black & golden girl
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun & safe time. Here we have what I was originally going to wear on New Year’s Eve, but… then I figured I’d be overdressed at a chill party my friend Teri @ Make a Whisk was having, so I changed into jeans and a cute top at the last minute. (I was right – I would’ve been.)
However! For the right occasion, I think this would’ve been a good look.
The dress – by apt. 9 from Kohl’s – is super comfy and also pretty flattering. I love flutter sleeves because they add volume to my upper half (and thus attract eyes and attention upward as well) while also offering a little camouflage for those of us who don’t have Michelle Obama’s arms. ;) Then the volume and flutter is echoed in the hemline ruffle at the bottom for a balanced look.
Even though a deep-V neckline is normally great for showing off a necklace, I never wear one with this dress because it would compete with the large, bold, gold & black medallions around the waist (there’s also a tie at the waist around the back). With accents this large, I don’t think any extra accessories are necessary. I was actually a little wary of them when I picked up this dress, but, after putting it on, I liked it – the simplicity of the dress justifies a single bold accent.
Plus, y’know, you feel a little like Wonder Woman.
I was also pretty pleased to have finally accomplished a bit of a smoky eye look, which is always seems so elusive, no matter how many magazine tutorials I read or or how-to sets I buy. But, wouldn’t you know, this was achieved through just that: a set called VS Ultimate Smoky Eyes from Victoria’s Secret that I got as a Christmas gift. Not having a whole lot of faith in VS makeup, I was extremely surprised that this worked so well. The package calls it a silky shadow palette, and it was indeed silky, smooth, and creamy – the eyeliner color in particular. It really went on like eyeliner, perfect for smudging and blending, and I was very impressed. I was also surprised because, apart from the sparkly black eyeliner, the colors weren’t all blacks, greys, or even blues, but rather light pink and purples. Maybe that’s the secret.
Lips are done with Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Stay Currant (which was apparently a limited edition shade), and the earrings are the American Eagle crescents, which go perfectly with the dress’ gold medallions since they’re both a muted, antique gold.
What beauty product has surprised or impressed you? Have you been able to perfect the elusive smoky eye look? How’d you do it? I’m curious what works!
In any case, Happy 2010 from me & Teri! :)