Dress, (also comes in blouse form–also love this adorable striped dress), Shoes & Bag: From Kate Spade New York on Oak Street (also available online here) also love these other pom pom sandals (SO cute!) and these bow loafers! // Hair: Curled with a Beachwaver, Verb Ghost Oil // Makeup: MAC Matte Lipstick in “Diva,” Dior Mascara, BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, BareMinerals Mineral Makeup, Estee Lauder Sculpting Blush in “Peach Passion” and Estee Lauder “Brow Now” Eyebrow Pencil
What are you doing for New Years Eve!?
It seems like so many people have a love-hate relationship with New Years Eve. In my earlier years, it would be SO much build up to what everyone thought would be such an epic party. I’d buy a skin-tight sequined dress that I’d never wear again, leave my coat at home (because NOBODY my age wore coats out. That wasn’t cool, you know), spend more than $100 on a ticket to some silly club and then wait an hour trying to find a cab to get home.
This is precisely how Neal and I spent our first New Years together. My best friend, Tasha, and her husband were visiting from Ohio, and we bought tickets to a NYE party in some warehouse in the middle of nowhere. (Somewhere between Lincoln Park and Bucktown?) We couldn’t get a cab, so we started walking (I was in bare legs and a short dress) and ended up walking through Cabrini Green (not a good area of town) at 1am, having to walk nearly the entire way home before we found one. (Probably about 2 miles, no coats, in heels).
Somewhere in there, after way too much champagne and whiskey, Neal accidentally told me he loved me, which I pretended not to hear so he wouldn’t be embarrassed.
So, all in all, it still wasn’t the worst night 😉
That was the last straw though. Now, we have a little bit of a different tradition.
For the past couple of years, we’ve always dedicated to spending the night with just the two of us. We pick a new fun restaurant and make a reservation for an 11pm seating. That way, we’re there for midnight, which typically includes a champagne toast with the whole restaurant counting down–it’s so much fun!
(The first year we decided to do the “low key dinner” thing, I ended up making a reservation on OpenTable for the wrong night. And I didn’t figure it out until the night before New Years Eve! Whoops!) But aside from that hiccup, it’s been smooth sailing on New Years Eve ever since.
This year, we’re headed to one our favorite neighborhood spots just down the street from us called Taus Authentic–have you been there? We’re excited for the excuse to dress up and have a nice dinner, and be home in time to have a nightcap by the fire. (God, I’m getting old.)
If you’re looking for something to wear for New Years Eve, I can’t speak highly enough of this adorable little number from Kate Spade on Oak Street! (Remember me gushing about Oak Street in this post? It’s one of my favorite places to shop in Chicago!)
Circling back to the topic of what to wear, I would highly suggest forgoing the tight sequined numbers! Believe me–I speak from experience. You’ll never wear that dress again! Why did I always try to cram myself in teeny tiny dresses that resembled sausage casings in my younger years?
Sausage dresssssssss, sausage dressssssss. (Sung to the tune of Spiderman.)
However, on the other hand, I love the fun black and white pattern on this dress. It’s playful and feminine, is suitable for just about any occasion (FAR beyond just New Years Eve!) and is the exact opposite of a sparkly sausage dress.
And these fun pumps? Love them! If I were to pick one shoe to represent the word “party”–it would be this pair! I’m not usually one for lot’s of glitter, but it’s subtle enough on this pair to be pack just the right about of punch, and they have POM POMS–I mean, come on! Too cute for words.
How are you celebrating New Years Eve?
Photos by Iron & Honey