I’ve always loved Fussypants, but she’s given me even more reason to adore her with the start of Fight the Frump Fridays.

I decided to kick off the premier Fight the Frump week by updating on the Mardi Gras ball that I set out to lose 20lbs for and get back into that 2 sizes too small ball gown. While I didn’t lose 20lbs, I did manage to lose a little bit, and between that and a hell of a lot of spandex, I did indeed get back into the dress. Barely. And it took a safety pin to make sure the zipper didn’t pop open. As Tim Gunn would say, “Make it work!”, and I did. 😉

ball gown

I was a little self-conscious about how tight the gown was, right until I got there. Let me tell you one thing I’ve learned, and this should be an official Fight the Frump Commandment- “Thou shalt not spurn the lycra.” Truly folks, when the occasion calls for a fitted gown, supportive undergarments are a must. Lumps and bumps are normal, but a good body shaper is a girl’s best friend for smoothing things out and letting the dress shine.

On another “Make it work” note, I have to show off the shoes. (Fussypants, don’t look girlfriend. Seriously, close your eyes.) I know they are slutty, I know they are tacky, but there is not better cute for a 5-inch too long hemline than 6-inch heels, and gosh darnit, I like them! These would *only* be acceptable under a floor length gown, so I will let them be my once a year indulgence. I’m developing a serious thing for hooker shoes.
ball shoes
If the shoes make you feel sexy and boost your self-confidence(and can’t be seen under the dress), then I am personally declaring them anti-frump. Just don’t get arrested and it’s all good. 😉

37 Comments on Fighting the Frump, Mardi Gras Edition (Ball Update w/pic)

  1. Maddy
    February 8, 2008 at 7:54 am (10 years ago)

    Fabulozy dearie. So how old do I have to be before I can give up i.e. not fight the frump any more?

    A crumbly person

  2. Karen Sugarpants
    February 8, 2008 at 7:59 am (10 years ago)

    Wowzaa! You look amazing – great job on the weight loss and the dress is totally gorgeous on your new hot bod!

  3. Tamra
    February 8, 2008 at 8:07 am (10 years ago)

    Hi Friend of Fussy,
    Wow, kudos to you!
    Support undergarments are a girl’s best friend. Thanks to Fussy, I will be ordering some Spanx… after I push out this baby, that is.

    Oh, man. I actually like those shoes. Must have been all those years of Barbie dolls. They look like they’ll guarantee the wearer a fun night! Or a broken ankle.. Nah!

  4. tulipmom
    February 8, 2008 at 8:16 am (10 years ago)

    You look incredible! I don’t think I’d make it to my car (in one piece) in those shoes but they look fab on you!

  5. jill
    February 8, 2008 at 8:26 am (10 years ago)

    i have been working out and got a new dress for my hubby’s holiday party in january. it made me feel SO good. even if I didnt technically lose any weight, and then after all my worries, i realized i was one of THE hottest girls there. it feels great doesnt it? you go!

  6. Alli ~Mrs. Fussypants
    February 8, 2008 at 8:33 am (10 years ago)


    You look absolutely beautiful! I love it.

    “Ye shall not forget ye spankx!”


    I give you a pass on the hooker shoes because they are “marriage strengtheners!” hee, hee.

    Now if they were Uggs, we’d have to talk.

    Love ya,

  7. Christy
    February 8, 2008 at 8:52 am (10 years ago)

    YAH! I am glad your hard work paid off and you could wear the dress. As for the shoes I double dog dare you to wear them to Target with a miniskirt. But please call me first so I can get my camera and capture forever the faces of the gapmoms as you walk by!! I really love hooker heels!

  8. Chris
    February 8, 2008 at 8:57 am (10 years ago)

    You look terrific! Love the dress. I admire your heel-abilities. I would have killed myself on the first step I took. :p

  9. Lizzi
    February 8, 2008 at 9:28 am (10 years ago)

    Good LORD!!! Did you actually have to WALK anywhere? They do look fabulous, but I’d have been falling all over the place!

  10. Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 10:57 am (10 years ago)

    The picture is gorgeous!! You look fabulous! And i have to say that I am a proud supporter of undergarment support.. *that sounds strange*

  11. CourtneyRyan369
    February 8, 2008 at 11:06 am (10 years ago)

    I love that dress! Great job getting into it.

    And those shoes? Love them! I was going to say pretty much the same thing that Fussy said but call it “relationship enhancement!”

  12. Lis Garrett
    February 8, 2008 at 11:50 am (10 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! I literally laughed out loud when I saw your shoes, only because I am too uncoordinated to wear heels. YOU GO!

  13. Melody
    February 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow – I love that dress! Congrats on the weightloss!

    I have been squeezed into MANY a bridesmaid dress due to the wonder of spandex! LOL!

    And, I kinda dig the shoes, too! (Sorry Fussy!)

  14. Shannon M
    February 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm (10 years ago)

    Love the dress and LOVE the shoes. Gots to get me some…maybe I won’t have to wear them long (wink, wink). Maybe TMI for my first comment? :>

  15. TX Poppet
    February 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm (10 years ago)

    If I wore trhose shoes, I’d never get out of the house without Spouse pouncing on me. Where did you say you got them? ; )

  16. Mommy Daisy
    February 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm (10 years ago)

    You look awesome! Work it, girl.

  17. ~JJ!
    February 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm (10 years ago)

    Gorgeous woman. You look hawt.

    You could have just posted that picture and nothing else…

  18. amy
    February 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm (10 years ago)

    You look amazing!! Way to go!

    And no, the shoes clearly are not “frumpy!”

  19. FishyGirl
    February 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Aw, man, me and those shoes would be a broken ankle waiting to happen, but wow! You rock them. Around here we call those Coochie Shoes.

    I am mighty impressed with the power of the spandex. I will be sure to employ it during my sister’s wedding in October.

    (ps I usually lurk but have been trying to come out of my shell more, so, um, Hi!)

  20. ali
    February 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm (10 years ago)

    yay for fitting into your dress!

  21. Christina
    February 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm (10 years ago)

    I would kill myself in those shoes.

    But look at you! You pulled it all together and look fabulous! Congrats!

  22. SAHMmy Says
    February 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm (10 years ago)

    I bet you can repurpose those shoes and wear them year round 😉

  23. Sarcastic Mom
    February 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm (10 years ago)

    Look out! Hot Stuff, comin’ through!

  24. Summer
    February 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm (10 years ago)

    You look HOTT!

    In college I had a pair of shoes like those in purple. I used to wear them far too often! LOL

  25. Suz
    February 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm (10 years ago)

    You look terrific! Gotta LOVE the power panties, lol!

  26. Amy S.
    February 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm (10 years ago)

    Woo hoo! You go, girl. Lycra is key — it is better to look good than to feel good, my friend.

  27. Jerseygirl89
    February 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm (10 years ago)

    Those shoes make me want to go to a gay club and dance with drag queens. (I totally mean that as a compliment)

    You looked great!

  28. HRH
    February 9, 2008 at 9:03 am (10 years ago)

    Owwww. I like the shoes too. I think for a sparkly occasion they are perfectly appropriate!

  29. angeljooy
    February 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm (10 years ago)

    congratulations on getting into the dress! It doesn’t look too tight. Yea spandex! Dahling you look mahvelous!

  30. Mrs. Mustard
    February 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm (10 years ago)

    Those are some slammin’ shoes!

  31. Shannon
    February 10, 2008 at 1:08 pm (10 years ago)

    LOVE those shoes!!!! You look awesome.

  32. Jamie E
    February 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm (10 years ago)

    Sizzle girl!

  33. candace
    February 10, 2008 at 5:54 pm (10 years ago)

    i have to delurk for a WOWZA!!!
    you totally made it work. mr. gunn would be proud!

  34. Redneck Mommy
    February 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm (10 years ago)

    Hubba hubba. You look spectacular.

    And those shoes…how I covet the hooker heels…

  35. Natalie
    February 11, 2008 at 12:00 am (10 years ago)

    Girlie, you look hawt! Lovin’ the hooker shoes, too.

  36. Mimipz5wjj
    February 12, 2008 at 6:42 am (10 years ago)

    You look beautiful!

  37. amanda
    February 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm (10 years ago)

    congratulations!! You look fantastic!


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