Christmas Cocktail Party: Get Ready With Me!

First of all, please take this survey as I am striving to improve the blog in the new year and would love to know what you’d like to see more of, what you think could improve, and any other feedback you might have!Christmas Cocktail Party | I gotta warn you guys, today’s post is going to be very photo-heavy. But since there are only a few days until Christmas, I thought I’d do at least one Christmas-themed outfit/makeup post.

A few weekends ago, one of our friends hosted a Christmas party that was Cocktail-dress required, and I didn’t realize that until we were almost to the party. So I didn’t get to go full cocktail; my husband and I ran to Target on the way and grabbed the maroon peplum dress I’m wearing in this post and some silver flats, and I had to make do with a few bobby pins I found in my purse… and that was it. I actually changed in the car. Yeah. That really happens.

So today I thought I’d do the outfit proper, with what I would have looked like if I had realized beforehand that it was a cocktail party. I shot a photo tutorial for some fun makeup, showed you how I did a quick and easy holiday hairstyle, AND photographed my outfit, all for one post.

Ready? Yes? Yay!

First up, makeup. We’ll call this look Sugarplums Dancing. Because you’ll see why. As always, begin with a clean, moisturized face. I’ll admit I slept in my makeup last night and only washed it off right before this picture, but uh… pretend I woke up with a fresh face, ok?Christmas Cocktail Party | Apply your regular routine of foundation, blush, and powder, applying a bit of extra powder beneath your eyes as this will make it easier to brush away any falldown eyeshadow later.  Christmas Cocktail Party | I prefer to do my brows before I apply eyeshadow, but this is because I use the same brush for dark liner shadows as I do for my brows, so… if you’re lazy about changing brushes like me, fill in your brows as you please.  Christmas Cocktail Party | Next, taking a shimmery shadow that is a few shades lighter than your skin, apply it to your browbone and the inner corner of your eye to catch all that light from the Christmas tree. Then with a light gold shadow, cover your lid from your lash line to just above your crease. Use the same gold shadow all the way beneath your lower lash line. Christmas Cocktail Party | Taking a dark plum shadow (and now you see where the makeup name came from), create a vee shape from mid-lash line, up and out to the crease, and inwards again. Apply the same shadow on the outer half of your lower lash line.  Christmas Cocktail Party | Christmas Cocktail Party | With a dark brown shadow, deepen the plum color only on the outer edges of your eye, and apply dark brown just at the very outside of your lower lash line. And then, with a darker gold shadow, pop some color on the middle of your lid. Just for fun.  Christmas Cocktail Party | Blend it all because that’s how they say you should. (I’m feeling facetious today, can you tell?)Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comWith dark brown or black liner, create a cat-eye shape (or whatever liner shape suits you the best. I like cat-eye because it’s a bit retro and universally flattering.) If you like, set the liner with shadow in the same color.  Christmas Cocktail Party | Now for some fun! With a wet shadow brush, grab yourself some straight gold glitter and dab it on wherever you want. I applied it just above the liner line from the inner corner out to where the darker shadow begins.   Christmas Cocktail Party | Curl your lashes, if you need to (I have to because otherwise they hit my glasses.), and add a few layers of mascara. My current favorite is L’oreal Original Voluminous. It’s kind of amazing stuff. Christmas Cocktail Party | Now, with some plummy liner, line your lips to prevent feathered edges, and first apply a plum-colored lipstick, followed by a pinkish-red lipstick. Mixing lip colors adds dimension and also creates custom colors; this made my lips match the dress I’m going to wear.  Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comNow your face is pretty. (Well, it probably was before. Now it’s… more pretty.)

Next up, the easiest, laziest fancy hairstyle known to woman. Christmas Cocktail Party | www.eccentricowl.comCurl your hair loosely (or as curly as you like, actually). I took pretty large sections of hair and was done in about five minutes because I hate spending hours on my hair. Be sure your hair is parted on one side or the other.

Then, taking a large section on the side that your hair is parted away from, pull your hair straight out from your head and curl it under with your fingers, from halfway down the shaft of your hair. This will create some volume instead of slickly-pulled-back-hair. Pin the rest of your hair on that side up in the back, so that you’ve got all the hair to one side of your head. On the other side, loosely bring your hair back from your face in a small section, and pin it back over the hair that’s already tumbling over your shoulder. And… you’re done.

Get yourself into a pretty holiday outfit, and go party!Christmas Cocktail Party | See more of the outfit after the jump! Continue reading “Christmas Cocktail Party: Get Ready With Me!”

Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my!

Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | www.eccentricowl.comI’ve been feeling really bored with getting dressed lately. Maybe it’s the lack of a huge and varied closet since we moved, maybe it’s that everything has been controlled by ease-of-nursing, but everything I’ve been wearing has gotten plain and modern and uninspiring to me.

And there have been other things going on too; little, almost unconscious things.Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | I’ve been feeling unsure about my weight lately, and my current body shape. That post-pregnancy confidence with having my waist back has morphed into a mild awareness that my belly has gone mommy-soft (not that it was ever, ever flat) and is bigger than it used to be, and my hip-to-boob ratio is back to the pear when just after pregnancy, thanks to overzealous milk production, it was more hourglass.

So I’ve been hiding, maybe. Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | www.eccentricowl.comGingham and stripes and dots, oh my! |

Can we interject here just to note how long my hair is? Ah! Finally.

But today after reading this post, and seeing Elsie wear a really cute outfit, and also unconsciously taking inspiration from the book I’m currently reading, I decided to wear something that brought back the little spark of fun I usually go for with fashion. I decided to disregard the fact that I’ve been avoiding this skirt because belly and hips and wear dark lipstick even though technically I probably shouldn’t because it makes my already small lips look smaller, and forget that I weigh around 20lbs more than I want to, and just roll with whatever made me dance.

Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | And I took the pictures midday which isn’t the best lighting, and I’m wearing shoes that probably cut me off at a weird place, and I don’t even care. Because this outfit makes my heart sing. Three patterns in one place? Yes, please! Polkadots and gingham and stripes are good for the soul.

Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | www.eccentricowl.comGingham and stripes and dots, oh my! |

Can we also talk about how I really wish it was practical to wear lipstick with a baby around, and not just asking for a good smeared face and lipstick all over shirts and baby faces and your own chin and everything? Because:

Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! | I love this shade. It brings out my inner rockabilly retro girl, and it’s perfect for fall, and it’s just all around a lot of fun. It’s actually darker in real life. My husband will refuse to kiss me when he gets home. Understandably. But that’s okay.Gingham and stripes and dots, oh my! |

Headscarf, Modcloth | shirt, Target | skirt, vintage | shoes, thrifted | earrings, gift | lips, Maybelline color-sensational in Mauv-ulous (similar)

I need to get back to wearing things that make me happy. I feel like I used to be more adventurous with patterns and silhouettes and colors, and slowly I’ve slid into a rut of going for what’s easiest.

Maybe I should challenge myself to get dressed (and stay dressed) every day for a month. Being a stay-at-home mom makes it way, way too easy to just wear yoga pants all day, seriously.

I hope you are all having a good Tuesday! I’ve been enthralled with the town that forgot to breathe; yesterday, I went to the library for the first time in almost two years, and decided that I needed to just wander and select two books that looked good, and read them. I’m hoping to get back to the book review/inspired outfit posts (here, here) because of this, but here’s an early one!

Have a beautiful day!

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