Month: December 2011

The Christmas party!

All is well that ends well! I survived my tangle with the nasty cold, and also managed to get over my separation anxiety long enough to park the kid at his grandparents (for a record 6 hours!) on Saturday night – time to hit the office Christmas party!

As always, the party planning committee hit it out of the ballpark with their Mad Men theme. The decor, especially, was absolutely gorgeous and the colour scheme – black, red, and silver – was right up my alley. 

See, at the eleventh hour, I decided to go with my black outfit, but make it pop a bit more by adding sparkly red earrings. 

And since, for the first time in eons, I did not end up buying a new outfit for the party, I decided to splurge and treat myself to a fancy schmancy Lancome eye-shadow quad (Rose Coquette) – those hard-earned bags under my eyes don’t accessorize themselves, you know!

I also upped the oomph-factor with a pair of seamed stockings (courtesy of Cat, my hosiery afficionado!), which might not have been entirely era-appropriate, but did make me feel oh-so-grown-up. Here’s a last look at my ensemble – for some reason, with 100% more “crazy eyes” than usual. Ta da!

Manicure of the week: Peridot

You remember Peridot, don’t you? The nail polish that started it all (for me) was released this past summer as part of Chanel’s fall 2011 collection, Illusions d’Ombre. A stunning green-gold duochrome that might – just might – be my signature colour. Here is a peek again:

I love how it goes from sedate to fiery in a quick second under bright lights. In the unforgettable words of famed thespian K. Reeves: “whoa!”

For my “inspired by” outfit, I decided to go with a practical outfit for my current life as a stay-at-home mom.

Leggings are, of course, a staple – comfortable and endlessly forgiving (especially of big meals, a frequent hazard this time of year). I was happy to add my Zara tunic back into my closet after being separated from it during the late stages of my pregnancy; its floral print never fails to make me feel happy and upbeat, no mean feat in the dead of Edmonton winter. Layered over a long-sleeved top, with a cardigan on top for extra warmth, (not to mention the obligatory parka for any outdoors outings)  it makes the cut as a viable winter alternative.

As may be somewhat evident in this outfit, I’ve been on a green kick lately. Maybe it’s the desolate wasteland that is our Edmonton winter (though – fingers crossed – so far, not too bad this year) or maybe it’s a subtle hint from my subconscious to put away the Toblerone and eat more vegetables, but I’ve been rocking a lot of green lately – especially on my nails. As a bonus this week, here’s a peek at a mani I franken-ed recently, layering OPI Significant Other Colour (a sheer lavender-green duochrome) over Butter LONDON Wallis (metallic olive gold). The result: a luscious apple green, with a hint of smoky purple around the edges. Yum yum!

Happy Friday!

Decisions, decisions

With the stress of last year’s last-minute dress hunt in mind, I decided to be proactive for a change and figure out my office Christmas party outfit well in advance. By late October, I had it all down – dress, shoes, accessories. I felt pretty satisfied with myself. And then … the invitation came in the mail, and threw me for a loop. The reason? This year’s theme is “Mad Men”. Naturally, I loved the theme, but it didn’t jive with my original outfit choice. What to do? I didn’t want to go all the way into costume territory, but I did want my outfit to reference the MM era and atmosphere. And I had just the thing in my closet.

Long-time readers of this blog will recognize this dress. I bought it over a year ago, mostly on impulse (it was a great deal and just too cute to pass up) and have been waiting ever since for my opportunity to wear it. And – ta-da!! That opportunity had finally come. I call it my (season 1-2, still married-to-Don) “Betty” dress: an early 60s silhouette with a debutante-appropriate neckline, but updated with an oversize houndstooth print.

I decided to skip the pearls (too costumey) and go with red accessories and ladylike drop earrings.

And, of course – Chanel on my nails. Appropriately, the choice was Rouge Carat, Chanel’s holiday colour this year. The subtle fuchsia shimmer makes this red look rich and luscious – a perfect Christmas red.

I was all set for the party … and, of course, I just had to go and upset the ol’ applecart. See, I had an appointment to get my hair cut two weeks ago … and instead of simply getting my ends trimmed, I decided to switch things up. As in finally get the pixie cut I’ve been debating for the last 6 months. It was a spur of the moment decision (spurred primarily by my son’s recent discovery of the entertainment value of hair-pulling), but I’m thrilled with the results. Still, I wasn’t sure about the pairing of my new haircut and my original dress – the cut is a bit more Mia Farrow than Betty Draper, if you know what I mean. By now, it was too late to hit the stores without getting into the dreaded last-minute dress shopping panic, so I had to try to pull something together from my closet and hope for the best. I’d like to think that this is more of an Audrey Hepburn look.

With less than a week to go, I was still unsure which outfit to pick for the big day. Would an all-black outfit too somber for a Christmas party? Would pink be too jeune fille? How much of a theme is too much? Decisions, decisions.

Of course, the complications haven’t ended there. As of last night, I’ve been down for the count with a vicious cold that’s been felling family members right and left. Judging by the trajectory of their illness, my attendance at this Saturday’s party may be in jeopardy, sadly. But, eternally optimistic, I’m not giving up hope … which still leaves me with a choice to make. Decisions, decisions.