Happy Friday! Despite the fact that it’s crazy storming outside in NYC, nothing can really dampen my mood – I mean c’mon, it’s the weekend. These are my favorite days, when I get to relax and catch up with my thoughts. I’m going to recap my night a few weekends ago with the Collectively team at the St. Jude’s Spring Gala. For a little background, Collectively Inc. is one of the influencer marketing agencies that helps to connect me with brands that align with my own personal brand, so we can create joint content. When the team reached out to me to attend the St. Jude’s Gala, I was honored and happy to attend! I invited my friend Alyssa and we prepped for the event with blowouts and styling at DreamDry in Flatiron, and did a little Instagram takeover for Pucker Makeup (see video below for a snippet!)
After getting glam, we took a few shots outside (thanks, girl!) and headed over to the NoMad bar for drinks with the Collectively team. I wore this beautiful gown by Talulah from Bloomingdales, along with black Steve Madden heeled sandals. I’ve linked my outfit details below along with other favorite gown finds. I tried on this dress by Jarlo and it was beautiful, but they didn’t have it in my size at the time.
Around 8PM, we walked to the event, which was held at the Empire Room at 230 Fifth (which has a sick rooftop, if you haven’t been). The Gala was BEAUTIFUL and man oh man, was there food! The event was catered by some of my NYC faves: Dylan’s Candy Bar, Dinosaur BBQ (yes, please!), Insomnia Cookies, Bagatelle, etc. I *drunkenly* took like twenty pictures of the Insomnia Cookies booth and they totally thought I was crazy, but ya know…
After a fun night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing, we heard powerful speeches by Gala Co-Chairs Christina Russo and Shalyn Baum. What really resonated with me is that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is actively, actively leading the way we understand, treat and defeat childhood cancer and other diseases. It also surprised me to learn that about 75% of the costs of St. Jude are actually covered solely by public donations. Speaking of which, you can still donate right now, right here – don’t underestimate the importance that one person can have. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since they opened.
Wrapping up, I want to thank the Collectively team for inviting me to such a heart-warming and powerful event. It’s an experience I will always appreciate! Xo Lauren
Photos by Lauren Mazzei / provided by Collectively Inc.