Thursday, December 3, 2009

Animal Print: Trashy vs. Glamorous

Animal print is very difficult for the majority of women to wear and still look respectable. For some reason women like to make the wrong choices when it comes to animal print, especially leopard print. Here are some examples of how you can wear it and look indescribably trashy:
Leopard print on tight pants has never been a good idea. 80's hair metal bands wore it because they wanted to look trashy. If you want to look like you just rolled out of a dirty dive somewhere downtown and you're absolutely fine with a random dirt-bag slapping your butt, then go right ahead and try this.I'm not quite sure what Jessica was thinking when she put this on, but whatever it was was wrong.
Is commentary even really necessary with this one?

But thankfully there are many other types of clothes out there besides matching shirt and pants outfits, dresses, and spandex pants. You could try a snow leopard print scarf over a black trench, or some tiger print gloves with a bright red peacock. Or be daring and pull a Kate Moss:
Could you pull this off at work? If the majority of your outfit is black, yes. If you wear this with tasteful accessories, yes.
This slip can be worn under anything, and you can show a little of it or you can hide it completely so that only you know it's there. But remember: this is not a shirt.
I love the idea of wearing dark leopard print pantyhose under pencil skirts, or a long silk skirt. No one would notice it's leopard print unless the light hit it right, and then it wouldn't be trashy, it would be beautifully alluring and glamorous.

Don't be an extremest with this trend. Too much or none at all is bad bad bad. You want to play with this and have fun with animal print without going overboard, not miss out on all the fun.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Upcoming Jewelry Party!

I have my first ever jewelry party this Friday!! I'm excited... and beyond nervous. I'm actually kinda terrified. There's about 20 guests total being invited, and only 1 person has said that yes, they are coming. 6 people have said it's possible they'll show up. There's quite a few others that haven't responded to the invitations yet, so I'm hoping we get at least 4 or 5 more definite yeses.
Since I've never done this before, I'm definitely stressing. I had panic attacks all day on Sunday. It was quite ridiculous. I had a few yesterday, but today I think I've only had one or two because I did something I love doing and that is:
Planning Ahead.
Last night I took out all my jewelry and the things I've accumulated for my display and set it all out on the table. I went through and laid out how I wanted to organize it, setting out the jewelry I wanted to display and the things I wanted to display it on. When I first started, I had too much jewelry on the table and only 2 different heights in my display. I took away a lot of jewelry from one collection and added more jewelry from another. I edited my displays so that instead of calling attention to themselves like they were doing, they enhanced the jewelry. I created the displays I needed using fabric and cardboard, and I set everything out a second time. This time it looked soo much better. I was up until 1 in the morning doing all this, and I was soo thankful that I hadn't waited till Wednesday or Thursday to do this.
Planning ahead and getting prepared is amazing. My stress level is way down, and since I'm going thrifting today, I know exactly what I need to look for and I'm not stressing and thinking that I don't have what I need. I still have a lot of work to do, but now that my display has been thought out, planned out, and created, I'm not stressed over everything else I need to get done. Now all I need to stress about is the actual party, not the party prep. :D