The occasion for me to really dress up is so rare that I honor the opportunity by putting forth my best effort at getting ready. Finding the right outfit is critical, of course. I wore this look last week for a ‘Black & White’ gala hosted by Seattle Magazine to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. While I love to get dressed-up, I really don’t like being given a strict dress code; so I set forth to find a dress that fit within the guidelines, yet would be sure to stand out.Just as important as the perfect dress, is getting dolled up for the special occasion. When wearing your finest, no ordinary hair style and makeup will do! Prepping for events (including vacations) takes thoughtful planning.
First, always start with your manicure and pedicure. Nails need time to dry properly, but I follow with a spray tan, so getting your nails done first is imperative. You don’t want to soak or be exposed to water immediately following a tan. And, especially if you get any scrub or exfoliation treatment with your manicure or pedicure (which I definitely recommend!), you will scrub off your new spray tan.
With regards to spray tan, I only recommend a custom air brush tan (rather than a booth or, heaven forbid, a tanning bed!). A skilled spray tan technician will customize your bronzed glow and ensure that the tan is evenly distributed. Of course, you have some homework to do prior to your tan:
- Exfoliate really well prior to your appointment (this includes shaving or waxing)
- Do not apply lotion or makeup prior to your appointment, clean and bare skin is the best
- Wear loose fitting garments following your appointment to avoid any rubbing and odd discoloration
- Avoid water for 8-10 hours
The final step, reserved for the day of the occasion, is hair and makeup. You’ve made the effort to find something special to wear for an event, don’t squander the opportunity to complete your look with polished hair and makeup. Getting a blow out or your hair styled for an event can take an ensemble from good to great. In addition, a makeup artist can skillfully apply makeup that you may not have available in your ‘everyday repertoire.’ An evening event is the perfect occasion to wear a more smokey eye and/or try a bold lip. If you’re dressing for a special night out, you want your makeup to compliment and complete your look.A special “Thank You” to Apollo Nails & Spa, Rainglow Airbrush Tanning & Swink Style Bar for the fantastic services I mention above. If you are in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend all of these salons. I frequent each regularly and continue to receive excellent service in addition to feeling beautiful upon the completion of my visit.
If only you saw all of the shots I delete! The dress is so lovely in this shot, I had to share. Never mind my talking…with my eyes closed!
Thank you for reading! Check back this week as I begin to prepare (and plan to share) my holiday shopping lists, including “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” deals not to be missed. I’m also planning to highlight my favorite Seattle shops in support of “Small Business Saturday;” however, I enjoy shopping local all year long. ~Jenn
PS. This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own.