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A New York Love Affair :: Rent the Runway

Finding this Monique Lhuillier gown was a little bit like how I envision finding my wedding dress will be some day. Seeing it, loving it, being a little indecisive for a hot second, and then just knowing its the one.

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

Courtney – of Color Me Courtney – invited me, Peter and our friend Lex to a Masquerade Ball last week, and so naturally I needed a gown. Since you know as well as I do, that there’s not an ounce of room for a full length gown in my excuse for a closet, Court and I decided to rent. I first spotted this beauty while browsing Rent the Runway‘s website before our appointment, and instantly had a crush. No, crush isn’t a strong enough word … I was lusting after it, as evidenced by my subsequent “omg – THIS!” text to Courtney.

The day before our fitting I got a call from the showroom … they rattled off the dresses that they were able to pull for me and the gorgeous “Oliva gown” was not one of them. I’ll be honest, I was a little crushed, but I knew after an hour-long appointment I’d find something else.

We got to the showroom and designer dress-up began. So many gorgeous gowns, but no Monique Lhuillier…

By some small miracle, the Oliva gown showed up in Courtney’s pile of dresses, in my size! It was a ‘stop everything I’m doing and try this dress on’ moment.

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

The gown was perfection. A corsetted bodice, empire waist, and voluminous bottom – with a slightly raised front hemline allowing for a stolen peek at your shoes. The black and white color-blocking made for a classic look, that was equal parts chic and princess. To say I was in love is an understatement.

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

Of course, then my indecisive nature kicked in…maybe I should try on other dresses, maybe this other one is better…maybe, maybe, maybe…until I snapped out of it and realized this dress is it. I’ve loved it from beginning and I’m wearing it to the ball!

A dress like this is great because its silhoutte is making enough of a statement on its own. I didn’t need much jewelry, and I only added a few pops of color to my lips, feet, and mask to create a little added flair.

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

A New York Love Affair :: Rent The Runway ML Monique Lhullier Olivia Gown

It’s hard not to feel like the belle of the ball in a dress like that (see more pics from the night here), and it’s what I hope I feel like on my wedding day. Hope you all had a fabulous Halloween weekend! What did you all dress up as?

PS – if you haven’t already, enter to win my Wantable giveaway >> here <<

xoxoelenamichelle-200

Dress :: Monique Lhullier
Clutch :: Inge Christopher
Shoes :: Zara (love these)
Necklace :: Francesca’s (beautiful option)
Mask :: Ricky’s (in blue)

 

13 Comments

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

    OMG you’re looking like a Hollywood star in this ensemble – Monique Lhuillier is a genius! Thanks for leading me to your blog via your sweet comment in mine – hope we keep in touch!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Hey love!! SO tardy on my response. Thanks for your sweet words! This dress made me feel like a glamazon! XOXO

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    olivia

    cute!!

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    Tatyanna Hunter

    You look like you belong on the red carpet! This look is super elegant, but yet still has a playful touch. I love it!

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks Tatyanna. Rent the Runway is the perfect way to feel red-carpet ready for a day. This might be my favorite dress from them yet!!

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    Megan

    This dress is beautiful! I love the pretty necklace and the red heels too!
    poshprime.com
    ~~Megan~~

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    Alexandra Dieck

    Ahhhh i love this look and then name of the post! Haha so clever! Love that pop of red. Had such a blast with you that night! xx

  • Reply November 3, 2014

    Sienna

    You look so gorgeous, love the masquerade mask!

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks love!! Sometimes the best masks cost $3 at a halloween store!! Who knew??

  • Reply November 4, 2014

    Courtney

    First of all, I kind of hate you. I was cracking up while reading this post, and since it is 10:15 on a tuesday and there are 100 thousand work things I should be doing aside from reading your post while destroying a rice cake while listing to One Direction while thinking “this sucks, is it too early for chocolate” … Anyways, I am here, laughing so hard that I am suppressing tears because I was lucky enough to live the hilarious and indecisive moments that lead up to this magical night.

    Thank you for sharing our not-so-fabulous event with the world & web, I had SUCH a blast with you and these. pictures. are. FABULOUS (insert drag queen / b*tchy queen hand signal here… whatever that might be). Love this post, love the dress and love you!!!

    XO Courtney of Color Me Courtney
    http://www.ColorMeCourtney.com || Dress Outside The Lines

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      I realize I only texted you a response to this. But I went back and read it again and was dying all over. Love you to the moon and back!!!!!! {insert spaceship emoji + moon face + heart}

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