An Unexpected Evening OUT

Hey Family, Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We made it through. lol
So last evening I got a call form my girl Meosha saying "Hey what time do you get off work? " Then "come on a go with me to a evening event." Now I work in the Chi Downtown and my IT job of boots and jeans does not an evening out make. My home location on a great day is still an 1 hour drive with no traffic on the expressway. It just so happened there was a major accident on the express way. I was on the phone using bluethooth tech. Anyway point being I was not ready for an evening out in the Chi.
My brain must have been on autopilot because Meosha is owner of the Charity One Savvy Veteran & Combat to Chic which carries all of the necessaryitems for an evening out. Plus my friend and The Fashioner Tem is on Sight (Fashion Tailor Supreme) So Over to Combat to Chic I went. To Spend my money on a fab gown and jewellery for an unexpected evening out. Only one problem I was not driving anywhere. Unfortunately there was a major accident 5 firetrucks and more police on the express. I don't know the outcome but I pray for those people.

After navigating and warning my people to stay off the drive I finally made it to Combat to Chic. Now let me set the atmosphere of C2C it is the perfect Clothing for Thrift Boutique for Work,Weekend and Evening wear. Shoe sizes range from 5-13w and clothing from sizes 0-30. Yep, I do volunteer there and know that the selection process is through and tough. You would be surprised at what people will donate most times in a happy pleasant way. Some rare occasions I think "What in the heck was someone thinking" High-end boutique means high-end lol at thrifty prices. You all know I got my 4pr of boots from there last week for $5 each.

So I arrive at C2C and think what am I gonna wear. The Fashioner Tem was there and my 4th favorite vet Jared. Ya'll he is movie star fine and he was former Army and Tem is not bad himeself. How could you not love that. Now I know what your thinking why is Jared hanging out at C2C? I told you that C2C is an unexpected kind of place. You get next level conversation, sister & brother talk. I find Meosha had stepped out and Tem and Jared were there talking sports and clothing. WHAT, WHAT,WHAT WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? At C2C that is where.

I said Tem the Fashioner I need something quick. I said hey to Jared and Tem, Tem says he has 3 dress I can try. What, What, OMG I was like alright. Jared is there having 5 suits tailored and Tem is working on a waistcoat for a young man and his prom in addition to finishing up a stunning look for a clients 50th birthday. Meosha comes back and says don't try that one gown on its a dream killer. lol I said ok and Tem says here try this one. I found my dream dress again. Yes Tem can create both male and female exquisiteness from thin air and a sewing machine.

Now what to do what to do about jewellery shoes and the dressing goodies. Well C2C has everything. Earrings for .50 cent, necklaces for $1, shoe between $5-$10 I was set with a couple of try ons and suggestions. I found my look. Into the dressing room and out with a couple of alterations to my gown that I wound up buying the whole look. I styled myself and then we had more conversations and photo shoots. I love my tribe. They don't mind pictures and they bring the party and life to any situation even to a thrift shop that beyond a thrift shop.

So we were off and going to our event for the evening. You all this venue was amazing. It was celebration and fundraiser for the Rivendell theater. We slayed Meosha looked like she stepped out of a fairy-tale book and well I slayed. lol We were treated to a wonderful evening of celebrations, singing, light food and adult beverages. I had the most amazing experience. Such a Grand Time.

Last pictures are of cute Jared & Hot Tem. Lol  I forgot to mention that I had on some beautiful size 11w shoes but they hurt my feet on the walk to the car.  I was like oh no and changed into my leather pair of flatforms.

Well, I hope your still with me If you are thank you for reading.
But we always like comments.

My fit was care of HOUSE of TEM and Combat to Chic

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  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    I love your stories!  My life isn't nearly so exciting.  Anyway - that is one fabulous dress!  I can't believe you found something so great on such short notice.  Fun pics of your friends.

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Wow! Look at what happens when one is open to opportunity. You are amazing in that dress and I applaud your styling chops, as well as your affinity for comfortable footwear. Sounds like a great night. 

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Sara L. I glad you like my stories. Sometimes this feel like one big kid diary. I was just reflecting with my friend just 3 short years ago this was not my life. It was home,school,work & church. Rinse wash and repeat. Lol it's funny the way this life works out. I had to be prepared for this life that the universe has given me.

    Eliza yes being open to the journey. My nature is ridged but I try to be a slinky now lol. We need comfortable footwear. I realized that my wadrobe holes are summer shoes.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Add me to the list of those enjoying reading your posts :)

    How lovely to get invited out unexpectedly...wish that happened to me!

    You had to be quick thinking to get an outfit sorted and boy did it come together well in the end! You look FA-BU-LOUS! Wow! Your fit is da bomb! Your more comfy shoes are a perfect choice too. Meosha also looks really lovely!. What a team you two are and all those at C2C as well. Great photos as per usual...thanks for sharing Ledonna.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Well aren't you a '70s delight in that one shoulder frock. Your killer outfit matched your grand evening. 

  • marianna replied 4 years ago

    You look stunning! Wow!

    How can I donate to Combat to Chic? I have some size 12 shoes I'd like to donate but I know it's a rare size so I'd like to make sure they're put to good use.

  • bonnie replied 4 years ago

    You look fantastic and I loved the story of how you got it together.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Marianna, ah the elusive size 12 goes very fast lol. What a wonderful thing to donate. You can contact One Savvy Veteran

    Hey Angie. I think I'm anxious of the 70s gee at looks back then lol

    Diane G lol you made me smile this morning. Days seem so much more fuller in a good way now. I'll let everyone know.

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    Oh my love, you look FIIIIINNNEEEE. <3 Almost as awesome as your spectacular stories!!!

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Outta the ballpark! What a knock 'em sock 'em gown!

    Best fashion adventure thriller story ever!

  • Chris987 replied 4 years ago

    I know you are a real person but wow this story is like a real fairy tale! ...and you are such a superb story teller! ....that thing about being open to what life brings is so important and so easy to brush clearly have embraced it and it's incredibly inspiring.

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    This is awesome! I love your outfit AND your story.  Your night sounds so much fun.

  • UmmLila replied 4 years ago

    Who is that fab but you for an impromptu night out. I gotta work on my narrative skills because yours make the outfits all the better.

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    Lots of beautiful people here!  Your description of C2C, where people discuss sport and fashion at the same time, reminds me of what a cool place Chicago is (and was when I was there '83-85 ).  Pictures #6 and 7 are super fab, you need to frame those and hang them on your wall.

  • Jane replied 4 years ago

    Love, love, love your writing! I want a night out like that.

    Great outfit. Well done!

    Please take over The World! It will be loads more fun with you In Charge!

  • SandyG replied 4 years ago

    THAT SOUNDS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! I wish I'd been there for the spontaneous field trip/makeover/house party. Everyone looks fab and clearly had a blast. (I appreciate deadlines because they help me focus and move fast)

    You have yourself a great tribe there, and the clothes are just the icing on the cake ... I love icing :)

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Bonnie, Maneera, Diana, Sandy G, Rachylou Jane, UmmLila,  Chris987, I write like I talk all in run on sentences.  My sister who is a teacher would have a field day with all the grammatical errors.  But My sister is the same person who uses dialectical  Yes, Try and figure that one out.  We we have disagreements. She uses big words because she knows that I am easily distracted.    I have to bread out my google translate lol  seriously.

    I love this forum because we can just talk and analyze and just be us.  Thank you everyone for reading and being with me on this crazy real life and virtual journey.

    This seems like it has been a good year and I will take it at face value.

    I love being on this journey with all of you all who choose to share. 

    Ya'll be good and enjoy the day. 

    Jane,  I would be a horrible politician  plus it would be like the movie. Idiocracy.  It was so bad it was good.

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    That outfit was fantastic :)

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    What a great story! And sounds like a fun evening (the prep also sounds fun even if it was last minute ^^)

    You look wow good in one-shoulder tops. That extra dramatic sleeve is a perfect detail -- gives you your signature movement AND drama without needing to add anything to clutter/hide the dress. Your friend also looks super, those layered necklaces are fab.

    (LOVE Idiocracy, one of my faves :D )

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Atta girl!  You and your tribe MacGyvered (that's a verb) a beautiful evening into existence! 

    The gown is stunning on you -- and I love the dramatic touch of the yellow rose.  So glamorous, but easy and relaxed.

    Thanks for sharing all your pics!

  • replied 4 years ago

    This kills me . I read your stories in the voice I imagine you having . I can see the whole thing being played out . I like anywhere where I can't talk sports and fashion:) YOUR DRESS ! This is awesome ! You looked terrific - so strong .

  • Bijou replied 4 years ago

    You are truly inspiring. I am going through a transitional time career wise and it is wonderful to hear your wisdom on how to get the most out of life.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    You look AMAZING in that dress! You are so inspiring!

  • Sally replied 4 years ago

    That dress is stunning like filmstar glam. Gorgeous. I love your stories too.
    I once ended up drunk after hours in a thrift shop when I was a young teacher in London. I ended up at the pub with a group and a parent of a student who owned an op shop so after the pub before karaoke we ended up in the op shop. I was too tiddly to try things on. but I remember one of the male teachers dancing around in a hat and suspenders. These days I'd be sober and left behind trying things on.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Beth Ann Magyvered hahaha I remember that shoe. Did you know that CBS is doing a reboot with a son?

    SallY that is to funny and so me. I'm hyper on life now. Being around grown folks who know self are amazing. The energy in the room. Dancing around a hat . Lol

    Lisap imagine a high pitch sweaty voice. Lol Google officer hooks from police Academy.

    Bijou goodness wow I was there a few years ago. Transition is a constant evolution. You can do it.

    Aida that movie is awesome. Have you seen Napoleon Dynamite? Great movie.

    Brooklyn & Lyn D Thank you. Lol

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    Picture number 6 Kills me! Movie star!

  • approprio replied 4 years ago

    THAT DRESS!! I am slain. Hot Tem is Hot. Thanks for letting us share a slice of your fab night out. :)

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Momo at the end of the night 9 women took a picture on it. Lol

    Approprio thank you and the same to you.

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    I am sure they looked good but I can't imagine they didn't look as fab as you. The drape of the dress on the divan.. It is like a 30s movie star..

  • Tanya replied 4 years ago

    Wow, such a fun story and incredible dress.  You look like a 70's goddess, so glamorous.

  • Anna replied 4 years ago

    Wow! You totally rocked that dress! I envy you living in that area. Always something going on. In my tiny little town they roll up the sidewalks at 9 PM.

  • Vildy replied 4 years ago

    I don't have words for what a wow that dress is on you! You really are an advertisement for being willing to be open to life. Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us all.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    What a stunning look! That gown is made for you. Meosha looks gorgeous, too. You are a great storyteller, Ledonna--that was a fun read. Glad you had a good time!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Thank you all so much for taking a look and reading. I know I can tend to run on. Lol

    I wanted to take the divan home with me. That chase lounge chair was incredible.

  • Cococat replied 4 years ago

    Wow, the dress looks fab on you Ledonna. It looks like you had such a fun night!

  • Colette replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! You look amazing! I LOVE that dress.

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