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Boomer
07-09-2008, 03:32 AM
I have been reading the swimsuit thread. Same here.

And in that thread, I read about Brightspot's quest for the dress to wear to a wedding. Same here.

A wedding in September and I have to be the most glamorous aunt on the premises. Right.

So Brightspot, what you said in your post is exactly what I, too, am so tired of running into. That sleazy, cheesy, slick fabric and not a sleeve in sight.

I am so happy to hear that you finally found something. Those sales at Macy's can be pretty amazing if you hit them just right.

I really hate to shop. I know. It's weird. But I really hate it. When we had a Parisian store here and I could go in there and someone would run around to different departments and pick it all out for me, I could almost stand to do it. Not so overwhelming and frustrating. But Parisian is no more. I have made a new best friend at Coldwater Creek though. I call to make sure she is working and she has stuff ready for me when I show up. She's great. But the last time I looked at dresses there, they were all pretty froo-froo. Flowery frocks. Not for me.

OK. Boomer is not a princess. Boomer just views shopping like she is on a mission.

Anyway, to make matters worse for this particular quest for the dress, I already have it pictured in my head.Big mistake. I know. But anyway, I want a wrap dress. You know. V-neckline, wrapped with a tie belt. Fabric with some body to it. Fabric that moves but does not cling. And I want sleeves. I guess I am talking ala that classic Diane Von Furstenberg thing. A knockoff, of course. But a classic, classy basic dress. You know. The kind with which you can wear allllll your jewelry.

Has anybody seen anything like this anywhere?

Or do I have to find the real thing at a Goodwill Store in a classy neighborhood or maybe break into a museum?

Are the classic wrap dresses still out there?

And Bright, I am so encouraged to know that your mission was accomplished. It sounds like we share some of the same attitude about dresses. Maybe there is hope for me.

Oh, and when I'm getting all gussied up, Spanx rulz.

Boomer

sschuler1
07-09-2008, 05:12 AM
We still have a Parisian store near us in Livonia, MI. Maybe 10 miles away. Maybe you could check their website to see if there are anymore near you or if they would ship. Have you tried Dress Barn? They seem to be residing in most of the outlet malls around here, but sometimes you can find a store in a regular strip mall. Wrap dresses are one of the simplest designs to sew, and with the variety of fabrics that are available you should be able to make something exactly like you want. If you can't sew, there are plenty of seamstresses that could make a wrap dress. Price shouldn't be more than you would pay in a store, and you get exactly what you want. You can get a coupon for JoAnn fabrics almost all the time for 40% off an item or single cut of fabric. I can send you one on e-mail if you want, just let me know.

Boomer
07-09-2008, 12:15 PM
ss,

Thank you. And I will be in Canton sometime this summer which I think is close to Livonia. Do you believe that. It is a small world indeed. Hey, is it still blueberry time up there in Michigan or did I miss it?

I think we may have a Dress Barn around here somewhere. I am going to check that, too.

And I even know a seamstress. I had not thought about that. I once had a skirt that I really liked, and I had her use it for a pattern and make a couple more in different fabrics. I have not done anything like that for awhile. (Retirement has different wardrobe requirements.)

Now, if I can just not procrastinate about this.

So thank you. I open TOTV like I used to open the morning paper. But this is better. The morning paper never answered any questions.

Boomer

sschuler1
07-09-2008, 03:31 PM
Boomer,

We live in Plymouth which is the next suburb north of Canton. Do you have family up here? The Parisian store is in Laurel Park Mall, which is just east of I275 on 6 Mile Rd. in Livonia. They also have a Cold Water Creek in that mall. There is a JoAnn fabrics superstore in Canton on the north side of Ford Rd. just east of Canton Center Rd. They have a great selection of fabrics. I'm always in that store, it's my favorite. I will go through JoAnn fabrics withdrawl when I move to TV. The closest superstore is in Orlando. We will have to try to convince them to open a store in TV by flooding their inbox with requests.

We are heading up north this weekend for the end of the Cherry Festival. Will probably go out and pick a lug of cherries to bring home with us. My sister lives in Holland, and they have the blueberries over there. I don't really know if the season is over or not. Raspberries should be in season. I need to remember to get out there and pick some, I always forget and then I'm sorry. I love raspberries.

I am getting addicted to TOTV too. I'm having so much fun, and I can't wait to get down there to meet everyone. Good luck on your quest!

SS

redwitch
07-09-2008, 03:59 PM
Both Saks and Needless Markup (Neiman Marcus) sell DVF dresses. Also, here's her website -- she even still designs a wrap dress. http://www.dvf.com/dvf/browse/subcategory.jsp?categoryId=DRESSES

brightspot01
07-09-2008, 04:39 PM
Boomer

If you come to Michigan mid to late August it would be fun for you, schuler, and me to meet up for lunch or dinner. I moved to the Brighton area from Canton years ago.

Thanks for the heads up about Parisian. I had never heard of the store and will definitely check it out, along with Coldwater Creek, when I return home in August.

uujudy
07-09-2008, 11:10 PM
Boomer, Bright, and all... I get email sale ads every week from Coldwater Creek. You can sign up at their website: http://www.coldwatercreek.com/default.aspx
Of course, sometimes there's a REASON the items are on sale. ;)

I have the same problem... There are no nice dresses out there for anybody older than 30. Everything I like is sleeveless, but I sure don't want my upper arms flapping the the breeze. :barf: A nice jacket covers up my wings, and CC does have some great dressy jackets.

islandgal
07-09-2008, 11:19 PM
I went through the same thing last November when my son was married.
I went to every store in TV - nothing suitable.

I finally found the "perfect" (Long jacket) dress at Dillard's in Ocala. There are also some wonderful boutiques in Ocala.
Good luck!

Boomer
07-10-2008, 02:17 AM
This is wonderful. It is so great to be able to have this little girl talk thing going on. And here we are, all in this thing together. We understand perfectly the quest for the dress and how it is so much more difficult than when we were back hunting for those prom dresses.

In those days, we all looked great in everything. Got my dress. Got my long gloves. Got my dyed to match shoes. Got my crystal jewelry. Started teasing and spraying my hair immediately after breakfast on the day of the prom. The boyfriend showed up with the wrist corsage and his daddy's great big car with the great big gas tank that he had filled for a quarter a gallon. (Hey, quit doing math in your head. You know that Mark Twain supposedly said, "If the world is coming to an end, you should go to Cincinnati because everything there happens 20 years later." So see, I'm not thaaaat old.)

Wow! What happened? :dontknow:

Oh well, as some of you know, I digress.

Anyway, back to the current quest. All of this dress advice has been so excellent. And RW, I love that "needless markup" remark. That's sure the truth.

I am starting to think about that jacket idea. Over a classic straight sheath. To the knee. Some great shoes that will make my feet hurt so bad that I will have to pop Advil all day the next day. But you all know, I just won't care. Could not wear such shoes every day. Who am I kidding? It has to be a rare and special event. Like maybe every February 29th. But the shorter dress and the gorgeous jacket just scream for great shoes.

Anyway, thanks again. And thanks for the kind Michigan invite. Maybe someday. But it will be a quick turnaround in July it looks like this time. Maybe we will first meet in TV.

And someday I will tell you all how I made a fool of myself, in Michigan, over those glorious Michigan blueberries. A total fool. It's what I do.

Boomer

Mikitv
07-10-2008, 02:33 AM
I have empathy for you since I went through the same thing for my sons wedding. I looked all over Ark, on line and even checked out stores when I went back to Michigan. I am short so that was another problems. Finally we went over to Memphis to David's Bridal. I always looks for something that has a jacket so if I get cold I can put it on. Wedding was in October in Michigan. I tried on five dresses and the last dress fit perfectly, not my favorite color but hubby loved it. The price said $250.00 marked down to $59, and when I checked out it was $29.00. We decided for that price if I found another dress before wedding I wouldn't be out much money. Just have patience and keep looking something will show up.

uujudy
07-10-2008, 03:11 AM
This is wonderful. It is so great to be able to have this little girl talk thing going on. And here we are, all in this thing together. We understand perfectly the quest for the dress

I am starting to think about that whole jacket idea. Over a classic straight sheath. To the knee. Some great shoes that will make my feet hurt so bad that I will have to pop Advil all day the next day. But you all know, I just won't care. Could not wear such shoes every day. Who am I kidding? It has to be a rare and special event. Like maybe every February 29th. But the shorter dress and the gorgeous jacket just scream for great shoes.

And someday I will tell you all how I made a fool of myself, in Michigan, over those glorious Michigan blueberries. A total fool. It's what I do.

I love all you TOTV folks! :-*
Yes, it IS great that we're all in this together! Especially the part about making fools of ourselves... I made a total fool of myself, but it was over fancy shoes, not blueberries: We were invited to the Governor's Ball, so I had the gorgeous dress (this was back in the day) and the "rare and special event" shoes. We were at a table with the high muckety mucks from Mr. Judy's work. I was playing company wife. During dinner the shoes were killing me, so I slipped them off under the table. Nobody would notice, I thought. Nice long tablecloths to hide the tootsies, loooong yada yada governor's speech...

Needless to say, by the time the band started playing my feet had swollen up so much I couldn't get the shoes back on! We sat out all the dances waiting for everybody to leave so I could leave without wearing my shoes! I had one of those tiny sparkly purses, so I couldn't hide them inside. I would have to either A) carry the shoes, or B) abandon them under the table. B was not an option. By the end of the evening it was just us and the busboys, but people from the company were still milling about near the entrance. Boomer, let this be a warning to you. No matter how much the fancy shoes hurt, leave them on. I can't stress this enough. Better to swell up inside the shoes than outside the shoes. Oh I have made a total fool of myself so many times.... And I'm so glad to know we have so much in common! :bigthumbsup:
Now I want to hear all about the blueberries!

Boomer
07-10-2008, 04:19 AM
Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

uu, you must be my long lost twin.

Good company wife.

I have played that game.

Open mouth. Insert coat hanger. Smile and nod. Carry one drink all night. Sip it.

Try to look impressed while big-deal boss tells you all about his Mensa membership.

Look fascinated while big-deal boss tells you that Venusians live among us. And he thinks he knows who they are.

Look even more intrigued while big-deal boss tells you all about his past lives. How he thinks he may have been Cleopatra.

Chew inside of cheek raw while trying not to laugh and snort and spit your one drink through your nose and all over big-deal boss.

Oh, uu. Been there. Done that.

Boomer

uujudy
07-10-2008, 05:12 AM
Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

uu, you must be my long lost twin.

Good company wife.
I have played that game.
Open mouth. Insert coat hanger. Smile and nod. Carry one drink all night. Sip it.
Try to look impressed while big-deal boss tells you all about his Mensa membership. ...

Chew inside of cheek raw while trying not to laugh and snort and spit your one drink through your nose and all over big-deal boss.
Oh, uu. Been there. Done that.


YES! EXACTLY! Maybe we were separated at birth? And aren't we so glad it's all finished? No more playing company wife! Now I can make a total fool of myself without disastrous consequences! Yay! 040

graciegirl
07-10-2008, 08:59 AM
Et moi aussi! ;)

Boomer
07-10-2008, 05:51 PM
YES! EXACTLY! Maybe we were separated at birth? And aren't we so glad it's all finished? No more playing company wife! Now I can make a total fool of myself without disastrous consequences! Yay! 040


uu, u r so right. The consequences are not quite as dire. That's a good thing because I cannot stop making a fool of myself so it seems. And the made a fool of myself over Michigan blueberries thing had to do with jumping into a car with a strange man. At least he was not anybody's boss. I was on one of my missions. Those missions often get me into trouble.

And gg, I think I know what you said. Some things just never can get lost in the translation.

Hey, the dress thread just turned into a "good little company wife" thread. Gotta love it here.

And now, I had better quit this place and go back to work for awhile.

Boomer

redwitch
07-10-2008, 06:39 PM
To add to the good corporate wife story, here's mine. I wasn't a wife, just a date but the guy and I were pretty serious until the office Christmas party. Big boss was a complete and total jerk. Did the smiley stuff, greeted some that I knew there. Nibbled the so-so appetizers. So, big boss comes over in his tux. Asks me who is on his cumberbund. I look at it and say it is Kermit. Big boss decides to show his employees how dumb they are -- "See, this little lady knows Kermie. What's wrong with you people?" I couldn't stop myself, I truly couldn't, "It would probably help if you didn't wear it upsidedown." BB's secretary literally spit her drink and, yes, the cumberbund was upsidedown. And that was the last date I had with that guy.

uujudy
07-11-2008, 06:33 AM
ss,

I think we may have a Dress Barn around here somewhere. I am going to check that, too.



Speaking of Dress Barn... I didn't know they gave discounts one day a week!
Look what I found in my email today: http://www.seniordiscounts.com/FeaturedDiscounts/Dressbarn.aspx

Dressbarn
Toll Free: (800) 373-7722
Business Description: Off-price women's apparel stores offering career fashions such as sportswear, dresses, suits, blazers and accessories to working women.

Discount: Most Dressbarn locations provide a discount. The amount of the discount given, age requirement and participation varies with each store location. Most stores typically offer a 10% discount one day a week. The most common discount days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Age Requirement: 55+ Discount Restrictions: Contact your local Dressbarn for specific discount information. E-mail: customerservice@dressbarn.com
Website: www.dressbarn.com

redwitch
07-11-2008, 11:49 AM
Dress Barn is coming -- shopping center where Bed, Bath & Beyond is. I can't wait!

Boomer
07-11-2008, 02:33 PM
Dress Barn is coming -- shopping center where Bed, Bath & Beyond is. I can't wait!


I keep hearing here about Dress Barn being good. I have never tried it. I am going to check to see if there is one around here. I think there used to be.

I have always thought that store was given a most unfortunate name. "Dress Barn" What kind of marketing ploy was that? But I guess it worked because they have been in business for quite awhile I think. Would a Dress Barn by any other name have done as well? Or better? I guess some things we will just never know.

Boomer

njgranny
07-25-2008, 06:58 AM
Someone mentioned Goodwill. Years ago, I needed a dress for a company Christmas party. I looked everywhere at everything and was going nuts. Finally, in desparation, I went into the local Goodwill store. Found two dresses that I loved!!!!! One became one of my favorite dresses.

For my daughter's wedding, I was having an awful time finding just the right dress. I finally went (on my lunch hour from work) to a local, small-town store. Got an absolutely beautiful dress for a great price, and it met my daughter's "approval."

Good luck with your quest.

sschuler1
07-27-2008, 10:26 PM
Boomer,

Just thought I would bump this thread to find out if you ever found your dress? Did you get up here to Michigan and check out the Parisian in Livonia? By the way, they are selling Michigan blueberries at Kroger now and they are wonderful.

Boomer
07-31-2008, 10:02 PM
Boomer,

Just thought I would bump this thread to find out if you ever found your dress? Did you get up here to Michigan and check out the Parisian in Livonia? By the way, they are selling Michigan blueberries at Kroger now and they are wonderful.


Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

ss,

Thank you for asking. You kind Midwestern soul you. I did not see this post until just now. I was looking for the thread. So I could report in on "The Quest for the Dress" because just within the past 10 minutes the whole thing got all cranked up. I am talking cranked. So cranked. Just like those skyscraper Pioneer speakers used to crank. You know the speakers. The ones that Mr. Boomer brought back from Okinawa. He had those giant speakers and a Seiko watch. When I saw those speakers, the first time to his apartment, with those speakers and that watch. Oh my, ss, honest to goodness! I thought he was rich! But I digress. Here is what just happened.

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!!

The phone rang. At the other end was the Bride-to-Be. Oh, ss, it seems I am a favorite. Me! The phone call was for me! I have been asked to read at the big wedding. Me! Boomer! At a giant, giant church. In a major U.S. city.

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!

And I do not yet have the dress even. And now I have to lose 20 pounds. Get Botox so I can have that sophisticated zombie look. I have to learn to walk in heels again. Across what I am sure will be a stone floor. Up little steps. To the place where everyone will be looking at me. At me! Aaaauuugh!!!!

I know. I know. I will get a pedicure. And then I will find some of those Spanx things. And they will surely have invented some by now that I can start just above my lovely pedicure and pull them up, up, up. All the way to the top of my Boomer head, where I will tie them in a festive knot and then I will pin some sort of corsage on top of the knot. Yes. Yes. That is what I will do.

And I will have to cut little holes in those Spanx for the eyes. So I can read. And maybe a hole for my mouth so they can all hear me. And I guess for my Boomer nose. So I can breathe better.

But my glasses! OH NO!!! I will have to get new reading glasses. My reading glasses are tie-dyed on the sides with rhinestones on the front. (Really) Or maybe I will just wear them. They are nice for formal attire.

Butohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!!

And all this just happened. And it even happened after that little party for the happy couple at the bride's parents' place in Michigan last weekend.

And I had even spent a little time with Groom-to-Be, talking to him. You know. Welcoming him to the family. You know. . .

er, telling him that the bride's Uncle Boomer is a trained killer. Ohmygosh!!!! THAT IS WHAT I REALLY TOLD THE POOR GUY! I just wanted him to know that we expected him to take good care of her. (Mr. Boomer is not really a trained killer. I was just making that part up.) You don't suppose he believed me do you? Nobody ever believes me. But this guy did not know me.

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!!

Poor Guy!!! It was the rum talking. That's what it was! I have got to stop hanging out with pirates.

But even after alllll this. They still BOTH want ME to read at their wedding.

I said, "Yes. I am honored."

And I know I am going to cry. And it will not be a pretty sight. No glistening solitary tear for me. It will be all red and snotty. She was only just a little girl. Visiting Aunt Boomer in the summer. . .

And now. . . Ohmygoshohmygosh!!!!

Nobody is going to even notice me. The bride is drop dead gorgeous and will be in a closely fitted strapless number, beaded.

And that is just as it should be.

Boomer needs to get over herself.

And no. I do not yet have the dress. But suddenly, I am working on it.

Thanks.

Boomer

Susi1356
07-31-2008, 11:52 PM
Once again I am late to the game here--but our daughter got married in May and I also struggled with the dress thing. I ended up buying separates from the collection at this site:http://www.moncheribridals.com/CollectionHome.aspx?cname=Ensembles.

The fabrics are decent and have a classy degree of sheen and the pieces were comfortable all day and cleaned well. I bought the little bolero jacket--very flattering--and a fairly simple top plus both short and long pencil skirts in the cocoa brown and added a sash for some color. Several web sites out there offer this collection, but beware--the bridal shop owner from whom I purchased followed the measurements for skirts and top and we ordered 10s, even though the 8 jacket was a perfect fit and true to size...I ended up having to alter the 10s. By comparison, I would say the sizes are on a par with Coldwater Creek. I had many many compliments from both young and mature guests and multiple...oooh, where did you find THAT??? questions.

You sound so excited--you will be glowing and gorgeous no matter what you wear! Enjoy!

brightspot01
08-01-2008, 12:04 AM
I'd love to see a picture of your dress, Susi. Do you have one you'd feel comfortable sharing with all of us? Thanks!

Boomer
08-01-2008, 12:15 AM
Hi susi1356,

And welcome. Welcome. Welcome.

You caught me wrestling my angst here. I do that sometimes. I fret a bit in print. I work it out. And you are so right. I am truly excited. Even if I know that I am going to sob. The bride says that will be OK. She said that it might even be kind of great. I just hope I do not fall down.

(Actually, I fell into a fountain at a local mall one time. That's another story. I do not make this stuff up. Well, most of it I don't.)

And you may just be my new best friend. That looks like a good source. Maybe they have an "Aunt of the Bride" section.

Seriously, thank you. I will check on the site you included. And I love the name of it.

"The Quest for the Dress" can take on a life of its own that only other women can understand.

Boomer

brightspot01
08-01-2008, 12:21 AM
Boomer

I don't know... but if the wedding is taking place anywhere close to the Motor City....well, you might make the news!

Better get all gussied up and practice walking in those high heels lady...cause if you fall, you may make it on the late night "Blunders and Bloopers" news in Detroit!

LOL...good luck with not only finding a dress but also practicing how to walk up those stone steps in high heels.

It would be a much nicer scenario meeting you for coffee than meeting you on the late night news.

Laughing.... ;)

Boomer
08-01-2008, 12:34 AM
Oh Bright,

I know what you mean. And I do not make this stuff up. I was walking along. Looking into my shopping bag. Not paying attention. At the mall. There was this fountain...

Now, you see why I do not like to shop. At the mall.

The wedding itself is in an even more major U. S. city. Do you think that song that calls it "That Toddlin' Town" might be about me trying to walk in heels again?

Boomer, from "The Midwest Tour" album

brightspot01
08-01-2008, 12:42 AM
Boomer

I can identify with "accidents".

My daughter and I still laugh about the time we were in Kmart...many years ago....

I was so into my conversation that I didn't notice a foot square post and ran smack dab into it....

What a dope I can be...LOL

Mikitv
08-01-2008, 12:43 AM
Boomer if the wedding is in the Motor City you might end up like my son on his wedding day. They were photographed and interviewed by the local news in front of Tiger Stadium on their wedding day. It was just around the corner from the church and my son is a big Tiger fan so you can understand how they ended up there after the wedding. LOL

So you never know. Look your best and have a great time.

sschuler1
08-01-2008, 12:33 PM
You know that when you finally find this dress that you are going to have to post a picture so that we can oooh and aaaah over it. We will need the official count down as well. When is the wedding and how much time do you have left to find this dress? (And you realize that the shoes sometimes take longer to find than the dress, and of course those can't be purchased until the dress is found, so you actually have less time to find the dress than you think.) And then of course, you might have to allow time to have the shoes dyed if you can't find anything in a normal color that looks decent with the color of the dress. (Just thought I would add to your stress level!)

ps....there now, did that take your mind off of having to read a paragraph or two?

Boomer
08-01-2008, 01:36 PM
Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

Thanks, ss.

I had better get busy. BUT WHERE DO I START!!!

Actually, I hope to have the dress figured out in a few days. I am not nearly as nuts as I appear to be sometimes. or am I?

Boomer

samhass
08-01-2008, 02:08 PM
Sometimes I think a simple sheath with sleeves and some dressy Ferragamo flats are all you need for many occasions. Simple, elegant jewelry, a good handbag and easy hair finish the ensemble. People will spend more time looking at the bride. After 50, I'm not sure how many people are even looking at us. If we look frightful they might, but overall just looking classic and understated serves you well. I'm to the point where a moo-moo may be more flattering than a sheath, but you get the general idea of the look I would go for.

sandybill2
08-01-2008, 02:51 PM
Boomer--thank you for bringing us up to date on your Quest for the Dress and for making me laugh! 1rnfl I hope you will post a picture of your beautiful self --rhinestone glasses and all!!!!!---- Good luck with your "quest."

Boomer
08-01-2008, 03:34 PM
Girls, thank you so much for all the great advice. And thank you so much for laughing along with me.

Update:

I have just thrown myself upon the mercy of nordstrom.com

These two dresses are on the way, even as we speak. The first one, the sheath with the jacket, is for the wedding. From the description, I think the detail might be decent. And it is lined, always a good thing.

And oh yeah, I look exactly like that tall thin blond who is wearing the dress in the picture.- - (Boomer lies sometimes. Just smile and nod and do not make any sudden moves.)

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2980217?search=true&searchtype=keywordsearch

And this is another one I have ordered. Just in case life in the big city becomes even more exciting. I have ordered it in black. I think Mr. Boomer just might want to take me out on a big city date maybe.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2997580?Category=&Search=True&SearchType=keywordsearch&keyword=227257+in+Women%27s+Apparel&origin=searchresults

I will let you know how this works out. Well, how some of it works out. I will not tell you about the date.

Boomer and the City (well, the Second City that is) from the "Midwest Tour" album

sschuler1
08-01-2008, 06:00 PM
That is gonna be one hot date!!!! Wow!! Love the dress for the wedding too! You're more daring than I am, I just feel uncomfortable showing my knees anymore. (Maybe too many slaps on them from the nuns in school? They never did take into account that you grew over the summer, and that your mom didn't have you try the uniform on before school started.) But I digress! Both dresses are beautiful, but pictures of models really wasn't what I had in mind. We must have pics of you when you get the whole ensemble put together.

sandybill2
08-01-2008, 07:18 PM
I LOVE both dresses. Very classy!! Looks like you will have a successful outcome on your "quest." Have fun and enjoy the wedding and your "hot" date-----

Boomer
08-01-2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks SS and Sandyb,

Does anybody have any thoughts on shoes to go with the one I plan to wear to the wedding?

If you look at that picture, you can see that certain things have been considered for women of an age. Those princess seams or darts or whatever they are called can be pretty wonderful sometimes. I am just hoping that they are miraculous. We will see I guess. And the 3/4 sleeves on the jacket solve a problem too. The beading is just enough and it is taken all the way around to the back of the collar and dips into a little design. And the beading detail looks like it will be just fine without worrying about a necklace. Earrings to find. Maybe a bracelet.

SS, about those knees. Oh, it will be too long when it arrives. Dresses seem to be made for really tall women. So if this thing fits right everywhere else, I will have to make a decision about the knees. But I can tell you one thing that is for absolute certain. THAT JACKET IS NEVER COMING OFF I DO NOT CARE IF IT IS 115 DEGREES IN THAT CHURCH, NOT EVEN AT THE RECEPTION!

That black one I am a little unsure of. The right jersey fabric with the right weight to it can cover a multitude of sins. But I have been sinning a lot lately so we will see how that goes.

Ohmygoshohmygosh! I have gone from being in a total freak-out frenzy just 24 hours ago to falling in love on the internet!!!! --- with a dress!

I will be looking out the window all day on Monday, waiting for that delivery truck. Cross your fingers, please.

And that shoe question, I am seriously asking. The color may be a tough one without going the dyed route which I don't think I want to do. We all know that limits the shoes from being worn with other stuff. But that color is going to be tough. BUT OH I DO NOT CARE. I'M IN LOVE! I'M IN LOVE! I'M IN LOVE WITH A WONDERFUL DRESS!! (I sure hope it works out. I'll let you know when the truck comes.)

Boomer

barb1191
08-01-2008, 09:24 PM
I loooooooooooooove the wedding dress!! It's absolutely PERFECT!!! Even the color is one of my favs. Shoes? hmmmm are you still wearing heels? How about some brown alligator? Seems to be the style of late. Or even classy taffey-color (or beige) heels with matching beading as the dress, if that's at all possible to find? Need to match the shoes with same-color handbag. Or.......cream-color accessories???

That dress is such a classic; just love it.

barb

barb1191
08-01-2008, 09:32 PM
Maroon shoes and handbag would go well with the wedding dress.....b

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2992998?tuid=0000051d-006f-0861-7377-617463685f70&color=270&chanelImage=False

sschuler1
08-01-2008, 10:03 PM
A trick I learned from all the years of dance: to make your legs look longer match your shoes to the color of your hose. So if you wear black hose: wear black shoes. If you wear nude color panty hose: wear nude colored shoes. Now the ultimate question.....to show the toes, or not show the toes?

This shoe has a 2" heel with a wider base to the heel, which I find to be more comfortable and easier to walk in than a pointed heel. It is also dyeable!

http://www.endless.com/Dyeables-Womens-Melody-Dyeable-Sandal/dp/B000UK063G/ref=sr_1_35/103-3149827-8453456?ie=UTF8&qid=1217627860468&cAsin=B000UK55XC&asinTitle=Dyeables%20Melody%20Dyeable%20Sandal&asins=B000OHG8M8%2CB000UJZF2O%2CB000UWRY1G%2CB000O H773C%2CB000OHCMOG%2CB000YAGYRE%2CB000XQXFIA%2CB00 0UTT3R2%2CB000UU0P14%2CB000OHCLPQ%2CB000XQVJQ0%2CB 000UWOKWM%2CB000OH35UQ%2CB000OHEGWC%2CB000UJY6O2%2 CB0011MW5TA%2CB000UTV55K%2CB000OH748U%2CB000YAA2W2 %2CB000UWQHC8%2CB000UTYTPS%2CB000OHERWQ%2CB000OH96 XQ%2CB000OH5F7M%2CB000UK2T86%2CB000UK4XYO%2CB000YA FH68%2CB000OHA06S%2CB000UK1CZM%2CB000OH5DFG%2CB000 UWS11I%2CB000UK2RF6%2CB000OHE6T0%2CB000OHC2PK%2CB0 00UK55XC%2CB000XQRMZW%2CB000XR2QPC%2CB000UWQDJ0%2C B000UK1FRM%2CB000UWVOYY&sr=1-35&contextTitle=Search%20Results&fromPage=search&sort=relevancerank&showDesigner=2&keywords=bridal%20shoes


WOW!!! That was a really long ip address!!!

This one would be to not show the toe. Again dyeable!

http://www.endless.com/Coloriffics-Womens-Gabriella-Pump/dp/B000UWONMY/ref=sr_1_38/?cAsin=B000UWQEF8&asinTitle=Coloriffics%20Gabriella%20Pump&&colors=&size=40&page=2&dept=241745011&node=241745011&nodes=241745011&brands=&keywords=bridal%20shoes&sort=relevancerank&&showDesigner=2&secondaryBrands=&page=2&fromPage=search&contextTitle=&qid=1217628068047&sr=1-38&prepickColor=&asins=B000XR4GSW,B000UWTWEI,B000UJZRJA,B000UK1BOY, B000UWS07I,B000OHGH38,B000UK19BY,B000UWQH3W,B000UW QGNI,B000UWRX30,B000UWTVN0,B000XR8GFQ,B000OHCK02,B 000UK72O2,B000UK72E2,B000UJZRUO,B000UK4YV6,B000UWO K6S,B000XR6ITC,B000UK34JO,B000UK2S4Q,B000UK4WSQ,B0 00OH7LJ2,B000OKTOY4,B000UWQEDU,B0011MUIP8,B000UJZS N0,B000OH73K4,B000OH7ITA,B000UWQH8M,B000XR2XDW,B00 0OH3AFQ,B000UWTUA4,B000OHAIDI,B000XRB2OI,B000UK1FH 2,B000YAGYQ0,B000UWQEF8,B000YABVXQ,B0011MQGSG


So many websites out there with these kinds of shoes. Check around on price once you find a style you like. Hope the dresses work out!

Boomer
08-01-2008, 10:49 PM
Wow! This is so great. I feel like an old Cinderella.

About those shoes. I can wear heels, but I do not like to wear them for long. You know the drill. But it can be oh so worth it, at least for a couple of hours. For years, I have rarely worn a shoe with a back on it. During a bout with Achilles tendinitis a few years ago, the doc said to stop wearing shoes with backs on them. And I did. And it worked. I am going to look for slides first, but I don't know if that will be dressy enough.

SS, do I ever know that thing about keeping the color the same. Every little bit helps. Such a project for a woman, isn't it?

All Mr. Boomer has to do is figure out which tie to wear. And he will pick the wrong one so I will have to do that, too. He is on a junket this week and when I packed his clothes, I put the shirts inside the pants so that he cannot screw it up. I try to keep an eye on those things. I always tell him that I absolutely will not have him going around, out in the world, looking all pitiful, all mismatched, looking like no woman loves him. Boomer is no fool.

Boomer

islandgal
08-01-2008, 11:18 PM
Boomer - Good luck!

I went through this last November when I was mother of the bride. Even though I needed a floor length dress, I tried on bazillion dresses, and settled on a jacket dress - it was far superior stylewise to the dresses I had tried.
So I vote for the jacket - It is very good looking.
I, like you, prefer slides. I finally found some sandal slides with a medium heel at Nordstrom's. Looks like taupe would be nice with that dress - really couldn't tell that much from the picture.

I also learned NOT to wear stockings. I hit a spray-on tanning salon (did a test run two weeks before the wedding) which was the answer to the no stocking problem.

Keep us posted :)

Boomer
08-01-2008, 11:41 PM
wiw,

Oh my gosh. I never thought about the spray tan stuff. I have never used that.

Remember that stuff called "Q-T" I think it was. Back in the 60's. Well, I was going to look so wonderful on some early summer date to Coney Island. (Cincinnati's Coney Island, not the real Coney Island.) Anyway, I got my hair all teased up and then to finish off my glamorous look, slathered myself with "Q-T." (Is that what it was called?")

I looked like I was rusted. Corroded. Well, it was actually a rather bright shade of orange. And it was streaked. It was awful. I was an idiot. And I looked like one.

And I was such an idiot that I tried to get it off with Clorox. Yep. Clorox. I do not know why I picked Clorox. But I did. Well, it streaked worse. And then I smelled like a washing machine full of whites. Oh, wiw, it is amazing that I ever managed to get a date. Whenever I see that "Blue Man" thing I always think of "Orange Girl."

Thus, to this day, I am completely traumatized at the thought of artificial tanning. And I spend my outside hours slathered with sunscreen. But I hear that the spray on stuff is pretty good now. I will look into it. Thanks.

You girls are too much fun. I will certainly keep you all posted as this goes along.

Boomer

barb1191
08-01-2008, 11:59 PM
All Mr. Boomer has to do is figure out which tie to wear. And he will pick the wrong one so I will have to do that, too. He is on a junket this week and when I packed his clothes, I put the shirts inside the pants so that he cannot screw it up. I try to keep an eye on those things. I always tell him that I absolutely will not have him going around, out in the world, looking all pitiful, all mismatched, looking like no woman loves him. Boomer is no fool.

Boomer


Is your Mr B color-blind?

My hub is and he doesn't leave the house without first checking to see if his colors match. He knows it matters to me how he looks in public and therefore will comply. Otherwise, at home he has no clue nor does he care whether things match and dons grungy old shorts and a shirt. He always looks good to me, whether grungy or spiffy; he's the best.

....barb

sandybill2
08-02-2008, 12:00 AM
Boomer--it was Q-T---that was the name. I remember using it and my hands were as orange as the rest of my body. I also remember using baby oil and iodine--that result was also an unnatural color!! I have been reading your posts to my husband--- We have decided that you are a "natural" and should write a book. Your way with words is so entertaining!!! I wish I could help with you choice of shoes, etc., but I am so fashion-challenged. From what I have seen by other posts, you are being helped by those who have some fashion sense. Please keep us posted. I look forward to it.

Boomer
08-02-2008, 12:35 AM
Sandy, I had forgotten about the orange palms of my hands that were that way for weeks. (And thanks. It's fun. Sometimes I make Mr. Boomer read my posts. And then I watch his face to see if he smiles when I write about him. I told him that I called him Mr. Boomer Dundee one time when I wrote about how he saved me from the snapping turtle on the patio. So far. He smiles. Mr. Boomer also smiled when I told the incoming member of the family that he was a trained killer. He went along with it, too. The Groom-to-Be was trying to smile.)

Barb,

Oh I know what you mean. Mr. Boomer always looks good to me, too. He is not colorblind. He just does not have a clue. The only way I used to be able to get him to go shopping for suits was to have a little bit of a snit fit and tell him that I really meant it about his not being allowed to go around in the world looking neglected. It's a jungle out there you know. (You can bring all a husband's other clothes home to him, but not a suit. He has to go with you.)

Another way the prowling females check out a man is to check his grocery cart. If it looks overall pretty healthy, that woman will figure he is married. Mr. Boomer does tend to stock up on cheese when he gets the chance though. I try to balance it out with those cans of sardines I keep handing him for lunch while I sit here writing this stuff.

Oh my gosh! Now that I have relaxed about my dress a little, I am suddenly turning this thread into advice on the care and feeding of husbands. Talk Host will throw me out for not sticking to the topic.

But I am on a roll here and Mr. Boomer is still away on his junket so I may come back in here sometime and tell you about what happened to me at the grocery store and about how I gave a woman on the prowl advice at the bar in the Peabody in Memphis. But we will just hide all this right here in "Quest for the Dress." Maybe TH does not even look.

Boomer

barb1191
08-02-2008, 01:10 AM
Boomer..... Amazing the number of hits on this thread, "The Quest for the Dress." Did you ever, in this lifetime, believe that you would bring on sooooooo many hits with this subject?

Go figure. It's absolutely hilarious....and so are YOU.

barb

samhass
08-02-2008, 01:16 AM
Oh Boomer, I read your QT story and laughed out loud. I did the same slathering on but left off the clorox part. I thought I would look so wonderful with a dark golden tan. I looked like a carrot.

Boomer
08-02-2008, 01:23 AM
Well, no more advice from me tonight I guess. I just realized that it is almost time for Mr. Boomer to call from his junket location. Maybe he will tell me something I can write about. I am sure that he will not care about hearing about my dress. But that's OK. One time, about 5 years ago, when he went on this annual junket, which I really do encourage because he loves it so, I sold the house. The weird thing about that is that the house had not even been for sale. He still likes me though.


Oh Sam, I just went to send this and the red sign showed up and I looked and there you were looking just like a carrot. How in the world did we ever survive those days? I once turned my hair a lovely shade of olive green.

Boomer

Susi1356
08-02-2008, 12:15 PM
Boomer--both dresses are gorgeous! I don't know why it always seems the selection is so much improved after I no longer need the dress...but you have certainly found the perfect styles. Can't wait to see a photo!

On the shoe question--I struggled too, but ended up with a pair of very simple silver ballet flats. I was wearing my long skirt and probably would have opted for mid-height heels had I worn knee-length that day--but I still would have gone with a metallic. I just have a hard time finding dyes-to-match that are truly comfortable.

I have had very good luck with both www.zappos.com and www.shoemall.com and www.dsw.com (no, I don't have a closet full of shoes, ladies--just have flat feet with bunions and have to be selective :) ). All these sites offer huge selections in just about every brand you can name, free shipping AND free returns--seriously, you just pack the shoes back in the original box and print out a label and drop them off at a UPS site at no cost to you. I search by color, heel height, and size; order online (the shoes typically arrive within 3 days); try them on in the comfort of my own home; and return what doesn't work. It could not be easier. Zappos also features customer reviews of each shoe, and I have found most to be extremely helpful and valid.

With regard to a photo of me in my dress--will do when my daughter receives the DVD of all wedding photos. Thanks for asking to see it.

sschuler1
08-02-2008, 01:57 PM
My husband is partially color blind (can't distinguish reds and greens) so I know firsthand about not letting him out of the house unless I pick out his clothing. If he goes on a trip without me, I pack only clothing that will match each other. His friends probably think I'm nuts that I pack him the same color slacks for a whole week, but at least I know that all the shirts I pack will match all week long.

Tanning lotions have come a long way since the days of orange. Jergens makes a lotion that is very subtle and will become darker the more you use it. I haven't had any problems with streaks either. I only use it on my legs. They never seem to get any color and look pasty white compared to the rest of me. Spray tans look nice and are an instant fix. I haven't tried them myself, but my daughter's friend just got married last weekend and she had it done. She looked very natural.

So this thread has expanded to not only be about the dress, but now includes the whole ensemble. (including your legs!)

Hyacinth Bucket
08-02-2008, 02:04 PM
Hi, just finished reading this topic. What a wonderful way to shop. Don't need a salesperson to help make a decision.

Just post dress on line and get honest opinions.

BBB thanks for starting this. Perhaps it should be a permanent topic.

HB

Boomer
08-02-2008, 02:46 PM
Good morning Susi and SS,

I had just logged out after having threatened myself that I would indeed turn to stone if I sat here in this kitchen and wrote anything at all this morning.

But then I saw your posts.

Has Boomer actually backed herself into a corner? For a real picture? Time will tell. She did tell you all just yesterday that she looks like that tall thin blond wearing the dress in the picture. Will she allow herself to get caught in a lie?

And SS, darn you. Last night, you would have laughed so much. I was actually standing in front of a full length mirror, having put on a skirt so I could see how my knees looked. Oh, SS, it's not like it used to be. What is? The legs were the last to go. They were never long, but they had their good points. One time some guy in geology class long ago hit on me bc of my legs he said. And they were not long. Still aren't. But I think they said goodbye while I was not watching. What didn't?

And, SS, I got so sidetracked here last night that I forgot to watch that show with Judd Hirsch that somebody told me about and I think it may have been you.

OK, this is an apology to anybody who got this far in this stream of consciousness writing I am doing here this morning. I just looked at "Preview" and saw that I had managed to turn most of it to italics while trying only to turn "Taxi" to italics. If I begin to obsessively edit this thing, I will either hit some stupid key and lose it or I will never get out of here. So anyway, that's what happened and it is all written so I might as well send it. For what it's worth. And if I have now turned the entire rest of this red, too, please forgive me.

It was in a thread somewhere where I was shamelessly confessing those loves from afar, the ones that I have for unattainable men. (Let's see: Charles Kuralt. Carl Hiaasen. Judd Hirsch, but only (so far) as Alex on [i]Taxi.[i] And now I am finding that T. Boone is looking pretty good. And Mr. Boomer has been gone for almost a week. And I have been staying up late. And I think Frazier's dad is starting to look a little hot to me on that old sitcom that is on the Lifetime channel way late.) Anyway, SS, I think it was you who told me. And I did catch Judd at the very end when I remembered last night. And he is looking still cute. So next week I will tune in and see if he still talks to me good, too.

Mr. Boomer really needs to get back here.

(Hey, Good Morning, HB. I just went to send this and I saw you there. Before I go, I have to tell you something. I honestly had not, until last night, put you together with Sidney. I, for some reason, had not figured out that your Sid was our Sid. Duh! I thought in that "Decorating Trends" thread that somebody was confused and thought his house was your house. Helloooo, someone was confused. It was me.

I do stuff like that a lot. I miss stuff. I only realized recently that the Fed Ex logo has an arrow in it. Now, I keep pointing it out on all the trucks that go by. I am beginning to bore people with it.

And I gotta tellya something else. I did not know, until I was a grownup, that prunes started their lives as plums. I guess we all did.

So anyway, say hello to Sid for me.)

And I really must get out of here today.

Boomer in the Morning

sschuler1
08-02-2008, 10:13 PM
Yes, Boomer. I am the one that told you about Judd Hirsch on "Numbers". They are in reruns right now, but since you have never seen the show it would be all new to you. He plays the father to the two male leads in the show. One of them is an FBI agent and the other one is a math genius professor who helps the FBI on some of their cases. He always has some words of wisdom to impart.

Someone should have warned you that you should only look at yourself in full length mirrors in dressing rooms at department stores. I don't know what it is about their mirrors, but I never quite look that good in the outfit once I get it home.

Let us know when you get the dresses!!!

Rokinronda
08-02-2008, 10:50 PM
I absolutely love that dress! Our sons wedding is next May and the quest for the dress begins soon! Hope I find one as pretty as yours, if not I may have to ask permission to steal your choice! Very classy.

Boomer
08-02-2008, 11:23 PM
Hi Girls,

Someday my truck will come. I think it will be on Monday. I do not know if the truck will be brown. Or yellow and red. Or if it might even have that Fed Ex arrow that I was telling you all about this morning. But I am betting on Monday. Maybe Tuesday.

I am getting pretty excited.

And Ronda, no permission necessary. I love it that you think it's classy.

And SS, about those dressing room mirrors, how true. Coldwater Creek is so far gone that I laugh out loud when I am there and then I buy a bunch of stuff.

At home, when I am getting dressed to leave, I always check the full length mirror. I check that mirror second to the last thing I do when putting myself together.

What is the last thing I do?

I put in my contact lenses.

Boomer

. . .And about Judd Hirsch, I am putting him on the calendar.

samhass
08-03-2008, 04:55 AM
Boomer, Mr samhass is home but I still think T Boone is hot!!!

Boomer
08-03-2008, 12:36 PM
Boomer, Mr samhass is home but I still think T Boone is hot!!!


Sam, do you think we could get T. Boone to grow a gray ponytail? Something tells me that if we ever team up, we could. Of course, I am just running my mouth this morning. I still cannot get Mr. Boomer to grow a gray ponytail. He just looks at me and laughs. He does that a lot.

My loves from afar are never the obvious ones. Never the cliches.And I really can't explain them very well. Ah, why try to analyze shameless love. I know I need to give up on Charles Kuralt. But I still have a place for him in my heart.

I don't know why I remember this stuff. I really do have a life outside of TOTV. But it seems like somewhere in a thread, when I was shamelessly confessing to those loves of mine, someone among us threw caution to the wind, too, and confessed to Ed Asner I think. It may have been just when he was being Lou Grant. You know, I can see that one, also. Maybe I will move Charles Kuralt to a different part of my list and put Ed Asner on it.

OK. I have to get up and out of here. But it would be fun to find out if anybody else has these secret loves from afar. We have talked about a few different things here in "Quest for the Dress."

We have talked about being good little company wives, about women who are on the prowl, about the care and feeding of husbands, about shameless loves for unattainable men who are not cliches. And probably some other stuff, too. So who knows where this will take us while I wait for my dress to arrive.

Boomer

sschuler1
08-03-2008, 05:34 PM
I always had a "thing" for Tom Selleck. It doesn't matter what show or movie he is in, I have to see it. And I have loved them all!!!! And he is still just as handsome as he was when he played Magnum PI.

sandybill2
08-03-2008, 05:41 PM
ss---I agree with you about Tom Selleck--- Sam Elliott is another that I have been known to "daydream" about!!!

barb1191
08-03-2008, 06:18 PM
ss---I agree with you about Tom Selleck--- Sam Elliott is another that I have been known to "daydream" about!!!


Sam Elliott has been a "hunk" for me for many years now. Not only is he tall, dark and handsome, but his voice is extremely sensual. He gets my :#1: vote!!! mmmmm

barb

samhass
08-04-2008, 02:53 AM
Ooooooooooo I think Peyton Manning is yummy even though he is very young.

chelsea24
08-04-2008, 03:09 AM
Barb, just saw Sam Elliott in a movie today. "The Contender" Political movie with Jeff Bridges. Really good. And BTW, Sam is still looking really good! Yummm :bigthumbsup:

Boomer
08-04-2008, 01:06 PM
Good Morning,

Sam Elliott, huh. I had forgotten all about him. Remember him in Mask with Cher, back in the 80's. I just looked him up. Still good. And I saw a picture where he even has a gray ponytail sometimes. I guess it does not get much better than that.

I show up in this kitchen most mornings, checking in on TOTV, while I have a little coffee to wake me up. My opening page is msn.com and as of this morning, I am thinking I might just have to break up with that opening page. Why? Well, the first thing I saw on there, just now, over on the left side, there is a stupid headline screaming at me. First :edit: thing in the morning. "Is Your Coffee Killing You?"

What!!!! So I decide I had better find out. And I clicked on that :edit: headline. And it was not really an article. It was one of those :edit: slideshows. Set by some mastermind fiend to go really, really fast. At least for in the morning. And I could not catch it. Could not find "pause." Finally I got it. And my coffee is not trying to kill me at all. My coffee may just be good for me. Except it might thin my bones. But it said I could put milk in it for that. I always do. Besides, I still have the bones of a sturdy peasant. But why is msn.com writing such weenie headlines so early in the morning. Made me click I guess.

And Mr. Boomer has returned from his annual junket. He is still snoozing. The trip was to Oshkosh, WI, for AirVenture. He had been there since Monday. It's all airpanes, all the time. He goes with his buddies. This year he took one of our family. A younger guy. To hang out with the geezers in Oshkosh. And now he is hooked on Oshkosh, too. They are planning already for next year. There are those who call Oshkosh an addiction for anybody who loves flying.

So all day yesterday, Mr. Boomer was flying that little plane. First stop. A small airport near Detroit. Dropping off the young guy. Now officially addicted to Oshkosh. Then flying home to Cincinnati. Smiling all the way home.

And I just have to tell you girls a little story about that. Only the girls will understand.

Mr. Boomer calls me sometimes from Oshkosh. When planes are not roaring overhead and we can hear each other. So Saturday night he calls. . .

And I asked him, "Was today as great as the rest of the week has been?"

"Oh, yeah," he answers, "maybe even better. But there's just one thing wrong."

"And what might that be, my sweet winged man?" I ask. Expecting to hear the usual. You know. The 'I really miss you' line we all get used to hearing when they call us from their junkets.

And you know what Mr. Boomer said to me. To me. His darling wife. Pining away. Keeping the home fires burning. All that stuff.

Mr. Boomer actually said to me. To Boomer. Mr. Boomer said, "The only thing wrong with it is that it is the LAST DAY in Oshkosh."

But I know this man. And I laughed and so did he. And I let him back into the house when he arrived.

So today, I will wait for the dress to arrive. And I will hear all the Oshkosh stories. And I really do like hearing all about Oshkosh. I really do.

Boomer

islandgal
08-04-2008, 01:34 PM
Boomer -
You are such a sketch. I look forward to your every post!!!!!
Anxious to hear about the pkg arrival.

......Back to the "crushes" for a minute.

I have had a thing for Michael Douglas for as long as I can remember - not just his acting talent, but his personal life as well. He's beautiful, smart and occasionally bad ::)

Did I say that? :dontknow:

Boomer
08-05-2008, 12:49 PM
Well, the dresses have arrived. And I really like both of them.

But they are just a little big. I ordered the black one in the next smaller size. It is on its way.

But the one with the jacket is not available in the next size down. It's the dress anyway, not the jacket. And it can be taken in a little. And I have to make that knee decision, too.

That gorgeous dress will not be taken in by me. That would be a disaster. In the days in which we all had to take home ec classes, my teacher used to just shake her head at me during the sewing classes. Once while trying to hem a skirt, I somehow managed to sew it to the one I was wearing. I remember to this day, the look on my teacher's face, when the bell rang to leave, and there I stood with one skirt sewn to the other.

I have several weeks before the wedding. I can either work on becoming a bit more zaftig or have the dress taken in.

I ordered the size I normally wear. Could these be the people who were always telling Oprah that she wore a single digit size? Even when she was at her smallest, you know that we were all thinking, "Huh?"

And, girls, if that black dress has any appeal to you whatsoever, you might want to give it a try. That one is the second link in my August 1 post in this thread.

I am no tall thin model type, but that black dress has the greatest feel to the fabric. It is lined and has something going on with the design at the shoulders and waist that actually works for this old broad sitting here writing to you. When the smaller size comes, the shoulders should work a little better. The fabric has a little stretch to it. And it does not need to be hemmed because of the design of the skirt. There is nothing like a matte jersey that gets the drape right. It can cover a multitude of sins.

Also, about shoes, zappos.com, mentioned here by Susi, has the most amazing customer service of anybody I have ever found. I started using them when I would find shoes in a store, only to find they were not in my size. My size is not unusual. It's just everybody's size. So when that happens, I just head home, look at Zappos, usually find what I want and they arrive quickly on my doorstep. It is an interesting company and an interesting concept and so far, from what I have seen, they are getting it right.

Thanks again to all of you for helping me with this quest. One more thing though. Does anybody know a source for great sparkly earrings? The ones that look like the real thing. I have checked for the perfect pair at jewelry counters for years and have never hit it right. I will try again. But if there is a good online company, please share. Thanks.

And remember, there is no need to fear that black dress. It is quite forgiving.

Boomer

sschuler1
08-05-2008, 01:06 PM
Glad that the dresses are going to work out for you. can't wait to see the pics! Claire's boutiques usually have quite a bit to choose from when it comes to inexpensive sparkly earrings. They have stores everywhere, so I would be suprised if there isn't one near you.

http://www.claires.com/

Thanks for the info on Zappos, I had never heard of them before. I will definitely try that the next time I need shoes. (Which my husband says shouldn't be for the next 30 years based on the number of shoes I currently own!)

Boomer
08-18-2008, 01:25 PM
Good Morning,

Here's the next chapter in "The Quest for the Dress."

When we were last here together, in this continuing saga, the dress for the wedding had arrived.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2980217?search=true&searchtype=keywordsearch

And the agonizing over the shoes had begun.

I like the dress a lot, but the color was making it hard to figure out what color shoes to wear with it. So I procrastinated about the shoes. One day I spent about an hour on zappos.com trying to figure something out. But nada.

Soooo, one morning my daughter Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) called to see how the quest was coming along. I said, "Oy, the shoes! The shoes! They're making me crazy. Black patent goes with everything evening. Right? I have black patent. I will just wear those."

Well, as we all know, age and guile beat youth and inexperience any day.

I thought Boomette Valerie's head was going to explode.

"You are coming with me to the mall," she ordered. "I will be at that wedding, too, you know. I will not have my mother wearing black patent shoes with that dress. You need metallic shoes. Metallic is tricky. But way in right now. Get the dress and meet me at the mall. NOW!"

And so I met Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) at the mall. We were closest to Dillard's so we started there. Usually not my choice. Macy's has those deals. But we went into Dillard's shoe department and someone actually waited on us, immediately.

And so the Dillard's shoe lady and Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) went to work. First they made me try on a pair with 4 and 1/2 inch heels. Right. That was going to happen. Even if the match was really good. They made me roll up the legs on my black Capri pants so I could look in the shoe mirror and get the effect. All I could see in that shoe mirror was the image of those black pants stopping at my knees and those high, high heels. My reflection looked like it belonged to a Pilgrim with issues.

But then I really lucked out. The second pair of shoes I tried on matched perfectly. I am going to show them to you here and you are going to think that they do not match. The color does not look right on screen. But they do match. Exactly. Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) even took the dress and a shoe out into the parking lot, into the bright daylight, to see if the match worked as well as it did inside. And it did. These things are metallic, although they don't look that way here. The glow or whatever it is works just right with the dress.

OK. This stupid link keeps defaulting to black. The color that matches the dress is called "Oxy Pewter" but even if you switch it to that with the dropdown, it still does not look right on screen. So please take my word for it. It works. Actually it's Boomette Valerie's word, which is much better in matters such as these.

http://www.dillards.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=301&storeId=301&langId=-1&productId=501309021

So anyway, now I just have to practice walking in these things. The heels are 3 inches. Not 4 and 1/2. So somehow it seemed manageable. In the store. And Boomette said that the whole strap thingy the shoe has going on is fashionable. (I was just thrilled that the toe design did not make me look like Boomer the Impaler.)

And then Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) dragged me into Macy's and picked out the perfect pair of earrings.

And then she took me out to lunch.

And all because I pretended that I was going to wear black patent leather shoes with that dress to a wedding where I will be reading and where almost everyone will know that I am Boomette Valerie's mom.

Boomer

Peachie
08-18-2008, 02:39 PM
Boomer, you are very fortunate to have a style-maven daughter to help with the selection of those foxy shoes. I am the mother of three wonderful sons and I didn't mind raising little boys at all. But I did think some day far off, I will miss having a daughter to say to me, "Mom, they're not doing that anymore!". The day has arrived, woe is me :'(

Your outfit for the wedding is sooo lovely, have fun. I did the exact same thing you will be doing for my niece/goddaughter in May 2007. I was so nervous until I had a talk with myself to read to them, the beautiful scripture they chosen, with all the love and hope I had for them and the fact that the wedding was so not about me. It was great and I could enjoy the moment. (Can we see a pic after the party is over?)

sschuler1
08-18-2008, 02:44 PM
Boomer,

Those shoes look great! I think it is hilarious that they call them Mary Janes. Mary Jane was never that fashionable!

I remember when my daughter was little that there came a point in her upbringing that getting her to do something that you wanted her to do became more difficult. It used to be that you could say "If you do this, then I'll take you to get some ice cream." That always used to work! Then she got older and the bribes had to get larger. Finally, it gets to the point where you can't afford the bribes anymore. And I discovered something that worked ten times better anyway. Embarassment! "If you don't do this, then I will offer to chaperone the dance at your high school." Worked like a charm. It sounds like you are telling me that those powers are still available to me. I must try them out and let you know how it goes.

"Bring the grandchildren to my house on Saturday, or I will show up at your work asking to buy some KY jelly and a bunch of condoms."

Just might do the trick.......

Peachie
08-18-2008, 02:50 PM
:a20: I learn such much from TOTV!

Rokinronda
08-18-2008, 03:00 PM
Perfect shoes for the perfect dress!!!! You will look Mahvelous darling!!!

Boomer
08-18-2008, 03:07 PM
You girls are all so great. And isn't it wonderful that we can all learn from each other. Thanks.

Boomer

graciegirl
08-18-2008, 03:59 PM
Good Morning,

Here's the next chapter in "The Quest for the Dress."

When we were last here together, in this continuing saga, the dress for the wedding had arrived.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2980217?search=true&searchtype=keywordsearch

And the agonizing over the shoes had begun.

I like the dress a lot, but the color was making it hard to figure out what color shoes to wear with it. So I procrastinated about the shoes. One day I spent about an hour on zappos.com trying to figure something out. But nada.

Soooo, one morning my daughter Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) called to see how the quest was coming along. I said, "Oy, the shoes! The shoes! They're making me crazy. Black patent goes with everything evening. Right? I have black patent. I will just wear those."

Well, as we all know, age and guile beat youth and inexperience any day.

I thought Boomette Valerie's head was going to explode.

"You are coming with me to the mall," she ordered. "I will be at that wedding, too, you know. I will not have my mother wearing black patent shoes with that dress. You need metallic shoes. Metallic is tricky. But way in right now. Get the dress and meet me at the mall. NOW!"

And so I met Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) at the mall. We were closest to Dillard's so we started there. Usually not my choice. Macy's has those deals. But we went into Dillard's shoe department and someone actually waited on us, immediately.

And so the Dillard's shoe lady and Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) went to work. First they made me try on a pair with 4 and 1/2 inch heels. Right. That was going to happen. Even if the match was really good. They made me roll up the legs on my black Capri pants so I could look in the shoe mirror and get the effect. All I could see in that shoe mirror was the image of those black pants stopping at my knees and those high, high heels. My reflection looked like it belonged to a Pilgrim with issues.

But then I really lucked out. The second pair of shoes I tried on matched perfectly. I am going to show them to you here and you are going to think that they do not match. The color does not look right on screen. But they do match. Exactly. Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) even took the dress and a shoe out into the parking lot, into the bright daylight, to see if the match worked as well as it did inside. And it did. These things are metallic, although they don't look that way here. The glow or whatever it is works just right with the dress.

OK. This stupid link keeps defaulting to black. The color that matches the dress is called "Oxy Pewter" but even if you switch it to that with the dropdown, it still does not look right on screen. So please take my word for it. It works. Actually it's Boomette Valerie's word, which is much better in matters such as these.

http://www.dillards.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=301&storeId=301&langId=-1&productId=501309021

So anyway, now I just have to practice walking in these things. The heels are 3 inches. Not 4 and 1/2. So somehow it seemed manageable. In the store. And Boomette said that the whole strap thingy the shoe has going on is fashionable. (I was just thrilled that the toe design did not make me look like Boomer the Impaler.)

And then Boomette Valerie (Slave to Fashion) dragged me into Macy's and picked out the perfect pair of earrings.

And then she took me out to lunch.

And all because I pretended that I was going to wear black patent leather shoes with that dress to a wedding where I will be reading and where almost everyone will know that I am Boomette Valerie's mom.

Boomer


OH MY DEAR lord............................I can't get my breath. PILGRIM WITH ISSUES??? YOU are without the doubt the funniest, wittiest person, I have ever almost met.

AND our Helene came within a hairs breadth of being Valerie and, and, Helene is a slave to fashion as well. Small world. Ain't it?

Boomer
09-02-2008, 03:36 AM
Hi Girls,

I did it!

Perfectly, I might add! Yep! Perfectly!

I projected!

I enunciated!

I smiled!

I made eye contact!

I did not blubber and snort and turn all red!

I did not even cry!

I even got a couple of rave reviews!

I walked up steps!

I walked down steps!

Shiny! Beautiful! Oh so slippery steps!

And I did not fall off my shoes!

Boomer of the Wedding

uujudy
09-02-2008, 04:22 AM
Yay! Congratulations! Wonderful! Good for you! Hurrah! Go Boomer!

:#1: :clap2: :#1: :clap2: :#1: :clap2: :#1: :clap2: :#1: :clap2: :#1: :clap2: :#1:

graciegirl
09-02-2008, 10:55 AM
None of us ever had any doubts. Could you post pictures camera shy Boomer. Just from the neck down?

Boomer
09-02-2008, 12:41 PM
None of us ever had any doubts. Could you post pictures camera shy Boomer. Just from the neck down?


Hi gg,

You may be surprised to know I am sort of, kind of, maybe, at some point, thinking about doing that. At least part of a picture. But if I get brave enough to do that, I will at least reveal a little more than I did when I posted the one of me in my kitchen behind a stack of books and with golf clubs and all that other stuff covering me up. And you could only see the back of my head in that "Boomer's Picture" thing last spring. -- although that picture did say a lot as I recall. -- even if it was only the back of my head.

If I do it again, I will do better. I will probably stick it in this thread and not do a thread on its own. I am trying to get past being oh so shy. 8)

It is kind of funny to me to think about how I have written this insane number of posts where I say all kinds of stuff. But nobody knows what I look like. I could be anything. You probably all think I live in a cell or something.

Anyway, if I can bribe the guard sometime in the next few days, I will try to get a picture here. You have all been so supportive of my whole quest. Thank you.

Boomer

Peachie
09-02-2008, 01:02 PM
Boomer, :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: Wasn't that fun?

sandybill2
09-02-2008, 01:46 PM
Congratulations Boomer--I never doubted that you would shine!!! Have been wondering about you recently and thank you for bringing us up to date. Can't wait to see the picture. I really enjoy reading your posts--they always make me smile. Keep posting---we can all use lots of smiles and humor with all of this "political stuff" and worry about all of the possible weather problems. Thanks again. :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

islandgal
09-02-2008, 01:56 PM
crap crap HURRY UP, BOOMER :2excited: crap crap

sschuler1
09-02-2008, 08:03 PM
Boomer,

So glad that it went so well!!! I never doubted you!!!! But yes, after all of this we will require a picture. We feel like we helped to put the ensemble together, but without the gratification of seeing the final product. So, don't be shy! We will all feel so proud!!

SS

Boomer
09-02-2008, 11:04 PM
Oh Girls,

I know.

You all helped. And you were so great. And we had fun.

And then I walked the walk. And I talked the talk.

And now I must post the pic.

And I will. I promise. I really am working on it.

But we have been gone all day and now Mr. Boomer must go to one of his meetings for one of his hobbies. I have told all of you many times I am sure, because I always tell everybody, about how I try to get Mr. Boomer to find cheap hobbies like carving little polar bears and mountain goats out of soap. Or maybe building little Eiffel Towers and bridges out of toothpicks. But he never wants to. It's all about flying club and ham radio stuff.

But I digress. And, oh well, at least my hobby is free.

Anyway, I do not know how to post a picture. So I have to wait for Mr. Boomer to help me. And I still have to figure out how much of that closeup I am ready for. 8)

And I know that you all probably really do think I make this stuff up and that I really do live in a cell and that I have not yet managed to bribe the guard to take my picture. But soon. I promise.

Cool Hand Boomer

Boomer
09-03-2008, 01:52 AM
OK.

Mr. Boomer has just returned from that meeting I told you about last post. He will help me with my picture I bet. I do not know if we will get this picture on here tonight. But maybe.

You will see more of Boomer than that back of my head picture last spring?

Do you think you are ready? I'm not sure I am. But I am going to go work on it now. If it does not show up within the hour, that means something went wrong or we got distracted. It happens. I have to go look up how to get it from Photobucket to TOTV. But it is not even to Photobucket yet. But I'm trying. (I might send a picture of Mr. Boomer by himself first. Just a test.)

Boomer the Technoidiot

Peachie
09-03-2008, 01:55 AM
We'll be waiting, Boomer :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Boomer
09-03-2008, 02:26 AM
First

Peachie
09-03-2008, 02:31 AM
Mr. Boomer looks very sweet.... and Mrs Boomer?

graciegirl
09-03-2008, 02:35 AM
Wow Boom. He's a babe.

Boomer
09-03-2008, 02:36 AM
We can't get it to resize. My test pilot came through fine I see. We are still working on Boomer of the Wedding (Reception).

Coming soon. I hope.

Peachie
09-03-2008, 02:39 AM
(I thought so too, Graciegirl, but I didn't know if I could say that. I have a feeling Mrs. Boomer is a knockout! :#1:

Boomer
09-03-2008, 02:42 AM
We are working still.

Boomer
09-03-2008, 02:48 AM
Hi,

About the picture:

I decided to move the picture out after its two week run.

I appreciate all the kind comments. I felt like after everything you helped with you should see how it all turned out. Thank you. I just got a little bashful and decided to get rid of it. I guess one of these days I will get used to cyberspace. But it was really nice meeting all of you.

Boomer

villages07
09-03-2008, 02:52 AM
Boomer Exposed!!!

What a handsome couple. You were very brave to come out from behind your keyboard. The dress is tres glam.

Thanks for sharing.

Mr Boom is quite cute too....would be even better with that ponytail you long for.

Peachie
09-03-2008, 02:52 AM
Boomer is a knockout!! What a handsome couple. :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

graciegirl
09-03-2008, 02:53 AM
Wow Boomer, YOU are a babe too. OR A GLAMORPUSS is more like it. WOW

Boomer
09-03-2008, 03:10 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I can't believe it took me until the 848th post.

And V'07, I am still working on that ponytail thing but he just laughs at me when I try to talk him into it. But I am not giving up.

Boomer

Peachie
09-03-2008, 03:16 AM
Boomer, my vote is no ponytail for Mr. Boomer, he looks very sweet just as he is. A very good friend of ours cut his ponytail off about 2 years ago and now looks sooooo much younger. But then Mr. Boomer should wear his hair for you and not the general public. ;)

chelsea24
09-03-2008, 03:17 AM
Boomer, what a great looking couple! You look fabulous. I love that dress! :#1:

Boomer
09-03-2008, 03:34 AM
Oh Mr. Boomer will not grow a ponytail. I just pretend that I think he will. Mr. Boomer wears his hair for Mr. Boomer.

And re. the dress, I will tell you what. I liked it, too. And we all know how hard it is to find something for a wedding. I think this one would work just fine for the Mother role, too, unless it has to be a long dress.

If you find yourself on such a quest for a dress, and you like this one, just look back at the info that is linked in this thread. Nordstroms.com was great. And the shoes really are a perfect match. The shoes are on here in a link, too, in one of the last posts I wrote about how my daughter dragged me to the mall to get shoes. But my feet hurt like hell by the end of the night. But I did not care. The earrings are Monet and they have little stones that don't show in the picture. They match, too.

So hey, if you like the outfit and you have to do a wedding thing, maybe this stuff's for you, too. And think of all the shopping time you can save. Gee. It could be kind of like a TOTV uniform or something.

And thanks again for all the help and nice comments.

Boomer

uujudy
09-03-2008, 06:05 AM
Ditto what Chelsea said! :bigthumbsup:
You do make a lovely couple! You're both gorgeous and the dress is gorgeous!
I vote we make it the Villages uniform. Instead of the Red Hats we could be the Nordstrom Dress babes.

islandgal
09-03-2008, 07:35 AM
Boomer -

You two are in the "The Beautiful People" category :bigthumbsup:

So glad you chose the jacket dress - gorgeous. No wonder you received rave reviews!!!

Looking forward to meeting you in person. When do we get that honor?????

Boomer
09-03-2008, 03:12 PM
You know, now that finally after a guzillion or more posts, few of them short, very few, Boomer has been outed, and Mr. Boomer, too, a question comes to mind.

All you girls have been so wonderful helping me shop and we talked about all that other stuff along the way, too, so the pictures just had to happen.

But you know what I have been thinking about?

Well, there is another thread going on here right now where uujudy is asking for help with mattress shoppiing.

So what I want to know, Judy, is will you be posing with your mattress? Hey, uu, I showed you all my dress.

Can't wait, uuj!

. . .Hey, is anybody on here old enough to remember those mattress commercials on televison where Joey Heatherton sang a song about her "Perfect Sleeper" I think it was?

Why in the world do I remember all this :edit: from so long ago and then cannot figure out where I put my checkbook?

Boomer

villages07
09-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Boomer,

Here you go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU_rvR_wZGs&feature=related

Amazing what is stored in the deep recesses of your brain, eh?

Is that Joey or maybe UU doing her shopping?

graciegirl
09-03-2008, 03:27 PM
Now I have never met UuJudy but in my mind that is how I picture her. I thought that Boomer would look more like Jennifer Anniston but instead she looks like ...you know, that gorgeous star with the sculptured chin, perfect nose and darling blue eyes. WHAT IS HER NAME! DANG.

chelsea24
09-03-2008, 03:39 PM
Uh, I hate to say this Boomer, but I wrote some of those commercials. :redface: or I should say rewrote. The owner of the agency (who shall remain nameless) had a great crush on her and, ahem, more. We then got the unique opportunity to go on to write for Susan Anton. Serta was my account. There are not words to describe the klutziness and stupidity of this woman. I can say that because I had to direct her. We changed the selling point to a fitness message. Unfortunately Susan Anton couldn't even ride a bike. Arggggg! Those were the days!

WOW 07, does that ever bring back memories. I have to say most of them good. Thanks for posting that. :bigthumbsup:

Boomer
09-03-2008, 04:11 PM
ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

V'07, I think sometimes my whole life is passing before my eyes on You Tube.

Hey, maybe Judy will make a video for us.

And won't she be surprised when she logs on later and sees what is planned for her shopping trip finale. My dress will pale in comparison.

Hey Chels,

Advertising is so much fun to hear about from an insider. Thank you.

Was there ever one where Joey would slink around on the mattress itself or would that have been not allowed at the time?

And re. the history of advertising, do you know anything about some magazine ads for Springmaid sheets I think it was. They are from before you were working in advertising I bet. I have only heard about them but supposedly they were quite steamy for their day. The theme was around an Indian Princess type. One of the ads supposedly featured her lovah lying across the bed and the caption was, "A buck well spent on my Springmaid sheets." And there were others equally risque for their time supposedly. Now they would just be considered un-pc.

OK, Chels, am I making that one up? I cannot even remember where I heard it but it was years ago. And Chels, you look way too young to have been at it in 1960, but I sure hope you are watching "Mad Men." I would think you would love it.

And I have to get out of here bc I could talk about advertising all day. It has always fascinated me.

So Chels, maybe you and uu can make a comeback mattress commercial. Wouldn't that be great! I love TOTV. Too much fun though and I look in way too often.

Well, I must be off, Mr. Boomer is ready to leave. (The house not me. At least I don't think so. I guess I had better get off this :edit: computer and go find out.)

Boomer

chelsea24
09-03-2008, 04:31 PM
Hahaha Boomer, no I wasn't in it in the 60's! Mid Seventies and on. But we still had to slice and dice old Joey Heatherton stuff. She did actually lay across the mattress in her last two commercials. Also, do you remember her in her faux "Marilyn Monore" dress?

I think I did hear something about the Springmaid sheets. But the big drama was Marilyn Chambers (Porn star) on the Ivory Snow Box. One of the writer's had that proudly displayed in his office.

Here's the link for Springmaid. http://www.snopes.com/business/market/springmaid.asp

Also, you might be interested that one of my commercials is still running, but much watered down. It's for Fancy Feast. The white Persian cat with the butler. The white Persian was originally written to go up against Morris the Cat and 9 Lives. When I wrote her, she had a Mae West voice, said very funny things. She lived with a bachelor and yes, had a butler. Also had one commercial where she had her own Luise Vitton luggage.

Well the outcome was that it never aired that way because even though it blew Morris out of the water during testing, in focus groups some women though the "cat" yes, the CAT was too sexy! One woman even said and I quote "I wouldn't like my husband watching that cat."

So, poor Mae was watered down over the years. Just thought you might be interested. Yes, I miss advertising. It's a wonderfully creative (crazy) environment.

I have not seen Mad Men yet. Thanks for the tip. I will have to take a look. :bigthumbsup:

villages07
09-03-2008, 04:37 PM
Hey Boomer,

Ask and ye shall receive (isn't this Internet thang just wonderful)...

http://www.foundmedia.org/wb_8.html

Geez, I can't even remember the commercial that played on TV 10 minutes ago. Where do you get this stuff? Looks like these ads were from the 1940s...well before Boomer years.

graciegirl
09-03-2008, 05:13 PM
Heavens to Murgetroyd. I think that must be POCO? Who's the buck?

uujudy
09-03-2008, 05:31 PM
ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!

Hey, maybe Judy will make a video for us.

And won't she be surprised when she logs on later and sees what is planned for her shopping trip finale. My dress will pale in comparison.

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! "Surprised" doesn't even begin to describe how I feel right now! 1rnfl Boomer, you're as baaaaad as GracieGirl! You're ALL baaad!

#1: GG, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I don't look anything like her. Nope.
#2: My disks hurt just from watching the video. NO WAY can I move like that anymore.
#3: If we did (and I stress IF) make a mattress video I'm afraid it would make YouTube history. "Hey, come look at this chubby old babe wallowing around on a mattress in a Nordstrom dress!"
Yes, V07, this Internet thang is wonderful -- and terrifying, too!
But I love hearing Chelsea's advertising stories. Keep 'em coming!

graciegirl
09-03-2008, 05:36 PM
Chels. Just a couple of days ago, I gave up on Rhonda, 'cause she can do just everything perfectly, and I am certainly not in her league. Now you are sailing way over my head too. I would be shy around you and could never hang out with anyone so talented.

sigh.

Rokinronda
09-03-2008, 06:16 PM
GG KNOCK IT OFF!!!! NO ONE IS PERFECTand I'm not even close!! Far from it! Chels on the other hand is much closer to perfection. An acknowledged writer!!! I vote for the Mae West cat!! BTW, on topic hehehe, BOOMER you are GORGEOUS!!! I may need to buy that dress for my sons wedding! It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, like you!!

sschuler1
09-03-2008, 08:30 PM
Love the dress!!! It looks great with your coloring also!!!! Looks like you had a great time at the wedding!

chelsea24
09-03-2008, 09:25 PM
Graciegirl, you better not say that! You owe me many cups of coffee and I believe some cookies! Yummmmm. ;D

Boomer
09-03-2008, 10:31 PM
V'07 and Chels,

Thanks for the links. I do not know why I know about, "A buck well spent on a Springmaid sheet." But imagine the scandal of it in the 1940's. I have been known to look through old magazines in antique stores trying to find the ad. Now that I know the year, maybe I can.

And Chels, that's great about your commercial still running. Sex sells cat food even. Poor Mae. Stifled.


Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! "Surprised" doesn't even begin to describe how I feel right now! 1rnfl Boomer, you're as baaaaad as GracieGirl! You're ALL baaad!


Judy, it's a great idea. I knew you would laugh though when you saw the plan. But, aw, c'mon.

Ronda, I think you would really like the dress. It's comfortable and it does not wrinkle much at all which I somehow thought it would. You would look great.

Chels, I hope you will tell us about what other ads you worked on. You could probably write a book I'll bet. I still have a copy of "The Hidden Persuaders." Now days though, there is not too much "hidden" about it with some of the ads.

Boomer

Mintjulep
09-06-2008, 01:22 AM
Now I have never met UuJudy but in my mind that is how I picture her. I thought that Boomer would look more like Jennifer Anniston but instead she looks like ...you know, that gorgeous star with the sculptured chin, perfect nose and darling blue eyes. WHAT IS HER NAME! DANG.


WOW BOOMER!!! YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!

GG, Could it be Michelle Pfeiffer you are thinking of.
That's who I think Boomer looks like...

uujudy
09-06-2008, 02:46 AM
WOW BOOMER!!! YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!


Yes, darling, you look fabulous!

uujudy
09-06-2008, 03:19 AM
Oops!
I was trying to so the Billy Crystal thing. I got it wrong...
Darling, you look marvelous!
Is that right?

Donna
09-06-2008, 03:24 AM
The Boomers..

You guys look GREAT! Such a beautiful couple!!!

Love the plane too.. :bigthumbsup:

chelsea24
09-06-2008, 03:55 AM
1rnfl Judy! You make me laugh all the time! And isn't it better to loooook mahvalous than to feel mahvalous! :a20:

Boomer
09-06-2008, 04:17 AM
Thanks for the nice comments. I tried to get cleaned up real good!

Not our plane though. But he gets to fly it.

You know girls, I have been over there all night ranting away in the political forum about healthcare. And I was thinkin' the whole time, at least my picture, that I still cannot believe I even put on here, is hidden over in that dress thread.

Well, then I stick my head up out of my healthcare rant, and there up top on the front of the board is this thing!

And I think, "Oh :edit: if anybody looks in here, now they will know what I look like. And when I am TV again, somebody who did not like what I said might see me and recognize me and then uh oh."

So I think. . . what I will do is get one of those great big pairs of glasses with the nose and moustache attached. And then I will wear it everywhere. So if anybody who does not agree with my rants happens to see me, they will not know who I am. Thus avoiding confrontation in an oh so clever manner.

Geez Louise. I really should not type after midnight. And I should just stick to shopping.

Boomer

Rokinronda
09-06-2008, 04:43 AM
Boomer, If you find those mustachioed glasses, 8) will you pick me up a pair? Thanks in advance! :bigthumbsup:

graciegirl
09-06-2008, 11:46 AM
Boomer, me too. However, I have pretty much hung myself out to dry over there in Political. I think they put truth serum in the Kool aid too.

Here is how I look at it. We are all in this together, this life, The Villages etc. We have fewer years ahead then we had behind and if we are all going to live here, why not say what smart people will figure out anyway.

Now on the plus side, as some people get older they get more narrow minded and unaccepting of differences in others..........BUT one of the happiest discoveries I have made about the bunch living in TV is that MOST people become more open minded and accepting of others ideas, passions, obsessions, weaknesses, foibles and idiosyncrasies. BUT,SOME still think their grandchildren are smarter than mine......sigh.(But I digress)

I also don't care as much what other people think as long as long as I am comfortable with my own conscience. AND I find it so much easier to care about others as I get older.

Someone help me down off this soapbox. I can't jump any more!

Cassie325
09-06-2008, 12:21 PM
Boomer and Gracie!!

Your postings in political are wonderful! They are eloquent and well thought out. thank you for sharing your thoughts, your wisdom and your opinion....

Karen88
09-07-2008, 08:48 AM
Gracie, I am just going to LOVE having you as our close neighbor! ;D

Karen

graciegirl
09-07-2008, 12:30 PM
Karen. Thank you. Your kind affirmation came at just the right time. I tossed and turned and worried last night about being so open and know it all in Political. I am just in a GRUMPY mood and about to drive to O.U. and get my granddaughter back.

No. I have to let her be. She will come back and teach me some things I needed to know.

I just hijacked this thread for NO GOOD REASON. Here comes TONY to throw me out.

tony
09-07-2008, 01:47 PM
Throw you out? Naw. Not gracie. What kinda ogre do you think I am?
::)

Ok, now, attention. Back on topic here. ;D

Just Susan
09-07-2008, 02:36 PM
Is there a topic? This is the Feminine Forum. We women are so muti-dimensional, multi-talented and used to doing everything at once, I don't know if we can stay on topic.

Are any of you only reading this right now? I doubt it.

What I love about "the girls" on this forum is for the most part they are kind, caring, feisty, sensitive, funny, honest and forth coming, strong, beautiful inside and out and don't take :edit: from anyone.

I am so pleased to be a part of this group....well I...I...I think...I could actually go shopping with them. Now that is not something I will not do with just anyone... :-*

Boomer
09-07-2008, 03:45 PM
Dear Mr. Tony, Mr. Admin, Sir:

I, Ms. Boomer Beback, a multifaceted woman, started this thread. And I have no idea what the topic is. And I like it like that.

We started out shopping and then during the shopping trip, I think we girls all went out to lunch together. And that is when we girls really get down to talking about just all kinds of stuff. We never have a topic.

And sometimes, Mr. Tony, Mr. Admin, Sir, when ladies lunch, well, some of us, not all though, might just order a little something extra, just a little. Maybe a chocolate martini. Or if the bartender knows how to handle fresh mint just right, maybe even a Mojito. And then we talk about even more topics.

So Mr. Tony, Mr. Admin, Sir, I am not sassin' you. I am just telling you that we are doing quite OK in here. This is what girls do.

Boomer

Barefoot
09-13-2008, 09:01 AM
Also, you might be interested that one of my commercials is still running, but much watered down. It's for Fancy Feast. The white Persian cat with the butler. The white Persian was originally written to go up against Morris the Cat and 9 Lives. When I wrote her, she had a Mae West voice, said very funny things. She lived with a bachelor and yes, had a butler. Also had one commercial where she had her own Luise Vitton luggage.

Well the outcome was that it never aired that way because even though it blew Morris out of the water during testing, in focus groups some women though the "cat" yes, the CAT was too sexy! One woman even said and I quote "I wouldn't like my husband watching that cat."


Well, it is 5 AM and I can't sleep. What better thing to do than go on TOTV and read a topic I've never opened before. Nice dress Boomer! Now, what does the other half of your face look like? Lol.

Chels, your comment about the woman who said "I wouldn't want my husband watching that cat" struck me as absolutely hilarious. But then I'm sleep deprived, and easily amused. :clap2: