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Of Lace and Hems
by Mardi Ballou
Unlike just about everybody else, I love fall. Okay, maybe in part autumn’s my favorite season because my beautiful daughter and I were October babies—yea, October! One of my many other autumn joys is the big fat September issue of Vogue, Elle and other major fashion magazines. Fashion may reign all year, but autumn is the start of the fashionista year. I can justify wasting hours gazing at the pages…uh, make that doing primary research in current trends.
I may not actually ever buy a single stitch from runway shows or designer boutiques—at least not in this lifetime—but that doesn’t stop me from queuing up to get my copies. Makeup, hair, purses and shoes—aka chocolate for my inner fashionista—ensembles for work and play, impossible to walk in stilettos—it’s all there to dream on and inspire.
Gets me to thinking. Dress—and undress—plays a major role in our fantasies and love stories. Getting ready for a hot date with that special guy…hoping the evening won’t end until morning…time to unveil the La Perla or La Senza or Victoria’s Secret we’ve kept tucked away for just the right night.
Seeing the cover of my latest book for the first time is always a surprise. I love it when the artist gods and goddesses exactly capture the fashion feel of my story. In Hook, Wine and Tinker, when Gwen meets Dominic, she’s wearing a Tinkerbell costume she despises. Luckily, he discovers its charms and hers…
Being a Dancing with the Stars fan, I’ve come to appreciate the sexy potential of dance costumes. Even though I’m wearing smelly sweats when I try to follow along with the DWTS exercise DVDs, I imagine myself clad in spandex and sparkles, looking as sexy as one of the TV dancers. Both Sherry Amor and Long, Slow Dance include very sexy dance scenes. I was thrilled to see that same sexiness in their covers.
In Sherry Amor, three people who come together for a business deal in Spain discover a Christmas miracle of love that starts with a fiery flamenco in New York. In Long, Slow Ride, a woman who’s been very disappointed in love attends a wedding and says yes to a dance with the bride and groom’s limo driver—a hot, hot, hot much younger guy.
How about you? Do you have special fashion memories? Is there a night you’ll always remember, made even more vivid when you remember what you wore—at least at the start? Maybe you went shopping to find the perfect dress or bra or shoes or panties to get ready for the date. Or maybe you finally had the chance to wear something you’d been saving forever for a special night…
I wish you many happy fashion adventures this fall!