Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dress shopping (and dinner) with my daughter

Yesterday I met my daughter, Gina, aka The Bride at King of Prussia Mall in well... King of Prussia, PA.  We were shopping for a  dress for me, aka Mother Of The Bride.  I had $350 in my wallet and was praying it was enough.

We wanted to go to KOP Mall because KOP had 2 malls in one.  One is The Court. They have stores like Bloomingdale's and Macy's.  Pricey stores that have evening wear departments.  There is also The Plaza, which has stores like Sears, JC Penneys, but they also have Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor and Neiman Marcus .

We checked out Nortstroms and Macy's.  I really didn't see much that I liked.  We were on our way to the other stores and passed by JC Penney.  I said, "let's go in.  Wouldn't it be funny if I found my dress at Penney's?"

We started looking and low and behold, we pick out 5 dresses for me to try on!  And they were on the sale rack!

I have to be careful what I get because I'm built kind of lumpy.  Saddlebags at the hips from carrying 3  8+ lb babies and delivered via C-section, round in the torso (I'm an apple).  I inherited my mother's wings, so I can't wear sleeveless.  On the other hand, long sleeves in July?  OMG!  I'd be dying!!  Turn up the AC!!!!

So we find this dress.  It's green and white, with a green sweater over top.  And it's on sale.  For $53.99. And it looks okay on me... IF I wear something over it to hide the wings.  Not crazy about the sweater it comes with.  And it needs a little altering, which my favorite future-son-in-law's mother can and will do for me (Jane is the best!!!  I love her!)  We decide this is the dress, but we'll be getting a little jacket to wear with it rather than the sweater.  This dress is not your typical MOTB dress.  No sparkles, no glitter.  But it's cute!  And we send a photo to Dani, who is in Pittsburgh to see and she approves! Sorry, no pics of my wearing it.

Then it was off to the Intimacy store to get fitted properly for a decent bra.  OMG!!!  I'm so wearing the wrong size!  I get fitted and try on several bras.  The one I WANT is $165 (yeah, no shit!!!  I don't even own a dress for that much!).  The one I bought was $100.  But now I know what size I need and can get bras elsewhere, but this one is for the wedding.  Apparently I have to wear it a few times and wash it a few times to "break it in".  No pics of me modeling the bras either.

Then I had a complete brain fart.  I bought a pair of Spanx.  Modern day torture chamber.  But it smooths all my lumpy parts out.  I just hope I don't have to pee too much that day because I'm going to have a problem if I do!  At least, the Spanx isn't like the contraption I had to wear for my brother's wedding, back in 1995.  I told that story here.  Gina will never be the same after that day!

We did continue to look, but didn't really find anything.  So we went to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner.  Then we checked out Nortstrom Rack (discount Nordstroms) but didn't really find anything there.

After a little Cold Stone Creamery, we headed our separate ways.

I told Gina I was going to look online to see if I could find something there and this morning I found a dress at JC Penney's online that's more of an evening wear dress.  I ordered it.   It was also on sale and I found a promo code for free shipping!  Thanks to Garret at Rving Living With Jim and Garret for copying the photo for me and sending it to me!

I've decided if I like the blue dress, I'll wear that one to the wedding (it is more what I was originally wanting to get), I'll keep the green dress for the dress rehearsal.


lisleman said...

good report - I had a fun time letting the bride shop and dress the father of the bride for her wedding. Hate shopping but the Rock Bottom sounded fun.
Oh as a clueless guy - I had no idea you could get $165 for a bra. Wow that's sounds like a great business. have fun

Kana said...

I think the blue one is a little more "mother of the bride" than the green one, which is a little more "I thought this was the plane departing for Honolulu." A good sentiment and maybe a little more "breathing" than the blue, but less apropos. This could be solved by moving the wedding to Hawaii. Tell your daughter I said so! :)

PS, as a proto-arm-wing-haver, I sympathize with the don't-let-them-show v. let-them-out-it-hurts/sucks issue; if you find a good jacket to the green, it might be worth it; check that the blue one's jacket will be kind before committing! Hope the wedding goes off without a hitch, and that your jacket goes on the same way!

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

I love the dresses. I love that you had Cold Stone. I LOVE Cold Stone.

Joanna said...

The blue dress would be just perfect. It is fancy, but not too fancy. The green dress is really cute but maybe not mother-of-the-bride enough. Enjoy all the preparation.

The Retired One said...

Both are cute and you will be adorable in them. I have a similar problem right now. My daughter is getting married in 2 weeks in a beach "elopement ceremony" in Florida. Can we picture 85 degrees? And I have the wing problem too. I don't have a dress yet and I am panicking. But it is an extremely casual ceremony (only immediate family and a few friends will be there) but there will be a photographer.
I better check out Penny's asap!! Thanks for the tip!

slommler said...

I love love love that blue dress!! It is fabulous! I am just okay with the green one. Would be perfect for the dress rehearsal as you said!!

Joanie said...

I have a feeling I'm going to love the blue one!

linlah said...

I like them both, but the blue one really screams Joannie.

Heather said...

I like the green one, but yeah that sweater is just wrong especially for July! Love the blue one!! Your going to look awesome!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Dress shopping is never fun. I usually never find anything when I need to but only when I'm broke. BUt you found TWO really great options!

The green dress is beautiful at a fantastic price and the blue dress is so chic. You'll look great in either.

Have a great weekend, jj

Michelle said...

I think the dress and the sweater are both really pretty!

Brian Miller said...

woohoo...those look very nice...i kinda like the first myself...

Amy said...

How formal is the wedding? I like the idea of the green for the rehearsal dinner and the blue for the wedding, unless the wedding is very casual.

Tracey said...

the blue dress is gorgeous.. and with the correct over the shoulder boulder holder (Bra) imagine how glam you'll look xxx