Black Tie


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Dress: BCBG via Rent The Runway | Shoes: Similar | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Makeup: ℅ Stylisted

You know what’s been on my bucket list ever since I moved back to D.C.? Attending a black-tie gala.

I’ve actually never worn a gown in my life, until this past weekend. For prom, both junior and senior year, I thought I was Lauren Conrad and rocked short dresses both years. Big mistake. I’ve been dying to attend an adult prom to get my chance to feel like an IRL princess for years.

On Valentine’s Day, me and my single girlfriends went to a gala at the French Embassy. Side note, if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, dressing up in the fanciest attire and looking good for yourself is THE coolest, most empowering thing you can do! The gala itself was pretty fun, but getting ready was the real highlight of my evening. I tried out Stylisted for the first time, which is basically Uber for makeup and hair services. I requested a makeup artist to come to my home through the touch of a button (her name was Tiffany!), and guys, she knocked it out of the park.  She really listened to what I wanted, my comfort level with makeup, and in the end, I looked like a babe. Someone even asked me what foundation I used at the gala, which has never happened to me in my life!

I also loved Stylisted because I hate running around before major events. I’m always late when I try to dash to the department store to get my makeup done. It was really relaxing to get everything done in the comfort of my own apartment. I really cannot wait to use Stylisted for my next big event. Lucky for me, my birthday is in two short weeks — your girl definitely has to treat herself to this awesome service again!

Want to try Stylisted for yourself? Use the promo code ‘ALICIATENISE10’ for 10% off of your appointment!

Photos by Jen Eun

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  1. Maggie wrote:

    Wow this is stunning!! I love the lace cutouts 🙂

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  2. linda spiker wrote:

    Wow! Gorgeous! I love that soft blush color and that dress fits you like a glove!

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  3. Karin Rambo wrote:

    Gorgeous! That dress is absolutely stunning on you!

    Karin |

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  4. I need this dress. You look amazing!

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  5. Wow this dress is stunning and you look gorgeous in it! I would love to attend a Gala and wear a fancy gown…hope someday soon!

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  6. Showstopper! You’re totally gonna win Miss Virginia with this look.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  7. Kamara H wrote:

    Stylisted sounds like a lot of fun! You look drop-dead gorgeous, that dress is such a head turner!


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  8. Gentry wrote:

    You look gorgeous!! You hair and make up are “on fleek” (as the kids say!) 🙂

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  9. shannon wrote:

    Oh my that dress is absolutely stunning! It’s sext yet still so feminine and pretty.

    Clothes & Quotes

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  10. Wow you are stunning. I want that dress!!
    Lee Anne

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  11. I’m obsessed with this look and the pictures.

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  12. LOVE that dress on you! It’s so classy, but has such beautiful details! And I’ve never heard of that service before, but I’d love to try it out! I love doing my makeup, but it’s also fun to have others do it and see how they approach my face differently!

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  13. You look absolutely amazing! This is a great look. I agree on spending time with your friends and dressing up for yourself as being a positive way to spend Valentines’ Day.

    oxo, Lesh

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  14. Krista wrote:

    Wow! These photos are so gorgeous girl! The lighting – everything is divine. I love love blush, it’s perfect for right now.

    Love the blog Alicia! xoxo

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  15. Molly wrote:

    This is so pretty! I love the color and the dress looks gorgeous on you!

    Molly and Stacie

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  16. Val wrote:

    You look stunning! It’s important to spend time loving yourself and feeling great! I didn’t know Stylisted existed but this may become my new best friend- looks really convenient for the mom on the go.

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  17. I love this dress! A few weeks ago, when I was freaking out about my dress selections for a military formal, I was on RTR and instantly fell in love with this beauty! It looks great on you!

    Darrian //

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  18. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Ummmm, slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. You look so stunning! The color is perfect for you and I agree, she did an amazing job with your make up!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  19. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    This look is RIDICULOUSLY stunning!! I love the layout of your blog as well!! xo

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  20. Gorgeous!!! I love the dress and those earrings. Love the whole look.

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  21. Every girl wants to look as beautiful as you do in these pictures at least once in their life! That dress is a dream!
    Darling, Dearest

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  22. Chelsea wrote:

    HOOOOLY. This dress looking freaking AMAZING on you!!!

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  23. Anna Hubbard wrote:

    You look stunning in this dress!
    -Anna |

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  24. Jenny wrote:

    You look so amazing, Alicia!
    Great dress pick.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  25. That dress is stunning!

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  26. Erin Phillips wrote:

    Everything about this is gorgeous! I’ve gotta try out that service too, sounds awesome. I didn’t realize I wanted to attend a black tie gala in DC so bad until I read this post!

    Erin, Attention To Darling Blog

    Posted 2.17.16 Reply
  27. JenniferHenry-Novich wrote:

    GIRL! YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE! The dress, the photos, you! So so so nice! Glad I found your blog!! xoxo

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  28. January Erskine wrote:

    YOU LOOK AMAZING!! That dress is absolutely stunning on you. The color is perfection.

    Posted 2.18.16 Reply
  29. Samantha Cossick wrote:

    That dress looks AMAZING on you! Absolutely love it! Sounds like such a fun Valentine’s Day event as well. — SC at

    Posted 2.19.16 Reply
  30. You are gorgeous! Love the long hair!

    Xx Taylor

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  31. EdyeNicolesMakeup wrote:

    You look amazing!!!! That dress is gorgeous <3

    Edye //

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  32. GIRL! You are stunning. What a perfect dress. I have got to try Rent the Runway! Thanks for always inspiring…

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