Last weekend, Hubby and I attended the Special Forces Gala and today I will share with you what I wore.

 

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I wanted to support the local businesses in town to purchase my dress instead of a traditional “known” store.  Since we went to the JP for our wedding and I didn’t wear a traditional wedding gown, this was the first time we attended a formal event together and I wanted to wear something special.   After trying on 10 dresses at five boutiques in Old Town, I went with this lovely dress purchased at An American in Paris.  The owner, Joelle, a delightful native French lady, locked the door and I had the entire store to myself to try on dresses.  Her selection was exquisite and when I tried on “The Audrey,” I knew I had found the one.

 

Special Forces Gala - Evening Gown Dress by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

As you can see in the picture above, I kept the makeup very neutral, with a little black eyeliner and a bright red lipstick.  Pearl drop earrings are from Chanel and were a Christmas present from Hubby a few years ago.  I decided to wear my hair down with a soft curl.

 

Special Forces Gala - Evening Gown Dress by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

With this neckline, I wasn’t so sure about wearing a necklace, and since the most beautiful part of the dress is the bead work, I didn’t want a necklace to take away from the details of the dress.  To compromise, I wore a costume pearl bracelet with a pave bow to coordinate with the black bow on the dress.

 

Special Forces Gala - Evening Gown Dress by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Here is another full length picture.  The shoes are from Sofft (I have old lady feet and need both comfortable AND cute shoes!).  They are a black suede Mary Jane style with a flower on the side.  Since I am so petite, the full length gowns that I tried on swallowed me up whole.  This length is perfect and the intricacy of the dress makes up for the fact that it is not to the floor.  Or at least that is the theory I am going with LOL!

 

Special Forces Gala - Evening Gown Dress by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Here is my handsome Hubby in his Humphrey Bogart tuxedo.  In next week’s post, Hubby will be showing off his tux and we have compiled a tutorial for the men on how to wear and accessorize a tuxedo.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss it!

 

This picture was taken at the foot of the grand staircase at the Army Navy Club where the event was held.  I didn’t take any pictures inside, but if you want a sneak peak, click HERE for more photos.  Although these pictures do not show the grandeur of this place like it is in person.

 

Special Forces Gala - Evening Gown Dress by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

My family proudly supports the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent serving in the United States military under the Special Operations Command.  The foundation also provides immediate cash grants to Special Ops personnel who are seriously wounded in the line of duty.   Click HERE if you are interested in making a donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

 

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While it was a lot of fun to get dressed out and enjoy a special night out with Hubby, it was more of an honor to be a part of the gala, and be in a room full of so many unsung heroes.  These men are some of the most accomplished members of our military, and the most humble people you will ever meet.

Love, hugs, and honoring our heroes.

Holly

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