‘TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!’ Thankfully, Saturday night was a bit more refined than a scene out of Animal House, although costumes were required! After the Santana Row fashion show, I rushed back to the city and had an hour to get Hermione Way ready for her big housewarming party at her new pad (aka Villa) where she’s filming for the new reality show “Silicon Valley” which will air on Bravo! later this fall.
Here’s how the night of styling went with last minute tips for the next time you’re invited to a costume party…
Styling Hermione before her big Grecian themed housewarming party
2 Days Earlier ~ The Dress Drama
Dress Hunt through San Francisco ~ I had three days to put her entire look together. I wanted Hermione to not only feel like a Greek goddess as she was filmed for her show, but I didn’t want anyone else at the party to have the same dress. I went to Jeremy’s Department Store in SF and found the only white designer dress (Jovani) that had a chance, but it was 1 markdown away from being a dish rag. It was salvaged and there was yellow thread poking out all over where beading had been ripped out along the neckline & back. Even worse, there was a HUGE black ink or grease stain on the back and the entire dress just looked dusty. I tried it on and texted her the pics (luckily we’re about the same size, height and shoe size). I promised I’d make it work. The $90 price tag was a risk, considering there might not be any way to fix it, but the manager at Jeremy’s thankfully told me I could return it if the stain didn’t come out. I rushed it over to Lux Cleaners in Burlingame…
All about the Back ~ Friday afternoon I made a nervous call to my dry cleaner. To my surprise, the stain came out and the dress looked good! I picked it up, went to a fabric store and added all of this beaded trim used for wedding dresses to the neckline and back to cover the little holes that lined the dress. (Shopping tip ~ Whenever you’re dress shopping, always keep an eye out for a unique back. Low back dresses, cutouts, exposed zippers are all unique details to check on the back of a dress or top)
Cinderella Slippers ~ No look is complete without the perfect footwear, especially in a gown. I found these ankle strap sparkly heels at H&M earlier in the day and they matched the beading on the dress perfectly
Behind the Scenes
Hermione making her entrance with 10 minutes to spare before the party started
Mission Accomplished ~ My costume inspiration for Hermione was Athena meets Angelina Jolie and we were both happy with how the final look came together. Home made costumes are always more creative (and stressful) to put together compared to store bought. Do you like to make your own? (Bargain Bonus ~ The dress, dry cleaning, beading, heels & shawl was under $200 total)
Hermione was ready to go! Next, my sister and I rushed home to get ready. ONE problem, we had no idea what we were wearing….
How to Get Ready for a Costume Party Fast ~
Not Fair! ~ Guys have it so easy at toga parties. My brother Drew and friend Morgan went to TJMaxx and bought two sheets. I found a couple white dresses in my closet and had my sister wear the white structured “H&M Fashion Star” dress with a gold statement necklace. I took a shapeless sheer H&M dress, then pulled the laces out of my metallic sandals I wore earlier in the day & my sister tied them into a belt. (If you’re in a hurry, get creative and work with what you have around your house)
Makeshift Headpiece ~ My Stella & Dot Chelsea Necklace was a life saver. I simply folded it over, pinned it into my hair with bobby pins and it stayed all night creating a sparkly headpiece
Sensor Drama ~ Maybe it’s a result of shopping too much, but at least every few months I buy clothes and the sales associate forgets to remove the sensor. Ugh! This is what happened when I pulled this dress out of my closet. Does this ever happen to you? It’s a huge pain, you have to find the receipt, go back to the same store, and try to get them to take it off. There was no time Sat. night, so I grabbed scissors and cut it out. Hence, the uneven slit in this dress. Then I added tons of silver bracelets with a metallic costumy envelope clutch.
Villa Party Pics
Cooler than Clowns ~ Insanely flexible performers from San Francisco’s Supperclub contorting their bodies in the kitchen
Fire Dancing ~ Hermione & her brother, Ben, entertaining their guests and showing off some of their hidden talents with fire
If John Balushi & LMFAO had a love child ~ Costumes at the party ran the gamut and there were creative ones like burgundy sheets, afros, bathrobes, leafy bikini tops and more.
Before & After
Also, big Thank You to my sister, Jody, for helping with last minute styling details and curling Hermione’s hair with a wave wand.
This was actually the first Toga party I’d ever been to. What’s your favorite party theme, or do you think they should be left behind once the ‘college years’ are over?
Until the next “Silicon Valley” styling session, have a great week! Also if you’d like to come to an upcoming Villa Party, there are tix available celebrating Hermione’s birthday Sat. June 16th for the “Silicon Valley Mansion Crawl.” Event Details HERE. I’ll be back Friday