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Best of Washington Recap

Happy Monday y’all! How was your weekend?

As I mentioned last week, my weekend started a little early on Thursday with Washingtonian magazine’s annual event Best of Washington. Monica, Ashlee, and I bought tickets back in late March and we’ve been excited ever since.

Held at the National Building Museum, 75 restaurants from DC come and prepare one of their specialties in small dish form to serve up at their booth. In the middle of the atrium was the bar area, and in front of each individual bar was a live model wearing a super cute swimsuit and beach hat. So fun, right?

Let’s just say the event did not disappoint—the food was delicious! Some highlights include the panna cotta from Ghibellina, bruschetta hotdogs from Haute Dog, fried chicken nugget over mashed potatoes from Central, and a wonderful guacamole/pico-laden chip from Matchbox. It literally was one table of food after the next, and the drinks were more than free-flowing!

That being said—we all agreed this was the type of event you do once, and then maybe not again. Tickets were $100, and while we all left stuffed, I am just not sure it was worth that much money. But, if you’re looking for a similar event in a slightly lower price range, Washingtonian On the Rocks, which happens in the fall, is a great alternative at $60. I thought that event had a better atmosphere than this one, and because it was a little more intimate, it was easier to talk with other party-goers.


milly cyrano shift dress rent the runway

I believe I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but a few months ago, I signed up for Rent the Runway Pro. As long as you rent two dresses a year, it really pays for itself since you’re shipping and insurance fees are waived, which usually add $15 to the dress.

Since this was a special occasion, I really wanted to wear something new. I looked around a bit, but couldn’t really find anything I wanted to invest in, and I am pretty much over buying fast fashion, so to RTR I went. I decided to go for this Milly Cyrano Shift since most functions I go to are weddings, and thus, can’t wear white!

The front of this dress is nice, but the back is really what sold it for me! For those of you not familiar with RTR, you can also request a backup size. I highly recommend sizing up for that as I found this dress to run a tad small.

I’m looking for a few more dresses to wear to weddings later this year, so if you have any RTR recommendations, I am all ears! x

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Milly Cyrano Shift from Rent the Runway
J Crew Factory Patent High Heel Sandals
Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody
Eden Pineapple Charm c/o
J Crew Factory Necklace—similar here and here

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Photos by Monica Dutia

milly cyrano shift dress rent the runway

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  1. Kate wrote:

    Sounds like such a fun night! Getting dressed up and eating great food with friends. What’s better than that? Love this simple and clean look!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Kate! Could not agree more :]

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  2. Rachel wrote:

    Glad to hear the event went well! I’m always happy to find an excuse to get dressed up and hit the town with the girls 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Me too, lady! If only we lived closer :]

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  3. Rachel wrote:

    Absolutely love your dress! It looks absolutely stunning on you!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you so much, lady!

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  4. Sounds like a fun event. Your dress is really cute – high fashion. My daughter used rent the runway for a fancy party and received excellent customer service from them when there was a glitch. She had to go a size up too. I think RTR is a fabulous idea!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you so much! I wish I would have thought of it ;]

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  5. Jackie wrote:

    I’ve never tried Rent the Runway before, but it seems like such a great idea! The dress you wore is stunning!

    Kind of crazy about the ticket price, but it does sound like you had fun.

    Jackie
    Something About That

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks lady! Definitely worth it to say you’ve done it.

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  6. Love, love, love this dress girl!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com

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  7. mitch wrote:

    Really love the back of your little white dress!

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