Review: Rent the Runway

Last Christmas, I helped my brother decorate a clear ornament with my mother’s vintage marquis cut diamond engagement ring inside to surprise his girlfriend of 6 years. They announced they’d be tying the knot in July 2016 at one of the Isles of Shoals, Star Island.

Now, when a sibling gets married, the pictures last a lifetime. And as a younger sister, you’re in quite a few more pictures than the average guest. So two months before the wedding I started to spend entire Saturdays (Note: Brian is a saint) in search of the perfect dress at designer stores, department stores, and outlet stores. The dresses I found were between $200-$2,000. I liked a lot of the options, but I didn’t love any of them.

A friend suggested I check out Rent the Runway, and I instantly fell in love with both a Badgley Mischka gown and a Marchesa Notte gown (each retailing over $1,000). After another frustrating Saturday spent trying on dresses that were just okay, I finally took the plunge and added my two favorites to the cart. I was nervous not being able to try them on beforehand, so I decided to rent both dresses just in case. I’ve gained a little weight over the past few months, and really wanted something to cover that up.

Both dresses fit perfectly, and thankfully I had a backup size (included with the rental) just in case. All the women (my mom, girlfriends, cousin, etc) liked the Badgley Mischka gown best. The men (Brian, Dad, uncle) liked the Marchesa Notte better. It was a tough decision because I loved them both, but I ended up wearing the Badgley Mischka dress.

 

While I was twirling around in this beautiful Badgley Mischka dress at the wedding, all I could think of were the closets of gowns purchased for the various proms and cotillions I attended as a teen. I’ve worn them one or two times each, so why would I spend hundreds of dollars on dresses? I would so much rather wear a thousand-dollar couture gown for one day and return it for the cost of buying a fancy BCBG dress.

These days there’s a rental service for just about anything: purses, watches, shoes, jewelry, clothes. Which is perfect if you’re trying a new style, between sizes, or just not a fan of wearing the same thing twice. My Rent the Runway dresses ended up costing roughly $200 for four days, but I’ve now learned they have an Unlimited Program that allows three items for $139 each month.

The whole process was incredibly simple. On the website you can filter by occasion, size, length, color, etc. There’s pictures and reviews from real people who rented the same dress, so you can see it on a range of body types. And having dresses shipped instead of taking the time to pack them for a six-hour plane ride was also quite nice. In fact, the part I probably stressed about most was picking the perfect shoes and accessories (though they offer suggestions on the website). When I was finished, all I had to do was pack the dresses back in the garment bag, lock it, and drop the bag off at a local UPS.

If you’re looking for a dress for a special occasion, use this link for $30 off your first Rent the Runway order!

IMG_9851
Lanterns for the chapel
IMG_9915
On the ferry with my brother
13619856_10154352128222840_50312228301130018_n
Mom, Dad, Stephen, and me
IMG_9835
Makeup look and hair for the day (after rain, wind + ferry rides)
13654301_10102839234867379_6460193516874436828_n
My brother and his bride
angelaBrian.jpg
Brian and me at the reception
Advertisements

July Must Have Target Finds

Every friend I know jokes about going into Target for one thing and coming out having spent an extra $50+ on random things they couldn’t live without. Last night I went to buy some Chobani yogurt (fun fact: it’s WAY cheaper here than at the grocery store and almost always on sale), and of course found myself wandering around the home section, the office supplies, and their seasonal favorites. Here’s my favorite picks for July 2016.

  1. Aria Booties: Umm… Can we talk about the fact that Target now carries DV?!  These funky booties (in brown for me) will be great with a pair of dark skinny jeans.
  2. Desk Lamp: I love the industrial feel to this lamp! I love mixing different styles, and this is a fantastic piece to spice up your bedside table or writing desk.
  3. Tassel Shower Hooks: Completely random, I know. I’ve been in love with tassels lately, and this quirky bathroom addition is perfection.
  4. “Oops” Eraser: Thing is the cutest eraser I’ve ever seen! But I’m also obsessed with Sugar Paper in general, and couldn’t be more excited to see a collection at Target.
  5. DIY Stamps: Who doesn’t love a good DIY?! These are a perfect accent for anyone that enjoys writing thank you notes or cards. I love the anchor and the whale!
  6. Fruit Infusion Pitcher: I’m always trying to find ways to encourage myself to drink more water. Adding fruit and giving water some flavor (minus the calories)?! Count me in.
  7. Fun Prints: Call me basic, but I have high ceilings in my apartment and always find room for a good print. Walking by all the prints in Target lately has felt a bit like browsing through the Minted print section.
  8. Flamingo Sheets: Summer is the perfect time to brighten up your linens. Personally, I love flamingos, and these sheets spoke to me.
  9. Vanity Mirror: This mirror looks fabulous on my white antique vanity. I adore the shape and color of the metal, but do wish it was a bit larger.
  10. Loose Leaf Tea: I’m a big tea drinker, and can’t wait to give the green tea kit a try! I can’t find a link to it online, so you’ll have to look for these kits in store (also suggest Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical).

Hope you enjoyed my July Must Have Target Finds! Any recent Target finds you can’t live without? Leave me a comment!

In Love With Rose Gold

A twist on the classic yellow gold, I’ve always gravitated toward anything rose gold. It’s elegant and classic, but a little unique. Rose gold pairs well with just about any color, but I especially love to wear it with black. Here’s some of my favorite accessories this season.

  1. Climber earrings by T Tahari  ($32)
  2. Water bottle by S’well ($42)
  3. Kannon Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples ($425)
  4. Malmo 5 piece place setting by Kate Spade ($90)
  5. Penny Talk nail polish by Essie ($8.59)
  6. Pop Champagne Candle by Jonathan Adler ($42)
  7. Headphones by Caeden ($79.99)
  8. Pointed-Toe Pump by Michael Kors ($110)
  9. ‘The Kensington’ Round Bracelet Watch by Nixon ($150)
  10. Power Card Portable Charger by ALTEC LANSING ($49.99)

Any Rose gold accessories you’re loving this season? Let me know in the comments!