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30 Nov, 2006

Internets. I have never needed you more than I need you now. HELP!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

ETA: the party is Saturday night!

I’m supposed to be working. WORKING. But I just realized two very important things.

1) Mark’s office Christmas party is this Saturday night. (Think: inside jokes, coworkers, a boss or two, prime rib, alcohol, DJ and disco lights … at an Italian banquet hall)
2) I have nothing new to wear.
3) They’re calling for freezing rain tomorrow.


So help me internets. This is the dress I am thinking about wearing. It’s light. It’s swishy, but is it too much? Ultimately I’m worried about cleavage. Is this too much cleavage?

Showing too much here?

Here’s a full-length shot, but please DO NOT JUDGE MY LACK OF FOUNDATION GARMENTS or my five o’clock shadow!

THE dress!

Important: if you saw someone, say, a youngish looking lady like myself would you think:

a) trophy wife
b) tramp
c) babe-o-licious
d) I hate you bitch
e) [insert your own comment here]

I just realized a fourth thing:


p.s. don’t even ask me about footwear. I can’t deal with that right now.

Aaaaaargh. Over to you. HELP! And be honest!

18 Responses to "Internets. I have never needed you more than I need you now. HELP!"

1 | Marla

December 1st, 2006 at 12:38 am


Hawt. If I went to that party, I’d hold you down and stuff cupcakes in your mouth. If I wore that dress, I’d look like ten pounds of sh*t in a five pound sack. You look…I said it…hawt.

If you’re feeling busty, find a funky vintage brooch and pin it low, like J-Lo. But, higher, you know?

And do you have tall black boots?

2 | Jen_nifer

December 1st, 2006 at 12:58 am


It looks perfect, but needs some sparkly accessories to finish it off. Definitely a bracelet or two, maybe a necklace…

Have fun!

3 | nancy

December 1st, 2006 at 1:12 am


Can I be your date?

Stunning…and Marla’s boots idea is the bomb!

Have a great time!!

4 | andrea

December 1st, 2006 at 9:16 am


Thanks gals – unfortunately I don’t have the right kind of boots. I have tall black ones but they have a very wiiiide chunky heel and square toe (from several seasons ago) and they really wouldn’t work here.

I’m seriously thinking of driving through freezing rain and over squeaky new ice to scour the downtown mall. *sigh*

5 | Miss Vicky

December 1st, 2006 at 11:11 am


Love it! I agree, accessories are key. A nice wrap can also help with the modesty factor. Although I don’t find it too busty.

I am experiencing the same dilemma, as my new-mom-body and my wardrobe of vintage party dresses are not connecting well. The very low cut party dress I wore to the Black Tie Beach Ball while 7 months pregnant will fit, but it’s a little fancy for the event I need to attend. I may just throw caution (and cleavage) to the wind and wear it anyway

6 | kerflop

December 1st, 2006 at 12:22 pm


I SUCK at fashion advice, so when people say things like accessories I kind of have to lie down in a coma. I just don’t know anything about that. But you look babe-a-licious and I’m sure if you added sparkly things it would be great. I too think some sexy high boots would make it work for the freezing cold winterness.

7 | Chantal

December 1st, 2006 at 1:31 pm


I LOVE it. Seriously. LOVE it.

We’re about the same size, so I’d invite you over to raid my closet – but I’m half hour away AND I have nothing that hot.

I’d probably forego the boots though – they would be perfect for a casual night out to a great bar. I’d say strappy heels!

But you definitely some neckware. A three strand silver necklace and small earings. :)

8 | andrea

December 1st, 2006 at 1:47 pm


I am leaning toward strappy heels too. At least I have those. But here’s my other question.
They’re open toe. I must wear nylons. (1) It’s freakin’ cold. (2) I am pale and splotchy. I have a pair that is super nood. Can I wear those with an open toe shoe? I know common beauty wisdom says no, but I can’t be bare down there! It would surely kill me.

9 | Marla

December 1st, 2006 at 1:54 pm


So, I maintain that you need pointy high-heeled sexy dressy black boots. And a sparkly vintage brooch. No necklace – it will distract from the awesome neckline. Funky bracelets or huge ring okay.

10 | DaniGirl

December 1st, 2006 at 2:05 pm


I’d go with the strappy heels and the nylons (having just endured the one-block walk to the Rideau Centre and back, strongly advising you NOT to leave the house) if you can be sure you won’t see nylon seams peeking out from the open toe.

I wish I had a dress that hot. Love it! It’s a holy pain to do the winter-boots-to-strappy-shoes transfer, but I’d still do that, too.

11 | Lala

December 1st, 2006 at 2:58 pm


I like it. I like it on you, I like it by itself. I like your hair down and I think it’s just right on the cleavage front. Do you have a wrap or big scarf?

12 | andrea

December 1st, 2006 at 3:04 pm


Since the dress is backless I was planning on wearing/bringing one.

I have a very light wrap, a gauzy translucent dark purple number with some bits of shiny beading on the ends. It’s pretty, but let’s say I wouldn’t be wearing it for the warmth factor. :)

Times like these make me envy the menfolk. They get to wear pretty much the same thing All The Time. And frankly, no one really notices. (That is, unless the suit is baby blue with a ruffled collar)

13 | BeachMama

December 1st, 2006 at 4:45 pm


I am most likely very late, but definately “babelicious” and your hubby should be so happy to have a wife that looks so hot. If you don’t wear that dress, I will be sad for you :) You look great, I don’t think it is too much cleavage or too much anything, it is just right.

Have fun tonight freezing rain and all!

14 | melissa

December 2nd, 2006 at 9:23 am


dress= hot
killer boots + andrea + dress = smokin’ hot

Sadly I have a prefect necklace for that dress – made of a fine chain, then some little hammered silver circles outlines that then hang a few more down in a straight line pointing to the cleavage. All good, but it’s saturday morning and I’m just reading this now…so killer boots will have to do!

15 | melissa

December 2nd, 2006 at 9:25 am


…what about going to the shoe place – isin’t there one by the ikea plaza?

16 | Lex

December 2nd, 2006 at 10:14 am


Okay, I held of commenting on this because when I first read it I was killing time before heading out to Ger’s Xmas bash. Already dressed & dolled up, I didn’t look 1/2 as good as you do in that quickly photoshoot. I felt it would be prudent to hold off commenting.

So I pick e) “watch out, I could have your job if I wanted it” aka bab-o-licious arm candy with a brain.

17 | Miss Vicky

December 2nd, 2006 at 2:07 pm


bet you can pick up some fine accessories at Ladyfest today!

18 | a peek inside the fish bowl

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