I wish I were a fashionista. But I'm really not. On a day to day basis, I have got my uniform. However, on special occasions, I really like to go all out. I admire the qualities of the little black dress, but when it comes to evening wear I like to stick out.
My most memorable dress was a little yellow number made by Laundry by Shelli Segal I wore to Chris and Cyndi's wedding a few years ago. This was my first time meeting the bride and groom and a few of Dan's college friends from LA. I can super shy and awkward when I first meet people, especially in big groups and parties, so I don't think I said very much that weekend. But I wore that yellow dress and so everyone had something nice to say to me. Years later, I still hear about old yellow.
The problem with a dress like that is that it's so distinctive, you can never wear it again. Since then, I have been to a bunch of weddings with these LA friends (and at each wedding, someone inevitably brings up yellow). Finally, three years later, I was finally able to pull the dress out of the closet for Nien and Kim's wedding, where no one from the other wedding would be in attendance.
Here's me in yellow at Cyndi and Chris' wedding.
First of all, I can't believe I let my hair dresser do that to my hair. She wanted to do something different, and as always, I was like sure! I wasn't a fan then, I really hate it in retrospect. I complemented the dress with gold and brown accents--gold shoes, gold and brown earrings and brown scarf. I found a purse that matched the dress exactly. My red lips and nails, and quite frankly, the whole look, was inspired by Michelle Williams at the Oscars.
Here's me at Nien and Kim's wedding. Even though the dress is stunning on its own, I REALLY wanted to wear a feather hairpiece. I have been obsessed with these things, especially after seeing these models wearing them with bridesmaid dresses. (Sadly, I don't think I could ever convince my sister, my only bridesmaid, to wear one at my wedding).
It took me three purchases to find the look I was going for. I finally found the one for $7 at this random jewelry store in the garment district. I matched it with black shoes and black earrings. I toned down my make-up because I thought the feathers and red lips would be too much. I have to say, this time I got more compliments about the feathers than the dress.
Which style do you like better?
P.S. Apologies to my male readers who probably thought this entry was boring and shallow. I know my female readers will get it. Though if you are female and thought it was boring and shallow, too--well, that's too bad.