Here’s how it went: One day before Bossy left on her (No) Book Tour, in the year 1693, Bossy submitted the above dress design to the catalogue clothing company, Shabby Apple, because they were holding a contest for the best dress design, but surprisingly Bossy didn’t win.
Equally surprising was the fact that one of the co-owners of Shabby Apple found Bossy’s online entry and thought it was a riot.
And then Bossy and the co-owner of Shabby Apple exchanged a few emails and became best friends forever. The end.
This wasn’t Bossy’s first experience with Shabby Apple — in fact one of Bossy’s favorite dresses is from Shabby Apple and is the kind of dress Bossy wears out to dinner and then promptly takes camping so she can sit in piles of melted marshmallows. And the dress still looks good.
So Bossy and the co-owner of Shabby Apple cooked up an idea to send Bossy on her 12,000-mile six-week (No) Book Tour with the Shabby Apple dress of her choosing. So Bossy perused the Shabby Apple website in order to select a dress, which is short for Bossy emailed the Delightful One every other minute for her opinion:
After much agonizing, Bossy and the Delightful One finally selected this dress:
And Bossy could hardly wait to stand in the desert like that! So fast forward to Bossy’s (No) Book Tour, which is coincidentally where we find Bossy this very day! Bossy had one criteria when packing for her road trip, which was this: the item needed to be able to roll up in a ball for days on end and still be passable.
Case in point: yesterday. Bossy spent all day working in an internet cafe along the Pacific Coast of California.
When Bossy was finished working she was so sleepy as to be rendered cross-eyed, and so Bossy and (Harrison) Ford navigated to a safe spot so Bossy could climb into the backseat and take a nap:
And out Bossy went like a light, where light equals the light sleep Bossy can’t seem to shed in order to fall into the deep sleep she so desperately needs. When Bossy woke up, which was only a handful of minutes before that evening’s (No) Book Tour meet-up in fancy Orange County, she was all:
What was more incriminating than the eye bags Bossy can tuck in her boyfriend jeans is the fact that Bossy had been wearing the same black tank top for two days. Two days plus the previous 14 days.
And so Bossy climbed into the front seat and went about the business of getting herself ready for the meet-up, where business equals Bossy should have one instead of this blogging crappola:
You are looking at Bossy’s dress laid out on her steering wheel while Bossy waited for the perfectly discreet time to shed her tank top and throw on the dress, which had been shoved in the bottom of her airless suitcase for days on end. And speaking of waiting for the perfectly discreet time, it’s amazing how someone can define that series of words after a certain someone has been living in their car for the past two and a half weeks.
After Bossy slipped on the dress and kicked off her Converse sneakers and applied some eyeliner, she was ready to go meet her Orange County council:
So. In no time Bossy was inside a very expensive restaurant not ordering an expensive entree while she cavorting with her awesome council, like Neil, Yvonne, Bossy’s host Kim, Suzanne, Tami, Beckey, and Kristen, with a special shout out to Meredith. It was really fun and Bossy loves you all from the bottom of her tired heart.
And Bossy can’t say enough about her dress and the shape it’s in after the punishing way it’s been kept — and it’s not the first time Bossy has worn the dress on her trip:
So thank you, Shabby Apple hold the shabby. If you’re into well-made classic dresses cut in the most flattering way and seamlessly constructed even after spending time in the bottom of an airless suitcase, consider a Shabby Apple dress for yourself! Neil Kramer, Bossy is looking at you.
Matthew saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Oh, sure. I get old tank top and converse while Neil gets hot dress and eyeliner. I see how it is.
BossysMom saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm
I don’t know about winning for the dress design, but shoes should have won….
darling dress by the way…darling in Nashville and beyond.
Lori saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Can Bossy tell us which product allowed her to go from eye bags to no bags in two quick scrolls of my mouse!
VDog saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm
AWWW you’s ADORBS!!!
See you SOON!! ZOMG SQUEE. 😛
BossysMom saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm
and….THAT’S my girl…quick change artist on the side of the road. See how easy that is and see how no one saw you… hi honey.
Missives From Suburbia saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Okay, but if we buy from them, can we just get dressed in our room?
linlah saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Car stripping is a finely honed art brought on by many long car trips.
elz saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Love Shabby Apple; every one of the dresses I’ve ordered have been fantastic. Hey, I’m even wearing one today! You look fantastic in that dress by the way. I’m completely impressed by car changing as I can barely squeeze to change seats when I have to climb in the passnger side!
Hippo Brigade saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm
You stripped in your car last night, and I pumped in mine. I tell ya, our cars were getting a lot of action.
It was fun, thanks for hanging out with us. And your dress was adorable.
ZDub saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm
ZDub would punch a kitten for to look like Bossy in that dress.
P.S. I wouldn’t really punch a kitten.
Jennatjugglinglife saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Your hot bod in the purple dress renders eye bags invisible.
APeetsMom saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm
It was great to meet you and the rest of the council – and you looked MAH-VELOUS in your roadside shabby dress! We all wish we could pull off that look so quickly! Have a safe rest of your (NO) Book Tour!
WebSavvyMom saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm
–>Bossy is more beautiful than The Housewives of Orange County (not pictured) in her cute dress.
ann's rants saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Back when I used to need one, I could take off my bra without taking off my shirt (through the sleeve, dontchakno).
Helpful for car changes. I’ll show you when you get to Madison.
Twenty Four At Heart saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Yay – you’re adorable! Had so much fun meeting up w/you and the rest of the council. Neil would be fabulous in a Shabby dress. I’d like to see him surf in one. He just needs a little more time to be converted into a Californian …
Em saysApril 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm
We’ve gotta find a way to get you more sleep. Maybe the LA Council can come up with something.
Franca Bollo saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
OMGah! Super Bossy but with a car instead of a phone booth. I’m going to start rethinking eyeliner.
Tami Wyatt saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Even though I was so quiet last night I had a wonderful time meeting you and the rest of the OC council. I feel as though I’ve made a hanful of new friends and it’s all because of you. Thank you, Bossy, you rock in so many ways!
jacquie saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm
You TOTALLY could have recreated that weird catalog shot for your pretty dress. I can’t decide if the model is playing “stranded” or “where shall I bury the head?”
When my 11 year old son is forced to change in the car, he is so insistent that no one look at him that it’s all we can do to tear our eyes away.
San Diego misses you, Bossy!
(and my comments only show up if I delete my website info from the sign in box)
jacquie saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm
I’m pretending like I have more to say because i want to try the comments again. Imagine interesting and smart words, yada yada…
Reeb saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm
I like the black and white clock in the Nashville photo.
Nice dress, too. Of course, with a waist like that, what dress wouldn’t be?
Reeb saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Hey, Bossys Council people who have really met her: how DOES she stay so slim and sleek? Somebody, tell me.
meleah rebeccah saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Meleah thinks Bossy looks freaking FABULOUS in that purple Shabby Apple dress!
Bellacantare saysApril 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm
I heart that dress. Love the color too. I think I need to go check out this website ASAP (meaning, as soon as I get home because somehow BOSSY is the only website I’m allowed to view from work. Not that I’m blogging at work…this is all hypothetical…shhhh)
Meg at the Members Lounge saysApril 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Not only do you look fantastic, I just now bought myself the perfect black dress! Thanks BOSSY!
Kelly saysApril 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm
Great dress and great color on you. Inspired to go check out their web site.
And hey, I’ve got that same lamp as your Nashville friend. (But it’s not in the bathroom.)
dgm saysApril 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Dangit–I missed you in that lovely dress AND Beckey pumping in her car! Why does everyone else get to have all the fun? That color/style look fantastic on you.
Suebob saysApril 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Well, it helps that you ALWAYS look great…but that is a really good dress.
amber star saysApril 23, 2010 at 12:03 am
That is one snazzy dress and it makes you look even more beautiful. That is what clothes are supposed to do.
Babybloomr saysApril 23, 2010 at 12:18 am
Oh my gah, my daughters’ bathroom is in Bossy’s blog –they will be thrilled!
And dang, you do look ridiculously good in that dress.
km saysApril 23, 2010 at 10:32 am
Very impressive work Bossy. Now will you please go sleep somewhere with curtains.
Also Is Shabby Apple’s model the CT girl from American idol. Bossy please do look-a-likes on her.
So Not June cleaver saysApril 23, 2010 at 11:33 am
How is it that you go traipsing all over the U.S. of A., changing in your car, bags all under your eyes (which are only visible to you), “I’m so tired” and then get to look all put together in that dress! And skinny! Honey, you need to eat…..even if it isn’t an expensive entree!
Janet saysApril 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm
I, too, love that clock in Babybloomr’s daughter’s bathroom. Where did you find it, Babybloomr?
Momo Fali saysApril 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm
Waving furiously at Suzanne and Neil! Wish I was there!
Sparx saysApril 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm
Boss, you are the queen; you look amazing and the road trip is clearly not hurting you none… love the dress too, betcha SA don’t ship over here though.,., sigh…
jeanne Greenwald saysApril 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm
josh saysApril 24, 2010 at 12:06 am
You look like a MODEL in that last photo! Are we on the cover of Vogue yet [feat. risque & flirtatious poses]?!
foolery saysApril 24, 2010 at 2:11 am
I have sympathy zits and sympathy swollen ankles and sympathy eye bags from following this tour. Okay, okay, the ankles are all mine.
All of them are, actually. Never mind.
Grace saysApril 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm
I’m totally sold on Shabby Apple now. Just have to figure out which dress to try first…
janny226 saysApril 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm
That dress looks awesome, in the car and not. And I just love the Delightful One so much. She will be A Delightful First Lady. The end.
Baby Favorite saysApril 25, 2010 at 2:40 am
I’m wondering if “cut in the most flattering way” means that I, too, will look like a Size 1 when wearing one.
Nah, not so much. Probably more like a Size 12 or 14. *sigh*
(Jealous of your O.C. trip! Them’s my old stompin’ grounds!!!)
The Cheap Chick saysApril 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm
How come Bossy can look so hot living out of her car, when The Cheap Chick can only muster ‘passable’ from the comfort of her own bathroom? Is it because Bossy is the hottest blogger since Buddha was a baby? Perhaps.
Beth saysApril 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm
Does Shabby Apple do fat girls? If so, I am in. If you have to have a bod like Bossy’s, though, maybe not. But Bossy looks drop dead gorgeous.
Neil saysApril 28, 2010 at 12:17 am
You would look hot just wearing an apple core. (Did that make any sense? I don’t think so. An apple core would be way too small to wear as a dress. But I tried.)
muskrat saysApril 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm
Neil positively needs that dress.