Next year I’m wearing pants and a turtleneck.

The party was a success!  My outfit came together perfectly, and I felt like a modern-day princess — albeit a very c-o-o-o-o-old princess.  Not just outside.  But even inside the Marriott it was FUH-REEZING.  The entire evening.  So that was kind of a downer.  It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you want to curl up in a little ball and hide under your winter coat the entire evening.

I did squelch the desire.  After all, there is no suffering too great for the sake of fashion.  Or so they say.

In fact, just yesterday when I was getting my nails done I was thumbing through a recent People magazine, and there was a short interview with Victoria Beckham.  In it she declared that she doesn’t mind being uncomfortable when the outfit is worth it.  “It’s FASHION!” she exclaimed, as if that explained everything.

And as I read it, I was all, Right on, Sistah!

But after last night, I’m not so sure.  Could it be that I’m not the slave to fashion I thought I was?  Because those ladies in long sleeves and pants looked so cozy and warm.  Perhaps I need to invest in a nice pashmina.  Oooh!  Oooh!  An excuse to go shopping.  Gotta love that.

So anyway.  Here is the obligatory picture.

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Okay, a serious one, although I look totally stiff.

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And one of Paul and me for good measure.  He is, after all, the reason I get to dress up and go out to a fun holiday party every year.

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The food was fabulous.  It’s a good thing my skirt didn’t have a waistband because I ate until they had to roll me out the door.  For the first year we had a band instead of a DJ, and they were pretty good.  We danced to a few numbers.  If nothing else, it got the blood circulating.  It was the only time all evening I wasn’t shivering.

We didn’t win any door prizes, but we did get a nice gift — a box of fancy-schmancy chocolate and candy covered pretzels.  YUM.

So that’s that.  Until next year . . .

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  1. I really don’t understand the skimpy winter evening wear, unless you live in a warm climate. Which I don’t. Maybe they will come out with a cashmere strapless number but my vote will still probably be with the sleeves.

    On the other hand, you looked very nice!

  2. You are one hot mama!!! I wasn’t the one shivering, but from the looks of you, I think it had to be worth it so everyone could see how great you looked!! Too bad you weren’t having weather like we are – you wouldn’t be cold at all! It is 74 degrees right now – in DECEMBER!! It’s nuts! So I could have pulled off the dress and been warm – but it wouldn’t have looked nearly as good on me!
    Love the shoes too!

  3. You look fantastic – I think you made the right call with the silver jewelry, black bag, and fab shoes. Well done!

  4. You did look really, really good, dcr. And your Christmas tree is pretty too! When I was reading this, I kept thinking, dance! Dance! Keeps you warm. I hate feeling cold like that, tho. Ugh. You were probbaly so glad to crawl into a warm bed!

  5. Aw shucks, yall!!! *blushes* Thanks for all the elaborate compliments.

    Today it’s back to torn sweats and no makeup as I schlep to the gym and Tar-Jay. It was fun being a princess for an evening, though.

  6. must backtrack to the other entries to find out where you got those SHOES!! i think i love them.

    (i totally almost typed *sniff* here, as in, like, crying, but then i thought it would look like i was one of those shoe fetish people. lol. eww.)

    you were too cute!! your kiosk earrings look like the real things, and i’m happy for you that hubby tolerates pictures. in 6 years, i have, erm, 3? pictures of my boyfriend and i. lol.

  7. nice dress, would go down well here in New Zealand.
    You can actually look very smart in pants and top, go for something sparkly with a nice pair of shoes with heels and you would be all set.

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