Rent the Runway

Double-Duty Weekend

Last weekend called for some innovative packing. And by innovative, I mean not packing at all.

With two formal events to attend in Connecticut, I opted to do Rent the Runway and have my dresses shipped up on Friday. This completely avoided any worrisome packing details, such as having to bring a suitcase and garment bag on the subway, to the office, in a cab, in a train, and finally in my dad’s car.

On Saturday, I attended our dear family friend Cindy’s wedding.

For the occasion, I chose a resplendent Erin Fetherston dress. From this photo, you can only see the back (which was absolutely gorgeous and sheer, with a easy-to-tie, perfectly-sized floppy bow). For a better look at the front, I’ve linked above to Rent the Runway. There’s nothing I would change about this dress.  The short front kept things casual, while the long back made me feel elegant, but not overdone. While I would usually wear my hair in long waves, I wanted to show off the pretty bow in the back, so I pulled everything off my face into a low bun. I kept the accessories minimal, and besides a couple of bangles and diamond studs, let the dress speak for itself. I finished things off with a bright pink lip.

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My favorite photo of the day is undeniably the one with my handsome date (my notoriously media-shy little brother).  A very sweet, but very tipsy lady told us that we were the most gorgeous couple. We let her romantic notions down gently.

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On Sunday, I took my mom and godmother to a Mother’s Day brunch.  I chose to let my hair down (literally) and wear a short, creamsicle-colored, Tibi dress and nude Louboutins. The day dawned blissfully warm and sunny, so the dress worked perfectly. Can I just say that bracelet-length sleeves are my most favorite? I kept the makeup neutral (think: apricot lipgloss and bronzer), but chose a dramatic necklace to pump up the simplicity of the dress.

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All in all, a most wonderful weekend. I must say, one of the best parts was being able to slide the dresses into a UPS envelope and jump on the train with the simplest of overnight bags.  Thanks, Rent the Runway, for another wonderful experience.  We’ll be doing business again soon!

xoxo

It’s impossible to be overdressed

I feel so strongly about the importance of playing dress-up at every age.  I was very lucky to have a group of childhood friends that played dress-up in my grandmother’s gowns until we were at least fifteen years old. Now that I’ve transitioned to grown-up status, I still look for ways to be glamorous whenever possible. While sophistication and taste are paramount, you should never ignore a reason to get dressed up. Even if you are the dressiest person in the room, don’t dress down to make other people feel comfortable. Be the best version of yourself for the particular event – it just feels good!

This weekend, I was summoned to be a fashion consultant for my friend Jayme, who is to be the MOH for a wedding in Las Vegas. She had no color or style constraints from the bride, leaving us lots of room for trials and exploration. We shopped for a few hours at traditional stores before ending up at Rent the Runway at Henri Bendel.  So many options! We narrowed the themes to “long” and “glamorous.” Its relatively impossible to be over the top at a Vegas wedding, right? 

Our stylist, Mink, at RTR was absolutely lovely. She saw me patting several dresses while Jayme was busy, so offered to set up me up with my own fitting room. I tried on the most fanciful dresses I could find, and had so much fun. See evidence below!

1: Carolina Herrera, 2: Nha Khanh, 3: Vera Wang

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Jayme ended up renting two stunning gowns: a Badgley Mischka and a Narcisco Rodriguez. I’m so proud of her and so grateful to her for letting me hijack her fitting with my own runway show!

xoxo, Mimzy