Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the blogscars: red carpet edition

 
 
 
 

this post is alternately titled, "who knew i'd ever pull that prom dress out of the closet again?"

as part of the blogscars race, here i am in my best red carpet attire. in a highly typical setting. barefoot in the field behind my cottage. you know, just wearing a black velvet gown. you can find me in a similar scenario practically any day of the week.

i got that dress on a sale rack in the depths of a chicago filene's basement. with my uncle and mama. my uncle held it up and said, this one. it was insanely cheap and ralph lauren. and for two women from the south, those two concepts alone were enough to sell us.

i wore it with robert my senior year. the prom he came home from college to attend. we didn't go with anyone. for a couple torn apart by cities and time and too long phone conversations, we saw the prom as a date night and went to the fanciest steakhouse in town. our meal ironically cost more than my dress.

i'm not a fashion blogger, and rarely do outfit posts. but there's something to be said about dressing up once and again. even if it's just prancing around in the wet grass after work. about shaking one's hair loose from a tight bun and swiping on some ruby lipstick. of practicing a posed smile until suddenly, the sun begins to set and you catch a glimpse of someone you love behind the photographer and you realize, for the first time all day, you're not posing anymore.

19 comments:

Ana Magdalena said...

You look beautiful in that dress. The dress, being ralph lauren and for a good price would be enough to sell me too.

ps: I love this blogscars race concept, off to check it out!

Jennifer Rod said...

Courtney you look amazing!! And your words as always so soothing and angelic. Please write an 1000 page book... I'll read it, non-stop. :) xoxo

Christopher Dionesotes said...

I recognized that dress before I read a single word you wrote. Beautiful. Classic.

Michelle said...

You look stunning! I absolutely love that dress. You look like classic old Hollywood.

Sometimes a dress and a smattering of lipstick can make a girl feel like a brand new person :)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

It's a fantastic dress! A keeper for sure. I'm with Jennifer - please never stop writing.

Janette said...

Oh my garsh! You look heavenly!!! Thanks so much for participating and linking up! I knew you would look dazzling! And that dress is beautiful! Funny, my prom dress was super inexpensive.. $13 at Ross! WOO! What a steal!


Janette the Jongleur

Gentri said...

You look so gorgeous Courtney! And I love the story behind the dress. :)

ginanorma said...

Beautiful hon! haha two women from the south and we were SOLD! Love it. great uncle you got there.

This is so fun, so glad you went for it!!! the dress fits you like a glove, ....................:)

Amber said...

you look so glamorous.that dress looks like it was made for you.

Claire said...

that style really suits you, you look very glam x

Christi said...

Bee-U-ti-ful!!! Really, Courtney, you look fabulous.

Chrissy said...

You look amazing!!

Daydream Living said...

Looking great Courtney and I voted for you, of course, love the red lipstick too,
Maureen x

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Sweet friend...you would ROCK the red carpet in this look! You look amazing! This was such a fun idea that Janette had, wasn't it!? Hooray for dressing up and feeling glam. :)

Kira said...

I love that your backdrop is the field, how perfectly fitting for you :)

You look very pretty in your dress!

Anna Kristianne said...

Dearest Courtney,
You look BEAUTIFUL in that dress. You are so gorgeous. I am sorry for my sporadic visits to your blog lately, but whenever I have the time to read it, I sense my heart being filled with wonders of life. Love, joy, and dreams.
I love the story behind the dress. How romantic, and just beautiful!
You and Robert are in prayers.
Much love,
Anna

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

You look great in that dress and that lipstick! and I love the "barefoot in a field"- setting :)

Amylou said...

Gosh! Everyone is just so lovely! I'm not even sure I own a fancy dress.
You are so gorgeous! Love that bright lipstick! Good luck at the Blogscars! :)

the southern hostess said...

You are so beautiful! Love the dress.

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