A Night at the Ball

She is elegant rather than belle.

Wilfred Owen

jacket (brand: kimchi blue) – top (romwe) – skirt (zara) – heels (dsw) – drop earrings (charlotte russe; similar) – doubles studs (jc penney’s)


Hello, my loves!

Oh, it feels so good to write again. It’s been (a week) too long.

Midterm season is officially upon us and I have been suffering its ill effects. Or at least I am preparing to suffer them next week when exam/paper/quiz reality hits.

If you’re wondering why I was so dressed up in this outfit shown today, it was because I attended a ball last weekend (*cue the Jane Austen fanatics*).

Last weekend was President’s Ball, a dance Hillsdale puts on. It’s essentially an all-campus party with live music, decorations, and food. I actually attended this dance last year as well, and it did not disappoint.

I am such a sucker for dances: the whole process of doing my makeup and hair (and about 10 other girls’ on my hall), putting on a pretty outfit, and dancing the night away has always excited me. I could talk anybody’s ear off about how the simple acts of putting on a pair of heels and some lipstick can transform a young woman into a beautiful, confident, princess. It’s a lovely experience, and this dance was, too.

My outfit I based off of this beautiful picture of one of my favorite fashion icons, Audrey Hepburn:

Isn’t she positively stunning?

Like Audrey, I paired a simple white top with the cutest tie-back detailing with a blush pink tulle skirt I picked up in Paris’ Zara last summer (p.s. this skirt is on sale now!).

Though I didn’t accessorize with a pair of white gloves, I added my favorite pink drop earrings (costume jewelry-esque) and this vintage coat I was recently gifted.

I finished it off with my favorite-of-all-time DSW heels. The t-straps around the ankles make any legs look lean and the minimalist look of them complete the outfit.

As for makeup, it was all about glam for me. The winged liner and the bronzey smokey eye complemented the pastel pink of the skirt and was enough so my face wasn’t washed out by the dance floor’s lights.


Though President’s Ball was a nice break from reality, it’s time to get back to business. My English paper I haven’t started is calling my name…

In all seriousness, though, if any of you are lacking motivation in the days leading up to Spring Break, pop on some lipstick and wear an outfit that makes you feel beautiful. I promise it helps.

Until next time,

xoxo Maria

Photographs by the wonderful Callaghan Huntington

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