Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Friday, November 5, 2010

Princess for ten minutes

I went to get my ring fixed at a wonderful vintage jewelry and designer clothing store in LA called The Paper Bag Princess today and it made me happy for 2 reasons -- first, because when I was in high school I competed in Storytelling (yes, it was a real competition in Kentucky:) and the story I told was from a book called The Paper Bag Princess about a princess who ends up being the hero of the story and saving the prince. Great story. The second thing that made me happy about that shop was that I got to try on a beautiful work of art of a dress, designed by Richard Tyler for Sarah Jessica Parker and beautifully hand beaded. The picture doesn't do it justice...the way the layers of nude tulle caught the light and seemed to make the dress glow from within...and those glorious pink and gold beads...sheer perfection. And the best thing about it was that I put it on and IT FIT LIKE A GLOVE! That never happens to me -- I always end up having to take in the bust and shorten the hem -- but not on this gown, this gown was made for me. Of course, at $8000, I couldn't actually take it home with me, but I loved that it was mine for ten minutes. And I love that it filled me with dreams of walking the red carpet to the Oscars and getting to wear my own perfect dress that was made for me -- one that I wouldn't have to put back on the rack. It was wonderful pretending for a few moments that I might be a woman who could afford such a dress and who could have an occasion to wear it, because as far as that sales lady knew, I might have been. And for a few glittering moments, I was.


  1. I'm too jealous to do a real comment. 1) b/c your the same size as SJP 2) b/c that dress is beyond words beautiful. :P

  2. Haha! I was surprised we were the same height...she seems so short. I keep forgetting I'm short too! really is the prettiest thing...I want to go visit it at the store again today:)

  3. Are you going to be "crazy dress lady" that goes to the store a couple of times a week and tries on the dress?! The sales clerks will see you coming and say, "Uh-oh! There she is again." Maybe you can come up with some disguises. :D Glasses with mustache, for instance, or big dark sunglasses with head scarf or pink wig and fat suit. Any of these would work well, but especially the last one. It will really confuse them and they will wonder how you will squeeze yourself into that dress.

  4. HAHAHA! Yes to all of those things! And then they'll get so sick of me, they'll just GIVE me the dress so they never have to see me again!

  5. It'll be there for you -- soon -- as you prepare to attend the Oscars. Better get that speech ready. Thanking your hubby comes first, fyi :)

    ps, you. is. GORGEOUS!