I’m a last-minute planner. I hate to admit this, but it’s just the way I am. I pack the night before a trip (often leaving out very important items and I’m ways down for spur-of-the-moment adventures because it leaves out the planning process completely.
So when my cousin got married a few weeks ago, I casually perused my closet the week before. Surely, I had something great to wear.
But as I opened up our closet and looked through my items, my smile turned upside down as I realized that I’d spent so much time working on my ‘casual wear game,’ that I’d completely neglected my event/wedding wear game. While I heavily rely on Rent the Runway for most events, I realized I NEEDED to buy at least one great cocktail dress I could wear and re-wear for lots of different events.
I’ve been vying after a Self Portrait dress for quite some time, but the price point seemed just out of reach for me. So imagine my joy when I spotted this one on the Outnet for just around $200. There were only a few sizes left, and I’d heard people talk about Self Portrait’s weird sizing issues, so I crossed my fingers and ordered the UK size 8 (I’m usually a US 4.)
When the dress arrived, I ripped open the box and threw the dress on. Luckily, it was the perfect fit! I’m not saying I’ll be eating pizza before I need to wear it and think it’s all gonna be fine…because it certainly doesn’t have a TON of room to give around my waistline, but it’s in every way perfect to me. Expect to see this at just about every holiday party I attend this year, NO SHAME.
Needless to say, it was a hit at the wedding, and the perfect piece a couple weeks later when I wore it to the Washingtonian Style Setters party. I met up with photographer Dennis Turbeville before the event to run around CityCenter (but not too quickly given the height of these heels), and snap a few pics. We had such a blast, and if you’re looking for an inspiring account to follow, be sure to check out his site and Instagram page!