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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cocktails, Couture...and a Red Lip.

I'm not really a mall girl (you know I don't pay retail) but when I scored an invite to Cocktails & Couture at Garden State Plaza I figured it would be fun to meet Bethenny Frankel (of the Real Housewives of New York) and grab a few freebies.

Luckily the first thing I did was get on line to take a picture with Bethenny, because moments later, they stopped the meet and greet. I told her I appreciated her hustle. I decided not to share that my brother-in-law was actually on her talk show - he was so inappropriate that they had to bleep out half of what he said.

Sadly the lighting was terrible on the red carpet.

After seeing these pics I decided my nude lip wouldn't do so I walked over to the Nars lip bar that they had set up and asked for a red lip. Me thinks I need to head to Nordstrom (to use my notes) to buy this cherry red lippie! The color is Annabella, from their Audacious line. After I put it on an older couple stopped me and asked if anyone had ever told me that I looked like Taylor Swift. I told them that I was probably old enough to be Taylor's mom, but thank you. It's amazing how just a change of lipstick can totally make your look.

As always, when I'm solo I depend on the kindness of others to take my picture. Here's the best of the bunch...

My look from head to toe:
  • Dress: Elizabeth and James, sample sale, $50
  • Jacket: Gap, $8 (after stacking code glitch)
  • Bracelets: A.V. Max, sample sale, $15 each
  • Bag: Marc Jacobs small Antonia, Nordstrom Rack, $25 (After using my notes - retail $1,095!)
  • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Century 21, $100 (75% off sale)
I'm linking some of these pieces (or similar) here:

On my way out I snapped a couple shot of my bag and shoes because I know you want to see more pics of those. It's actually the first time I took either of them for a spin. I couldn't find my Rockstuds but these Blahniks were perfection. I love how playful they are - and that they're not as matronly as most Monolos.

And because I know you want to take a peek inside, I went to the second floor to get a better shot of the private event.  You can see Bethenny in the top pic, on the right chatting with a few people. There were probably a handful of other celebs in the mix but I'm so bad at recognizing anyone not A list LOL.

On the way home I stopped in at the Rack (nada) and then at the supermarket a little girl came over to me and said "Excuse me, you're very pretty." Totally made my day. It's the power of a red lip :)



  1. Sounds like a great day! Loving the look :)

  2. That red is amazing!! And those shoes are super cool!

    1. Thanks - I like to try makeup a couple times before buying so I didn't get it yet. Plus it costs $32 which is a little pricey. But I think I need it LOL. And I'm so glad I kept those shoes - I was just thinking about selling them but they are totally growing on me.

  3. You were right on with the red lip, it looks gorgeous! And the shoes are amazing, they kind of remind me of those pulled holiday candies! Stunning look!!

    1. Thank you! I do love a bolder lip and a good red is so hard to find. The shoes are fun - I'm starting to remember why I purchased them in the first place LOL.


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