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I took some pictures of me in the dress that I got from Gwynnie Bee as a result of my conversations with the stylist. This was actually one I put on priority myself and not one of the stylist's suggestions. It was shorter than I thought, so I decided that the style was a little too young (think, homecoming dance) for the formal event, which is probably why the stylist didn't recommend it for me for that event. I'm going to go with the blue dress with the lace sleeves that I already bought through GB.
I went to the opera for the first time last night and thought this would be a fun dress to wear. People were there in everything from jeans to evening gowns, so it was hard to go wrong. The nice thing about having this event the day before my "real" formal event is that it let me practice my hair and makeup.
The material on this dress is gorgeous. It's a thick brocaded fabric in a black and bright blue print. I loved it. The original retail price was $350 -- I could buy it for less than half that, but I don't really think I'd get much use out of it. That's what makes this service great -- I don't have to waste time or closet space on something that I'm only wearing once.
Mokey decided to get in the pictures. She's cute, so I didn't crop her out.
I wore black stockings to try to keep the dress from looking so obviously short (about three inches above the knee) and because it was a chilly night. I also wore a wrap, which I didn't photograph. I thought about wearing a cardigan, but I thought it looked too frumpy. The cutest thing about the dress is the very tight waist and the full skirt, and with a sweater that got all covered up.
I wasn't sure what to think of the opera. It was a modernized production of Faust, and to me, it seemed very much like a modern musical, except that it was sung in French. That last part made it fun for me, as I enjoyed the chance to listen for the words in the subtitles projected above the scene. I hadn't seen other operas, so I couldn't compare it to others. It felt a little cheesy, to me, to which comment my husband said, "It's opera. It's supposed to be overdone." I'd like to see a more classic opera sometime to see if he's right.
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