How Ted Dekker Got Me The Perfect Tea Party Dress

by - March 10, 2014

How Ted Dekker Got Me The Perfect Tea Party Dress - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

The day after I purchased three more of his books I got an email saying that Ted Dekker was the keynote speaker at a conference I'd already decided to attend. To say I was excited is to put it mildly.

And to be clear, excited means I felt like I was going to throw up.

I want to be classy and eloquent and memorable. 

I have a better chance of being a dorky, stuttering book geek. Or bursting into tears. Or both.

This is causing me some anxiety.

And the most important thing of all - WHAT WILL I WEAR???

So when a text from my sister asked if I wanted to go with her to Value Village I responded with:

I need a 'meet Ted Dekker' outfit
Her: Yes you do. Something slinky?

I also, wanted...some spring clothes because I'm so tired of this tired season and all its bulky sweaters. For the last three days we've climbed over freezing for a significant portion of the day. It is time.

I adore thrifting. It's an adventure, digging through racks and racks of 'never-know-what-you're-going-to-find' and actually discovering something you want to take home.

This trip was a huge success. $50 for 9 items! {It was a half-off sale!}

thrift store finds

thrift store finds, lace top

I'm sure I'll be able to create something worthy of The Big Meeting among my lovely spoils. {T minus 96 days! Ack!!}

And had I not been searching for such an outfit I would never have found The Perfect Tea Party Dress.

The Perfect Tea Party Dress - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

I can't even properly articulate how I felt when I put this dress on. I was immediately picturing garden parties and daisies in mason jars and twinkle lights in the trees. I felt like summertime. I felt romantic and lovely.

Needless to say, I will be planning a darling tea party for Noa's 6th birthday which gives me approximately five months to make the gardens perfect.

And if it weren't for Ted Dekker and my dorky book-geek vanity, I may never have found this and it would remain hanging between the fuschia prom dress and the denim jumper, poor thing.

I'm basically a hero.

You're welcome, Perfect Tea Party Dress, for pulling you from the despairing depths of a 1996 sandwich. 

Thank you, Monsieur Ted, for making me nervous enough to go shopping. {And please be gracious when I say something of absolute geekery like, " son did his speech on you last year."}

How Ted Dekker Got Me The Perfect Tea Party Dress - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

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  1. Heidi EastmanMarch 10, 2014

    That dress is adorable!

  2. yes adorable!

  3. Lovely! I will celebrate with you! Shopping and actually finding something you love...very special!

    1. Thanks :) I often feel silly when I post about frivolous things but sometimes it's the smallest things that bring joy and that's absolutely worth sharing!

  4. Fay NeilsonMarch 12, 2014

    Love it Alanna. You remind me of Mom (Grandma Austin)

    1. Aw, thank you, Fay. Was she a dorky romantic like me?


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