|Dress (Bernie Dexter); Crystal beaded tights (Leg Avenue, Amazon.com)|
And since I'd already decided to go against the traditional evening gown grain, I figured I might as well pile on a few more bubbly elements to complete the look - a pop art Kate Spade evening bag that looks like a champagne bucket; and a Loreta Corsetti couture hat with a hand-beaded, custom Moet Champagne hat pin made from a souvenir I kept from last year's Kentucky Derby.
|Hat (Loreta Corsetti Couture Millinery, Chicago). If you love hats, check out the Style Crone's monthly Hat Attack for more inspiration.|
As for New Year's Resolutions - I'm not a big fan. I believe if you can do better, you should. It doesn't matter what day of the year it is. That said, I recently received a card with a message I've been thinking about quite a lot. It says, "The real secret to the fabulous life is to live imperfectly with great delight." Those of you who know me may be snickering at this point - I have never lived by such a mantra. I am a certified Type A, obsessive-compulsive perfectionist. I accept that fact, and in general, it has served me well. But, I've also come to realize that sometimes my need to get every little thing "just right" gets in the way of spontaneity and joy. I need to work on balance. We'll see how it goes...
|This "Champagne Bucket" evening bag from Kate Spade is actually metallic leather, and it's big enough to hold more than a lipstick but still looks chic for a formal event; Rhinestone embellished heels (Steinmart)|