Cold Shoulders

How was your weekend?  Ours was relaxing… except for Saturday morning.  I ran a few errands, completely ignorant of UVA’s athletic schedules for the day.  After dodging the traffic between the basketball game and the baseball game, I threw my hands up and headed home. 

I did get to Sammy Snacks for the girls.  I love to see a local business succeed.  They’re now available in 37 states, and really… around the world, because Amazon carries their snacks too.   Can’t say enough about them.  They’re always friendly, and Gretchen is literally itching for their salmon kibble to come out of testing and be available for her dining pleasure!  

I scrapped on Saturday, for a few minutes, until I got hit with stomach pains and a very dull headache.  As I was telling MJ bye, she shared that she’d had very similar symptoms Friday night, and the Knight has them now.  I did stay long enough for MJ to give me a new sippy cup.  Do you know Tervis Tumbler?  If not… you should.  I love a lifetime guarantee, and I know they honor it, because my very first set – a wedding present with Jack Russells as the image – had one or two return to the manufacturer after 5 years or so, and now, some 12++ years later, they’re all still in like new condition.

I did find a dress online, but I need your help!    It’s a Max and Cleo from Dillard’s, in “whiskey”.   You know I’m a sucker for truly descriptive color names…  I’m also a Max and Cleo fan now.  It’s a division of BCBG Max Azria, a designer I’ve had great luck with for years and years.  Do you have favorite lines/designers?  I don’t, not really, but I do find that some brands/designers fit me better than others.  For instance, I love Calvin Klein, but I’ll never be long and lithe, so many of his designs – including the famous jeans – don’t fit me well.

Anyhoo, back to the heart of the matter.  I’m not comfortable in strapless styles, but that can’t stop me this time.  I love the color, see?  So what to do?  I’ve already been told very sweetly to get over myself, get fitted for the right foundation and wear it like I own it.  Hem.  Great theory, but even as a cute, petite 16 yr. old, I wasn’t comfortable with my soft shoulders and arms. 

No, that’s not me having a body image problem.  I know I’m muscular, but I don’t have that long and lean, awesome muscle definition look.  I’m solid, with a layer of soft on top, no matter what I weigh.  But dangitall, I’m going to wear this dress, shoulders be darned… assuming you can help me figure out how to be comfortable in it.

Then there’s the matter of shoes…  I do already own the perfect earrings for the dress, so black shoes are probably in order, to pull it all together.

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19 comments on “Cold Shoulders

  1. Nichole says:

    LOVE that dress – color and all! I don’t do strapless, so my best suggestion is a beautiful wrap or shrug……
    The Lapdogs are still enjoying their Sammy Snacks that you sent for Christmas… the tiny mints make great bedtime treats!

  2. I think a bolero top–a tiny one, in Berocco Seduce would be awesome with that dress.

  3. Cathy Tyree says:

    shawl / shrug

  4. AlisonH says:

    If that color is out there it’s out there on something else, too. There’s a color council in NYC that decides every year what the next year’s in colors are going to primarily be, which is why things tend to come in waves. Remember fluorescent lime in the late 80’s? (Maybe you don’t. I remember seeing my pediatrician in it and thinking, wow, okay, so there IS someone who can pull that color off.)

  5. Sue says:

    Bare shoulders? That’s what wraps, shawls, stoles, shrugs are made for. Among your many finished projects I bet you have the perfect one waiting to be paired up. By the way, I love the color.

    When I was younger and more concerned about style, I had some favorite designers. Now I just like what I like and what’s comfortable. One of the few perks about getting older, I can wear what pleases me.

  6. Kathy says:

    That’s a great dress! I agree with all the suggestions of a shawl or wrap of some sort or a bolero. When is your event? Do you have the time and/or patience to knit something?

    As for a favorite, I like Ann Taylor’s pants because they fit me!

  7. Marjie says:

    I just bought a pair of strappy sandals from Target online for $18, and the color was bronze. It’s very close to the color of that dress, and has little sparkles on the straps. Subtle, but a little shine. And they’re only about a 2″ heel, so nothing that will kill your feet…

    Find a shimmery gold wrap/scarf thing to wear with the dress. Heck, this isn’t July, so you’ll need to be kept warm anyway, right?

  8. km says:

    I spent the weekend bleaching and lysoling every surface. Also…doing lots of laundry on sanitize. Bummer that there’s bugs all across the country. Wish we could all be healthy.

    LOVE the dress. My first though it shat the wrap M brought me home from his trip would work. Something like this.

  9. Natalie says:

    Love tervis tumblers!!!! They came out with a shake lid too!!

  10. kathy b says:

    You go girl. Wear it and DONT cover it up. Be beautiful in it!

  11. gMarie says:

    you know girls aren’t suppose to be skin and bones, right? Soft is good. 🙂 Be kind, it’s a lovely dress and a pashmina will be perfect. g

  12. Khyra's Mom says:

    I love to be descriptive with colours as well –

    That is a very nice dress – and I applaud your intentions!

    As Nike says, JUST DO IT!

  13. Louise says:

    You Go for IT! Channon. Make sure you take lots and lots of pictures to share!!!

  14. Susan says:

    Dress is gorgeous. I think you should whip out your knitting needles and knit up a gorgeous lace wrap to go with it!!! 😉

  15. StarSpry says:

    Beautiful dress! I agree with the other suggestions of a shrug/shawl/pashmina, etc.

    I think the Evening Shrug would look nice:

  16. Anita says:

    I had that same stomach crap Monday! And it was my day off! Grrrr. Luckily it only lasted one day….

    I just finished checking in our Tervis order. We got some cute stuff this time! And some of those cute wraps & the sippie cup lids too!

  17. Bubblesknits says:

    Love that dress, but I’m still debating whether or not I *NEED* that tumbler. LOL I love Tervis tumblers and that one is just right up my alley. ; ) A good Tequila Sunrise is a sweet, sweet, thing.

  18. […] wait!  There’s more.  That beautiful little copper number from Monday’s post?  Hasn’t shipped yet.  I called Dillard’s yesterday, and they say it was shipping out […]

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