Well, Blogging Fundamentals Course, you are really testing my social media capabilities, but I think I am up to the challenge!
Style is not something I’ve been born with. Sometimes it takes me multiple tries to find the correct combination of pants and tops (or jeans and t-shirts), that would be comfortable and matching at the same time. I’ve got friends that are always perfectly dressed and can pull off some quite risky ensembles, but I’ve always been on admiring/judging end, rather than on creative one. Since I mostly work from home, my style choices are usually limited to sweat pants/yoga pants and sweater/t-shirt combination. However, I sometimes feel that I manage to screw up even that modest task.
One day I bought a book about how one should dress depending on one’s body shape (that’s a lot of ones…). I am sure it contains a lot of valuable advices, but no matter how many times I tried to follow them, I would get even more confused.
There is only one notable exception in my otherwise unremarkable clothing collection. I am talking about cocktail and evening dresses. I absolutely love to wear fancy dresses to special occasions! Moreover, being who I am ethnically, I am always guaranteed at least a few outings per year that would require an outfit that would not be out of place on the Red Carpet 🙂 Ok, maybe not exactly on the Carpet itself, but definitely on some after party, chilling with a glass of Dom Perignon.
Russian Restaurants of Brooklyn, NY, I am singing a rapturous song for you! These are places where you can wear whatever spirit moves you to wear on that particular evening. Most people, however, opt for something, erm, stylish. Seguins, velvet, lace, open backs and decolletage, crazy heels and expensive jewelry; if you can name it, you can find it on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday in abundance in any of 150 restaurants on Brighton Beach or whereabouts. It’s considered a bad taste to wear the same outfit twice in the presence of the same company. And that’s why even a bumbling style deficient wretch like me is a proud owner of a very decent number of evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Nowdays they come with Spanx and other implements underneath, but hey, nobody needs to know that, right? You haven’t read anything 🙂
As it happens, I am going to a special occasion this very Sunday and to one of the coolest Russian Restaurants to boot! This event, obviously, called for the new dress, owing to some changes in my body shape, of which I am not very proud. I know, I know, size and age are just numbers, and nobody said that they have to be exact numbers… So after a few agonizing tries, a private crying and swearing ceremony, a secret pledging of fealty to Dr. Dukan starting Monday, and an eventful trip to a department store, the perfect dress was found. Bursting with pride, I modeled it for my husband. It really looks good on me, if I do say so myself. Can you imagine my feelings when the only thing my husband was able to say after he got his voice back was: “Are you sure velvet is still en vogue right now? Shouldn’t you have chosen a more modern material?” Now, I admit that my hubby has a very good taste. I am the living proof of it, after all. But, seriously?? Evidently he is ignorant of the fact that materials never go out of style. There is always some crazy designer, who is “bringing back” something that never went away in the first place. Velvet is one of my favorite materials because it’s very forgiving, not to mention beautiful, bright, kind of sparkly in a good way (even without anything sewn on top of it), and comfortable. I was a little worried, though. What if he is right? It’s his relatives’ party, after all, and this means that I will be on display. What if I will be the only velvet-wearing shmuck in the whole Brooklyn area? The posibility of looking for another dress hung above my head like the sword of Damocles. Surely, I can’t go through this experience again. And then, with an unbelievable stroke of luck, I came upon Emmys coverage and found this pearl of journalism. Turns out that
FROM RUNWAY TO RED CARPET, VELVET IS WINNING AT THE 2016 EMMYS!
Take that, Game of Thrones! All your puny nominations and paltry wins are second to the beauty of velvet! And this means that for the first time in my life I will be EN VOGUE!