Last Friday, John and I attended the Heart Ball, which is a fundraising event for the American Heart Association. It was a great cause AND a great excuse to dress up. It was my first black tie event!
I searched high and low for a dress that I could buy that I was excited about but couldn’t find anything I loved that was affordable. So, I ended up using Rent the Runway for the first time, and rented the Badgley Mischka Curves for Days dress. Typically they send you the dress in two sizes but they only had one size available (the smaller of the two) so I just crossed my fingers that it fit. (I did have a back-up dress ready that would have been fine, but I wasn’t that giddy about it. 🙂 ) Luckily, it arrived and fit great! It was a little big in the torso and chest and was definitely long on me (5’1″ shortie here), but otherwise I was really pleased with the fit!
I went with simple accessories. Big earrings, a nice watch, a simple bracelet and a simple ring. (I borrowed all the jewelry except the ring from my lovely friend Candace!) She saved the day; the accessories brought the whole look together. And I felt red nails, red lips and red clutch were appropriate but not over the top for a Heart ball.
My friend Liz was at the event too – we had so much fun together. You can see John in the background. 🙂 I wish we’d gotten a picture together with him wearing his jacket! He looked so handsome. And, I really wish I’d taken my nice camera to the event. But it wouldn’t fit in my clutch and there were fashion priorities. hehe.
John gave a short speech at the event since our company was a sponsor – he did a really great job. (Pardon our red eyes – iPhoto refuses to fix them in a normal-looking way). After the program and dinner, we danced the night away. It was a little hard dancing with my long dress, but I was able to bust out the Cupid Shuffle and do the Wobble. 😀
By the end of the night, I was ready to take my dancing shoes off and sit down. Maizey was thrilled that I woke her up, can’t you tell?
I LOVED my shoes – I’d been eyeing them at Nordstrom for over a year so when I found them 50% off a few weeks ago, I splurged and got them. I never have nice enough shoes for dressy events and I know I’ll get a ton of use out of these Kate Spade Issa Sandals. And they really were comfortable for most of the night.
And the next morning, I put my dress in a large UPS package included with my dress (pre-paid shipping to return) and sent it on its way back. They let you keep the garment bag it comes in, which will be pretty handy for another dress I have. It was easy peasy. I’d definitely recommend Rent the Runway and will likely use it again. Some people don’t like the fact that you spend money on a dress you can’t keep, but I’d rather spend less than I would buying a dress and get something I love. Plus, anything I buy will likely sit in my closet for years and then go out of style before I can wear it again.
Do you love or hate getting dressed up? I loooove it.
Have you ever used Rent the Runway?
This is not a sponsored post; I just wanted to write about my experience with Rent the Runway. But if you want to try Rent the Runway, use my referral link and we both get a $20 credit! Woot! (Again, that’s not a special perk to me – anyone who uses RTR can get that $20 referral deal. 🙂 )