Borrowing a Little Fabulous from Rent the Runway

Hello all:) Being sick blows! I’ve got a virus that’s wiping me out and keeping me indoors, but I came across pictures from last summer when I visited friends in NYC and Michigan, and I got inspired to tell you about my experience with Rent the Runway.

I had two big events to celebrate: a class reunion and a bachelor party (yes, you read that right). Of course I wanted to look and feel amazing for both, so I turned to Rent the Runway to turn me into Cinderella (or Beyoncé, JLo, etc.).

When I signed up for a membership, this was before RTR began a RTR Plus line (launched late last year), but at the time I was able to select designer label gowns up to a size 16 (the new Plus line goes up to a 22). There is no fee to sign up and you can create a profile with your size, style preference, and “wish list.” Designers such as Badgley Mischka, ML Monique Lhuillier, Kay Unger, and Carmen Marc Valvo are available to we curvy gals!

Depending on the occasion, a dress can be rented for as little as $30 for 4 days (an extra fee for 8 day rental). Every rental comes in a garment bag (yours to keep!), the pre paid shipping envelope, AND a free 2nd size in case one dress doesn’t fit.

For my class reunion, I originally chose a Badgley Mischka midnight blue sequin cocktail dress, but the size 16 was just a bit too tight in the back (this was before the plus line, remember), however, RTR shipped me a different dress the next day! Here is the Badgley Mischka Forbidden Territory gown I chose (wore a 16 R):

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Heels by JustFab, necklace and earrings c/o Hollywood Princess Fashion, dress by Badgley Mischka (Rent the Runway)

This dress is SO comfortable and hugged every curve! Perfect for channeling your inner Angelina Jolie!

For my best friend’s bachelor party in NYC, I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw and chose another Badgley Mischka, the Orion Sequin Orbit Sheath. So chic! I also rented earrings, these Lulu Frost Crystal Cruz Pyramid danglers.

RTR sent me a size 14 and 16, and the 16 fit more comfortably in the bust. My choice was confirmed when my friend and his (then fiancé) now husband told me I looked fierce! I even got some compliments from girls on the street!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

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Partying with the two grooms to be!

Partying with the two grooms to be!

My only gripe about Rent the Runway? They don’t ship to an APO address, which is what I have while we live in Germany. I’ve asked customer service about it, and they told me they hope to ship to military addresses soon. I hope so!

So, if you have weddings, reunions, parties, or a special trip taking place this summer, then let Rent the Runway glam you up! I would definitely rent from them again!

Have you tried RTR? What’s been your experience?

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

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Reworking Vintage by Raiding the Closet!

VINTAGE 1970s gold disco purse!

VINTAGE 1970s gold disco purse!

There is a great thrill when you find that special piece…that dress, accessory, or necklace at a thrift shop, and you CANNOT believe someone gave it up!

This purse is one of those finds. Back in Michigan, I would regularly raid the local Goodwill for treasure. One day, there it was…a 70s disco shoulder strap purse! I swear, I felt like I got a passport into Studio 54 when I left the store.

The only trouble with these treasures is that it can be tricky to find things that complement them well. However, today I rediscovered a sweater dress from Express tucked away from last year that did the trick just fine!

Dress by Express. Bag, vintage. Boots, JustFab. Leggings, Forever 21 Plus.

Dress by Express. Bag, vintage. Boots, JustFab. Leggings, Forever 21 Plus.

I also lucked out and got my hands on some treasure by fellow blogger and friend Signe Savant of thedailysavant.com! She was doing a spring cleaning (which I need to do as well), and this super cool Charlotte Russe choker necklace is mine! Woo hoo! Be sure to check out her tales and fashion as well:)

One blogger's spring cleaning is another blogger's treasure!

One blogger’s spring cleaning is another blogger’s treasure!

I am also very lucky to have a great hookup (my stepmom!) who runs an Ebay store (hollywoodprincessfashion) that has discount designer wear. On many occasions, I’ve received terrific designer shoes, dresses, purses, and jewelry, including these awesome earrings by Betsy Johnson! Thanks, Diane! xoxoxo!

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Betsy Johnson leopard earrings, c/o hollywoodprincessfashion

What’s been your favorite vintage find? Please comment!

Love, laughter, and shoes xoxo!