Monday, February 24, 2014

The Dress


Ross and I attended a charity gala on Saturday. We went last year for the first time and I got a pretty good idea what most of the women wear to this type function. It's truly a little bit of everything. Austin is a pretty laid back and eclectic city so, really anything goes; sequins, silk, short or maxi dresses and even skirts with dressier tops. This year when I was searching for a dress, I knew I wanted find something that I could wear again.

BCBG Max Azria Dress (other options I love here and here) // Chinese Laundry Heels (option here and here) // DSW Wristlet Clutch (option here and here) // Forever 21 Earrings (option here and here) // Forever 21 Bangles // Stella & Dot Bracelet

I came across this dress at the BCBG Max Azria outlet for way too good of a deal to pass up. I posted it on Instagram asking for opinions. Half of you told me to purchase it and the other half didn't think it was dressy enough for a gala. It was fun reading all the comments. I was a little worried that I would be under dressed, but knew if I could play up my hair (thanks to this Pinterest inspiration), create a dramatic look with my eye makeup and add metallic accessories, I could make a more casual style become a bit more glam. I was pleased with how everything turned out and now I have a dress that won't hang in my closet to never be worn again. 

We had a really nice time and enjoyed our date. The food was stellar and the entertainment, ahem, tipsy women on the dance floor, was quite the comedy show. I have a feeling that there were a few sore heads and bodies Sunday morning. Not even kidding when I say one woman did the centipede in her dress, not once but three times. Why didn't I get that on video? I am still asking myself that same question. 

Shanna

61 comments:

Ashley said...

Shanna, you look absolutely beautiful!!! This dress is so pretty and I love your hair like that!!!

Xo Ash
Sincerely Miss Ash

Amanda G said...

You look beautiful! I think the dress looks so elegant, yet something you can still wear for other occasions. I love black and white with a hint of pink. You done good!

xo,
Amanda

All Things Pretty

Alice Warren said...

Love the undo! And the silver accessories are perfect touch. Glad the dress worked out and can't wait to see how else you style it.

That would've been one fun video to see.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Elizabeth Dietz said...

Absolutely love the dress! You look fantastic!!

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

Happy you ended up getting that dress, you look gorgeous. Can I borrow it for my next wedding lol?

Heidi Fuqua said...

I love that dress. I love how they added the pink to it. It just adds something special, and it looks great on you.

Susan Jeffries said...

This is such a fun look and I am insanely jealous that you can wear sandals!! It is still freezing here! I love the metallic accessories! Hope you have a great week! Susan

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

The dress. You hair and make-up. The metallic touches. ALL OF IT IS PERFECTION!!!!! Wow mama! You look GORGEOUS!!!

Nina Piccini said...

You look gorgeous!!!!

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

JP Lord said...

You look absolutely stunning! Great pick my love, and so happy that you and the hubs got to have yet another exciting night out!
xox

TaraMixandMatch said...

You are stunning in this dress! I also am in love with your hair!

Becky M said...

You looked gorgeous! I love the whole look!

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Heidi said...

That is such a gorgeous dress and you looked absolutely stunning in it!

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Alissa said...

What a fun dress! I never got to go to any proms or formal events in high school so I am such a sucker for anything form-esq. Love it!

Ashley said...

Great decision!! This dress is beautiful, and you're gorgeous in it!!

Natramirez08 said...

I love that you went with the dress and had a great time! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut! You look fabulous as usual!!!

Alyssa said...

This is GORGEOUS–I love the pops of pink. And your hair came out awesome!

Caroline said...

This dress was made for you to wear! It's so fun and not stuffy, but also chic enough for a gala! You chose well :)

Linda Cassidy said...

This is an amazing transformation into the glam. You hit it though with recognizing it is the hair and accessories that take it up a notch. This would be the perfect head to the carribean dress... Love your hair

Whitney Ellen said...

I don't know many people who could pull off this dress. And then there's you, who not only pulls it off, you friggen nailed it. Absolutely stunning!

Elizabeth M said...

HAHAHA I would have whipped out my camera so fast for that woman on the floor. Glad you had an awesome time - you looked beautiful!

Rebecca Lately said...

Gorgeous, Shanna! I love your hair!

Helene in Between said...

Shanna, you look stunning. i adore this dress, it's so different and I love the pop of pink and of course love the hair! so glad you guys had so much fun!

TheTinyHeart said...

Such a pretty dress with the hints of pink and you can definitely wear it again! Love the gorgeous braided updo!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Shira said...

So glad you ended up with this dress:) You did your hair yourself?? So jealous of your skills! You look beautiful.

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Kayla Gilbert said...

AHH Shanna! You look like a princess!! Beautiful! I love love love it! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

Hey...when you're good at the centipede, you do it three times. LOL. You look gorgeous lady. I LOVE the dress!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

Sarah said...

LOVE this dress, love your hair, love the whole thing!! I was dying to see pictures and it's better than I imagined!

I have a black tie optional event coming up that I may need your help with!!

Kimberly said...

This dress is stunning on you - I love the print and your braided updo is perfect!!

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Carly said...

That dress is so gorgeous! Love the pop of color and how you carried it over onto your lip color!

Rachel Lynne said...

Love the dress! and your up do is gorgeous as well!

Rachel said...

I love your hair like this! Like you, I'm super picky when wearing up-dos for fancy events, but this one is gorgeous!

Sarah Tucker said...

Drunkards on the dance floor is the best! You look fab my friend!

Always Maylee said...

My goodness you look GORGEOUS. I love the hair and the accessories. I think you were right to get this dress. Stunning!

xo, Yi-chia

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

You looked great! Perfect lipstick for that dress, and I love your hair too.

I love people watching on the dance floor.

Jennifer Romero said...

You look stunning! That dress is fabulously unique!!
oXo
Jenn

Delusions of Grandeur said...

Shanna, you are STUNNING!

Delusions of Grandeur said...

Shanna, you are STUNNING!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Ooooh this dress is really different, but I love that about it. It's very YOU - you can tell you fell gorgeous in it! I love the splash of pink and I love the way you did your hair. Basically, you look amazing!

Paige Flamm said...

this dress is stunning and fabulous! Great look!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Samantha Tananbaum said...

This dress is gorgeous and you look fantastic! Your accessories and hair totally make it gala-worthy :)

xo
Sam

Darcy said...

Great dress, Shanna! So glad you purchased it. Hope you guys had fun at it!
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Abby said...

What a stunning dress! You look so beautiful. I love the pink accents! I really wish you would have taken a video of that woman, too!! haha. :)

xo Always, Abby

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Beautiful! You did a great job of dressing it up! And now you have a great dress to wear for other occasions!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

Stunning! What an interesting style...
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Adri Lately said...

I looove this dress! You styled it beautifully!
xo Adri
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Meg Cady said...

This dress says so much about you!! A little bit of style a little austin and a whole lot of personality! I am so glad you wore it!!

Susan Liberatore said...

It's SO pretty! And totally dressy enough. I'm sure you were fabulous. xo

Because of Jackie said...

Well HELLO gorgeous;) Loving the dress and the silver heels. It looks pretty dressy to me, yet you could wear sandals and your hair down and be perfect for date night. Love!

Ashleigh said...

You look smashing! I think with the right accessories do make it dressier. Your hair is gorgeous!
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Charlotte Noordsy said...

I LOVE this dress!!! The pink is such a nice detail. It looks great with the metallics too, definitely dressy- you wore it beautifully!

Charlotte

http://thelittleorangedress.blogspot.com

Jasmin daily said...

It looks like you dressed it up just enough! Love it

Jasmin
http://www.jasmindaily.com

prettyanddelectable said...

You look beautiful! I think it's great that you chose a dress you can wear again. Sounds like a fabulous night!

Jessi said...

You look so beautiful!!! I love that dress - the bright pink detailing really makes it! And you did a perfect job of making it fancy enough for a gala :)

Jessi
www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

Gift Princess said...

Stunning dress! I LOVE LOVE this look! Keep it up! :)
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Rebecca said...

You are at your gorgeous best Shanna....love how versatile that long dress can be!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

BCBG seriously makes some of the best dresses! And you look absolutely stunning in this! It sounds like a fun event!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love your look :) You should probably help me style my wedding look ;-)

OccasionallyAJ said...

So, did you feel under dressed?! Because I think you look STUNNING! Its not a traditional dress for a black tie event but that's why I like it. You dressed it up very well with the shoes, earrings and hair. Glad you had a great time!

-AJ
OccasionallyAJ.com

Stesha said...

wait I cant believe I missed this post, dannnnng girl!! you look amaze! Seriously obsessed with the dress, great choice! love ya!

xxS

Janna Renee said...

I seriously love all things BCBG! I miss living near their Outlet. I don't love pink, but you rock that dress girl.

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