A few weekends back, the filmmaker and I stopped by one a party, hosted by one of his close high school friends; the group was an amalgamation of close childhood friends and complete strangers, making for quite an interesting evening, especially when interspersed with Jameson whiskey, delicious hand-made pizza, the board game Settlers of Cattan, and all truth question-answer style game I pioneered, not so creatively deemed Hot Seat.
Although the occasion was decidedly laid back and casual, I decided to compose a more structured look from very comfortable and loose clothing pieces, so fitting with the atmosphere while still exuding a slightly formal flair.
Recently, I purchased L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara in black; I will openly admit, I was sucked into the vortex of packaging, attracted by the sleek glean of the metallic tube. As I have used the product, I have discovered that in addition to creating the illusion of millions of lashes, the mascara emits a sort of fragrance, somewhere in between a perfume and a noxious chemical. Reminiscent of my brief days in organic chemistry laboratory practicals, I find this utterly endearing.
The vintage 1970s avocado green lamps that flank my bed are some of my favorite belongings; they are obtusely and obstinately dated to a particular era of design, one that is immediately discerned as separate from more contemporary aesthetics, yet they maintain a timeless elegance in their tall stature and cylindrical shape. Naturally, when I recently discovered that fictional Don Draper displays a similar style of lamp in his bachelor pad, during my stint of returns to Mad Men, I was elated. If it is good enough for a chain smoking, boozing, salaciously seductive and seemingly permanently handsome emperor of creative copy, it is good enough for my bachelor pad here.
My cotton tank tee shirt is long, almost tunic length, and is one of those camisole-dress pieces that is comfortable for dashing to the farmer's market on a hot summer day, or can become, like here, the top to a look that starts resembling a dress.
Sheer crystalline lip gloss was one of those modern beauty amenities that, for years, I completely forgot about and ignored; woe is me. Simple and great, and easy to re-apply after eating and drinking.
These earrings swing, streamlined pendulums, and the filmmaker was able to adroitly capture the movement, the cyclic rhythm.
Once again, I decided to wear the resplendent rhinestone bracelet the filmmaker gave to me, paired with one of my favorite lucite bangles, another present from my lovely and dear friend Katherine.
This vintage 1960s handbag is a truly unique piece, and one that I am extremely lucky to have discovered; I have scoured many an antiques show and consignment shop, and seen a variety of colors, fabrics, leathers, designs, and structures, some repeated over and over, others only once. Immediately, the curved white plastic handle comes to notice, however, this obvious flair does not prepare one for the great element of handbag surprise. This bag is a three in one purse: the outside portion, currently displaying deep navy fabric with white and clear beading, can be removed completely or turned inside out, for two different looks. The inside bag alone is all white. Unfortunately, the opposite side of the fabric lining has quite an intense stain on one side, so I am not able to take advantage of the cream fabric with rainbow pastel beads.
Dark charcoal cotton cardigan, wrapped around my shoulders, to shield my skin from the mild biting chill of the late summer evening.
This rhinestone embellishment is actually, I believe, some type of shoe clip; I had received it as a gift during a costume jewelry exchange party some good high school friends of mine and myself held a number of years ago. I had never quite divined a way to wear this clip appropriately, and it had gone to collecting dust in my jewelry box; somehow, before running out the door, I remembered its pleasant glint and threw it on to add some sparkle to this large sash bow.
This plain cotton white skirt reminds me of an apron, with the white sash tie along one side; to add some color to this milquetoast look, I roped a pink faux-suede fabric belt along with the skirt sash, tying them together into a single knot.
To complete the gray and muted tone of the look, I wore these steel colored heels, with silver lining.