Date Night: Cashmere + Snakeskin

Though I'm quite single, I love to put together date-night outfits. It might seem a little ridiculous, except that I'm not going to be dependent on a man to give me an excuse to dress up. Anyway, there are plenty of friend-dates to go on and this outfit was created especially with a night at a play, symphony concert, or Broadway show in mind. This snakeskin-print shawl-collar knit dress is a recent thrift-store purchase. Perhaps my favorite thing about thrifting is that you can feel free to splurge on non-essentials or non-neutrals when it only costs $6.99. The faux-cashmere cranberry-colored shawl was given to me in a bag of clothes several years ago, and the choice to pair it with this dress came randomly after watching an episode of The West Wing in which the White House press secretary wears a strapless Armani + shawl. I love the glamor of a shawl or wrap. It is kitten-soft, drapes elegantly, and transforms the look from average-office to night-out without much effort. I threw on my favorite "fancy" earrings, some peep-toe heels, and burgundy lip-stain to round out the theme. Right. Now when's the next Broadway show coming to town?





The silver-screen glamour of feeling the wrap slip over my arms is addictive. My word. Everyone should wear cashmere (even acrylic cashmere) all the time.

"It says right here: I'm '...a shining, glimmering star in the cinema firmament.'"
Makeup-wise, I kept it simple with a shade of eyeshadow called "biscotti" over the entire lid, a taupe color in the crease, the water-line of my upper lid lined in black, eyebrows filled in, eyelashes curled, and plenty of mascara. I used my new go-to autumn/winter blush technique of applying a pomegranate-toned blush swept high and light on the cheekbones toward the temples and into the hairline to give my face a rushing-through-the-crisp-air look. A little highlighter, a little powder, and I'm all set.




Cheers, darlings! If you've got a boyfriend, fiance, or husband, what's your favorite look for a date night? And if you're like me, what is your favorite look for a girls' night out? It's so much fun to dress up just for the heck of it. I dearly love an excuse.

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  1. I love the classy elegance of your shawl! I think the color is what really completes it. Bordeaux is so glamorous.

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  2. Yes!! Thrift stores are AWESOME. It's absolutely mind-blowing, some of the stuff you can find there for only $5 or $10 or whatever.

    I want to go see a Broadway show too . . . :)

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    1. Oh . . . gee . . . that's a tough question . . . If Newsies were still on Broadway that would absolutely be my first choice, but they aren't :( So I think I would pick Finding Neverland--or, if Les Mis is still running I might go see that? I'm not 100% sure.

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  3. beeeeeeautiful as always! <3 Those colors look fabulous on you.

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  4. beeeeeeautiful as always! <3 Those colors look fabulous on you.

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    1. Thank you, Melinda! I love this shade of red...

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  5. I like the adventurousness of the snakeskin print. It would probably never have occurred to me to buy a dress like that, but it looks nice and so glamorous paired with the wrap.

    And I really like how well your lip color goes with the color on the wrap. It ties the whole outfit together nicely.

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    1. Thanks, Janie! That's why I love experimenting with fashion...you sometimes come across novel ideas!

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  6. I never would have thought to put this outfit together, but it's fabulous. Also, I LOVE the Singing in the Rain reference. :)

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