Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What I Wore - Edgefield Wedding

Being a graphic designer and stay-at-home-mom, my life's adventures mostly consist of font selection and potty training; so having a night out on the town or going to a fabulous wedding are cause for big excitement.  A reason to dress up comes very infrequently for me but oh how I love to plan a special outfit; taking care to think about the venue, the color scheme, and the little extra details - and the recent wedding at McMenamins Edgefield allowed me to do just that.

First, I thought about my skin.  I always think of the end of May as ushering in summertime, so I decided that even if the skies were gray, I would have a lovely glow and therefore got a spray tan.  I had never had one before.  There are all kinds of things one must do before getting one done: exfoliate, wear no makeup, pull hair up and out of the way, have clear polish on nails, wear loose clothing, and not shower or get wet for a minimum of five hours.  It feels strange to stand there in the buff while someone sprays you cold bronzer.  I'm pretty sure I freaked my kids out a little when they saw how dark I was, but thankfully the bronzer washed off in the shower revealing a developed tan underneath.  I looked good, felt good, and couldn't help but laugh every time I saw that I had an even tan where the sun don't shine (if you catch my drift).  Knowing I wouldn't have the help of a professional to do my hair and makeup for this wedding, I kept it simple with a sleek ponytail and makeup that focused on bringing out my eyes.

Here I am with my best accessory of all: my husband!  I chose a blue tie for him to wear with his black suit so that we complimented each other without looking too "matchy matchy".

Eyes: golden shimmer with a hint of teal on the lower lash line; black liner
Cheeks: pink cream blush and powder bronzer
Lips: L'Oreal Color Juice in Berry Burst
Nails: O.P.I. in Pearl of Wisdom

Party Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Jersey/Taffeta in navy
L.A.M.B. Laken Sandals in nude
Earrings: diamond studs - a Mother's Day gift from my husband
Necklace: Macy's multi-layered beaded chains with pink and gold enamel flowers

Then came the dress.  I wanted to wear some color this time since I wore that LBD at the last wedding.  I was hoping for something fun, that could be danced in, and had a youthful vibe.  I found a navy blue number that was just the ticket.  With a pleated jersey halter with a taffeta party skirt, this dress moved well, was very comfortable, and even had pockets!  I pair the dress with some nude sandals I bought months ago and a delicate Chanel-inspired chain necklace and voila ... instant glamour!  

And it all made this small-town mom from Oregon feel fancy.


PeePaw said...

You look very pretty!

Anna said...

Oh, swoon! That dress!!!!!

You look sensational. (And now I want to try the spray tan!)