|me, in Nanette Lepore from Rent the Runway|
No, I didn't abandon my 30 for 30 challenge (I wore this to the event), but I did get to play a grown-up version of dress-up at the Rent the Runway Pop-Up Shop event, hosted at the uber trendy Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.
There were racks of gorgeous Valentine's Day-worthy designer dresses in shades of red, pink, and black, ranging from candy-colored Herve Leger bodycon dresses to sequined show-stopping Badgley Mischka frocks. Taking advantage of the curtained dressing rooms, well-stocked accessory table, and helpful stylists, I tried on a few that caught my eye (I mean, when will I get another chance to wear such gorgeous things?). After chatting with fellow bloggers Tiara (The Dope Girl) and Heather (LA Fashion Snob), and raiding the candy bar, I settled on a sweet one-shoulder red satin Nanette Lepore, and headed to the Beauty Lounge for a mini makeover courtesy of Lancome and Prive. I even got to chat a little with Darais, Lancome's national makeup artist! He was super friendly and helped with my makeover.
Hey, we all deserve our "Cinderella moments".
Here are some photos from the event: (more on Facebook)
|eye-popping reds and sequins|
|Herve Leger in almost every color|
|the amazing purple and cream candy bar|
|Tiara and Heather|
|a cocktail by Hpnotiq and an assortment of pastries (and I still cannot get over the donuts! SO delicious)|
|Tiara, getting her makeup done by Darais|
|House of Harlow jewelry from Rent the Runway|
|glam clutches by Kate Spade and Badgley Mischka|
|the beauty lounge|
|me, Darais, and Tiara being silly|
|me, post-makeover (makeup by Lancome, hair by Prive)|
|Tiara, me, and Heather in our Rent the Runway dresses (photo credit: Rent the Runway)|
For those of you that aren't familiar with Rent the Runway, the concept is quite simple: you get to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price! Use it for anything from dances to parties, weddings to vacations--anything you want. I wish it had been around when I went to prom (not that I hated my dresses, but I didn't wear them again anyway). You just pick the things you like, the size (plus a free back-up size--clever, right?), the date you need them, and you're good to go. Shipping is free (both ways!), so you don't even need to worry about that. You can be assured that there's a fresh selection to choose from--they have a rotating stock of over 150 designers, 25,000 dresses, and 4,000 accessories each season!
Convinced? I thought so. You can join here.
Want to see more photos from the event? There's more on Facebook.
A huge thanks to Rent the Runway for hosting such a wonderful event, Darais and Carolyn of Lancome for the smokey eyes and scarlet lips, and Mathieu of Prive for the va-va-voom hair. I really enjoyed myself.