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Getting Ready for BlogHer: Shabby Apple Black Dress & More

One of the most fun and exciting things about attending BlogHer 2010 will be the evening events I am planning to attend. Since I am no longer a perfect size 5, it is also one of the things that are slightly stressful. I needed to find 3 nighttime outfits I would be comfortable wearing and being seen in. Luckily, Shabby Apple came to my rescue with the perfect black dress.

According to the body type guide, I am an "apple." Loosely translated . . . I am flat-chested, still have a post-twin tummy, and find myself with hips I did not have just a few years ago. The "Tender is the Night" dress caught my eye immediately. It is elegant, but playful. The tiered look is everywhere, as are ruffles. Leave it to the designers at Shabby Apple to incorporate these trends into the perfect tiered ruffle dress.

Because the light plays off the ruffles so much, I think a matte charmeuse was the perfect choice of fabric for this dress. Anything shinier would have been too much in my opinion. This dress is only available in petite, which worked out perfectly for someone like me who is just under 5' 5". This dress hits me right at the knee, so it would be a good fit for anyone taller than me also. Although this dress has a generous fit, I ordered an XL because I needed to camouflage my tummy area. As I previously mentioned, I am flat-chested, so I needed to use a dress clip (or cinch clip) to tighten the dress at the chest in order to maintain the more flattering a-line shape.

The detail of the grosgrain ribbon trim across the chest topped off with a bow are the perfect finishing touches to this dress. The tiers are light and airy, offering a lot of movement with little effort. I also love that the back zipper is completely hidden . . . just another detail which shows the quality of a Shabby Apple garment.

To view more classically chic fashions and accessories for women and girls, visit . For a limited time, you can save 20% off most items when you checkout using Code: Summer20. Keep up-to-date on Shabby Apple news by visiting the Shabby Apple blog, Shabby Apple on Facebook, and ShabbyApple on Twitter.


These are some accessories I picked up to go with my "Tender is the Night" Dress from Shabby Apple . . .



from the Lita Lapro Jewelry Store


Thank you to Shabby Apple for sending us a sample dress free of charge to base this review upon.