The Tale of the Sequin Shorts

Is there an item in your closet that you are just downright afraid to wear? You probably spend hours thinking of how to style it, trying on outfit after outfit but in the end always deciding that this special item will never see the light of day?
This may be an “Awkward Christina” problem, but I have a pair of gold sequin shorts from Express, purchased almost exactly one year ago, that have never left my bedroom runway. Allow me to add the disclaimer that I am more of a “dive-bar with the boyfriend” kind of girl, and rarely embark on a night out dancing with girlfriends, so opportunities to wear such a stand-out piece rarely present themselves. This past New Year’s Eve I got as far as styling and wearing the shorts while I primped for the night out, only to change immediately before leaving the apartment, for fear of my reflective ass offending the general public.
So, it is with great pride that I would like to announce that I FINALLY wore my gold sequin shorts this Saturday night. It may not seem like a big deal to you readers, but for me this is an epic milestone in justifying the space that they occupy in my over-crowded NYC closet.
And what event succeeded in bringing these beauties out of hiding? My Feel Good Foodies partner Alycia’s bachelorette party. I met up with the bachelorette and her bridal party at Haute Air in SoHo, where we all had our hair done and sipped champagne before a legendary night on the town.
Me and the beautiful bride-to-be!
Not too terrible, right? So tell me, what is your “scared to wear” item? I challenge you to pull it out of your closet and wear it!

Are you ready for FNO?

I’m not going to map out my night ahead of time, after all. But I WILL tweet my stops and let you know of any great deals along the way. Follow @ShopHappy on twitter for updates all night!
***************************Ok lovelies – Fashion’s Night Out is TOMORROW!

It completely crept up on me this year; I’m usually researching the sales and events a month out. I haven’t mapped out my plan of assault just yet – but I’m fairly sure I’m restricting myself to the SoHo area, strictly due to the convenient location of my office. For those of you looking to neighborhood hop, it looks like VW will be carting people up and down town in style.
Like I said, I usually take a very strategic approach to FNO, stalking the website and planning an itinerary that I print out like a fashionable nerd to check off my stops along the way. This year, there’s an android app to help! I don’t know if they had this last year, because my phone wasn’t as smart, but I’m completely amped to navigate the cocktails and sales while saving some trees.
So, I’ve just downloaded this app, and I will make my very last-minute blueprint to shopper happiness today. Expect the update tonight, but in the meantime please check out the sales so you can let me know what I miss! Don’t fret if you’re not in NYC, apparently FNO is a national event. Check the map here for events in your area. Not in the U.S., or just don’t feel like schlepping in the rain for some sales and booze? FNO is an online night of shopping fun as well.
Here’s a photo of my friend Vicky and me at last year’s FNO. I was able to snag the dress on Ideeli a few months later for only $100!

A Well Lived Life…

Ok, so obviously consistency is something I need to work on. Life has just been throwing all these little curveballs at me lately (mostly good ones!).  My birthday just passed, and now after a week-long celebration, I’m hoping to get some normalcy back into my schedule. My birthday was shoe-filled. My man got me these bad boys from Steve Madden, and the Nikes are from my parents.
 Unfortunately, I won’t be blogging next week. The boyfriend and I are hopping on a last-minute plane to St. Marteen! I wanted a new bikini for the occasion and was sorely disappointed in the selection at Victoria’s Secret. I’m hoping it was just the one in my neighborhood and I’ll have better luck elsewhere.  Anyone have a good bikini shop suggestion in NYC?
I also wanted to do some pre-vaca tanning so I don’t blind everyone on the beach. I’m not normally a tanning advocate. I’m all for having healthy skin that won’t wrinkle by the age of 50… but I’m just too white for the islands right now. My friend Courtney told me that Beach Bum has some great coupons online. They’re location-specific, so check them out!
I’m also disappointed by the current selection at H&M. I dropped by one of the SoHo locations yesterday and couldn’t find anything even slightly tempting.
Now that you’re all up-to-speed on me, here’s a little web treat. High Gloss Magazine boasts to be a “guide to a well lived life.” Their premiere issue is available to read online here. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts! I especially like the page on bloggers they love, and intend to dive into those blogs at a later date.
Happy Shopping! xo