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My Story for Chico’s, or How to Find a Dress that is Twirl-Worthy

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Chico’s gifted me with this outfit, but all opinions in my story are my own.

My Story for Chico's: Fashion to Make You Feel Fabulous. This is an Outfit from Chico's that is Truly Twirl-worthy!

My Story for Chico’s: Fashion to Make You Feel Fabulous. This is an Outfit from Chico’s that is Truly Twirl-worthy!

This is my story for Chico’s, and I hope you might see a little bit of yourself in here, too.

Here’s the thing about women.
We’re beautiful.

Whether we’re talking about inner beauty, or outer beauty.

And women have a longing, no matter what our age, to feel that our own very unique beauty is being appreciated.

When I was little, I demonstrated that longing through playing dress-up.  I remember loving trying on dresses I deemed “twirl-worthy”. You know: the kind of dress that makes a little girl want to do a little twirl, when she walks into a room.

So, this summer, when a dear friend of mine told me that after dating the same fellow for 21 years, that they’d decided to get married, after I picked myself up off the floor from the dead faint I’d collapsed into – (hey, they’re both in their 60’s) – and after I’d squeeeeeed for joy and generally expressed to her my happiness for her,  – I started asking her for wedding details.

Venue. Wedding Color. Type of dress she would wear. Overall mood of ceremony. 

Because I wanted something to twirl in, on this most extraordinary and wonderful occasion.

My dear friend has been my friend for 36 years. Friendships like that don’t come along every day. Occasions like this don’t come along every day.

But even so, I knew that our budget was non-existent. If you know me, or follow my posts, you’ll know that my husband is an Emmy-nominated music producer here in Nashville, but that due to changes in the music business, work has become more and more scarce. We’re scraping to get by, and a clothing allowance is not even CLOSE to being on my radar! 

And Then A Sort of Miracle Happened

That’s why I was so thrilled to have been contacted by Chico’s, whom I connected with due to their sponsorship of the BAM conference, a conference for Bloggers at Midlife, in Las Vegas. With their,#HelloImFabulous campaign, Chico’s encourages women to find that confidence they need, to allow not just their outward beauty, but their inner beauty to shine through.

Confidence is what allows us to look our very best. When we feel like we look fabulous, it’s easier to be LESS self-conscious (because we’re no longer worried about our own appearance), and to be more OTHER-conscious. And that is ALWAYS beautiful. 

Chico’s believes that women of a certain age ARE fabulous. Beautiful clothes merely enhance the beauty that is already there in a woman, waiting to be unveiled. 

This bracelet from Chico's was perfect for the dress, and I absolutely loved it.

This bracelet from Chico’s was perfect for the dress, and I absolutely loved it. The sales associate, Debbie, helped me pick it out.

So could there be anything MORE fabulous, than this occasion, where my friend, a woman of a certain age, who, while celebrating her already existing relationship, was ready to take a step into a promise-making ceremony that celebrated a new beginning, of sorts. A new phase of their relationship?

I would hasten to add that weddings aren’t the only examples of new beginnings. I know lots of women my age who are stepping out and taking risks by going back to school, entering into new careers, and trying things they’ve never done before. I’m taking my own risks, by writing, by learning about social media, by blogging, and hopefully soon, by learning about publishing my own cookbook. This is a FABULOUS time of life! Growth doesn’t have to stop!

I’d venture to guess that YOU might have some new beginnings on YOUR horizon as well!

My Story for Chico's: Fashion to Make You Feel Fabulous. This is an Outfit from Chico's that is Truly Twirl-worthy!

I love the back of the dress, too. You can see the bow detail at the neckline.

Life is always fresh, and new, when we take the time to notice it. Each new day gives us the opportunity to start over, and to celebrate those things which are good, and beautiful,  if we only have the eyes to see them.

Age really is just a number.
And love, and beauty, are eternal.

For such an occasion as my friend’s wedding, I needed a twirl-worthy dress! Yet…with  no budget…

And then, Chico’s contacted me with this opportunity. 

Their sales associates were a dream to work with. And I found a dress perfect for an outdoor venue, using my friend’s wedding colors. And the neckline of my dress echoed the neckline of her dress, as she had described it to me.

And because I look for God, in every aspect of my life, I thought of this: 

Jesus said, “Why do you worry about clothes?  Think about the lilies of the field. They neither labor nor spin – and yet King Solomon, in all HIS glory didn’t have clothes as pretty as theirs.”
He told us not to worry about what we would wear, for if God so clothed the lilies, weren’t we more important than they? 

My Story for Chico's: Fashion to Make You Feel Fabulous. This is an Outfit from Chico's that is Truly Twirl-worthy!

Can you tell that I felt pretty?

Well, this summer, I’m thinking maybe I should change MY name to  “Lily” – (and did you know that the name Susan MEANS Lily?) – because I really feel that on this most special of occasions, God used Chico’s to clothe ME, when I had no money to do so myself, in lovely, lovely clothes!  

Talk about a blessing!

I’m excited. I’m grateful. 

That’s my story.

When it comes to feeling beautiful, what does it for you? Is it an inner beauty? An outer beauty? A combination thereof?

Or have you ever even realized your own beauty?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Leave me a comment!


Thursday 14th of July 2016

I hate that you must scrape and scrimp but I love how you navigate it. You are an inspiration and model (both kinds-ha) for gratefulness. I love the bracelet too.


Friday 8th of July 2016

You look stunning! The dress is great too! I love Lily and that scripture is perfect. For me, years ago, it said Why worry about WASHING clothes? at a time when I was concerned about washing my baby's diapers... I love that God has our needs under His control. And, I love that Chico's was His hand for you! xo

Susan Williams

Friday 8th of July 2016

Right? It's not every day you get to know that someone believes it was God who used you in their life!

Donna Tagliaferri

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Beautiful story, thank you for sharing. It is just the kind of story I needed to hear today. Much love to you, and you look beautiful!! My recent post Our Weaknesses Can be our Strengths

Susan Williams

Friday 8th of July 2016

You know, Donna, I believe maybe our whole country needs to look for the good.


Thursday 7th of July 2016

Love love love Chico's! Been shopping with them for years and couldn't wait to become a Passport Member! Your dress is divine! You'll get a lot of wear out of it! It's perfect for anything! My recent post Vegetarian Fare at Thali Too in New Haven CT

Susan Williams

Friday 8th of July 2016

Thanks, Bonnie. Isn't Chico's pretty awesome?


Thursday 7th of July 2016

I love this story Susan. You look beautiful and so happy.

Susan Williams

Friday 8th of July 2016

Thank you, Cheri! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you stopped by!