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2018 October Ball

I realize we’re well into November at this point, but I still haven’t told you about one of my favorite October evenings!

As you may remember from last year, Bigs and Littles NYC Mentoring (formerly Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers) hosts a festive fundraising gala every October. Last year we partied at the New York Public Library, and this year the black-tie ball was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It’s still a working cathedral, so it was a bit strange walking in and thinking about how people would be attending services there the following morning!

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

But the evening hardly felt like your typical church visit! The pews were gone and the space was transformed with lights and music.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

There were even a few cheeky Halloween decorations.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It wasn’t just the venue that was transformed. We were transformed too! While last year we were encouraged to wear hats, this year the event was a classic masquerade.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

We wore our favorite temporary tattoo masks.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It was fun seeing everyone else’s masks. Some people really went all out!

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

We stopped at the step-and-repeat on the way in.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

And by “we” I don’t just mean Greg and me. Our friends Liam and Yibei were there too!

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

Then after our photo shoot, we grabbed glasses of champagne and began exploring the venue, taking in the beautifully transformed space.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then we headed into the main area to join the party again!

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of the October Ball

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

January Jane got the room moving with a mini concert.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then guests danced the night away to music by DJ Nicole Rose.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It was such a unique experience attending a ball at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Although, I have to admit I loved last year’s event at the New York Public Library much more. The library is such an iconic New York City location, and the different levels of the party made for a really special evening. As beautiful as the cathedral is, the space is so massive that, despite selling most of the available tickets, the party still felt kind of empty because the hundreds of people in attendance still weren’t enough to fill it.

All in all, if I hadn’t attended the party last year, I would have loved this party more. But when I compared this year’s event to last year’s, I felt a little disappointed because the previous year’s gala was so much more incredible.

But that being said, we still had a great evening, and enjoyed raising money for such a great cause.

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 October Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information about Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring, and the work they do transforming the lives of children, click here.

And to stay updated on next year’s October Ball (which I’m crossing my fingers will be back at the New York Public Library!) click here.

~A

P.S. My dress is by Likely and you can find it here.

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