Friday, May 25, 2012

How to dress for the prom.

What a day! Went to the mall with a handful of big time hula dollars courtesy of Uncle Bud and Aunt Barb. My mission? Get my adorable nieceypiecey ready for the prom. She a star student, completes in the academic decathlon, sings like an angel and runs cross country. And she draws and reads books.... lots and lots of books.

Step one = The dress. A little internet research told me that prom dresses these days aren't the parade floats of a few years ago. Most of them are pretty much tube socks cut in half. We found this little navy classic at Macy's. It has straps so she won't have to worry about it scooching down all night. You can't really tell from the photo, but the front is all lovely piece work, so a shopping high five!

Step Two = Shoes. We tried a mountain of boxes on. (Not me, my high heel days are long past.) The trick was to find a pair that not only went with the dress but also blinged it up a bit. We looked at a lot of white and cream colored pumps but they were boring. We finally settled on this beautiful pair from BabyPhat, which added a bit of sass to a classic dress.

# 3 Next stop = Makeup.  Again, the challenge was to take the basic navy blue dress and snazzy shoes and tie it together with style. We went to Sephora and bought a lovely lavender nail polish and eye shadow that tied back to the flowers on the shoes. Nicey went with a pretty pink gloss lipstick. The people there were really nice and didn't try to sell us a zillion dollars worth of stuff that we didn't need. All in all = win!

#4The outfit was coming together but we still needed some spice. After looking at jewelry at bunches of places, we ended up at Jessica McClintock and hit pay dirt.  We found a beautiful chunky pearl necklace and earrings in the same creamy colors as the shoes, as well as a ivory colored clutch, all on sale! Love! 

#5  Finally she needed a wrap. We looked for a lace shrug but couldn't find anything. Most of the things we found were either too old lady sweatery or looked like something a flight attendant from the eighties would wear.

For cool California nights, a real pashmina shawl is lightweight, soft  and warm. It can be worn lots of different ways. The color picked up the purples in the shoes, plus it's portable.If I would have had more time I might would have ordered her a pale lavender, cream or pink. (Shameless plug = They have over eighty colors.

Tomorrow, hair will be styled by younger Nieceypiecey in ringlets. :-) We bought some diamond sparkly things at Claire's to go in her hair.

The whole outfit? Head to toe... $260 bucks.  Have fun tomorrow, adorable you!

Auntie M.


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  1. Your niece is beautiful and the outfit is "wow"! I predict that she will remember this shopping expedition for the rest of her life.

  2. You had as much fun as she will, didn't you? LOL How sweet! (You write excellent fashion copy, by the way!)
    Be sure to share a pic of her on the big night with those curls! She is adorable! And lucky!

  3. She looks gorgeous! Great job, Auntie! This is one of the things we miss having boys, Maz, so nice you were able to indulge! :)

  4. How lovely to get to play Fairy Godmother to your very own Cinderella (though I'm quite sure she is not mistreated by her mother, nor does she dress in tatters & rags most of her days... still, the Fairy-Godmothering part must have been quite fun!)


  5. Awesome pics...what a kind and loving Aunt you are. I bet she had a blast looking and feeling so wonderful. She is a beauty on the outside and inside,I am sure,as well.

  6. How lucky she is to have you as her aunt!
    She looks beautiful and I'm sure had a wonderful time at the party. What fun to be the fairy godmother!

  7. Ah, beautiful. What fabulous finds! Yeah, I too remember prom being more dressed up. But the out fit is lovely! Great shopping ladies!