I am not a casual person – a Casual Casualty, if you will. Ask me to don a Balenciaga ballgown and I can be ready in 20 minutes (gotta get the hairs did, don’tchaknow)… and I’m fine with gym-wear (when at the gym) but! tell me I’m going to a birthday party at some dive bar on the outskirts of town and…….. womp-womp! I have NO idea.
Ask March. Recently I was invited to a birthday party at some dive bar on the outskirts of town (hey, you asked!) and was told ‘dress casual – it’s a bar!‘ – as if I had any idea what that meant. Here’s the thing – it was in the mid 80s, which means I really had to think about it. An evening event, it didn’t seem like a shorts-ish kinda thing (and my idea of shorts are more those skirt-like shorts anyway, that are sort of… not casual? Dunno) – and it was too hot for leggings. And I rarely wear jeans. Denim shorts? You know, the longer ones? Um.. nope. I have one pair, in white, and I always feel odd in them. Had this been in the dead of Summer or a Winter event I could’ve easily managed but this transitional weather is always tricky, when I’m trying to be casual without looking ridiculous.
Ask March. I changed my clothes FIVE TIMES! Exasperated, I finally decided upon one of my trusty sheath sundresses (I have about 10 of them – this one was a leopard print) with a giant shirt over it, just in case it got chilly. Cuuuute brown skate sneakers and black hoop earrings. Done. But, sweatergawd, I would’ve had an easier time of it, had I been invited to a Coronation Ball. That? That I can do.
I needn’t have stressed – once there I was regaled with a panoply of styles, everything from a long empire-waist sundress (she ROCKED it!) to some guy in shorts with a… some sort of short tshirt… and a bandeau that reached his tailbone. The birthday lady wore a pair of knee-length denim shorts and a cute top (she, too, rocked her look). What looked best on everybody? The fun they were having. I need to relax a bit.
Perfume wasn’t any easier! See, I’ve been to those dive bars before but only as a stopping place on a long motorcycle ride – most of them are indoor/outdoor (I stick with outdoor as much as I can) and I knew this venue would be packed – this is an extremely popular, beloved woman and everybody was there! Plus… that pesky 80F. I debated whether or not to wear perfume but that’s sort of like debating whether or not to wear panties with a short dress, imo (the answer to that is: panties. I was at a bar once and saw a woman without… no thank you)… I debated whether or not Gin Fizz would work but I wasn’t feeling very Grace Kelly that night. So. No. Ditto any of the warmer scents (I actually gave a look at DK Gold, for a hot minute – more on that at another time)… I didn’t want to wear No5 because that can get just a tad standoffish and my face is standoffish enough.
Finally decided on Louis Vuitton ‘On the Beach’ – and it was sheer perfection. It’s a thin-but-complex scent, light enough to allow for a few spritzes but never projecting. I got several compliments but always from people who were very physically close to me. I never got the sense that anyone any further than a foot away could smell it. When you’re in a smallish place, semi-enclosed, with 100+ people, that’s a good thing.
My takeaway from the event? Get over myself and just go have a good time! And I did! And I also met a new dish – and I am NOT happy about it – Cheesy Potatoes! Jeebus Pete! WAY too good. That’s another hour on the mat, right there. Similar to au gratin (which are not a fave of mine) but with shredded potatoes and a whole lot more cream and cheese. I think it’s the ‘shredded’ that makes them so yummy. Whatever it is, I am NOT happy about it (Ask March).
So. What’s your Event bete-noire? Evening? Casual? Do you stress the perfume, as well? Lmk and I’ll have your new pal M. Jacques poke the living daylights out of randoDOT.
And omg. You guys! I forgot ALL about the winner for Brown Girl Jane!
gmail your evilauntieanitaAT and I’ll get them out to you pdq!!! Lordt! I am so damb FLAKY sometimes! Sorry!