Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I have a large wardrobe of sparkly evening wear that came in handy to emcee gala events like the Festival of Trees Senior Social and for the years I judged state pageants in the USA system. I've been to the Miss America Pageant and the Miss USA Pageant a number of times. Hobbing with the nobs like Donald Trump. So this week is the Post Falls Chamber Banquet and while I've passed the emcee torch this year, I will be on stage during the presentations of the big awards. Less than a month ago I pulled this beautiful beaded gown from the back of the closet and tried it on. When last worn in 2004 (pictured) I was stuffed like a sausage into the beaded bodice. So I was tickled that upon trying it on in early January, it draped and flowed like it should. I picked it up from the cleaners today and tried it on again. Oh my. It hung loose on the top and is definately way too baggy to wear again. I went into the closet in the Museum of Formal Wear, where hangers hold not only my sparkly tops and gowns but those that are collected through the years when one has three daughters.
I tried on jackets, gowns, and sequined sweaters until a large pile of beautiful things was there on my bed. All far too big to be worn. Bittersweet to find myself 24 hours from an event with nothing to wear. But alas, there was one champagne-colored crushed velvet long dress that I'm not sure I ever wore that will work. (It did work!-pictured on right) I can assure you that by the time the next gala event comes along, I will have found my former formal wear new homes via Ebay or Craig's List and replenished the closet with pretty and petite sparkly attire.


  1. Amazing! I'm having similar experiences with things in my closet I haven't worn for many years. Pulling them out to try them on and finding many things way too baggy to wear. I've worn a top and bottom every day this week that I haven't worn for nearly a decade! You're an inspiration! We won't recognize each other in a few more months!

  2. I am so proud of you Kerri! By the time I come home for summer, you will be able to borrow some of my clothes! You are such an inspiration to me and I admire you more than you know!
    Love and miss ya girl!!

  3. Kerri, what a wonderful glamorous shot!! You look full-out fabulous. Brava.


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