Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Tale of a Dress

I had a big, high-falutin' wedding to attend a few weeks ago.

And nary a dress for the occasion.

Enter: Shabby Apple.

First of all, can we take a moment to appreciate just the name itself?



Honest to goodness, the name alone told me most of what I needed to know.

Then I hit up their website, and it was all over.

I was drooling on my keyboard over the women's dresses. The variety was amazing, the photography was fun, the models were pretty and relatable and the styles were unique.

But my favorite part of all?
Shabby Apple contributes 5% of all sales towards offering microloans to women in India.
Read some of their stories here.

In no time flat, I found a dress that was perfect for the soiree.

I've always been a bit of a sucker for eggplanty plum.

And can I just say: It's awfully fun to pick out a dress for a special ocassion.
It spoke to the Prom nostalgia in this 30-something Mama's heart.

The dress was super sheathy, which made me feel all zipped-in and sophisticated.

The material had just enough stretch to make it comfortable.

I felt good in the dress, and that's saying something, because I had exactly 8 minutes to get dressed and ready that night.

Sidenote: In the middle of the wedding ceremony, Ruby (who was positively glued to the whole hoorah) leaned over and whispered to me, "Is Mindi wearing glath thlippers under her dreth?" I said probably not. She had never looked more perplexed.

Now, I'm finding that I want to buy 5 or 6 more dresses, just for the thrill of it all.

I'm sure a girl like me has ample opportunity for a whole wardrobe of fetching dresses, right?


Black Oak

Who couldn't use a ruffled-up LBD?

I could.


And hello!

Stripe me up.

I'm yours.

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Fifth Ave.

If I was Ivanka Trump, I would so work this giraffey print.

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But I'm not Ivanka, so I'll settle for this one.

I was made for this dress.

The stripes!

The blue!

The green!

The name!

Champs Elysees

Ditto everything I just said, minus the stripes.

(And the green, I suppose.)


Finally, this.

Here's a fact about me: To this day, I regret that I did not get married in an eyelet wedding dress.

I have always been smitten with eyelet.

It's in a lifelong dead-heat with seersucker and oxford stripes.

Why didn't I include all three in my wedding?

Because I was too young to bother.

And if memory serves me, I only had eyes for my Mister and was more-or-less unconcerned with the whole wedding planning stuff, which may explain why my dress was 3 inches too short for me...

Now, go meet and support the good people and fantastically charming dresses at Shabby Apple. In addition to women's dresses, they have retro-y swimwear, accesories and unique little girl's dresses.

For 10% off your order, use flowerpatchfarmgirl10off at check-out.

I hear party season is right around the corner...

It turns out life is more than holey sweatpants,