>A Black Tie Affair

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Today, I had a Cinderella moment. It was a busy day at the flower shop, and just as C went out to pick up lunch for the staff I got a call from a friend who had extra tickets to the local hospital foundation’s gala fundraiser tonight and asked if we’d like to join her. I asked what time it started, and she said, “the doors open at 5:30.” The hospital gala is a premier black-tie event in my community, and I was so excited to have the opportunity to go! 
Then the panic set in: I have nothing to wear.  {Nor do I have a bevy of friendly forest creatures to sew me a ball gown at a moment’s notice… }
Not to fear — I’ve handled similar fashion crises before. I jumped in the car and drove the few blocks to the nearest Macy’s, and found this great dress on sale for 40% off. It was love at first sight. I scooped it up, slipped it over my jeans in the fitting room, dashed to the check-out, and was out of the store in 15 minutes flat. 
This dress is unlike like anything I have in my closet. I love the texture, the ruffled neckline and sash at the waist, the length, and especially the color. I always reach for black for these types of events, and it felt good to mix it up. 
Wearing: Evan Picone dress, Nina satin peep-toes, Stella & Dot bracelet and earrings, F21 ring, Express bronze clutch (not pictured) 

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15 Comments

  1. 11.8.10
    Lauren said:

    >You looked so beautiful! I just love the color on you!

  2. 11.8.10
    archives said:

    >oh my GOSH! that dress is phenomenal!

  3. 11.7.10
    Elizabeth said:

    >You look stunning! This post reminded me of a time I had about 20 minutes to pick out an evening gown & loved the first one I tried on. Love it when that happens!

  4. 11.7.10
    Kinsey said:

    >I really like that dress. I just found your blog thru dash dot dotty and I think you're really beautiful. Very nice!-Kinsey

  5. 11.7.10

    >Oh, you look gorgeous! What an awesome find! I hope you had fun!

  6. 11.6.10
    Iris said:

    >I can't type… I love what you came up with, I had the same thing happen to me this week as well but, the event wasn't strictly black tie… thank goodness!

  7. 11.5.10

    >I LOVE it!!! And I LOVE your blog!!!!

  8. 11.5.10
    Katie W said:

    >What an amazing last minute find! I love the color and detailing. It is truly stunning on you!

  9. 11.5.10
    Ashley J said:

    >That's a great outfit for such short notice, love the color of the dress!http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

  10. 11.5.10

    >Very Cute. I don't think I have even find something so quick.http://amyfashionblog52.blogspot.com/

  11. 11.5.10
    Stylepint said:

    >Wow! That dress looks amazing on you! =) And it's awesome that it was on sale!

  12. 11.5.10
    ciupa said:

    >pretty! well done. good thing it didn't happen during Kendi's 30 for 30 coming up next week!

  13. 11.5.10
    Angeline said:

    >What a beautiful dress! Don't you love when you find the perfect dress in a great price at the right time? You look amazing.

  14. 11.5.10
    Jeanna said:

    >Keira.I seriously almost bought this dress today (but in midnight blue).Seriously.PS You look lovely in it!

  15. 11.5.10
    Keely said:

    >Gorgeous! I too love the color. What fantastic alternative to black.