Pinch me, just go ahead and pinch me now! 🙂
I hardly know where to begin with this big announcement, but I’ll just start off by telling all of you that I’m thrilled (just thrilled) to be part of a HUGE project with BlogHer and Macy’s and today is the kickoff. This project will continue through July, so you’ll be hearing from me, as well as everyone else, on several different topics throughout the event.
I, along with 7 other bloggers will be kicking off this campaign with the first topic, which is all about what to wear for those special occasions that arise, as well as how we dress at home. So, get ready for a fun time of brainstorming on this blog, as well as all the other blogs that will be participating in this fun event.
And, wait til I tell you the part that almost had me peeing my pants! (and that’s not hard to do these days) 🙂
I’m joining 3 other fabulous BlogHer bloggers (along with our co-hosts) for this exciting promotion and the key person in the middle of all of this is none other than Ree, The Pioneer Woman herself.
Get this: We will all be GOING TO THE RANCH TO MEET REE ! All of us will be filming a video with her during this 4 month promotion, at 4 different times. I can hardly contain my glee!!! I must have jumped up and down for 1/2 an hour when I got the news that I was chosen for this fun escapade. I’m SO blessed!
Sqqqqqqqqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Just had to get that out since I’ve been holding this secret in for about a week now.
OK, I’m trying to contain my excitement, but I’ve been a huge fan of Ree’s for almost 3 years now. My episode will film at the end of June, so between now and then you may just have to hear about a million times, how super excited I am about this opportunity. You never know when what you’ve wished for may come true. I gushed about Ree in this post, since I’ve made many of her recipes and jokingly whined that I wish I would get an invitation to the ranch. Wonders never cease! Y’all, I’m going to the ranch!
Pssst, Ree, would you pleeeeeeeease make some of those world-famous cinnamon rolls when my group comes out there?? 🙂
So, back to the topic at hand:
What is black tie, Southern Style? Have you been invited to a special dress-up fancy-schmancy party lately and what did you wear?
(via Dark Black Dress)
Let’s talk about what to wear on those occasions when we are invited to a very special event. What does black tie mean these days, anyway? Is it an Oscar-worthy floor-length dress? Or will cocktail length work? Does your guy need to wear a tux? I definitely think Black tie has relaxed a bit from what it used to mean, so long or short is probably appropriate. But, you’ve gotta have some bling!
(from Style Frizz)
Unless I was absolutely certain that everyone would be wearing evening gowns, I might think that Black tie these days in the South, just might mean a sparkly top and nice dress pants OR the always popular “little black dress”. Do ya’ll actually own several little black dresses? I think I may have a couple that would qualify. But, I can’t think of the last time we went to an event that was really fancy black-tie. We did dress up last year and go to The Club for an event and I wore a cute top that I found at a yardsale for, I think a big whoppin’ $1, with dressy black pants and hubby wore a coat and tie.
So, what does a special night out for YOU look like? What would you wear? and how would you fix your hair and makeup?
(from Mac makeup)
Nighttime makeup should be richer and deeper and a lot more sultry than daytime, don’t you think? And getting the hair just right is so very important. A girl’s gotta feel good about her hair.
And let’s talk about day-time.
How do you dress when you’re at home? I have to confess, it’s yoga pants and sweatshirts or T’s for me. If I’m not going out, I don’t bother with makeup, but I always wear something on my face when I leave the house, even if I’m going to the gym or running errands. I don’t want to scare anyone I come in contact with. And I usually end up staying in my gym clothes all day, they are just so comfy.
How about you? Talk to me about those dressy special occasions AND your normal day-time attire?
This is the time to interact and leave comments. They will be using some of the comments and ideas in our video sessions, so PLEASE join in! Let’s have some fun discussions on this, as we all figure out just HOW to put it all together.
All the hosts for this special promotion are listed here. I hope you’ll go over and get in on the conversations on their blogs too. There are sure to be some lively discussions:
Episode 1: Sheila from Xiaolin Mama, joined by Sheila will be Loralee from Loralee’s Looney Tunes in the first episode.
Episode 2: Susan at Friday Playdate
Episode 3: Holly at Nothing But Bonfires
Episode 4: Ree at The Pioneer Woman
Episode 5: Rhoda
BlogHer‘s Putting It All Together is a new collaborative video series talking about what really works for us, from lifestyle to personal style — and you’re a part of it. We need your best advice, funniest stories, and great photos. We’ll be blogging your great ideas, and featuring some of them in the videos we’re shooting at the ranch of Ree, aka Pioneer Woman. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming topics and special guests!
the last dressy/black tie night out for me was to the Houston Ballet with hubby and some friends about a year ago. My outfit list looked like this:
2. SPANX (had just had baby #3)
3. Satiny beaded and embroidered asymetrical hem, spaghetti strapped dress in a heavenly shade of deep teal.
4. Heeled, strappy sandals and a clutch in bronzed gold
5. A warm gold toned paisley patterned pashmina shawl.
6. Minimal jewelry since my dress was beaded.
7. BIG hair (Southern thing).
8. Smoky eyes, kept other makeup natural looking.
9. Spray Tan (it was the dead of winter).
10. freshly whitened teeth at home).
I looked forward to that night for a month, and when it arrived…I looked GREAT! Even with “all” the extra baby weight 🙂
At home, it’s nearly year-round tanks and tees paired with shorts or capris and flipflops. In the winter, long sleeved tees with jeans and slippers. And even at home, I try to wear at least one pretty piece of jewelry and some lipgloss…if nothing else, I put it on right before hubby gets home in the afternoon.
the last black tie event i went to was my cousins sweet 16 party. It was so great to see everyone all dressed up and the candle ceremony was beautiful! I am looking forward to my best friends wedding in the spring as well.
Key for me when dressing up for an evening event is eye makeup. Never been a blush or lipstick girl. A little MAC or L’Oreal eyeshadow in a color that “pops” with some nude lip gloss and mascara makes me feel great. Of course, it helps putting on the long gorgeous gown..but eye makeup is something I couldn’t go without. Fun program! You are so lucky to go to Ree’s Ranch. I’ll be watching the series closely.
Can’t wait to hear about your tie at the ranch!
I live in the south and go to 1 or 2 black tie events a year. The men who own tuxes always wear them – the rest just wear black suits. I usually wear a long dress (I’ve got a half dozen or so) but the women wear either long, dressy short or dressy pants with “fancy” tops.
At home just around the house I usually wear my workout pants and a sweater in the summer or shorts and a t-shirt in the summer.
I try to look nice whenever I leave the house though 🙂
Katy M says
Congrats!!! How much fun!!!
I’m from the old school of thought that black tie is tuxes for men and floor-length gowns for women….but then again, I LOVE dressing up!
Basic black with glamorous accessories for me and a black suit with a dark tie for my husband would constitute “black tie”. We rarely have a need for super dress up clothes so we try to keep it attractive, but affordable too.
Deb Anderson says
I’ve never been invited to a black tie affair so I really can’t comment on that. But I’ve found that I can still “dress up” without dressing up (if you catch my drift 🙂 by pairing an ultra-feminine blouse and catchy accessories with plain ol’ jeans. Yep. Try it. You’ll turn heads.
How awesome! You must be psyched.
I think black tie means floor-length dress/tux. And I want that dress that Hilary Swank is wearing.
I dont get dressed when I am at home. I dont really dress up much unless when I am going to a formal even. I am a t-shirt and jeans type of girl. For formal events I wear a cute outfit, usually a dress, and purse and shoes
When I’m home, I’m in my underwear. I know it is crazy but I usually start to change clothes but get stuck in the process. A kid needs my attention RIGHT NOW or my husband needs an aspirin RIGHT NOW. My children are just like me. If you come to our house around 6:30 pm on a weeknight, every person you see will be in underwear only. 🙂 We like comfort.
Jeanette Huston says
I am always casual. I like jeans and a t-shirt no matter what. In a cute since of course. That is just me.
At night I like regular pajamas or undies;-)
Melesa Garrison says
This is so exciting for you…Congratulations, girl!
I never go to black tie events, but it would be fun and I would sport a black dress and definitely some bling to accessorize and cute shoes for sure. Black tux or suit for hubby (Poor things, they are kind of boring) I love being a girl! Lol ;D
Yoga pants, sweats or jeans …depends on weather really. I always fix hair and make-up because you never know what a day may bring. I like to be prepared, girl!
I heart your blog, MG