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Never Too Old to Play Dress Up


Happy Halloween! If I were in the US, I’d be celebrating in a costume tonight; but here in Zurich the only ‘big‘ Halloween party I’ve come across is tomorrow. Last time I checked, I’ve never celebrated Halloween on November 1st so I’ll be laying low this year, but I still love dressing up for any occasion and after October 31st comes the season of holiday parties!

While I might not be squeezing myself into a crazy thrift shop costume tonight, I did ‘dress up’ in a Karen Millen lace detailed dress a couple weeks ago in Vienna. With November being the start of the holiday party season, here’s some of my best ‘Party Style’ secrets, including some quotes from some of my favorite women who I’ve dared to dress up as in the past for Halloween


‘I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!’ ~ Tina Turner

When it comes to picking a holiday dress, wear what makes you feel best. I’ve worked my fair share of retail and often hear women say, ‘Oh, I can’t show my arms,‘ or ‘I can’t show my legs above this point.’ Of course you want to feel comfortable while accentuating your best (like Tina and her amazing legs), but don’t shut out a style completely if you truly love it. There are always options like sheer sleeves or Spanx (I’m wearing both here).


‘Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.’ ~Lady Gaga

I may feel like the same person, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to a party without makeup. There are so many amazing makeup tricks and secrets that can instantly conceal tired eyes or give you a faux Kylie Jenner lip (if you want) and that’s why I love makeup. I also watch Youtube tutorials regularly. Some of my favorite channels are Maskcara and Kandee Johnson who is also amazing at costume makeup!! (Sidenote – Diane – the founder of LocksandLips.com is the best makeup artist I’ve met in the SF Bay Area, just follow her on Instagram to find out.)


‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ ~ Marilyn Monroe

Maybe it’s a pair of stilettos for you or a LBD, but for me there are 3 staples I need getting ‘dressed up.’ 1. Yes, a great pair or heels (or boots in the winter). 2. Fake Eyelashes that make your eyes look bright and awake for the entire event or party. 3. Hair Extensions! I have all different lengths of clip-ins depending on my mood. If you’ve ever thought about trying them, I just interviewed Hollywood Pro Kacey Welch who does extensions for Kristin Cavallari, Goldie Hawn & Kate Hudson. I’ll be sharing her secrets this November in my bi-monthly beauty newsletter here.

Karen-Millen-Dress-Savvy-Spice-Switzerland<DETAILS by DALE> dress borrowed ~ Karen Millen Switzerland (sold in Globus in Zurich) / also on sale now 20% online / 1001 Hair Extensions / Ardell Lashes (Walgreens #110) / clutch old

Hope you have a great weekend! Will you be ‘dressing up’ this year for Halloween?



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  1. Dale, this dress is beautiful, I love all the lace and the detail… you look stunning and blue is a really great color for you xox

  2. such a stunning dress! looks great on you!

    a possible fantasy

  3. Lovely look! Thanks for your sweet comment on your blog.


  4. Dale, the overlay of that dress and it’s embroidery is simply fantastic. Looks spectacular on you. Loving the quotes! Inspirational women.

  5. Hi Dale, thanks for visiting my blog. Am loving this dress on you so much. I must say I totally agree with at least 2/3 of the staples you have mentioned for ” dressing up”. LOVE LOVE LOVE falsies, they add so much depth to my Asian eyes ( LOL!) and certainly shoes and bags a must!! I can’t say much about hair extensions as I have not tried it out yet but may actually be encouraged to take that step now with your post.

    Simone xoxo ( Simone – Your Style Architect)


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