wpid-20141206_151712-1.jpg  wpid-20141206_183222.jpg wpid-20141206_183247.jpg wpid-20141206_210346.jpgYesterday was the holiday party for my company, and I had (what is very likely to be) the most classy and elegant evening of my life.  It was held at the Field Museum, of all places, which was a dream come true–I adore it.  Dinosaur bones and antique taxidermy speak to me.

When my friends and I weren’t darting to the tables and bars for small plates and champagne flutes, we found time to explore some of the exhibits with old friends.  One of the best parts was all the people-watching!  I was wowed on more than one occasion by the ensembles that so many women put together.  An outfit that stands out in particular was a short, gold-sequined dress with a white collared shirt underneath–so quirky and unexpected!  Another woman diverged from the norm and wore a pair of nicely-tailored black pants (that tapered ever so slightly) and chunky gold jewelry.

As for me, I wore my new favorite dress.  I bought it last winter and had it tailored in the summer to fit perfectly, so now I’m crazy about it.  I want to wear it everywhere, with everything.  The fabric is heavy and intricate, and the skirt has the most wonderful fullness.  It feels great to twirl in it, which I did whenever I had the chance.  A knockout like that doesn’t need a lot of extra help, but I did wear a gold bib necklace and burgundy stockings to enhance the colors a little.  Originally, I was going to wear black flats, but c’mon.  Don’t tell me those platform wedges don’t look killer.  Don’t.

One more thing: I don’t know why, but I got a lot of compliments on my hair.  All I did was straighten it and tie it back with a bow, but I suppose that since everyone is used to me being too lazy to run a comb through it, this must be a big deal.

Necklace: Modcloth

Dress: Modcloth

Tights: old

Shoes: old

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