An Inaugural Ball

Living in DC, especially during presidential elections, certainly has its perks. One of the coolest things I’ve done is attend an inaugural ball this year. Now, before it sounds like I met Obama, he didn’t attend this ball! Some of my friends (most of us from NC) and I attended the North Carolina State Society Inaugural Ball at the Washington National’s Ballpark in the luxury ballrooms.

It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience (or maybe it wasn’t…), and I felt a bit like Cinderella at the ball throughout the entire evening. It was a little surreal, as I’m not used to donning a ballgown on a typical weekend!

Bridgette was visiting me that weekend, and we set out to get our makeup done at the Clinique counter at the mall. Confession: I’d never had my makeup done before this trip! It was fun get all glammed up with a bright red lip to go with the look.

And, as I’ve mentioned before, I had grand intentions of re-wearing a bridesmaid dress (a long black gown I wore to Erica’s wedding in Napa Valley in the Fall) to an inaugural ball. Little did I know that that would actually happen! It was definitely nice to re-wear this pretty dress and save some money, too.

Suzanne, Lindsey, Kathryn, and I all went to the Inaugural Ball together (all North Carolinians!), and we had the best time! It was over-the-top beautiful and festive. Think red, white, and blue decor everywhere, lots of patriotic + baseball + North Carolina touches, incredible & delicious North Carolina food, gorgeous people in ballgowns and tuxes everywhere, an amazing NC band, lots of dancing, etc

It was awesome.

Suzanne, Lindsey, me, & Kathryn

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