Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WWD: Glamourai Samourai

You may recall this dress that I have been drooling over that was custom made for The Glamourai by Josie Natori. She even auctioned it off for charity, but alas, I don't have that much bank to spend on a dress. Thus began my search for a dress similar in silhouette that was easier on the wallet.

Lucky for me, I came across this little number from etsy seller JolieJuliette:

Same kimono sleeves (which I'm just realizing are going to be a BITCH today as I'm going through the buffet line at our lunch meeting), same deep vee, in general the same shape. The only thing missing are the cutout shoulders, which I had initially thought I would take to a tailor to see if they could recreate, but once I got the dress, as it's in a jersey material with no seams, I decided to leave it as is, and who knows, maybe another more silky option will present itself in the future. Not that I'm shopping anymore. I'm not.
I've tried it with two shoe options - my Krazy Glue shoes from yesterday, or my new OTK boots. I REEEEALLLLY love the OTKs but am hesitating today only because it's supposed to be about 80 degrees. Am I going to sweat to death? I won't know which I'm wearing til I walk out the door. I feel VERY kickass in the OTKs, that's fo sho. Like I could take on anyone.
Maybe it's because I had to go home at lunch yesterday to take out my contacts and wear my glasses (the ragweed count is way up lately, and it feels like there are grains of sand in my eyes) but it made me recall something that happened on a family vacay one year when I was about 13.
I HATE wearing my glasses, not only because I can't see as well with them as I do with contacts, but I just feel so self-conscious and nerdy. This probably stems from having started wearing them in fifth grade, when I was being called things like "ski-slope" because of my nose, and then to add "four-eyes" into the mix, well, it doesn't do much for the self-esteem of a 10 year old. Ever since, I just hate to wear them.
Fast forward to family vacation a few years later. We were taking the family truckster across the country - I think we were driving to Denver, so there was a lot of arguing with my sister ("she touched me! get off of my side! mom - tell her to STOP LOOKING AT ME!") - very mature stuff. There was also a lot of sleeping, because well, what do you do on a 10 hour car-trip between rest stops? You sleep. Soooo there I was, sleeping, when dad pulled into a gas station to fill er up. I sat up and looked out the window to the car of teenagers next to us. Not only did they bust into HYSTERICAL laughter, they POINTED and laughed. I looked in the rearview mirror to see my hair sticking every which way, glasses crooked, and sleep lines on my face. I laid back down in the seat, cowering there with my face burning red until we pulled out.

Needless to say, had I been wearing then my Glamourai Samourai costume of today, I could've TOTALLY taken them. Just out of curiosity - which shoe options are your faves? And even MORE curiouser - what is YOUR humiliating story of adolescence? Share. This is a safe place.

Merci!
Shan

5 comments:

Dobbygirl said...

Loving both shoe options! Loving the dress too - you look super fab/super fly. I have worn glasses since the 4th grade and I too, hate to wear my glasses. I see so much better in my contacts, but I had an eye infection a few months ago and had to wear glasses for a solid week, I was so over them by day two!

BTW cannot wait to see you in RZ's vest! Cannot wait!!! Yay!!!

Second Skin said...

Oh man (well, woman) I think both shoe selections are fantastic but if you are anticipating hot weather maybe the sandals? Those freaking boots are to die for though. This DRESS by the way, stunning. You found the perfect solution to the unattainable Glam Sam Dress. No real stories right now, but i can completely relate to yours. And the contact glasses scenario! Blast irritated contact lenses!

406 Olivia said...

Bof look good, but I prefer the heels.

Me story: One sunny afternoon, when I was about 10, I noticed my neighbors had set up an impressive selection of used stuff in their driveway. A bargain hunter even then, I rode my 10-speed over and began sifting through the goodies. I came across a doll stroller that was life-sized and sturdy looking, but without a price. "Excuse me sir," I said, "how much do you want for the stroller?" He and his wife, both wearing piteous smirks, exchanged a look. Then he informed me there was no garage sale; they were simply cleaning out their garage and had moved all their stuff out so they could, sweep, mop and reorganize!

Amy said...

The dress is fab! Love it with both shoes! Yea for wearing dresses year 'round! I just bought a pair of chocolate suede OTK boots from LOFT and I'm anxious for them to get here, b/c I never tried them on. Cool thing is they can be worn OTK or cuffed to be worn knee high. Not sure if I'm confident enough to rock the OTK, so I'm glad to have both options. Quick question about OTK boots and dresses/skirts--I read somewhere that your hemline should cover the top of OTK boots. What do you think? I was hoping to wear them with my Tucker dress (have same diamond dress you do!) but I know a few inches of skin will show. TIA!

Funny story about your childhood. Mine was very similar-sounding. Total nerd (until like 2 years ago, and I'm almost 38--seriously). I'm a WAY late bloomer. :) I've been made fun of for my big nose, dumbo ears, stringy hair, flat chest, acnefied skin, you name it. Fortunately, all that's gotten better as I've gotten older (and gotten a clue about some things) and at my high school reunion I rocked it OUT and most people were *shocked* to find out who I was. Ah, sweet revenge. :) So, I can totally relate. :) I'll have to think if I can remember a particulary humiliating story. Hmmm...

merciblahblah said...

Thankth, ladieth! I ended up wearing the OTKs, but changed them when I got too hot.

Amy - Yep, gotta love the OTKs. These fold down too so I can wear them shorter. I had read that somewhere too, that they should be taller than the hem, which these actually aren't today (they're very, very close), but I was thinking about getting some black OTK socks to wear with them if I need to. Could be an option - whaddaya think?

Shan