40th in NYC - Planning My Looks
March is coming to a close, and with it the end of the best birthday month I’ve ever had! Before I shut the door on posts about my birthday and move on, I thought I’d share a little about my outfit choices. Now, just because I hadn’t planned on doing something big for my birthday doesn’t mean I wasn’t prepared! LOL! I always tell you I shop during the sales and keep things stashed away. Boy did that come in handy! I actually had more stuff available for me to select from than I needed. I pulled out my rail and started selecting things from my closet and placing them there. I decided to do this as if I was dressing a celebrity for her special event - if no one is rolling out the red carpet for you, you better find your own and roll it out & strut your stuff down it!! I checked the weather forecast and pulled out dresses, jeans, shoes and accessories.
I already knew I was wearing my yellow dress for the main event. This dress along with he red tulle dress were from Lanvin’s 2010 collection with H&M. The 2 dresses sold out online and inshore before I could even say “LANVIN!”. 9 years later I had both dresses in my closet, brand new with tags for a fraction of their original cost!! Boom!! THANK YOU EBAY! I removed the black waistband on the dress and used a brooch from the same collection as they had done in their runway show that year. I always tell you, ebay and resale sites are the bomb!
I wanted to go dancing afterwards & told the girls I wanted us to sparkle through the night so it was sequins all the way. The only thing left was the morning….I didn’t want to have a single dull fashion moment on my birthday, so I decided to wear my tulle dress. It all worked out perfectly in the end because going to buy a pair of Manolos in tulle was the perfect Carrie Bradshaw moment for me!! See that post here.
My biggest tip is to always take a picture of yourself in whatever you’re planning to wear!!! When you’re going to be the centre of attention it means a lot of pictures - you need to be certain that you’ll look as good in pictures as you do in real life. Some looks really don’t photograph well. I bought the back sandals from Nordstrom Rack - linked here. They worked well with everything I was going to wear. Everyone needs a pair of sexy black sandals, they go with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses!
Saturday I started the day in tulle again. It had snowed overnight but I didn’t let that slow my roll! We jumped in an uber and went on our way. As mentioned before, I’d kept a close eye on the weather in the run up to this weekend and as soon as they suggested snow, I asked my friends for suggestions on a good brand for snow boots. It was “Sorel!!” all round so I jumped on the Sorel website and ordered a pair of their Caribou snow boots. I was not getting caught with frostbite on this important weekend!! These boots are worth every cent - they are actually on sale right now. The boots are so warm and toasty, my feet might as well have been left back home by the fireplace! Honestly I love these boots!
The coat!!! I have wanted a coat like this ever since MaxMara came out with the original which I could only ever have dreamed of affording! When I found one from Topshop I ordered it in a heartbeat. It was a size too big but I got a tailor to fix it and here we are! The reason I like it is that I can layer to my hearts content - I wear this with the thickest card’s and also my leather jacket (like I did that day).
Saturday evening’s outfit, LOL!! Ok, I kinda went sequin crazy in the sale. I actually ordered this skirt off the UK zara site, along with a few other razzle dazzle pieces. My long suffering friend, Tinashe, had to get these to me. I love you Tina! Well, actually, she posted them on to my cousin Rumbi who made sure she carried them in her hand luggage at the expense of her own outfits! I love you Rumbi! LOL! I had carried some back up outfits of my own too! This skirt was probably one of my favorite looks of the weekend! I can see myself having so much fun with this skirt for years to come! Check out some for sale on Poshmark here.