika said...

That dress is darling! I love hippos too but my boyfriend and I's thing tends to be elephants. So I guess its not really weird that you have an animal! Some people have a song, you guys have a hippo.

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Courtney Erin said...

One of my favorite Flight of the Conchords tunes...this is so cute (the story and the dress).


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Ariana said...

So cute! The whole outfit is great, I love how you topped that adorable dress with the light denim jacket and darker flats. And the hippo story is cute too!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Our animal is, weirdly, the yak. It all started way back the first year we were together. I was SUPER tired one night and for some reason thought it was a good time to wonder about yaks. Now whenever I'm tired and getting loopy, my husband says, "Uh oh, I think the yaks are here!"

AmandaB. said...

Not weird at all! My husband got me a teddy bear for our first Valentine's and he goes on all our trips with us. We love anything with a bear on it. It's just something that reminds us of one another.

Cute dress!

PS: I used to love a ska band called 'The Hippos' look them up you might like them too.

Destrehan's Daughter said...

My name is hip hop apatamos, My lyrics are bottomless... Cute dress.

Christine said...

I love your dress!! I also love that it has such a great sentiment behind it :)

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Eclectic Flair said...

I think it's adorable that he asked you to get it! It fits you perfectly and looks very "hip" (hehe) on you!

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No Guilt Fashion said...

Pretty dress that also makes you laugh. Sounds like the perfect dress to me!

Celynne said...

Saw this dress the other day! Love that you bought it. You have the most interesting animals interests hah. And the dress is super cute, looks great on you.

Natalie Garza said...

I love this dress! It's nice to have those cute things with your bf just between the two of y'all. And I have this jacket, so of course I love it too. Cute outfit!

Michelle P said...

Your outfit is so cute! And I have those exact shoes, I love them.

wildchild said...

so cute :) and i love that christopher asked you to get it too. boys picking out clothes is just adorable to me.

theleggylady.com said...

Aww! Hippos! So adorable!

Eliza said...

the dress and story are adorbs, as are you. randomly, i also really like this backdrop, too!

FutureLint said...

That's so cute! I love when you have special inside things with people that have been around forever! And the print is so small, it's really pretty rather than being silly!

Miss Bibliophile said...

I'm all for any outfit that can tie back to Flight of the Conchords!

rebecca said...

Ack! I have have have to get this dress. My husband and I have a weird dumb joke about hippos too. I have even inserted it into one of my songs (I'm a songwriter). He'll just die when he sees it!

Healthy and Homemade said...

The dress is too cute!! =)

SoFashionistica said...

A friend and I used to have a thing for cows! haha....by the way, that dress is way cute!

kate said...

Props for referencing FOTC! :D

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

Adore this.

Elaine said...

Hahahah, that's just too adorable! :D

ravenetfinch said...

Um, that dwarf pygmy hippo is the best thing at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I remember back when he was super young and only had half the exhibit space!

My animal love is the manatee!

Justine said...

This is an adorable dress! And You and Christopher are even cuter!

Jo said...

Since you're in DC now...it might make you happy to know that GWU's unofficial mascot is the hippo. There's a hippo statue on campus and there used to be a restaurant called RH (for river horse) bistro.

Marilyn said...

omg friend--so I got you something that will be coming in the mail soon and let's just say it's going to match the dress!

Terri said...

I don't know if your hair normally does that, but it looks so good today!
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Caitie said...

So cute! I have to say, too, I'm a new reader and your blog is so great! I definitely feel inspired to try to document my day-to-day wear.

Ashley said...

This is just precious! Love the story and the hippo outfit.

M. (formerly known as Shakespeare's Feminine Ending) said...

That dress is awesome! If I wasn't currently on a ban of anything that cannot be worn for teaching I would buy it instantly to wear with leggings. And I think the glasses you wore yesterday would go great with this dress.

chillairandperfume said...

sounds like the inside joke my husband and i have about sloths; although, i don't think i'd ever wear a sloth dress. i love that hippo dress, though!

Lyndsay! said...

Hippos are the cutest! Also the most deadly?


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allie said...

How cute! I love little stories like these. Even without an adorable reason, I have a soft spot for anything with silly animal prints like this, so I would have loved this dress already!

Corinna said...

That is seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen! :-) Apart from my Panda Keds of course. One simply has to love clothes with little animals all over, right?

Jenn said...

This dress is so cute!! Love this outfit :) You and Christopher are adorable!

Maggie said...

I love love love this dress!

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Hannah said...

I loved the dress when I thought it was just a cute novelty print, but knowing the story behind it - it's perfect!

Genny said...

Those hippos are so cute!! Wish the dress was a bit longer (for me, not you) so I could wear it to work.

Evelyn said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of the hip-hop-opotamus from Flight of the Conchords! One of my friends has some sort of family inside joke with hippos. They have a hippo clock and a bunch of other hippo accountrements around their house.

Between Laundry Days said...

I, too, am a HUGE fan of the hippo. There's something equally dangerous and adorable about those buggers. Therefore, I freaking ADORE this dress, and outfit. It is tres rad.

Rin said...

That is too cute! I love that he begged you to get the dress. He obviously has amazing taste, because I LOVE this dress. I love anything with a fun, unexpected animal print.

christie said...

Aww hippos! Adorable pattern on that dress! x

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Dorien said...

Supercute story! We've got the same thing with penguins :D

Oh, and what's more, you look super pretty in the dress!

sartoriography said...

I believe I've met the very stuffed hippo of whom you speak! Now, if only I could meet this dress...in my size. :) you are super cute, as always, but especially cute in this print!

Kinsley said...

I got this same jacket from Gap and I love it! It goes with so many things and it's light enough to keep me warm but not make me too hot. Very good choice!

Ellens tankar om mode said...

Oh my, such cute hippos!

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