Here are some photos from our trip to Charleston, South Carolina! I know I don't usually post photos of my family here, so this is rare. However, this was a family trip so it is what I took photos of. I am so grateful to have been able to spend this week in such a beautiful place with family, I had to share the pictures. This place is such a great location for a mini vacation, if you are within driving range, definitely check it out! There is a lot of fun things to do, just make sure you visit in the spring-late summer as the beaches in November were a little bit chilly.
So.. the last time I posted I spoke about rent the runway's clearance sale and how much I loved the concept and their products. It also wasn't the only time I talked about them. I mentioned how a few weddings were coming up and I was planning on renting my bridesmaid dress from them. Well, that has happened and passed and....I can say it was an amazing experience! I chose to do the unlimited account, which is the smartest thing you can do if you plan on renting a 'gown' from them. I paid around $150 (with taxes and all) for a month to have unlimited items versus $100 for a gown for 4-8 days. The process was super simple, I was on a waiting list just for a few days and as soon as i was off, I could start picking my items.
My first shipment included a really cute Derek Lam shirt dress, a gorgeous studded Rebecca Minkoff leather jacket and a oxblood calf hair and leather Zac posen bag.
Everything came within two days of picking them and they were all in great shape. I was really worried about the wear on the items since others have worn them, but they take such great care of everything! They arrived well packaged in plastic and on hangers in a garment bag, and the purse had a protective bag with stuffing, so it didn't lose shape. I got the most wear out of the jacket and still have the bag! It just goes with everything. When it came time to return the items, I dropped it off at the Georgetown location in DC. I have to say, I was only there to drop things off on our way up to CT... but I could probably spend a day in there. The level of luxury and beauty in that store surpasses many designer boutiques I have been to previously. The service was also top notch, there was only one person at the register, but she helped everyone in line in a timely, friendly manner.
The items I received after (still in the same month) were out of this world beautiful. One of which, was my bridesmaid gown. It was a strapless gold sequined Badgley Mischka stunner. My second choice was a blue leaf print Marni dress that was layered and boxy in front, but had a gorgeous back. This was a dress I knew I would never purchase on my own, partly because it was $2300, also because it's so unlike anything I usually buy. I tend to go for form fitting instead of boxy, but i found this dress complemented my body in every way, although it is made for a smaller bust, my legs and butt looked really great.
Again, I can not say enough how happy I was with the condition of these items. I really really thought the sequin gown would have SOME issues. But there really was nothing wrong! I fell so in love with these guys, I extended my Unlimited account to December, since we are attending another wedding and heading to California in 2 weeks. The only downside is when new hot items come in, they become unavailable VERY quickly. Also, it seems they are very limited in the inventory they have for smaller sizes. Most size 0-2 items are unavailable most of the time. Overall, I highly recommend this company to anyone who is on the fence and undecided. You will not regret it!
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If you were excited about the Nordstrom anniversary sale, you should read this, because that is nothing compared to the sale I am about to tell you about. Rent the Runway is having an up to 90% off clearance.... Let's let that sink in. Gorgeous designer pieces at up to 90% off. If you have ever wanted a beautiful designer gown that costs more than your rent, this is your chance as most of them are going for under $300. I'm talking about big designer names: Alberta Ferretti, Cushnie et Ochs, Moschino, Reem Acra, Bibhu Mohapatra, BlueMarine and Vera Wang. September, October, and November are filled with fall weddings and most of the gowns and cocktail dresses on sale are beautiful fall gemstone colors that would be absolutely perfect. Beautiful bags and jewelry are also available at amazing prices. (This is NOT advertising, I just LOVE Rent the Runway!)
(moschino for $134!!)
(this $3400 Temperley London is under $400) (this $3000 dress is $270!)
(this $4200 dress is $345)
(Herve Leger) (this $6500 Reem Acra gown can be yours for $480)
They have more casual pieces as well, but the above are my absolute favorites. Check it out, you will find something you love! ( Click HERE to shop the sale)
Sometimes the fashion gods smile down on us and give us a blessing in disguise. For quite a few seasons a huge trend has been comfort! Loose clothing, flat loafers and sneakers are huge (some designers have even put full blown pajamas on the runway), and I don't think it is going to slow down for the fall and winter. Don't get me wrong, a killer stiletto, leather, and body con dresses aren't going anywhere and are having a moment of their own. But, if you are not into that type of thing, have no fear because the casual look is totally here to stay for a while so revel in it while you can. Embrace it!
Flat Mule Loafers:
I didn't even include boyfriend jeans or over-sized denim jackets and coats in general. Essentially, the effortless look is very much in style, meaning you 'just look' like you grabbed the first shoes and clothes you saw (maybe you borrowed your boyfriends shirt) and ran out the door.
I had always been scared of the culotte style pants that have been in style for a little bit. having a long torso and short little legs, I never thought it would look good on my body type. Then I found these. They were so pretty with this gorgeous print and great fabric and on sale($20 at H&M) that I had to try them on, lo and behold... They looked pretty great! I think it is because they are high waisted and generally have a flattering fit. I did have to go up a size from my usual size because they were hugging in all the WRONG places at first. While they may still have these in stores on sale, they are no longer online but I did link other styles in various price ranges below. My bag is a vintage Chanel camera bag, similar ones can be found here. I also plan to wear these into the fall with a turtle neck and pumps or ankle boots since we will still be in Virginia and I don't see it cooling down anytime soon. My next mission is to find a midi dress that doesn't make me look crazy.
If you are looking for life changing reads, these are not them. I purchased these to read while sitting at the pool or beach. While they are inspiring in their own ways, if you want something spiritually enlightening or life changing, do not go any further reading this post..
The first was Around the World in 80 Lays. It's exactly what it sounds like. Written by Melanie Curtain it's an insight into her real life dating and sexual adventures. She wrote this book to bring some positive attention to women's sexuality and to create less shame in talking about it. It is entertaining and there are a few good quotes and solid points, but don't expect much.
The second book was one I had been interested in reading for a while ever since learning of her success, and that is Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I had held back because after all the rumors I had heard of the shady way she came to be successful I was a bit turned off about giving her more money. Well, I decided to give her a second chance and wanted to learn more about her and Nasty Gal. I have come to the conclusion that it was just that: rumors. I can understand that people will be jealous when someone succeeds so quickly and women are catty. It also turns out me and Sophia have a lot in common. This one was actually very inspiring, especially to those who do want to start their own business and have many nay-sayers. Her story is pretty incredible, and the crazy thing is they are still growing! So, I recommend this book. Although it is not superbly written and at times seems kind of all over the place, it was a very interesting and entertaining read.
It seemed to be all over the place because some thoughts and points were a bit repetitive and the different chapters at times seemed to be irrelevant. My favorite parts were when she talked about the initial start of the company, what she looks for in hiring employees, and resumes, cover letters and interviews. It also has some really great quotes (which I shamelessly highlighted).