Boston Winter Ball

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Last Saturday I went to Boston Winter Ball at The Castle at Park Plaza, an annual event that raises money for Boston Children’s Hospital. This year, $150,000 went towards benefiting the New Balance Center for Childhood Obesity at Children’s (as well as the hospital’s general fund), and I couldn’t have been happier to contribute to the cause by purchasing a ticket, getting dressed up, dancing, and overindulging in the open bar. Charity is fun.

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Up until a few hours before the event, I had nothing to wear. And by “nothing to wear,” I mean, “a closet full of perfectly good options that I refused to consider because I’d already worn them once and been tagged in pictures wearing them on Facebook.” Sometimes I hate that this is the way my brain works, but I just blame it on that second X chromosome.

black, blue & green BCBG pumps with gold heels

I hit up Newbury Street and Copley Place to find a dress for the event, but since I have a deep-rooted inability to purchase anything practical ever, I bought these BCBG pumps instead. They’re incredible, but they’re…not a dress. With no budget left, I was feeling pretty screwed.

*Cue the choir of angels singing as I walk into H&M in one last-ditch, desperate effort to find a dress*

Boston Winter Ball 2013

Sure, the leather peplum dress was a little more nightclub than charity ball, but I’ve never been one to play it safe with cocktail dresses, and given the insanely cheap price, I couldn’t say no. I finished off the outfit by OD-ing on gold jewelry. Normally I’d never pair a large, statement necklace with chandelier earrings, but I was feeling like taking a risk (aka drank a couple glasses of wine while getting dressed).

 

Winter Ball was a blast, and hey, if Helen Hunt can wear H&M to the Oscars, I can definitely wear it to a charity event.

dress: H&M // pumps: BCBG // necklace: Meghan Fabulous via ideeli // earrings: bebe // cuff bracelet: bebe

Pics from the event from BrianPhilipsPhoto.com

Navy Nuptials

 

If this dress were a person, it’d be Regina George. It’s pretty and popular—seen here on Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes and some chick who, according to Google, is a celebrity as well—but it’s a total bitch.

How can a dress be a bitch? Well, the top runs big, rudely reminding me that I have no boobs, and the waist runs impossibly small, rubbing it in my face that I shouldn’t have eaten that pint of Ben & Jerry’s…

Luckily, some simple altering of the waist clasps solved the problem, and I was beyond excited to wear it to my friends’ wedding this weekend.

Weddings are so fun, but mornings after weddings are so…not. I woke up with four string cheese wrappers in my bed, so if you’re wondering if I’ll be the next to get married, the answer is no. Definitely a no.

{dress: Contrarian}
{heels: Michael Kors}
{bracelet: Twilight Boutique}
{clutch: Aldo}

Bridal Shower Outfit

A couple weekends ago I went to a bridal shower for my friend on the Vineyard. It’s crazy how through high school and college you’re pretty much on the same page as all your friends, then after graduation, everyone’s life paths seem to go in wildly different directions. Marriage? WHAT IS THAT.

This amazing Tumblr pretty much describes it: MyFriendsAreMarried.tumblr.com

Don’t take this as me being bitter—I’m not in the least. Weddings are AWESOME and I will take full advantage of being the drunk, fun, single friend at every one of my cousins’ and friends’ weddings. And while sitting in a big circle of women and ooo-ing and ahh-ing over…a salad bowl…is laughable, bridal showers are fun, too. And you bet your ass I’m going to burst open with joy at every damn salad bowl, decorative lamp and bath towel I unwrap at my (far off) shower.

For this bridal shower, I wore this fun cut-out dress from LIT Boutique. LIT is my go-to in Boston when I need a cocktail dress at an affordable price. Even better than the price tag is the skirt’s spinability (that’s now a word).

{dress: Double Zero via LIT Boutique}
{necklace: Free People}
{sandals: Steve Madden}