Style talk and tips from California stylist and fashion blogger Luisa Lucia!
This past weekend, Nick and I attended the 25th annual Jump Back Ball fundraiser for Playhouse Square. I blogged about this back in November, and created an inspiration board for the look and feel of the event. I settled on two things: I wanted a 60s look and LOT of glitter.
And frankly, what better way to get all that glitter than a full-on glitter gown. I ended up picking the Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown, and pairing it with a pair of statement earrings, a cocktail ring, and blush pink, neutral shoes.
Two tips if you Rent The Runway:
1. Always have a backup-- a second best in the event your dress has logitistical/fit issues
2. Be VERY honest about your size and shape, and when in doubt size up. You get a free second size, use it.
Turned out this choice was a little bit of a good-news/bad-news situation.
Good news: I wore a similar dress last month and had to size down for this one (yay for resolutions)
Bad news: At least 7 other women had the same idea about the glitter gown. But hey, this isn't Hollywood, and instead of freaking out, we just took pictures together! In all seriousness, my fellow glitter-girls all looked fabulous, and frankly, we all looked very different!
We had such a great time Saturday night- the bands were ridiculously fun. The main stage band, Radioactive, played a really energetic set of Top 40 songs, which included a LOT of 90s, so obviously I was in heaven.
Kudos to my friends Allison Peltz who co-chaired the planning committee, and Adam Fishman who chaired design along with Rebecca Minerd (not pictured) and the rest of the volunteers, staff and really everyone involved, for putting together another fabulous night!
Fun fact: my hair stylist Carolina at Tease sewed my half-up look into place so I rocked my messy bed head all day Sunday, including the grocery store!
I don't often get this glam on a Saturday night, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't fun to get really dressed up for a night on the town. It was like my very own Oscars, and I enjoyed EVERY second!
Disclosure: I am a blog partner for Playhouse Square, and have been for a number of years. I received a ticket to this event in exchange for helping spread the word. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsored content on this blog! XO
Carolina works at Tease in Lakewood, and I decided to go in for a blowout to give her a try! The salon is super charming with its exposed brick and vintage dressers.
The results from the first haircut: She talked me out of bangs since it was still the beginning of summer, but I absolutely adored the curls and volume!
Over the past month, she put in the bangs (its almost fall after all) and touched up my ombre to make it look more natural (well, as natural as ombre is going to look on someone with SUPER dark hair)
Ah West 6th. Its been a long time since I visited you on a Friday or Saturday night, and now I remember why.... For my non-Cleveland readers, let me set the stage here a little. You know that bar that's REALLY popular with the early 20-something crowd? The one sorta reminiscent of a college bar, where the vibe changes around 1:30 am, and you know people are looking for that person they're going to make out with for the next 30 minutes at least? Well, we have a whole street of such bars- its West 6th.
Anyway, N and I found ourselves on W 6th Friday night, specifically, at Velvet Dog- Cleveland's premiere nightclub, FYI. It has been a while since either of us had been there, and I felt it was my duty to examine and report back for my late 20-something and 30-something friends, who perhaps haven't visited in a while. SO, like any good (or wannabe) anthropologist would do, I observed. And took copious notes. And left 90 minutes later. Although my stay was brief, I learned some important tips to fitting in style-wise on W 6th, which I will share with you, you know, if you want to make your own visit:
Men: If the normal jeans with a button-down just isn't cutting it for you, take your look one step further. How, you ask? Well, here are your options:
1. Wear a deep, deep v. neck tee (white, of course), and pair THAT with an unbuttoned button-down;
2. Add your high-school letter jacket;
3. Forgo the button down altogether, and wear your very best Ed Hardy/Affliction tee.
Women: This is your chance to shine, and make that guy-that-you-made-out-with-that-one-time-and-didn't-call-you really see what he's missing.
1. Wear your hair extensions. With lots of hairspray. Or a bumpit. Or a fascinator. Bonus points if you do all of these together
2. Don't wear pants. You will stick out. Wear a dress. The shorter and tighter, the better. Ideally, your dress should feel like sausage casing, and threaten to cut off circulation. No one will notice if your turning blue, its too dark in there anyway.
3. Duck face. ALL.THE.TIME. But make sure you save your best duck face for the stage-dancing.
4. High heels. The higher the better. Balance is overrated. Plus you can just lean on other people as you make your way across the dance floor.
Here you have it ladies and gentlemen- A few quick tips to make sure you fit right in. In all seriousness, I was deeply conflicted by the whole night. I desperately wanted to hate it, but I found myself oddly amused by the vague smell of barf, and all the excellent people-watching. I really really enjoyed the DJ too. But like all things so bad that they MUST be good, moderation is key. And with that, I'm probably going to stay away from Friday and Saturday nights on W 6th for at least another few years!