I was released from my weekend job at the clinic a little early today — sooo exciting!  I packed a healthy lunch to hold me over.  All of my coworkers go out to lunch at Friendly’s or Olive Garden and spend so much money — I would rather just bring my own food!


Cold black beans, rice, and broc:




I came home and felt compelled to eat MORE granola and yogurt.  This stuff is so addicting.  I settled for a half portion:


Help Me Pick a Cocktail Dress!


I’m trying not to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the Healthy Living Summit.  I mentioned to the Husband that I wanted a new cocktail dress for the Cocktail Party on Friday night, and he literally burst out laughing — I have SOOO many dresses already!


Will you help me choose a cocktail dress for the party?


Dress #1:  A sassy and flirty red number by Nine West. 


I like this dress because of the detail around the bust/midsection.  It’s quite flattering because the bottom flares out while the top is tighter.  Plus, it’s soo comfy!


Dress #2:  A sleek and sexy champagne-colored dress by Calvin Klein.


This was my rehearsal dinner dress. I usually wear black pumps and black jewelry with it.


Dress #3:  A pretty blue number that tapers in at the knee.  This is also a very comfortable dress.


I also like this dress because it has an open back.  I wear it with white stilettos.  Hot!


Dress #4:  A super fun and unique printed dress with a ruffled top.


Although this is my favorite dress in the bunch, it’s not very comfortable (it’s skin tight) and it’s kind of short.  I’m not sure how appropriate it would look at the cocktail party — its more of a clubbing dress!


Which dress should I wear to the Cocktail Party of the Healthy Living Summit?  (Note: the Cocktail Party is a ticket-only event, but there will be other activities on Thursday night, Saturday night, and Sunday to attend if you couldn’t get a ticket!)



  • Kristina July 18, 2009, 11:26 am

    I like #3!! The low back is pretty w/some cute stilettos like you had mentioned would be the ticket i think!


  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 18, 2009, 11:30 am

    I like 2 and 3!! I think 3 the best!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) July 18, 2009, 11:30 am

    Definitely #2 or #4! I love them.

    I am so anti-Friendly's! Before I went vegetarian, I looooved it, but I went and got the veggie burger one day and it was awful. Boooo!! Ever since then, I haven't gone back. Your lunch looks way better than any Friendly's meal could look!

  • hopskipleap July 18, 2009, 11:32 am

    I like the champagne dress! (: I don't think I could ever get sick of granola and yogurt… so good!

  • VeggieGirl July 18, 2009, 11:33 am

    Dress #2!!

  • Beth July 18, 2009, 11:33 am

    The blue one is HOT!

  • Amanda July 18, 2009, 11:33 am

    I vote for the red or blue! Both are fun, bright colors. I think I have the red dress in purple and as you said, it is SO comfy and flattering!

  • Spotty Prep July 18, 2009, 11:38 am

    I loooove 2, but it seems more formal than the others, so 3 has my vote! I love the color and low back.

  • Ada July 18, 2009, 11:39 am

    I vote for dress # 2!!! It's really nice of you guys to also have events for non ticket holders, I really appreciate that:)

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) July 18, 2009, 11:41 am

    I love the blue one! But I'm sure you'll look so pretty in whatever you choose.

  • tryingtobefit July 18, 2009, 11:44 am

    I like the champagne one!

  • Mrs. LC July 18, 2009, 11:46 am

    Champagne or blue! 🙂

    (I almost got that same Calvin Klein dress at Ross in a different color! It's a gorgeous dress).

  • Devan Geselle. N July 18, 2009, 11:49 am

    #2 definatly
    very classy, chic, and stunnning<3 honestly! i love it!! nice fashion sence, chiccita!

  • tami July 18, 2009, 11:50 am

    I like the red or blue one. I think you should go for comfort first because there is nothing worse then tugging on your clothes all night.

  • Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork July 18, 2009, 11:51 am

    I like both 1 & 2 but don't personally like 3 & 4 all that much.

  • Jen and Rob July 18, 2009, 11:52 am

    Love the champagne one 🙂

  • Allison July 18, 2009, 11:54 am

    The red or the blue. They both look cute.

  • Julie July 18, 2009, 11:56 am

    I think I like the blue one best!

    Are there going to be more details on the activites for Thursday and Satuday night?! I didn't get a ticket and live in the area, so I want to join in on some fun!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 18, 2009, 11:58 am

    julie – definitely. we hope to have the agenda up next week. 🙂 i will announce it when it goes up, of course.

  • Anonymous July 18, 2009, 12:00 pm


    I love the champagne dress. I know you'll look great in whichever one you choose.


  • Gina July 18, 2009, 12:01 pm

    I have always been a fan of blue, but I really like the champagne one. This reminds I really need to go shopping for a dress!

  • sloank July 18, 2009, 12:02 pm

    I like the red one, but I think I'm the only one–red is my favorite color!! Second choice would definitely be number three!!

  • Rachel July 18, 2009, 12:02 pm

    I love ALL those dresses! Wow! Sometimes when people make posts like this I can't imagine wearing any of their clothes, but your style speaks to me 🙂 Hehe. I think I vote for the champagne!

  • redhead75 July 18, 2009, 12:03 pm

    I say #1. You would look great in red and need to stand out 🙂 Plus the detailing will make your waist look super tiny!

  • Emily July 18, 2009, 12:04 pm

    I pick the blue one!

    I don't know how you do it…I would eat Friendly's for every meal if I could! Om nom nom nom

  • Thinspired July 18, 2009, 12:11 pm

    #2 or #3! All of them are gorgeous but those are my favorites 🙂

  • Kelsey July 18, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Hmmm, I like the blue and red dresses best!!

  • Stephanie July 18, 2009, 12:17 pm

    I like one or two (the red or the champagne colored)!

    They both look classy yet comfortable, plus I don't think you've work either one on the blog before 😀

    An idea– if you wear a dress you already have, what about splurging for jewlery or shoes? I love buying that kind of stuff b/c you can wear it in new combos, w/ different outfits and get more bang for your buck!

  • Katy July 18, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Definitely the Red!!

  • kayevs July 18, 2009, 12:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE #4. I know you said it wasn't that comfortable, but I know I've seen you in this dress in old posts and it looks so cute–the ruffles are fabulous, the color is classic–FUN and FLIRTY. You'll feel amazing in it I'm sure. But I fear I'm in the minority and you may choose something else. My next favorites are the red, then the champagne. You'll look great in any of them I'm sure.
    BTW, I'm ALSO currently addicted to the yogurt and granola combo. So tasty and filling.
    Have a wonderful rest of the day!

  • Amie July 18, 2009, 12:26 pm

    I love all of them. The blue one is HOT, and I think would look great on you. That said, I'm always a sucker for b&w, and I love the last one too!

  • Susan July 18, 2009, 12:30 pm

    I pick the first one!! I think the colour and fit would look awesome on you 🙂

  • goldiepenguin July 18, 2009, 12:42 pm

    oooo, can we see them all on? please please please?

  • Suzanne July 18, 2009, 12:42 pm

    My vote is for the Blue Dress! 🙂

  • erinbee July 18, 2009, 1:08 pm

    dress number two.
    without a doubt!!!

  • *One Step at a Time* July 18, 2009, 1:09 pm

    I have a question! What is the attire going to be like at the actual conference? I saw on Jenna's blog that she is buying a new outfit for it! What should I wear?! Haha! 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 18, 2009, 1:10 pm

    one step – im going to wear dress pants, heels, and a nice top to the actual conference. i would say anything from nice jeans to sundresses to dress pants! just be comfy! 🙂

  • teacherwoman July 18, 2009, 1:12 pm

    Love the blue dress!

  • Katie July 18, 2009, 1:17 pm

    I like the blue dress and the red dress! I think the champagne is too…formal? And the last one is too informal (although it's not quite my style). But pick the one you'll be most comfortable in- no use wearing a cute dress but readjusting yourself all the time.

  • Katherine July 18, 2009, 1:18 pm

    The blue one for sure! It screams SUMMER and is very nice 🙂

  • itsawrapteacher July 18, 2009, 1:21 pm

    The blue one is absolutely gorgeous! And a girl can never have too many dresses. You should see my closet!

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal July 18, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I'd go with the Calvin Klein dress! It's gorgeous! I know what you mean about having dresses but wanting more for sure 😉

  • girlrunningaround July 18, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I'm loving the blue one! I think it would contrast well with your dark hair!

  • Jocelyn July 18, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I think the red dress 🙂 It looks like the most fun! And if its comfortable then that is what really matters 🙂

  • Happy Feet 26.2 July 18, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I personally like the red the best. 2nd choice would be the blue. Nice!

  • runrunjessicarun July 18, 2009, 1:40 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    First of all I love your purse!! Where is it from??

    I love the black dress because I really really like that style of dress but if you think it's too "club-ish" then I vote for the blue one!

  • leslie July 18, 2009, 1:42 pm

    i love the champagne one. it looks so classy and sleek (like you!). and it would be perfect with black heels/accessories. i need to plan my outfits!!

  • hookedup July 18, 2009, 1:43 pm

    I don't like ruffles but I am really liking #4 but since you say it's inappropriate I would go with #2.

  • Kayla July 18, 2009, 1:43 pm

    I like #1 but #3 would be fun too.

  • NoMeatAthlete July 18, 2009, 1:45 pm

    I'll abstain from the dress vote; a dress is a dress to me 🙂 I totally hear ya on bringing your own food instead of eating out. There's no worse feeling than having to pay 20 bucks after you're full from a mediocre meal.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 18, 2009, 1:47 pm

    jessica – the husband got it for me from macys – i cant remember the brand though 🙁

  • Erica July 18, 2009, 1:49 pm

    I like #2 but they're all cute! Glad you got out early- you DESERVE a break!!

  • Amie July 18, 2009, 1:51 pm

    I like 2 or 3 the best! 2 if its gonna be fancier and 3 if its a little less fancy. You'll look great in any of them, though, I'm sure!

  • Claire July 18, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I like the blue dress! You have such cute dresses!!!

  • circusdreams July 18, 2009, 2:05 pm

    I love that blue dress! The champagne one is nice as well though, hard choice 🙂

  • Jess July 18, 2009, 2:05 pm

    I really like the last one, but if it's not comfortable…well, that's up to you, but I know I always feel more confident if I not only look good, but FEEL good. So my vote is on the blue! Sexy and confident!

  • L. Simone July 18, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I am in love with the middle 2 dresses, the champagne and blue ones. The red and black dresses are still lovely, but they just seam more 'wintery.' Whatever you pick though, you will be stunning I am sure!

  • Therese July 18, 2009, 2:09 pm

    For what it's worth I LOVE the champagne colored Calvin Klein dress. I actually tried that dress on before but it fit really weird because I'm so tall 🙁

    Wear it so I can live vicariously through you!

  • Island Girl Eats July 18, 2009, 2:11 pm

    I really like the Calvin Klein dress. What about wearing neutral coloured, strappy heels instead of black ones? It would help to soften it up and make it more dressy looking.

  • Anonymous July 18, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I like the blue one!!! I would imagine it would go really nicely with your eyes. If it is comfy, then all the better. No point in being stuck in something that is uncomfortable.

  • eatingjourney July 18, 2009, 2:19 pm

    I like the blue one. but since you have a hanckering to go out and get something new…I'd go get new shoes…maybe puter?

  • Joy July 18, 2009, 2:28 pm

    DEFINITELY number 2! no question, but 4 is my second choice 🙂

  • Tay July 18, 2009, 2:46 pm

    Oooh I LOVE them all but I especially love the red dress. I love detailing around the midsection like that 🙂

  • Amanda July 18, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Oooh I LOVE dress #2

  • Danielle C. July 18, 2009, 2:50 pm

    I'm digging the blue and the red most!

  • Emily July 18, 2009, 3:09 pm

    Two is my favorite!! I love number 4 also, but you said it was sorta of uncomfy – so why put yourself through that misery?

  • HangryPants July 18, 2009, 3:11 pm

    2 or 4

  • Miss HoneyDew July 18, 2009, 3:17 pm

    I LOVE #4

  • Still Life in South America July 18, 2009, 3:51 pm

    While I loooove the strappy red dress, I would suggest no. 3 because it is so fun, classy, and bright. It seems to fit the mood of the Summit more than the other dresses. The gray is a little more conservative.

    But I have to say I love your taste. Beautiful dresses, all. You'll have a great time.

    By the way, I wanted to say that I enjoy seeing your food photos each day because I'm a veggie and I can eat it all. It gives me warm fuzzies. :0)

  • Erin July 18, 2009, 3:59 pm

    The blue one, hands down! It seems the most appropriate given the event! Beautiful.

  • Anna July 18, 2009, 4:04 pm

    Definitely the blue. It's hot!

  • Danica's Daily July 18, 2009, 4:23 pm

    I vote for the Blue!

  • Christy July 18, 2009, 4:26 pm

    Love love love the blue dress! It seems perfect for summer and if it's comfortable, then it's a keeper! 🙂

  • Jenny July 18, 2009, 4:28 pm

    both are gorgeous but i love the second gold dress — very chic, simple, and fabulous 🙂

  • Peanut Butter Swirl July 18, 2009, 4:48 pm

    your cold bean/rice salad is one of my favorite meals of yours 🙂 love that you add broccoli!
    love the blue dress 🙂

  • Christina July 18, 2009, 4:58 pm

    I like dress #3. The color makes it look very summery!

  • just me July 18, 2009, 5:35 pm

    blue one! blue one!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 18, 2009, 6:04 pm

    DRESS #3!

    They're all beautiful, but the blue just pops right out…LOVE it! 🙂

  • meghanN July 18, 2009, 6:30 pm

    dress number 2!!

  • brandi July 18, 2009, 6:32 pm

    red, red, red! 🙂 I like them all, but I love the midsection and top on the red dress.

    i hope you're feeling better!

  • lookingforserenity July 18, 2009, 6:41 pm

    I like the second one- very elegant.

  • CeciLiA July 18, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Dress 2 all the way, so classy! Perfect for a cocktail party.

  • Kim July 18, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I love the red or the blue! Of the two, I prefer the red. Dress #2 is lovely, but with your dark hair, I think a vivid color would be a much more fun contrast than a muted shade.

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 18, 2009, 7:25 pm

    I like the CK dress! Very classy.

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 18, 2009, 7:37 pm

    I really really love your calvin klein one!

  • ms July 18, 2009, 7:45 pm

    Love the blue dress.

    I love Dandelion's hummus. I will stop by there if I'm anywhere close to Dandelion, just to get some hummus and veggies to go (my son LOVES Colonial Photo and Hobby, so of course, I'm more than happy to take him there and get me some hummus).

    Have a fun day tomorrow!!!

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out July 18, 2009, 7:52 pm

    Love the blue dress… sexy and different and comfy… what more could you ask for!

  • chippednailsandall July 18, 2009, 8:15 pm

    I like the red dress! I think the champagne might be just a tad too formal…plus, I always vote for comfort first!

  • Becky July 18, 2009, 8:23 pm

    I really like #2 and 3…however for the occasion I think #3 would be best. You're going to look hot! 🙂

  • Wendy W July 18, 2009, 8:30 pm

    Definitely the blue one!!!

  • NYgirl@heart July 18, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I like the red one first, blue one second! Either way you'll be hot. 🙂

  • ChickPea July 18, 2009, 9:21 pm

    I vote for dress #1–I bet that color would be great on you!

  • N.D. July 19, 2009, 4:33 am

    I vote 2 or 3!

  • Amy July 19, 2009, 5:01 am

    definitely #1!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) July 19, 2009, 6:03 am

    I love the blue and the black best I think – but I can see how you could have trouble choosing!!

  • Anonymous July 19, 2009, 8:57 am

    go for the red one! i think it would make a better contrast with your hair and skin colors, plus its chic, classic, has a nice shape and it's not too elegant like the second best (the CK)

  • Rachel S July 19, 2009, 10:44 am


  • Anonymous July 19, 2009, 1:05 pm

    THE CALVIN! it would make you glow im sure

  • Pam July 19, 2009, 2:21 pm

    Dress #1, I love the color and you would look cute in it!


  • Julia July 19, 2009, 3:19 pm

    I like the champagne colored dress!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 19, 2009, 7:17 pm


  • Anne July 20, 2009, 8:30 am

    red or blue dress!

  • bHealthier July 20, 2009, 7:16 pm

    I like your rehearsal dinner dress the best for the cocktail party. It is just so simple yet elegant and classy. The blue seems too "club" like – its gorgeous but I think the best is the champagne rehearsal #.

  • Elina July 22, 2009, 11:46 am

    #2 is my favorite but they're all really cute 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you and seeing which dress you end up picking 😉

  • seesaraheat July 22, 2009, 1:06 pm

    They all look great, but I'd pick the BLUE one 🙂

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