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Dress #7 of 71 Dresses in 71 Days

Today sucked. Period.

  • I wrote poorly.
  • I lost legal documents.
  • My iphone (aka the blood that runs in my veins) crashed.
  • I have to end a business relationship.
  • And my tooth fell out. I’m awaiting a crown for what is left of my little nub of a tooth. I will not be posting a picture of it here because I look like Freddy Krueger, only with more hair.

Normally, this is when a little retail therapy kicks in. And I had access.

I had to go to the Mac store at the mall to have them reboot my phone and just a credit card swipe away were some of my favorite stores.

Zara, where I can buy shoes that will hurt so good. But I knew I couldn’t lie to you if I bought something. And I can’t fail after seven days. That would just be so sad. Agreed not quite as sad as Lady Gaga’s meat suit. But in the vicinity.

So here’s dress #7. And thank you for keeping me honest.

This is one of my favorites from Boden. The color blocking makes what should be bigger look bigger and what should be smaller look smaller. It's all smoke and mirrors, people. Smoke and mirrors.

This is one of my favorites from Boden. The color blocking makes what should be bigger look bigger and what should be smaller look smaller. It’s all smoke and mirrors, people. Smoke and mirrors.


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  1. jamie
    jamie 20 March, 2013, 19:52

    Damn you…I even envy your clothes you don’t want to wear…

    Can I please have your closet. Thank you…

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 20 March, 2013, 20:17

      Yes! And I miss you and have to see you soon! My book’s almost done! I’ll be very free and lost after.

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  2. Janie Emaus
    Janie Emaus 20 March, 2013, 20:20

    Right about now, I would run out of dresses!

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  3. Kate
    Kate 20 March, 2013, 21:24

    Lovely dresses! Jealous!

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  4. Jane Gassner
    Jane Gassner 21 March, 2013, 00:33

    Of course your tooth fell out because you wrote poorly. Or vice versa.

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  5. Alanna
    Alanna 21 March, 2013, 15:37

    Hi Shannon!

    Normally I so enjoy reading your blog! You’re witty, and I love the side of you that is a little obsessed with all things beauty and fashion and appearance – even when I don’t agree with you I can see where you’re coming from and enjoy your perspective.

    But I don’t think I’ll be clicking on over for any one of the next 64 days of this project – it’s narcissistic and materialistic to a fault.

    I don’t know if you’ve been inspired to not consume so much since your trip to Africa and so this is a way of pointing out how much STUFF most western people have, and how much of this we don’t need. And, in particular, how much we don’t need to keep accumulating. If that’s what you’re doing it’s an awesome point.

    But if so this point is getting lost in the endless fashion parade and pining over being unable to swipe your credit card. After you having just visited Africa I find this segment a little horrifying, and I don’t feel like I’m getting to enjoy your awesome perspective (it’s still there, just subtle, and inserted between shopping references).

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 21 March, 2013, 16:05

      Hi Alanna — I so appreciate you speaking up. I wasn’t sure it this project was coming across the way I hoped it would and based on your response I can see I was right to be concerned. Two things:

      The idea came to me to wear every single stitch of clothing I own before I bought myself even one more thing (not just dresses, anything!). I really do have a shopping addiction. It hasn’t imperiled our finances, but I feel lousy about it. Then I thought I’d extend that to posting daily to sort of keep myself honest about it. I realize though that seeing me every day in a new dress might be annoying and that perhaps I’m coming across as a show-off. “Look at me and all of my fabulous dresses!” I might want to puke reading about it on a daily basis. I’m not quite sure where to go from here as I’ve committed to finish this project up.

      Second: I’ve been toiling on the side to finish a book and that’s taken up most of my hardcore writing time. But that should be done next week and I’ll be back to posting as I usually do, so the dress project won’t be front and center so much.

      Thanks so much again for letting me know when I’m off-track.

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  6. AnnW
    AnnW 30 March, 2013, 11:58

    Don’t listen to the nay-sayers! They don’t get this public shaming thing. Some commenters go crazy if you pay real money for real things instead of making them out of old pillowcases.

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  7. Tara
    Tara 17 April, 2013, 15:29

    First time here! Enjoyed it – cracked up about the tooth 🙂 I’ll be back 🙂

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