I have returned! I have a thousand personal reasons for why I neglected my blog: work, stress, marathon training, vision problems, marriage issues...
Needless to say, the last few months have been about as enjoyable as discussing politics on Facebook with barely literate relatives. As corny as it sounds though, it's a new year, and I am excited for all the changes. Hard decisions have been made, and I am moving relentlessly forward with my life. Things have a way of working out unexpectedly. I've made new friends, lost old ones, and reaffirmed why I love the people I do. My circle has grown smaller, but I like to think of it more in terms of it having been "curated".
I skipped the earrings because I already felt really sparkly in the dress, but did put on my favorite bracelet. I bought it from the Dressing Your Truth Type 4 store but I don't believe it's available anymore. The strap is leather. Anytime you combine something girly and glitzy with leather, I'm sold. This is one of my staples.
For my make-up, I kept it simple. Pretty typical for me to keep my make-up minimal. I mostly just focused on color-correcting my complexion. I put on black eyeliner, a shimmery white eyeshadow, and a nude lipcolor.
On to my outfit! For New Year's Eve, I was attending an event with a dress code (cocktail/semi-formal) and decided to go all out with a dress covered in sequins. It's an icy light pink tint, shift dress style with a boat neck top. It tends to lean toward minimalist, which works great for me. I didn't want it to be over-the-top glamazonian, but did want it to be sparkly! Dress is Alice + Olivia.
I paired it with a pair of black leather and mesh Jimmy Choo stillettos.
My hair was also basic. I just had it pulled up partially into a bun, let my waves do their thing, and spritzed everything with Biosilk shine spray (to also tame any frizzies). I'm not very high maintenance in that department.
I really went all out this year for New Year's Eve since I haven't had an "adult" NYE since I was 21. Having 4 kids in a row will do that to you, I suppose. I spent my post-college years being a glorified baby-factory and wet nurse. No wonder I love wine so much.
I saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Key Arena, and then grabbed dinner at the Grill from Ipanema (om nom nom), and finished out the evening drinking champagne at the top of the Space Needle and watching fireworks. And then it started snowing!