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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Night Out in DC

rent the runway formal dress review
Almost to the weekend, friends! Last Saturday, my husband and I attended the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Ball downtown D.C. It was our first black tie event here in D.C., so needless to say it was a fun excuse to dress up...and for a wonderful cause. Incredibly, that evening, LLS raised over $4 million -- talk about impressive! 

Sharing a different kind of post today: a super dressy look and more about my hair and makeup for the evening.

navy and black black tie dress

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black tassel statement earrings

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long curly hair side pony style

formal black and navy dress rent the runway
Dress: Pamella by Pamella Rolland via Rent the Runway | Shoes: Nordstrom {under $60!} | Clutch: old {similar HERE} | Earrings: Panacea  | Bracelet: similar HERE | Ring: David Yurman | Lipstick: 
Boldly Bare lip liner, mixed #47 with Kim KW, finished with #200

When we found out that we were attending the Ball, my first reaction was what will I wear! Rent the Runway has become a favorite of mine in the past year -- this is in no way sponsored by RTR, I just have had really good luck with them! -- so needless to say that's where I started looking first. I love that you can narrow your search results down to style, color and even size. The color is so important to me because with my fair skin tone, I can only wear a few colors this time of the year! When I saw this one shoulder navy and black number, I just knew it was perfect. I loved the ball gown style, but it was a little more modern with the shorter front, which made walking a lot easier!

I'm normally not one to take a chance on a dress fitting without trying it on, but for the past few dresses I have ordered from RTR, I read the reviews to get a sizing idea. I have to say {knock on wood} each time the sizing and reviews have been spot on! This particular one shoulder beauty was true to size and I went with the long instead of the regular. I'm 5'8 and the length was perfect! As for accessories, I thankfully didn't have to buy anything to go with the dress {don't you love it when that happens!} and my husband was able to rent a navy and black tux.

Since it is starting to get close to wedding and bridal shower season, I thought a dressier post was fitting. My cousin is getting married this summer and I know that I will be renting from RTR again, the process is so easy and so much more cost effective. 

Just a quick note about my hair and makeup: I decided since it was a formal event, I would add my Irresistible Me hair extensions {original post HERE} for a fun hairstyle. For those interested, my extensions are the Royal Remy in Royal Honey Blonde, 18 inch extensions and 140 grams for thickness. As for the makeup, I went with a blush/pink palette for a fresh look.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! You can find me in the kitchen all weekend working on upcoming food post and food prep for next week. My no carb diet ends Saturday morning and I could not be more excited! I'll be sharing the results and a few of my favorite recipes in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by!



  1. STUNNING as I know you would be!!! That dress is gorgeous and your hair extensions are incredible!! Prettiest girl at the event I bet!!

  2. Um, HELLO GORGEOUS! This blue is so pretty on you- you look amazing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. So gorgeous!! Love your dress. And how fun to get all dressed up for the evening!


  4. Love the navy lace dress! the length is great, not too long or too short, great for the gala. Hope you had a great time!


  5. OMG Rachel you look so gorg!!! That dress is stunning!! What an awesome event and that is amazing the amount they raised... LOVE THIS!! :)

    Brittany :)

  6. I'm obsessed with you in this dress!!! It's GORGEOUS!! I love your whole look!!! I love the concept of Rent the Runway, and I've ordered from them once... I always worry about the size issue though!!

  7. STUNNING. GORGEOUS.AMAZING!! You look incredible, Rachel!! The dress is beyond fab, and your hair and makeup are so pretty! Hope you guys had the most amazing time, and I can't wait to hear what you eat first after your diet is over this weekend! XO


  8. Wow what a gorgeous dress! I love it and I love Rent the Runway! Sounds like an amazing event! You look absolutely gorgeous!

  9. I've never seen a prettier dress! Love the color and texture, and the one-shoulder detail!! OMG - I can't get enough!!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  10. This cream is my favorite one and it feel amazing on the skin and also I can see the difference in my skin. Just loving it.

    melissa@Dermology anti aging treatment serum

  11. You look so gorgeous and I love your dress!! Your hair extensions look so natural and I love your makeup!

  12. You look absolutely STUNNING Rachel!! This dress is so gorgeous and your hair extensions look perfect for the occasion! I honestly would have never known you were wearing them! Happy Friday!!

  13. Omg girl how gorgeous are you?! This dress is to die for!! I love the color! And can we just talk about you hair?! Love!! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  14. Wow, Rachel, you look absolutely GORGEOUS in this blue gown! The color pops so beautifully against your skin; I love jewel and rich saturated colors against fair skin, SO beautiful! I've never tried ordering from RTR before, but it's so good to know that you've only had positive experiences; I'll most certainly be keeping them in mind when attending formal occasions! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



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  16. This dress is absolutely stunning on you girl, such a gorgeous color! I've heard so many amazing things about RTR, and will definitely look into them for my next event <3
    Green Fashionista

  17. Wow! Rachel!! Just gorgeous! This dress is stunning on YOU and how fun to attend a Black Tie event! You looked smashing!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  18. You look stunning!


  19. You look so so stunning in this dress! And wow, what a great cause. $4million is incredible!!


  20. That dress is so incredibly beautiful, and I love that you found it through RTR! It's always fun to get dressed up, especially when it's for a good cause!


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