As its largest fundraiser each year, the Museum Ball attracts OMA’s very finest for an evening outside with good music, great food, and adult libations galore. This year was my second time serving on the ball committee and I am happy to report that we definitely raised the bar from last year. In fact, I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the night’s experience, and even though the jury’s still out as to how much we actually raised, I am positive it will be a proud number :)
Now, let’s talk “black tie” fashion, shall we?!
I ADORE events like this one, because as an adult, this is about as close to a prom as you can get. I mean what lady doesn’t want to get all doll-ed up, see her handsome husband in a tux, and dance her way into twilight with some of her dearest friends!? That’s right = this Lucky Little Mustardseed is an über fan of a formal affair! So much so that when an occasion like this beckons, I usually like to try to one up myself with my wardrobe. I know it’s silly, BUT it’s something I strangely live for!
For this year’s ball, I had the most difficult time finding a dress. Why? Well, for starters, I’m a firm believer in quality and not quantity. Cocktail dresses and evening gowns are NOT an inexpensive endeavor, so for me to personally spend x-amount of dollars on a dress, it sure better be sewn right, fit right, and have that unique WOW factor I’m always looking for. Secondly, I won’t wear anything that doesn’t scream #justjenna, because frankly, I have absolutely no desire to fit in. I also believe that there is nothing more beautiful [or stylish] than being your true self. For example, I don’t do long dresses. I am all limbs, no torso, and frankly, am somewhat of a klutz. It’s true! At my junior prom, I actually ripped the back of my dress on the dance floor. Can you believe that??? EMBARRASSING! That’s why I opted for a short dress for my senior prom AND haven’t really looked for or cared about a long dress ever since ;) SO, after I sent back . . . oh, I don’t know ten or more dresses [thank goodness for free shipping & returns] I was feeling quite deflated. THEN suddenly, I remembered about this sequins/beaded number from Alice + Olivia. I just LOVE Stacey Bendet‘s designs, don’t you? It, of course, was no longer available on her site. #FAIL. But luck luckily wouldn’t have it end that way. Thanks to good ole Google, I was happily able to not only secure one in my exact size but MAJORLY on-sale.
Winner-winner, chicken dinner!
From there, the rest was pretty easy-peasy. I opted to re-wear my white Dior glasses from our our February elopement, my BCBGeneration [I-could-pass-as-real-Valentino] pumps from this year’s Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase, and one of my beloved Kate Spade “book” clutches. The only real purchase I made for the night [besides these classic french tips] were these gorgeous earrings and matching bracelet from La Jolla-based, jewelry artist, Love Tatum – a.k.a. my latest obsession! Aren’t they fun? My friend and fellow fashion blogger, Vanessa Balli, is the one that actually introduced me to her designs. You should totally checkout Tatum’s jewelry too. The stones in my purchase totally remind me of my graphic designer’s two Dalmatian furbabies [yes, that’s how my brain works sometimes] PLUS, their quality is out of this world!
“As I grew up, I learned what worked for me. That’s where the short dresses came from. And you can’t dance in a long dress.” – Tina Turner
SO, what do you think of my fancy ensemble? Not to toot my own horn here or anything, but I truly think this is the best look I’ve put together thus far in the history of LLM :) I’m delighted that both its classy and unique with a side of quirk. OH, and P.S. – I may or may not have had too many glasses of wine at the event, got on stage, and sang a little Pat Benatar LIVE with the band. Whoopsy-daisy!