My twitter accounts mentions my love of high heels. This is partly because I am 5’2 and partly because I love how a pair of high heels makes you feel. I like the feeling of being put together so its no surprise that I also enjoy taking part in activities that involved high heels. Because I sit on a few not for profit boards, there is a slight expectation for me to dress up, and show up at events. The Board is the face of the organization and part of our role includes schmoozing with people.
You don’t necessarily have to go to Black tie events or fundraisers where each plate costs $500, you are feel like you’re doing something cultural and fancy on a budget.
The following examples are based on my experience in Toronto, but I’m sure they are similar programs available in a lot of other cities.
Toronto International Film Festival is something that most Torontonians look forward to all year. This is the time of the year where Hollywood Celebrities embark on a week of promoting, and partying. While not everyone gets to go mingle with the likes of Brad Pitt, or George Clooney, you do get the opportunity to watch some incredible films before they hit the theatre circuit. Some of these films don’t get bought by major studios, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not good, it just means that the studios don’t think that there is a large enough audience for them to invest in the film.
I have seen some amazing documentaries, and make it my mission every year to take a friend who has never been. Its a completely different experience where the entire city dresses up and embrasses talent from around the world.
Nothing feels fancier than dressing up and going to a Broadway play. The talent and the atmosphere are second to none. In Toronto, there are many options that help reduce the costs. Most theaters such as Mirvish have an under 25 rate, and student rates. Additionally, if you sign up for their mailing list, they have 2 for 1 promotions.
I also live really close to Stratford On, the second most popular place for Shakespeare plays in the world. Yes, I am spoiled with the talent here.
Yes, I know, I said you don’t neccassarily have to go to these, but if you want to support a great cause and have fun doing so, then fundraisers are the way to go. Along with helping plan and execute a few in the last year, I make it a goal to attend as many as I can. The benefit of going is that more often than not, your tickets are tax deductible provided that they provide a tax receipt.
Non- traditional things such as Diner en Blanc (International Event), and Fashion Night Out, or taking part in TFW, the EX etc are great options as well. They range from dressing in all white for Diner en Blanc, or casual gear for the Ex.
Our options aren’t limited to movies or zoos, and thankfully I live in a city where I can try different things at a rather rate and figure out what my interests are.
Do you dress up and go out to events still? Why or why not?