I saw this dress in a store window when in Seattle for meetings on Friday and can’t get it out of my mind. The store, Luly Yang Couture, was next to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, so there was no glimmer of hope that I could afford to even walk through the doors, let alone try on – or purchase – such a lovely dress. The dress is called “Monarch Butterfly” and is a silk taffeta corset and ball skirt, trimmed with ostrich feathers and Swarovski crystals. Price tag? $25,000.

Really. Only $25,000.

I can’t get this dress out of my mind and am now on the search for a butterfly dress of my own. Maybe something a little more casual – and certainly something that doesn’t include a comma in the price tag. I don’t normally feel such a strong desire to own a dress, but imagine that it might have something to do with a life-long obsession with butterflies. One that saw me desiring a butterfly tattoo on my ankle when I was a teenager. But don’t worry, I grew out of that desire!*

Anyhow, if anyone wants to buy this for me, I’d be more than happy to receive the gift. If anyone wants to stitch a fake Monarch dress for me, I’ll happily send you my measurements!!

* This isn’t to confirm or deny the desire for other tattoos in other locations nor is it meant to confirm or deny the existence of tattoos on my person at this time.

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