Monday, May 31, 2010

procrastination technique...or help me decide what to wear to the newbery banquet!

So I've been pretty busy and have lots of things to blog about-- BEA, my last school visit of the year, visiting my parents in Upstate NY...but my current obsession is trying to figure out what I should wear for the Newbery Award Banquet at the end of June. This truly has become an obsession. Such a distracting obsession that I have promised Squatchie that I will get the dress question settled by the end of the week and actually get some work done (did I mention that I have a novel I have to write?)

But can you blame me? This is like the Oscars for children's book authors! Really! I've been scouring the web to see what people have worn before and found this:



So, I've been mulling over my dress options. The practical side of me says I should wear a dress that I already have in my closet...but you know me and dresses!

For a while I have had my heart on this Anthropologie dress that I saw online:

but I can't find it ANYWHERE in my size (or even a size that could fit with some tailoring). I have searched and searched. sigh. So, I've had to discard this dress dream and move onto other possibilities (fyi, it's the "painted lotus" dress if anyone has any connections with Anthropologie outlets or knows someone who might want to sell it to me...)

And the other possibilities include this green lace dress, the same color as my lucky jade bracelet:


Or this raspberry one, that reminds me of the roses that blooming outside:


What do you think?

20 comments:

jpetroroy said...

The green dress is absolutely stunning. But whatever you choose, choose one that makes you feel like a million bucks. For an awards banquet, you deserve to feel that way.

Looking forward to meeting you at your release party next month!

holly said...

hmmm...I vote green! It looks more sophisticated than the raspberry-colored one...I like all three, though!

betsy said...

That video is hilarious! Oh, I do love that top Anthro dress! But the green one is gorgeous too! Can you try them both and see which one you feel best in? I don't think you can go wrong in either one. And you might need new shoes too. ;-)

Rasco from RIF said...

I vote Anthro or maybe even stronger the green dress....but the most important thing is what someone else said: make sure you feel like a million in whatever dress you choose! Looking forward to seeing you at ALA.

Rasco from RIF said...

Oh, and also, regarding ALA:

RIF tweetup/reception during ALA 6/28 5:30-8pm, Shakespeare Theatre, 610 F St NW, DC; rsvp: eorsvp@rif.org; space limited. We would LOVE to have you attend!

Barbara O'Connor said...

The green is gorgeous!

Harold Underdown said...

Well, I'm going to be difficult and suggest something else--red (not the raspberry)....

Gina said...

I LOVE the Anthropology dress. The other's are beautiful too but....that first one is so interesting! What an exciting event!

haomom said...

great video, loved it!
I think you would look unbelievable in the green dress, just stunning...

janet wong said...

After seeing the video, there is no doubt in my mind...You need to wear...a dress of your own making! (painted silk?)

KLF113 said...

Grace I love them all! I dont know what size you are (I imagine it's a small size!) but someone has the Painted Lotus dress (NEW) in sz 0 listed on eBay: for $159:

http://global.ebay.com/search?Query=anthropologie+painted+lotus


You will be beautiful no matter what you wear!

Grace Lin said...

thanks, everyone! I'm a little surprised the votes are heavily slanted towards the green so far.

Rasco--I would've loved to come to your reception but I leave Monday afternoon, so won't be there. thanks for the invite, though!

Janet--I need to get this settled by the end of this week or else I'll never get any work done...don't even tempt me to consider making my own (besides the fact that I can't sew).

KLF113--I saw that! I keep checking eBay obsessively in hopes that the anthropologie dress will show up...but there is no way I can fit into a size 0 (flattered that you think I could, though!).

lelapinamoureux said...

I think the first piece is very much you, perhaps the one that you feel most comfortable and happily in.
The second one is nice, but green is a tricky colour to carry.
The third is a little dull.
Hope you will find what you love to wear to wear. Finally, it's yourself that you need to love and impress and feel great about ;)

yamster said...

What happened to your silver idea?

Kristen said...

I loooove the green dress,it will look great on you. I like ALL the design and pattern it has.I strongly vote for green.

Grace Lin said...

Thanks, everyone! I have to admit that my heart is still hoping that the first dress will show up so I am putting off buying either the rose or the green for now...

Andrea and/or Jeff said...

Putting good energy behind finding the first dress - it's gorgeous!

Allison said...

Where is the green dress from?- I want to use it for my bridesmaids. Thanks!

vibm said...

I'm also wondering about the green dress - where is that one from? Thanks!!

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