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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Sparkle

December 31, 2012

by Heather

I like sparkle at any time, but especially for New Year's Eve.  I'd like to say that I'm going to wear the outfit tonight that's pictured below, but I don't think I will. We're entertaining at home with a small dinner party, so perhaps something more comfortable would be appropriate like a fitted black sweater set with sparkly silver metallic trim -- something I've had for several years but still enjoy wearing at this time of the year.  However, I did want to share my new shoes with you, so I put this outfit together  -- and if I go somewhere on New Year's Day, it may get some action then. I also wanted to try out my new camera which was the perfect Christmas gift from the hubby.
The Nikon takes a decent picture but here is an issue: it reveals just a little too much in those close-up pictures -- even more than the naked eye can see.  I wanted a close-up of the watch I'm wearing, but the picture shows that the poor thing is way overdue for a cleaning. I was also hoping that the new camera would make me look taller, younger, and thinner, but it doesn't have that kind of magic. I guess my New Year's resolutions will be (again) to eat more healthfully and exercise, although Ann and Sheila say that the dieting can't start until after our Vegas trip.

Chico's black sequined jacket and black jeans; Prada sunglasses; Gucci watch; White House Black Market purse

Marc Fisher shoes from Macy's; 
the black and white snakeskin purse converts to a clutch

Ugly or cute?  I love 'em and they're actually comfortable! You can just make out my black lacquered big toe with a white and gold design. Aren't I the audacious one in my old age?!

 
I'm proud of myself for re-organizing my closet over the last few days, sorting out clothes and accessories for storage or donation, and finding this white-on-white tank with wide stripes of white sequins.   For a few minutes it was in the pile to give away, but at the last minute I rescued it.    
One of my favorite rings from Harley of Scottsdale 

The wider blingy bracelet is from a vendor at Bike Week (motorcycle week in AZ) last year; the black bracelet is from Ann Taylor

Taken just before the rain started.  Hardly ever rains here so we enjoy it when it happens. Time to put on a fire and get cozy.  The temps are going to dip overnight to 36 degrees!

We're serving king crab legs with lemon butter and a classic Caesar salad
accompanied by slices of crusty sourdough.  Black and white plates  and black wooden square chargers are from Banana Republic (remember when they used to sell home goods?); napkin rings from Saks; stemware from Pottery Barn; Lunt Eloquence sterling flatware.

And a final sparkle to end the evening.

Happy New Year to everyone!  And happy birthday to my Minnesota buddy, Gerri P.!

Love,
H

18 comments:

  1. Complete elegance in black and white! I think the shoes are gorgeous, along with the toes : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Patti. Always enjoy hooking up with your Visible Monday. Have a great New Year!
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  2. I have the same Chico's jacket in gold...I really like your black and the way you styled it...also, THOSE SHOES ROCK! Love them. Have a Happy New Year!!

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    1. Hi Pam,
      I hate to admit it, but I have the same jacket in gold, too. Liked it so much that when I saw the black one on sale, I thought I needed that one also. Oh well...Gotta love Chico's, right? Have a happy New Year!
      H

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  3. I almost bought that jacket. It is so pretty. I have to stop myself from buying most every jacket Chico's sells. You look so good in it and in everything else you are wearing. Your decorating is fabulous! I'll take one of the sparkling cupcakes please.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. You're too sweet :) The interesting part about the sparklers in the cupcakes was the slight dusting of fine ash that settled on the white plates afterward. Makes me wonder how dangerous that is to ingest.
      H

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  4. Anna Wintour lookalike! And the decor is no slouch either:).

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    1. Wish I had Ms. Wintour's money! Can you imagine what her wardrobe looks like? Heard that she was being considered to be the American ambassador to England. That's a good job, too!
      H

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  5. Gorgeous! I'm with you, I went with sparkles too :)

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Hope sparkles remain in style for daytime wear, too.
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  6. Love your outfit. I went with black sequins this year too, so much fun. Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Thanks, Marty. Happy New Year to you, too. Love your blog!
    H

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  8. Can't go wrong with black sequins. I like the shoes too! Happy new year!

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  9. Thanks, Wendy. Happy New Year to you, too!
    H

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  10. Love it all...especially the shoes! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. A belated thank you for your comments, Kathryn!
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  11. Heather, those shoes are AMAZING!!!!

    Alyssa

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    1. Another belated thank you to you, Alyssa!
      Heather

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