Follow the neon lights

A guest post by my sister Larissa Dundon about love at first sight.

I was wandering 4th avenue on my lunch break, lost in thought about spicy tuna rolls and current interest rates, when my eyes were drawn to the glittery neon lights that read ‘Salvation Army’. On a whim, I went in and perused the dress section. In the back of my mind I was searching for a dress suitable for New Year’s, but I was also aware that if I had any expectations I would be disappointed.

And then it happened…

I pulled this baby off the rack and I just knew. I knew we were meant to be. I crossed my fingers, toes and eyes hoping that this little black number with the outrageously large bow would fit me, yet somehow I knew it would. To my pleasant surprise, it was just a little too big in a way that was going to be very easy to adjust.  This dress spoke to me. Sometimes I think I was supposed to be a 20-something in the 80’s (have you seen my curls?).


After a little tailoring I am pleased to report that we are really happy together.

Paired with jewel earrings, a silver cuff and extremely glittery nailpolish (conveniently named Sparkle-icious) by OPI, this dress was both a bargain and a hit. Not to mention I will be pulling this out on future party nights.

Thanks a million, Larissa! Such a heartwarming tale of love and commitment. I cannot wait to beg/borrow/steal that dress from you.

P.S. Follow Larissa on Twitter here and The Anthology here.
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  • Reply lisa January 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Love the oversized bow and one-shoulder silhouette. This dress really suits Larissa! It’s an honest-to-goodness “love at first thrift” story. :)

  • Reply Larissa January 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    my love is fickle, I fall in love at the Sally Ann on a regular basis.

  • Reply luna January 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    crazy that this is the first time i read your blog, and it happens to be aabout a black dress from salvation army!!…i have the same one, but in red and i also got it at a salvation army!! lol

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  • Reply a stylized hysteria January 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

    A beautiful dress on a beautiful woman! I love Goodwill and Salvation Army for clothes- I usually find something great whenever I go.

  • Reply @kmyles January 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

    quite the steal! nicely done done!

  • Reply SB January 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, what a good find! So pretty.

  • Reply Jen January 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    It takes serious talent to find gems like this in a thrift store. I would have never been able to see the beauty in this dress had it been hanging beside grandma’s red velvet long-sleeved, knee-length, turtleneck dress. Good on you!

  • Reply Kimber January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love it! Looks like something Betsey would try and charge $500 but good old Sally Ann came in for the win. Gorge!

  • Reply Ainsley January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    You looked gooorgeous! I had no idea it was from Salvation Army. Great buy girl xo

  • Reply Irka January 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Up there with your $4.00 prom dress.

  • Reply MizzJ January 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    What a great party dress! How do you find such amazing things?!

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