Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler, Let the good times roll! It’s one of my FAVORITE times of the year – carnival season! If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’m from Louisiana, a place that I proudly call home. In my hometown of Shreveport, growing up, we had two big Mardi Gras weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday, which were filled with parades and events celebrating the season (and of course tons of king cake!). I’m so excited to be heading home this year for the last weekend of Mardi Gras!
Along with the parades, each krewe holds its own Mardi Gras ball. If you’re unfamiliar, each ball is basically like a huge, fun wedding, and instead of a bride and groom, there’s a king and queen! And did you know that there’s even a Mardi Gras ball (actually, it’s an entire weekend) here in Washington, D.C.?! As you can imagine, these shindigs are formal affairs, and if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have one (much less a couple) ball gowns just hanging out in your closet! In steps Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway has saved me on so many different occasions! If you’re unfamiliar with how Rent the Runway works, it’s so simple! You go online, pick out the dress(es) of your choice, which is made SO incredibly easy because each dress has hundreds of customer reviews along with photos so it’s easy to find a previous customer that has a similar body type to yours to make sure the dress will fit you just right. When you decide on a dress, pick two sizes that, based on the reviews, you think will fit you the best. Select the date of your event and the date that you need the dress by. Your dresses will arrive in perfect condition a day (or two) before your event. Shine like a diamond in your dress, and then, all you have to do is pack the dress up in the same box that it came in and ship it back with the free shipping label that came in the original package (no dry cleaning required!). How amazing is that?!
I’m dying over the two dresses that I’m wearing here (the black Alexis dress + the red Slate & Stone ball gown). I’ve also worn this sequin number and this green chiffon gown to balls in the past. To make it even easier on you Mardi Gras ball goers, Rent the Runway has a Mardi Gras specific section!
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Need a king cake recommendation? I just ate my way through a Sucré king cake, and it was amaaaazing!
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