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12/3/18

Dressing Up for the Holidays

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The holiday season started a little early for me this year with all of my dressy events taking place in November. I used Rent the Runway for both of my events since I wanted a specific type of dress for each one that I'll likely never need to wear again. Up first, what will likely be one of my favorite days this entire year was taking my family to see Wicked at the San Diego Civic Theater. One of the unwritten traditions for this show is for fans to wear green. This is my third time seeing the show and I would definitely consider myself a fan, so I wanted an emerald green dress for the occasion!

This photo was taken in real time at night with an iPhone, so quality is what it is, but despite the lack of lighting you can still get a pretty good idea of how the dress looks. I would never have thought to get a green dress for any other event, but it was so fun to wear this! It definitely makes me want to choose more colorful options for future events instead of always going with basic black. I was among the more dressed up people at the theater (lots of people were very casual), but I didn't care. It was a special event for me and I wanted to dress up for it!

If you're considering renting this exact dress, it does run really small. With Rent the Runway you get a free backup size with every rental, so I ordered my normal Express size plus one size larger, and I could just barely fit into the bigger size. I should have ordered two sizes up! But I made do since I really wanted to wear green and I have nothing else in green that would have been nice enough for this event.

I also ordered these eight dollar earrings to wear for the night and loved them too:
These earrings come in nine other colors! I don't usually go matchy-matchy with my dress and jewelry but it was fun for this occasion. They're really lightweight and a fun, affordable and sparkly option for special events.

Speaking of sparkly, one thing I was wishing I had this season was a pair of sparkly shoes! I have these Target Sandals in black and nude and they've served me well for almost every dress I've worn before, but for the next dress I rented that I'll share below, I was not crazy about how they looked. It was too late for me to remedy the shoe situation so I made do, but I'm already browsing for a metallic or sparkly option to have on hand. I don't think the glitter boots would have worked with my dresses, but I do think they would be really fun to style with a New Year's Eve outfit!
Splurge: Kate Spade Shoes (Stan) | Michael Kors Pumps (Dorothy) | Tory Burch Shoes (Ellie)

I really could have used the Tory Burch shoes with the next dress I rented. I wore this to a "Black Tie Optional" hospital fundraiser and people definitely went all out for this one so I wasn't overdressed at all. The lighting was just too dark for a decent photo at this event, so I put the dress back on for mirror selfies before returning it the day after. I tried several different shoe options for this and wasn't thrilled with any of them but went with nude because I ran out of time to keep changing!

I didn't feel like the stacked heel of my previous sandals worked well with this dress, so I grabbed an older pair of Target heels (in black and nude) very similar to the option linked above. But still...I wasn't thrilled with the way either of them looked. Since the dress was long and mostly covered my feet, I tried not to let it bother me. Speaking of this dress, unlike the other one it did run true to size. I had to "hem" the bottom with Hollywood Fashion tape because even with heels, it was going to drag on the ground and I was a afraid of tripping on it. All in all I loved the dress but next time I have a fancy event I need to be prepared with some fancier shoes!

Despite all my fancy events likely being done for the holiday season (New Year's Eve plans are TBD), there are plenty of other events on the calendar this month. I'll try to stick to my M/W/F blog schedule as usual but I'm just going to keep it simple here and not pressure myself into doing more than time reasonably permits. There are a lot of blogger networks that encourage you to be "on" 24/7 this time of year for peak earnings, but I'm aiming for peak balance and enjoyment!

That said, I'll be back here on Wednesday with an outfit post plus what I'm currently gifting, baking, singing, mailing, and decorating! Hope you'll stop by and say hi!


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24 comments:

  1. Well both of your dresses were stunning and look amazing on you!I didn't realize rent the runway was so affordable. I don't get dressed up very often but I'll keep it in mind for when I do because that is a great way to do it. I think a pair of sparkly heels will serve you well. The green dress is really stunning and it is nice to wear a beautiful color and get away from the standard LBD - another perk of Rent the Runway!When I've gone to the theater here I'm stunned to see how casual everyone is - I think it's nice to get dressed up! I hope you have a great Monday Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Yes, there were so many people in jeans, hoodies, and sneakers! I didn't expect everyone to be as dressy as me but I was surprised how many were SO casual.

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  2. Both are such lovely dresses, and for what it's worth I think they both look really nice with the shoes you chose! :)

    Hope that you've had a great weekend! Out heatwave is finally set to break tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it - it has been so hot!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  3. Oh Gina, I was hoping you'd share these dresses. You look absolutely stunning!! I bet it was fun to wear The green & super festive! My goodness, I LOVE THEM BOTH AND THEY FIT YOU SO AMAZINGLY!! What fun! xo

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  4. You look stunning in both of these dresses and yes enjoy your holiday no need to be on 24/7.


    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Yeah...I'll take a life outside of blogging, thank you very much! LOL.

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  5. I've never tried rent the runway, but it does seem great for special events! I saw Wicked in 2004, I don't think I knew about wearing green, but the gown you chose was so gorgeous!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. In 2004 the show was pretty young! You were an early adopter ;) so green might not have been much of a thing yet. And this year it seemed like less of a thing than in 2010 so maybe it's going away. But. It was still fun. :)

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  6. That emerald green dress is beautiful on you. I love that this color is so popular right now.
    x, Julie | thismainlinelife.com

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  7. Stunning look! You really owned that dress and colour :)

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  8. Oh wow those dresses are both so beautiful.. you look amazing

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  9. You, my friend, are absolutely gorgeous! Honestly, I don't have any dressy events coming up but seeing how beautiful and elegant you look in these dresses makes me long for an excuse to get fancy!

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    1. Thank you Noelle! I was going to suggest that we go fancy for our blogger get together...but that might be a bit of a hassle for our traveling friends!

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  10. You look beautiful in this green dress.
    Ohh I love these glittery gold boots.

    www.fashionradi.com

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    1. Thank you! And yes - wouldn't those boots be fun to wear for NYE!?

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  11. Both of these dresses are gorgeous and look stunning on you! I wish I had a dressy event to attend! I agree, there's no reason to be on 24/7 - the most important thing about the holidays is enjoying it with your family and friends!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Thank you Jill! It had been awhile since I'd had a reason to get this dressed up and it really was fun to do it again. :)

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  12. Oh hey there, hot stuff! You look incredible in both looks, Gina!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. I am wishing my hubby had a Christmas party here to attend! Instead he has to fly to Georgia for it! Hopefully they have one in Chicago next year because I love having a reason to get dressed up! Both of those dresses are beautiful on you!

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