Comic Con 2015: It's All About Access
...Annnnd we're back! Nothing like the biggest red carpet event of my year to bring the Full Disclothesure maternity leave to an end! Comic Con weekend is as gnarly as it gets in terms of schedule, and only two months after Cal's birth, but it's where we as a cast do the majority of our press and photos for the upcoming season, so I didn't want to miss it. Cal had already been on a flight (at 6 weeks old, traveling to altitude for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, mother of the year :-/) and did great, so I was hopeful. The main wrinkle is that he has a dairy allergy, eats every waking hour, and my milk supply is adequate but not overflowing, meaning I couldn't pump enough to leave him at the hotel with my mom for fourteen hours (nor did I want to leave him for fourteen seconds). So, with my magnificent mother trailing us, I crossed my fingers and hoped that no one would call child services while I traipsed Cal through the swirling sea of fanboys and ladies and into the convention center trenches. With any luck, it would give him super-heroic immunity for life!
Speaking of dairy... The whole feeding sitch presented a very specific fashion emergency: Mama needed ACCESS. I made an eleventh hour dash to Nordstrom (with Cal miraculously dozing the entire trip - his longest nap to date!) to find something that opened in the front.
I quickly learned that separates may be the way to go in terms of discretion and ease of meal delivery. I found the Elizabeth & James skirt at the Washington Square Nordstrom - on the clearance rack (hooray!), but in the wrong size (:-/). I loved the colors and figured that the busy pattern would help camouflage any spit-up, leakage, or explosive baby mess. Thankfully, Nordstrom's top notch customer service was able to find my size in another store and overnighted it to the hotel in San Diego. I scored the top at the Pioneer Square Nordstrom while picking up a couple 'just-in-case' DVF wrap dress options, then packed a few things from my closet and hoped something would come together. Normally I'd bring two outfits - one for day and one for the evening party - but for this year I needed to keep it simple.
Once in San Diego, I had my mom photograph me in all my potential looks before making my choice. I have found that the mirror is not always to be trusted when it comes to the shape of things on camera. iPhotos are a way more accurate predictor of how you'll fare on the internet the next day.
I thought the Elizabeth & James looked the hippest in 4G, and was certainly the coolest, temperature-wise - a big plus on that sweltering San Diego day. I added my trusty Swedish Hasbeen clogs as footwear, which weren't the greatest looking thing on Getty Images, but I was thanking my lucky stars for the choice when I had to walk back to the hotel on foot from the Entertainment Weekly party at the end of the night. Looking back, I wish the top hadn't been so cropped (still sporting that linea negra #mombod) and that I'd brushed that wayward bang out of my face, but I give the fashion/function ratio an A+.
Cal at the beginning of the day! Cal at the end. I feel you, bud.
Top: Elizabeth & James $105.98 (on sale)
Skirt: Elizabeth & James $237.98 (on sale)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens $265 (purchased three years ago)
Clutch: Vintage $20-ish
Hair/Makeup: Steven Mason & Amy Strozzi (on NBC)
Total Cost of Look: $628.96