...was a month ago. And I went. Allow me to reflect.
On August 5, Eli sent me a sweet email (from Japan, I think) asking if I'd be his date to the VMAs on August 30. Before the email, I'd never considered going. I'm not sure why; it just didn't occur to me. Things have been kind of crazy as of late with work and travel so getting to LA in August wasn't even on my radar. But OF COURSE I said yes and that we'd discuss in person in Minneapolis August 21-23 which (I think) is the next time we saw each other. Looking back, August 5 to August 30 seems like a lot of time, but it truly felt like 4 days notice. Because, what the hell was I going to wear, you know?
That's where my ladies came in. The whole "look" talk was fun but stressful too-- the most I've ever talked about one outfit in all my life. I went to try on dresses two times-- the first time I bought one and the second time was full of second guessing that first choice (y'all know the drill). I was open to wearing a variety of things and (you can ask Harper) I basically tried on every dress in Cincinnati one Tuesday night, but it was really important to me that I still look like ME, just fancier. Anyway, it all came together--- many peeps in my lady posse contributed text opinions and support which I really appreciated. Even now I am feeling lame writing so much about this outfit, but it is the #1 question I was asked when people found out I planned to go (lol #askhermore) so maybe you're interested? I bought a long dress and leather wrap belt from Anthropologie (shout out to the super sweet sales girls there for being so kind and staying open late!), Sam Edelman shoes on sale, some cheap gold bangles from Charming Charlie, and I borrowed BEAUTIFUL vintage gemstone pieces from my friend and talented collector Tonya. I loved wearing the ruby rings especially-- they were so fun and pretty and definitely dressed up my flowy getup.
Then, after much discussion about how to transport the aforementioned outfit, I folded everything up, threw it in a suitcase, and crossed my fingers for access to a steamer on the other side. I flew to LA after work on Friday August 28 and crashed on Jesse's couch (thanks again Jesse!) so I could be there first thing Saturday morning to connect with Eli who was flying in from Vegas early Saturday morning (poor guy). We met up at a fitting, then there was promo, VMA practice, and a show on Saturday night. We explored the red carpet which was actually not red but these colors:
Eli performed in a fuzzy coat we bought at the Farmer's Market in Minneapolis the weekend before and we posed for this picture. I am told there was free Taco Bell but I did not experience that firsthand.
Call time on Sunday, VMA day, was at 10am. For me, the day was mostly spent in a trailer outside the Microsoft Theater where we all got ready. HUGE shoutouts to Bethany Johnson and Sarah Dougherty who hooked us all up with professional hair and make-up. That was probably the thing I was most stressed about possibly having to take care of myself (because in real life, if I wear mascara it's a good day). I was so glad to be in the care of these lovely and talented women. Here's what some of us looked like!
At 4:45pm we walked from the trailer to the red carpet and watched the boys absolutely slay their performance on the pre-show. Here we are on TV-- thanks to whoever sent me this screen shot. I didn't watch the recorded performance until I visited my parents weeks later. The little arrow is covering up Sway!
After that was the VMAs itself, which was some of the best people watching I've ever experienced. I felt somewhat out of touch because I didn't know a lot of the artists sitting around us / walking the carpet. Then, Kanye did his Kanye thing-- first there were literal minutes of silence while we all stood and clapped, and then-- finally-- he spoke. I was alternatingly like-- these are good points-- and-- oh my god WHAT. His speech, more than anything else, inspired the most interesting post-VMA conversations and maybe that's why he's a genius. We're all still talking about it.
Okay, then some other stuff happened....honestly it's hard to remember now. At the end, the boys collected swag bags which were actually mid-sized swag suitcases full of things like rum cake, liquor, slippers, and a card good for five days in Thailand (?) which obviously we need to find (!) and look into.
More than anything else, I was so glad to be with Eli at such an important professional event. WALK THE MOON has worked so hard, and I am so very proud. I love Eli. I love the band.
Here are a some more pictures. The end.