It’s Party Time – But What Do I Wear?

Tis the season to be Merry, Party, Eat….

I most enjoy the party portion of the holidays – who doesn’t?  All the sparkly dresses, shoes and jewelry. How is a Modern Mom supposed to define her holiday party look with all the fab choices out there? Turns out this year I had do a little ‘on the fly’ holiday dress up and my holiday party choices were limited to – my very own closet. We arrived home from our sweet beach destination vacation the same day as my work holiday party which was happening the same evening.  Mr. Modern and I were a little indecisive as to if we wanted to arrive home in the morning and then head to a party the same evening.  But really – who was I kidding – I can’t pass up a party…  So mid week into our holiday, as we were sipping our 5th Mudslide (but who was really counting) of the day, we finally decided that continuing to party when we returned home is a win-win situation.   But as a result of this quick decision to go to the holiday party I had no holiday outfit purchased, planned – nothing! Normally I would be in fashion freak out panic mode (I must have been still feeling those beachy chill out vibes) when I took a look in my closet to figure out what I was going to wear and here is what I found…

I found that if you go into your closet with an open mind, a glass of wine and are good with ‘recycling’ Christmas sparkle from your Christmas party past, you come out with a pretty fantastic outfit. I have been ‘holiday partying’ for many a year so I had some things to choose from but some of the items are a little dated so I had to get a little creative.

Holiday Outfit  I had purchased a short satin skirt from Le Chateau three years a go. The skirt is short and flirty and it had a little layer of crinoline showing below the hem of the skirt and an organza ribbon for a belt.  Hmmm… I like the structure of the skirt but when I tried it on the crinoline and the belt did not do it for me this time around so out came the scissors.   I cut the crinoline to just above the hem so there was still a little bounce to my step but you couldn’t see the existing crinoline, removed the belt and cut the belt loops off and – Voila – my old holiday skirt was new again.

Bottom chosen – check!  Now for the perfect matching top and shoes.  I do have some nice sparkly tops for the season but I decided to be a little different this year and I chose a more casual jewel tone top which completed my newly acquired tan and the skirt quite nicely.  The shoes – not a problem – I have so many heels to choose from so this was the easiest choice.  Jewelry – I dug through my jewelry box and found a necklace that I had bought 5 years ago and added it to the outfit (turns out after I did my hair – I didn’t need the necklace but at least I had jewelry backup).

I am always thankful for small things so I was very proud of myself for not freaking out over my unplanned holiday party outfit.  I also love that I have discovered that my closet is a little treasure in itself as I can now not be afraid of re-visiting my fashion past and re-work to make the past new again.  I also learned that you don’t have to overdo the sparkle or bling to create a great holiday look.  Now that is a little Holiday Magic – and – Mr. Modern is super happy….not a dime was spent on my little Holiday Party.

Holiday Outfit collage


I Dream of Tulle

Tulle, tulle, tulle – at the moment I am a little obsessed with the tulle skirt.  In my Modern Mom imagination I see myself doing the laundry, mowing the lawn, grocery shopping, picking up the Mini’s from school, meeting for coffee, enjoying a glass of wine after a hard day of mom work- all done in a fabulous tulle skirt.  After all, the tulle skirt should be celebrated and worn so why not? Okay maybe not so practical for the mowing of the lawn but whatever.
Here is my tulle dilemma…I unfortunately have to come back to real life fashion reality even though I really do prefer the ‘I can do whatever I want, mowing the lawn in the my tulle skirt fashion reality’ but Mr. Modern may just think that I have finally lost it.
When I see a tulle skirt in a store I always try it on and for a few moments in the tiny, poorly lit change room that tulle skirt, as it swishes as I twirl, is making me the happiest girl.  I can’t really explain what makes me so happy about the tulle skirt – is it the layers of tulle, the volume of the skirt, the color?  All I know is, that in that moment, when I put the tulle skirt on I love what I see and how I feel in that beautiful skirt.
Back to reality – outside of the change room – the tulle skirt is really not all that practical for my daily Modern Mom stay at home lifestyle.  How many times could I really wear this fabulous skirt – a skirt that does not deserve to sit in my closet with no one to wear it.
At the end of the day I still would like to own a tulle skirt even if I only wear it a few times a year. Maybe I will add the skirt to my Christmas Wish List.  I’m sure Santa (aka. Mr. Modern) will see the value and fabulousnesses of the skirt – won’t he?