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Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in Dear Diary, Fashion, Food | 23 comments

Runway & Heartbreak

Haaaaappy Monday! Well, you know, not really. But it’s the thought that counts, right? I hope you all had amazing weekends! Mine started off with a bang and then eased into glorious lazydom. It was very nice, and super fun. And also a little bit heartbreaking. Which, granted, are things that don’t generally seem like they should be plausibly connected, but you will see what I mean in just a bit, I pwomise.

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So Friday night kicked off with me meeting the loverly Anne P. in downtown DC! Anne invited me to go with her to this LivingSocial/Rent the Runway mash up event. I love fashion, and I love Anne (uh, duh), so I was totally down!

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For those of you who are unfamiliar, Rent the Runway is an online service where you can rent expensive designer gowns for a fraction of the price they actually cost. So, for someone who didn’t want to shell out hundreds on a new dress for your second cousin Delia’s wedding, you can shell out like, $50 instead and get the dress for 4 days (there’s also an 8-day option). This particular event was a kind of pop-up Rent the Runway studio, where you could go and try on an offering of the dresses that the company offers on their website. Very cool, actually, since ordering things sight unseen is always kind of a risk.

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Since Anne had gotten invited as “press” (heh, a term I use loosely as a blogger, admittedly) we also got access to the press room where we were served adorable miniature pies, as well as champagne (win!). We chatted with some of the Rent the Runway folks for a little while, and then it was time to go get our dress-up on!

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I had a lot of fun fawning over and pawing at the various dresses that were there. They had dresses of all lengths and fanciness there–from long, floor-sweeping ballgowns to cute cocktail attire. I tried on a super cute Kate Spade number that I would easily have bought then and there, had it been for sale (thank goodness they only do rentals, haha!) as well as an absolutely GORGEOUS Rebecca Taylor strapless evening gown. I mean when else am I going to get the opportunity to try on a ballgown for funsies, eh?

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Just pretend my bra is part of the dress, mmkay? But seriously, if I had an extra $925 laying around, I would buy that dress in a heartbeat and just keep it hidden in my closet until someday I had an opportunity to wear it (you know, when I’m accepting my Oscar or something). It was soooo beautiful, and it skimmed over my curves in all the right ways and a bunch of complete strangers even told me how amazing it looked on me. *Sigh*

Somewhat disappointingly, the largest size that I came across was 12 (that I saw, at any rate), which luckily happens to be my size now. But considering me wearing this size is only a relatively recent occurrence, I do wish they had offered larger sizes than that. I mean, I don’t know if maybe they specified what the sample sizes were on the LivingSocial deal or something, but I just hate to think of someone buying a ticket to go to that event and then not even being able to try anything on. I know that a lot of high-end designers only make up to a certain size anyway (and a lot of times they’re not even gracious enough to go up to 12!), but still. Ah well, at least there were a zillion things for gorgeous Anne to try on! :)

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Anne and I did manage to get one blurry picture together at the event, haha. They were offering a 20% discount if you rented something at the event, but since I, sadly, do not have any debutante balls or inaugural dinners to attend in the next week, I didn’t end up renting anything. But I actually think I have a Rent the Runway credit thing I got in one of my Birchboxes (or maybe my sister gave it to me, I can’t remember), so now that I know the quality of the dresses, I absolutely think I’ll give it a try! Maybe for a wedding or something? Man, what I wouldn’t give to have a long evening gown-appropriate event to attend…

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So after we left the event, the two of us headed deeper into Chinatown and ended up at Matchbox for dinner. I was super excited, because I’d actually never been before, and had always heard such wonderful things about it. It did not disappoint!

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I’d had two little pies (one was this, like, pico de gallo-filled pie, and the other was chocolate pecan, haha. Balanced?) at the event, so I wasn’t crazy hungry. I ended up opting for a soup & salad combo–definitely one of my more brilliant ideas.

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The salad had mixed greens, pears, blue cheese, and candied pecans. Droooool. The soup was a cream of crab with soooo much crabmeat I was in Heaven. Om nom nom. Anne got a different salad that looked equally scrumptious, and a tuna tartare dish to go with it. I hear Matchbox is particularly famous for their pizzas though, so I definitely need to go back!

Obviously, a very fun (and girly, heeee) way to kick off the weekend. The rest of the weekend was pretty much made up of somewhat lazy hangouttery (Sean and I saw Django Unchained, which was AWESOME) and tears. Lemme ‘splain.

While I was writing Terra I put myself on a bit of a self-imposed reading ban. At least insofar as young adult novels went. But now that I’ve actually gone ahead and written a book of my own, I’m finally allowing myself to go through the giant pile of books I had been purposefully putting aside. And I’m not kidding when I say it’s a big pile.

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Plus add three four seven more books that I have loaded onto my Kindle. (Also, publishers, STOP PRICING KINDLE BOOKS AS HIGH AS HARDCOVERS. Seriously. My bookshelves are already too full.

I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by other works, and since the books I love to read tend to fall into a similar (if not the same) genre as the book I wrote, I figured it was better to be safe than sorry. So I’ve been plowing through my ridiculous to-read pile at a pretty good rate (already crossed Delirium off my list and am like 25% of the way through Uglies), and my latest accomplishment was…

THIS BOOK OF UTTER AND EPIC BEAUTY. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. God, I loved it so much, I just, I just, I just…

AUUUUGH IT WAS SO GOOD AND HEARTBREAKING. (Sidenote: Community comes back next month! HUZZAH!)

I mean, right off the bat (from the blurb on the inside cover, mind you, so no blaming me for spoilers) you know it’s a book about teenagers with cancer, so the fact that it’s a tearjerker should come as a surprise to no one. But, my God, is it beautiful. I loved everything about it: the writing, the teenaged characters who talk more like they’re forty and are so ridiculously witty and well-read it’s, well, ridiculous… even the I-can’t-even-call-this-bittersweet-it’s-too-sad storyline. I hate myself for waiting so long to read it. I finished it in 10 hours. Actually it was more like 6, since 4 of the hours in the middle were spent sleeping, but I swear, I was THISCLOSE to taping my eyelids open so I could keep reading straight through the night. As it was, I gave up just before 3 and started reading again around 7. Hours 8 and 9 were pretty much just spent sobbing.

Sooooo anyway, yes, I spent a good deal of yesterday morning in tears, but they were the good kind, even though they’re also the sad kind. Surely you must know what I mean.

And, thus, my weekend was.

I know, most profound ending to a blog post ever. You are welcome.

23 Comments

  1. I cried buckets over The Fault in Our Stars. It was so sad and so beautiful at the same time.

  2. The Fault in Our Stars made me cry so much! So amazing. Have you read anything else by John Green? Anything I’ve read by him is definitely worth checking out.

    • This is the first thing I’ve read by him, but An Abundance of Katherines is on my to-read list! And now Paper Towns too. :)

  3. I am in the middle of “The Fault in Our Stars” right now – and am completely in love.

    Have you read “Paper Towns”? It is the first John Green book I have read and it was fantastic. Definitely recommend it.

    • I haven’t — this is the first book I’ve ever read by him but you can absolutely bet I’ll be checking out the rest of his works. An Abundance of Katherines is already on my to-read list!

      • Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Looking for Alaska are both awesome, too. Although, admittedly, you definitely read the best John Green book first. The Fault in Our Stars is on a whole other level of awesomeness.

  4. I don’t really like fashion but I think I would feel pretty fabulous trying on all those dresses! I doubt I’ll ever have an occasion to actually wear one too though!

    • Right?!? It felt like such a waste, because it was SO beautiful but I was like, alas, my life is not glamorous enough to warrant me wearing a dress like this, probably EVER. Sadface.

  5. I’ve read every single John Green book. I’m kinda obsessed with him and his Indiananess. Paper Towns was the first book I read by him and I was laughing so hard during parts I had to physically put the book down because my abs were cramping from all the laughing.

    And I read The Fault In Our Stars on the beach last March and plowed through in about four hours. I loved it, loved it, loved it. And now I totally want to read it again.

    • I totally thought of you every single time I read the word “Hoosiers” or pretty much anything else that had to do with Indiana as I, too, plowed through the book. :D

    • PS, you have absolutely NO IDEA how loudly I laughed at this quote:

      “I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.”

      Seriously, I was laughing for lie 4 straight minutes. And I know that cancer is not funny, but that was one of the most amazing things about this book, because, sometimes, he made it funny.

  6. You’re making me regret not buying the hard cover of The Fault In Our Stars when it was on sale at Chapters for $10. Sigh! It is slowly creeping its way up on my to-read list with every positive comment I hear.

    Also, those miniature pies look AMAZING! Everyone around me at work stopped to stare at my screen and wish they could eat them all.

    • I wish I had gotten to sample all of them! I love miniature anything. Heeeeee.

      • As proven repeatedly by your love of miniature schnauzers.

    • Hahaha, that’s what a lot of people said to me, actually! Good to know that’s a look I can pull off, hehe. :)

  7. I haven’t read any of John Green’s books, but I have watched some of his videos on Youtube and follow him on Tumblr and he’s hilarious. Also, Jenny Lawson’s book is hilarious. It looks like you have some good reads!

  8. My to-read list is like whoa long, but I’m going to have to add this one. Are you on Goodreads?

  9. Oh, you are going to LOVE The Maze Runner and Gone Girl AND Let’s Pretend This Didn’t Happen. Actually, Jenny Lawson’s book was one of my absolute favorites of 2012 (and that was out of the 101 books I read, so you know it’s good!). The Fault in our Stars has been on my to-read list for a while so maybe I’ll pick it up soon.

    • I keep hearing that Gone Girl is epically amazing but the ending is disappointing. And I’ve been DYING to read Let’s Pretend… seriously forever but just haven’t gotten around to it. BUT I SHALL! I want to laugh out loud until it huuuuurts. :D

  10. Ahhh! One of my goals is to fit (and rock) a rent the runway dress!!!!! Seems so far away right now! Looks so great on you and your friend!

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