I did it! I finally found a dress for this year's National Chamber of Commerce Holiday Reception. I wandered by it at Macy's today while shopping with my friend Rho (http://pi-girl.livejournal.com).
I went onto Macys.com to find a picture of it to show you and in doing so discovered something interesting. If you buy the dress online and fit standard sizing [12 and below] you can pick up the dress, normally $109 on sale for $81. However, if you are plus-sized [14+] you can get the same dress, also normally priced $109 on sale for $71. This has to be a first in my experience- plus sized outfit by the same designer priced cheaper than the smaller counterpart. Odd, don't you think?
In any case, I'm happy to report that in the store the dress was even more deeply discounted than either dress price online. Woo! Plus, Rho (COUPON QUEEN!!!) had a 20% off coupon and I got an additional 20% off for opening a Macy's account so the dress was really a bargain. This was actually my first Macy's purchase ever. When I was younger I always thought of Macy's and Nordstrom's as luxury shopping [we always shopped at Kmart, Wal-Mart, Penney's, etc] and yet it turns out you can get things quite affordably at these "luxury" stores if you just buy on sale.
I am really starting to enjoy shopping again as  I've been losing weight and fitting into more trendy clothes and  have a gaggle of female friends these days to shop with. Rho and I must have tried on 20+ outfits and it was so much fun. The giggling, twirling and socializing. It's so nice to have friends again.
In any case, here is the dress. It looks better on me then on the skinny blonde model because I can actually fill out the bust. Plus, I'm wearing it with the bow in the front versus in the back as she's modeling it...