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April 19, 2016

Black Diamond Formal 2016.

     Along with Bid Day/Recruitment, one of my favorite sorority traditions to do a recap for each year on the blog is my chapter of Alpha Delta Pi's annual Black Diamond formal. This is our biggest social event of the year, and it's an off campus formal which all of the sisters look forward to! During my sophomore year, it was held at an estate home in a different neighborhood in Charlotte, and last year, Black Diamond took a different approach when it was held at a sports bar (I personally wasn't as big of a fan of that year's). This year's Black Diamond was absolutely fantastic though! Our current Social Chair planned the event at a beautiful and intimate venue that was right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. The food was tasty, the DJ played awesome music, and I spent the whole night dancing away with sisters and friends!

     But possibly my favorite part of the whole evening was my dress. Yes- I committed a fashion sin and re-wore a dress. ;-) But how could I not?! My senior prom dress was everything that I ever wanted in a formal dress and more, and I knew from the time that I joined my sorority that I wanted to wear it for my Formal during my senior year. It isn't a small dress by any means (it has an actual TRAIN), so I flew it down to school with me after Christmas break in its own suitcase - haha! But I am so happy that I got to wear the dress of my dreams again. And this time around, I got much better pictures than at prom! (I shared a throwback collage of prom photos on my Instagram last week @miss_alk, it's definitely funny to look back!)

     I started the evening off with some fun pictures in the dress on top of a parking deck in Uptown Charlotte- these were taken by my Charlotte blogger bestie Morgan!

     Later in the evening, my suitemate Caroline (aka Southern Belle in Training's head photographer for most of this semester! Thanks, C!) captured some photos of my date and I, and some sisters and I before the main event! My date this year was my best friend Max, for the second year in a row. He is always a fun date to formal events!

My dress: Mori Lee Paparazzi Collection {old prom style from 2012!} // Shoes: DSW {old, similar here} // Earrings: J. Crew Factory {obsessed!} // Bracelet: {From the store that I've worked at in Maine :-) } // Lips: Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in Pretty in Hibiscus  

     The day after Black Diamond, on Sunday, my chapter held its special ritual ceremony, in which senior members transition to alumni. It is unbelievable to me that after three incredible years, I am an alumni member of my sorority! I don't think that it will all fully sink in until I see my younger sisters beginning Fall Recruitment in a few months, and knowing that the sisters in my graduating year won't be there to join them! 

    If you would like to see my recaps from past Black Diamond Formals, check out these posts:


     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. You look stunning Annaliese, and your hair is flawless!
    xo, Syd

  2. Ahh these photos are gorgeous! Loved getting to hear about your formal, sounds like you had so much fun!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  3. You were absolutely stunning girl! And if re-wearing a dress is wrong, I don't want to be right! Haha

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  4. Wow, gorgeous Annaliese! I'm already planning on re-wearing my prom dress for this year for sorority formals in college, I mean why buy another when you're already in love with one (and paid for it!).


  5. That's such a fun dress! Love the bright color!

  6. AHH! such stunning photos, love the location you took them in :) looked like such a fun time.

  7. Your dress is the best colour and you look amazing!

  8. Your dress is gorgeous! I can't believe your an alum!

  9. OMG that dress! I think you were definitely justified in wearing it again ;)

    Jennifer Ashley

  10. Saw your pics on FB and loved them! Looked like such a great time :)
    The Fashionista's Diary

  11. You look gorgeous! My formal is tomorrow

  12. Your dress is soo fun, the minute I saw them on Facebook I loved them! You looked so so gorgeous, such a fun dress (:

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