Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Parties in FULL SWING!

There is not a time throughout the year that I love MORE than the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas! In college it was Christmas Parties (KA Christmas party 2005, we will try to forget but never will) and Semi Formals (KD and Sigma Nu... need I say more??) and of course our College Life tacky Christmas party by the pool at Ms Susie with the gingerbread icing fight :) SO needless to say there were many memories made in a very short time period. But one thing I ALWAYS dread about this time of year is what to wear to each and every party.It is really sad, but I spend so much time stressing over what in the heck I'm going to wear. Honestly I consider this ludicrous, absurd! But I continually repeat the same acts every Holiday season... So here's where I pose the question/s ? Is it ok to wear the same dress to multiple events if you make each outfit look different (ie - fur coat, pashmina, different fun jewelry)?? And for those annual parties that you have each and every year is it ok to pull something out of the closet from summer and winterize it or switch up the outfits that you wore to each party last year??

I think completely and totally YES! It is fine!! With the economy looking the way it does (which it is picking up... a tad) ((knock on wood) why would you spend anywhere from 400 to 1200 dollars on "party" outfits every year?? SO lets get resourceful! I am NOT going to buy one new party dress this year... Lets see if I can make it! I'll keep you posted. AND yes Momma, I returning my New Lilly party dress.. :( I'm sad to see it go... but do I REALLY need another party dress???

live life fabulously


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Confessions of an Over Packer... Can I break the cycle??

So it’s just a week and half before I leave for Charleston for a weekend with the Vincent’s for a family wedding, AND I’m already stressing. Why you ask??
A: I have this terrible anxiety about checking my bags, getting through security, finding my gate.. etc…..
B: the packing issue and the 50lb issue (I’ve got to change planes in Houston…I don’t have enough energy to stress about lost baggage)
C: the flight back and all that entails

SO I’ve decided to reduce some of my stress by…are you ready for this….. I’m just going to carry the airline limited ONE carry-on (The maximum combined linear measurement (L + W + H) of the carry-on bag is 45 inches up to 14 in x 9 in x 22 in. The maximum weight of the carry-on bag is 40 pounds.)… It’s a challenge and I’ve decided to take it on! If you know me and/or travelled with me, know that I’m a TAD bit of an over packer. OK, if I were completely honest with myself I’m a little bit more than a TAD of an over packer! So the way I’m going to break down it down by outfit and by day and how I can mix match and pack ONLY one pair of shoes…
So I fly out on Thursday: I’ll come back to this outfit later… leggings and a tunic (maybe?)
Thursday Night Dinner: JCrew Pixie Pant, White Tux Tunic, gold coat with bell sleeves and Gold Lilly Pulitzer flats.
Friday Daytime: Jeans, Ralph Lauren Oxford, Blazer, and gold Lilly flats
Friday Evening/Rehearsal Dinner: JCrew Pixie Pant, JCrew glitzy boat neck, Fur coat (if needed) and gold Lilly flats OR gold pumps..
Saturday Daytime: Lilly Stephanie Shift, Michael Stars turtleneck and gold Lilly flats
Saturday Evening: Lilly Sophia Dress, Fur Coat, and gold pumps
Sunday Daytime until 5 /Fly Home with a 2 hour layover in Houston: JCrew Pixie Pant and a-line tunic, gold Lilly flats
SO can all this fit in one rolling carry on?? Plus running shoes, two workout outfits….and the HMHS (the high maintenance hair stuff) WE shall see…
NOW here’s the REAL challenge…. No shopping while I’m there because there will be no room to bring home…
live life fabulously