^^Mark’s school hosts a Holiday ball! You heard that right, a BALL! So, for the first time since Prom 2005, I got to really dress up. To save on money, while still looking fancy, I rented a designer dress! My Badgley Mischka sequined dress retails for $500, but through Rent the Runway I got it for $80. It was so great too, because they sent me two sizes so at least one of them would work!
We went to a hibachi restaurant with Mark’s section-mates before Holidazzle. They are all so fun. I have friend crushes on everyone.
Here we are again… super excited to eat.
^^Here’s a pic of my dress. It looks the same from the back. Give me sparkles and I’m a happy girl. I wore a new YSL lipstick: Rouge Volupte Shine #4 “Rouge in Danger”. I decided on flats, because we danced the night away. My Vera Wangs. Get similar ones at Nordstrom Rack!
A LIVE BAND! I love live bands. Best.
When in doubt always ask for permission to post someone’s pic on your blog. Hence the reason why I cut out a lot of faces. Just an FYI.
Oh hey there! Found my stunning friend on the dance floor! It was an honor to wear the same dress as Vanessa. Love that girl. Different colors though.
Here’s a selfie of my hair midway through. This is what I’d call a Kate Middleton blowout (sans product at this time). But, I was in the mood for more curls for an event Mark and I are going to tonight. So, she took to the curling iron to finish.
They had “I’ll be home for Christmas” playing with JTT and Jessica Biel. Last time I went “Clueless” was on. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW ME.
Here are the loose curls.
I rarely get my hair done! But, I was so excited to go to The Drybar after it opened in Boston! It’s official, having someone else do your hair is the best. Only for special occasions, of course. I’ve also decided that I wouldn’t mind if my home was designed how The Drybar is designed. So chic!
Any hair salon will style your hair, no need to cut or color to get your hair done. But, The Drybar specializes in the blowout. They have a menu of various styles, and offer you something to drink upon walking in. It’s really all about the experience, the friendly stylists, and the smells. Ha! The products smell so yummy!
Well, off to our event! (The Harvard Ball!) (whaaaaa???)! I’ll post pics soon, I promise.
Thanksgiving was spent with young families and their kids running around the adult table. It was hilarious and chaotic. I made three pies. THREE I tell you! I felt bad that someone signed up to do the turkey and I signed up to bring one measly pie. I told Mark that I was going to do two, but then I made a backup and brought that one too. This is all a learning process for me.
The odds of someone throwing me a bridal shower were very slim considering I just recently moved to the other side of the country. But, my grandma is the world’s best human. She really, really is. I flew out to Colorado to help my mom with some stuff, and my Grandma and Aunt Jessica leaped at the opportunity to throw me the ultimate bridal shower. Everyone pitched in. My Aunt Cindy created the best game that involved Mark, so the guests got to know him better. My sister made yummy cupcakes. My little cousin Rebecca helped my Grandma clean the house. And, Jessica even remembered my love for donuts, so we had those in plenty!
Oops, we forgot to get pics of the guests! We must have been having too much fun.
I felt so loved. I’ve always been amazed by the women in my life. They are so inspiring and selfless. Thank you!!
When Kate and Will announced their engagement, her ring wasn’t the only thing that made headlines. Like usual, her dress did. I really love Kate and her effortless style. Honestly, I look up her clothes, the designers, and the price-tags frequently. I fell in love with her blue, silk Issa dress like most women around the world. Banana Republic collaborated with the designer a couple of months back and this dress was the obvious purchase. It’s made with a cotton jersey fabric, making it much more affordable than Kate’s silk version.
I kept the styling down to a minimum. Unfortunately this dress sold out rapid fast. But, there are many versions out there. How would you style this dress?
This is for when you get dressed up to go to a festive cocktail (or mocktail) party and then end up deciding that you want to sleep instead….
So, this is what I would’ve worn.
Mark’s classmates were having a cocktail party at the Boston harbor, and when we headed out to go I remembered how early I had to get up for work the next morning (5:30 am). So, Mark drove me home and I changed into my pjs. Ha! But, ’tis the season for Holiday parties!! And, sequins can only help in those kind of situations!
These pictures were taken on a warm-ish day. And, now Boston is just plain freezing. I’m going to purchase a pair of sweatpants this afternoon just to wear for my morning commute. Neither Utah or Colorado could have prepared me for this kind of cold. In Colorado, it will snow but then it melts. In Boston it turns into ice. I’m not ready! It also gets dark at 4:30 p.m. Because of the weather change, I decided it still appropriate to wear my favorite blazer. It brightens up everyones day. Seriously, I had to mute these photos down, the blazer is that bright.
Thanks for all the love from our engagement photos!
I decided that I really wanted an indoor session, as well as an outdoor session. So, we took some photos inside a beautiful building on campus, changed our outfits and then went to the great outdoors. These photos were much more formal, but it was fun to dress up and feel royal (well, for me at least!).
Wow! I can’t believe how blessed we were with the weather on this beautiful fall day. I also feel soooo blessed to have found Jen Ing. She was an amazing photographer, who herself is engaged! The New England colors are so beautiful, and I’m so glad some of those colors came through for us!
I’m definitely a girls-girl. I love sitting down with my girlfriends and chatting about anything and everything. So, join me on Twitter Nov. 5th at 8 p.m. (pt) to chat!! I want to hear how you’ve stayed resilient in tough times. Along with iSanctuary, we’ll chat about what inspires us. I’m so excited to chat and learn from y’all!
If you join the conversation, you are entered to win jewelry from iSanctuary. An amazing jewelry shop with all handmade jewelry from victims of human trafficking. The victims are both from the US and India. Talk about an inspiration.
Talk to you soon!!
Thanks for participating! Congrats to Tara Walker for winning the necklace!