Local Marketing, Inc., was recently nominated for an AiMA award. Although we didn't win in our category, it was still a great event, and a chance to meet up with other marketing professionals in a more relaxed environment. I even had a chance to catch up with one of my first ever managers.
The event this year was held at the Georgia Aquarium, one of my favorite places in Atlanta. I could kick back and watch the mammals and fish swim all day long. They are so peaceful, and it makes me feel so relaxed just to watch them. I'm sure the white wine and cosmos I was drinking also helped my relaxed demeanor last night, though! :)
The event was held in one of the aquarium's ballrooms. While we didn't have access to the entire aquarium, we did have windows into two of my favorite exhibits: (1) the manatees and seals, and (2) the whale sharks. The guide we talked to told us that the manatees usually go to sleep around 8:30 or 9 p.m., but that the music from an event will wake them, because the vibrations go through the water so well. Manatees love people.
I really struggled with what dress to choose for the night. The cocktail attire meant I could really dress up, but I had to stay on a professional level. I think I made the right choice, and -- on the eve of the Royal Wedding -- I just happened to wear a dress with lace. When I saw Kate's dress this morning, I thought to myself that it was really fitting I chose this dress for an event so close to the Royal Wedding.
The dress is from the brand Tracy Reese, and it just fits me like a glove. I love a dress that can showcase your curves, yet still allow you to feel completely comfortable. That's how I feel about this dress.
The Tracy Reese Yoke Shift Dress came in black and fawn, and is still available on some sites for a discounted price. Many celebrities love the brand, and Mrs. Michelle Obama actually wore a pink lace Tracy Reese dress on the cover of People Magazine in 2009. Kelly Osbourne wore the exact dress that I have to an event last year - with blue pumps! I opted for an all-black ensemble and wore my black mesh Betsey Johnson pumps with rosettes. The heels are quite high, so I was definitely hurting by the end of the night.
As you can see from the picture above, my husband, Chapin, went with me to the event. I want you to know this type of behavior isn't typical. He does not work in the field -- AiMA stands for "Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association" --so normally he would have no interest in attending this type of event with me. But he is just so supportive of me and my career that he wanted to go, despite the high ticket price and his hectic work schedule lately. I am so proud to have him by my side.