I’m lucky to have a job I love that also allows for many opportunities to get gussied up. And I’m extra fortunate to be related to some really talented people. One such person is my niece, an up-and-coming designer in the Philippines, Aisha Romero. She made a beautiful ball gown skirt for me, and I knew just the perfect occasion to wear it — opening night at the opera. The question was, how do I put it all together?
This past Monday night I had the lucky opportunity to see St. Vincent at ACL Live at Moody Theater. St. Vincent is singer-songwriter and Dallas native Annie Clark; she’s a talented guitarist with an ethereal voice who sings over orchestral art-rock music. I had seen her short SXSW set at Antone’s a few years ago, and I was excited to see her perform in this awesome new venue. The music was phenomenal, but she was also looking so rock chic that I was inspired to write a post about her cool look. Continue reading
7:00 PM: While babysitting my BFF’s kids, I receive a text from a good friend inviting me to go to a fundraiser dinner with him tomorrow night. It’s a $1000/plate event benefiting Share Our Strength. Umm, I guess I can skip ballet class for that. What’s the attire?
10:00 PM: After much investigation, I receive confirmation that the dress is “Business/Dressy
Business”. I interpret that as “Cocktail” for women. Hmm, this may be difficult. I know it’s odd, but I actually have more formal options than cocktail in the dress archives. And as I mentioned in my Fashion on a Shoestring post, I haven’t been shopping in a looong time.
11:00 PM: As suspected, my dress options are limited. Let’s just say I would be in better shape (pun intended) if this were a stand-up cocktail affair. I need to find a dress I can semi-comfortably sit in for a multi-course meal. Yikes.
12:30 AM: No decisions are being made tonight. I leave the dress options hanging on the door and go to bed. Will deal with it in the morning.
For this new series of posts, Jenn will pull looks from past events and walk through her styling strategy, from hair to shoes.
In March 28, 2008, Austin welcomed a new, world-class performing arts center, the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. A 10-year project, the Long Center opened to the public with an action-packed weekend of events, highlighted by a black-tie gala dinner and show. This was going to be a special night, and a special look was necessary. Continue reading