And it isn’t with my husband 😉
Its no secret that I love DC. Virginia may be the only state where I’ve ever lived, but DC has my heart like no where else ever will. I love the the architecture and the history. I love the museums and the events. I REALLY love the restaurants (suburbia chains are killing me!) and I love taking the metro, hailing a cab or getting an Uber, and the ability to walk to nearby destinations. I jump at any chance to meet up with my girlfriends for a night out, and usually am there between 2-3 times a month – too infrequent for my tastes, yet pretty often when you factor in that it takes me an hour to get there now with no traffic. And there is ALWAYS traffic in Northern Virginia.
So when I heard that Mamarazzi was going to be in DC this week hosting a movie screening, I was intrigued. And when I heard it was White House Down, I was super excited – I’d seen the preview and wanted to see the film, but a chance to attend a reception, red carpet photo walk with arrivals, and a movie screening? Heck yes.
Oh, and did I mention that CHANNING TATUM and JAMIE FOXX were going to be there?!
I immediately RSVPed yes, and emailed two of my girlfriends to be my dates. One is out of town, but the other was free, and I am SO excited to get to spend time with her, in my favorite city, all dressed up, seeing a movie and maybe meeting a celebrity. We also are going to visit some of our favorite spots afterwards – can’t waste a cute outfit! I think we’re going to try to hit up the patio at Bourbon Steak (where I went for my birthday) or end up throwing back Stoli Dolis at Cap Grille – her favorite 😉
So now for the important question – what to wear?! I hadn’t realized how much weight I’ve lost in the last year and a half…I knew none of my clothes fit any more, but found this picture from less than a year ago, and realized what a difference quitting breastfeeding made. I put on a lot of weight while trying to get pregnant – maybe in part from the fertility drugs, but likely mostly from the cheeseburgers and beer that I used to self-medicate my depression. I lost a lot of it in the first trimester of pregnancy as my body leveled out (and I was eating healthier!) but after my delivery I kept on most of the pregnancy weight while breastfeeding. Some women get skinnier, I got bigger. So that sucked, but it was worth it and luckily it all dropped off after she quit nursing. The picture on the left was probably the same week that she stopped breastfeeding, since it was right around her first birthday. I wish I had a full length to compare to since there is a good 30 pound difference, but I was usually the one behind the camera 😉
ANYWAY, the point is…all my clothes and dresses from the last two years are huge. So rather than throw down $50 on a dress I sort of like from the mall, I decided to give Rent the Runway a try. I wanted something short, inexpensive (considering the full price, $200 for an Hervé Léger is a steal, but still out of my price range!) and leaned more towards “edgy” or “trendy” than “pretty” or “classic”.
I found these three –
Thanks to the helpful reviews and pictures of other (real! normal!) women that have rented the same dresses, I decided on the third dress – the black and gold one shoulder Trina Turk. I plan to style it similarly – cuff bracelets with my strappy black sandals that I’m wearing in the pic above with my camo shorts. Since I plan to take my DSLR, I’m skipping a cute clutch for my leather Theit bag, and will probably do my hair long and curly. I am CRAZY excited, and will be crashing at my girlfriend’s house that night to take full advantage of cocktails – usually I stay sober at girl’s nights so I can drive home, but I decided I deserved a full night out. So I apologize in advance for the Instagram and Twitter flurry that will be going on tomorrow night…especially if I do actually get to meet Magic Mike in person 😉
Have you used Rent the Runway before? What dress did you rent and how was your experience? If you’re thinking about giving them a try, feel free to use my referral link here 😉 If you order a dress, you get $20 off your first order, and I get $20 towards my next order!