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For my 40th birthday, Mama and Papa Kitty presented me with this amazing evening gown! I had stumbled upon it on Amazon (of all places) several months prior, and had added it to my wishlist. Considering the source and the price, I didn’t expect it to be so high quality, but I thought it would be nice for a special club night now and then. When I saw it in person, I was blown away. It’s the perfect dress for a film noir, old Hollywood glamour lover like me. Since I received it in September, I’ve been saving it just for New Year’s Eve.
To bring in the new year, we spent the evening at Odyssey, an upscale restaurant at the north end of Los Angeles situated high on a mountaintop that overlooks the whole metropolis. For years, it’s been our favorite place to celebrate special occasions (we even spent the afternoon of our marriage there, enjoying lunch and champagne with my parents). The NYE event was held in a huge ballroom rather than the regular dining room, and featured a buffet filled with amazing gourmet food and luscious desserts. At midnight, we could see dozens of fireworks displays off in the distance, from countless miles around.
I have to admit, I felt absolutely perfect in this dress. Everything else about the look just fell into place perfectly as well, including my hairstyle, which is the closest I’ve come in my life to creating a vintage-inspired updo that actually looked somewhat pro. I hated to take it down and brush it out at the end of the night (or, more like the wee hours of the morning)!
The “jewels” include two necklaces from Target, another unexpected source of elegance. My chandelier earrings are from a random mall store, and the gloves are from Great Lookz. I had intended to wear my regular ruched satin opera gloves (the ones with fingers) but I hate to hide my wedding rings, so I opted for the fingerless version.
Mr. Kitty matched me in a classic black suit, black shirt and silver brocade tie to match my sparkling rhinestones. We were the most elegant couple of the evening, turning heads wherever we walked. A couple of nice ladies even named me “Red Carpet” for the night, a compliment which I gladly accepted. Next time I plan to wear this dress, I’m finally going to buy myself my dream (faux) fur black mink stole that I’ve had my eye on forever! It was the only element that was missing from this look.
How did you greet the new year? Please do share, because I always love to hear how different people celebrate this lovely night. It’s always so personal and unique, whether you stay in or go out.
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