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
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.