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On the Last Day of Christmas

Last week I promised that I’d get all of the holiday outfits out of my system about the time we all took our decorations down.  Since my tree is still going strong (partly because taking down Christmas decorations is super depressing, mostly because I’m just lazy), I did not lie.  But this one will be it.  I’m pretty sure.

I went to a Christmas costume party a few weeks ago – I didn’t really know there was such a thing, but apparently there is.  I do love themed parties, but I love sequins and the Colts more.  So, with my Santa hat, I gave a nod to the theme, and wore whatever else I wanted.  Apparently it worked just fine, since Christmas Captain Jack Sparrow (the regular Jack with tinsel in his hair) proposed to me.

1- Colts santaSide note: I think I took this picture at the end of the night, because I’m sure my curls looked better than this when I left the house.

And that about wraps up the holidays for me.  But don’t worry.  You’ll still see more of my tree because it could be a while before it comes down, and it’s too cold right now to take any pictures outside.

Happy 2015, everyone!

IBTLALC, pt. 3

Round 3 of “all dressed up with nowhere to go” brings me to my favorite type of gown – the formal one.  You’ll notice I’m wearing a fake engagement ring.  That’s because I’m beginning to think both black tie party invitations and marriage proposals are mythical creatures, so while I’m pretending, I might as well shoot for the moon.
1 - navy formalBelieve it or not, I’ve never actually worn this gown.  My mom picked it up somewhere – probably a thrift store – and kept it for a special occasion.  I inherited it to keep for my own special occasion when I tried it on and it somehow fit like a glove.  I really love its simplicity – as much as I adore sequins, there is something so elegant about a beautiful, rich, solid-colored fabric in a flattering cut.  (But, don’t be fooled – my shoes still have sequins.  You can take the girl out of the bling, but you can’t take the bling out of the girl.)

For my makeup, I wanted to do a contrasting lip to really make a statement, since the rest of my look (sequin shoes notwithstanding) is pretty understated.  My red lipstick was perfect for the occasion, coupled with a subdued neutral eye to keep from looking like a clown.

Thus concludes my study on holiday attire.  But, that is not where the conversation ends!  I want to hear all about your parties – and more importantly, your party clothes!  Write soon, send pictures! xoxo!

What’s black and purple and shimmers all over?

When I was in Boston – aka God’s country, aka the most perfect place on earth, aka home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox – a couple weeks ago, I had some time to kill so I went shopping.  I know you’re all shocked.

I headed up to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall – in part because it was close to my hotel and in other part because I know how to get around that area (follow the red line!) – and stumbled upon a little shop called the Stone Flower.  I rarely find much in boutiques because they are usually overpriced.  This one was much more moderate than most, and when I saw this pretty purple skirt, I just couldn’t resist.

The picture in no way does the skirt justice – it’s a bold, royal purple of taffeta-ish material.  It’s a great party skirt that I plan to wear every day. 

I should have also taken better pictures of the blouse, which has little silver rhinestones on the sleeve cuffs and shoulders.  The shiny skirt, combined with the rhinestone top, combined with my headband, bracelet, and cap-toed shoes meant I was a hot mess of sparkles.  Just the way I like it.

Skirt: the Stone Flower
Blouse: H&M – but in New York, so it’s fancy
Shoes: Macy’s
Bracelet: a gift, but I think from Macy’s
Earrings: Francesca’s Boutique
Headband: Burlington Coat Factory

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