through the looking glass - jump back ball

If you weren't at the Jump Back Ball this year, you really should mark your calendar for February 23, 2013 and get yourselves and friends to this event.

photo borrowed from Monina

Last week, Alexa and Cleshopaholic helped me choose from over 10 dresses that I ordered from sparkles to sequins to one shoulder to strapless. I couldn't make a decision and was up to my elbows in everything shiny so they saved the day and picked out a winner in a brand I never wear - Jessica Simpson. Who knew, right?

Why yes it's possible to have a winning dress and by winning, I mean that NO ONE else had the same sparkly, lacy navy dress that my friends decided was the one to rock.

Pre JBB, I hosted a few friends over to sip on cocktails before we headed down the street to the main event. There's nothing quite like getting ready with your friends, especially when your friend just happens to be your personal hair and make up guru for any and every occasion. (See the talented Danielle below.)

And the process begins....
How was the party? Fabulous. As always. While I've only attended the past two years, I will say it is an event that I look forward to and always try to recruit more friends to attend because it's that great of a time. It's like nothing I've ever been to in Cleveland. This year's theme was "Through the Looking Glass" aka Alice in Wonderland in my head and the committee pulled it all together from the decorations to the food to the props set up through the theater. (Side note: As a kid, I always thought people were saying "Allison's wonderland" so I never understand why Alice had blonde hair if I had brown. Clearly, my mother should've correct me and if she did, obviously I wasn't paying attention.)

Danielle, me and Carli

the stage - loved the theme and decorations
best dressed goes to Nick with his fashionable wife peeking from behind him

Radio Active - the lead singer loves her sequins too!
on the dance floor

clutches on the ground = better dancing

Lia, Danielle, yours truly and Katie

And we did.

When the party cleared out, we headed over to Touch Supper Club for old school hip hop night. Yes, we were incredibly overdressed and no we didn't care because even Snoop Dogg likes a fancy dress.

Sunday Funday began with a trip back to Touch because we didn't get enough of a fill the night before for brunch, a round of mimosas and bloody mary's with friends.

chicken and waffles, you win

Wrapping out this fashionable weekend, I joined a few friends to watch the Oscars Red Carpet live in a not-so-fashionable outfit involving leggings, oversized shirt, pearls and the same hair I had from the night before. My friends, I was doing the walk of shame all day and loved it - I thought adding the pearls helped!  As usual if you follow any of us on Twitter, the critique session was filled with smart and witty comments from everyone but the oscar goes to Suzanne.

My best dressed goes to Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Kemper and Guiliana Rancic. Hate on J.LO but she always brings the glamour to the red carpet, even though that dress did have those random arm holes.

Ahhhhh, another successful weekend complete.

Editors note: Shout out to reader Sara(h) - it was great to meet you and your man and thanks for reading. Oh, and I also received one comp'd ticket for blogging about the JBB, in case the FCC wants to patrol this blog.


Heather said...

Your dress was beautiful!

Jen @ Why CLE? said...

It was so nice to finally meet you in person! Loved your dress!

cleshopaholic said...

I too rocked my JBB hair (but sans weave and bobby pins) until this morning. It was HAWT! Can't wait for pedis on Friday- my poor feeties still hurt.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i also ate chicken and waffles the morning after, but at XYZ.

mmmmm, fried chicken.

Alana said...

my dress was j simp - too! i was nearly embarrassed when i looked at the tag :)

u looked faaaab!

Green Dog Wine said...

Glad you had such a good time! You looked absolutely fab!! way to rock that dress!

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

I agree with everyone else - you looked smashing in that dress! And I love that you went to Touch afterwards - my bro always heads there when Terry is DJing. He said it was a good time there. I'm hoping the stars align for me to attend again next year! Thanks for sharing your fun night.

Kimberly said...

That navy dress on you makes me deliriously happy! Love, love, love it. (and good luck on your first day today!)

Suzanne said...

I would like to thank the academy. OMG. I can't beleive I won an Oscar for best snark. (insert Cuba Gooding jr type acceptance speech now complete with jumping around the stage).

And I loved your walk of shame look--complete with pearls.

SRep said...

Thanks for the shot out. It was so great to meet you--sorry for being so creepy. Hands down your blog is the best in cle!! Thanks for keeping me up to date with the happening events in cle and current with the must have fashion pieces : )


Katelin said...

seriously you looked freaking fabulous. adore that dress so much! looks like one hell of a great party.

Fizzgig said...

your dress was amazing!! i love it! looks like a total blast!!!

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Glad you had a good time, you look lovely!

LWLH said...

Love your dress....very sexy :)

Kelly said...

You look to-die!!! The clutch was perf. So happy!

Matt Voges said...

It's winter time however that does not imply that you need to hold up until it gets hotter outside to lease one and have some good times. On the off chance that it is above 40 degrees than it is ideal for a jump house.