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?
I’ve been on a super tight budget these days; one where my only permitted shopping is at the grocery store for food. However, THE fashion show of the year for TRIBEZA Style Week was coming up, and I didn’t have anything to pull from the dress archives to wear. While short on cash, I did have some Banana Republic Rewards burning a hole in my pocket, so I visited the Gap (BR Rewards are redeemable there).
All sale items were an additional 30% off, so I carefully combed those racks in the far-reaching corner of the store. I found this cream-colored maxi-dress, which was on sale for $29.99. And with the additional 30% off, it was only $20.99. SCORE! It’s made of a silky fabric and has an interesting cutout in the back. I knew properly styled with the right hair, make-up, and accessories, this could be a great look for the fashion show. Continue reading