Merry Christmas, Ted Baker!

Hello, hello out there! I’m very sorry that I’ve been M.I.A., but I’m in the midst of a blog tool upgrade (I’m looking for a tripod so that I no longer need to rely on my youngest brother, “Twigglezip,” to photograph me when he’s around — which is to say, once every three weeks or so), so I will be posting about three times a week FROM NOW ON. I pinky promise. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you my AWESOMELY AWESOME Christmas Eve dress.

Dress: Ted Baker, shoes: Via Spiga, Spanx: you betcha

A few posts ago, I predicted that I’d find this dress only hours before I was expected at my Aunt Sheila’s house. Lo and behold, I was right (I found it at Bloomingdales two hours before the party started). Talk about having “una botta di culo” as my Zia (Aunt) Nina would say (that’s just a “less refined” way of saying that one has luck on their side); I seem to pull off the drive-by dress hunting pretty well (meaning, I usually find something I love the day of the event). Yay me! I happen to love all of the dresses I’ve found this way.

I had already decided to buy this dress when a salesperson approached me and told me how much he loved it. “It’s so Jetsons!” he said. Indeed. Check out the sleeves in the next photo! Very “Jane, his wife!”

This is the PERFECT cocktail dress. Why? It’s a classic and very flattering shape for one (yes, it is, Judys and Elroys!). The black and white contrast makes it appropriate for most events, and it gives the shape a very modern flair and some drama. I also like that it’s conservative in all the right ways (I wanted to avoid the side boob and exposed cleavage for a family party) but a flattering and sexy length, which still communicates that I’m 23 and I belong at the not-so-kiddie kiddie table in the sun room (where all the cousins who are too old to be at the kiddie table, child-less and/or unmarried get to hang).

Strangely enough, I didn’t opt for anything sparkly for Christmas. In fact, nary a sparkly accessory could be found anywhere on me. I kept it simple: pearl earrings, smoky eye. That’s it. But, but, but…! I did stick with one Christmas-y theme: shoes with bows!

Shoes: Via Spiga

These were the shoes I wore to my senior prom, and they’ve been my go-to shoe for many a non-professional event since. Even though these are simple black satin shoes, the bows make them so flirty and girly and fun! Perfect for when you want to be more old-school classy than glamorous.

I did make sure to add a pop of color to the otherwise monochromatic palette, however, with this lovely bag I got a little over a month ago. You’ll also notice that I ended up slipping on my brother, “Pandorino”‘s new Michael Kors watch for fun (I love men’s accessories, especially watches).

Watch: Michael Kors, bag: Tory Burch

Watch: Michael Kors, bag: Tory Burch

I also love these pictures because my butt looks AWESOME. I’m definitely in love with this dress and my Spanx. Hell, let me even throw in another photo of the entire dress (seriously, I’m really pleased with my choice — I couldn’t have given myself a better gift if I had tried).

Dress: Ted Baker, mood: pleased but PARTIED OUT

It even looked good after five or six hours of celebrating and filling up on fish and fudge!

Merry Christmas, Ted Baker!

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