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Styled: Democratic Inaugural Ball

Ball out!


Anytime I get invited to a ball, I almost always go!

When you think of it, other than movie stars and folks in politics, the average person doesn't get many opportunities to attend black tie affairs: The standards are high school formals, like proms, then it's basically your wedding or the weddings you are asked to be in.

With that, at least once a year, I find myself in need of a gown, but not having one.


*style note: 

when invited to wear black tie, women are expected to wear a gown. A gown is defined as hitting the ground. (I was told by a stylist friend, it is a major faux paus to NOT wear a gown at a black tie affair; especially since as adults you'll likely attend to mix and mingle with potential relationships that you'll need to take you serious in the future. And remember, first impressions are the strongest ones!)


 I attended the Democratic Community Inaugural Ball at the Ritz Carlton.
I don't own a proper gown...so I borrowed it.

FYI...every event I attend I am photographed. I'm always tempted to buy a few to keep in my wardrobe, but it is better for me to borrow from a stylist or a friend.

 Here's What I Wore

Ralph Lauren gown, borrowed from friend

 The gown was too big...so I got creative and found a silver rope in my arts box and cinched my waist.

Along with the impromptu belt, I accessorized with this blinged out watch I was gifted from be-u-taful.com
I recently had surgery and my right big toe is broken. I'm not able to wear heels, but I pulled off these jazzy flats with the outfit.

and here's my face



Bobbi Brown Warm Almond moisture rich foundation.Urban Decay Naked pallate, soft smokey eye. Mac Ambering Rose blush. Nude lip.


Old school bun with crystal hair accessory, from a flea market in London.


So what do you think?
I'd love to hear stoires and see pictures for how you free styled a look into fabulous!



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