badgley mischka & david's bridal save the world

Well, they may not have saved the world. But they dressed myself & Miss Faith Huckle, who's on a mission to save the world, at the 2nd Annual Restore Freedom Gala. There are more slaves today than at any time in history. Most are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation & most are female. In 2006 Faith founded Restore & today they run the only safehouse on the East Coast for victims of sex-trafficking. Intrigued? Watch more here. Want to get involved? Stayed tuned for the Restore New Years Eve Gala fundraiser with tickets going on sale soon.

What's that you say? What on earth would you wear to a Gala?? Delighted you asked.

Faith found a $500 JCrew dress she loved in white. But wanted it in red, & for significantly less. I went to David's Bridal. Don't panic. Yes sequin appliques & tulle skirts abound. But if you block all that out, look at each gown from a stand-alone perspective & edit wisely ... they're not that different than what you'd find in Nordstrom for more money.

{Love how Faith stood out amongst the blues & purples onstage in her gorgeous red!}

Meanwhile, I wore a $850 floor-length fully-beaded gold Badgley Mischka. Best Friend donned a $750 Robert Rodriguez Black Label one-shoulder Greecian number. With the get-a-2nd-for-50% deal & a coupon ... we got them from Rent The Runway for $50 a piece. Not gonna lie. I not only got mistaken for Zooey Deschanel more than usual in my designer sheath, but I felt like a celebrity in this gorgeous gown I could never afford to own. Nor would I want to. Because truth be told, this girl does not go to a Gala every weekend. Whereas the winter boots I have my eye on which I will live in for the next 6 months ... they deserve my financial investment. But I'm glad sparkly Badgley Mischka can come over for occassional playdates.

{How marvelous do our friends look?! I love how our gents sported bow ties & neck scarves. And the top center photo of Best Friend & I is a personal favorite of us.}

Nervous to try Rent the Runway? What are your questions & concerns? I've got a post in the works with some tips so send 'em my way!

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