Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Red-Carpet Ready


 
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Around this time of year the hubby and I are inevitably invited to a “black tie” dinner. Though these dinners always end up being quite fun, they’re also a little nerve-wracking. Herein lays the problem. Ask ten different people for their opinion on what constitutes appropriate attire for a guy attending a “black tie” event and you will most likely get this unanimous response– “a tux”. Ask ten different people the same question about a woman and I can almost guarantee that you’ll get ten different answers. This, my friends, is where “black tie” can become a little overwhelming. For a woman, the world of formal attire holds so many options that it inevitably becomes difficult to navigate. Though it is super easy to get caught up in all of the possibilities, I usually ease my nerves by following these guidelines to help me get ‘red carpet ready’ for my 'black-tie' event.



  • I always go with a full-length gown. Honestly, I can wear a knee-length skirt any day of the week, so on special occasions I always up the glam effect by wearing full-length dresses.
  • I look for solid-colored dresses with a few fun or classic details. Sometimes dresses with too many embellishments (or in too fun of a print) can come off more pageant than “black tie.” So, I stick with solid-colored dresses in a classic fabric like lace or with fun detailing like these bandage stripes.
  • I always get my gowns tailored. Since I’m only 5’2”, I’m primarily concerned with altering the length of the gown. I select my shoes to wear with the gown before I visit the tailor so that he can give me the length I want based on my height with the heels on.
  • I keep the jewelry to a minimum. I usually wear either a statement necklace or a bracelet but not both at the same time.
 
 




  • I don’t neglect the small stuff. With all the hassle of finding and fitting into a gown, it’s easy to neglect things like make-up and nails. But, I think a made-up face and manicured nails are necessary to top off a great “black tie” look.
    • For my make-up, I usually focus most of my attention on my eyes. Since my lashes are on the short side, mascara is a necessity for getting that glam look. Currently, I’m in love with COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascara. I can apply tons of this stuff and my lashes don’t clump together. COVERGIRL promises 30 strokes with no clumps and more volume (a short-lashed girl’s dream come true).
    • For my nails, I always go with a color that will compliment my gown. I usually pair dark colors with dark gowns and light colors with light gowns. Here, I’m wearing COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss. This nail polish is perfect for getting the high-gloss look that a fancy night on the town deserves– no top coat required.




Following these guidelines have always helped me get “red carpet ready” AND keep my sanity. Are you guys planning on attending any “black-tie” events this year? If so, "What makes YOU feel 'red carpet ready' and what are your go-to tricks?

Love,
Jillian


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107 comments:

  1. this dress is stunning on you.
    what a classic & chic look!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  2. This dress is BEAUTIFUL on you. I love this look :)

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  3. You look beautiful! LOVE the dress!

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  4. An up-do makes me feel red carpet ready.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  5. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/276011675398840321

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  6. ugh you were so caught up with this sponsor thing you didnt even say where the gown or clutch is from.

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  7. Please let us know who made the dres and the clutch! Very nice look on you!!

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  8. I love the look. You look fabulous:-) I'm right now in the hunt for a gorgeous dress for an upcoming " black tie event" and this post comes on point. Where did you get the dress from? I also loooove your look in one of your posts back in May ( midi length black dress). Would you were that dress for a black tie event? - I appreciate you response. :-)

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  9. Fantastic dress! You look stunning!!

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  10. Stunning, Sexy & Always Classy!!!

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  11. I love this dress! And I agree on minimal jewelry when it comes to formal events.

    Brittany x
    www.BrillianceOfB.com

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  12. I love love.. great tips and you look beautiful!

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  13. I love your dress! I think that a beautiful dress makes me feel red carpet ready

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/276060761883803648

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  15. You look gorgeous! I LOVE the gown. Perfect fit!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  16. Pretty.. would love to know where to get dress....

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  17. Absolutely LOVE this dress! You look FAB as always missy!

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/AllAboutFashion/status/276100174739288065

    ~Niurka
    www.FashionistaStyles.com

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  18. I love Covergirl products - great giveaway!

    Oh and btw...your look turned out absolutely fabulous!!

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  19. I'm def a covergirl !!!! I wear covergirl queen collection foundation and the clean powder to finish it off and I love the mascara ... On to your fab look ,u look stunning doll thanx for the tips :)

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  20. I wear Covergirl Queen collection a lot. You look great.

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  21. Oh my gosh!! I love that dress...you look beautiful, Jillian!

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  22. Your dress is amazing! A great outfit and nice nails make me feel red carpet ready.

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  23. Tweet

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/276175889367195648

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  24. curling my hair and putting on fake lashes makes me feel pretty!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  25. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/276361591388254208

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  26. your dress is so pretty!!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  27. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/276361792438030336 .

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  28. Very nice, that is a beautiful dress!

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  29. I like to put on some bright lipstick and a cute outfit. amypugmire@live.com

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  30. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/276544419702898689

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  31. I always feel "red carpet ready" when I have a great colored lip product on.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  32. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/276758749287440385
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  33. Your dress is stunning!
    As for my tips, probably simple things, like heels and a little black dress! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  34. I always wear mascara and a shimmery lip gloss to make me feel carpet ready. A friend once told me the trick is not to wear a lot of eye makeup and lip makeup at the same time, choose one or the other, so that is my trick.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  35. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/277062964178214913
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  36. I feel red carpet ready when i put on heels and a little black dress.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  37. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/277144558582767616
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  38. Love The Dress & Accessories, Would've Preferred A Sleek Ponytail Or An Elegant Updo

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  39. I get a manicure and wear red lipstick.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  40. Love you tips. A pretty little black dress and heels make me feel red carpet ready. My go-to tricks- shimmer nail polish, lip gloss and a glitter clutch.

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  41. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/277990089446027264

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  42. I feel red carpet ready if my legs are shaved! My go to tip is to wear shimmery lip gloss.
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  43. Love the look! I always carry a touchup kit for confidence

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  44. tweeted https://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/278383011534356483

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  45. I feel ready when I have my hair done.my go to trick is to wear my favorite red lipstick.
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  46. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/279040304072495106
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  47. I little shimmery bronzer to sparkle and lipstick makes me feel ready for the red carpet

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  48. great dress!
    supermodeltall.blogspot.com

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  49. gotta have a great dress and heels plus mascara
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  50. tweeted https://twitter.com/thismomwins2/status/279641624651370496
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  51. Having my makeup bring out my best features makes me feel red carpet ready!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  52. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/280019681803378689

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  53. I might attend a formal new year's party. I want to get a nice purse to take to it. To get ready I straighten my hair, use lip gloss, and wear something appropriate. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  54. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/280512050910867457
    songyueyu at gmail

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  55. You look gorgeous! :) For me, putting on a sexy black dress makes me feel red carpet ready. My go-to trick is a pair of high heel with bright nail colors to go with it.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  56. tweeted: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/280592411485429760

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  57. I always invest the most time and money into my hair because when my hair looks or feels bad, I don't feel red carpet ready. I can have on the most fabulous shoes, dress, makeup and accessories but if my hair doesn't look good, nothing else does either.


    wilkwise///at///live///dot///com

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  58. I like to wear a flirty dress with some metallic eyeshadow.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  59. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/281005622298820609

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  60. Aren't you lovely! I try to make sure that my hair is in order before anything else. It's a frame for the face I try to smile out of!

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  61. Painted nails and nice clothes makes me red carpet ready.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  62. I have to have a dress that I feel confident and comfortable wearing and a manicure. The only tip I can think of is, I keep a dryer sheet in my purse when I start getting static cling on blouse or dress

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  63. you look amazing! I love that dress! I think a black dress and a great pair of heels always makes a woman look beautiful.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  64. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/282603455233789952
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  65. The perfect jewelry and a great hair day!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  66. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/282955806746492928
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  67. Using powdered mineral foundation gives me a smooth but natural look that makes me feel polished and pulled together.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Starting with an outfit I feel attractive in, then taking the time to do my hair and apply make-up makes me red carpet ready.
    bingomamanorma at gmail dot com

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  69. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/283357249794105344
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. I haven't attended any "black-tie" events per say, but I would def follow your guidelines if I did. They just match my style... simple, but bold. I LOVE this dress you're wearing too. I would buy more lengthy dresses, but I don't really have a place to wear them... ya know?! Ah well, thanks for the giveaway! Great pictures by the way!

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  71. Tweet https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/284096589599997954

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  72. To feel red carpet ready the dress has to be stunning! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  73. I blogged:
    http://mommilitary.blogspot.com/2012/12/nusophisticate-red-carpet-ready.html
    Thanks for this snazzy giveaway!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  74. I like having my hair and makeup fixed very nice and a dressy outfit on

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  75. tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/284477451302739968

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  76. You look beautiful!

    Red lipstick and the perfect pair of shoes make me feel red carpet ready! My go-to "trick" is to wear red lipstick!

    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  77. I'm not attending any black tie events that I'm aware of, but the way I do my eyeliner makes me feel fed carpet ready. Also, one of my go-to tricks is using a blow dryer to heat up my lash curler before putting on mascara. Thank you!

    allishagold at volcano dot net

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  78. Tweet~ https://twitter.com/AllishaGold/status/284832593092960258
    allishagold at volcano dot net

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  79. I keep it pretty simple, so my red carpet ready is a great haircut, a little mascara and an beautiful outfit. You look gorgeous in that picture.

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  80. Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/285064948831379456

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  81. I feel red carpet ready when I have a nice dress and some eye liner. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  82. A nice pair of jeans and a great haircut make me feel red carpet ready or a black suit if I'm going somewhere special.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  83. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/285192260235190272

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  84. first of all you look beautiful

    to look red carpet ready i like a nice manicure and my go to trick is to use mayo as conditioner for my hair..rinse well and it no longer is dry
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  85. I don't wear a ton of make-up, but I feel really pretty when my skin looks healthy and great and with a touch of bronzer to give me a wonderful glow.

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  86. No black tie events for me this year but I always feel great when I have my hair done by my favorite stylist.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  87. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/285628340436619266

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  88. A great smile always makes me feel pretty.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  89. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/285711574461730816

    slehan at juno dot com

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  90. Red lipstick always makes me feel red carpet ready
    and my go to is mascara
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  91. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/285804504463593472
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  92. I don't do dress up or makeup, but when I wear my favorite olive green cargos with a funny/unique t-shirt and my hair is perfect I feel good about myself. I also love to have my toenails painted...my one girly habit! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  93. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/285817589396025344
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  94. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/285901977156739072

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  95. Beautiful gown. Timeless and chic!

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  96. ughhh i requested black-tie attire for Thanksgiving and everyone totally didn't follow suit. i'm still mad about it. it takes 2 seconds to google something if you're unsure. ehhhhhh oh well.

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