Ruth Gottuk, 51, knew that she wanted to stand out among the attendees of the spirited third annual Queens & Cocktails.
"I tend to be a little out of the box," says the owner of Charmed Renovations, a home improvement business based in Ellicott City. "I like to be different."
That meant choosing a bold dress and bold shoes. And at an event that featured drag performers with intricate costumes and over-the-top personalities, Gottuk's ensemble — particularly her brightly colored frock — attracted a slew of compliments and attention.
"I really like the heels," she says as she showed off the multicolored block heel. "It has a '70s retro feel. The fact that is was multicolored was a plus."
As for the dress, she bought it on a whim. "I bought it and didn't have an occasion," she says as she’s stopped by another attendee and complimented on her ensemble. "And this was the perfect occasion."
Gottuk proudly proclaimed to be a bargain shopper as she displayed her accessories.
“I love a good deal,” she says.
Her ensemble: Neon orange, laser-cut Why dress from Nordstrom Rack. Quartz ring purchased at the QVC outlet. Multicolored block heels by Fergie purchased on Amazon. She’s had her dangling earrings “forever.” Dark-framed glasses from Candies online.