On Saturday, we spent a lovely casual evening relaxing and visiting with dear friends. Everyone brought a type of food-based upon the first letter of their last name. Since Mr. Mickey’s last name starts with J, we were to bring something other than dessert or cheese. This excellent idea was included in each invitation to keep everyone from bringing the same thing. They asked each person or couple to bring finger food, appetizer, or dessert, which could be eaten from a small plate as people mingled. To help with variety, they divided the choices into categories. If your last name ended in: A-C, please bring a dessert D-I, please bring something vegetarian J-P, non-cheese, non-dessert R-S, anything you wish – except dessert T-Z, nuts, or snack mix
The couple who hosted the party opened their beautiful home and supplied every type of drink you could think of, along with plates, napkins, utensils, and soft classic Christmas music playing in the background.
Here’s a tip for you. When you feel a little nervous or self–conscious at the beginning of a photoshoot, do something ridiculous to break the ice. After that, your smiles will be genuine, and you will relax.
I took roasted red pepper hummus and whole wheat cocktail bread. Here is one of my favorite recipes for hummus.
I wore Chico’s items, including a cardigan from a couple of years ago and a tank top from last year with the Reece So Slimming pants. The red outerwear scarf I added over my coat was from Target last year. The shoes/short boots are by Calvin Klein a couple of years ago.
Styling tip: Notice that I wore a shorter tank top to divide my body in thirds rather than in half. When viewed from the front, the tank creates one-third, and the dark area of my pants produces two-thirds, which is much more visually pleasing than if the tank was the same length as the cardigan. I look taller and thinner just by wearing a shorter tank and showing more of my legs. I always cover my backside.