Rent The Runway Part 2

August 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

Happy August! This is probably my least favorite month of the year. Especially when I was in school and then when I was a teacher. The start of school is no longer a threat to me, but for some reason the end of summer sadness still hits me. To perk things up, I thought I would follow up to my last post about Rent the Runway. My experience with the site has been absolutely wonderful!

Back in May, I wanted to rent a dress for my 5th wedding anniversary. As a first timer renting, I browsed the site and picked out my top three dresses. I wanted something girly, white, and summery. I noticed an icon on the screen labeled “chat with a stylist”. I clicked on it skeptical of how long it would take to get a response. Since you can’t try on the dresses, it’s hard to know how certain styles and designers fit. I typed in my size and body type and top three dress choices and simply asked which one would be best for me. Within one minute I had a detailed response and I knew exactly which dress I would choose. I proceeded to rent my selected dress and upon checking out found out they were offering free shipping that day (roughly $10.00 off). I received two dresses in the mail. One in my size and one size up. The one in my size fit perfectly.

Here’s the Anna Sui Ambrosia Lace Dress

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I was so happy with my first experience that I decided to rent again for a trip I was taking to Las Vegas. I received a promo stating that I got a free dress rental on any dress. If you look at the site, there is a range of designers and rental prices. Because I had a free rental, I wanted to go all out and get an expensive one! The prices range from $40ish-$400. I was surprised to see that there weren't that many dresses on the expensive side. To be honest, I was a little frustrated because there were way more dresses for $40-$50 and they were all so cute. I didn't want to waste a free rental on a $50 dress when I could get one for $400. What I love is that you can read reviews of the dresses and then you can also see real pictures of actual people wearing them, not just the models. This was extremely helpful.

Here's the Nina Ricci Perfect Lara Lace Dress

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get a full body picture of the dress, but I fell in love with it! It fit perfectly and if it didn’t cost thousands of dollars, I would totally buy it.

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Rent The Runway

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous weekend. I am always happy to have a weekend full of family and friends, but I still get excited to go back to work. As I was reading one of my favorite blogs this morning, 100 Layer Cake, a particular photo shoot really caught my attention. It was an engagement shoot that had just the right amount of sweet and sultry. I have to say that the clothing and accessories had a huge part in portraying that. As I went through to the end of the post to see where she got her stunning dresses, I saw that they were all from Rent the Runway. It made complete and total sense why I loved what she was wearing! I have never actually used Rent the Runway, but I’ve known several people who have. If you are not familiar with RTR, then it’s pretty simple. Here’s how it works…
*You sign up (it’s free), and browse the website. They have dresses and jewelry from so many wonderful designers. You can get the dress, jewelry, handbag, and even Spanx!
*You select the date you want your dress to arrive. They offer next day shipping. You are able to keep the merchandise for either 4 or 8 days.
*When you are done, just stick the dress back in the bag they provide and stick it in your mailbox.
*They offer stylist tips and advice to make sure you find the perfect fit for your body type.
*RTR sends 2 sizes in the dress that you order to make sure at least one of the dresses will work. You may even have a friend that can wear the other size, so maybe you can split the rental.
*RTR guarantees that the dress will fit. If for some reason it doesn’t they will issue a full merchandise credit.

My mind is spinning with all the ways that Brides can use RTR for pre-wedding festivities.
*Engagement shoots
*Bridal showers
*Bachelorette parties
*Rehearsal dinner
*After the wedding and reception

Here are some of the pictures from the shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake

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White dress: Halston Heritage / Orange heels: Zara / Black & White Dress: Kate Spade

Her Birthday :: What to Wear/Give

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I always seem to be rushing around at the last second whenever I have a birthday celebration to attend. Depending on the type of celebration, you have to figure out what to wear and more importantly what to give. Is it a milestone birthday? Is it a bestie or an acquaintance?

In honor of my sister’s 21st birthday this weekend, here are my suggestions on what to wear and what to give.

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Love this dress from Anthropologie

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Love the back of it even more

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I completely adore these shoes from Shoemint

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Of course, you have to have the purse to match.

What to Give

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This delicious and chic candle

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These gorgeous rose earrings

If you want to go the more personalized route, remember these wine glasses? Give with a great bottle of wine or champagne.

Top Picks For Spring

April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

With the temperatures in the 80-90 degree range, it is time to update my must-haves for this weather. Here are my top picks for this spring!

Short Shorts

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Colored denim from J. Crew

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Scalloped Hem from J. Crew

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Colored Chino from J. Crew

Loose Tops

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Knot Top from Zara

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Polka Dot Button Down from Zara

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Loose Tee from Zara

Wedges

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Cork Wedge from Zara

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Wooden Wedge from Zara

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T-Bar Wedge from Zara

For the Nails

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Turquoise & Caicos by Essie

For the Skin

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Hands down the best sunless tanning foam ever. I have tried them all. This has a natural color, does not streak or smell, and is less that $10 per bottle.

Style & Substance

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

About a month ago, I got a call from my friend Leonardo D’Almagro. He is the style and fashion director for NSIDE Magazine, a business and medical magazine for Austin, TX. They were putting together a styled shoot for the magazine and needed a location, so of course, I was happy to help! Racks of chic clothing, hair and makeup artists, stunning models, and to-die-for hats. I was pretty much in heaven. Here’s the spread!

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, and Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Hat-Kurt 03 from Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery
Female Model: Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Hat-Weekender from Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Ross & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Set Stylist by: Maureen Stevens of The Inglenook Decor
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Set Styled by: Maureen Stevens of The Inglenook Decor
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

We Are Featured!

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you this incredible project that I was able to be a part of. A huge thank you to EE photography and the ladies at Sweet Sunday Events!

I now present the January edition of Utterly Engaged. It is the first online magazine and it is fabulous. Take a look at our Town and Country themed shoot!

 

Luxury is the Necessity that Begins Where Necessity Ends – Coco Chanel

January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

So, I’m really into fur right now. This past Christmas, I got the most fabulous vintage mink stole. It doesn’t matter, real or faux, whatever you feel good in. The look is pure old Hollywood glamour. Take a moment to swoon over my latest fashion obsession.

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