Goodness, am I glad that for New Year's, I didn't have to go to a club that requires a minidress and heels. There really is no faster way to turn me into Miss Bitchface than to ask me to wobble through sub-freezing temperatures with my legs exposed, then try to dance for hours while fire-y pain is searing the balls of my feet.

Instead, our friends hosted a "No Frills New Year's Party"(pics at Societé Perriere) at a loft in Williamsburg, with 11 of our friends spinning tunes from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Entry was free, and you brought your own alcohol. You only needed to know someone who could text you the address. I invited an old friend of mine, Vicki, to come. She's been asking to come out dancing with me for a while, and this was the perfect night to do so. A couple hours before, she texted me, "So, what should I wear?"



"Comfortable shoes. Black. Irony," I texted her back. "No, but seriously, no one gives a shit what you wear. A skirt, tights and boots?"

What I love about these types of parties is that you can come as you are in whatever suits you. I saw t-shirts, sparkly dresses, a couple fur coats, jeans, silk harem pants, a straw boater hat, suits and ties, sweatshirts, and a bunch of other stuff I don't remember because it was unremarkable. I mean, people were there for the music, not to show off.

Still, I always try to inject a dose of creativity into my outfits, even if it is "just" a warehouse/loft party.

Alden Wicker

The base outfit is very warehouse-y, but the jacket from H&M's Conscious Collection classes it up for the holiday.


Alden Wicker

The Chucks I got at a Salvation Army a couple years back. The patterned bracelet is fair trade, though I can't for the life of me remember where it's from!


The shorts are vintage Levis.

The shorts are vintage Levis.


Inspired by faux garter tights, I decided to go for the real thing, which seems more lush. The garter panties are from Only Hearts, and are made in NYC.

Inspired by faux garter tights, I decided to go for the real thing, which seems more lush. The garter panties are from Only Hearts, and are made in NYC.


New Year's Nail polish and kitty

I give a quick pet to Pancho the Coolest Cat before we leave for the party. Those are my New Year's Nails, which you can find out how to recreate here.


Upcycled necklace by Honey Rose & K.

Upcycled necklace made from vintage parts by Honey Rose & K.