WVW: What V Wore

WVW: The Jolie Foley*

Last Friday was date night. At noon I had no idea where I was going or more important, what I would wear. Half the reason I insist on periodic date nights is purely so I can flex my sartorial muscle beyond office wear and gym wear. Donning heels and something totally not office appropriate every once in a while is de rigueur for my sanity.

Back to noon on Friday. I’m eating lunch while working from home, and a quarter of the way into my Wendy’s BLT Cobb salad, the doorbell rings. My fashion fairy godmother (in the form of a UPS delivery man) bestowed upon me a HUGE box that I was expecting, but not quite so soon (yay!). With a wild look on my face (and a bemused one Hubby’s), I sprinted for the scissors and began hacking my way into the box.

Eventually, I unearthed a fantastic frock from equally fantastic brand Foley + Corinna. And then, in true blogger fashion, I tweeted this:

@gritandglamour: UPS man at my door. Big @foleyandcorinna box delivered. Weekend made.

What was it? Oh, just the Long Jersey Dolman Dress, courtesy of Foley + Corinna. Just my perfect date night dress.

Why do I love this dramatic long dress? Oh, let me count the ways…

A well-hidden slit—and reversible leather belt with fringe ties—as far as the eye can see. Don’t let that slit scare you…it only opens with a good, strong wind (or if you want it to). T-shirt-like jersey that’s as comfy as your favorite old bathrobe. The breathtaking draped, open back. And the fact that my new Max Azria half-front sandals happened to match the belt perfectly. Another bonus. See? Meant to be.

OK, so why the Jolie Foley?

I know when Americans see “Jolie,” they think of Angelina. Jolie actually means “pretty” in French (Jolie’s mum happened to be a Frenchie). Enter another lovely Frenchism, the double entendre. Fully applicable in this instance.

While I do think the dress is très jolie, I took these photos before stepping out for a date with Hubby, remember? On said date, in between appetizers and our main course, I slipped to the powder room to reapply my MAC Vegas Volt lippie. While there, a lass complimented me on the dress, saying “It looks like something Angelina Jolie would wear,” and asked where I got it. She’s right, I thought, as I conjured images of Jolie in long dresses of this ilk.

Eyes gleaming (and not just because I’d had a couple martinis), I turned to her and replied, “Thank you. It’s Foley and Corinna. I’m a fashion blogger and they actually sent it to me.”

Who needed dessert after all that? Not me. My day—and night—were already sweet enough.

*WVW = What V Wore
Dress: Courtesy of Foley + Corinna • Belt: Courtesy of Foley + Corinna • Heels: Max Azria • Bag: LOFT • Rings: BCBG

PS: I was feeling all kinds of French in this post, wasn’t I? Beautiful language. Thought of you when writing it, Antoine.
And thanks to Hubby who kind of begrudgingly suffered me as model and picky artistic director while taking these shots.

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. April 11, 2011 at 12:24 am — Reply

    Beautiful dress and you look fab. I love the drape in the back and the way the dress flatters the figure. The slit is a little high but I could work it too. Perfect for a date night and your shoes are so fierce.
    I will have to check out Foley + Corinna designs.

    Tres chic!


  2. April 11, 2011 at 12:25 am — Reply

    Awwww, I adore the happy ending to this post. Yes appreciate sweetness everywhere!!!

    P.S- I love strangers who comment on outfits, I do this all the time because you can see how happy it makes people. And when lovely strangers do this to me I get so excited I practically draw a map to where they can find it. Cheers to the compliments from strangers!!

    Lastly, YOU LOOK AMAZING. Super stunning the dress is just soooo perfect on you. Love the slit and the low back.
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  3. April 11, 2011 at 1:03 am — Reply

    How funny – before I even got past the first photo I thought “That’s very Angelina Jolie-ish!”. Looking great, V! Hope you enjoyed date night!
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  4. April 11, 2011 at 1:39 am — Reply

    I loooove this! The open back and that slit to there bottom is just sexy enough without being trashy. So hot and chic!
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  5. April 11, 2011 at 1:42 am — Reply

    Whoa!! Girl – Angie has nothing on YOU! You look amazing! I think you definitely ROCK this dress. It does look like something she would wear (get lost in) but you look WAY better in it!
    I too always compliment people’s outfits or parts I like. It does just make someone’s day and you can tell the compliment means alot to them. Love spreading the fashion joy!!
    How great that they sent you a dress!!
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  6. April 11, 2011 at 1:49 am — Reply

    Such a great dress…. and an equally lucky fashion blogger!!!!!
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  7. April 11, 2011 at 2:26 am — Reply

    Did Foley & Corinna design that dress specifically with you in mind?! It absolutely looks like it was made for you!
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  8. April 11, 2011 at 3:56 am — Reply

    Aaaah, mais oui, ma cherie, it was destiny.

    You look amazing -as in heart stoppingly beautiful. I love everything about your look, so flowy, so sensual, so chic I don`t know what to do with my self. And, I would like to point out, this look is my kind of practical (can open if you want to.. HA! J`adore!)


    x Anika
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  9. April 11, 2011 at 4:11 am — Reply

    Gah, you’re so cool V. I wanna be just like you someday.

    You look amazing!!!!

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  10. April 11, 2011 at 4:17 am — Reply

    That dress loves you Vahni, It is beautiful but you take it to the level of perfection: classy and chic.
    Such wonderful photos, too my dear friend.
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  11. April 11, 2011 at 5:12 am — Reply

    Gorgeous dress, u look stunning! X

  12. April 11, 2011 at 5:44 am — Reply

    Beating Angelina at her own game and looking tres jolie!! RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/fq7Aga

  13. April 11, 2011 at 5:59 am — Reply

    GORGEOUS dress…and you look gorgeous in it…..congrats on the compliment….I would have been swooning too:)
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  14. April 11, 2011 at 6:40 am — Reply

    Oh, my V … what an absolutely stunning dress?! Love, love, love.
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  15. April 11, 2011 at 8:00 am — Reply

    This post makes me want to ask V out for a date! She is simply stunning. RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/i4earZ

  16. April 11, 2011 at 8:43 am — Reply

    You look so beautiful in these photos. The dress is great, especially that back! I love it that the color pop came through the nails.

  17. April 11, 2011 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Wow, V, You look gorgeous! That dress is stunning. I LOVE how flowy it is it. So beautiful.
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  18. April 11, 2011 at 9:17 am — Reply


    I don’t even know what to day without sounding like a complete fangirl. You look AMAZING – that dress looks like it was made for you.

    First, I didn’t even know Foley + Corina designed anything other than handbags. Where have I been this whole time?

    Second, that dress is truly a beautiful piece of art. The draping, that slit, THAT back… perfection. A dress like that can often be overpowering and look like it is wearing the person instead of the other way around… but not here. It looks like it was designed just for you, and you wear it well.

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  19. April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am — Reply

    I ADORE your Frenchisms in this post! Jolie is the one French word my friends seem to have learned from me, so it’s used often and unnecessarily in our conversations, lol.

    This dress is gorgeous on you! The fabric, back drape, and long slit are perfection on you!
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  20. April 11, 2011 at 9:27 am — Reply

    You look amazing in that dress. It’s beautiful and the woman wearing it is even more so! Love how dramatic and stylish it is, suits your hair and sandals so well. xxx
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  21. April 11, 2011 at 9:31 am — Reply

    LOVE the dress V. So elegant. I’m not one to wear sleeveless or strapless, so I love that this is still so chic and has sleeves! You look stunning 🙂

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  22. April 11, 2011 at 9:38 am — Reply

    Breath taking. Gorgeous. Trés Belle! Le Magnifique! You look amazing Vahni! x
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  23. April 11, 2011 at 9:44 am — Reply

    Ah-mazing. YOU look amazing! I could see this wonderfully liquid frock garnering many more compliments for you for years- the cut is so timeless, I can see this a wardrobe staple for you for many years to come.
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  24. April 11, 2011 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Ah-mazing. YOU look amazing! I could see this wonderfully liquid frock garnering many more compliments for you for years- the cut is so timeless, I can see this a wardrobe staple for you for many years to come.
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  25. April 11, 2011 at 9:45 am — Reply

    OMG I love this! It’s sexy yet not too revealing. Absolutely perfect for you, V! I’m checking that brand out ASAP!
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  26. April 11, 2011 at 9:57 am — Reply

    OMG, this dress is Fierce girl!!! So simple yet the cut is absolutely stunning! I know I’d be rocking the mess out of that slit on the side! 🙂
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  27. April 11, 2011 at 11:13 am — Reply

    Superb dress, really really cool shoes – and a wonderful story to top it all! 🙂
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  28. April 11, 2011 at 11:39 am — Reply

    You look stunning, the dress DOES indeed look like it was made for you! I can’t wait to show off my own Foley + Corinna items, aren’t they the bestest? I picked out a leopard burnout backless dress that I can’t wait to wear the next time I have excuse!
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  29. April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    What gorgeous treats! The back swoop is magnificent. I wouldn’t need dessert either, with a couple of martinis in me, a beautiful dress and chic bag to wear to a date night, a thoughtful ladies’ room compliment, and a blog reference. Did you give her one of your cards? 😀
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  30. April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    The stunning V everyone! You look I N C R E D I B L E!! This should be on a cover of a mag: The V dress Sessions! My favourite is the back part of the dress. (of course those sandals were already on the loving list). I’m obsessed with fringe, actually in the middle of a DIY project for a future post. -xo

  31. April 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    I like to have date nights with my partner, too. Even though we’ve been together for a very long time, it’s still nice to have special evenings out together. What can I say about this look? One word: elegant!
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  32. April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    I, too love when I’m expecting a package and the delivery guy walks to my doorstep. It’s the best feeling!!!

    This dress is GORGEOUS!!! You look sexy girl!!! I love everything about this dress, and yes it does look like something Angeline Jolie has worn before, but who cares. You look hot in it and if I were you I’d wear it everyday. Lol.
    No, but really Wow! Stunning V. You deserve the best look of the week. I’m soooo digging this outfit. You should post this look on The Wear to go Girls’ facebook page for a chance to be featured for best look of the week.


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  33. April 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: WVW: The Jolie Foley {featuring @foleyandcorinna http://t.co/k0F9l4d

  34. April 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: WVW: The Jolie Foley {featuring @foleyandcorinna} http://t.co/k0F9l4d

  35. April 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    Twit twoooo! You look stunning in the dress, perfect for a date night. I love the draping on the back and I love the thigh length slit as well just to add a bit of glamour. You’re right the max azria shoes go perfectly with the belt, a great combination.

    One thing I did notice which is completely off the subject matter of the post was you said ” a lass complimented me” I didn’t realise you used the word lass in the US I thought it was a good that us folk in the north of England and Scotland used?

    But back on topic again anyway, perfect timing to get the dress as well… it’s a fantastic look.

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    • April 13, 2011 at 7:38 am — Reply

      HAAAA! Thank you, Arash.

      RE: Lass. Not commonly used in the U.S. I’m a little different, being an wordsmith, the child of European parents, and married to an Aussie. I use a crazy blend of Southern American, English, and Australian colloquialisms! I do wish more people used lass, though. It’s a sweet word.

  36. April 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    GORGEOUS V!! “@gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: WVW: The Jolie Foley {featuring @foleyandcorinna} http://t.co/k0F9l4d”

  37. April 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    aaaahhh! I love it, V! It’s absolutely fantastic and kudos to you on the partnership with Foley + Corinna! That is pretty freakin awesome!! You look stunning!
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  38. April 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm — Reply

    Mon Dieu, V! C’est magnifique et très jolie! I like Arash’s whistle, too; I second that.

    I love a good Dolman top and I (more recently, since I just realized I can still wear them at 5’5″) love a good long/maxi dress, but if someone had suggested combining the two I would have thought it would be way overkill. But it completely works! And then the slit and the low back and the belt, all these amazing elements working together. It’s the coolest dress ever – which of course means it was made for you!

  39. April 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    Vahni you look gorgeous! RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/fq7Aga

  40. April 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    And this outfit (utterly) is “Vahnilicious”, (slightly Fetish) ôde to your exuding “GLAMazon-ittude” Dear !!! I can’t help BUT vote for this uber sensuous back cleavage, the way this kind of unveiling can betray an (uber bewitching) “worn next to the skin” effect (“shy smile”) . . .
    ps: AAaaw Merci INFINIMENT pour cet hommage spontané, ce serait (vraiment) un Plaisir d’être ton “cyber professeur de Français” Dear !!!
    à Bientôt, Antoine
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    • April 13, 2011 at 7:35 am — Reply

      Merci mon professeur!

  41. Grit and Glamour
    April 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Thanks to you! xo RT @foleyandcorinna: Vahni you look gorgeous! RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/fq7Aga

  42. April 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    I need,I want,have2have RT @ModanistaJunkie any1 see V's recent post? WOW!! RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/fq7Aga

  43. April 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: @Fashnlvr9: Beating Angelina at her own game and looking tres jolie!! WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/fq7Aga

  44. April 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much! RT @considermeluvly: GORGEOUS V!! FRESH OUT: WVW: The Jolie Foley {featuring @foleyandcorinna} http://t.co/k0F9l4d”

  45. April 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    xoxo RT @anikabyanika: This post makes me want to ask V out for a date! She is simply stunning. WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/i4earZ

  46. April 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    You look stunning! This dress was made for you!
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  47. April 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm — Reply

    Queen V rocking @foleyandcorinna. Inspired! RT @gritandglamour: WVW: The Jolie Foley* http://bit.ly/i4earZ

  48. April 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    This would make my weekend too!! What an elegant, romantic, classy and chic dress! There are not enough words to describe it. You have styled it to perfection…Love.

  49. April 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    hot dog. if that dress and pose doesn’t scream date then i don’t know what does.

  50. April 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    It’s gorgeous! I love that UPS box at the door feeling, unfortunately the box I found at the door today contained a dress that just didn’t quite do it. Sigh. Back it goes.

    But yours is wonderful. I hope you had a fab time on your date night. Like you, I find it’s a must for my sanity. The shots I did in my last post at Union Station were on date night too.

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  51. April 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm — Reply

    Seems like you had the perfect night! Seriously? First a Free Beautiful dress, and to end the night with such a lovely compliment! I am happy for you! lol

    It truly is stunning, and reading this made me feel very at ease. 🙂
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  52. April 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    Sexy and elegant!
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  53. April 12, 2011 at 8:55 am — Reply

    What perfect timing for this dress to arrive! You are a vision! The dress is perfect for you. I’m crazy about an open back and I hope for your hubby that it was an especially windy evening 😉 xoxo
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  54. April 12, 2011 at 9:27 am — Reply

    I’m speechless! Such a fabulous post, and what a beautiful dress! You look simply stunning.
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  55. April 12, 2011 at 10:55 am — Reply

    your photos are so dreamy. I love the romantic aspect of them
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    • April 19, 2011 at 9:28 am — Reply

      Wow, thank you Lauren! And I’m always thinking I could do better.

  56. April 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    every. single. part of this outfit is purely amazing!! WOW!!! Even the shoes. Perfection, lady!!
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  57. April 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    wow i love your dress

  58. April 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    I love all the word play and double entendres…French is a beautiful language to compliment a beautiful dress. Sounds like the ultimate day for a fashion blogger, gifts, dinner, compliments on the ensemble. Parfait!
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  59. April 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I was reading my tweets these past few days and I was wondering why the commotion about V’s current post…I was not able to find time to blog visit but I am trying so hard to visit and check your post before going out for my vacation…and WOWWW!!!! I think I just dropped my jaw…I know this could be the 100th compliment you will ever receive from this dress and this post…but YES V! you are a goddess…I love it…just perfect!!!!


  60. April 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    It is striking on you with your skin tone, dark hair and statuesque model frame. Foley + Corinna made a wise choice to send it to you!
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    • April 13, 2011 at 7:34 am — Reply

      Thank you Ambuji!

  61. April 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    vahni you look AMAZING!!!!! foley and corinna is a new discovery for me, i hadn’t really known about them before a few weeks ago. but i am loving the items i bought from them. your clutch is wonderful! and this long dress looks absolutely stunning on you. you’re such a goddess!!
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    • April 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm — Reply

      lol, i just had to mention that i’ve been sitting here staring at the drape on the back of the dress for something like 5 minutes. it’s so gorgeous. mega bravo to foley + corinna.
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      • April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am — Reply

        Aw thanks, Kristy!

  62. April 13, 2011 at 4:03 am — Reply

    OMG…. You should be next to me when I open this post. Even J got scared when I screamed so loud.. hahaha
    You look fabulous in this long frock.
    Hubby must feel the luckiest man…
    Ps.. I want to say sorry V for not visiting your site lately, as you know I was on holiday and having lots of dramas to get internet access sometimes… but I am back.

    Lee x
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    • April 13, 2011 at 7:34 am — Reply

      Ha! Thanks Lee, I can imagine the scenario you just described.

      No worries about visiting! I know you get here when you can. We’re all busy!

      Miss you. Hug to J. xo

  63. April 13, 2011 at 10:19 am — Reply

    Having sever palpitations at the gorgeousness of this dress! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I love, love, love it 🙂 xx
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  64. April 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    Yes, tres magnifique! You look beautiful and that slit is uber sexy love!
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  65. April 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    How funny that you got that comment about Angelina in your Jolie dress. Did Foley & Corina pick this out for you? Because it’s definitely your style to a T!

    On another note, don’t you love it when packages come right on time? My Vena Cava leather skirt from Gilt arrived at my door at 4 o’clock on a day I had an event at 6. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

  66. April 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    This is so simple and so elegant. Angelina has nothing on you…
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  67. April 15, 2011 at 8:24 am — Reply

    I love that dress! Beautiful flowy maxi dresses always scream summer to me – yes, even when they are black 🙂

  68. April 15, 2011 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Those shoes are RIDIC! Love them!


  69. April 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    Wow, wow & woooow again!! This dress is incredibly amazing 😀 Im in love <3 <3
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  70. April 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    Well, my goodness! So many unbelievably kind comments. Thank you all so very much! Thrilled that you thought this dress is as special as I did.

    Big thanks to Foley + Corinna for providing the dress. You made an absolute winner!

  71. April 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Still can’t get over this stunning @foleyandcorinna dress V’s wearing! It can go from day to night. http://bit.ly/fq7Aga via @gritandglamour

  72. RT @WearToGoGirls: Still can’t get over this stunning @foleyandcorinna dress V’s wearing! It can go from day to night. http://bit.ly/fq7Aga via @gritandglamour

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