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Friday, November 04, 2011


Read my story, and if you feel the same way I encourage each of you to join THE LITTLE RED DRESS CHALLENGE!!!!

Here's the sitch:

I always wear black. Always.
Every single dressy outfit I've ever worn for an event, party, get together, even just to hang out with friends is BLACK.

So for my upcoming 21st birthday my parents and friends are taking me to this grand event at the symphony. I was trying dresses on at the store and looked down and realized that 10 out of the 11 I were trying on were black. And the other one was gray. Talk about exciting...

Then I saw this dress. Short, tight, so vibrant it looked like it was about to jump off the hanger. I the boring dresses aside and went up to it, unsure. I mean this dress was QUITE the ensemble. And 150% not my usual cup of tea.

I've always been a big girl. I am 5 foot 4 (total peanut) and I weighed 175 lbs last year. Now I'm down to 155 but still didn't feel up to the dress. But I sucked in my gut and tried it on anyway.

And I fell in love. Sure, my thighs looked bigger than normal and my stomach sort of hung out and I had to blur my eyes to keep from flinching at my love handles, but the dress was made for me. THE REAL ME. Not the me 20 lbs heavier than she should be, the me inside BEGGING for a chance at this hot tamale outfit!

I bought it. And now it's hanging on my closet door. Every time I reach for a piece of candy, I think of the dress. Every time I'm eating dinner with my friends and I contemplate fries, I see the dress. I've been to the gym FOUR TIMES in the last THREE DAYS and every time I go I fantasize about sashaying in the dress in December.

Don't get me wrong ladies, I like black. It's slimming, comfortable, definitely not eye catching. It's like the perfect background music: pretty but doesn't hold your attention. Which is usually what I prefer looks wise. I prefer to stun with my wit and personality. And I wear makeup and earrings so IF people notice me it seems pleasant. But I never strive to ATTRACT attention. I feel like a LOT of women (and men!) feel this why.


I feel like I (we) deserve to ATTRACT.
Not just please the eye.
We deserve to STAND OUT.
Not just to be present.

Screw all those little black dresses that fade into the background, we deserve

So weather you buy it now, save it for a goal completion, plan to get one for a future event, or just picture it in your mind use "the little red dress" as motivation and make it work for you!

I have set up a challenge for myself and whoever is interested in joining, please message me!

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    You look gorgeous it that "little red dress " enjoy !!!
    1664 days ago
    I bought my first little red dress this summer and although my tummy hung out just a little bit, when I went out with my boyfriend (for our second year anniversary dinner) he said everyone was staring. I always wore black too (I love dresses and think I have about 7 or 8 little black dresses). And I always wanted to buy a red dress but was afraid of the attention. But you are right, the attention isn't bad and it builds confidence.
    1854 days ago
    love it!!! I too wear mostly black and find that as I remove the weight I do like colors too - so I'm so happy for you for taking a moment to see yourself in color! you will not only be amazing but you will feel amazing like you should for the amazing person you are! way to go! and who woulda thought - red the new black :)
    1854 days ago
  • HEATHERM4444

    You look fantastic in that dress!!! :-D

    I have a red dress as well, except it is longer and a darker shade of red. I'm saving it for two things. The first is when I go on a trip with my husband for our anniversary in February.

    The second (and this is the whole reason why I bought the dress) is to wear it whenever my husband and I can go see the Proclaimers (500 miles, etc.) in concert. They have a song called "Blood Lying on Snow." It is my favorite Proclaimers song. I want to wear my red dress for my husband and get them to play that song for us. That would be awesome. Hopefully they will tour in the USA after they release their next album.

    I digress, but in any case I will definitely join you in the red dress challenge! I definitely want to rock my red dress and make my husband's jaw drop to the floor when I wear it! :-D

    Great blog! Have a great weekend.
    1855 days ago
    I am the same way, always picking black or gray. Although today I'm wearing a red Husker t-shirt, because I'm going to the volleyball game later.
    But you got me to thinking. I have been looking in stores for a LBD (little black dress) for a while now. For years I didn't wear dresses, but thought it might be fun to get one now that I've lost weight. I have to get one with sleeves, however, because my upper arms have so much excess skin--it's horrible! There's not much to pick from out there with at least 3/4 length sleeves in a LBD. But NOW.....maybe I'll look for a red dress. Great idea. And if it serves as motivation....better yet! Let's GO RED!!
    1855 days ago
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