Friday, April 20, 2012

the "big reveal"


The idea was planted during a conversation on BlogHer with my good blogger buddy Darcie. It went something like this (actually, it went exactly like this) :




I wasn't planning on turning this into a thing. But how could I let that cutie-pie down?
Click here for the entire conversation.



(If you just joined us, this'll make more sense once you read Wanna Guess the Dress first.)
(Go head, I'll wait)


Meanwhile, here's my mask for the night...




(Sipping my cappuccino, whistling in tone-deaf fashion)
(Ready?)



First, the eliminated:


Dress #1: Nice color, nice detail on the shoulder, good designer, plunging sexy back. 
But honey, putting a shiny fabric on protruding hips is never a good idea. 
Sorry, KarenApril, and Kraken.

Dress #2: Yes, Emily picked it. It wouldn't even zip closed (the reason why my arm is up is so my boob doesn't pop out). There were two variations, the other one was worse, thus not made public. 
(You're welcome.)
Nobody guessed this one, so it's safe to assume that none of you are blind.

Dress #4: HELL no. Poor lovely dress with very interesting paneling, but clearly, totally wasted on me. 
It did "go with the wind". Thanks for the laugh, JanieceMelissaand Hilary!

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Now the winners. Yes, there were two, Colleen was right! (I was totally touching my nose with one index finger and pointing at my monitor with the other, when she flatly asked me if I'd picked two):

The runner up



This gorgeous, gorgeous black number managed to make me look pretty decent. And its very modest price tag made it a must buy. Plus I have a formal dinner/reception to attend next week, so it was perfect for that! Even the grumpy hubby admitted as such. I mean, come on!! It's black, it's simple, it's versatile, it's understated and elegant at the same time. Can you blame me?


And the winner of an all-expense-paid trip to tonight's gala is... ta-da!! 


This lovely dress had all the right stuff: Dark navy (not black) to flatter the silhouette and complement the skin tone; elaborate ruffling that hid the imperfections around the gluteus maximus and hips; artful layering of the chiffon around the edge of the skirt, so feminine and sexy, ending in... ; a train, just think of all the funny conversations that'll ensue when I trip on them and fall flat on my face; and fancy shoulder draping, which finished the dress with a nice whimsical touch, with the added bonus of camouflaging the imperfections on the arms. Pretty, dressy, and cache-misère, all rolled into one. It was love at first sight!

I feel ad agencies should hire me just for the new slogan I wrote: 
A Tadashi Shoji dress: When you want a little Ta-Da in your life!!!

(Don't worry, I'm keeping my day job)

Some of you suggested that I used the shot of the back because the front was ugly, or to create mystery, or because I clearly didn't like it. Sadly, the silly reason for not showing the front photo was because my husband used the flash with it, which pretty much ruined it. No apologies, no contrition, nothing. Just "woopsie, eh, use the back photo" and that's it! I'm only letting him out of the doghouse today, because he is my date to the gala. And because somebody needs to hold my train :)

But don't just take my word for it, see for yourself:



(click images to biggify)


Well? What do you think?





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36 Comments:

At 4/20/12, 7:01 PM , Anonymous Laurie Tomassian said...

You look like a million...Have fun!!

 
At 4/20/12, 7:02 PM , Blogger Christinekk said...

to say it in a mannered way habahabahaba :)
tu vas etre la princesse du bal ... mwahhhh

 
At 4/20/12, 7:05 PM , Anonymous April said...

Hey, hot stuff!

I'm totally giggling about the pose you had to strike so that your boob didn't pop out.

 
At 4/20/12, 7:12 PM , Blogger Victorias_View said...

Love it! Say hi to Sophia for me! And where did you find the mask? It is darling!

 
At 4/20/12, 8:28 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Yay!!!! :D I won~~
Both of them are lovely, Megan.
Good picks!!! I am happy for you.
You look absolutely gorgeous in the left photo of the last row. What a poise. (*Very sexy* too)
Do you have a tattoo? So nice. I'm jealous. I'd like to have one.

 
At 4/21/12, 5:54 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Lovely! Did you have fun?

 
At 4/21/12, 5:59 AM , Blogger Hilary said...

WOO HOO!!! You look amazing.. and I love that sexy slit...

 
At 4/21/12, 8:01 AM , Anonymous Suzie Ivy said...

The dress was beautiful but you made it stunning!

 
At 4/21/12, 8:37 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Maybe not a million, but I got scored a 9.0 by the Bumby's. Apparently that was very generous for yesterday.

 
At 4/21/12, 8:38 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Actually Kiki, there was a woman dressed in full Marie-Antoinette regalia, complete with the white wig. But I was not too shabby :)

 
At 4/21/12, 8:38 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I do my best :)

 
At 4/21/12, 8:43 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

No Sophia, but I did meet her son and daughter-in-law, briefly.

The mask was being sold with the gala tickets. Didn't realize till I got it that it was handmade and handpainted, imported from Venice. Apparently mine was one of the least elaborate ones (picked it up too late, the choices were slim by then).

A lot of people (men and women) had bought/made their own. There were some real doozies, with feathers and beaks LOL but it made for an interesting night.

 
At 4/21/12, 8:46 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Had a blast!! Even my usually grumpy hubby enjoyed it. We may do this kind of thing more often. Thanks for asking Karen :)

 
At 4/21/12, 8:50 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks Hilary, you're too sweet :) You woulda been proud of me, I didn't trip and fall, NOT ONCE. Not even with those high heels. Not even when someone kept stepping on my train, several time in fact(Hi KC!!).

 
At 4/21/12, 8:51 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Awwww, do you know how to flatter a poor middle-aged woman or what! Thanks Suzie, I'll take it, I'll take it :)

 
At 4/21/12, 9:09 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Yay, you and Virginia were the only two people who mentioned the idea of getting two dresses. I got away with this one but next week's dress is unforgiving. Time to hit the gym!

I have two tattoos, actually, two little ones. It's never too late, Colleen :)

 
At 4/21/12, 9:21 AM , Anonymous Elise Davis said...

Oh, I love it! And it's perfect with the mask!!

 
At 4/21/12, 9:28 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks Elise :) Going through last night's pictures... all crappy. Trying to find some decent ones to post but it's slim pickins. I believe I'm due for a new camera.

 
At 4/21/12, 9:39 AM , Blogger alienbody said...

I picked the black dress, the runner up, but it would have been a toss up if I'd see the front of the winning dress. Anyway, I think you look lovely!!!

 
At 4/21/12, 9:40 AM , Anonymous Heather said...

Two words: Fab and delish!

 
At 4/21/12, 9:51 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you darling. Both were fabulous but this one was a little more appropriate for the occasion, that was the only consideration. (I hafta get a new idiot-proof camera, I hafta!)

 
At 4/21/12, 9:53 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Awww!! Darling, you know just the right words to abbreviate :)

 
At 4/21/12, 1:20 PM , Blogger Jackie/Jake said...

Thanks for dropping by and visiting!

 
At 4/21/12, 1:43 PM , Blogger Hilary said...

I am proud.. I fall over my feet all the time - literally... I fell at work on thurs!

 
At 4/21/12, 3:09 PM , Anonymous Susi said...

Absolutely love it. Hope you have a wonderful time.

 
At 4/21/12, 3:25 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Oh no, hope you're okay?

 
At 4/21/12, 3:25 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Likewise :)

 
At 4/21/12, 3:28 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

You were right about the draping, Susi. Good eye and good taste :)
Oh yes, absolutely wonderful. Even my Grumpy I-don't-like-going-to-these-things hubby had to admit it was fun. How does your husband handle formal events?

 
At 4/21/12, 4:25 PM , Blogger alienbody said...

I'd like to see a pic of you in the mask too!!

 
At 4/21/12, 4:29 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I gotta go through the pictures, they were pretty crappy from what I saw on the camera. By the way, didja notice the tattoo shot? That was for you :)

 
At 4/23/12, 11:21 AM , Blogger Elaine Griffin Designs said...

I love it!

 
At 4/23/12, 2:29 PM , Anonymous Zoelee said...

Lovely! :)

 
At 4/25/12, 10:08 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

The sad news is that I don't think I'll have another opportunity to wear it. Maybe Halloween?

 
At 4/25/12, 10:09 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you dearie... see? no bold colors for me :)

 
At 4/25/12, 12:55 PM , Blogger Beckey said...

Love it! Excellent choice! And I'm glad the black one got to go home with you too, because I still say you look smoking hot in that one!

 
At 4/25/12, 8:46 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I'll be smoking in the black dress on Saturday. And yes, I WILL tweet about it :)

 

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