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Friday
Sep092011

A Fashion Story- FNO 2011

Fashion's Night Out was last night. Oh my, it was so fun and glamorous!  I went with some friends to the Bravern in Bellevue to watch the fashion shows, but the fashions we saw on the attendees were even better than the ones on the runway.  The number of people who came out for FNO exploded in comparison to last year's crowds.  And wow, they looked good.   

I decided to not to bring my camera this year. These photos are from my friend's i-phone.  Other people did a great job of reporting on the details of the festivities, so I'll leave that to them and tell another story.  It's a fashion story, so it's sort of related.    

Here's what you have to know,  I have a thing for designer bags.  Don't judge me.  I have kept my eye out for the perfect Louis Vuitton bag for years, and finally found one a couple of weeks ago at a consignment shop.  It was a bit of a splurge, even at consignment shop prices.  My husband bought it and was almost as excited as I was (he likes to spoil me). In my haste to snatch up the bag before it was sold to anyone else, I failed to really look at it.  Only later, after I had left the "no return policy" shop, did I start to see the signs that it was a knock off.  I wanted to believe it was real, but the poor workmanship was just too obvious.  I felt kind of sick about it. 

 It took me a couple of weeks to work up the courage to confront the shop owner about this problem.  I finally went to the shop yesterday.  The owner wasn't there and the lady I talked to was dismissive and rude regarding my problem, questioning me about why I took so long to bring it back.  I left with no resolution and was gearing up for a fight.  Finally, the owner of the shop called me, horrified that something like this had happened.  I went back to the shop.  After she saw the bag, she was profusely apologetic, telling me that she had never seen the bag before and would have never accepted such a thing in her shop, that it could ruin her reputation.  She said that an employee of hers had brought it in and sold it to me without her knowledge.  She offered a refund, so I started looking around the shop for something to wear to FNO.  While I was shopping, I could hear her, in a bit of a rage, telling another employee that the lady who sold the purse to me would be fired. Awkward.

So now, I still do not have a LV bag.  I will insist on paperwork guaranteeing the authenticity next time.  I did find a Marc Jacobs dress that I love and I felt great in it.  My feet didn't feel so great in my high heels...but a well dressed man at Vovito told me that my shoes "were gorgeous", so they were worth it. ; ) 

Crazy story, yes.  Though not so much, in the context of where I live.  I hesitate to tell these types of stories, afraid you'll judge.  I can see the superficiality of the culture in which I live, but I'll admit that I engage in it myself from time to time.  It can be fun.    

My daughter and I

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Reader Comments (9)

Good for you for standing up for what is right. There is nothing wrong with indulding once in a while. the wrong is in doing it alll the time to impress others. Thats not you.

Eithor the owner of the store was being honest and in that case the other clerk deserves to be fired or the owner was putting up a front to convince you that she was above doing something like that. Hard to say.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDon DuCette

Thank you Don. : )

September 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawn

you look beautiful, dawn! and im so glad you got your $$ back for the fake LV!!!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I judge you to be a kind-hearted, cheerful, nice person. And you look so lovely in these photos :-)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Good-onya for being brave. Sometimes we just have to take a solid breath and ask for what's right - and be firm about it. It takes strong character to be able to do this without anger, without abusing anyone. Those over-reaching behaviors happen because of fear, but you tamed yours and you did well. I'm proud of you.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

Fancy schmancy!

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Pretty!

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermariposa

Thank you everyone, for your kind words.

September 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawn

Dawn,
Thank you for being so honest and transparent! I think as Christians we find it hard to enjoy and appreciate the gift of art that God has given someone else just because it comes at a higher price for fear of sounding or appearing vain or judgement from others. Thank you for your willingness to share yourself and your family with us!
Tonya

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

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