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6/15/10

Prelude To A Party




A true "girlie-girl" at heart, 
I love primping and prepping for a party.
Taking my time for a casual dinner out with friends,
or a black tie affair with hundreds...
half the fun for me is the
"before time".
 




I posted about
my own little dressing area here,
when I channeled one of my
favorite style icons, Diana Vreeland.

Speaking of Ms. Vreeland...
"This is a very serious subject with me.  I've given
this a lot of thought.  I adore dressing and I adore making up.
I adore the procedure-it's terribly invigorating, both during my
getting up in the morning and during my getting ready to
go out in the evening.  It gives me such pleasure."
~Diana Vreeland

~*~
Tomorrow, be sure to stop by The Shiny Pebble,
as Catherine is hosting the hottest
virtual party in town!
Cheers!





images via: LaDolceVita;MadelineStuart;PhoebeHoward;ToriGolubInteriors;HouseBeautiful;ElleDecor

85 comments:

  1. Oh Sue, this looks gorgeous... I am with you, getting ready for the event is as much fun or more than the event itself. Thank you for posting!

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  2. I love this post, it is a wonderful feeling getting dressed up, I just love that first pic!!!

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  3. Agree that getting ready is at least 1/2 the fun. Great inspiration images....fun post!

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  4. I am so with you, Sue! I love getting ready, and it's so crazy, I have a fabulous Heywood Wakefield vanity, but I never use it, it's purely for decoration, I end up just getting ready in our bathroom. But this inspires me to actually sit at the vanity and primp!

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  5. A vanity....for well...our vanity! They are a fun and neccessary part of being female! Loved seeing all the pretty spaces!!!

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  6. I love your dressing area! And that wallpaper on the ceiling is the best!! What a great detail.

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  7. This is a very serious subject with me too,
    what a beautiful post and a beautiful blog,
    thanks from spain

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  8. It would be DREAMY to both HAVE a beautiful vanity like any of these as well as the TIME to do it up right before an event. Lately it seems like I am rushing to everything. A vanity in my bedroom would be a great reminder to slow it down. Great images and inspiration : ) xx Suzanne

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  9. During the week I have a very "low key" beauty routine...but I love to step it up for a night out with the girls or a party...having a little dressing area completes the process :)

    <3 Cara

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  10. oooh how I love vanity tables!! Especially if they are as pretty as these!

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  11. Loved your dressing area post!! I agree...I enjoy that time period when I am getting ready for an event-- as long as I have enough time!!

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  12. Will always love the Aerin Lauder dressing room!

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  13. I need to primp my vanity area --- great inspirations! If you feel great when you walk out the door, your focus will be on others not yourself. Which....makes one not so vain!!!

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  14. I love the primping before the party, especially with a glass of vino or champagne to get the party started, love the post!
    x
    Gina

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  15. A girl needs a dressing table for sure.

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  16. I loved all those images you posted...and then I saw your own dressing room! So gorgeous!

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  17. i made a lil dressing area in my room - i'm one of those people who own a lot of "make-up" but NEVER uses it - nor really know's how to apply it "correctly" .. i'm a simple girl at heart i guess - with big dreams ..

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  18. Nice images and your vanity is just gorgeous!
    We have 2 mirrored console vanities at the shop I've been eyeing. If someone doesnt buy them soon at least one of them is coming home with me :)
    cheers
    Susan

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  19. I love having a vanity and a dressing area! Mine doesn't look nearly as dreamy as any of these spaces but it's still nice to have!

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  20. Lovely images and inspiration. I really love having my hair and makeup done before an event & then all I have to do is get dressed and choose my jewerly, which is one of my favorite things to do.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  21. oh i just adore the rooms you post! so inspiring indeed!

    xo

    justyna

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  22. My mom has an vingage piece and I always loved watching her getting ready by it:) ...I love the pieces you chose...great!
    Kisses and enjoy your Tuesday

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  23. I'll take that first one. So beautiful!

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  24. I want a vanity so bad. I have been eyeing one for a while, but now you are really making me want it!!

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  25. You are so right, the prep beforehand is half the fun. My family enjoys going to concerts, and we always spend time choosing outfits and jewelry, depending on the venue, the artist, the location. It's almost an art in itself!

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  26. I want, or rather i need all that space in the closet! And just how chic it looked!

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  27. Fact: There is no better feeling for a lady than being properly maintained and fluffed up for the evening. Fact: There is nothing WORSE than having to rush to get there...you know that feeling when your arms are aching from blow drying your hair...it like almost makes you panic?? Or when your boyfriend/husband/chilluns are tapping their feet waiting for you??

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  28. What great spaces - and I clicked through to yours - absolutely lovely! You've definitely got style.

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  29. These spaces are all gorgeous! I love my vanity. My little girlie haven :) xoxo

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  30. Oh Sue, I keep on looking at the images you posted over and over. I am breathless and speechless. Oh, how I would love that closet on the 5th pic, and the mirrored desk on the second, and pretty much everything else. Perfect choices!

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  31. thanks for commenting on my blog..!
    I follow you..Follow me too!
    www.nobodyknowsmarc.blogspot.com

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  32. These are all so glamorous! And I love your dressing area - the chandelier with the round bulbs is fab and I'm loving your chair! : )

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  33. I absolutely agree that half the fun is the before time!! I love these pictures.

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  34. Sue, you have captured all of us with this post...well done sweetie. xx's

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  35. Oh my! Can I please have that beautiful White closet! That is my dream closet! P.S. Thanks for following my blog! I added you to my blogroll, add me to yours if you'd like! :)

    -Amy Bird Tweets
    xoxo

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  36. These pictures remind me of SJP. I wish i had a lovely space to get ready. My bathroom is so tiny and cramped.

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  37. I definitely agree with the matter of dressing up. A girl's gotta look her best!

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  38. I absolutely agree that getting ready is half the fun. I would love to have a vanity in my bedroom but would I use it? Who knows. I think I just want it to create an atmosphere in my bedroom.
    Carol

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  39. there is something so romantic about sitting at a dressing table and getting ready. I think it is a lost art of our microwave society. We dash out the door instead of languishing at a dressing table. Sometimes the old way is a better way!! Kathysue

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  40. Oh, I love party anticipation, too. And if you can dress up in surroundings like these (or like yours, as I just checked out) all the better! xoxo

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  41. nope not me- takes me less than five minutes to get ready for a saturday night- I would rather be in my swimsuit until the eleventh hour- as long as I know what I'm going to wear- I am good to go.
    I have never in my life sat down to put make up on although my monther did- Our last two houses had vanity areas which I've gotten great at converting into storage.

    Thanks for the Diana Vreeland introduction- I will look her up, maybe give her a call- see if she'll speak to me.

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  42. ive always wanted a vanity like those! i would love to feel so privileged when i get ready in the morning :)

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  43. These are gorgeous pictures,i love the glass/mirrored table,

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  44. Lovely little primping stations! It's great being a girl, huh? xo

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  45. You always post about things I love but didn't know I loved it until I visit you. Yes, a place to get ready is just as essential with what you put on. Vanities and lights, please!

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  46. These pictures are amazing, I love all the white! I'd be in heaven if I had one of those vanity sets in my bedroom.

    Valerie

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  47. I love, LOVE vanity tables. It's a sick obsession. These are absolutely gorgeous!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  48. I'm with you... getting ready is the *most* fun part of going out! How I love being a girl..

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  49. fab post!

    i have never really hosted a real party. hello?!?! i need to. just a small one. yup, i need to get on it!

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  50. I dream of having a nice vanity with a beveled mirror. So dainty and classic. Great post!!

    xo
    Marcie

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  51. That second to last picture is screaming my name! That wallpaper is gorgeous!
    My daughter finally has long enough hair to put in pig tails so we get to primp together every morning. It's so much fun!

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  52. How wonderful! I love a good dressing room and have vivid memories of sitting silently watching my mother getting ready for the string of fabulous events that my parents attended way back when.
    There is something magic about these 'before' moments and I too love getting ready... though I must admit it was way easier before my own children were born.. There is nothing silent about these wonderful little people!.. :)

    Diana Vreeland. Yes me too! I love this woman and all her eccentricities! Have read a couple of books about her and think her life must have been so much fun. She had the most fantastic way of writing and expressing herself and all her ideas are so fabulous. Her 'Why don't you..' column was brilliant and I love how she suggested that one should 'wash the children's hair in Champagne like they do in France..' How obnoctiously wonderful! :)

    Now lovie, I have a little US/Canada only give-away waiting for you to join over at my little corner. Hop across and put your entry in for a chance to win a gift card.

    Hoping to be able to make it to the party tomorrow.

    x Charlotta

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  53. loving all the mirrors!

    just found your blog for the first time - loving it!! :)

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  54. your pictures are always so gorgeous :) hope you are doing well!

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  55. Oh yes, it's been a long time since I've had lots of time to prepare. I remember getting ready with my girlfriends, so fun! Rachaelxx

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  56. Elegant & glamorous! It'd be fun to get ready (with some good tunes) in one of those rooms!

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  57. Love the dressing room shots! Everything does look so very glam :)

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  58. When I grow up I want a pretty & huge closet with a dressing area...so pretty. *sigh...

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  59. I love these! I'll take one each!!! Ha-ha! Thank you so much for making my 500th follower!

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  60. great images as always! i think the prelude to the party is always fun... though somehow I'm usually running abit late on getting ready... ha!

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  61. I tend to rush out the door every morning, so I love it when I have the time to really do it all properly for an evening out. Diana is (as always) so spot-on!

    See you at Catherine's! ;)

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  62. I have always been absolutely nuts about the image from Elle Decor...that dressing room is simply amazing and right up my alley!

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  63. What a great post. Soo many lovely dressing areas!! The second and sixth are my absolute favorites!

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  64. Great blog!!!
    I love vanities, too!
    Thank you for following me!

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  65. I want my bathroom to look like picture number 5! So my 'getting ready' routine is crazy, frantic and involves trying on about 20 different outfits which results in a PILE of clothes on the bed. Lots of swearing and my husband leaving the room to fix a drink and wait quietly with the dog.

    Stop by my blog and I'll get you a drink....

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  66. Oh, I would love a room-sized closet ... mainly for the dressing table and comfy sitting area that I'd have! A girl can dream ...

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  67. Love these pics. Funny, you like getting ready for the party, and I like kicking my heels off with a plate of food and a drink after the party. Who needs the party?

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  68. Would love to get ready at any of these lovely vanities!

    ~jermaine~

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  69. This is so much fun! Come visit and see what we are all doing for the party!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  70. I want a room like the first picture:)

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  71. One of my favorite illustrations, is of a man and woman "readying" to go out on the town, he is in full tux, and she is literally "half-done" and he tells her, you look fine. I wish I could take less time, like a man...but there is something about changing earrings ten times or finding something that just says alright - :enough: - ready now dear!
    pve

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  72. sue, thank you sooo much!!!

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  73. love the big time glamour of a dressing table. and these ones you've selected are just the thing!! jxx

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  74. Love this prelude! What a divine party, so much fun. Come see what I was wearing :)

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  75. Fantastic! Loved meeting you over at The Pebble! Thanks for inviting me over to your place! So glad to know you.

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  76. Beautiful! If I had one of those vanities I would love to get ready in the morning too.

    Came by way of Catherine's party. Love your blog, please stop by my blog -- you are welcome anytime.

    Joanny

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  77. Just clicked to see your vanity! It's gorgeous!

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  78. DROOOOOOOOLING - absolutely love those vanities!! Came from Catherine's party - too much fun !!!

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  79. The gold vanity table and chair are simply gorgeous. really beautiful. the room breathes all over Marie Antoinette. Good catch.

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  80. Great post, and if you like vanities, you must see Slim Paley's recent post. Her bathroom is extraordinary!! See you at the party, what are you wearing??? Cheers!
    http://slimpaley.com/2010/06/14/choosing-favourites/

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  81. this is a fabulous post! a vanity we sometimes forget...see you at the party! verbena cottage

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  82. Can I come to your house to get ready. Now don't all girly girls like that? Such beautiful places to dress!
    Yvonne

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  83. you had me at that first picture. i even gasped a little. and then they got better and better. all quietly elegant and feminine. just like me.

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA.........

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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  84. I love vanities. I've posted mine before too! I love styling it with all my makeup and brushes in pretty little bottles with flowers and sparkly jewelry!

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