2017 11 28
Halloween was SO MUCH FUN this year! As is usual, Halloween is a multi day event for The Grand Illusions. The celebration starts the Friday before with a day of OUT and About. That means lunch and an afternoon of just enjoying being someone totally different from the everyday me.
I wore a red skirtsuit ($7.99 GWs), black Mary Janes from Shoe Carnival ($12.00), a red Little Bo Peep purse ($3.00 GWs), hat ($1.50 GWs), and over that a cute double breasted fall coat with pleated hem ($7.99 GWs). I mention the prices because I want the newbees to know that they can assemble a decent wardrobe without a huge investment. Sure some of the gals have enough liquidity to afford anything they see. But we owe it to those less flush to be able to enjoy the same effects at a more appropriate, for them, investment.
I have always wanted to wear a dress that had a huge skirt, a huge slip, and even better, a train. Something that would require attention just to walk. And everything else would get progressively more difficult from there. Like climbing stairs, even sitting down. To sit I had to gather the dress and train from behind me and distribute it evenly on each side of me. THEN I could sit.
Years ago when The Group I run began, I mentioned one of my to do items was a wedding dress. More for the style than the purpose of the dress. One day a member came to a meeting and announced that she had found me a wedding dress at a yard sale, here it is, and I owed her $25.00! Now I would have never thought someone would do something like hat. I certainly didn’t make anything even remotely like a request. But that member is intensive, in your face, obsessive. I gave her the $25.00 with instructions to not do that again.
The dress had a huge skirt (check), six foot train (check), lots of lace (check), and beading (check), was vintage (check), eighties (NO, NO), and UGLY (OH NOOOOOOOO). I would not wear it anywhere!!!! $25.00 wasted.
It hung in my closet way in the back for four years.
Then I had an idea. Why not use the ugliness as a part of the dress but change the dress so it isn’t a wedding dress.
So I changed the color of the dress to bright red with white lace!
It has lace down the front
A six foot train
And wore it to a huge Halloween party! SO MUCH FUN!
Met Sully and Mike from Monsters Inc.
That was just Friday. Halloween still had all day Saturday and Tuesday for more fem time!
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