Monday, March 24, 2014

Bollywood Ball


Saturday night we attended a gala to raise money for our school district. As many of you know, the theme was Bollywood. I ended up renting a dress and a few accessories from Rent the Runway. I was pleased overall with how everything turned out and it was fun to see my original vision come to life. I love a good theme. I just wish I could have gotten Ross on board. He opted for a classic tux. No fun, but handsome nonetheless.

Rent the Runway Dress (casual option) // Kendra Scott Bracelet // AV Max Gold Dome Bracelet // Lee Angel Earrings // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o (here and here) // Forever 21 Hand Chain Set (option) // Kendra Scott Ring c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Victoria's Secret Gold Sequin Clutch (option here and here) // Michal Antonio Gold Heels (option here and here)

I would definitely rent again from Rent the Runway and highly recommend this service for special events and weddings. The dress was great and I ordered two sizes just to be safe. Most of their designer dresses and accessories are reasonably priced. My only complaint about this particular one was that the side zipper left a protruding bulge on the side. I tried to steam it down, but it wouldn't budge. Otherwise it was exactly how I expected it.

The main accessory that I looked high and low for was a gold head chain. There were several options on Etsy, but they were pretty pricey and most shipped outside the U.S. I finally decided that I was going to create one myself with a little DIY. I found a few YouTube videos for inspiration and ideas. I headed to my local Plato's Closet and purchased two necklaces for $10 total and went to work. I really wish I would have taken some photos or video to show you guys, but didn't think about it until after the fact. It wasn't too crazy hard, but the videos I watched made it look easier than what it was. All you need are a couple of gold chain necklaces, two jumper rings, a pair of wire cutters and some string to measure your head. It took me a total of twenty minutes. I think this was definitely the piece that pulled together the Bollywood style I was shooting for.

We had a great time and the gala volunteers/committee outdid themselves with decor and activities. By the end of the night I had a diamond bindi and faux nose piercing, a bag filled with treats from the candy bar, a couple of Henna tattoos and a stack of casino chips that unfortunately were just that, a stack of chips. Too bad I wasn't actually in Vegas Saturday night because this girl was on fire at the blackjack table.

Now I am off to pack. No, I haven't even started yet. Typical. Make sure to follow on Instagram during my two day travel to Lala Land. I am a ball of nerves, but beyond excited to see what's in store this week. I won't phyically be "here", but Random Wednesday will still go live this week. See you ladies soon!

Shanna

68 comments:

Alice Warren said...

You look stunning Shanna!! Enjoy your time in LA!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Chelsea Oliver said...

Shanna! You are stunning! Glad everything worked out so well with Rent the Runway and that you two had a good time!

-Chelsea
chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

Tara Illy said...

What a stunner you are!!! You pulled off this look so well! Have so much fun in Lala Land, we went last summer and loved every single second!

Becky M said...

You look gorgeous! I am so glad you went with that dress, it looked amazing on you! And I can't believe you made that head jewelery, that looks awesome and probably so much cheaper than buying it! It sure looks like you purchased it somewhere! Happy travels!

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Susan Jeffries said...

You look stunning and it appears that you had a great time!! I am so excited to hear about your next trip!! Safe travels! Susan

TaraMixandMatch said...

This dress is absolutely stunning on you gorgeous girl!

Nina Piccini said...

what a great color on you! gorgeous look!

xo, Nina
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Porcelina said...

How fabulous! You look a million dollars - or should that be rupees?!
P x

Charnele Michel said...

You look amazing Shanna! The accessories make the outfit! I've always wanted to try rent the runway. I'll definitely test it out for my next formal event!

xo,
http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

Kimberly said...

WOW - this dress is absolutely incredible and fits you like a glove! Gorgeous!!

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Because of Jackie said...

You look so gorgeous, friend! Loving this whole look on you, the accessories and dress all go together so well, and I LOVE the head piece;) Can't wait to see you adventures in Cali, I'll be following along (stalking) on Instagram!

Ashley said...

DI.VA! Wow you look amazing. And you did so great with the head piece!

Heidi said...

Love this bold color on you! And all the gold accents were the perfect compliment.

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Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

WOW! Gorgeous! LOVE that color!

Victoria Mason said...

Well done!! A fantastic look and color! Have so much FUN in LA!!!!

L,
Vicky
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Lewis Lane said...

Turned out great! You look awesome

Samantha Curtis said...

You look AMAZING. So good girlfriend. Love that color on you and just everything :) you're beautiful!

Whitney Ellen said...

Holy moly... Girrrrrrl, this is absolutely STUNNING. You did this look REAL proud!

Alissa said...

Hold the presses! GIRL YOU ARE ON FIRE! That dress could NOT fit you better!

Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

Absolutely beautiful! That is a stunning color on you, and one of my favorites. :)
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Christina Storm said...

Such a gorgeous dress! Looks amazing on you! Love how you styled it with the gold accessories!

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<3, Christina

Sarah said...

Hello gorgeous!!! I love the dress!! The color is so pretty!!

Erica Zar said...

You look absolutely stunning Shanna! The dress is amazing and the color looks beautiful on you!

Have a great time out in LA! I'll be going for the first time next week!

xo, Erica
Casually Styled

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

You looked so stunning, Shanna! I just love what you did with your eye makeup! Hope you enjoy your trip!!

TheTinyHeart said...

Shanna, you look absolutely STUNNING in that dress! The color is beautiful on you!

-Sharon
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Alyssa said...

You look absolutely stunning–everything about this dress suits you! The color, the cut, the jewelry...so perfect!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

This look came together beautifully. And, how brave of you to try a DIY!! Have a great trip. Will be praying for your safety...and your nerves/ :)

Ally said...

You look gorgeous in that color! Loving all the gold accessories!

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

WHOA mama!! You look so gorgeous! This is such a perfect look on you.

Amy


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Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Absolutely stunning! Such a gorgeous dress :)

I've always wanted to "rent the runway" but have never pulled the trigger. Maybe I should for our next big event!

Jessica said...

Perfect! Your vision came together beautifully - this was definitely the right dress for you. And the head chain is gorgeous:) Have fun in LA!:)

Susan Liberatore said...

Just gorgeous! Love the colour. xo

Elizabeth M said...

The headchain came out perfectly, you looked fantastic!

Rachel Lynne said...

Seriously girl I CANNOT get over this look. SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS. One of my faves EVER EVER EVER. Go buy things in this color! :)

Vicki said...

Shanna, you looked amazing!!! :)

Jasmin daily said...

Glad you picked this dress! You look gorgeous as always. Congrats on being asked to be a Neutrogena Ambassador and have fun at the event!

xoxo
Jasmin
www.jasmindaily.com

Darcy said...

You look stunning! This color is so pretty on you! I am glad you had fun and can't wait to hear more about the ambassador program! Have fun!
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Berty Morales said...

Shanna, you look absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous dress and love the accessories as well.

Simone Howell said...

So Beautiful!!! Love the blush too…totally ties in the color of the dress. So FAB. Enjoy my home! Lala land is the best!! Next to Texas of course :)

The Rachael Way said...

That head piece is seriously gorgeous!

Kayla Gilbert said...

SO gorgeous! That's the dress I voted for! Whoop whoop! And I love the headpiece! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Michael said...

Shanna you look gorgeous! So glad to see you went with the magenta dress!

Michael said...

Shanna you look gorgeous! So glad to see you went with the magenta dress!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

You look lovely and fully embody the theme!

Paige Flamm said...

This gown is gorgeous!

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

You look gorgeous Shanna, love this color on you. Happy you had fun at the Gala.

xo
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snippetswithalex.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous! That color looks great on you!
-Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

Helene in Between said...

shanna, you look incredible!! i want to try out rent the runway now!

The Sea Salted Blonde said...

You look stunning! I love this color on you. Perfect accessories, too! My husband and I had 11 weddings to attend one year and Rent The Runway was my go-to for getting a new look for each wedding.

Whitney James said...

You look lovely, Shanna! Just stunning. Love the accessories too!

~Whitney
www.whitneynicjames.com

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

Gorgeous girl!!!

Katie Did What said...

Ohhh you look absolutely STUNNING!!! Gorgeous gorgeous!!

xo

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Ashleigh said...

I think you hit the nail on the head with this look! The vibrant magenta color is fabulous on you.
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Holly said...

OMG Shanna Banana Muffin - you look absolutely stunning. Your look was executed perfectly. I saw your pic on Instagram and love love love your head piece. I want to be able to pull that off so bad! Stunning, my love!

After Eleven Blog said...

let's just say that is TOTALLY your color!

Shea Sayers said...

Gor. Geous. Lady, that color is so you. I hope you had a fabulous time!

Head to Toe Chic said...

You look amazing in this dress!!! It's a gorgeous color. I'm glad you had a great time!

Have fun on your trip!

xo,
Angela

Rachel said...

This dress is gorgeoussss! I always want an excuse to wear a dress like this (ahhh if only there was an adult prom!)

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

Shanna, You stole the show didn't you! This is perfection… you are stunning & I am so impressed with your head chain making skills!
xx
Here&Now

Amy said...

You look amazing! What a great color on you! Sounds like such a fun event.

xo Amy
www.urbanfrill.com

Just Another Shopaholic said...

You're gorgeous! I adore that headpiece.

Adri Lately said...

You look amazing in that dress! The color, the cut-so pretty!
xo Adri
www.adrilately.blogspot.com

Madeline Mihaly said...

You look wonderful! I wish I had an event I needed that dress for! and those druzy rings-- I can't get enough. I'm going to have to order at least 2!

Maddy
http://cassidylou.com

Gwen said...

I love love LOVE your Bollywood look!

Stesha said...

I LOOOVE THIS LOOK! the dress looks fantastic, you nailed it! PS please bring those gold bangles to LA, k thanks!

xxS

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

You are stunning! This dress looks incredible on you - the color is perfection! And I love the head chain!

OccasionallyAJ said...

Words cannot even describe how AMAZING you look! The whole outfit is absolute perfection!! The color, the accessories, the makeup. WOW. Just WOW!

-AJ
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