So, Wining Husband took me out to dinner tonight, though my birthday isn’t for a couple more days. We went to a little place called Pasquini’s Fine Italian Food. My husbs made the reservations last week, and we drove down. The food there is very good, and they have an amazing wine list (We had Decoy). I strongly recommend it if every you are passing through Live Oak, California (or if you’re living within an hour of Live Oak).
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I’ve been wanting to try Rent The Runway for a long time, but I was nervous – I mean, I’m a plus size gal, and what if their clothes didn’t fit my curvaceous body? YIKES! Plus, I was not aware that they carried plus size designers including Kay Unger, Adrianna Papell, or Badgley Mischka. Remember that Vogue pattern I was in love with? The one I thought merited a James Bond party just so I’d have occasion to wear it? That’s a Badgley Mischka.
Since I had a special occasion approaching – my 37th birthday (and hey, who doesn’t want to look FABULOUS on her birthday?) I thought “I must have a special dress.” I was offered a discount on the service at Rent the Runway, and so, I decided that I’d try it out.
I went to the website and entered my information in. If you select your style, the type of occasion, and answer questions about what colors you like to wear, you will receive suggestions based on your size and the availability of dresses for your event.
I was floored. I had no idea they’d have so many amazing dresses in my size. Locally, we have to drive an hour and a half before we can find decent plus-size shopping for my post-baby body, so to see so many options when I get so frustrated shopping, was great. I quickly found some options that I thought would work great with my orange hair, and selected a dress by IGIGI. It was the Azure Amrbosia Dress.
Azure Ambrosia Dress – $35.00
from: Rent The Runway
I decided “what the heck” and ordered the “grab bag” accessory to go with the dress. I have a TON of earrings and necklaces, but none of them formal enough to wear with the dress. The earrings they sent wound up being the Slate & Willow Cerulean Plume Earrings – they were absolutely gorgeous! The pictures don’t do them justice. I mean, beautiful, sparkling, and absolutely gorgeous with the dress.
Cerulean Plume Earrings – $15.00
from: Rent The Runway
I clicked “reserve” and reserved the outfit for this weekend. Then I began stalking my UPS man. Not really, but you know, I was even more excited than when I’m getting a delivery from Mood. Well…maybe just as excited.
Soon it was Friday, the promised delivery day. There was a knock at the door – and WOAH there was my box.
I was super dee dooper excited, and just had to rip into it. Did I mention that you can have two sizes sent for the same price? This was a great option since I’m kind of between sizes at the moment because that whole triathlon thing? It still hasn’t gotten off the ground, and I’ve well…
…enough of that. I ripped into the box and saw the dresses, neatly packaged with garment bags and a handy tag to remind me of my return date (return shipping is pre-paid, so all you have to do is drop off the return envelope with your items at a UPS store.):
Say it with me:
In all seriousness though, I found the careful wrapping a great thing. I LOVE that you get an extra size for no extra charge. The earrings came in a box, and boy!
I was so giddy. I felt like Becky Bloomwood in Shopaholic. They’d even thrown in SAMPLES. Samples! (perfume and a hair serum) – Samples! Such service!
Today, before we could go out, I had to get Spanx and nylons…so we did that, and I got some new mascara and eye liner by Smashbox while we were at Nordstrom.
I then, (horror of all horrors) changed in a gas station bathroom. I went in wearing jeans and a t-shirt and no makeup and came out diva-fied.
It was kind of like when Clark Kent went into a phone booth and came out as Superman. Kind of. It was more private and slitely skeevy, and I came out as Super Wining Wife, ready for action and adventure. (How was it that no one saw him changing in there?)
We had a great time (as you can see from the first picture – AND – I got tons of compliments on my dress, including a girl who said royal blue was her favorite color and she thought it was awesome with my hair. I strongly recommend the services at Rent The Runway, and I’ve already put together a shortlist for dresses for New Years (and Thanksgiving).
In fact, I may have to sign up for a pro account with them. I mean…how aweome is it to get a new dress and new accessories in the mail? Particularly when they are designer brands?
It’s pretty awesome.
Here’s some more pictures of the dress on me:
At the end of the night, Baby Girl was super happy to have mommy back home