Friday, October 22, 2010

fancy pants

My confidence took a hit this week. For a minute there I wasn't even sure if I should even be blogging about fashion at all to anyone, since I couldn't seem to get it together. Couldn't make up my mind. Panic ensued. And I don't panic when it comes to the fun of getting dressed up--I usually love it.
We are going to a Children's Hospital Auction on Saturday night and its always fun to get a chance to glam up a bit and go out with my sweetie. Unfortunately, several factors turned me into a total maniac about what I am wearing to this event, something that doesn't normally happen to me. Usually, I have a thought about what I want to wear and then work it out in my head until the last minute. Its a bit like trying a new recipe for company, I like the thrill of figuring it out all and making it work in the eleventh hour. Helps the creative process to throw a little last minute in there.
But I was also feeling like I should "shop in my closet". Not buy anything new, and mix up my things for a new look. I would love to proudly blog that that is what I did, but its not true. I tried on every dress, top, bottom I own..... pulled out shoes, bags, accessories. Its a funny time of year with the weather, and many of my things are too summery. It is not a black tie event. And even though I believe that sparkle, sequins and statements are great for any time of the day or year, it isn't really holiday dressing time either. Wrong color, wrong size....we have all been there. Arrrg!
So, here is my confession--I did buy something new, but it is a something that I can wear in my regular life too. Purchased the J Brand (which I love love love) waxed denim skinny jeans in venom (black).   The salesgirl told me they looked "sick" they were so great. Um, ok? Well, I did love them. They fit like a glove, are both a dressy jean and a soft leatherlish looking pant that is just different. I love different. I then added my own sparkly top, Prada booties, and black chandelier earrings. So I half shopped my closet. The jeans can be worn with a cozy sweater & boots to dress them down too, so its not going to be a purchase that hangs in my closet and is only good for a party. How is my justification working? All I know is I like standing out in a crowd, so fancy pants instead of the usual party dress will hopefully fit the bill for party time, and be a great addition to my wardrobe as well.
If you don't like flying by the seat of your pants, like me, :) then I recommend giving your outfit a test run before party day. Because there is nothing more beautiful than confidence.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

making a statement

The term "statement jewelry" has been out and about in the fashion world for a few years now. While some people may picture a giant Flinstone style necklace when they hear this, others may not know what the heck it means. To me, a statement piece is something that stands out--that makes the outfit, that gets you noticed. The statement jewelry of the past couple of years has definitely been about proportions--rings with large stones, big chunky necklaces, wide cuffs or tons of pieces worn together. A little goes a long way--in other words--pick your statement piece, don't wear the whole book.
I think all jewelry is statement jewelry because the kind of jewelry you are attracted to and choose to wear says something about who you are, much like your clothing, shoes, the car you drive. My friend Caroline, is tall and thin and beautiful and has always had a great eye for wearing jewelry and accessories. Her ability to wear a giant chunky necklace without looking like she has been swallowed up by it is enviable for sure (not to mention the rest of the package) :) Very inspiring.
I recently helped my friend Juliet Roger, who is a talented jewelry designer here in Seattle, inventory her pieces and we got to chatting about statement jewelry. She recommended stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something bold and beautiful and you might surprise yourself. As much as I quite like standing out in a crowd, I admit I sometimes worry having on a piece of jewelry that would wear me, instead of me wearing it. My jewelry "uniform" in the past has large silver hoops, (to compliment that grey sweater I always grab?.....hmmm) but its time to step it up. I have got lots of great pieces that I am going to get out of the box and I recommend you do the same. Leave those pearl post earrings home ladies (or in Kacy's case, the bottom of Patterson Lake), and put on something bigger or brighter or cooler or more sparkly than you normally wear, and don't wait for date night --I mean wear it today, on a Wednesday, even if you are off of to work or Safeway or to coffee. See you out there, you gorgeous girls!