Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What I Wore - Silverleaf Wedding

I am not a celebrity.  I know, I know, hard to believe right?  Going to glamorous parties and special events is not a part of my every day life.  I've never walked the red carpet or been featured in a fashion magazine.  So when I get dressed up for a formal occasion, I want to document the rare ensemble.  In recent months, my friend Anna did a blog post entitled What I Wore that described her everyday "momiform", and I was intrigued!  So, I thought I would steal that idea and feature what I wore to a wedding in Arizona.

Eyes: smokey eye in plum tones with individual false lashes
Cheeks: powder bronzer
Lips: L'Oreal Color Juice in Berry Burst
Nails: O.P.I. in Black Cherry Chutney

Cocktail Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Beaded Silk Charmeuse in black
Shoes: Style & Co.
Gathered Beaded Satin Peep Toe Pumps in black
Earrings: Macy's
acrylic beaded drops

The overall look I was going for was young and fresh (as much as possible at age 35), without looking like I was going to prom.  With it being a pretty fancy wedding, I wanted to look sophisticated but be comfortable enough to dance and move around.  When I saw this dress I knew I had a winner!  I gravitate toward garments that are simple but chic, and usually black.  This rounded halter neckline, with its delicate beading, jumped out at me as being Audrey Hepburn-ish, and the shorter hemline showed off my legs.  Paired with black satin heels and sparkly drop earrings, I felt quite pretty that evening.

The makeup was professionally done, as was the hair (there's no way I could have done that myself!).  I wanted a smokey eye, but since I was wearing black I opted for a softer shade - plum.  The plum tones made my hazel green eyes pop, I did my own lip gloss in a pale glossy pink, and (not so skillfully) did my own nails in a dark purple/black hue.  My hair was curled with a 1" barrel curling iron, pinned up off to one side in the back where loose tendrils fell around my face, and it was all hair sprayed within an inch of its life.  I mean my hair did NOT move or fall flat or anything!  It was all definitely worth the money and time in the makeup chair.  You know, I could really use an entourage to keep me lookin' good all the time!  

But then, these special occasions wouldn't be that special if I always dressed like this, now would they?


FP said...

Your blog is interesting, has left a great impression.
Best wishes

Anna said...

Oooo, I like this! (Those shoes are smokin'.)

You look just stunning. Isn't it good to know we can still pull it together when we need to?!

ps-so relieved to hear that a make-up artist did that face. (those eyes!) 'cause there ain't no way I could have created such a masterpiece! love it.