“I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies.  I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be.  And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”.  Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better.  Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it.” Jenny Lawson,

What is your red dress? What is that thing you always wanted to do, but never had the nerve, or the time or the reason?

Why haven’t you done it? Is it because it was too silly or frivolous, or overindulgent, or because you were worried someone would laugh?

Well toss those excuses out the window, because here’s the thing… YOU are reason enough.

Maybe your red dress is black. Maybe it’s reciting your poetry. Maybe it’s wearing a bikini. Maybe it’s a pair of awesome, ridiculously expensive shoes that you bought because they make you happy, even though they don’t go with anything you own.

Now’s your chance!

On Saturday, July 7, 2012, find your red dress and plan a spectacular evening around it. Then, before you slip off to do something wonderful in your dress,  join us at The Forks to celebrate our vivid, beautiful, selves. We’ll meet about 4 pm. Where the evening takes you is yours to decide!

Find yourself a dress that reminds you of how vivid and dynamic as you are.

Find your red dress. And wear the hell out if it!

There is no charge for this event, but all food, drink, and transportation is your own responsibility. No one should be out of pocket any more than they are willing to be. That’s why your evening is your choice – we just want to see and admire you and your dress, and then you can go off and be spectacular however you want. And while we expect most of our guests will probably be women, no supportive man will be turned away (unsupportive people will be pitied).

The beautiful model in our invitation photo is Jenny Lawson. The photograph was taken by Karen Walrond and used with Jenny’s permission. The invitation, which you are free to share with anyone who might benefit from a Red Dress Party, was made by my sister Maegan.

I’m serious, people. This is going to be so much fun. I am getting a dress. I’m doing the hair and makeup and nails. I’m finding a photographer. And I’m going to rock my Red Dress. I hope you will too, but you should know that I’m going do this even if no one else comes.

Because I’m worth it. So are you.


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I am a wife, a mom, a nurse, a writer. I enjoy laughing.
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