Sequins and Sea Breezes: Gala Red-y

Gala Red-y

3/15/2016


Happy Tuesday lovelies! Hope everyone's week is off to an awesome start! Some of you may have already seen that over the weekend I attended a gala that was kinda for work, kinda not. The event was the UCP of Central Florida Gala at the Palace which benefits children with cerebral palsy. The company I work for holds the UCP of Central Florida very near and dear so I was honored when I received the invite to attend the gala. On top of having an excuse to get all dressed up it's for a great cause and one I was extremely happy to support.
Of course like most girls, I immediately started thinking about what I was going to wear. Sadly outside of a few bridesmaid dresses I really didn't have much in the way of "formal" wear so I started my hunt for the perfect dress. I couldn't find anything in stores, every thing was either too prom-y or too expensive so I gave up the hunt for awhile. About a week before the event I was reminded about it and realized I needed to jump back in my search. There were a few cute dresses on Rent the Runway I was interested in but of course waiting so last minute most were booked the weekend I needed them so I started my hunt online when I came across this dress. I've been told in the past that red is my "color" so I scooped up this one and crossed my fingers it would fit. I got the dress 2 days... yup nothing like last minute, before the gala and while it fit like a glove everywhere it was WAY too long. I took pictures in it and sent it to a few friends and my mom and asked if they thought it was too long and everyone said "well it won't be when you put on heels" umm... I'm wearing 5 inch heels in the picture... LOL. So after some back and forth  and some serious internal debate I decided to just suck it up, wear the tallest heels I owned and rock it. So here we are! Moral of the story; short people problems are a real thing haha! 
I didn't want to be too overdone for the event so I kept my jewelry fairly basic opting for some suspended ivory pearl drop earrings and some dainty bracelets and topped off my look with a fun leopard Clare V. clutch (thanks Ker!).


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66 comments

  1. This dress is stunning on you, and it is SO your color!

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  2. You look smashing in this dress, lady! Such a great pick, I was swooning over the neckline when you posted this weekend, wow, just wow. And yes, short people problem over here. CHeers to being able to wear sky high heels right? xoxo

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  3. Red looks wonderful on you! You look beautiful!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  4. Wow, that is elegance ;)

    XX

    Mónica Sors

    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

    NEW POST: WHITE JUMPSUIT + SUEDE BIKER!!

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  5. The red was absolutely stunning on you!! Everything from the hair to the makeup was perfection and I love the back of this dress!! So perfect girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. You look great in this dress--the red is such a perfect color for you and I love the leopard accent!

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  7. Gorgeous!!! You look amazing and I love that dress. So simple and classic, but super fun with that back. I can totally relate to waiting til the last minute for getting a gala dress...oops. So glad it worked out for you!

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  8. Goodness you look so beautiful! Red is definitely your color!

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  9. Gorgeous! You look amazing in red!
    xo, Traci
    waltzmetoheaven.com

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  10. You look stunning! I love the back of that dress and good for you for rocking the extra high heels!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  11. Girlfriend--you could seriously be on the red carpet...that dress is so flattering and you look AMAZING! So glad you had a nice time!

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  12. you really knocked it out of the park girl! i hadn't seen the back of it and it may be my fav part! so pretty. the clutch worked out perfect! what a great look!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  13. you look BOMB! so elegant and classy and that back of that dress is to die for!

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  14. You looked gorgeous!! Red is definitely your color and you can't tell that the dress is too long in pictures, so you totally nailed it! Did you do your own hair? I love the chignon!! And that clutch was meant for you :)

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  15. love it! glad you wore the heels and rocked it!

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  16. This dress looks drop dead gorgeous on you! Love the neckline and the back! Perfect with the pop of leopard!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  17. You killed it! So pretty! And that leopard clutch is perfect!

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  18. That dress is gorgeous! Red is definitely your color - it looks so great on you! Way to rock the super long dress though... I'm a disaster in heels so I would have had to get it hemmed for sure #shortgirlprobs

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  19. This dress is flawless on you! I was hoping you'd do a full post on it! So glad everything worked out with the length and yay for RTR! Perfect for work events and galas <3
    Green Fashionista

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  20. seriously, this dress is absolutely stunning and red is definitely your colour! good to hear this was too long, it might be long enough for me in flats ;) oooooooooooooooh it comes in blue, yes! have you ordered from lulus before? i wanted to get some dresses for my cruise but i have never ordered from them before. this dress is really stunning though, so as long as they are all this amazing, i should be set!

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  21. You look stunning in red, lady! I love it- and I have totally been there with dresses + pants that are wayyyyy too long and can't even be saved by my tallest heels. Short girls unite!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  22. You look absolutely beautiful! Red is definitely your color and that dress fits you like it was made for you!

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  23. This color is so gorgeous! Love the back too-you look fab!

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  24. We love galas and tis the season for them! This looks great on you and I love the red paired with the leopard accent!

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  25. You look amazing!! Love those earrings paired with the dress as well. And, oh man, nothing like having to resign yourself to wear the tallest heels you own so you don't have to get something hemmed last minute. Definitely #shortpeopleproblems.

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  26. The dress is gorgeous and I like that you kept it simple with the jewelry but added a fierce purse. You could get it hemmed for like $10 so you can wear it again with shorter heels. I'm always taking things to the seamstress to fix.

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  27. gorgeous dress! i love the color. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  28. Holy cow! I don't even know what to say. You look beyond stunning! Red IS your color and the dress fits perfectly. Love how you did your hair, too! You must wear this again!

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  29. Um, you look gorgeous!! Red is definitely your color!

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  30. This dress is spectacular on you!!! You look gorgeous and red carpet ready!! :-) I hear you on the short people problems too. I'm only 4'11 and everything is too long for me!! :-)

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  31. Gorgeous... simply gorgeous!! And I hear you on the "short girl problems" - you pulled off the length though. It looked amazing; only thing I would have worried about was tripping! Other than that, not too long at all! Make today work, Rachel -CubicleCouture

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  32. You look incredible, that is such a beautiful dress and you look amazing in red! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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  33. Absolutely stunning! Red is definitely your color!

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  34. GORGEOUS dress you are rocking ma'am! You look fabulous :) Love the back of it too!!!

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  35. I cannot get over you in this dress - absolutely stunning! Red definitely is your color, and I love how you brought in the leopard clutch for a little pop of fun!

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  36. You look amazing! Red is definitely your color and that neck line and open back is so gorgeous. I've been on the hunt for a long gown and wanted to do RTR, but for the same reasons decided against it-- too risky to wait until the day before, especially needing a long dress. Anyway, I've never shopped at Lulu's before so I'm off to check it out now!

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  37. You seriously looked so beautiful all dressed up! How exciting is it to get dressed up for a formal event when you're an adult? The dress really did fit you perfectly, and I love how you kept the accessories simple yet very classic!

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  38. Red is definitely your color- you look fabulous! LOVE the open back and you can't beat the price!

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  39. Nothing like a last minute dress crisis to make you think outside of the box! You nailed it with this one, what a gorgeous dress and it fits you like a glove. I could only dream of having dresses that long on me, they're usually swinging somewhere around my shins... Bit drafty and not at all cute!

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  40. What a beautiful dress and you wear it so well :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  41. LOVE this dress on you, and I totally agree that red is your color. The back is fabulous and your hair looks awesome, too! What a fantastic event.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  42. Stunning! You look amazing in this gown! Red is totally your color!
    xMC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  43. looks awesome! isn't RTR the best???
    Xx
    Kali
    www.lovelaughexplore.com

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  44. This dress looked absolutely amazing on you girl!! Loving your tan line too, makes me jealous that you have that so early in the year! I still can't believe you are short, you would never guess based on your pictures, but yikes 5 inch heels, my feet would be spent the next day!

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  45. Wow, you are stunning! Love the back too! I don't think a woman will ever look anything less than gorgeous in a red dress.

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  46. You look incredible girl!! So classy and chic! Red is for sure your color!

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  47. What a gorgeous dress! Red is so stunning on you! Love the pop of leopard too. Red and leopard is such a fab combo!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  48. You looked absolutely GORGEOUS! The dress was made for you! Love the leopard clutch.

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  49. You look stunning in this gown.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  50. Sooooooo beautiful!!!! Love everything about the dress, especially the back! And I hear you on the lengths, short girl problems over here too. LOVE that you were able to rock 5" heels all night!!! That's an accomplishment by itself :)

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  51. That dress is so gorgeous and you look amazing! Such a great color and the back is fabulous! Don't you hate when a dress is too long (happens to me with everything I buy), at least it gives us an excuse to rock some killer heels!

    xx, Caitlin
    www.wandererandwolf.com

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  52. WOW - gorgeous! I love this dress on you so so so beautiful!

    Rachel's Lookbook

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  53. That dress is absolutely stunning on you! Red is such a classic color for a formal event, and you rocked it! x

    http://greensandglamour.com

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  54. I think you need to go to the Oscars now and strut your stuff because this gown (and you) were red carpet perfection!

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  55. Gorgeous gal! Love this dress on you!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  56. Red is definitely your color! You look amazing!! That dress was made for you!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  57. That dress is beautiful!! You look amazing in that red color!
    xo,
    Darcy
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  58. You look gorgeous in this red dress!! I love the cut and color!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  59. Beautiful. It looks great on you for being a last minute selection!

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  60. Absolutely stunning! Such a flattering cut and beautiful color!

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  61. Gorgeous! I think the extra length gives it an added touch of elegance!

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  62. you look stunning! amazing dress..
    xx
    http://www.littlemisstwiggy.com/2016/03/cuddle-me-pink/

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  63. Gorgeous!! The red looks fantastic on you.

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  64. You look stunning in red! What a wonderful event supporting such a special cause! Xo, Stephanie

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  65. You are so striking in this red dress! Great look! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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