COMIC CON 2016 (Part One): What's Old is New Again
...And we're back! Again. Despite the intensity with which a fresh toddler limits the opportunities for red carpet dressing, it is July, which means: Comic Con! This is Grimm's only opportunity to get all dressed up with somewhere epic to go. Cal and I have spent the hiatus following Chris all over the country while he summer festivals and Prairie Home Companions, so it's been a busy few months. I got back to Portland a week before Comic Con, but that week was filled with producing a project for the Oregon Symphony, recording an audiobook, and transitioning in a new nanny for Cal (our beloved Rachel took off on maternity leave). All just to say, I had tragically few opportunities to get my shop on this summer. I knew I wanted to wear these navy sandals, a big time splurge from a visit to A.P.C. in New York this spring (and which are now on sale at half off!). These shoes are made by the same company as my MVP white heeled sandals that have been featured often on the blog. They are literally dancing shoes (tango, specifically) and therefore very comfortable, a key detail for the all-day press bonanza that is #SDCC.
Between pregnancy and breastfeeding, there is an enormous section of my closet I hadn't visited in a couple years. I decided to go through and try everything on, desperate to make something work to avoid an expensive online shopping hail mary attempt. This dress just barely still fit and worked with the new shoes, so it became the front runner. I like wearing bright colors on the Comic Con carpet, since a lot of the photography is against that bright yellow and black logo, and it's best to put on a playful (and copious-amounts-of-caffeine-fueled) attitude to get through the 11 hours of press and schmoozing.
This dress is from the 50's, a purchase so old that I don't actually remember where it's from... but my best guess is Billy Goat Vintage in Portland. When I first moved to Portland this store was on Alberta, and was my first experience with the wondrous world of Portland vintage clothing. They have a great eye for the unique, and I always find something I can't live without. It's more reasonably priced than my other favorite, Xtabay, but the dresses aren't refurbished or refinished, so sometimes you're repairing a hole or zipper or whatnot. Regardless, the store is awesome, and stocks menswear, accessories, and some vintage home as well. The belt is also so old that the line, Lauren Moffatt, doesn't exist anymore. I found it in a giant bin at a sample sale for $25. It was a no-brainer.
Bitsie, Bree, and I traded mirror selfies of our clothing options the night before we left for the airport. It became clear that I would worry about this dress less than any of my other options, so I packed it and my evening option (more about that in the next post), after Cal weighed in on his faves...
Hair and makeup this time around were provided by two new artists, and I absolutely loved them. Matt Fugate gave me a very sustainable all-day wave, and Jenna Kristina found the perfect summer pink lip to complement the floral.
Chris met us in San Diego after having been on tour for 2 1/2 weeks, so Cal was thrilled to have a full day of Daddy Day Care. They met up with us in the afternoon at our panel, where Cal started wailing as soon as I came on screen in our Season Six promo. Everyone's a critic...
DRESS: Vintage $95
BELT: Lauren Moffatt $25
TOTAL COST OF LOOK: $555