I was honored to be invited as the Keynote Speaker for Dress for Success. I do events like this pretty regularly and enjoy helping others to pursue their dreams.
The morning of the event I was trying on different shoes to decide which to wear. I left the house, went to the office and got a ride to the event with some friends. While mingling in the crowd a woman says “nice shoes” (directed to the woman with whom I am speaking). As I looked down to see her shoes, I caught a glimpse of my own. I could not believe my eyes. I was wearing black heels, one peep-toe and one closed toe. Can you imagine? I’m the keynote speaker… at DRESS FOR SUCCESS!
The photo below was SMSed to everyone I know in minutes. In case you missed the text… here it is.
- Photo sent out via SMS during the event.
The long version
I had these lovely, long, wide-leg, white slacks on with a beautiful black beaded sweater and pearls. Hummmm… which shoes are the best fit for the look? I pulled out anything I think would work and choose my top three to try them on; normally you may try one pair at the time; but noooooooo I decided against the white pump and that left two black pumps one peep toe and the other closed toe. I choose one of each to see which I liked most. Then final touches on my makeup, hair, and preparing my handbag, all while reviewing my speech. My husband was sitting downstairs ready to go so I thought I’d better rush and get down there so I can be well ahead of the group coming to my office to ride together for the luncheon. So not only did I wear two different shoes to an event, I had them on running around working from 8 a.m. until the moment of discovery around 12 p.m. in the Middle of the banquet room where the luncheon was about to begin with over 100 perfectly dressed women and men.
A beautiful woman also dressed in white slacks and some really great shoes was talking to me of how we met long ago and that I had told her that I wanted to create a new hospital gown without the opening in the back. Another guest came from across the room saying “I knew you would have the greatest shoes in the room.” All three of us bent over to look at the shoes and all I could see were my two DIFFERENT shoes and the shocked, sick feeling came to me, thinking Oh MY! I road here with others and I’m too far from home or my office to fix it. I laughed, then turned to my table of 10 “friends”. Well…I thought they were my friends. As soon as I lifted my pants to show them, two of my girlfriends shot photos with their cell phones and then the world knew (before my speech) that the Keynote speaker for Dress for Success was wearing two different shoes.
If you want to know, I did OWN it and incorporated the blunder into my speech. After all, my speech was about making your own success. If you have success, you earned that success by using what was available to you. I wish everyone the staying power it takes to make it through the tough times and persevere into great times. Then pay it forward, backward and sideways to help others gain their success too.
Wearing two different shoes made me laugh and others too. I say thank you Dress for Success for giving me a GREAT day to give back and bring happiness to all of those who there that day and who read this blog.
Cheers, April LOL
P.S. Thank you BCBG and Ashley Simpson because both of your shoes were equally comfortable.