OK, so I may be a girly-girl. And I love being feminine. And I love pretty things.
Yes. This would be Me in all my girly glory!
But I’m not a fussy dresser.
This could be because I wore uniforms to school for many years.
I pretty much still dress like this–except I go bare-legged with a mighty fake tan!
Or it could be from the words of my mother who always said that it was far better to be under dressed for the occasion rather than to be over dressed.
And I get that!
It means dressing appropriately but not over-the-top. It also means not dressing like you just rolled out of bed.
This is not what is meant by Day-Into-Night. This is purely Sleepy Time Ensemble! Nobody should be wearing a get up like this outside of their home. Not now. Not ever. Never!
And, with age, I’ve become a bit more relaxed about my day-into-evening dressing.
Back when I was younger, I would literally spend hours mulling over what I would wear to attend an event or special occasion. It would be worse when an event was directly after office hours.
I’m not lying to you when I tell you that there were times when I took a change of clothing to the office.
Over the years, I’ve become more chill.
When Bonaparte and I have a date night, it is on the weekend. It is the very rare weeknight evening if we must attend an event.
So, when we do go out in the evening, it is after a busy day of being out and about running errands, shopping and whatever else pops up.
And during those weekend days, I’ll wear jeans. I love jeans—and I swear to you, I love them now more than when I was younger. They are no fuss, they are simple and can change from casual to elegant in a matter of minutes!
My daytime look can be as simple as a white tee, very casual skinny jeans and sneakers. Hair up and bit of makeup.
Classic weekend look–white tee. Skinny Jeans. Sneakers.
My bio hair piled up on top of my head.
..or a plaid shirt layered with a sweater. It’s all good for daytime.
My nighttime look is also simple with the addition of a Chanel-inspired Lady Jacket, a touch of darker eye makeup, a simple clutch and heels.
Quick change artist, I am. Less than five minutes to change shoes, add a jacket..
...plop on a head of fake hair, freshen makeup and add a clutch to match the heels…
Ba-da-boom. The look is complete.
Another great day-into-night look. During the day loafers or sneakers. At night. Red heels. Fake pearls. Mo’ makeup and this time, my bio hair!
For the most part, it’s as simple as a change of shoes.
If I do wear a dress while out for an event, you can rest assured it will be simple and comfortable with plenty of allowance for dancing all night and running back and forth to the open bar!
Lots of big fake hair, a simple black dress and a very inexpensive skinny necklace purchased during a major J. Crew Factory sale are the beginnings of another day-into-night look during the work week.
This dress? It’s by Tiana B. This dress is so old that I cannot remember if it was purchased from QVC or TJ Maxx. I think I paid twenty bucks for it and it is over ten years old and still going strong!
I really, really like the look of a thin chain or two with this dress. It’s very delicate. Something of which I am not!
You know, I’m not much of an accessory person. I have my scarfs which I wear mostly to hide turkey neck.
Probably my most important accessory. The scarf. It does a stellar job hiding my turkey neck!
And it occurred to me while writing this post that even though I have quite a bit of costume jewelry, I don’t wear a lot of it –with the exception of the fake pearls.
My good jewelry consists of my diamond engagement ring, my diamond band, the pearl ring Bonaparte gave me when we started dating and pearl drop earrings from Bonaparte.
The lighting was horrific yesterday! Or perhaps the pearls were so lusturous that they didn’t photograph well. But other than my diamond ring and band, this is the extend of my “good” jewelry!
I realized that I could need a simple gold bracelet, or earrings or a necklace.
But the fact is, I’m pretty picky when it comes to good jewelry.
I noticed of those ads that WordPress provides at the bottom of a recent post—it was from a jewelry company. AUrate. So, I clicked.
The photograph was pretty intriguing. The simple bracelet. The simple ring. Very nice.
And this is what I found: The company was founded by two women who were besties at Princeton. OK. Now I feel a six-degrees-of New Jersey here. I lived in the next town over—Pennington and spent a lot of time in Princeton. I wonder if they ever went to Hoagie Haven on Nassau Street?
Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, the two young founders of Aurate. It’s wonderful to see a company started by two young women. It’s very empowering.
All the jewelry is crafted in New York City. Now I’m getting misty-eyed and my mascara is starting to run. To think these two women started a company in my old home town.
They give back. For every piece of jewelry that is sold, a book for an underprivileged child is purchased. That, to me, is a very kind gesture and I hope these two women keep up the kindness.
AUrate’s jewelry is not budget-priced. However, there are a few people in my family to whom I will be dropping hints at for an item or two when next Christmas rolls around.
This open flower necklace, at $250, is not only beautiful and different, but it’s very reasonably priced for gold jewelry. I have never seen an “open” necklace but I love it! It’s simplicity with an edge! Take a look at the necklace offerings!
The photo is really small, but here’s how the necklace looks on. Is this the perfect day-into-night piece or what?
Seriously—this stuff is nice!!! It’s right up my alley of simple and classic. And the jewelry is very appealing to women of all ages.
I’m also really quite fond of this Black Stones bracelet. At $150 it is affordable for gold!
But back to the point. The items AUrate has to offer are the perfect jewelry for day-into-night. Or night-into-day.
This Asymmetric Pearl Ring is another item that I really, REALLY like. I’m loving this open concept in jewelry. This is a new classic with a bit of a modern touch! It’s fabulous!
Remember. We are at an age where fussing isn’t conducive anymore. We’re over that. It’s time to concentrate more on the great times we are having rather than spending hours over what we are going to wear. We can look great in minutes—no matter what time of day or night it is or where we’re going! It’s all in our attitude!
Here’s my favorite song to get me in the mood for a great night out! “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas. This song always makes me happy!