Style File: Will's Dental School Formal

May 13, 2014

My boyfriend, Will, and I have been together since we were 15 years old. As high school sweethearts, we went through the trials and tribulations of preparing collage applications, learning how to drive, going to prom and all those other coming-of-age things together. We've truly grown together and it's something I cherish everyday. On our first date he told me about his dream of becoming a dentist and after years of hard work and dedication, the love of my life is finally a first-year dental student (soon to be D2 in a few weeks) at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. On March 27, 2014, I had the privilege of being his date to his dental school formal and celebrating all his first-year success.

Of course, when I heard this event was coming up, my immediate thought was "what do I wear?!"... It was March - still a miserable winter for the Northeast but the date was only a few days away from April's hope of Spring. I was in a fashion conundrum. My challenge: find a formal outfit during transition season

Being a law student on a dismal budget, I rummaged through my pile of coupons and gift cards in hopes of finding some budget-friendly opportunities. And there it was, a $78 Bebe gift card - SCORE! 

I hadn't shopped at Bebe since I was in the 8th grade, mainly because their items were often over priced and my body shape (namely my big ass) just never fit right in their clothes. But, as my luck would have it, I came across a dress that I felt met all my dental formal fashion needs. I found my holy grail with Bebe's Black & White Colorblock Scuba Tank Dress ($149). It was sexy, classy and affordable with my gift card. It fit well and the black & white color scheme make it easy to accessorize with items already in my closet. I knew it would also be a dress I'd be able to wear again. 

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Day before formal - had to ask my law school friends if I looked like Shamu. 
I didn't feel fat but I've never worn a color block black & white dress and I was a little concerned!
Shoes: Christian Louboutin, New Simple 85 in Black Patent Leather 
(Christmas Present from Will, Dec. 2012)

Please excuse Will's bedroom as the background (i.e. my cord & crap on the floor, etc.)

We were running late and the iPhone was not cooperating with the focus button
Through my hair up in a sleek ponytail since I had driven from PA to Long Island in the same day - no time for doing a down-do! But, I think it worked well since there was a very mod feel to the dress.

Accessories: Michele Deco Watch (College graduation present from my mommy)
Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Reilly Clutch, $24.99 (Prime available)
Judith Ripka Sterling Silver 100-facet Texturized Ring, (no longer available)
Chloe + Isabel Pave Inside-Out Crystal 1.5" Hoops, $52 

Sorry the makeup pics aren't as clear as they could be
Earrings: Chloe + Isabel Pave Inside-Out Crystal 1.5" Hoops, $52

Moisturizer - Sephora Collection Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer, $18
Foundation - Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Medium, $24 
*I'ved used Bare Minerals for years and started using it again daily a few weeks back and swear by it for everyone. Perfect for all skin types*
Concealer - Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light Neutral Warm, $20
*This stuff seriously covers those annoying law school bags under my eyes*
*This is a dupe for the famous Nars "Orgasm" Blush (click here for E.l.f under $7 post)*
Eyeshadow - Bobbi Brown Duo in Ash and Rock (I received this as a gift years ago so its no longer available as duo but you can purchase similar colors in Beige and Stone, separately, here for $22 each)
Eyeliner - Tarte Colored Clay Eyeliner in Black (this is apparently sold out everywhere, but here's an alternative from Tarte, $19)
*Tarte is a PETA-approved, all natural, high-performance makeup brand. I always experience long wear and colors are complimentary with any makeup palette or routine*
Mascara - Mally Volumizing Mascara, Set of 2 for $28 & Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara, $23
**Mally Roncal is BEYONCE'S MAKEUP ARTIST...Need I say more...Yup, so QVC and Ulta sells her brand exclusively and her volumizing mascara is out of this world**I typically only need that but for events I like to use Tarte's L, C, F mascara over it because it lengthens, separates and defines with its specialized brush**
Lip - Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink, $20 on (I originally got these in a mini set but the link is to full size, since the set is no longer available)  
Setting Spray - E.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, $3 at Target (full description in older post here)

Urban Expressions, Reilly Clutch $24.99 on

 Michele Deco Watch (College graduation present from my mommy, May 2012)

Judith Ripka Sterling Silver 100-facet Texturized Ring, (no longer available; similar here)

Chloe + Isabel Pave Inside-Out Crystal 1.5" Hoops, $52 

Thank you so much for checking out You Have the Right to Remain Fabulous' most recent post. 

Stay fabulous! 

LMD xo

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