People StyleWatch Annual Denim Awards Party
I had no idea People Mag had a separate publication called StyleWatch and even less an idea that they issued annual denim awards, but I definitely know how to put on a pair of jeans, so I was excited to walk (and attempt to rock) the blue carpet for this event. My rule for dressing this event was: NO NEW PURCHASES. My closet is full and my bank account is still sore from our Paris honeymoon, so I'm doing my best to cut back. Everything I wore had to be pulled from my own mess-of-a closet.
Shirt: Merci Merci ($75) I love this top. I had actually worn it that entire day to two auditions (not going further, alas). I was going to wear it unbuttoned with jewelry but opted for buttoned up, full modesty at the last minute. I'm glad I did. I think the high neckline of the shirt translates better on camera. I got this top on 40% off sale in Paris at Merci Merci, a pretty spectacular boutique department store in the Marais district. I fell in love with the pattern and had to restrain myself from buying the whole set (which included pajama pants, make-up bags and scarves!).
Jeans: A.P.C. Petit Standard ($185) These are my tried-and-true, perfectly worn-in, A.P.C. raw denim jeans. Breaking in a pair of raw denim jeans is a sort of athletic endeavor. When I bought the jeans the sales girl insisted I stick with the smaller size, even though I almost tore a bicep trying to button the fly. My lower abs were tattooed with a waistband and button mark for weeks and it took a good six months and about 9,000 squats before I could sit down comfortably. Why these things don't come with a medal, I'll never know.
Shoes: A.P.C. Tango Leike Peep Toe ($301) My Comic Con shoes make another appearance - already! These things are so comfortable and I loved the idea of wearing white after labor day, the most rebellious thing I'll do all year. I'm normally a flats with jeans girl, but after my sneakers debacle at the Playboy party, I wanted to show a little arch. This is about as much peep as you'll ever see on me, since I was blessed with spaghetti toes.
Hair: I have been braiding mine and other peoples' hair since I was about 6, when I learned backstage performing in The King and I at The Mountain Play in Mill Valley, CA. Braids are great when you can't decide on straight or curly, when trying to get one more day out of a shampoo, or when trying to cover epic dark roots. In this case, it was all three. This braid is a super easy, very forgiving style, and I promise to post a tutorial as soon as I can figure out my goPro.
Makeup: ($250) Andre Sarmiento is the master. I wanted a little riskier look since my outfit was so safe, so Andre used purples and mauves to create a soft smoky eye (using shadow from Chanel and Dior, sigh). I loved it. As you can see from the close up, his genius lies in dewy, porcelain skin. That's not me, folks, that's Andre's hand and a blend of primers and Japanese foundations that aren't exported to the United States. Definitely worth the splurge.
Total Cost of Look, including makeup: $811
(but only $250 for me on the day, since I already owned all the clothes!)