Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Party Isn't Over



If this doesn’t make you the belle of the ball then nothing else would. A creation of my friend Dwight of Vindictive this gown checks every box for me and these couple images do it absolutely no justice. 

I took space from social media and the blog the past couple weeks to spend some time with my kids before they all leave home again (miss me?) so this is my first post of 2017 and a really quick one showing what I wore to ‘The Big One’, a New Year’s eve event. 
I appreciate all the love on my Christmas post here. And all the 'are you okay' messages and emails. I am in awe of your kindness.

As far as NYE traditions, I was not standing elbow to elbow with thousands watching the ball drop in Times Square New York, or eating lentils at midnight in Chile, offering flowers to Yemanja clad in white at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, or jumping into Lake Constance in Germany or even lip locked in Vegas as the count down to 2017 happened. I did the Latin American tradition of wearing something red in the form of an intimate piece. I’m sorry but there’s not a detail shot of that, ;). 

2016 was a great great year. C’mon, we're are all still alive and that counts for something. I also had lots of personal challenges that carried over from ’15 (don't we all) but hey, I have learned to smile through the rain. My attitude is always 'It’s not that serious’. And honestly, it just never is, Ha! In lieu of a New Years resolution which is never kept beyond day three, I started writing a

...Letter to my Future Self
There's often a lot of talk regarding 'what to tell our young self'. What to tell our future self is not discussed quite as much. It all started with reflecting on the outgoing year 2016. A realization hit me and I wondered what I’d tell my future self. The more I thought of it, the more I toyed with the idea of writing myself. About life and family and health and love and relationships and friendships and trust and expectations and choices and betrayal. One thing I knew for sure was I wanted it to be written on very pretty paper, possibly scented or regular pretty paper doused with my current fave everyday fragrance Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao and tucked carefully into a equally pretty possibly purple envelope. I also wanted it hand written to add that personal touch.

 And so it started. I am many pages into this and it’s getting really interesting. I look forward to picking up my laptop pen in the evenings. Have you ever given any thought to what you’d want to tell your future self? And postmarking yourself a letter? 

I’m signing off with a poem my daughter shared with me. 

Happy New Year my friends! 
Any resolutions? Care to share?

Deets
Gown - Vindictive by Dwight Anthony
Heels - Christian Louboutin (old - available here)
Clutch - Mary Frances (similar here)


Thanks for stopping by. Keep thinking the purple thoughts, xx.



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54 comments:

  1. You are truly beautiful inside and out Idu. I love the poem and especially the fact that your daughter shared it with you since it makes it all that more special in a way. Love your gown, it's magical. I have many goals in my head for the New Year, my number one is my health/fitness. I want to be better about my eating and fitness habits for sure. So I am starting to workout more regularly and making better food choices. I am also asking friends to join along because I realize I love it when someone works with me as a team effort. It helps me stay motivated when I am held accountable to show up and do the work. Although in the end it is myself that I should show up for, but any little push helps. How your New Year is looking bright!

    xo,
    Tania
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  2. Beautiful dress, you look like a goddess!
    LA VEINE

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  3. Your poem is very beautiful! And this dress... amazing. Happy New Year, Idu!

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  4. Idu, of course I missed you... I figured you were spending time with your family xox

    I am loving your dress... I love gold and this one is gorgeous and intricate... you look amazing xox

    The poem is lovely, I have written a post on what I would tell my 15 year old self, a very big year in my life... I think writing one for my future self is pretty cool... I should do that and handwritten too, I would have to take my time as I lost my good penmanship over time using a computer.

    I hope and wish a wonderful 2017 for you and your family, much love and hugs from me xox

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  5. YOU DO ABSOLUTELY LOOK STUNNING. YOU GOT MY IDEA OF WHAT A LADY SHOULD LOOK LIKE EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE. FOR ME THE YEAR 2016, WAS A YEAR OF DISCOVERY FOR ME AND A LOT OF MEDITATION AND LIKE YOU SAID A LETTER TO MY FUTURE SELF BUT I SAY IT TO MYSELF MORE NOW AND THAT IS TO THINK MORE OF OTHERS, TO BE LOT MORE GENEROUS IN GIVING ESPECIALLY TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED, DRAW CLOSER TO GOD MORE THAN EVER COS DARLING THESE ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT AND VALUE DRIVEN THAN ANYTHING I CAN HOPE FOR. HAPPY NEW YEAR SWEET CAKES

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  6. This dress is magical ! You are fabulous ! Kisses :)

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  7. That poem your daughter shared with you is both touching and inspiring....beautiful and wise words! I also love your idea of writing the letter to your future self. It is our future self that we need to coorporate with, right? Our future self is like a coworker or a boss we need to understand so that we could work together towards a common goal. Those changes that really matter are gradual ones. Sometimes little choices make a lot of difference. Something we are capable of things we don't even dream of. Often we're the ones holding ourselves down, we're the ones that are making things difficult for a future our future self. So, I say yeeee for your letter to your future self. It is such a brilliant idea, it really is.

    I love how you're always sending a positive message. I don't think that 2016 was terrible, I just think it was a year when some issues became visible, when problems with international politics surfaced...but if we are to solve problems, we have to be able to see them, so perhaps it is for the better. In any case, no point in crying over spilled milk, we need to build our future on every day basis.

    And you're certainly always there to inspire us with your fabulous style. That golden dress was worth the wait- I totally understand why you stayed off media for a while....and you came back in style. You look absolutely gorgeous in that golden dress. A royal beauty!!!!!!!!

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  8. Absolutely stunning.I love your outfit.
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  9. you rock it Queen Idu!..very stunning post..xoxo

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  10. Your dress is stunning, like so so beautiful. I'm glad 2016 was a great year for you :)

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  11. Happy New Year Ma'am. You started the new year with a bang in that stunning dress, you look absolutely flawless. The poem your daughter wrote is really heart warming.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  12. Your look is gorgeous!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

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  13. Happy New year babe You are a fashion queen love your look so fabulous
    that poem is so heart warming and motivational bravo to your daughter xoxo
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  14. O my gosh!!!!
    simply stunning babe!
    Emma
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  15. OMG! You are gorgeous, you look stunning in this dress, i love it!!!!

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  16. Beautiful dress <3
    xx Marikilla.

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  17. The best dressed of 2016. Now you're starting your gorgeous fashion again. Love your dress. I have resolutions too that I wish I could hold on to, lol. Happy New Year!

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  18. I love your dress, thanks for sharing, you look stunning!!!
    xx

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  19. Wonderful and very professional photos!!! You look like a goddess, I love every detail of your styling :-)

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  20. ''Smiling through the rain "" You couldn't have said it any better ,Yes dear we all had challenges last year and you have just given me the best advice on how to go about any of these challenges that may come up this year which is -''it's not that serious''. I am glad to see you back on the blog babe. (we are your family too...hahaha) Blog family i mean, so yes I missed you. I missed your elegant looks and your infectious smile. Whoever designed this dress should have you wearing it everyday,Wow ,Just Wow, hitting every curve,and the details are just stunning. Your daughter is so talented. I enjoyed reading her poem,reminds me of my teenage years where i wrote poems on my tiny bed in boarding school . Happy New year babe,and i am looking forward to a beautiful year too,have a good week and keep slaying .Kisses.

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  21. So beautiful dress dear, love this golden style!!!
    kiss
    Chiara - www.shesinfashionblog.com

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  22. Oh wow!!! This dress is stunning!
    xoxo

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  23. What a lovely poem by your daughter, Idu:) And Happy New Year. Here's to a wonderful 2017....fingers crossed...
    And of course, you look stunning in this gown, Idu. What a way to start your year!

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  24. you're shining from head to toe :) you look so amazing :)
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  25. Fantastic perspective and ideas. I hope you infect everyone in your general area and beyond with them. This is the pandemic we need, the pandemic of peace and contentment. This too shall pass... As for your gorgeous gown, that's a big WOW!!! All the detail work on it and then those gauzy parts, especially on the sides of your beautiful breasts. That was such a wonderful balance of alluring and arousing. Bet you caused a few accidents in that one :) Oh, and about that red, intimate item...imagining that added to those gauzy bits was more than enough to bring me some amazing pleasure! So fun to be teased ;)

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  26. Oh I bet you were he belle of the ball in this golden glam gown Idu! I hope you enjoyed your time with your family on your blog break! Glad you're back. We often see letter to younger selves but I love that you wrote one to your future slef!

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  27. You look like a princess! LOVE THE GOWN!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  28. You look absolutely stunning in this gold dress and your make-up is beautiful too!
    I love the poem your daughter shared with you and I think a letter to future self is a great idea!
    Julia xhttp://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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  29. You're really an amazing person Idu! Ouside and inside, learnig to "smile through the rain" is not a thing that anyone reach!
    You look like a Goddess with that dress and that poem your daughter shared with you is so lovely and positive!
    xxx
    S
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  30. I've missed so much! This dress is stunning and you look gorgeous in it!
    xx

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  31. this dress *-*

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  32. Happy New Year, beautiful! I'm glad you spent the holiday season enjoying quality time with your loved ones. You look absolutely GORGEOUS in this dress, it hugs your curves so beautifully! LOL, I'm sure you looked gorgeous in that little red number and I'm sure someone else agrees ;) Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  33. What a gorgeous dress...and you wore it to perfection! A letter to my future self...hmmm, what would I say to me? Will have to get back to you on that one. Beautiful Poem, by the way!

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  34. Oh wow, this dress is so beautiful and the poem is amazing.

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  35. Arrasou luxo puro amei, obrigado pela visita e tenha uma semana abençoada.
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  36. You are a star for my opinion....so precious gold dress everything is a dream
    A big hug

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  37. Such a beautiful post. The poem was really inspiring as are you Idu. That dress is absolutely stunning! Happy New Year babe!

    Gemma x
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  38. wow! Beautiful pictures, the dress looks gorgeous x

    Laura
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  39. Nice post! Have a great new day.

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  40. gorgeous dress

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  41. You look so gorgeous babe! The dress suits your beauty so well babe!


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  42. this is simply gorgeous....a stunning gown on a stunning woman
    you are the belle of the ball...
    as for resolutions... there are some on the blog
    kisses

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  43. Happy New Year Idu! He made a fabulous dress! The details are gorgeous and I love that it is gold. Gold is so rich. I love your words of wisdom & positivity! We all need that! Fabulous poem. Good for you in spending time with your family. Those moments are precious.
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  44. Goodness, this dress is marvelous on you!!! x

    Erica
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  45. You are the most fabulous woman I know! Amazing dress!
    I always think about it. Actually I kinda wish my future self would be nice to send me some hints rather than me writing to my future self. But then I guess I would want to remind her the passion we have for what we do, in case I forget!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  46. Hermoso poemas con unas palabras muy bonitas, enhorabuena para tu hija!! Impresionante vestido para una bellísima mujer...
    Besitos y feliz semana, Emi

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  47. Amazing dress! Have a lovely Day! ❤️❤️❤️

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  48. Hi Idu... I'm so happy that you shared such a beautiful and inspirational post. We're all going through personal issues and things. However its the way we choose to approach them which sets us apart from the rest. If you have your health, you have everything. As you said, if you're breathing and alive then there's always a chance to make at least one thing right that day. Keep posting these inspirational posts and being a super fabulous ladyboss!

    Much love beautiful
    KaSonndra
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  49. This say this dress is beautiful would be an understatement. I love the smile and the beautiful shots. The poem melted my heart. You look so beautiful.

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  50. O my girl, you are real DIVA! Simply fabulous and breathtaking!
    I am in love in this glam dress, its too perfect!
    You are shining like a brightest star! ********* <3

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