I know D.C. is supposed to be this whirlwind of power-broking gala dinners and whatnot, but in my experience, it's more like a lot of hanging out with your friends sight-reading musicals, watching bad movies, and drinking girly drinks. But I've been invited to four fancy events in the next two weeks. In addition to the gala that caused my cocktail attire dilemma, I also have a business dress awards dinner and a business dress reception. Then today I got an invitation (dramatically, and amusingly, fedexed in an envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL) to a black tie optional magazine launch party. Black tie optional! Holy cow! Fortunately for my wardrobe stress, this one conflicts with the business dress reception.
So, here I go to wheel & deal with the powerful and wonky. I often feel out of place at these things. I'm like, I work at [my publication]? ...yeah, but I actually don't cover politics? ...but could you pretend to be interested in talking to me anyway? Some of them are health-themed, so it'll be ok, but at one of them I will be, like, dramatically out of place. Let's hear it for the free drinks!!