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Guest Blogger: Mardi Ballou
Friday, August 26th, 2011

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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!

Cheers, Mardi
www.MardiBallou.com

7 comments to “Guest Blogger: Mardi Ballou”

  1. Diane Sadler
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      · August 26th, 2011 at 1:53 pm · Link

    There was a time when all I bought were practical bras and undies; then one day I decided I was boring and went out and bought matching sets in all different colors; my husband was thrilled!



  2. Mardi Ballou
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      · August 26th, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Hi, Diane —

    Yea — how great it is to buy fun undies!

    I envy the gals who can get really fun bras. Being, shall we say a tad on the large side — meaning I wear an underwire or else the boobs and waist coincide — I find the bras I wear inherently boring. A scrap of lace, a bow — doesn’t help. Oh, well. Even larger size panties can be fun…

    Cheers,
    Mardi



  3. Sharon Hamilton
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      · August 26th, 2011 at 9:33 pm · Link

    So happy to see you here, Mardi. We love you in California.

    I’m with you on the bras. Being a 40 Long isn’t a coat size in my wardrobe.



  4. Mardi Ballou
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      · August 26th, 2011 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Hmm, Sharon — thanks so much for the love — it’s returned.

    Maybe we should start a campaign. Challenge the bra designers to come up with sexy and cute for those of us whose cups runneth over…

    Hugs,
    Mardi



  5. Emily Tardy
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      · August 27th, 2011 at 1:14 am · Link

    I bought some cute bras from victoria secrets online… lol That didn’t work out well. I thought (hoped) I was smaller around than I am. No deep inhales for me! :lol:



  6. Mardi Ballou
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      · August 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Hey, Emily,

    Deep inhaling is definitely overrated. Cute bras are definitely worth a little sacrifice…

    Mardi, turning a cute shade of blue



  7. Emily Tardy
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      · August 27th, 2011 at 4:24 pm · Link

    That’s what I was thinking! :mrgreen: