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I find that opportunities to get all dolled up don't come around every day, so I like to make the most of it when they do. This past weekend two of my boyfriend's closest friends tied the knot at a country club in upstate New York. It was a 2pm wedding with a 5pm reception, so there was much inner debate about how I should dress. He was in the wedding party and decked out in a tux, so I was looking for the right amount of sophistication without feeling too formal.

After a lot of shopping both in-store and online, I decided it was time for Rent the Runway. I had used them before, however I felt that the dress I wore should have been a size smaller. I opted for trying on dresses at their Henri Bendel location this time around. 

I have mixed feelings about the experience. Their showroom is nice and they have a relatively good selection (about 30% of what they show online). Nonetheless, I felt that my stylist never got a good feel for the type of dress I was looking for. I'm eternally grateful for my friend Alex Yeske, who pens Dreams + Jeans, for coming with me that day. After about the second set of dresses, Alex gave me the she's really not getting it look and asked if she should pull a few. I didn't skip a beat. "Yes, please!" This Hervé Léger is her pick. 

Usually a fit-and-flare kind of girl, this dress was completely outside the realm of what I normally wear. A lovely warm gray color, with just the right amount of length and cleavage — I felt beautiful without being too revealing. I paired it with J. Crew slingback pumps in chocolate gold and a beaded box clutch from Zara. I wore vintage earrings circa 1875, passed down from Oma. And I topped it all off with a vintage gold rose in my loose fishtail braid. 

They say if you look good, you feel good. And I felt downright amazing.