I've been working hard on injecting more fun into my life with friends. And you know what I find really fun? Dressing up (so obvious). But dressing up and going to a gala that supports the American Cancer Society? Way more fun than dressing up for no reason!
Of course I was all about finding a great dress. The gala was black tie optional, and I wanted to wear a long dress since I wear short dresses nearly daily. I knew exactly which one I wanted:
When in doubt of what to wear, always go with Kiyonna. Their clothes are just MADE for curves, and I've been looking for an excuse to wear this gorgeous gown. It comes in 4 colors including this black lace with a nude lining. I was worried about the hips, but this was cut so well that even *I* impressed myself.
For accessories, I added some statement earrings and a clutch from my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription. These aren't accessories I keep around my house, but were perfect for the occasion. I have no idea where the bracelet came from. I've had it for years and don't think I had worn it before. Maybe Charming Charlie's?
Hard Metal Clutch by Sondra Roberts from Rent the Runway
Bracelet: Maybe Charming Charlies about 4 years ago?
I was getting my hair cut the day before the event and when I was there, figured it would be fun to schedule to get my hair and makeup done before the event. Madi at my favorite salon in Lexington, Cha Cha's, did an awesome job. I showed her a picture of the dress, and was honestly not convinced with the hair when I left the salon. I'd never styled it this way before. But as soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was perfect. (Seriously, I was feeling myself over on Instagram, haha) Fun retro vibe!
Ronnie Earrings by Ben-Amun from Rent The Runway
It started raining as soon as I left the salon, so for photos we had to improv and try some things in my house. I wasn't about to mess up my hair! My dog was all about the action, though she would only show her rear to the camera:
As much as I felt amazing in the dress (seriously, it's one of the prettiest things I've ever put on my body), it felt good to support a wonderful cause, dance to a band who transitioned from Taylor Swift's “Shake it Off” to “Shout” (The Temptations, not Duran Duran), and have a jolly time with friends.
Photos by Emily Moseley
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