Tuesday, May 17, 2011


One can't live on studying alone; therefore, with the help of my specialist classmates, I'd like to take a short detour from all things related to verb conjugation and consider another important aspect of my diplomatic career: what to wear to the Marine Ball and any schmancy representation event we might be invited to. 

(Sidebar: I spent all day Saturday last weekend learning about "Protocol and US Representation Abroad" subtitled "How Not To Embarrass Yourself And Your Country By Sipping From The Finger Bowl Abroad." Although I struggled a bit in the Soup Course, I now feel ready to tackle a six-course meal.)

Besides dreaming of a house/apartment with more than one bathroom, I'm also relishing the notion of a life requiring a new wardrobe. Does this make me sound superficial? Well I hope not, after all, I spent twelve years in muddy riding boots and breeches; I think I owe it to myself to dress like a girl now and again. And besides, the woman whose place I'll be taking in Bogota has let me know that the embassy staff tends to dress "pretty fancy," and the Ambassador's OMS said I should probably pick up, "a cocktail dress or two." So is it my place to disagree with these women?

Certainly not.

In fact, in the interest of putting my new career on the best footing, I believe I have some shopping to do.

November 10: Marine Ball. What do you think of these options? (Thank you Heidi and Agnes for this website)



Okay, I have to say that I'm a little upset that the first two dresses that caught my eye were considered "Mother of the Bride" dresses. Really? Is that what I'm attracted to? Is that my age range now? Unfortunately the fine print noted that "figure and hairstyle not included with dress."


So thank  you for letting me have this silly diversion, even if only temporarily. Heck, I'm going to Latin America; I have some seriously spiky, strappy shoes to fill!

Disclaimer: just in case some horrible world event occurs while I'm writing and thinking about this totally "flauschig" topic: I haven't watched the news yet tonight; I cannot be responsible for feeling outraged right now. Allow me some day dreaming, 'kay?

Now back to the conjugating...


  1. I like those dresses even though I'm not much for the long, long ones.
    Suggestions -- just picked what I remember seeing at diplo receptions over 4 yrs ago:
    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=524991&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=DRESS_LENGTH%3DKnee Length%26SPECIAL_OCCASIONS%3DEvening/Formal%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D152


    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=463255&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=DRESS_LENGTH%3DKnee Length%26SPECIAL_OCCASIONS%3DEvening/Formal%26sp%3D2%26spc%3D152

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=463416&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=DRESS_LENGTH%3DKnee Length%26SPECIAL_OCCASIONS%3DEvening/Formal%26sp%3D2%26spc%3D152

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=515343&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=DRESS_LENGTH%3DKnee Length%26SPECIAL_OCCASIONS%3DEvening/Formal%26sp%3D2%26spc%3D152


    $695???? http://www.anntaylor.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=32235&N=1200007&pCategoryId=3939&categoryId=180&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_180&loc=TN&gridSize=sm&showAll=true&defaultColor=Black&defaultSizeType=Regular


  2. Love it!
    Hey want to come shopping with me? You've got great taste.

  3. Personally, I found the woman in muddy riding boots and breeches interesting and exciting, and I'll bet others at any diplomatic reception would feel the same way. Make an impression!

  4. HAHAHA!!

    Don't worry about the description. The company is in and from China. SO...I think that is how they "interpret" things in English. I saw that too and I was like "ummmm". But the dresses are dang cute.


  5. the dresses you posted are pretty great... and to hell with the MOB handle; that's bogus. I'm a big fan of Boden & Anthropologie myself for those yummy dress shopping excursions (wheee! Wish I could be there to shop with you!) Check these out in case you find something you love: http://www.bodenusa.com/en-US/Womens-Dresses/Above-Knee-Dresses/WH267-BLU/Womens-Blue-Painterly-Crossover-Jersey-Dress.html

  6. I'd love to go shopping with you - maybe our paths cross in the future (waiting on my sec clearance) and hoping to get past FRP...

    The Boden dresses are also pretty - hope they have discounts like Macys...

  7. Before I forget White House Black Market also has very pretty dresses and skirts...


  8. Boy, such great advice from friends, family and spouse alike. Melb26sa - Good luck in your process; it snowballs really quickly at the end.