I've been doing some research lately on balls. No, not bouncy balls, soccer balls, or footballs but actual formal, dancing balls. You see, my latest chapter has been set in a ball. My characters are all required to attend (even if they don't want to) and while writing the rough draft, I wanted to get some nice details down about what my heroine is wearing to the big event, and I'll admit, I might have gotten a little bit carried away.
Now, without giving too much away in terms of her looks and personality, Kate (my heroine) is a beautiful vampire with flowing, dark hair and an hourglass figure that I would kill for. And I really wanted to make Kate sizzle while at the ball so I put her in a red dress--which will look absolutely stunning on her soft colored skin and in comparison to her dark hair. Easy enough, right? Well, then I decided to throw in a few extra details, maybe just for the RD, maybe not. Okay, no biggie--so she's wearing Valentino. No big deal, she's a rich immortal who makes her living as a highly lethal assassin--she's got the money to blow on Valentino and his best friends, Prada and Gucci, right?
Would it really be so bad if I gave her an updo and weaved baby pearls and crystals into her hair while fitting her with a silver clutch and matching Charles David heels? Oh, the heels! They're the best part of the whole ensemble. Simple yet elegant. A perfect match to the dress I had in mind.
Well, as if all that wasn't enough, I just wasn't satisfied. I needed to see what kind of shoes would actually go with my made-up Valentino dress...so, I did a little online shoe shopping, just browsing to get an idea. I'm such a visual person that it helps me to write better when I have a little inspiration to go off of.
If you know me, you must realize how crazy this is to me--I hate wearing shoes. I absolutely loathe wearing heels. If I must wear shoes, I choose flip flops. Crazy where you get your inspiration, huh?