Happy Monday y’all! How was your weekend?
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.
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
Photos by Monica Dutia