The Greatest Show On Earth

If I were to join a freak show or circus (just go with me on this one), I already know exactly what talent I’d bring to the big top experience. Ok, I’m no lion tamer, I’d make a terrible bearded lady (unless the new definition of “bearded lady” is “faint, pubescent boy mustache”), and the trapeze is the absolute last place you’ll find me… (and no, blinding people with my paleness isn’t a talent… it’s a gift I give freely #yourewelcome). No, my special skill would be the magical elastic girl – twisting my body into shapes that apparently aren’t normal (if you only knew how many photos I haven’t used because I look like a broken doll human or fashionable demon in need of an exorcist…) and appearing taller than I actually am. Now, I’m not short, but there’s nothing like a nice vertical stripe to elongate the frame. It’s true! You know how some folks kvetch about how horizontal stripes make you look wider? Well, friend, if you take those horizontal stripes and flip ’em on their ear, you can visually tack on a vertical inch or two. Ok, fine, it’s not exactly a wild and crazy box office draw of a trick, but it’s still pretty cool, right?

Skirt: Victoria Beckham x Target

Crop top: Windsor (similar)

Heels: Target

Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Gold spike bracelet: Audaviv (similar)

Princess Charming

It is not everyday that a girl has the opportunity to get all gussied up and go to the ball. But that is exactly what this girl did last weekend (except replace ball with gala; as much as I may pretend, I am not actually a Disney Princess).

I have to admit, as fun as it is to play dress up, I can often find the prospect a bit daunting for a few reasons. One is that while men basically only have a few options (business casual, suit, tux) there are multitudes of possibilities that fall under every category for women when it comes to casual versus semi-formal versus whatever the most recent made up dress code is (literally saw one the other day that said “Fancy Ranch”…what?). The pressure of figuring out exactly what the dress code means can make a girl think twice before accepting an elegant invitation! Lucky for me, I think this dress just may be a code breaker, so hopefully I will find myself fitting in with the in crowd.

Speaking of, the real reason getting fancy can make me feel anything but is that it just isn’t my normal state of being. I often feel like I am playing the part of someone who wears fine clothes and hob knobs with the crème de la crème, just waiting to spill that crème all over my nice outfit and reveal myself as an impostor. My way of fighting that perhaps silly notion is to make sure I add a few pieces to my ensemble that are just quintessentially Jeanne. Like these statement earrings and heels with just a bit of flair. That way, when I am feeling a bit like the pauper, I can look around and remember that really we’re all just playing dress up and deep down, we would much rather be at home in sweats watching Netflix, like a true 21st century princess.

 

Dress: Nanette Lepore c/o Byrd Boutique (Similar 1Similar 2)

Earrings: BaubleBar

Heels: Fergalicious

Clutch: Forever 21 (Similar)