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Mission Accomplished!!!

As I have mentioned before, Ed's daughter, Anita, will become Mrs. James Allen Casey on November 6, 2010.  (Okay, nobody ever calls him anything other than "Jimmy", so I had to go look at the invitation to get his full given name....)  

What an exciting time in this young couple's lives!  

My dilemma has been....what to wear to their wedding!  (In case you missed that post, you can click HERE to read it.)  

Well, this past Saturday, my dear friend - Barbara - and I tackled this dilemma head on!  With no particular color, length or style in mind, we decided to make our first stop at David's Bridal.  All I can say is..... "THANK GOD WE DID!!!" 

Once there, we quickly searched through the racks of ready-made dresses and pulled four selections for me to try on.  Three were was red; all were around knee-length, sleeveless and very simple.

The first two black numbers were "no brainer, no way"....

The third dress was a definite possibility.  It was a classic "little black dress" and would have required only minimal alterations.  I started to get excited!!!  This wasn't going too badly....but, I still had that red one to try on.....

Before it was even zipped up, I was IN MAJOR LOVE!!!  I knew, without a doubt, this was THE ONE!!!

Barbara got excited when I stepped out of the dressing room.  Allison, our sales assistant, got excited.  I was grinning ear to ear.  It was unanimous....the red dress was going home with me!  

Having forgotten my digital camera, I pulled out my Blackberry and had Barb snap a couple of photos for me.  It felt awkward to be in front of the camera....ugh.  

But, as I twirled in front of the mirrors, she snapped this photo that captures my joy and the dress beautifully.


I gotta tell you, I was beside myself with how well the dress shopping went.  We left my house at 1:00 pm; we walked out of David's Bridal at 1:50.  And I haven't even told you the most amazing thing about this was marked down to $79 on the clearance rack!!!  This was a cause for celebrating....and so we did!

After a nice lunch, we hit Dillards in the mall.  We decided to go with something metallic - really hot this year and a little different from the routine died-to-match shoes or basic black.  It didn't take long to get the same feeling of euphoria when I slipped on this pair....

With the pressure off, we spent the rest of the afternoon looking for just right accessories.  We were in agreement that a shimmery metallic gold-toned pashmina from Dillards would be just perfect....they had a few in stock, so I plan on returning tomorrow to make that purchase!  And, as we looked at display after display of jewelry, we decided that I would need EITHER a "statement" necklace with simple earrings OR "statement" earrings with no necklace to complete the ensemble.  I am still on the search for this element.  (And I would love any suggestions you might have on the subject!)

Today, I spread the dress out on our bed and snapped photo after photo of the dress....

of the dress and shoes....

the detail along the neckline....

the "bling" on the shoes that takes them beyond ordinary....

Like everyone kept telling me - I just KNEW the right dress when I found it.  I couldn't have asked for it to go any smoother!!!

Thanks for all the encouraging words so many of y'all had for me....I especially loved the one suggesting the personal shopper approach at Nordstrom's.   Believe me, if I lived anywhere near a Nordstrom's, I would have tried it!!!

Hugs until next time....



  1. I would forego a necklace after looking at the neckline and get "statement" earrings that work with the bling on the shoes. Possibly a ring also that has the same "statement" as the earrings.

  2. I just found your lovely blog & look forward to following you on life's many adventures.

  3. Yippeeeee!!! It is beautiful and you look stunning!!!!! What a body, lady!!! I am so proud of you! Hmmmmm, we will have to find the perfect accessory for you!!!! Oh I am so excited for you! Isn't it wonderful when it all comes together like that?!?

  4. YEAH!!!!! You make that dress!! Gorgeous ...and the shoes , I'm so happy for you... can't wait for the wedding photos!!! Congrats on your step-daughters wedding... xo HHL

  5. @ April - I am leaning in that direction! The neckline is so simple, yet makes its own statement. And I don't really want to "shorten" my neck with a necklace.

    @ Susie - Welcome to the Porch, girl! Glad to have ya.

    @ Eddie Dale - Nope, Anita will be the Belle of the ball, which is the way it should be for all brides!

    @ Everyone - thanks for the lovely comments!!! I really hoped everyone would love it as much as I do!

  6. You look wonderful Jane!!! your dress in gorgeous!!! and your shoes to die for!!!


  7. Red is my favorite color! So glad you found it with ease and fun. I'd go for great earrings with bling, a large ring and bracelet(s) that coordinate with the shoes. You will look dynamite!


  8. What a fabulous dress, and you looked wonderful in it. Everything DID just come together. LOVE those blingy shoes. Have fun!!

  9. Bravo! You look amazing in that dress. Very good choice. I vote for statement earrings. I like the neckline as is.
    Too fun. I always loved fashion too.

  10. What a beautiful dress and it looks like it was made for you. Never mind the fantastic price,lol.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment. I am your new follower now.

  11. You could not of found a more fitting dress for you!

  12. The dress and shoes are stunning and you are going to be the Belle of the Ball at the wedding! So happy that you are so happy with it all. You are so pretty that you'd look wonderful in anything you chose to wear. Enjoy the wedding ;)

  13. Oh wow, this is even better than the typical "little black dress" you are going to look stunning girl! I can't wait to see that post with, dress on, shoes on, make-up on, hair done and that oh so perfect accessory to pull it all together!
    Nicely done my friend!


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