It wasn’t planned. After taking the dogs on their morning walk in the ice rain Eric got home from work and wanted to go to the Salem mall. It has a Game Stop on the bottom floor, you walk through Ross to get there. I was in need of a few things so I tagged along with him. When we walked into the second floor entry of the mall I was completely surprised to see a ball gown store! Simply Grand is the name, it must be at least somewhat new as I don’t recall having seen it before. I decided to to give it a quick run through.
I looked through racks of different dresses. Lacy, silky, strapless, cap sleaved. Long trains versus short skirt. I didn’t realize until then either how many different types of white excist. At one point a friend had gotten me thinking about a not white dress. I had been excited about the idea of us both wearing grey, ya know instead of black and white…kinda cheeky but then when I saw the white wedding gowns I knew I wanted white. To be honest I didn’t even really look at the colored gowns on the other end of the store. I guess somehow culture has convinced me that I need a white dress but I’m okay with it. A long one too. I’ve also entertained the idea of a short dress, as I have a limp and a short dress would be easier to walk down the isle in, but again actually seeing the long white gowns I knew that’s what I wanted. Nay, NEEDED.
So I continued to look and look, I only wanted to try a dress on if it was exactly right. Including the right price, some price tags literally shocked me. I’m not really a fan of shopping, I like to do it as quickly as possible. I also hate trying things on, most dressing rooms are not ADA and it’s just such a hassle, so I only try on something if I absolutely love it. Anyway long story short, I found just that dress. It was beautiful and everything I want in a wedding gown. A halter top with a princess skirt, silk and beeds, slightly off white with a grey/silver sash, and most importantly I cried my eyes out looking in the mirror.
Unfortunately it was the last one, and the lady at the counter informed me they could not order more in. I think Simply Grand is an over stalk store. I wasn’t too upset about it though, my search will continue, at least now I know what to look for.