Happy New Year! My propensity for head to toe coordination was once again in overdrive as we rung in 2015 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's annual bash last night. A champagne and confetti print dress is a bit kitschy, but hey, it's New Year's Eve. If ever there was a "right" night for this 1950s style dress, it's December 31st. It's not your typical "black tie" attire, but it's definitely festive (it also has pockets, which I love).
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.
|Dress (Bernie Dexter); Crystal beaded tights (Leg Avenue, Amazon.com)|
The iridescent beads that Loreta used to create the champagne "bubbles" spilling from the Moet bottle topper inspired me to pull out a vintage 1950s aurora borealis necklace and bracelet that belonged to my Grandma Dorothy. I also added a small, coordinating brooch to the hat. It, too, belonged to my grandmother, and I know she'd be thrilled that her treasures are still being enjoyed and admired.
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)|
I hope all of you experience balance, spontaneity and pure joy in the coming year. Cheers to living with great delight in 2015!
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I have just found you in Judith´s blog, and loved your style.ReplyDelete
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Thank you so much, Mis P. I just love finding new inspiration from all of the creative women that Judith brings together. Happy New Year to you, too!Delete
What a fantastic ensemble!ReplyDelete
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Thank you Tami! Happy New Year!Delete
Thanks so much! It really made NYE feel even more special.Delete
Spectacular headpiece! I love your New Year's Eve outfit and your sense of style. Thank you for always adding your vibrant beauty and glamour to Hat Attack!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Judith. I eagerly await your stylish posts for inspiration.Delete
Oh my goodness!! How absolutely fabulous in fashion as well as sentiment! I am applauding you all the way around my dear! the biggest of kudos!ReplyDelete
"Living imperfectly with great delight", are such wise words of advice! I am getting closer to truly embracing the concept … but I still have the utmost respect for my desire to do things "just right'. You are quite right that the key to the concept … is a healthy balance of both1
Wishing you a most joy filled New Year! I am ever so delighted to have found you … and your blog!
Thank you, Tamera. It's so wonderful to meet others on a similar journey and doing it with style! I look forward to following you.Delete
You have great style! And I just love your hair; it's gorgeous. This Bernie Dexter dress is amazing! :) I love her clothing, I have a few dresses and a skirt myself.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bristol! We definitely have similar taste in dresses! Happy New Year!Delete
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