Saturday, 4 July 2009

Dresses, DC and Dallas

I'm a happy bunny at the moment. Finally, I am going to be able to wear the ball dress I bought from eBay back in 2007 for the RWA conference in Dallas.

The dress was a lovely Monsoon creation in black and green. Although I'd ordered the right size, it came up quite small and, since I was losing weight, I decided to see if I could slim into it. I got so close. So close. But then disaster struck - and no, it wasn't in the shape of a dozen doughnuts...

Basically, I was up early one morning at the conference (blame jet lag), was at a loose end and decided to try my party frocks on to decide which to wear to the Harelquin party, and well...the zip broke. You can read the whole story here. So, it was 6am and I was stuck in a full-length evening dress. Not a good situation to be in. Leaving the hotel room to get help would have made me look slightly (!!) ridiculous.

To cut a long story short, I managed to get out of the dress without assistance - but only by breaking the zip. The wonderful hotel concierge managed to arrange for it to be fixed for me but, when I tried the dress on again later that day, I realised they'd had to take it in to fit the new zip and now the dress was too tight. Sniff. I packed it away and hoped I'd be able to wear it again one day.

Well, that day is about to arrive. Not only can I do my dress up now, but I can do it up with ease. This year I will be wearing it to the RITA/Golden Heart ceremony at the RWA conference in Washington DC. Yay!

If you're in that neck of the woods on Wednesday 15th July, come and see me at the Authors for Life Literacy Authographing, to be held at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. (Disclaimer: I may not be wearing the ball dress to that event, but I will smile and sign a book for charity for you if you come and talk to me.)

7 comments:

Julie Cohen said...

Yay! Fantastic. I'll look forward to seeing you in it. I'll be wearing a dress I bought when I was pregnant...hmm.

ninaharrington said...

Glamourlicious or what?
Fantastic news-and I am not a bit jealous about your weight loss and new trim figure. Oh no, Not a jot.Sniff.
Have a wonderful time!LOL

Fiona Harper said...

Julie, I'm sure you're making it sound worse than it is - you always look incredibly stylish.

As for the weight loss, Nina, there's plenty more still to shift...

Kate Hardy said...

GORGEOUS dress, Fi. You will look stunning. (And I'm envious about weight loss, too - well done, you. Must start the execise programme. Must, must, must. Once my deadline is out of the way.)

Jan Jones said...

Well done you, Fiona!

I have just tried on my posh skirt for the RNA Conference gala dinner and ... suffice it to say that it won't be travelling up to Penrith with me :(

Have a fab time!

Cat Marsters/Kate Johnson said...

I'll see you there too, Fiona! Gorgeous dress. I think mine might be a Monsoon creation, too.

Fiona Harper said...

Looking forward to seeing you there, Kate! If we can find one another in the madness, that is.