The summer solstice (which was Saturday) is supposed to bring change and new energy. And I must say, I'm feelin' it! After several months feeling stuck in the mud, a lot seems to have happened over the last few weeks. My garden is blowin' up, I got dance and hoop-making opportunities rollin' in, and good stuff is happening in the career department as well. I've also had family members in town visiting, and have several fun vacations coming up. So, basically, I'm just soaking it all up right now.
This weekend I was an 'usherette' in my friends Kelsey and Sara's wedding. They just asked that I wear a black dress. With nothing really appropriate in my closet, and no room for something new, I decided to (finally) try renting a dress from Rent the Runway. My normal daily attire is very laid back, and I try to buy a lot of used or handmade clothing. But, for special occasions I love the idea of wearing a designer dress. I think of it like a piece of art that you get to enjoy for the night. (And renting it means I don't have to find room for it in my closet later or feel like I have to wear it again.)
I chose this black MARCOBOLGNA sheath/shift dress from Rent The Runway. It was a really nice (and heavy!) fabric, and was really well made. Matt asked me what country it was reminding him of, and we agreed Great Britain circa 1960's. So, I tried to add some retro touches ala the wedges and bright nail polish.
(Side note: Matt is annoyed that I took pictures here without letting him clean up the stuff that has been falling from the magnolia tree, but I was in a hurry!)
If you're curious about the rental experience: it was great! I chose the 4 day option, so it was due to arrive Thursday night, and I needed to get it in the mail by noon on Monday. It actually arrived a couple of days ahead of schedule, which was nice in case it didn't fit or I didn't like it. And they let you rent a second size at no additional cost, so that came with, too. After the event, I just put both dresses in the prepaid envelope they provided and brought it to a UPS.
I have to say, I don't think renting a dress is for everyone. You have to be a little flexible and a little creative. The dress might not fit or look exactly like you think. But, I know I will definitely be doing this again. In fact, I went ahead and signed up for the PRO account. It was $30 and gets you a free birthday rental and free shipping and insurance on all rentals ($15 value each time).
You can sign up for RTR at this link, and we'll both get $20 when you complete your first rental. Or, if you're already a member, use this code to take 10% off your next rental: 4FRIENDS02ECCA
Let me know if you try it out!
Dress: MARCOBOLOGNA from Rent The Runway
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Coronia Wedge Lt Gold
Amethyst Necklace and Leather Cuff: my cousin found them at a garage sale and gifted them to me! I wear them almost every day.
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.