Picture this…you get an invite in the mail that looks comparable to that of a fancy wedding for a party for your tween. Many of you may not know me but the only time we really get “dressed up” is for Easter and Christmas. We cannot really recycle dresses for major events with our 11 going on 12-year old because she grows like a weed. I’m convinced she grows by the hour. Thank goodness for early planning, because I was able to go out five days before the event, (yeah, five days is early for me, let’s make this space a judgment free zone. Lol), and picked up a dress and a shrug all in one spot! I drove down to Gateway center with my mother and daughter in tow on a Monday, after school, on a mission to find a dress at JC Penny. My sister swears by JC Penny. It’s almost the holidays, right, so they must have plenty of dresses stocked for all of the early shoppers, right? Wrong!! There wasn’t one dress for a formal event in the tweens or teens section. I resorted to the women’s petite section and found one dress that might be ok for an 11-year old but you guessed it…it was too long for her. The fit was just off.
What do we do next? Drive over to the next store. Burlington Coat Factory was my back up and they did not let me down. Thank goodness my daughter can still fit into a size 16 so to the row of girl’s dresses I ran. She still loves the poofy dresses that a girl can twirl in. Twirl on girl, twirl on. I think there is a twirl gene that I missed cause I don’t really twirl. And just like that, we found a magical gold and black brocade number that was a perfect fit and a velvet shrug that was a perfect match. (My daughter didn’t like the shrug and still complained about it on our way out the door to her event.) I thought the shrug was bomb. Even better was the fact that I bought all of these items for under…drumroll please…forty dollars!! Sold.