My cohosts and I were emcee’s at a recent black tie gala, held at the Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island.  The venue is one of the most stunning as well as timeless locations on the East Coast, and was the perfect setting for such a special evening. The event was held to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, who’s programs and facilities allow families to spend time with their sick child.  It is a home away from home while their young loved one is hospitalized, complete with furniture, kitchens, and a sense of community.  Generous donors from all over the state attended the event, danced the night away to a delightful band, and enjoyed scrumptious food from the Ocean House staff.   People were decked out in their finest, and I was able to find a dress that fit the occasion.
When the gala took place, I was still trying to hide my (incredibly small) pregnant belly. It didn’t look like much at the time, but as we all know, gowns can hug any curve you have – and I needed to be careful.  After trying on countless dresses at home, I knew I needed professional input.  I went to a local boutique, Sonya’s, where I have had dress success in the past. 
Sonya’s team has seen my body throughout the year, and knew right away that something was a tad bit different as they zipped me up into gorgeous gowns.   They pulled out this (non-maternity)  black bibbed gown. It was perfect for the event – floor length, had enough shine and sparkle without looking like I was going to prom.  It was very forgiving, by creating almost an illusion, and then clinging more to my legs than anything else.  I felt like a million bucks, as well as a secret spy, because I was able to hide my little belly for yet another week!

I will be heading out on a cruise during my 20th week…and will need to figure out a dress for that occasion as well, but I learned to turn to the professionals. This may be my first time dressing in maternity & forgiving clothing, but to people like those who work in Sonya’s – it’s their job to dress every woman, no matter their size or stage in life – to their finest!