It's not often that i become smitten to this degree with a store, I tend to just shop where i can try to find what suits my body more. One day there was an angel dropped from shopping heaven an her name is Rachel Kacenjar Owner of Re/Dress very amazing shop incline for the curvier, fuller body types or as i like to call them goddesses.
I was invited to the grand opening party for the store in Tremont, OH. There i found an energetic staff that was both nice and helpful and quickly went shopping, I found this one dress on a rack and usually i know not to get my hopes up, never in my size. Well boy was i wrong every thing in this store could in fact fit me and there it started running in the dressing room to try on this gem, I felt like it was christmas morning as i quickly took off my clothing and slipped into the blue wonder that was this dress. IT FIT PERFECTLY! I was so in love, smitten and in my lust i simply handed the sales girl my card and said "ILL TAKE IT AND AM WEARING IT OUT!" tags came off and my shall on and i waltz over to Rachel and stated "I have never done this" Finished my transaction and the price well perfect too!. A Euphoric High was administered by a such a simple action.
Let me tell you why Re/Dress ROCKS!
They devote their merchandise to woman from sizes XL to 4X, All you in between sizes they have things for you too. They carry bigger sizes in vintage clothing!
Their have everything, In my eyes the accessories can make the outfit work, let's face it a new outfit is just like a new hair cut for some of us and the accessories are a part of our individual iconography that really make the look us and more then us individual.
Re/Dress also carries independent designers, The ship makes sure they bring fun prints and individual looks that are such a hit with many people. The fabulous costumer service just makes my heart flutter, A customer mention during their resent visit "I'm among my people" to her mother as she shopped with other curvy goddesses. I yet again had the pleasure of shopping their end of year sale this past Sunday, December 29th, 2013 - I was on a hunt and yes i found just what i wanted!
To my lovely surprise they had, A Make Up Artist on hand, Alteration Professional, Hair Styling Guru and Fashion Advisors at anyones shopping disposal at no cost. Also a wonderful snack bar :)
I started looking at everything and found a grey sweater dress perfect for Cleveland Weather, A vintage Green Scarf and a lovely boyfriend cardigan in a bluish grey. I got my hair braided and not to mention made new friends and saw some old. Again customer service at this store is amazing! The girls were ready and willing to help you with anything you may have had questions with and it was really hard not to take all the clothing off the rack and play dress up.
I strongly suggest you pay this store a visit, Is worth your time and not to mention treating your self to something new and fun! :) <3 Trust me when i say being a fan from the moment i walked in you will not regret it :)
Re/Dress CLE is located at 2678 W.14th street in Cleveland, Ohio's Tremont district! Come through the door to our shared space with A Separate Reality to enter our store.
Hours of operation:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12pm-8pm
We are also available for private appointments Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm-8pm. Private appointments are free and can be made by calling 440-941-2482. Please call at least 48 hours in advance to make an appointment. We will reach you within a day's time to confirm your appointment time!
Fittings and style consultations are available during your private appointment for an extra fee.
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My mind was so busy, My heart was in pain.... it seemed that i have made a poor decision ... I thought. Today? This Show? My Body? I never realized how much i depended on that body stocking... When i was packing i did put it in the bag, I may need it i thought to my self... I really do need it... I NEED IT!
I reassured by friends and colleges that i would be fine, the sheer fact that people were coming up to me telling me how i touched them with my story made me so nervous. My story? What did i do? nothing yet...
Prepping was not easy... time had come to pick... and i made my choice as i was assisted by Dot Mitzvah over my stupid thought my private parts would show or as i put it "what if my vagina falls out?" she giggled... I was told to tape my under where down to my skin .. yeah.. i did.. I feel bad for drag queens now..
The pasties were on and the pantie in place... I ran to Cheeky Cheetah and showed her so she could check... she said it looked great... The doors are open... Cue Panic Mode...
I was walking in circles... my mind was busy and my heart felt like it was going to explode... Friends really were there for me.. It was like a family reunion. Festivals always are but why why was i going back and forth about my body?I did escape to the bathroom with my bag.. and i almost put the stocking on... almost instead in my knees i started to cry, After calming down i said- I should be fine. The show had started.. I even ran tech... We good right? Right? I fixed my make up in the stall and walked out like nothing ever happened.
The acts seem to move slowly at first but then before i knew it it was time to go back stage and get ready. As i slipped into my costume and was glittered and assisted by the kittens (stage hands) Panic Attack- keep calm... keep calm.. breathing... then our of nowhere it seem like "From Cleveland Ohio Bella Sin!"- MC Called my name... I looked up to the ceiling and went... Are you with me? I recall now i may have been speaking to my poppy.. he had recently passed..
So There i was on stage going thru my song.. Oddly aware of everything around me.. First time ever this has happen and i was trying to control my emotions..
First The Glittering Rhinestone Gloves, Then The Baby Blue Dress Slides Off and Then I realize the dress is off... Shit! then the 6000 rhinestone bra hit the floor shortly after followed by my gold beaded shimmy pattern ... All left is my gold glittered tasseled pasties, Glittering Rhinestone gold fringe pantie and my nude tights and glittering shoes... then it hit me... THIS IS ME! AM OUT! The Crow was going crazy and cheering.. mind you most of them did not know this was my first time really taking it off going bare!
I took my bow and went back stage.. where i promptly held my tears back and got dressed.. Minor thing about being nervous you forget your underwear is taped to your private area.. yeah... (ouch)...
got ready and To this moment i can't put it into words that can amount the proper description... but my best try was... Im Free! after i steeped out i was told i was great and all that it was like walking in a tunnel... i was aware but i was not there... My friends hugged me other burlesque girls congratulating me as if i have won something.
Then it Hit... I Did- After 11 years all i have ever wanted to do is accept my self mind body and soul... and at that very moment i realize like never before YOU ARE FREE! YOU ARE YOU! YOU LOVE YOUR SELF! YOU ACCEPT YOUR SELF! Then I was just trying not to cry.. sooooo hard... i did take a moment to my self and went to the restroom... shut the door and broke down..It was over! IT WAS OVER! and 1 day before my 29 birthday Dec 2nd 2013 I had achieve the task of 11 years.
To Show My Self On Stage... it took me 11 years to bare my self in stages... 11 years to accept it..
Thank you to all who have been part of this achievement, I scored 111 in total out of 150 :)I did not walk out with a crown or trophy but i came out with some thing more valuable more glittering then anything i could have asked for... From The bottom of the floor i broke thru and flew and now am flying... just look up since am soaring! Tonight is my debut in my home town of Cleveland... and am very happy about it!
The Body Stocking is something i no longer depend on but some thing i can choose from if i want to a simple prop... Now is just me! - B
Burlesque Performer and every day glitter seeking glamour lover!