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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Going to RWA - It is about the clothes by Diane Perkins

I love RWA’s National Conference. I’ve been attending since about 1998 (Anaheim) and have enjoyed every single one. Before I was published, I soaked up the workshops like syrup on pancakes. For the last three years, though, my time has been taken up mostly in networking, which is a different kind of hectic fun. This year it is beginning to look as if I may never eat one of the conference lunches I’ve paid for.

But published or not, for me the conference is really about the clothes.

The Awards Ceremony is the only opportunity I ever have to wear a formal gown and it is always important that it be just right. This year my dress is even more important. A Reputable Rake is up for a RITA for Best Regency Romance and if I win I want to look fabulous. If I lose I want to look even more fabulous.

I went out early and found a good basic black dress much like this one.

It seemed too austere so I went about looking on ebay for glittery jewelry and accessories to jazz it up.

I found silver shoes, too.

But it wasn’t just right, so I went out shopping again with my sister-in-law Rosemarie. We found a formal pants outfit that looked terrific on me. You have to use your imagination, but it is a bit like this dress.

Take away the bolero and replace the skirt with wide flowy pants.

This outfit needed toned-down jewelry so the ebay purchases were no longer appropriate, but we found the perfect necklace, earrings, bracelet set when we went to NYC.

After my NYC weekend, I met my friends Julie Halperson and Mary Blayney (“Poppy’s Coin” in Bump In The Night, with JD Robb) for lunch. Mary was helping Julie pick out some conference clothes so I tagged along to Lord & Taylor, which was having a fabulous sale. Among way too many other items of clothing for the conference, Mary found me a darling black dress sort of like this.

It fit me perfectly and was only $45! This was the dress I originally envisioned for the Awards Ceremony. I bought it. (If you can ever entice Mary away from writing really wonderful Regency stories and books, she makes a great personal shopper.)

Then when I had my hair cut later in the week, I stopped in Macy’s—just to look. I found a perfect pair of shoes for only $18, much like these.

Now I have two outfits I love for the ceremony and a perfect pair of shoes and great jewelry. I returned the first dress and have an assortment of rhinestone jewelry from ebay that I probably won’t ever use. I’m leaving the silver shoes at home because they now don’t go with anything.

And I don’t dare tell you about the other outfits I bought…….

Big cyberhugs to everyone who cannot attend the conference this year. I know I'm going to miss the Noodlers who won't be attending. For the rest of you, see you in Atlanta!

Diane, aka the fashionista


At 10:11 AM, Blogger Kiki, aka Esri said...

If you and I lived in the same town, we'd both be broke.

Looks like you got some great stuff (and some killer deals). Can't wait to see it!

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

That's right, Esri! I saved hundreds of, um, spending lots.

Good thing we don't live near each other, although I wouldn't mind shopping with you. We'd have a ball on our way to the poor house!

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Jennie Lucas said...

Love the photos, Diane! Can't wait to see how fabulous you'll look at the gala!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger MaryF said...


And what a bargain!

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

So the total number of pairs of shoes I bought for RWA is.....five. (but the silver ones won't even go....)

At 4:50 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

So, Diane, what size do you wear? ;)

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Oooh, Diane. You're going to look fab! I love all the dresses and shoes! Can't wait to see the pictures after conference!

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Shoe size, Mary?
This is like telling my age...
9 to 9 1/2
Want to borrow some????

At 12:06 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

Hmmmm, I'm a 10....if I cut off my little toe ;)


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