Prayers from the mosque’s loudspeakers meld with reggaeton blasting from multiple car windows and techno music that reveals a party taking place on the second floor of a nearby McDonald’s. This is Casablanca. And in this city—immortalized in a film by vintage Hollywood—one is affronted by a cacophonous yet complimentary swath of cultural influences that make up Morocco, a country directly south of Spain in Northern Africa.
A bright neon flamingo marks the elusive entrance of this hip hangout in South Williamsburg. It seems like I could get everything I wanted out of a night out, all in one place – good healthy food, well-crafted cocktails and a great night of dancing.
Who doesn't want that perfect go-to dress that you know looks good on you no matter what? But in reality, finding the perfect dress that makes you shine in every occasion is like finding a needle in a haystack.
What if you could simply design it yourself?
As a pro-active person and a huge fan of DIY projects, when I had the opportunity to try out making my own dress with Piol Dress, a fashion company where you can design your own high end, high-quality dress that reflects your personality, I jumped on it. And the coolest thing about this dress-making experience is you don't even need a degree with design, tailoring or and you don't even need to leave your home... you can do this all online... while in your jammies.
I'm a big fan of the timeless classic look and multi-functionality so I wanted to create one dress that I could wear to work, an after-work function, a cocktail party AND a wedding reception, but I didn't want it to be boring.
The website was really easy to navigate and fun to use. It quickly took me step-by-step through choosing the perfect silhouette for me and the perfect fabrics for my high-end custom made dress.
I browsed through a personal palette of colors - based on the system by renowned costume designer, Edith Head, to complement and brighten my natural coloring.
At first it felt a little weird to design a dress completely online and then to wait for it in the mail because what if I didn't like it? What if the color was all wrong? What if the fabric I picked sucked? What if it didn't fit properly?
My very many questions were assuaged by the guarantee that Piol Dress gave, which was if I didn't like the dress for any reason... They were going to refund all my money (except for the shipping costs) and donate the dress to charity. Basically a WIN-WIN situation.
So I pressed the order button even though I wasn't sure whether my dress would turn out exactly like I had designed it online, but I could only hope right?
When it arrived, I was very pleased.
Not only did it fit me amazingly, it was a really a beautiful color and the fabric was the best quality. I got so many compliments on the dress. It was a dress that was truly made just for me.
Photos by Nicole Michaelis
My sister and I obviously have very different clothing styles, but now we both have a Piol Dress. She, like me, LOVED the experience of designing her own dress.
In fact, I loved making my own Piol Dress so much that I want to share it with YOU.
For the opportunity to win a FREE Piol Dress (worth over $500) for the holidays for you or a female loved one, please leave a comment below and tell me why you want the dress. Good luck!
Video may have killed the radio star, but the online travel agencies such as Orbitz have definitely NOT killed the travel agent.
I was heartbroken to hear of the devastation that the Mexican beach destination of Los Cabos went through during Hurricane Odile earlier this year, but I was happy to learn that Los Cabos International Film Festival taking place later this month on Nov. 12 to Nov. 16th, 2014 will mark the unofficial opening of Los Cabos as a tourist destination. A great weekend to explore Los Cabos, Aeromexico and partnering hotels are offering discounts to festival goers.