Most of the holiday parties I go to are right after work, so I have to take the day-to-night outfit approach. Usually sparkles and sequins are too much to wear in the office, even with all the holiday cheer. This means that I usually end up wearing some kind of black ensemble to about every holiday party I go to. Still I can’t resist window shopping for sparkly things. I’m in love with all the gold and rose gold stuff out there right now. These are my top picks for party wear this holiday season, and not an ugly sweater in sight!
Numbered lists are doing it for me right now, so I’m gonna go with it.
1. New hair.
I’ve been free-agenting it with hairdressers lately. I was going to one for a while, but then she had my trainee do most of my color and blowout (which made me look like a poodle, and had to be redone), and then charged me her full price. No. The next one I went to was OK but not anything impressive. I went to another one today, and I really do like the color, cut and price, but it took FIVE hours. 10am-3pm. I don’t know what to think. It might have just been a bad day, so I will probably try her again, but if my next appointment takes nearly my entire workday, I am going to be on the prowl again. I feel like finding a hairdresser who has talent AND good chair-side manner is like finding a contractor who is actually skilled at the trade AND shows up when he says he will. Meaning, virtually impossible. And the last time we needed a good contractor, we just threw in the towel and bought a new house. It’s not like I can throw in the towel on hairstylists and buy a new head.
2. Goddess Dressing
Why am I incapable of pouring any less than 1/2 a bottle of this stuff on my salad. That picture is of the bottle after 2 salads. I like it, but wow, way too much, and after eating a big ol salad now I am feeling a little sick.
Horns is the most recent book that I read and really, really enjoyed. It’s classified as “horror,” but like Joe Hill’s dad, Stephen King, Hill is the most skilled and the most scary exploring human cruelty.
4. Big Sour Patch Kids
Yes. Bigger is Better.
Work is quiet for like a week and a half in February, and then I spend the rest of the year wondering when will the busy season let up? And why is it so darn busy, even with nary a trial in sight? After doing this for seven full years, you would think that by now I would realize that this is just what the job is like, and it’s busy all the time, because just because. But apparently I have not caught on.
I have a whole list of things to write about: Blogga lunch with Erin and Alex, Fancy dinner at Umi, a whole bunch of books I’ve read, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, and so on and so forth. Eventually I will find a minute to tell yinz all these things, but not tonight. Because I’m about to fall asleep at this keyboard.
In the meantime, I need new black boots. Particularly ones that can pull double-duty from work to happy hour.
I’ve had an interest in fashion as long as I can remember. I remember poring through Harper’s Bazaar in junior high. And now, I subscribe to at least six fashion magazines. You know what I’m NOT good at? Being fashionable. Because fashion involves risk. And I’m incredibly risk averse. The result often is that I end up with the same basic but refined hairstyle, and the same nearly all-black outfit, and the same conservative makeup over and over and over.
Maybe it is a function of getting older. Maybe it is a function of my career– where day to day I am tasked with resolving real problems. And you know what, an outfit that looks stupid is not a real problem. And maybe it is my Birchbox subscription that puts samples of new and different cosmetics right in my hot little hands for me to play with, without the inconvenience of me actually having to go out and get anything. But I’ve been playing a lot with hair, makeup and fashion lately, and having some fun with it. In particular, I’ve been playing with lip colors that I would never consider picking up at the store, and adding new colors and cuts to the clothes in my wardrobe. I’m breaking away from my old approach of having a fixed outfit in mind when I buy something, and wearing only that outfit over and over. Instead, I’m trying to pick up pieces I love as I see them, and have more flexibility with how I mix and match them within my wardrobe.
I’m letting go of worrying about others thoughts about how I look. Because you know what, there are plenty of magazine photos where I think that the people DO look stupid, but someone else thinks they look great, and how about that, they’re in a magazine. Quick shout-out to two of my local fashion inspirations: Laura at The Glamorous Pursuit and Terra at Stylish White Female, both of whom make looking glam and gorgeous look so effortless.
So for Podcamp on Saturday, I decided to try a little sumpin new. I put my hair up in a fun (but not perfect!) topknot, which is much more adventurous than any other style I’m known to sport. I also slathered Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso on my lips. This color is a shock to a girl who almost never wears lipstick, but I’ve now worn it about three times, and every single time I do, I get a compliment on it. It’s a bold look, but if it’s moving people to go out of their way to tell me they like the color, it’s worth adding into heavy rotation.
So here I am after picking up a much-needed coffee and choc chip cookie at Big Dog (amazing cookies, btw. Dear lord I love that little coffee shop). It was a VERY different look for me, but I felt comfortable in it, and that is key. This won’t be an everyday look for me, but it’s fun to be open to trying out new things.
Have you tried anything new with your “look” lately? What worked? What didn’t?
The weather is FINALLY sandal friendly! For the last 2 summers I had a pair of incredibly comfy, incredibly cheap Target sandals that I lived in nonstop. Those sandals have quite literally fallen apart. When the sole cracks in half, shoes are no longer really wearable. Some favorites for this season are:
I’ve already added these Mia Limited Edition cuties to my closet. They are crazy CRAZY comfortable. You can walk in them for days. The platform isn’t very high and neither is the wedge, so they give you the comfort of flats with the look of something a little more sophisticated. I’ve never thought of suede or velvet as summer fabrics, but a number of designers seem to be coming out with suede and velvet sandals right now. Some look strange, but I think the suede in these Mia LE Baja sandals is a perfect contrast to the straw espadrille heel.
These Modcloth Drizzle Castle sandals are more on the casual end of the spectrum, but the design is whimsical enough to stand out. They are perfect for a an afternoon on a boardwalk, or better yet, a music festival.
In my imaginary world where I am enviably fashionable all the time, I would wear stilettos with ease. In reality, I have large feet and bad balance, and (with the exception of wedges), I kick heels over 1.5″ high off within an hour. Flats don’t usually have the pizzazz of a shoe with a heel, but the fancy sparkle of these Anthropologie Diamond Bow T-Straps could get me through a charity cocktail party while looking stylish, not frumpy.
I love the look of embellishments on sandals, but they are often metal or plastic and bound to irritate the foot. The delightful flowers on these Tory Burch Cori Thong Sandals are leather and unobtrusive, so your footwear is cute without getting annoying.
Miss Mooz Primrose sandals. Love the color, love the leather punch design, love the little wedge, love the velcro (but not dorky looking) ankle strap that fits feet like mine without cutting into the ankle. Love it love it love it.