Exactly one week ago, on Monday night, Crystal, Caitlin, and I hailed a cab in Midtown and ventured to the New York Design Center at 200 Lex for our very own launch party (Anne was coming from downtown). The Rue Magazine launch party, to be more specific. The night was perfect: the weather, the location, the ambience, the guests, the food, the champagne, the fashion... it was a fairy tale dream.
I kept thinking, "Where am I? This isn't my life... I should be at home with Nate and the puppies, wearing sweats and sipping Diet Coke while I blog and sing Dog Days Are Over."
Alas, I was not at home. I was in New York City. Living. It. Up.
Serendipity perfectly defines last week. It just so happened design bloggers from around the world flew into NYC for the Nate Berkus show - many of whom are ladies I've gotten to know over the past year of blogging. And it was such a delight that so many of them were able to make it to the Rue launch party! We got to meet and laugh in person. Wow. What a crazy concept. Of course, this wonderful event would have never happened without the support and generosity of the NYDC PR team! Thank you a million times over, ladies!
Before I show more pics, we must first discuss the outfit.
The dress I ended up wearing was - pause for shock - rented. Yes. I thought what better time to try out Rent the Runway than for my fabulous NYC launch party? And I cannot say better things about the experience! I recommend it ten times over. After much debate, my very helpful and always fashionable stylist picked out this black one-shoulder from Mark & James by Badgley Mischka. I've been wanting to try a one-shoulder dress for quite some time (mainly since seeing how hot Lea Michele always looks on the red carpet), and the That's So Fringe dress fit the bill of a classic look shaken, not stirred.
My clutch was Tory Burch tortoise shell, and my heels were black suede Louboutin's. Needless to say, I felt fancy-pants.
As soon as I saw the talented and glamorous Rue Mag cover models, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, I had to steal a photo with them.
I finally got to meet the talented and sweet Emily Clark! She and her friend made it to the party even though they had just landed in NYC (no joke - their luggage was in the hallway).
Rolando Santana - the fashion designer behind the yellow dress that I wore to both my sister's wedding and Nate's sister's wedding this summer (see profile picture). After seeing that I blogged about him several times, he invited me to his fashion show that was last Thursday (it was amazing - pictures to come!), and then he and his PR team all came to the Rue launch! Yay for supportive people in the design world!
(um... what??? am I dreaming???)
Suffice to say, it was a great night. Better than we could have hoped. Of course, after several hours of standing on our feet and chit-chatting away, we were tired, thirsty, and most importantly: HUNGRY. So we hopped in a cab and headed downtown to a little place I like to call Heaven (also known as Luke's Lobster).
See how happy I am with my lil' lobster sandwich? Yum.