Stella: My Grad Ball Story

Dang… school is almost over for me, just OJT and thesis left to do. It was just like yesterday when I wrote on Tumblr about graduating from high school and now I’m graduating from college. I’m so glad that my batch decided to throw ‘Stella’, a grad ball to commemorate our final days in the university and that I got to reminisce and spend it having fun singing and even having a huge dance battle with over 700 people. What I personally enjoyed was getting ready for the ball though (lol) because searching for the perfect dress, putting on makeup, and fixing my hair are exciting!

I was able to snag my dress about a week before my ball and couldn’t be happier that I was able to just pop into the store and find myself a perfect fit. I truly believe that having a designer gown is such a great honor to wear, but G U R L, I had a time limit and budget so good thing I decided to check out Fashion Forum at The SM Store Aura. ICYDK, Fashion Forum carries several brands carrying labels from the US at select The SM Store branches. They carry a wide range of different styles and sizes perf for parties and shindigs so if you need a cocktail dress or formal gown, you know what to do, girl!! And in fairness, they have a lot of reasonably-priced off-the-rack formal wear available. Check out my Fashion Forum shopping experience in the slider below and swipe through some of the options I found:

Ding ding ding! We have a winner: ‘Decode’ gown in rose gold/blush. I love all the different layers and ya know ya girl likes some tulle poof!


Flowy af


Them back details tho




The laaaaayers <3


Lace-y girl


I did my own makeup and gave it a glow-y pink vibe to match with my gown


Pink nails to match ~


I think the best thing about this dress is that it was the perfect size in a sense that it wasn’t too tight around the tummy area and gave me lots of room to eat at the buffet to my heart’s content without worrying about feeling like a suman in my dress.

Here are some pictures during my ball:

And in case you wanted this 360º view of the gown (so extra), here ya go:

Fashion Forum is available at The SM Store Premier in Makati, Aura, and Megamall.

♡ Aryanna

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Photography: Tom Epperson
Art/Graphics: Aryanna Epperson

This post is in partnership with Fashion Forum & The SM Store. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting collaborations that have kept’s doors open. I super appreciate it!

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