Do you know that feeling when you watch reality shows like “Extreme Home Makeover” and you see amazing things happen for people and you say out loud “that sort of stuff never happens to me”? Or how about the reality show “What Not to Wear”. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wear really nice clothes instead of jelly smeared jeans? I know these sorts of shows well. I watch, I smile and I think “not in a million years”.
Well, during my time in NYC, I kind of had an “Extreme Home Makeover / What Not to wear” moment. A real one. I think it would have made a great reality show actually. And it all has to do with Vivienne Tam.
As you know by now, I spent 4 amazing days in New York City for fashion week thanks to the folks at Buzz Corps, HP and Vivienne Tam. The entire experience in itself was “reality show” worthy in that this sort of stuff *SO* does not happen to me. I spent every day thanking everyone around me. I thanked drivers (oh wait I hugged him too), door holders, hotel folks, waiters, even random people I passed on the streets for slightly stepping out of my way. I was so damn grateful to be there. Every crack and crevice I happened upon heard my gratitude, loud and clear.
But then something even more amazing happened to all the bloggers on this trip. “What? MORE?!” I hear you mumble. Yes, more. We were given a gift.
We started out mid morning in our shuttle not exactly knowing where we were headed. When we pulled up to Vivienne Tam’s boutique, it was familiar to us after having been there the night before for her show. So we stepped out of the bus and walked in, curious. The entire space had changed into a “store” with racks of her dresses lined up, mannequins dressed, shoes and bags on display. We all wandered around, happy to see the goods in daylight for better pictures and also excited to see more of her line. We snapped pics, picked out favorites, held them up to each other, laughed at the possibilities and moved along.
And then Alan Wang, the Vivienne Tam boutique manager and all around very nice man, got our attention. He stood at the front of the store and thanked us for being here this week. He told us how much Vivienne Tam truly appreciates our support and that she recognizes the important work we do. And as a symbol of her gratitude, she would like to give us a gift. Each of us were welcome to pick out one dress. To keep.
Blank stares. It dawns on us. Mouths drop. Rushed whispering. Quiet squeals. And then me, “Can I hug you right now?”
I am not sure what he said next (although I remember that he diplomatically ignored my invitation for a hug, smart man), but it had begun to sink in. Kind of. We could pick a dress in that room to take home. To wear. To have. To feel fabulous in.
And we were off. Some spending time carefully considering. Others leaping on the handbags and shoes (understandably). And then there was me who grabbed one dress and dashed for the dressing room. What if they changed their minds? Quick. Let me get this on and out the door before they decide this isn’t such a great idea.
I wound up with the second dress I tried on. I truly felt amazing in it. I ran around the store in it. I teared up. Three times. Shamelessly. My friend Moosh in Indy saw my Hanes her Way and that’s cool by me. This was serious business. I got an amazing dress. A Vivienne Tam dress. Glamorous pieces of clothing like this just don’t exist in my life. But now one does. (And it is laughing at everything else in my closet as I write this.)
So what happened next? Just wait. Yes, there’s more.
That night we were welcome to attend another event back at the Vivienne Tam boutique. This was the official launch of the Vivienne Tam Hp Mini. Another night on the town? What better excuse to don our fab dresses. And that we did.
I also brought my VT HP Mini with me. I just figured it would be good to have it since that evening was all about it.
And so what happens? Vivienne Tam arrives, speaks to her guests and then offers to sign anyone’s computers. So now, under my right hand in the bottom corner of my Mini, is Vivienne Tam’s signature. She signed it for me and you know what she said to me? She said I was so beautiful in her dress.
Wow. This mom with jelly smeared jeans and a leaking sippy cup in her purse could be beautiful.
It was a moment. To be sure.
And that’s what the dress and the computer have come to represent. Women running around managing the insanity of their lives, elbow deep in dirty boy socks and sticky pots of mac and cheese DO deserve nice things. A dress like this, a computer like this – well, they are simply special things. Little bits of fabulous that remind you that you are actually “worthy” – socks and mac n cheese aside.
So I had that “What not to Wear” moment. And staying true to the thanking theme of my week, I thanked Vivienne Tam that night. I thanked her for making me feel more beautiful and special than I had in years.
My gratitude is endless, my heart is full and my sense of beautiful is in check.
For that (just one more time) I say: Thank you.
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12 responses to “Vivienne Tam: Giving Thanks and Feeling Worthy”
You did look beautiful in that dress! What a great day.
Jeez. What a cool trip. Incredible. And you do look gorgeous in the dress. 🙂
WOW! You look great! Congrats on a great and wonderful trip.
Okay but I am still a little jealous 🙂
You look fantastic.
Your gratitude makes it IMPOSSIBLE to grumble or be jealous or be anything BUT absolutely ecstatic that you got to enjoy this.
Hell, I’m grateful FOR you! lol
LOL, love you guys for being so damn nice. I fully give you permission to tell me off for this craziness. If only I could cut my dress into a thousand pieces and share (am sounding like a bible parable now, that doesn’t work does it?) – until then tho, s’ok to give me some crap. Its my penance for getting what so many women – all of you women – deserve! 🙂
Okay, I want my own HP mini now. LOVE it. And the dress you picked out is beautiful!
No one, no one, NO one deserves it more than you. You are one of the most wonderful people I know and you are beautiful to boot – I’m tearing up just thinking about how special this all made you feel and how much you deserve it!
YOu look beautiful in your dress and YAY! Your post is so sweet and you radiate such joy and grace in your pictures and your words, it is obvious why you were a part of this!
YAY for you!!
Ms. Tam is LUCKY to have such an fabulous spokesperson (not to mention drop dead gorgeous model) in you for this event! Lucky and smart. Woot!
Just beautiful. This post and YOU in that dress! Everything you said about women deserving to feel beautiful and special is right on. I’m actually taking my blog in a new direction for that very reason. Can’t wait to talk to you about it! I’m so glad you were able to have that awesome experience.
Aw- that is soo nice Caroline. You deserve it! ❤
You look gorgeous in the dress! While I am just the slightest bit jealous because I am coveting one of those VT minis, I think you deserve it just as much as anyone else. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience…