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01 March 2009 @ 10:58 pm
Getting ready for this weekend  
As a few of you know, my weekends have been booked lately. I've also been sick, and working on spreading deathplague to the rest of the state :( I feel like I'm at about 95% now, though, so I'm going to try hitting the gym tomorrow. I still have a few vestiges of illness rattling around my lungs and sinuses, but it gets better every day. At least I don't feel sick anymore!

Tania visited this weekend, and we did all sorts of exciting stuff. I made her watch Repo! but she stubbornly fell asleep in the middle. We also watched the first two Death Note live action movies. Apparently this summer, there's an L movie coming out about him saving the world from exploding ebola monkeys or somthing. It looks retarded, and I'm sure I'll be forced to watch that too :P

We also went shopping for a coctail dress for me so that I'd have somthing nice to wear with Matt's anniversary presents. Since we're tards, we've already exchanged gifts. (With the help of a local freind) I picked out two sport coats for him so that he'd have some options in fancy dress. He gave me a very pretty pair of dangly gold earrings with emeralds and diamond chips set into them. He picked them out because they'd match the emerald ring he gave me when we first started dating. A few years ago, I decided that it was more important to me than my silly Baylor ring, so I wear the emerald one all the time.

Dress shopping was quite horrible, and while I love hanging out with Tania, I hated looking for a dress that looked ok on me. They don't make nice, flattering dresses in fat people sizes. Once you get as big as I am, it's like you're relegated to the older ladies sections of things the mother-of-the-bride wears with way too many sequins. I found a 16 at Dillard's I was able to fit into, though. Thankfully. It's completely backless, and everything zips up through the hips no problem... so it's probably the only style in a normal person size that would fit. We did try Lane Bryant, actually... but they only had this in stock, and I decided that while they had one in a size that fit me, it was horribly unflattering and the length was all sorts of wrong.

Really, it made me very sad. I was trying to find somthing in a store that I could feel pretty wearing, and feel good about myself in. Instead, the process made me feel pretty horrible about myself and made me realize how big and fat and gross my legs really are. And I already knew they were way too big to wear cute boots!

I have roughly a week now to find some cute shoes to go with the dress I found. I also need to pick up some shaping undergarments just to make things look as good as I can. I heard the spanx stuff was pretty good, but it's retardedly expensive! The wait-to-thigh one on the lane bryant site is 72 bucks. WTF

I'll figure somthing out. Then I have to figure out hair XP
Ringo: Let's Shopapplcheeks on March 2nd, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
I know it's online but have you tried torrid.com? Or maybe next time you need something since you alrady found a dress. ^_^
I don't remember if there is a Ross in Waco but for some reason they seem to have random formal dresses.

Are you going somewhere to get your hair done or are you d-i-y-ing? ^_^

Shaping wear is always expensize if you hit above a size L. XD I have seen plus size shapewear @ walmart but it's not all that good. XD Dillards or Macy's would also have full figure stuff but it's generally not any cheaper than Lane Bryant.

Oy, I feel your pain hon. I've been there done that one too many times. XD XD XD

Will you guys take pictures! I want to see your swankyness!
HIDE your facekyonomiko on March 2nd, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I've got to remember to charge my camera. Most people we know won't believe we've dressed up to go out :P

I was kind of wary of ordering online since everything always looks great in photos. The exciting list of places we went to in person this weekend:
Lane Bryant
JC Penny's
Dress Barn

I know that there were a few more places in town that we could have looked, but I ended up picking up that navy backless cocktail dress at Dillard's for about $80, which was about what I was expecting I'd end up spending.

I think I'll probably end up doing my hair by myself, since we probably won't be going out that first day we get to SA. I haven't decided if I'm going to go to my cutter/stylist this week or not. If I do go, though, he can give me some ideas. I have my yearly doc's stuff this week and all sorts of other stuff I have to take care of before we can skip town, so I'm not sure what I'm going to have time for.

As for the shapewear.. I can look at it as an investment, but the prices of this stuff still makes me cringe :P

I'm so glad I'm not completely clueless with my clothes like Matt is with his, though. I have to figure out how to dress him, because I can't just buy him the jackets and let me have at it :P He's admitted to not having to tie a tie since we did our hogwart's costumes :X
1sheep: heart1sheep on March 2nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! Repo!

But my real comment:
THAT SUCKS! I know exactly the type of mother-of-the-bride wear you are invoking... I can't believe that! I've never tried to shop for decent "plus sized" formal wear, obviously... But you just gave me the proper mind image to know what it's like. :(

For next time, use your endless talent and make yourself the perfect dress!

PS - That Lane Bryant dress has like, industrial straps and is ugly anyway. I am glad you didn't get it. XP
HIDE your facekyonomiko on March 2nd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm too lazy!!
I actually bought a Vogue pattern for a really pretty coctail dress a year or two ago, as well as a more casual jersey dress pattern. I haven't gotten around to making any of it, though! I need to take my machine in and get to the bottom of the bobbin problems I've been having, but that's really no excuse. Mostly, I'm just too lazy to make things for myself :P

The wider straps arn't bad on bigger frames, but the length and the way it sat around my wait and hips were all wrong. Those dresses with high waists and ties directly under the bust arn't flattering at all if you have a bit of a tummy. Makes you look preggers D: The one I ended up picking out is pretty exciting, though. I'll have to take pictures after we go out!
1sheep1sheep on March 2nd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yay pictures! I want to see them.
And sometimes dresses with ties like that make me look pregnant too, since I have most of my weight in my lower belly even if I am not that big... A few dresses made me think that people would ask about my bump if I got them. XD
Nerdy Temptressbevo on March 2nd, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Target has an off brand of Spanx called Assets..it works just as good as spanx..highly recommended!

p.S- I hate dress shopping too!!!
HIDE your facekyonomiko on March 3rd, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I was looking for an excuse to go to Target!