I do love attending charity events and recently attended the annual Wentworth by the Sea Crossroads gala. I don’t like keeping my look the same and enjoy experimenting with new hair and make up styles. My beaded dress felt appropriate for a Spring event by the water. It was on the shorter side, white and the beads are stitched in a slight chevron style. The shoes stood out and I wanted them to have that bootie feel. When I think of spring make up on my olive complexion I think of bright pink. My toes and fingers along with my lips were covered in a deep pink color. I layered on two long necklaces to give a flapper feel. My hair dresser felt that I needed some pretty bling in my hair, so we stuck with a silvery sparkly flower.
Dress by Parker, shoes by Guess, necklace by Chanel and hair by Salon Sabeha
If you want to stand out at an event, you must prepare well in advance to look appropriate and as beautiful as you can be.
- 6-8 weeks before an event I start looking at dresses on line and I may even order one or two. I enjoy shopping at sites that offer free shipping and returns. Sometimes I’ll find a dress locally, but I give myself plenty of time for altering. I like seeing what is trending and find inspiration on various sites. It may be a dress length, color, cut or certain style that I decide to go with. Once I decide what I want my “wow” piece to be, then I get focused. For example, my last event I decided to wear fur and I wanted that to be my ‘wow’ piece so I decided to find a simple dress that wouldn’t take away for the fur. Then the shoes were just as interesting but the jewelry was simple. To see the fur, I needed my hair up, but wanted it to have an Old Hollywood feel. Other times I want to dress color to be the ‘wow’ factor. Then I keep the shoes neutral.
- 4-5 weeks I make sure I’ve thought about my ‘vision’ of what I want the rest of the outfit to consist of. I order shoes and jewelry with plenty of time for returns and reordering.
- 4 weeks make sure you have hair and nail appointments set up for a couple of days before and a hair appointment on the day of your event.
- 2 weeks before I nail down an inspirational hair photo. I make sure I have the right handbag and coat to wear.
- 1 week before I may attention to my body, face and teeth. I make sure that I watch my sugar intake and regularly hit the gym. I make sure that my face is kept clean and use my Clarisonic every other day. I use Super Smile, which is a teeth whitening system.
- 3-1 day before I make sure I get a fresh hair color, cut, eyebrow wax and toes and fingernails polished. Also, steam your dress and make sure you have everything you may need, like padding for your heels, appropriate undergarments, double stick tape, and your lipstick.
- Day of the event I I limit my water intake to avoid bloating. In place of water I drink cranberry and coconut water. I make sure I eat a big breakfast and protein filled lunch and plenty of snacking before I attend the event.
- I shower making sure I wash my face and shave my legs and around 5 hours before the event I get my hair done.
- 2 hours before we need to leave, I put my make up on. I often have thought about the style of my face…do I go for a colorful eye, smokey eye or bold lipstick. Decide what you want to enhance and make sure you’ve found colors that are trending and enhance your dress. For example, when I wore a bright yellow dress I decided to go with bright pink lips and simple eye make up. With the latest brown dress I went for a bronzed face.
- 1 hour before I get dressed, pack my purse, brush my teeth and give myself time to snap a few photo before leaving.
If you follow this timeline or make your own, you’ll be sure to have a cohesive and polished look for any special event.
Old Hollywood reminds me of hair pinned up, bright lips, gold shoes and fur. When I dress for a special occasion, just putting on a pretty dress is not enough. I enjoy having a vision and this time my vision started with wearing a fur. I didn’t own a fur, or any of my look but I get jazzed by the challenge of finding my outfit. The fundraiser was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for Jaden’s Ladder. When I’m at a classy hotel, I like to dress the part.
The skinny on my look~
I found this simple brown DVF dress at a friend’s shop for $50! The next thing I found were these gold and black sequence shoes from J. Crew. Over time I found the fur vest on Ebay but with the shipping time, it would arrive with only 10 days to spare. I really wasn’t sure if it would be perfect, but to my surprise it’s gorgeous.
I picked up the clutch on winter clearance at Lord & Taylor. I chose it to tie the black and gold together with a bit of hard to play off the soft fur. The last item I picked, which didn’t really end up showing is my gold and Swarovski crystal necklace. But, I love it and am glad I bought it. The symbol means, “double luck” in Chinese.’
Hair styled by Salon Sabeha, make up from Modern Priscilla, teeth whitening by Super Smile.
Dress $50, J.Crew Shoes $32 (clearance), Fur $75, Swarovski necklace $60 (outlet), clutch $28
Total cost $245
I recently attended the 11th annual “Benefit by the Sea” for Crossroads House in Portsmouth, NH. Crossroads House provides a safe, transitional shelter and program that helps its residents move with confidence to stable and worthy housing.
Again, it was an impressive event of beautifully dressed people and pretty touches all around. As I looked around, some were dressed in formal black tie and others in slacks and the ladies were mostly in cocktail attire with some being more or less formal. But in the Seacoast area, really anything goes.
Last year I was in a long form fitting dress, so this year I went for a short babydoll dress.
Love the details of this dress….flowy, light and airy feel. A very easy dress to wear~!
Hair by Salon Sabeha
soft pink nails
Dress by H&M
shoes by Alfani
Wore a large pearl ring to pick up the small pearls in my necklace
Compared to last year, this look felt much more casual. Last year people were really drawn to my dress. I like to mix up my looks, as it’s part of my creative process. Really who cares what you’re wearing to such a well deserved cause. Overall, what a hit!
Bright Lights Big City Gala at the Ritz-Carlton on Boston to raise money for Jaden’s Ladder. This foundation is very special as they aid women and children move on after being in a domestic abuse life cycle. I was honored to attend this event and with such a classy location, you can wear that sequence dress, big bold sparkly necklace, all under a gold coat!
Dress by Tory Burch, necklace from Fashioneta, coat by Burberry, and glasses by Tom Ford. Went with dark blue nails, gold and black earrings, big curly hair and black shiny shoes. What a fun way to support a well deserved cause.
Last May, I attended the 10th annual “Benefit by the Sea” for Crossroads House in Portsmouth, NH. Crossroads House provides a safe, transitional shelter and program that helps its residents move with confidence to stable and worthy housing. It was an impressive event of beautifully dressed people and pretty touches all around. As I looked around, some were dressed in formal black tie and others in slacks and the ladies were mostly in cocktail attire with some being more or less formal.
It was my first time attending, so when looking for my dress I went for a long classic style, but the fit was close and the color was nude. I feel that if I attend an event, then why not go for it….have fun with it, be different and be on trend with a twist.
Went with simple hair with a bit of curl
Necklace was gold with purple large stones
Raw silk fitted dress with a slight mermaid feel
Paired the dress with a vintage 3/4 length velvet coat with fur collar
Handbag was a hard coppery clutch that played off the gold colors and my skin
Shoes were black, gray and purple. Large ring had beads of pink and purple.
Nails were in a gray putty.
The outfit was a big hit. I felt a little ‘dressed up’, but that was what I was going for. Next month we’ll be attending this wonderful event once again. I’m thinking of going with a short dress or long and lace!