Monday, December 21, 2009

Company Holiday Party



Last weekend was my company holiday party, so I figured I'd better come up with something that would really top my usual flamboyant daily wear. It turned out to be a great excuse to wear my gorgeous Dark Garden corset, which I've owned for about 2 years but sadly have not worn until now. It worked so beautifully over this tulle skirted dress that the two look like they're one piece. The dress is one I bought at a small boutique in Copenhagen a few years ago; I've actually worn it to the company holiday party before, so this was the perfect way to wear it again but make it look different (not that anyone other than me would remember what dress I wore 2 years ago!).


The hat, of course, is one of my own designs. This is a new take on my Bettie mini topper style; it's about half an inch taller and about an inch larger in circumference than the other ones I've made. I was wanting a slightly larger hat that I could style sort of in the vein of Joanie Stubbs' top hat on Deadwood. This is a dressier version than hers, but I like the new style and will be playing around with it more and potentially offering it in the shop. In order to create this hat, I needed a custom-made wooden extension for my existing hat block, which Mark kindly created for me. It entailed lots of sawing and sanding, which naturally meant a lot of sawdust, not to mention the noise. Who knew that millinery was such a messy business?

For this event I curled my hair using foam curlers that I put in when my hair was damp, thus avoiding a repeat of the forehead-burning I sustained when I curled my hair for the Seattle blog meet-up. I found that the curls lasted a lot longer this way and came out softer and smoother.

I only bought one new item to compete this outfit, and that was this pair of long black leather gloves. I've seen a lot of these long gloves this season, and had been wanting a pair. I found these for 50% off at Macys.com and decided they'd be the perfect way to keep my hands and arms warm while still looking dressed up. I ended up wearing them for much of the night, and they worked really well for keeping my fingers warm while holding onto an ice cold drink.


No special occasion post would be complete without a picture of Mark and I. This shot was sort of rushed, since we were trying to get out the door by that time. Mark wore a beautiful thrifted tuxedo jacket with his dark wash Heathen jeans. I thought this was a great modern take on a classic look. His vest is a thrifted one that he embellished himself to steampunk it up a little, and the bowler hat is one I made.


My outfit:
Dress: ?? from a boutique in Copenhagen
Corset: Dark Garden
Necklace: Manu Lizzaralde
Tights: Biella
Shoes: Steve Madden
Gloves: Alfani

30 comments:

Clare said...

*Wolf whistles*

STUNNING! What a fun holiday party outfit.

Esz said...

AWESOME corset!! Lovely! and the hat is way cute too. :-D Hope you had a really good night!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Love the whole fabulous outfit and your makeup is gorgeous with it!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Della said...

Wow! You look gorgeous- I love the hat.

A-C said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I want a real corset SO bad, but I could never wear it to an office party. :/ You have quite a pair girly ;)

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Deja Pseu said...

You look FABULOUS!!!! That hat is amazing.

elmendez said...

ahh, I really love it. You look smashing and Mark looks dashing!

Sheila said...

WOW, what a stunning outfit, Audi! You look absolutely gorgeous! I bet you got dagger-eyes from all the other women there all night. :-P

The hat is really the crowning glory (pun intended), though. You have a huge amount of talent for the little details.

You and Mark look so cute together.

Kudos, girl! (Oh, and I love seeing all your tattoos showcased too).

Tricia said...

Wow! Gorgeous.

bekster said...

Yow wow wow!

Obviously the outfit itself is impressive, but your hair and makeup are particularly glam.

I so wish I had a pair of gloves like that.

Ashe Mischief said...

Absolutely stunning! The corset fits you perfectly, and you do such a remarkable job on your hats (in fact, I just added your top hats to my etsy favorites the other day).

Clockwatcher said...

creative and sexy! bet you were a big hit at the party.

Emily Kennedy said...

Fun! One of the main reasons me and all my girls are into RenFaire is the corsets. Such fun!

fashionforwriters said...

Whoa! This is an extraordinary ensemble & you pull it off with such finesse! I also love any and all blogs that have as much (good) writing as (good) photos, and your writing is impeccable!

xo Jenny

WendyB said...

Your colleagues are the luckiest people on earth!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I love the way the corset moulds around you. Fabulous outfit.

notSupermum said...

Wow, you look stunning. And what a handsome couple you and Mark make.

Walk The Sand said...

Absolutely amazing.
x

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Sal said...

You're an absolute knockout. But then you didn't need ME to tell ya that ...

La Historiadora de Moda said...

You both look amazing! That corset is to die for! And I think I need to get one of your hats....

Danielle said...

Really gorgeous! I really love the detail you put into outfits.

NatalieW said...

You two make a stunning couple. I love how fearlessly you dress yourself; it's inspiring.
Love your blog!

kristophine said...

What a beautiful corset! It looks practically edible--and for a moment I did think it was all of one piece with the dress, too.

Stephanie N. said...

So beautiful... And so neat to get to see more of your tattoos!

gina said...

OH. MY. GOD!!

What an amazing outfit! The hat is beautiful, and the whole outit conjures up images of another land, another time. Yet, there's something very modern about it. You look amazing. Love it!!

karen said...

Audi, you guys look great. I have to think that the reason you love corsets so much is that you KNOW you need to be CONTAINED in some manner, am I right?

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! Karen

Work With What You've Got said...

YOU. ARE. AMAZING.

Amazing.

Jael Paris said...

Love! Love! Love! Love! You fill my heart with whimsy.

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Bizen said...

Jolie corset c'est tellement féminin et si sexy.
Lilou