Team Sassy gets dolled up… Red carpet style!
Several weeks ago, Team Sassy received an invitation to attend the red carpet premiere of The Women’s Foundation’s documentary, She Objects held at the iconic main branch of HSBC in Central. We were ecstatic to be a part of such a meaningful campaign and support the messaging behind She Objects.
Since none of us had ever attended a red carpet event before, we knew we needed some professional help in getting all of us ready! Thankfully, Yeechoo, Monica Vinader and airplay blow dry bar came to our rescue and got all of us sorted and feeling like a million bucks.
Excited and honoured to be invited to watch the groundbreaking documentary, She Objects, I soon realised I didn’t have a red carpet dress to wear to this special occasion. #mumlife means I’m usually living in casual clothes around home and work however, I’m definitely not one to turn down an opportunity to glam up a bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything red carpet appropriate at home so I was pleased to try out Yeechoo’s dress rental services. Before my appointment at Yeechoo, I perused their site to see a selection of gorgeous designer dresses (ones that I will probably not buy on my own!). I tried on several different styles, but it wasn’t until our Assistant Editor, Lexi, suggested I try on this gorgeous Nicole Miller Black Maze Sequin number that I fell in love. It fit like a glove and I instantly felt very old Hollywood glamour-ish.
With my dress sorted, I needed jewellery to match. Here’s where Monica Vinader comes into the picture! Already a huge fan of her collections, I was eager to find some statement pieces to work with the already glittering gown. It was a no brainer when my eyes fell upon (and grew ten times larger!) the Stellar Cocktail Diamond earrings. I paired it with the Baja Diamond Ring and the Alma Ring. The look was completed with their signature Fiji Full Diamond Bracelet and the Esencia Diamond Bar Bracelet.
As if I wasn’t already feeling super pampered and glamorous already, I headed to airplay blow dry bar for my makeup and an up-do. They recently opened their new location at The Landmark which is convenient for many mamas on the go. My makeup and hair stylist suggested a soft wave which swooped into a low chignon bun. For my makeup we went for a a bright red lip for a pop of colour.
Seeing the whole look altogether made me feel not only beautiful but confident as well. When my son saw me after the premiere, he gasped and said, “Mama, you’re so beautiful!” and I told him that he was as well in his adorable pjs. I share more about my thoughts on the documentary below and how I want my kids to see true beauty.
Admittedly, I’ve never been the girliest of girls and having tirelessly fought my mum over wearing dresses since I was little, having to get ready for a red carpet event has never been something that’s crossed my mind! Although my mind-set has changed over the years and I now love wearing a summer frock, knowing that we were going to attend a premiere ,and be given the chance to dress up was really special. With a closet full of Cotton-on, the anxiety of finding a gown that was appropriate for such an event was all eased by Yeechoo’s rental service. With such a huge range of dresses to choose from I finally settled on a light blue Greecian-style chiffon gown by Jill Stuart which was light, airy and perfect for the Hong Kong heat.
Monica Vinader made us all feel like kids in a candy store, giving us free reign over their gorgeous diamond-studded pieces and perfectly tying together our gowns with elegance and sophistication. Resisting the urge to wear the entire collection at once, I settled on a Riva Diamond Wave Cuff and matching stacking ring that complimented the draping waves of my dress perfectly. Pairing these with a Skinny Double Band Ring, which I just couldn’t resist, and an Alma Pendant bursting with individual jewels I began to imagine how the other half lived.
Heading in to airplay, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. And having attempted (and failed) several times to follow various YouTube tutorials with the promise of a ‘cool and easy plait’, I jumped at the chance for a professional to bring my vision to life instead. Dutch braids and big, bold plaits were twisted to perfection, paired with a smokey eye, a subtle bronzed complexion and a nude lip, airplay transformed me from what I thought would be very ‘Mama Mia’ to Daenerys Targaryen… and I loved it.
Since red carpet events are definitely a rarity in my life, I was thrilled to get glammed up for the She Objects premiere (made even better by the incredible message behind the documentary)! The first step was finding the perfect dress and naturally Yeechoo’s awesome dress rental service came to mind.
After browsing the racks, I found the Barbarella Convertible Maxi Dress in Lilac, which was a beautiful and comfortable fit for my curves. They will be curating more dresses for different body shapes and heights which will make the experience even better!
I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take my jewellery in for this look, but the girls at Monica Vinader pointed me towards the perfect fit – the Blue Lace Agate Cocktail Earrings, Cocktail Ring and Odyssey Cuff from the elegant Siren collection. It wasn’t overly blingy, but it suited my silky dress to a tee, right down to the colour palette and the statement I was looking for.
Finally, in sticking with the classic theme for my look, I went for loose curls pinned to one side (gotta show off those earrings, ladies!) with a classic brown smokey eye and bright pink lip for my makeup, executed perfectly by the experts at airplay – they took my vision and brought it to life! I have never been quite so pampered before, and I left for the event feeling like such a princess!