I was invited to a happy hour on Friday and decided to wear my 'Birthday jacket' and jeans. Well imagine my surprise when I pulled up to the venue and got that unmistakeable "club" vibe when guys started checking me out while I was still in my car. I mean peering into the car as I was driving by. WTH? Then I see a chick in a sequined minidress and my mind starts racing. Sequins? All this for a Happy Hour? Not a sequined shoe or top but a whole sparkly azz sequined number. Now I am a firm believer that sequins can be for any time, not just special occasions but I like sequins in unexpected places like work not expected places like a bar. But maybe I was just uncomfortable because I was repping the 70's, at least sequined chick was in the appropriate venue.
As I entered into the spot, there was a band playing "Brick House" and I remember thinking "This song was out when my jacket was in style."
But I guess looking out of place worked for me because I got some free drinks, was told that I was beautiful (not bragging just relaying the message) and a Peter from The Real Housewives of Atlanta lookalike requested that the DJ play Jay-Z for the chance to dance with me. (Yall know Jay-Z gets me every time.)
Dude looked like this:
I haven't been to a typical club in years, I did my fair share of clubbing (okay, maybe a little more than my fair share) in my 20's and after that night I don't miss it one bit. The leering guys, the "look at me" behavior of the chicks and the wack DJ brought it all back to me. I prefer more of a lounge environment, a good houseparty or a jazz spot at this point. But I was glad that I didn't know that this was a typical club environment because in the midst of the seemingly required dress code of jeggings (yes I hate that word), over the knee boots and sequins, I stood out for being...typical me.
And I'm not sure what was going on with my hair but it was looking phenom-en-al (now I am bragging but I don't think I had anything to do with it, maybe it was the weather?) so I have to figure out how to recreate it.
The moral of the story? Be you, even if you look like one of Willona's customers from the boutique.
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland