The Dress

August 16, 2009

So after a week of wandering around feeling slightly stunned about receiving my Zoni nomination (a very annoying week in which I kept catching myself standing in the middle of the room, staring off into space while holding a bra/cupcake/bouncy ball in one hand), I’ve moved on to the really important business, namely, finding THE DRESS.

How divine, to have an excuse to buy a fancy dress!  Or fancy-ish – I think this is a cocktail-dress occasion.  Hell, even if everyone else wears jeans, I am wearing sparkles and spangles.  I have spent almost every night searching Bluefly, Nordstrom, even Saks and Neiman’s although I totally can’t afford those dresses.  It doesn’t hurt to look, and dream, and obsess, right?  Oh, Zac Posen, you silken genius, you…

Last week when my sister was in town, I dragged her and my mother to Macy’s to watch me try on dresses.  They were very polite about it.  My first mistake was believing I was about 10 pounds lighter than I actually am.  Here I was envisioning sexy cut-outs, fitted sheaths – no.  No, and also, goodbye sugar (except for that truffle I had at lunch…).  I made up a few rules: 1) No black unless the dress is really interesting.  2) Avoid wrinkly satin.  3) No, Mom and Herbie, I am not going to rent a dress.  I also learned a few things – 1) Strapless is not a good look for me.  2) I am getting older, and must carefully avoid “prom hag” syndrome, wherein I look like I’m trying to pretend I’m 16.  3) I am probably going to have to find high-quality boob tape.

I’ve tried on dresses at two more stores since then and obsessively searched websites.  I don’t know why finding the right dress is so important, but it is SO. IMPORTANT.  Herbie, I can tell (with each murmured “mm-hmmm” when I show him a dress online), does not really understand.  But this is easily my most important wardrobe purchase since my wedding dress.  Just with a much smaller budget. 

See, I do not expect to win an award.  There are 10 nominees and those that I saw were amazing in their roles.  Receiving a nomination is the highest honor I could hope for, the biggest celebration of my fulfilled quest, so in a way, this dress is my award. 

Here are some of my favorites, which I totally cannot afford, but quietly blow kisses to nonetheless, when Herbie’s not looking:
















carmen marc valvo










purple ruffle dress












Nicole Miller


12 Responses to “The Dress”

  1. pam b Says:

    seriously.. i think that in post baby life, the perfect dress is almost a quest more difficult than the one to get on stage. nothing fits right, everything is expensive, the “when will i wear it again” deal.. etc..

    all that said.. love the orange dress

    and.. have you considered they have some nice dresses that are affordable!

  2. Mary Says:

    Love the first one!!

  3. Mama Rose's Mama Says:

    Don’t believe her. She looks fabulous in strapless!

  4. kristi Says:

    I, for one, didn’t believe her for a minute!

  5. Rosalind Says:

    I vote for #1 and #3, I LOVE them. She looks fabulous in EVERYTHING!

  6. mamarose Says:

    I do NOT look fabulous in everything, but thanks. Nobody likes the leopard one? That’s my favorite! Rowr!

  7. Thanks for the comment today. My alkalies heel is Empire waist dresses. I love them, but they don’t love me. I love the orange one btw!

  8. Katy Says:

    Ohhh, that eggplant purple dress! *dies*
    The leopard one is superhot, too, particularly if you’re going for a pinup glam look.
    P.S. I LOVE ZAC POSEN. If I had endless money, I would wear nothing but Zac Posen dresses all the time.

  9. soniar07 Says:

    #1 and LOVE #3, of course I love purple so I’m biased.

    Don’t be afraid of gowns if you see some too. Lotsa girls pull out all the stops. Damn, I’m mad I just gave a bunch away to Savers that probably woulda fit you. So check the Savers at Elliot and 1-10 if you have a chance in the next few days before they disappear.

    The Zoni Awards show is one of my favorite times of year to look for that perfect dress or gown. Even though I usually drive myself nuts lookin’. I hope I can still make it this year and see what you end up wearing 🙂 Might just have to crash the after party if nothing else.

  10. Beth H. Says:

    am i too late? have you already found the dress? i vote for something like the first one! i think you would look awesome in something edgy-glam like that!!!

    • mamarose Says:

      Thanks Beth! You’re not too late, I haven’t even looked in a week, been distracted by beach trips and boogery daughter. Too late to order, I think I’m going to have to go to expensive stores and hope they won’t be snotty to me like they were to Julia Roberts…

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