If you follow me on Instagram
or Snapchat (collegeprepster! add me!), you got a sneak peek at my Tony Awards look. I was invited to a viewing party with IBM and then the Gala (aka after party)… to say I was excited was an understatement.
This was my first ever black tie event. Rent the Runway
erased my “what do I wear?!” question that I started to panic about. They let me pick out a dress for the night and I felt as glamorous as I’ve ever felt. (I also overheard quite a few girls talking about their RTR dresses at the party!)
I picked out this black and white gown
thinking that I would blend right in. I ended up receiving so many compliments– I was blushing all night long. It sounds a little silly, but events like this can be pretty intimidating especially when you already have more-than-a-touch of social anxiety. Wearing a dress that I felt completely confident in made my night that much more enjoyable. It’s not about
the dress per say, but it totally makes a difference when you feel great. Who’s with me?
Garrett looking quite dapper. Neither one of us knew what to expect and we were completely in awe of everything. I went so far to claim the night as the best NYC experience I have had to date. It was pretty unreal.
The IBM watch party was held in a penthouse with a wrap around roof deck. We drank and snacked while watching the performances and acceptance speeches. It was really fun to watch with a group of people… you could tell when a crowd favorite won because we’d all cheer!
There was even a real Tony floating around the party. I’d like to thank my mom, dad, and sister….
Okay, now for the fun part. It was difficult to grab good photos, but trust me when I say… the Gala was unbelievable. The Plaza Hotel has never looked so good. The entire place was practically dripping with peonies. Everywhere
. And there was incredible food everywhere
. And, most excitingly, there were celebrities everywhere
. I’ve never been to anything quite like this.
I’m not even one to get overly starstruck, but there is something pretty surreal about being in a room surrounded by recognizable faces and incredibly talented people. I wish I could have met everyone, but Garrett and I settled for “casually” taking it all in. (Just kidding, we were downright giddy with excitement.) Oh, but I couldn’t resist asking Darren Criss for a photo
It was the best night ever. If only every weekend could end with a black tie event!
A massive, massive thank you to the team at IBM for this truly incredible experience.