Gratitude :: Striped lace & Celebrating women

by wendy

First and foremost, I want to express my deep gratitude for your time.  Thank you for visting this blog and for the support, encouragement, and kindness.  Something incredible happened to me on Monday and if you have a moment, I would love to share this event with you.  A week or so ago, David Yurman asked me to be their style ambassador to Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood event.  I was so taken back that I had to read the email at least a dozen times.  After forwarding the email to Mystery Man to make sure that my eyes weren’t deceiving me, I was beyond excited.

After the excitement, nervousness kicked in.  I know this sounds extremely superficial, but I didn’t know what to wear.  I’ve never been to an event like this before, and the honest truth is… I was afraid of not fitting in.  Should I get a long gown?  Or an elaborate dress?  I felt like a fish out of water.  The anxiety got so bad that my jaw started locking.  To ease my distress, Mystery Man kindly sat with me and we looked at Elle’s past Women in Hollywood events.  From the pictures, the celebration looked very intimate and all of the beautiful actresses were wearing modern yet classy dresses.  After looking at countless images, I decided to wear something romantic with a twist of whimsy.

My heart was pounding so fast as we drove to the event.  When we got there, I was so nervous that I started pacing back and forth.  With a few deep breaths, I held Mystery Man’s hand and walked in.

The beautiful display of David Yurman bangles at the event.

When it comes to fashion, these two were my favorite dresses of the night.  The stunning SJP wearing a structured Calvin Klein dress with architectural folds.  Her eyes are so blue, it feels like you’re staring at the sky.

The beautiful Cate Blanchett in a Proenza Schouler dress that makes her look like a blooming flower rising from nature’s garden.  The details on this dress is breathtaking!

Trying my very best to relax =)

Every year, Elle magazine hosts a Women in Hollywood event.  This year, it was a celebration honoring Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Cate Blanchett, Octavia Spencer, Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Wiig, Emma Watson, and Elle Fanning.  The dinner was so intimate that no outside cameras were allowed in.  It felt more like a birthday get together where people were sharing personal journeys.  Sitting there listening to these actresses share their stories was moving and emotional.  The event is really about celebrating womanhood and women’s achievement in the entertainment industry.

I felt so inspired.  Susan Sarandon quoted Virginia Woolf saying, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”  Women play such an impactful role in Hollywood (and not to mention other fields of work), but often times are under-valued and under-appreciated.  Uma Thurman and Cate Blanchett touched on the topic of balancing careers and motherhood, which is truly an art form.  Octavia Spencer strongly advocates for women helping other women, so collectively we can elevate each other and make a difference.  Shirley MacLaine talked about the secret to life – curiosity and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  I was so captivated by all of these women and their perspectives on life, work, and womanhood.  And the best part?  They’re so funny!  They take their work seriously, but they do not take themselves seriously.  They’re hard working, intelligent, and humble.  I actually ran into Uma Thurman in the restroom and she was talking about how she could have improved her speech.  I honestly thought she sounded great, and seeing how hard she was on herself made me appreciate her down-to-earth nature and thoughtfulness more.

Going back to my first point, I want to thank you.  Thank you for being on this journey with me.  Thank you for your support.  I’m so grateful for these opportunities, and without you, it would not be possible.

To David Yurman and Elle magazine, thank you so much for considering me.  It was such an inspirational evening!  The nine honorees are incredibly talented and beautiful inside and out.  I’ve admired their work and am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this event.

Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Dress :: MSGM thanks to my-wardrobe.com!
Shoes :: Valentino
Bag :: Chanel
Accessories :: Deborah Lippmann ‘Lady is a tramp’,
necklaces & ring borrowed from David Yurman