|dress||–||Julia Jordan (found at Nordstrom Rack, similar < $45!)|
|earrings||–||Guess (old, similar)|
|pumps||–||Zara (old, similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Sunset Cruise)|
|nails||–||Essie (Sew Me)|
A few weeks ago I had the best, nerdiest evening of my life. And somehow this involved a red carpet movie premiere.
How? Well, it has something to do with the relaunch of a certain series in the not too distant future…
Alright, most of you probably aren’t MST3K fans, so I’ll break it down for you. In the 90s/early 2000s there was a show called Mystery Science Theater 3000. You may recognize this iconic image from the show. MST3K has a huge cult following. It was a delightful show in which a man and two robots trapped in space are forced to watch bad movies by evil scientists. They watch them. They make fun of them. And it’s great.
My husband and I are huge fans–in fact, bonding over the show was one of the things we did earliest in our relationship. The show was cancelled in the early 2000s, but a few years ago the show’s founder, Joel Hodgson, launched a massively successful Kickstarter to bring it back. We contributed to it, and due to our contribution we were invited to the Chicago premiere of the first episode.
You can only imagine my excitement at getting to plan an outfit for a red carpet event. I knew I needed a stellar dress and some bold accent pieces. Given my recent success at Nordstrom Rack when planning my trip to Hawaii, I went there first. I found so many great dresses I had a hard time choosing just one, but I landed on this guy because it fit perfectly and I loved the cobalt lace.
Having nailed down the dress, I went in search of accessories. Luckily, I already had this pair of fringed earrings in my jewelry box–they’re some of my oldest earrings in fact. I paired them with a sparkly hematite bangle and ring from Charming Charlie. I often like to choose accesories that fit in the color palette of the overall outfit without being the exact same color–it gives a look some dimension.
Anyway, I think I achieved a sufficiently elevated and (perhaps) futuristic vibe for the evening. We rushed home from work that night, threw on our finest, and sped off for the Music Box Theater…
…where we were greeted by a long line of enthusiastic fans (otherwise known as “MSTies”). I took about a million selfies and struck up several conversations while we waited to be let in. Everyone in line had to sign a NDA so it took a little while.
After procuring popcorn and snapping a “red carpet” photo, we plopped into our seats for the premiere. It was amazing. I can’t tell you any more than that. It debuts on Netflix on April 14th.
After the screening they hosted a Q&A with all the main actors in the show and even the puppets made an appearance. It was amazing and hilarious and cathartic. I still can’t believe I saw all of them live–and so close!
After the show we enjoyed an afterparty at the theater with all of the actors. There was a photobooth with Jonah Rey and the bots. I think we nailed our shot.
We also got to meet Joel and talk with him about the first episode. Dreams = fulfilled.
And I ran around snapping photos with everyone who brought their own puppet to the event. Tom is my favorite.
It was a magical night. I can’t wait to watch the rest of the new season. Catch it on Netflix on April 14th.