When I watch movies and TV shows, I tend to bookmark in my mind when a particular outfit, hairstyle or makeup look strikes me as somehow enchanting. There’s a vast catalog of visual references stored up there in my head (to the detriment of arguably more useful tools that ought to be stored there such as multiplication tables, what level I parked in the parking garage, etc); this library comes in handy when I need a starting off point for a look. I particularly love to revisit those favorite iconic images when creating a formal event look.
My fiancé and I recently celebrated our engagement with a little soirée here in Chicago. It was a magical night for us to catch up with some of our nearest and dearest local friends. The weather was generous to us, Sinatra tunes softly serenaded in the background and the cocktails flowed. From the patio at Fred’s where our event was held, Chicago’s brightly lit Oak and Rush Streets created a halo of light below as the night settled in above.
In preparation of this event, I created the below beauty boards to guide me as I did my makeup, and to inform my amazing hairstylist, Abby at Arch Apothecary, as to my 60’s-inspired vision for the evening. She hit the mark – her stunning updo transported me to that other era, when dressing up called for no-holds glamour. It may seem like a lot of work but I highly recommend the beauty/fashion mood board approach for those upcoming events that you’re feeling nervous about; pictures are often the best language to communicate to experts around you whether it be salespersons, a makeup artist or even just to focus your efforts within your own closet. If you don’t have that image gallery in your mind, congratulations – you’re using your brain for more important things! Besides, that’s what pinterest is for.
For the engagement party I wanted a sixties inspired look head to toe but done with a contemporary touch. For hair: a sculpted, statement updo. The Breakfast-At-Tiffany’s type of hair that you can only wear when it’s your party (or your movie). The hallmark Audrey face of the 60’s inspired my makeup choices: liquid lined eyes with a feline flick, big big lashes and nude lips. And on the form: a tea length dress in modern day metallic.
Here, the inspiration boards and my resulting look.
Gilded Tea Length Dress, Sass and Bide; Heels, Valentino (scored at the Gilt Warehouse Sale!)