February 25, 2009

on the new (perfect!) dress...

It has pockets!  Mua-ha!

Okay, I'll admit it. I splurged.

But you know what? This was extra money. And I rarely spend a lot of money on clothes. And I didn't even spend that much money, in the grand scheme of things. (And I'm good at rationalizing things. Amen.) I received an awesome tip at work last night, and decided that I was either going to buy the world's best pair of jeans, or a new dress to wear to our anniversary dinner on Thursday night. Of course, soon I realized that finding a good pair of jeans takes, like, ten years and some serious alterations (I never feel like my legs are freakishly short until I try on designer jeans). I decided, after some thought, that I was definitely in the market for a good dress. Also? It's on my list, #87.

I was totally intent on going to Forever 21 and getting some shoddy little dress that would fall apart after washing it twice. (But I was okay with that, because most of their dresses cost under $20. Which is awesome.) However, as I trolled the racks at my local Forever 21, two things became very apparent to me:

1. 90% of their dresses are incredibly small, and when I put one on, I stare in the mirror for a good five minutes wondering whether it is a shirt or, in fact, a dress. That is not a question you want unanswered in this day and age.

2. The other 10% of their dresses are in some ridiculously vibrant color, are covered in a pattern that makes babies cry, or require a slip, belt or something else to make them look decent. Blehhh. You fail me Forever 21.

So, I stepped out of the store and scouted out my other options. I decided to wander into Macy's. Now, I can't remember the last time I went into Macy's, because, as I've stated before, I'm a Target/Old Navy/Forever 21 girl by nature. But, I decided to go in just for kicks. And then? I found the dress. It was the only one I ended up trying on, actually. After I tried it on, I knew I had to buy it. It ended up being $70 (it's times like these that I'm glad my husband apparently never reads my blog) but I didn't even have any buyer's remorse when I left the store with it. It was exactly what I was looking for, I kid you not:

the new dress!

(Please note that the hair will be seriously more attractive when I actually wear the dress in public. Also, you can't see the front detail as well in this full-length photo. I ran out of time to get a better one. Don't hate.) In any case, I adore this dress. To pieces. I want to live in it, and sleep in it, and go grocery shopping in it. For being a strapless dress, it's very comfortable. I like that it doesn't give me weird armpit pudge (anyone who has worn a strapless dress will know what I'm talking about), that it is not too short, that it makes me feel teensie, and guess what? IT HAS POCKETS. WHAT. I can basically be a correspondent on The Daily 10 now. It's true. (Has anyone else noticed how the girls on that show always seem to be wearing dresses with pockets? Or maybe I just watch too much TV?)

I absolutely can't wait for Jay and I to go out tomorrow night! Yessss! I am so ready to dress up, because I never, ever, ever get to dress up!

My only issue now is that I am so incredibly not a shoe person. I think that two of my other sisters got that gene, and didn't leave any for me. I will find one or two pairs of shoes that I adore (usually one pair of flats and one pair of sandals) and wear them until they, quite literally, fall apart. So, for times that I actually have to dress up, I'm left with whatever shoes are left in my closet. Which are pretty much crap. I never think about it until it's too late, and now? I'm left with either some random retro-ish flats that look decent, or my ghetto Payless heels that I've had for the last five years. I like the flats, but...they're flats. And whenever I put on the Payless heels, I feel like I'm twelve. So, I don't know. Someone mentioned cutting the bow off of the heels, and I think I'll give that a try tonight. What would you guys do? Which are the lesser of two evils?

(I'm wearing the heels in the above photo, so you can see that they aren't too horribly tacky. And I didn't have time to take a full-length photo with the flats, so you'll just have to use your imaginations for that one.)


which shoes to wear?which shoes to wear?

So, now that I have the cutest dress in all of humanity, next on my list-of-things-I-seriously-need-to-buy-for-my-closet-because-I'm-slightly-fashion-deprived are: the aforementioned perfect pair of jeans, a cute hat, a pair of heels that will go with mostly anything, a dressy coat, an outfit that is interview-worthy, and sunglasses that make me happy. I need to remember that there are a few items worth spending the extra money on. But I guess we'll see.

PS: Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish Jay and I a happy anniversary! I felt so happy and glowy this morning when I went through all the sweet and thoughtful comments. You are all amazing! I would hug you if I could! Thank you for letting me gush and not making me feel like a goober for doing so.

86 comments :

  1. Ohhh my gosh that is so cute and looks great on you, you skinny thang! Hmm I don't know, maybe the 2nd pair??

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  2. Yeah, you already know how much I love this dress. I need to get married so I can have an anniversary to justify buying a new dress and dressing up like you! I hope you have a wonderful night out with Jay. You and your dress are both just darn beautiful!

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  3. I think that might be the cutest dress I've ever seen! I love it!

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  4. Very cute dress! I bought a pair of black heels at target a few weeks ago for $15. The flats look great with it as well! Enjoy your dinner out tomorrow night.

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  5. I absolutely adore that dress, no buyers remorse req'd!! i think you should def go with the heels, i thot they looked cute in the full scheme of things! The flat just dont do the dress or your legs justice in my opinion. That dress is HOT & needs a hot pair of shoes!
    Speaking of payless, what about 1 of these 2 black heels?
    http://tinyurl.com/dmtmmg
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/d4wrc4
    ?

    Either way, i dont think anyone's going to be paying much attention to the shoes with that hot dress ;D
    Have a wonderful time!

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  6. You look fantastic! I am so proud of you for splurging on yourself. You, I am so very certain, NEVER do that!

    I love the first pair. You are going to rock Jay's socks!

    Have a great time!

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  7. Wow! That right there is the Cutest! Dress! Evah! :)

    You look great in it! So enjoy dressing up and getting to wear it out

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  8. oh my goodness! you look fabulous! I could never pull that dress off. How fun for you!!

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  9. SO CUTE! :] I think the heels look best! And I agree that nobody will be paying much attention to your shoes! I hope you two have a great night out!

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  10. Woah you look so hot.

    Like, super skinny.

    Ah-mazing the way a dress can make you feel awesome!

    Jay is going to die of hot-wife-ness.

    Or something like that.

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  11. Classy dress! I love black and white--always sharp.

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  12. I think you should spend the rest of your tip money on some awesome heels for it!

    And I love finding someone else that can find a way to write a super long post about a single dress. LOVED IT.

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  13. Beautiful dress! My vote is for the flats, I think the peep toe looks really cute with the dress.

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  14. you look amazing! happy anniversary!!

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  16. That dress is fantastic!!! You look lovely in it. :)

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  17. It looks so beautiful! And you're right, the "I'M FUSED INTO THE ODD SPACE ABOVE YOUR BOOB AND BELOW YOUR ARMPIT" look is never flattering. Your dress is kind of magic as far as that goes! Nice work!

    For shoes I would say black heels. The dress it too cute to not complete the dressing up.

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  18. First of all Happy Anniversary! Second you look amazing in that dress. It's so cute and I love that it has pockets. Jay will love it too. My advice is to wear the shoes that you feel the most comfortable in because you want to devote your full attention to your evening out with your hubby, you don't want to be thinking about the shoes you're wearing. I hope you two have an enjoyable evening out together, you deserve it.

    I'm posting this under my "new" name. It's me Allison from As You Wish.

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  19. Cute dress, and I'd say that's a great deal for a nice dress! I'd say since it's a dinner go for the heels.

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  20. That is such a cute dress! If you can't get new shoes wear the first ones, I think the bow kinda works!

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  21. I LOVE THAT DRESS!!!!! :-) It looks AMAZING on you!! Hope you have a WONDERFUL anniversary!!!

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  22. ahhh!! omg LOVE the dress!! you look TOO cute in it!! gorgeous girl!!

    hope you guys have a great night and congrats on your anniversary!! :]

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  23. The dress is SO cute! Is it INC? When I worked at Macy's, I drooled over the INC clothes but never bought any of them (for numerous reasons including nothing fit me.)

    As for the shoes...I don't know. I like the not strappy ones.

    Happppppy Anniversary!

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  24. I'm like you when it comes to spending money on clothes. Target, Forever 21, and H&M rock my world (at least for now while I'm a student). On the subject of an everyday heel that will go with almost everything, I recently bought these: http://www.target.com/Mossimo-Viviana-Patent-Pumps-Black/dp/B0017O0WP6/qid=1235621649/ref=br_1_8/192-9067952-4486158?ie=UTF8&node=13621961&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1 (they also come matte, as well as other colors). Cheap, not too high, and they're comfortable!

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  25. The heels, definitely the heels.

    That dress is so perfect I can't stand it. You're beautiful. The end.

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  26. I personally like the shoes on the left. A-freaking-dorable!!!

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  27. love it! i would vote for the heels, especially if you can get the bows off without making them look like they had parts removed! honestly, i think a dress like that needs a higher heel, which should also make your legs look longer. if you have the time, check target, i get most of my shoes there! it's pretty much my go to store for anything i need fast! so yes. LOVE the dress, i'm sure you'll have an amazing evening in it!

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  28. Ok ok ok ok..... It's a true statement about the Forever21 dresses... HOWEVER...... I bought an amazingamazingamazing dress at Forever21 in Chicago which I will have to send you a picture of because it's so freaking cute! And it was my first trip EVER to Forever21. And guess what!! WE"RE GETTING ONE AT THE VALLEY MALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not be more stoked.

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  29. hmmm...the dress is cute...but it's not the dress...it's YOU!! :D

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  30. Invest in some good, classic black pumps. They will never fail you, trust me. Gorgeous dress! Have fun tommorow! And happy anniversary of course!

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  31. Super cute dress!! And a dress with POCKETS at that, how awesome!

    I like the heels better with it. The flats just don't do it justice.

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  32. I actually really like the heels and they go well with the pretty dress :)

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  33. That's such a pretty dress!
    I kind of like how the flats go with it better..

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  34. OMG! Cutest thing ever! You look so pretty in it, I just had to leave a comment. I definitely think you should go with colored heals. Deep purple? Red? Target has some really great options right now.

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  35. That is a GORGEOUS dress! You are definitely going to W-O-W your husband!

    I would go with the heels. Something about a dress like that screams heels to me.

    Happy Anniversary, enjoy your dinner!

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  36. LOVE the dress!!

    Also, I just had to comment on the ghetto-licious Payless heels, because I have the same exact pair. In black AND white. The best part was that I got the white ones for my high school graduation... and so did about ten other girls. It was a little bit crazy.

    As for which ones to wear, I'd say go with the heels.

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  37. You look awesome! $70 is like 50 pounds, thats not expensive for a dress, especially not a nice dress.

    I'd probably go for the heels, I think the second pair are too casual for a satin dress. What you really need though, is a pair of 50s peep toe heels.

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  38. http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=342567&CategoryID=26871

    Look at them! The would look awesome!And they are on sale! I wish I lived near a Macy's. It doesn't exist in Scotland.

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  39. So classy! That dress is great investment, and for $70, I'd say it's a steal! It's simple, elegant and will never go out of style. You look incredibly sexy... but in a truly Chanel kind of way. Audrey Hepburn, eat your heart out! LOVE it!

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  40. I would go with the heels. They are super cute and I know how much my husband appreciates heels. Haha! You are going to look gorgeous and he is going to feel like one proud guy taking you out tonight! Have fun!!!

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  41. Okay, first things first...Happy Anniversary! I'm upset that I missed it! And second, I want that dress. Or maybe it's that I want to look like you in it!? Hm, yes, that's probably it. Girl, you look gorgeous and I know Jay will be thinking the same thing when he sees you in it when you go out. And for $70??? That's a steal! <3 :) You deserve to have the expensive stuff every once in a while!

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  42. Oh, and ps - I say go with the heels :)

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  43. I agree with everyone else--the dress does look great on you! I really like the flats, but I think the heels go better with the dress. I think the flats would take away from the dress, and that dress is too awesome! You've inspired me to search for the perfect dress to wear for my one year anniversary (which is about three and a half months away, but still!). :)

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  44. LOVE the dress but you have to wear a nice shoe with it maybe a black heel peep toe shoe?

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  45. that dress is amazing!! it's everything a strapless dress should be...now for shoes, you must get a cute peep toe.

    personally, i would go for a cherry red peep toe.

    but the dress is amazing.

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  46. That dress is precious and you loo ADORABLE in it!!! Seriously - makes me wanna get a pretty new dress.

    My vote is for the heels (for sure). But if you have time and a little extra cash you can always find a higher heel at Payless, again, or even Target.

    Either way, you'll be smokin hot! Have a WONDERFUL time tonight!!!

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  47. super cute! i say you run over to target and buy a cute (yet cheap) pair of black patent pumps or some type of heel. your legs will look even more amazing if you have higher heels on!

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  48. LOVE your dress!! How about these?? They can also count as your heels that can be worn with anything :)

    http://tinyurl.com/czaet9

    They also had a ton of other cute heels there too.

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  49. You look fabulous! I have never worn a dress that didn't basically come to my ankles. I always look like an old lady. That's why I don't wear dresses. One day, hopefully, I can. Have a great time!!

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  50. That dress is seven shades of gorgeous on you!

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  51. The dress is gorgeous!!! I think the strappy high heels are cute and go great with the dress. Have an awesome anniversary dinner tonight you sexy thang, you.

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  52. that dress is BEAUTIFUL. and you are beautiful IN IT.

    i'd definitely go with the heels-- even the bows really aren't as terrible as you make them sound- they're more feminine than childish. however, you mentioned that you are a target kind of girl and i LOVE me some target shoes. they're usually pretty affordable, you could always check that out if you've got a spare moment or two. that dress would look SMOKIN' with some red heels, no?

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  53. That is a fantastic dress and you wear it beautifully!

    I think we might be shoe soulmates as I also did NOT get that gene. I am DYING for spring so I can acceptably live in flip flops and other flats.

    Today, I avoided the shoe decision by throwing on my snow boots and am using the argument that we're getting 6" of snow this afternoon if anyone says anything.

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  54. OMG gorgeous! Beautiful dress and it looks perfectly on you!

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  55. Wow! That dress is perfect! I love the pockets too. I always think it's fun in a dress. And I like to sneak things in there. It makes me feel like a 7 year old boy even though I'm a 23 year old girl wearing a pretty dress!

    I'd say go with the heels or go buy a good pair of heels. I'm the WORST at shoes also. Literally, the worst. I hate shoes. I just want to wear my Rainbows every single day. Which doesn't go over so well in the winter in NYC. Or really ever in NYC. My boyfriend gets into bars that I'm not allowed into b/c I'm 'wearing flip flops'. Eff you, Bouncer!

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  56. I love the dress! You look so gorgeous!

    I have some black peep toe pumps that I love and they go with pretty much everything! I got mine at a local boutique (on sale!), but I found some on the Payless website.

    http://tinyurl.com/bcncnb

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  57. You look beautiful. Even though you spent more than you had planned, you can consider this dress an investment because it's versatile enough to be worn to many occasions (especially because of the colors!)

    Enjoy your anniversary dinner!

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  58. super cute dress!!

    i have stood in front of the mirror at forever 21 wondering the same thing many, many times!

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  59. i really like the flat pair. they are just uber adorable! and i am jealous that you can look good in a strapless dress, and have the confidence to wear it girl! and happy anniversary, thats so amazing and i pray that God blesses you two in your marriage and lives together! have a great night tonight.
    =D

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  60. The dress is adorable...and I love the heels.

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  61. Dress = gorgeous! I like the shoes on the right (no ankle strap). Have so much fun at your special anniv dinner!!!

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  62. That dress is just perfect. I know I mentioned it on your flickr but I LOVE pockets on dresses!!! I've always wanted a dress with pockets. And YES, I have noticed that the girls on The Daily 10 always have pockets too. :-) And I think the heals go great with it!

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  63. i'd go for the strappy heels. definitely goes with the classiness of the dress.

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  64. love love love the dress!!! You look fabulous in it :)

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  65. umm... that has to be the most adorable dress I've ever seen! You look GREAT! Have fun at your anniversary dinner. :)

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  66. beautiful, beautiful dress. I can't stop staring at it. Your husband is going to drool when he sees you. ;]

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  67. Thats a super cute dress!! Loves it.

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  68. Love the pockets... and that dress needs heels... in my opinion, at least. Have fun!

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  69. hello. you are HOT. like smokin' HOT. i need that dress asap (i've already accepted that it won't look like that on me..cause i have fat knees & cankle sydrome), but i still want it. :) congrats on finding the perfect dress! oh, & i vote for the second pair of shoes!

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  70. So freaking cute!! I wish I looked that good!! I seriously know what you mean with the pockets on the Daily 10. I was just thinking about that the other day. I'm glad someone else noticed too. I hope Jay and you have a great night out and Happy Anniversary. I'm super jealous of your cuteness!! (is that a word? :))

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  71. Wow! Great find I would justify buying it as well. Well done!

    The heels don't look too bad on, but I adore the flats (I'm a flats fan). So it's a hard decision, but maybe go with heels since you're going out =)

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  72. I totally understand why that feels like a splurge! I'd be feeling the same thing. But you knwo what, $70 is NOTHING and you DESERVE IT! Hooray for nice new things :)

    I'm torn on the shoes... but I'm leaning toward the heels.

    Have FUN on your anniversary dinner!

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  73. That dress is FAB! What a great purchase! You will be able to wear that again, definitely!

    Go with the heels. A sexy dress needs sexy heels. No? :)
    I would just keep a lookout for some sexy black pumps on sale (it will happen) and snap those puppies up cause you'll wear them for years...

    Have a great time, you look beautiful!

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  74. honey, you look HOT in that dress. Jay is going to be one happy husband when he takes you out. :) I LOVE love love it-- it's so classy and sexy, all at the same time. Totally worth the $70.

    I think both shoes look really good, so I'm no help there. PLus, I'm like the most indecisive person ever, so if I were in your shoes (hah, I'm so funny!) I wouldn't be able to decide either!

    Have a wonderful, lovely date!!

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  75. OMG i love it! Aaaaannnnnnd..... i really WANT it. Spill the deets? Is that a faux pas? To have the same dress as a bloggy friend?

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  76. okay i thought i already commented on this but apparently i did not. but i looooove this dress. seriously you look adorable, it's so much fun!

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  77. That dress is gorgeous. I LOVE it!

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  78. I think you need to come shoe shopping with me. And stop shopping at payless for heels. At least move up to Target. And if you're really bold go straight to the good stuff like BCBG, Guess, or Jessica Simpson. ;)

    Can you tell I'm slightly addicted?

    If you want something that will last you a while and match most things go for a 3inch black pump. Peep toe would be cute. :) I'm sure you could find this at Target for under $30.

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  79. That dress couldn't be cuter! It was MADE for you! What label is it? Might have to run to Macy's and look for a duplicate! And $70 for a cocktail dress??? Total steal!

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  80. So, I will not be blogging (yet) about the crappy events that happened last evening at dinner with BP. The cliff notes version is he bascially is too young for a huge commitment right now, he just wants to do his "young" thing, but he (at the moment) still wants to be with me. He can't give me a timetable, but thinks around the summer he might be ready for this commitment. So, no more blogs about him, mainly because he reads them. I'm doing fine btw, was a little hurt in the beginning, but I'm ok, we're "friends" for the moment. Better than nothing. Thanks for the kind words btw!!! =)

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  81. I love that dress! It is sooo cute! I would go with the strappy sandals, but both pair would work! Have fun!

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  82. The dress is sweet! Your hubby will love it. Def prefer it with the heels =)

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  83. Love that dress! You look amazing! and congrats on you anniversary! That so great!

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  84. LOVE THIS DRESS!!! seriously, amazing on you.

    and pockets in dresses is my favorite thing=)

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  85. While trying on wedding dresses I came across a wedding gown WITH POCKETS. How freaking cool.

    Anyhow, you are gorgeous. I've been after a black and white dress myself. I think I want one with a high collar though.

    You are fabulous.

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  86. most flattering dress ever.

    what a hottie. bet your hubs was stoked ;).

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