Two Fashionistas Get Ready for the Ball

Two fashionistas (Jayne Chase and Jennifer Goodkind) are on the quest for the perfect ball gown.

Inauguration 2009

Getting Ready for the Ball

Two fashionistas on a quest for the perfect ball gown

-Jayne Chase and Jennifer Goodkind, A Fashionable Life

We are so excited that Jayne and Jennifer have agreed to give us the inside scoop as they prepare to cover the Inauguration on Tuesday! They’ll be blogging about all the events and balls they cover next week. For now … take a peek at what goes on as they get ready for the balls.

Jayne Chase and Jennifer GoodkindJennifer writes:

Today was a prelude to the Inaugural main course. We started at J. Mendel where we had several dresses pulled ahead of time. The first dress that I tried on was absolute perfection- a deep teal with a drapey vintage feel; love at first sight. A little alteration on Monday (the addition of demi cups) and I’m good to go. By the way, at 60 percent off, J. Mendel never looked SO good!

Then on to Oscar, just a few frigid blocks up Madison where several dresses awaited Jayne’s scrutiny. The pressure was on since my buy was a fashion triumph. Jayne found the shape she loved immediately. The problem: Wrong size, wrong color and no more of that gown available in the gorgeous aubergine color that James told us had existed but was a distant memory of Fall past.

Defeated and not loving anything else, we went on and soothed our concern at Fred’s at Barneys where we vowed to stay positive. Then a call from James. He scored the right size in the muted and rich shade of aubergine that would compliment my dress and most importantly, that would allow Jayne to feel like Cinderella!

We already have an abundance of “party shoes” to choose from and between the two of us (we wear the same size) we will shop in our closets for those!


The final choices!

Onward and upward, now with the dresses under control we can focus on doing our homework so we have all our information down to bring as much as we can bring to our viewers.

Next: Hair and make up!

Jayne Chase and Jennifer Goodkind are Co-Hosts of A Fashionable Life ( They are fashion reporters for ABC News NOW, where they cover the red carpet, Fashion Week and the business of fashion.

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