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December 31, 2008

Dress Me Up Like… Mad Men! (by Cajsa Lilliehook)

Filed under: Challenge,Dress Me Up!,Freebie Love,Mix and Match,Theme Outfits — Candy Lemmon @ 8:23 pm

While Van’s busy making the stars shine for all the music fans tonight, I’m ringing in the New Year alone with a bottle of champagne. If you’ve ever watched “Mad Men”, you’ll know that lonely housewives and long hours of work are common in the Draper household. Every New Years Eve, I feel a little bit like Betty.

Don Draper. Workaholic, visionary, lover, liar. If he had a choice, he’d be at the office on New Year’s just like my husband is now. Armidi was the obvious choice for an expensive tailored suit, with a Blaze shirt and tie tinted Don’s signature grey. The Rude Boy hat from Kari is pure 60’s sophistication, worn here with the Petrelli style for a little modern edge. I had to make a pocket square, and threw in a copy of the moon landing newspaper for a little Kennedy-era ambiance. Of course, business necessities like rocks glasses and ashtrays are easily toted in this smart leather briefcase, found OnRez.

Tonight, Betty Draper is all dressed up with no place to go. When I think of her character, I picture this scene in her blue dress and the ugly aftermath. She’s a potent reminder that beauty is very different than happiness. There was no finding her exact dress, so I bought a wildly different blue stunner, the aptly named “All Eyes On Me” dress from Icing. I fell in love at first sight with this design, and when I read it was inspired by Goldfrapp’s Supernature I was completely sold. Rich jewel tones, peacock feathers, AND my favorite band?! Clearly, this was made to be my New Years gift to myself. Paper Couture’s artistic jewelry is the only appropriate embellishment, with matching blue pumps and a jeweled purse fit for any retro trophy wife.

Cajsa, thank you so much for the perfect excuse to do this. My itch is still not scratched, I’m picturing Joan and Roger now…

On Van:
Skin: The Abyss – Scorpio in Dystopia
Hair: Sinistyle – The Petrelli in Rust (Edited to Fit Hat)
Suit: Armidi – Classic Italia Suit in Grey
Shirt and Tie: Blaze – Power Suit (White Options, Tie Tinted Grey)
Shoes: Storm Schmooz – Men’s Black Shoes
Pocket Square and Newspaper: Made by Me
Briefcase: Pukk Abel – Elegant Burgundy Leather Briefcase

Rocks Glass: Neptune Lighting – Shot Glass 1
Ash Tray: No. 3 Feathers Interior – Blue Butterfly Ashtray

On Candy:
Skin: Tuli – Unnamed Skin Version 2 in Light (Past Group Gift)
Eyes: Miriel – The Jeweled Collection in Miriel – Blue Opal
Hair: ETD – Loraine in Blonde
Dress: Icing – All Eyes On Me
Shoes: Maitreya – Group Gift Pumps in Blue
Earrings: Paper Couture – Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
Purse: Rebel Hope – Hope Gown Pillbox Purse in Blue
Manicure: Gianetti – Nails in Punch

LAP – Dude VI
LAP – Material Girl

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  1. Great post Candy. We’ll be toasting together later tonight!

    Comment by Van Kline — December 31, 2008 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  2. LOVE it, love it guys! Candy the dress looks spectacular on you. I think this one found it’s way into everyone’s closet. Happy New Year to you both. Cheers to 2009!

    Comment by Cerrie Janus — December 31, 2008 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  3. Haha cool Candy! I did a Joan a couple weeks ago when Stein Shilova had a Mad Men party. I love that show. You did a great job with these two. Here’s my Joan:

    Joan Holloway x2

    Hope you enjoy,

    Genna :)

    Comment by Genna Gray — January 1, 2009 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  4. Wow! Just plain WOW!!!!

    Comment by Cajsa Lilliehook — January 1, 2009 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  5. Happy New Year, Ladies!!!!!

    Cerrie – I hope that dress went to loving and happy homes. See you next year for more blogger bumper-cars! Hehe

    Genna – Thank you so much for sharing, I hope you don’t mind if I link to your photo when I do my post. It’s really beautiful!

    Cajsa – Awww come on now, you’re making my face as red as my hair. ;)

    Comment by Candy Lemmon — January 2, 2009 @ 10:43 am | Reply

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