Inaugural Ball Preparation
I was never good at making costumes. My sons used to look at me at Halloween and wonder why I couldn't be like the other mom’s, creating amazing Halloween costumes. What can I say? It isn't one of my strengths. Sooooo, I have the inaugural Ball coming up this weekend and it isn't a traditional Black Tie event. This one STRONGLY suggests a Great Gatsby theme! Flapper dresses! AAHHHH!!!
I have been racing my brain for weeks now coming up with the “flapper look”. I started with the dress and found one online that is current but it has tons of fringe along the bottom. One of my fears was that I would find an old dress in a consignment store and that it would fall apart during the dancing right there on the dance floor. So I went safe and got a cute dress that i got approved by all my friends. The fringe at the bottom is the only thing that ties it to a Gatsby theme so far so I had to dress it up.
I called a designer friend of mine and we went down to the bead district (who knew they had such an area). We were looking for a headband and necklace. After going into 6 stores in a 2 block radius, we settled on a small tiara instead of the headband and then found a long set of fake pearls. The pearls reach to my belly button. Somehow leaving the bead area, we went into a Zara store and while looking for current treasures (there was a big sale at 70% off) I found a beaded purse that looked “Gatsby-ish”. It was perfect!
So, I felt good with my finds and started to relax. This was 10 days ago. I should have gotten to the shoes right away. My thoughts were that this ball will be so crowded, that the top part of my costume would be seen more than my shoes. I did look in stores 10 days ago for shoes that would work but didn't find anything so I turned to the web. I found some at DSW of all places, with a round toe and a strap on the top of the foot and I ordered them. They are still not here!!! I am having to go to plan B. Since I leave on a train tomorrow down to DC, I am going through my closet to see if any will work that are even close. I have a cute tan pump with a peak toe and rounded front that will work. I don't want to buy a pair of ugly shoes that I will never wear again as there isn't much space in my New York City closet for them anyways!
I am banking on the thought that while people will take the suggestion of the Great Gatsby look, they can’t go too overboard, right? I also know that I am not going to have a limo whisk me right to the front door because of security so I need to have a shoe I can walk in for some distance!
Today is the day to research the hair and make up and go get a manicure and pedicure. I am going for the nude colored nail polish and researching the lipstick color. I am packing a curling iron and lots of hair spray and bobby pins to get my hair out of the way for the tiara. No one had long, blond hair flowing back then, so it is going
Wish me luck on my “costume". I think I will enjoy the event and hope that I will fit in while not looking too strange.