Happy Tuesday! If you follow me on Instagram you may know that on Saturday night we accompanied my Dad to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I almost never do those What-I-Wore posts, but I have gotten some questions regarding the dress I wore that night and my make-up, so I thought I’d answer them here today. Since we’re all gearing up for holiday party season, I figure that maybe this will be helpful.
(This is not a sponsored post, but does contain affiliate links… just sharing one of my personal favorites with you. There is a clothing line called Stop Staring that I just love and I wore their Million Dollar Baby dress. This company makes clothing for real, non photo-shopped women’s bodies… bodies that might be a little fluffy in parts, or have boobs… or a rib cage, or anything else you might not find on a stick thin, 6 foot tall waif walking the runway. (I hate that most evening wear/designer clothing won’t even fit over my shoulders.)
. Seriously. (Again, not a sponsored post… just sharing some of my favorites.)
They are vintage inspired and have a fun Mad Men flare to their designs. I love the whole line, and they are super affordable. I have this dress in both black and a fire engine red. It’s aptly named because I do feel like a million bucks in it when I put it on. I’d say the average price of their clothing is in the $150 range, but you can score them for less (brand new) on ebay.
I have previously shared how I have rented dresses before, but I love Stop Staring so much that I seriously want one in every color.
Make up: Yep, false eyelashes. Nope, I am too lame and clumsy to do it myself.
Here’s a great beauty tip for a special occasion: make an appointment to get your make-up applied at your local MAC counter at the department store. I go to Macy’s and they will do your make-up for free as long as you buy some of their products. It may vary from store to store, I have had it done where I only needed to pay the $16 for the eyelashes to being required to purchase at least $50 worth of product. Whatever the cost, it is still a very economical alternative to paying for a straight make-up application. Or looking like a clown, which is what I would look like if I tried it myself.
|Yes, that IS Santa in the background, why?
Only someone as disciplined and well coordinated as a Marine could get all over the world in one night.
I have also found it to be very helpful to bring in a photo (or several) of examples of the look you’re going for. For a recent event, I simply asked for a “Smoky Eye”… Well one person’s smoky eye is another person’s “Cleopatra, the Musical” so be sure to clearly communicate what it is that you want. (I had to go home and spend a good half an hour removing layers of make-up to tone it down a bit.)
For my hair? Big hot rollers, baby! I swear by these things! Pop those rollers in and spray each section of hair with a good hair spray when you take them out. Your curls should last the night.
My earrings were an impulse purchase at Kohl’s a few days before the event.
On clearance for $4.80. Score, right? Those of us with dark hair should try to go for lighter colored earrings whenever possible so that they will show up.
I did not have time to get my nails done and didn’t worry about it. For those who asked about the nail polish, it was from Sally Hansen, Insta-Dri in Slick Slate
. (I love that color!) It retails for about $4.
Getting dressed up and fabulous shouldn’t be a huge stresser and shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. If you like how you look, you’ll feel better and have more fun, so don’t worry about mixing cheap earrings with expensive shoes or if you went to a make-up counter at the mall instead of a beauty bar/make-up artist. Spend your money on the thing that will make you feel the best and don’t worry about the rest of it. Enjoy yourself! Happy holidays!