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Belle of the Ball

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm really lucky in my job that I get to go to a lot of Openings, Benefits and other special functions. Sometimes it's a pain in the butt, but then I just think about how fortunate I am to be able to schmooze with some really important people and dress up for fancy occasions!

Last night was one of my theatre company's annual benefits. Since we are a musical theatre company, the benefits are usually singing concerts performed by company members and other friends of the theatre. Last night was especially cool, because it involved some of my most favorite voices in the city of Chicago singing their favorite, "knock em out of the ballpark" audition pieces. So we got to hear selections from many of my favorite musicals sung by some of the most talented people I know. The whole goal of the evening was to raise money for the company as well - which we managed to do, despite a small crowd. So it was win-win all round.

To top off a great evening, absolutely everyone there told me how beautiful I looked - which felt pretty damn good. Here's a sample:

Showing off those killer shoes and my newly shaped "runner's legs" - they're coming along nicely!

I feel so great! I haven't been able to dress up in a pretty dress and really feel wonderful in a very long time. In fact - when I did for my brother's wedding a year ago, I thought I felt wonderful, until the pictures came back from the event and I realized just how far gone I was. It took all the joy out of that day for me. I was huge - and the dress and the hair and the shoes couldn't do anything to change that.

This dress has been my go-to number for years now. And last night was the last time I will ever wear it. It is now too big (even last night I was having problems filling out the boobs in it), so it's up for grabs! If anyone is a Size 22 and would like this black dress and the gorgeous purple dress that I wore to my brother's wedding, let me know. I'd love for them to go to someone I know will wear them again. They are both a generous 22 and I wore them between sizes 20-26. They are meant for someone taller and boobier than me too, so you definitely don't have to be 5'2" to wear them!

Unfortunately, it was the last night for those shoes too. They've been sitting in my closet for too long and have become brittle - so one of the straps snapped as I was taking them off (FINALLY) last night. But I wore those suckers for 6 hours yesterday and was fine! Wow - that's an improvement in and of itself. I only dream of the shoes (and boots!) that are to come...drool.

For now though, I will go on feeling like the Belle of the Ball...every single day. Because I AM beautiful. And I'm finally starting to see it and believe it.
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