Playing Dress-Up

Last week was pretty event-heavy one, and I had a ton of fun playing dress-up (warning: lots of personal photos in this post!). Tuesday night was the Media Mavens party, where I wore one of my favorite dresses. It’s a 80s Grecian-style draped dress with sequin-embellished batwing sleeves. I bought it at Meeps a while back and it couldn’t have been more than $30.

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As I confessed once in one of my chats, I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes to makeup. I've been trying to remedy that recently and it's amazing how little effort it takes to produce some great results:

A smoky eye. I've been borrowing my roommate's Hard Candy Palm Palette - specifically the Cyber eye shadow - and have gotten tons of compliments. Trick is to blend blend blend.
False eyelashes. Quite possibly my new favorite thing ever. They are cheap - I scored mine at the CVS in my neighborhood for under $7 - and they make a huge difference in making your eyes pop without looking fake (just don't buy the ones that are ridiculously long). They're easier to apply than you'd think and they really make you feel vixenish. Seriously, I want to wear these to the grocery store.

I also bought some new foundation (I had been mixing the dregs of some mineral makeup, Olay moisturizer and bronzing gel...Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen brand from Wal-Mart, I kid you not). I bought Revlon New Complexion One-Step makeup and I'm really liking it so far. Creamy, good coverage and SPF 15.

On Wednesday Sarah and I ventured off to Washingtonian's Best Dressed party at Charlie Palmer Steak near the Hill. She wore her grandmother's fur jacket, and I wore my great-aunt Dot's (yes, Dot!). It's one of the most treasured things I own because of its family history. They each had their initials embroidered in the lining.

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On Thursday I went over to Muleh to see the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Spring 09 collection. I ogled the genius bust of "the Carrie dress".....

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...which sells for $18,000 (only 15 available, get yours today...). I snapped a model in a quintessential Vivienne Westwood cut; the dress's fabric features bunches of grapes.

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I tried on the most fabulous dress and shamelessly twirled around in front of the mirrors for a minute or two:

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It was only $1,025.

I ran into Carla from The President Wears Prada while I was there (she's in my Washingtonian column this week). After that, I headed over to Napoleon for a Moet tasting. I love the Studio54-meets-LiteBrite sign they have downstairs above the DJ booth.

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On Friday, I did NOTHING. And it was fantastic. Well, that's not totally true...I went over to my friend Liberty's house and we planned our outfits for Saturday night's Fall Fete at the Corcoran. Good thing, because the dress I wore (a very simple wool dress that was my mom's at my age) had a hole in the seam. Which wouldn't be a big deal if I could manage even the most basic sewing jobs. I'm wearing it here (with Liberty's sparkly belt/necklace, which injected the perfect 70s flair) with the Corcoran's Kristin Guiter and writer Karin Tanabe.

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