Dreams Really Do Come True…I Hope


How psyched am I that InStyle Magazine has declared the return of the bubble skirt?

Not only did I keep my bubble skirt senior prom dress (pictured at right…circa 1988) but I still have the shoes and my sparkly rhinestone earrings and bracelet (which is hidden under that 3-ton wrist corsage/casket spray).

The dress I’m wearing in the picture was fashioned by moi and sewn by my dear mother. We had gone round and round…kind of like a song by Ratt…(how did they score Milton Berle for their video?)…anyway…we had gone round and round about the color and material. But finally she grew tired of my whining and gave in…black on black. Oooo la la!

I’ve always loved black. Even today I will wear black about five out of seven days a week…it drives my mom insane. So, for my senior prom dress…I had to have a black velvet bodice on a black double-tiered moire taffeta bubble skirt. And, being the good little 80s girl that I was…I made Mom increase the size of the bow at the back of the skirt to roughly the width of a tractor trailer.

I was escorted by my then boyfriend, Ricky Blevins (replaced in the above photo with my fantasy dream date…Taylor Hicks), who was a tall college junior and who wore (at my demanding) a dusty pink tie and cummerbund. Wow…we looked awesome…if I say so myself.

And now that killer look is back…well, at least the bubble part is (as modeled at left by Mischa Barton, left, and Chloe Sevigny, right).

The bubble skirt of the millenium is a simple cocktail dress. InStyle is actually calling the look β€œclassic” with “a little bit of edge.”

Go figure…”classic”…that’s twice in one week I’ve used that word to describe something representing my youth. At least it’s considered to have a little edge…otherwise I’d feel as deflated as bubble skirts were in the 90s.

Now all I have to do is get down to my high school weight…pull my prom dress out of moth balls…dig out my taffeta shoes and rhinestones…head to Birmingham for next week’s American Idol concert…and score a date with Taylor.

Surely if the Fates could bring the bubble skirt back on the scene as “edgy fashion”…then getting me a date with Taylor Hicks would be a breeze.

MMmmmm…maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath.


19 Responses to “Dreams Really Do Come True…I Hope”

  1. TALK! Says:

    Of course his head is big…he’s with me!

    Great observation NOLA. πŸ˜‰

    Glad y’all like the post.

  2. Holeigh Says:

    Sexy dress, Shell! And that PhotoShop job is pretty much spot on, you could almost print that out and frame it!

    I agree with NOLA on her bubble skirt observations, most definitely, haha.

  3. TALK! Says:

    Thanks, Holeigh.

    By the way…so glad you posted today…I was e-mailing NOLA yesterday and asked if she had read this.

    It’s Stephen Kind and John Irving asking Rowling to NOT kill Potter. Ha!

  4. patrickkadiddlehopper Says:

    Classic is a word that has been slung around a lot these days. In my opinion, that dress is cool, pretty hip, and very nice looking. Unless you slap a $300 name on there most people wouldnt give it the time of day (not that dresses ask the time). I guess that goes to show how kids today have no sense of propriety when they dress. Most of it is, hey, I’ll go to school with my pants half-way to my ankles and a nose ring with my shirt collar all the way up. But I ramble…

  5. Holeigh Says:

    LOL, that is awesome! I don’t want Harry to die, either…I’m sure he would go in a very valiant way, but it would almost make the series kind of pointless, to kill him off. Not to mention sadder than hell.
    What really scares me is this, in “an epic saga, the hero has to fight alone.” We’ve heard a lot of that from her lately, but coupled with the 2 main characters that die, I’m thinking Hermione and Ron and that would kill me too.
    Either way, this book is gonna be heartbreaking, I’m almost glad we have a whole year before it comes out!

  6. TALK! Says:

    Holeigh said “but it would almost make the series kind of pointless, to kill him off.”

    Great point, my friend. I think that could apply to him losing the people he loves the most, as well.


    patrickkadiddlehopper, my watch tells me the time…does that count?


  7. bamaborntxbred Says:

    I’m laughing so hard at that pic. Thanks for starting my day that way!

    I had a hand made dress my junior year. Big mistake. I was very interested in not being like other people in high school…however, a satin, tang-colored, floor length, mermaid style dress was pushing it a little too far. Cringe. Senior year I redeemed myself with a store bought Jessica McClintock (braggart) gold sequined/gold lame over the knee dress…hell yeah, I was hot!

    I’ve seen tons of bubble skirt stuff out in the stores lately. OMG, everything is soo cute! Too bad I’m thirtyfrigginfour! Too old for bubble skirts. Sad.

    patrickkadiddlehopper: funny about the pants pulled up to the ankles. What’s that about anyway? I don’t really want to see anyone’s underwear.

  8. TALK! Says:

    Bama…I snorted coffee through my nose at “satin, tang-colored, floor length, mermaid style dress.”

    You rock!

    34, huh? Try being 36!

    I wear bubble skirts all the time…but only ’cause my ass is so inflated.

  9. bamaborntxbred Says:

    What can I say, I was a fashion maven in high school!

    I’ll try being 36 in a couple of years…how’s that??

    And, I just skip skirts all together and stick with bubble pants.

  10. TALK! Says:

    Sounds like a plan.

    Truth is…I haven’t worn a skirt in years.

    Bubble pants are the way to go. πŸ˜‰

  11. nolagirl Says:

    Bama: however, a satin, tang-colored, floor length, mermaid style dress was pushing it a little too far. Cringe. Senior year I redeemed myself with a store bought Jessica McClintock (braggart) gold sequined/gold lame over the knee dress…hell yeah, I was hot!

    ^^ And just where are the pics??? πŸ™‚

  12. bamaborntxbred Says:

    Well, Nola- the Senior year ones are in a box in my house. The Junior year ones are in an iron chest weighed down with cement blocks at the bottom of the Atlantic. (I’m sure once I’m shot to superstardom when I become Tay’s signifigant other, the pics will resurface. At this point, you or Shelley will be free to step in and take my place at Tay’s side…since he will run screaming from me.)

  13. nolagirl Says:

    Atlantic, huh? Any scuba divers in the house? πŸ˜‰

  14. suzi-q Says:

    Shell, you looked great in black then and now:) And the dress SET fashion. You guys cannot imagine the number of gathering stitches goes in to making a work of art like a bubble skirt, not to mention the boning on the strapless!!! Shell I loved the way you looked that night. Beautiful.

  15. suzi-q Says:

    “emmsug” that would be “Hemming” and sugar Shell was the toast of the town!!!

  16. patrickkadiddlehopper Says:

    In response to bamaborn…there is this little fashion in MS were guys think its cool to pull there pants down a little bit. This is probably because their moms buy them nice fitting pants that are probably a little to short length wise. So instead of looking like a geek, theyd rather look like a hoodie. So there.

  17. bamaborntxbred Says:

    P-kadiddlehopper: In Dallas I see guys wearing pants that are about 10x too big. They tuck their giant t-shirts into their boxers, wear their jeans around the bottom of their butt cheeks and let the hems pool around their feet. So weird.

    I mean, when I was a teen, all we did was rip our jeans up, splatter paint them, bleach them, roll them up at the ankles and wear them inside out. I’m sooo glad WE weren’t weird….;)

  18. double d Says:

    Yeah, put me down in the “made” Prom dress category too. A little longer ago than yours, Shel, when shiny taffeta was in…mine was teal blue…Don’t ask…

    Great pic! Taylor nevah looked bettah!

  19. TALK! Says:

    dd…i still would have shared my prom night limo with you and your date. πŸ˜‰

    teal is the color of taylor’s shirt from final performance show (right?)

    so all’s good.

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