On November 5th I got all glammed out and went to the Women in Leadership Foundation Decade of Dreams Gala. The lovely Alexis agreed to be my date and we both styled it up - including almost matching long black gloves. I have a great 60s esque lace dress, that I will admit makes me a bit self conscious by its curving skimming silhouette. But I was going out for an evening with 300 women. If you can't take a risk there, when can you?

To ensure I didn't spill my ample cleavage out of my dress I used some double sided tape (well actually Alexis taped me into the dress in the bathroom of the Fairmon, cause I'm classy like that).  And I, of course, also squeezed into spanx for the night.  Well the spanx held up through several glasses of champagne, half a bottle of wine and dinner. But the double sided tape let me down. Alexis, who spent years in the film industry, told me later to skip the lingerie brands of double sided tape and to head directly to the toupe tape.  Proper double sided tape would have glued that dress to me, and not allowed my (not so subtle red) bra show.  Thankfully I had a black pashmina which I used later in the evening to keep myself covered.

Also now on my shopping list - a  black bra with low front to wear until lower cut gala dresses.

For some reason we didn't get any full length photos on my camera. But there is one on facebook of Alexis in her floor length black lace strapless, high slit dress, strappy shoes and black gloves. She looked fab and she was a fantastic date. 

Below is me and Rita, the Master of Ceremonies for the night.  I think we are doing our best Marilyn poses.  Or perhaps trying to get the waiter to bring us more wine.

  • Dress - black lace over nude - Mica
  • Shoes - black patent platform Michael Kors
  • Earrings - Vintage glass drop earrings "borrowed" from my mother's jewelry box about 10 years ago... shh don't tell her
  • Broach and bracelet - Vintage from my Grandmother (also worn on my wedding day as my something old)
  • Gloves - long 1960s vintage black gloves with pearl buttons, also "borrowed" from my mother
  • Purse - Not shown - black patent Danier leather shoulder bag which holds my phone, SLR, a slim wallet and lipstick without an ounch to spare.

I also downsized my wallet to this lovely vintage mother of pearl vintage cigarette box that I purchased in Portland about 10 years ago.   It holds a credit card, debit card, some business cards and a $20 just fine.