This Entertainment Weekly party is definitely the most star-studded event the cast gets invited to all year (still waiting for the television academy to recognize Woge-ing on an Emmy ballot), so we try to bring it. I was feeling pretty happy with my options for day time, but the thought of this EW carpet kept calling to me like a tenth grade dance... I just didn't feel like I had something "cool" enough to walk amongst #girlboss heroes like Karen Gillan (I'll tell myself anything to justify a new dress). Plus, mom lyfe affords me very few opportunities to look cool while trying to keep a stair-climbing, toilet-water-drinking, knife-and-large-motor-vehicle-obsessed toddler alive, so I had to take advantage of the opportunity to strut.
Luckily, we wrapped the first day of audiobook recording early (since my uninitiated vocal cords were fried after five hours), so I scooped up Cal and we headed downtown for Shopping Challenge: Make Mama Cool Again. I did pre-search online and saw a dress on Billy Goat Vintage's Etsy shop and a couple of dresses on sale at Frances May, so I thought I'd start there. The shops are walking distance to each other and a five minute drive to my house.
The Billy Goat Vintage dress did not disappoint. I am a sucker for anything from the 40s - I love this silhouette, and the floral patterns are always intricate and lovely. I knew it wasn't quite right for the party, but I also couldn't leave it at the store. I bought it ($148) and a pair of yellow flats with black bows ($48 - see photo above) and headed out for Frances May.
Cal mercifully fell asleep on the way up to the store, so I very quietly browsed the racks of gorgeous things at this boutique that has cornered the market on "cool" in Portland. This place stocks the sort of clothes that make a person look and feel like they're wearing high art. Some of it I would never have the balls to pull off, other things I aspire to... I had seen this Ace & Jig dress on the website and loved the hot pink accents, but worried that the shapelessness would make me feel too frumpy. I first tried on some decidedly unfrumpy (read: skin tight) Opening Ceremony separates, but wasn't sure my abs were ready to play ball with the flash bulbs. The Ace & Jig dress, however, made me feel awesome. Comfort! Pockets! Literal and figurative Cool! On sale for $125!! I bought it, along with a chambray dress and lace top by A.P.C. (all between 50-65% off!!), and headed to the grocery store just as Cal started to rouse from his snooze.
I still wasn't convinced the dress was "special" enough for the party, but after scouring my closet it was my best "cool" bet. The night before we left for San Diego, I tried the Ace and Jig with a variety of shoe and belt options. Bitsie and Bree both loved the dress, and convinced me to ditch the belt and rock the black boots (which were another sale purchase from Steven Alan earlier this year).
While we were doing our press rounds at Entertainment Weekly that morning, I caught a glimpse of the carpet set up - the step and repeat background was almost the exact pink of the dress, which I took as a sign that the fashion gods would take care of me in the Ace & Jig. Bitsie and I got ready together while Matt and Jenna took our sweaty, exhausted day faces into night.
This may be my favorite outfit to date. Everything felt so comfortable, which gave me all the confidence I needed to deal with the ridiculous press line. We took an opera bow in lieu of posing as a cast, and because of the decibel level of pop music pumping through the speakers at the party, was home by a decidedly un-cool 10pm.