Something to celebrate |

Something to celebrate

Laura A. Ball
Vail Daily/Bret HartmanBeaded purse, $229, from Charm School Boutique in Vail Village.

It happens once a year, and if we’re lucky, we’re a little wiser and a little more content with ourselves.As we waltz into 2006, the new year reminds us of our constant state of flux – and more importantly to celebrate the coming of change. New Year’s Eve is a night to stop and take notice of your present self with regard to past and future and honor that place you are in. And better than a fairy tale, when you raise your glass at the stroke of midnight, time will not turn back but move forward.

Like ourselves, fashion is forever evolving. This New Year’s Eve, make a grand entrance in the look of the moment with lush fabrics in opulent jewel tones.

Hooked on a feelingIf it doesn’t feel great, don’t wear it. Fashion is a feeling and the way you feel in the clothes is just as important as how the clothes feel on you. This season, treat your skin like royalty. A crushed velvet skirt, a silk tank, a suede boot, a ribbon sash all provide glamorous comfort during the longest nights of the year.

Dress for successBefore you decide what you’re wearing, decide what you’re doing. If the night calls for casual fare, pair a silky corset top with a great-fitting pair of jeans and jeweled pumps. If the affair is fancy, don a crushed-velvet dress with knee-high boots.

But remember, it is New Year’s, a night when fantasy whisks us away. It’s your own Cinderella story. Raise the stakes a little. Be the star.Glittery guise

If there’s ever a night to shine, it’s ringing in the New Year. All of those holiday parties were just a warm up. When darkness falls, glow in a flashy gold sheath, a jeweled cardigan or sequin-spangled heels. You’ll be sure to dazzle. Unique style makes fashion enchanting, another reason to embrace individuality and give praise to yourself. Be you, and make this New Year’s the best you’ve ever had.

Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or

Vail, Colorado

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