Last night I attended Couture for a Cause NY, a Jewish non-profit co-founded by the Insta-famous Esther Silber-Berg. This year's event benefited Sharsheret, a national non-profit organization supporting breast cancer. Sharsheret (which is Hebrew for chain, "symbolizing the connections we make among women, families, and communities facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.") was founded by Rochelle Shoretz, who happens to be my SIL's sister. Rochelle (or Rochie as we knew her) passed this past spring after fighting cancer for 14 years, since she was just 28 years old.
In honor of Rochie and breast cancer awareness month I shared this photo of her pretty pink Blahniks that I inherited. In addition to her many talents she had a killer sense of style.
In order to attend this event, it meant a hour long drive to Long Island. As long as I in the area I checked out the new Century 21 that just opened in Green Acres Mall. It's a big beautiful store but the merchandise wasn't any different than things I've seen at their other locations.
The event featured raffles, an award ceremony and a fashion show. One of the honorees was Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano. The show featured several of his designs (as well as Pink Label and Zoe Ltd.) which stole the show IMO. I didn't have the best of seats so I'm not gonna waste your time with crappy runway shots.
Pictured below are Ellen Kleinhaus and Elana Silber of Sharsheret and Sara Tenenbaum (Rochelle's sister) in the center.
After the show you know I had to snag a pic with Christian. I was alone when I found him so I had to ask strangers to shoot me with my camera but nobody seemed to know how to use it. It was on automatic so all they had to do was press the stupid button. He was a really good sport as he posed with me at least 3 times until someone finally figured it out.
But let's get down to business. I know you want to hear all about my bargainista look.
Head to toe:
- Earrings: Dannijo, sample sale, $25 (retail $345)
- Lipstick: Isabel Toledo for MAC in Victoriana, free with Nordstrom notes
- Dress: Tamara Mellon leather halter dress, sample sale, $100 (retail $1,495!)
- Shirt: H&M, $6
- Jacket: Elizabeth and James Garcia fur, sample sale, $100 (retail $1,195 - thought it was more for some reason)
- Bracelet: Dannijo, sample sale, $25 (retail $395)
- Bag: Charlotte Olympia lips, sample sale, $115 (retail $545)
- Shoes: Charlotte Olympia Agent Provocateur Bellatrix, sample sale, $150 (retail $895)
So basically my $5000 look was a little over $500. Not bad. The only thing I paid retail for was the H&M top LOL.
I just wanted to add that my hair of late has been a happy accident. My regular Sultra curling wand broke (I guess I dropped it one too many times LOL) so I used my backup Sultra and I'm so glad I did. This one is cone shaped and it gives you that wavy (less curly) cool-girl hair.
Because I forgot to wear anything pink, my friend Jen of Jen K Designs lent me her gorgeous rose gold bracelet and ring. Yes, they're real and they are fabulous :)
For more information about Sharsheret head to their website, www.sharsheret.org