Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the DC screening of the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jaime Foxx (mentioned here).
I got my Rent the Runway dress on Thursday night, and I didn’t love it. The experience was fantastic, the fit was exactly as expected, and it did look pretty much how I thought it would. But for the few reviewers that said the sequins didn’t bother them – they must have bionic arms. My skin was chafed with dozens of little cuts, and the next day were actually a little swollen – like a HORRIBLE razor burn, and it hurt. Additionally, the dress only zipped up to my natural waist, and then required a dozen teeny hook and eye closures to fasten the dress the rest of the way. They were difficult to close, a bit loose and not secure, and didn’t look good – a hidden zipper would have looked far more polished than the gapes that showed the black lining in between.
But, it looked better than anything I owned, and so I made the most of it. Women there were in everything from Target sundresses to Hervé Léger, so I fit in just fine with my rented Trina Turk – if not one of the slightly more overdressed looks.
Also? When you take FASHUN BLAWGER pictures on a busy sidewalk…prepare for no one else to give a fuck. Everyone was just walking by trying to get to the actual cool people – Channing Tatum and Jaime Foxx. So I have about 3o pictures of me posing and someone walking half in front of me – HA.
Anyway, I accessorized with a belt from H&M – I love the black, stretchy elastic that goes around the waist and the wide gold bar in the front. It is pretty reflective (thus sometimes looking red or yellow in pictures, from things around me) but looked great with the sequins. I needed something extra in the middle and I was glad this worked so well.
After we got there, we went to the VIP reception party hosted by The Moms. I’m not sure how I didn’t realize that this was a blogger thing – like, just mom bloggers. I guess I figured it was a huge event, and a dozen different organizations got x number of tickets to hand out, but it was actually JUST mom bloggers. Not only that – mama bloggers I’d met before, or at least stalked online 😉 I think I was a little overwhelmed and not prepared for it to be quite the networking event it was – I didn’t have cards for my new blog name, I’d already made plans with a friend for afterwards so couldn’t join them for drinks, and basically, I did a terrible job planning the evening. It was still really exciting to see bloggers I’d met, and it has definitely fueled my fire to attend more DC blogger events. I loved Aracely of Mama Fashion Files’ recap here – and I managed to sneak into a group picture with her and some other gorgeous mamas 😉 At one point, Denise from The Moms (who organized the entire event) came over to say hi, since she remembered meeting me at Blissdom this year. That was nuts and surprising – I couldn’t believe she’d recognized and remembered me. The reception was really nice – open bar, yummy sushi, and they had a movie promo backdrop, so we obviously had to grab pictures in front of that 😉
After the reception, we headed over to the movie theatre for the screening. There were tons of people outside, so we had to walk way out of our way to get there. I also decided I had no interest in watching the red carpet arrivals since we’d be so far in the back – and I was looking forward to the stars coming to the theatre to make opening remarks. So my girlfriend and I headed in to grab seats. The stadium filled up quickly, and from what I understand it was overbooked and several people didn’t get in at all. We waited for awhile, and then the organizers said it would be 10 more minutes. So I dashed to the bathroom and was back in seriously 2 minutes – only to not be allowed into the theatre. At this point, I gather the celebrities had arrived, and there were dozens of security guards everywhere. The guards in the entrance to the theatre refused to let me in and were yelling at me to go back out. The guards right outside the entrance were yelling at me to go in. They kept saying that there weren’t any seats left, and wouldn’t listen when I said I HAD a seat, I just had gone to the restroom. By the time one female organizer took pity on me and agreed to escort me to my seat, Channing Tatum, Jaime Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Joey King and the director Roland Emmerich were walking off the stage. I was furious – the guards were poorly organized and completely unnecessarily rude. I was super nice trying to explain that I had a seat and to get actually yelled at in the face by someone was very upsetting. It really killed the mood for me for a bit, and I was only able to snap a quick picture of them waving as they walked off. SO disappointing. Luckily, Tonia from The Chatty Momma filmed it! You can check out her take here.
Then it was movie time. I really liked the movie. I adore action films that just keep going, and I thought it had really great twists and turns that kept the plot moving forward. I was also amazed by how many celebrities I recognized in the film – it was a really stellar cast. Definitely date night worthy for anyone needing a night out! I think Tyler would have really enjoyed it as well.
Afterwards, Greta and I had plans to go the patio at Bourbon Steak, but got sidetracked and ended up at the bar in the Ritz. We planned to stay for one drink, but it turned out that the bartender was my sorority great-grand little sister (ha!) so we stayed there the rest of the night before getting an Uber back to Greta’s house. And obviously, when one is waiting outside…one most grab more outfit pictures 😉