I admit my usual weekend plans involve a lot of Chinese takeout, TV shows that I missed during the week, and bad RomCons. It’s a mystery to me why I hoard evening dresses the way I do.

In any case, thank you for allowing me to play dress up and post pictures of these dresses on this blog as this is a great place for me to reflect on these purchases, appreciate the beauty of these dresses and remind myself that enough is enough.

This next dress is a find at Century 21, the mecca for couture-loving-bargain-hunters like myself. I don’t love the yellow ribbon too much but I bought about 10 rolls of various ribbons at a craft store and plan to swap out the yellow ribbon at some point. Hey, doesn’t changing the color of the ribbon transform this dress completely? It would appear that I just bought myself 10 additional dresses at $3 a piece.

If you are interested in getting this exactly same dress for yourself, it might still be possible in spite of the fact that this dress is a million years old in the fashion world…about a month ago a friend and I were shopping our day away in Soho (this might have happened on Spring Street) when we passed by this sort of rundown storefront with a sad sign plastered on the display window screaming “DOLCE & GABBANA SAMPLE SALE.” I looked at her and said, there is no way. These must be knockoffs. Lo and behold, we walk in and the first rack we browsed had this exact same dress (actually, two of them) for sale. I looked at the dress, checked all the tags, and verified that it was exactly like the one found at Century 21. It was retailing for just under $250 and for all I know this little designer sample sale can still be going on. There were other designers featured in addition to more D&G things but they were mostly out in small sizes so I walked away slightly disappointed. So chances are good these dresses will pop up on ebay or something in the future.

AND, on sort of related notes, I want to discuss how fantastic I think Hanna’s Hello Kitty couture gowns are. Actually, you should just read her post. Isn’t that Miro dress just TDF on her? And while she thinks that her fabulously pink Sinha Stanic dress is maybe *too* shiny (with all the crystals and confetti), I want to challenge her on the title of who has more outrageous things in their closet. Exhibit A: this “dress” (which I believe might have belonged to a real life sad 12-year-old ballerina) that I have had in my closet for years. I always thought this might have made for a cute Halloween costume but in retrospect I think I was just trying to hold onto to those ballerina dreams I had as a child (turns out I was better at outrunning boys and kicking balls than doing ballet). Sad, right?