I mentioned that I was headed out of town for a wedding last weekend, but I haven’t gotten around to writing a post about it until now. Our friends Paul and Amanda got married in their hometown of Boston, and had an incredibly lavish, super elegant reception at the Boston Public Library. Seriously unbelievable.
My boyfriend was a groomsman, so we were invited to an equally gorgeous rehearsal dinner at the Hampshire House, a historic mansion in Beacon Hill. I had a feeling this weekend would be one of the nicest events I’d get to go to this year and I was absolutely right. I had a few things lying around to wear, but I wanted to supplement them with… other, newer things.
I scored this dress a few months ago at one of my favorite consignment stores in DC, Secondi, and had been looking for an opportunity to wear it. I didn’t have too many options by way of formal heels, so I decided to buy a pair of strappy stilettos in a light, neutral gold. I love Badgley Mischka shoes, and had been obsessing over their signature embellished pumps, but I decided to go with something a little more understated and versatile. I found this brand new pair on ebay for a mere $60, which is less than you might pay for a standard shoe from many a lesser brand. This is why I basically never walk into a department store, or really any store, and just buy things off the rack. (I’m getting anxious just thinking about it.) Then again, I enjoy sifting through options and searching for bargains, and some people don’t.
For makeup, I basically dressed up my standard cat-eye. I’m half-Japanese and I don’t have a ton of eyelid real-estate, so I don’t usually use shadows, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, if I’m looking to get fancy, I smudge a liner across my lid after using a translucent powder to hold everything in place. I used Smog by Urban Decay this time, which is a rusted-copper brown. These liners have kind of a cult following because the colors are rad, and they’re creamy and easy to blend. Once they set, though, they don’t budge. I followed this with MAC smudge proof pencil in Buried Treasure, which is dark brown with tiny flecks of gold, for the cat-eye. I used Benefit’s Watts Up! highlighter on my brow bone, blending it onto my lid, and finished with Lancome Hypnose mascara on my top and bottom lashes. Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee has become my go-to blush, because it’s so easy to apply and it looks completely natural. The consistency is reminiscent of Jell-O, so it’s also fun. I mean, for me it is, but maybe I have low standards.
I love the big fat graphic floral print of this dress. I got it on sale from Piperlime for $50, which I thought was more than reasonable, but the price has been reduced even further since then (you’re welcome). A few days before the wedding I stumbled upon this Ann Taylor Loft clutch at Secondi (you should be sensing a theme, here) which I was pretty ecstatic about. I have been lusting after one of the classic Bottega Veneta ones for years, but LOL at that ever happening. I love the aqua/coral combo, especially paired with gold jewelry. I happened to snag the Kate Spade earrings months ago (for another wedding, naturally) on one of their sneaky online super-sales. They matched perfectly– what are the odds?
I ended up doing the same makeup routine the second night as well, minus the copper lid. Yes, I am a one-trick pony.
Now let’s ogle this venue…
And, most importantly, congratulations to these two.