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My 10 Year Reunion

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Its been ten years already?!  Plans are being made for our big Class of 2004 10-year reunion, and thinking about it has only surfaced hundreds of high school memories!  Singing at pep rallies, getting caught kissing a boy in a sound-proof choral room by my math teacher, the horrible but unifying experience of 9/11, graduation, when what part I got in the Spring musical was the only thing in the world that mattered, Homecoming, Prom…

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I’ve been digging up pictures to send to our class president, and naturally, my favorite ones are from our school dances!  I had very particular criteria about what I would and I wouldn’t wear, and ten years ago, you’d almost be crazy to buy your dress from overseas, but nowadays, you can find gorgeous dresses from all sorts of flashy sites like JenJenHouse, and not worry a bit about falling into a hoax!

A lot of things have changed since the early 2000’s.  There were plenty of us without cell phones, our school assignments rarely involved a lot of technology besides a graphing calculator, and I hadn’t even heard of Facebook till the summer we graduated.  We had different fears and different aspirations than kids nowadays.  I wouldn’t have even known what to envision had someone told me I’d be a giveaway blogger in 10 years!

Life was more simple and yet extremely complicated!  How refreshing it is to not worry about how on earth I’d be able to not look and smell like a man after 1st period gym and only 5 minutes between classes.  What a relief to not be stressing out of my mind about AP tests, getting straight A’s, and filling out scholarship applications.  What a heavy load for a 16-year-old!

I think the most important thing, whether I make it to my reunion or not, is that my regrets are small and few.  I surely could’ve befriended a few more kids in the lunch room, went out of my way to make life easier for my teachers, and put in more service hours, but for the most part, I’m glad that the majority of the memories I have of high school are thrilling and sweet.  I only hope I can look at my life this way when I’m at the end of it all without huge regrets of missed opportunities.  Here’s to living life as if the next class reunion is always right around the corner!

Black Tie Event

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It’s a big challenge for everyone to find the right outfit for a special event, especially to us women because we always want to stand out from the crowd. We don’t like to wear the same dress that we wore from another event. That’s a big no-no. Here comes the budget and style issue with unending questions like “Where can I find a dress that will look good on me?”, “How much will be my budget?”, “Should I go for a long dress?”, “What color suits me?” and a lot more. But worry no more because those questions will be resolved with www.okdress.co.uk!

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For a Black Tie Event it’s best to wear a Black Long Dress. Black is elegant; It compliments on all skin tones; It matches with any accessories and hair style; It makes you looks slim and sexy; and you can never go wrong with Black.

Check out this Black Full-Length Dress from www.okdress.co.uk:

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With this dress you it can help you hide certain body imperfections for all sizes of women, whether you’re skinny or not. It’s always a best decision to wear a full-length dress during a formal event.

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Match your dress with a pair of sparkling heels from ASOS (http://www.asos.com/?hrd=1).

Can’t make up your mind? There are still a lot of designs waiting for you at www.dresshop.com.au.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s waiting for you in store:

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What are you waiting for? Visit their site now and don’t forget to like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Okdress/528805710507101

Prom Dresses from Promgirl {Review}

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I LOVE Prom!!  Prom season is the best time of the year in my book!  Yes, I’m 26 and no, I’m not going myself (this year), but since I do seamstress work from my home, I usually get a few orders every year to design and sew up some dreamy dresses for cute high school girls.  I get so stinkin excited about making such beautiful things!!  This isn’t just a dance!  This is PROM 2013!  You don’t have the excuse to get your dream dress every day!
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There are few things I consider myself more qualified to review :).  In helping these girls design their dream dress, I often search the prom dress sites myself, and one that I have scoured for ideas and inspiration is PromGirl.net, for their exquisite fabrics, design, colors, etc.  What I really love is their diversity in the styles and designs they carry.  They don’t list the same dozen cookie cutter dress in 5 colors.  If you browse their thousand dresses, you see a thousand different personalities.  Romantic, gothic, sweet, simple, glamorous, movie star, girl-next-door, princess, wild woman, Hollywood, etc.
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I squealed in delight when I found I would get the chance to review one of their dresses.  Promgirl sent me the Clarisse short dress, Style C9031, and this one is breathtaking!  This dress is $239, but on sale for $99 now at Promgirl.
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Oh, where do I begin?!  Everything about this dress is so expertly done, and I have only sweet praises to sing about its construction.  The sweatheart neckline is so romantic, and lays perfectly flat against the bustline.  I only have it pinned up here because my mannequin is a bit smaller than an 8, but I don’t worry about this being a dress that slips down.  The glittery sequins are very secure and make the bust sparkle like a dream.  They are adhered in a sort of laminate, and not individually sewn, so you won’t have to worry about catching a thread and losing a dozen sequins in a row.  Satin-like lining and great structure.
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The gathers on the fitted waist make it supportive, as well as bulge-concealing, making this a great dress to inconspicuously wear shapewear underneath.  The pleats are so tiny that it doesn’t add width to your waist, and the silhouette it creates is stunning.  Attention to detail is evident throughout, and this cute bow on the back that hides the zipper is another shining example, down to the clear snaps that hold it perfectly in place.  But even if a butt-bow isn’t your cup of tea, it is easily removable, and you won’t be seeing the zipper anyways because its an invisible zipper.  It takes a little bit of fudging to glide up, but it is expertly sewn in.  Not a single flaw.IMG_4256 copy
People, I cannot express to you the difficulty in creating these curled ends on sheer, let alone I think EIGHT layers of it.  There is a reason this dress is worth $239.  Right here.  These are soft curls, and they hold their shape well if you want to fluff the skirt up a little more and loop them around your fingers a certain way.
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(With a few alterations), I’m planning on gifting this to a cute young woman in need of a dress this year, and I can’t wait to see her face when I tell her!  Thank you Prom Girl for making someone’s dream come true and for letting me review such a beauty.
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This is only one of hundreds of gorgeous dresses from Promgirl!  Browsing through them all feels like a thousand episodes of Dancing with the Stars, and it makes me want to hit the fabric store.
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Not going to Prom?  Don’t worry bout it.  Promgirl has more than just Prom dresses.  We’re talking cocktail dresses, formals, Quinceanera gowns, Graduation dresses, holiday dresses, Sweet 16, party dresses, Military Ball gowns, and evening gowns.  Think about getting a killer dress to wear to the next wedding to attend, or the next cruise you go on!  Hubby and are planning a cruise for our 5-year anniversary, and of course, Formal Night crosses my mind all the time!

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Just for the fun of it, go pick out your dream dress!

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