This girl is going to get out of the suburbs and head to D.C. for a big Valentine’s soiree / date night with my husband and another couple this Friday night at the French Embassy. I credit the invite for this evening to some friends in McLean who get out a LOT more than we do and love to go out and get all dressed up. Well – that’s probably more true of Mrs. A than Mr. A…
I get a little panicked when it comes to shopping for a dress and getting formally dressed up. I gave myself one time to shop and Monday was the day. I found a pretty dress in garnet. I think I tried on between 40 – 50 different options at about 7 different stores to get one that was right for the occasion, ideally not black, right fit and looked good! Serious challenge.
In addition to marathon dress shopping, I have been dealing with severe pains in my right foot (Plantar Faciitis). I have been doing physical therapy, exercise and stretching for the last month – but it does not seem to be getting any better. As a matter of fact, the more I do exercises that are supposed to be ok- like yoga, recumbant bike, rowing- my pain seems to increase. I have been trying to beg various doctors to see me this week to get a cortisone shot in my foot so I can put on heels and maybe even dance a little this Friday. So far – no luck. Looks like I may have to grin and bear the pain, use lots of ice, ibuprofen and French champagne. Could be worse!
Now the jewelry for the dress. I dug into my box of old beaded necklaces from a Loooong time ago. I found some garnets I strung about 8 years ago that may work and I made a new neckalce today with a more modern look with light rose quartz, larger faceted garnets and tiny silver bead caps. Totally asymmetrical. I think I will wear my hair partially up so the asymmetry can be noticed. I’m going to deconstruct the multi strand garnet necklace and rework it. I am also going to make coordinating (not matching) earrings and maybe a bracelet. The dress doesn’t really need much. I kind of like the dress with just the new choker I made. I will have to take a picture of myself in the dress with different jewelry options – just like they do at the Oscars to see how the whole outfit will translate in photos! It will be a last minute decision but I like to have plenty of options to choose from.
I discovered I love tiny silver plated bead caps all piled up back to back and I definitely don’t bead a necklace in symmetry anymore. I had to sort of laugh as I was going through my box of old beaded super symmetrical necklaces.
Has anyone had Plantar Fasciitis? What have your experiences been? Any secret weapons? Do tell – so this girl can kick up her heels this Friday!