A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody

 

 

Today’s post takes it rhythmic title from one of my favorite reads, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. I initially became enamored with Fitzgerald upon reading ahead in my Literature book during my Sophomore year in high school. It was tenth grade, the parties were non-existent, the pace was dreadfully slow, the shows boring, the buildings shorter, the moral was looser and the liquor was…well it was 10th grade! What liquor?!

During this time, my young, nerdy and not quite so fashionable self found small town life colorless and sought solace via her only escape…reading. Therefore, when this younger self stumbled upon Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a short story by Fitzgerald, she couldn’t pull herself away.  

More short stories followed…The Ice Palace, The Offshore Pirate, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz. I then read, The Great Gatsby. I will admit…I didn’t love it as much as I did the short stories. The novellas provided glitz and glamour and told of freshly pressed love stories and first loves. The Great Gatsby was a much darker tale and one my 10th grade self couldn’t quite understand. Over the years, I’ve re-read Mr. Fitzgerald’s work as well as poured over tellings of his and Zelda’s tragic but glamorously exciting life. I’ve come to understand The Great Gatsby quite a bit more and my appreciation of it’s tale has deepened. 

When the movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, debuted last year, I was quite skeptical of its ability to live up to the grand story I kept captured in my mind. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the film and quite enjoyed it.

Oh my…this has turned from a fashion post to a “my love of reading” one.   Alas…I’ve digressed from my original intent to write about today’s party dress you see before you.

Really though…I must ask you…how can you wear a party dress without thinking of the grandest of parties during the most glamorous of days…when “too much of anything was bad but too much Champagne was just right”?!

And now a little about the dress I’m wearing.

I found this beauty at JCREW –heavily discounted and needing a friend.  (buy it here)

A little “love at first sight” occurred and the dress was mine.  

The task of dressing it down for work was not an easy one.  I do think this jacket is a nice accompaniment to it though and sets off the dress nicely.  

So, the next time you’re wondering what to wear…why not pull that old bridesmaid or formal dress from it’s dormant hanger and add a little party to your day!

xx…Cortneybre…

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Kate Spade Fashion …at Lowes??

You’ll find beauty in the most unlikely places.

Jacket: Kate Spade Shirt: JCREW Skirt: Worthington Shoes: JCREW Bag: Kate Spade Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen Necklace: JCREW Earrings: Bealles

Jacket: Kate Spade   Shirt: JCREW   Skirt: Worthington   Shoes: JCREW   Bag: Kate Spade   Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen
Necklace: JCREW   Earrings: Bealles

I had to run a few errands today and planned on shooting today’s outfit outside in the bright, Spring sunshine. I then walked outside and into a rainy, gloomy and dismal day.

There went the photo shoot plans…not to mention my hair!

While running errands with my friend, I found myself at Lowes, where America “Never Stops Improving”.

Not sure if everyone has access to a Lowes but it’s a very large, “big box” home improvement store.

Think lots of lumber, plumbing tools, saws, wrenches and general stuff that falls into those categories.   My only reason for being at Lowes was to buy a last minute birthday present for my hubby – Happy Birthday today Hubby!

As I walked thru the aisles of Lowes, I tried to find some beauty in the items that they stock. I thought that if I could only find some nice spot, some oasis of delight, I’d whip out my camera and shoot a few pictures right in the store!

After searching a bit I stumbled into the lighting area and found a wonderful display of chandeliers, tinkling and sparkling in soft lighting. It was perfect! Or as perfect as its gonna get when you’re pulling off a “OOTD” shoot in a home improvement store!

So here’s my pics – hope you enjoy!

P.S. I’m really in love with this outfit. I just bought the Kate Spade jacket off of eBAY – at a GREAT price, which I will not divulge as you’ll just be jealous. 🙂 It’s in pristine condition and I just love the color and cut. Have a great weekend!! Xoxo…Cortneybre…