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Sometimes Abby wished she went to one of those schools you saw in shows, where everyone cut class and no one cared about homework. Fawcett was a magnet school, and all the seniors had to do a yearlong thesis project. She was supposed to write a novel, or a collection of short stories or poems that was long enough to be a novel. Usually, for Abby, coming up with creative writing ideas meant choosing from the dozens of possibilities that had already been circling through her mind.
This time, though, she was at a loss. The creative part of her brain had fizzled sometime around the day she and Linh broke up. Or maybe her entire brain had fizzled. That would explain a lot, come to think of it. Lately, Abby seemed incapable of remembering anything she was supposed to do except obsess over her ex. I keep having to take him to dance class since my parents are always out of town.
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She hated how competitive everyone got over that stuff. As though they were all suddenly reduced to SATs and GPAs and other quantitative acronyms that had nothing to do with who they really were. How could anyone seriously sum up their view on the world in five hundred words? Senior projects were the same way. Everyone at Fawcett obsessed over them as if they were curing cancer or painting the Sistine Chapel instead of doing glorified science fair projects and book reports.
She had to come up with a way to get Linh off this topic. They were definitely flirting. Abby loved how they looked, but she could also barely see without them. Although kind of, now that you mention it. In ninth grade, she and Linh used to read fanfic together every day. They used to be obsessed with a dumb show called The Flighted Ones.
This was back before Abby had had a First Time of her own, so writing fictional versions had felt deliciously scandalous. In the image, a woman in a tight red dress with a gorgeous flipped hairstyle stood behind a bed. In front of her another woman, wearing an old-fashioned skirt and blouse, was lying down.
Those look like fifties outfits to me. She used to make her own fifties-inspired outfits, starting with simple wrap tops and pencil skirts, until the year her grandparents gave her a sewing machine for Hanukkah and she upgraded to sailor suits and cocktail dresses.
Finding the old patterns and sewing them was fun, but it took forever. Now her sewing machine sat in the attic and she ordered retro-style clothes online. Which meant the outfits were the first thing Abby noticed when Linh clicked through to the page with a bigger version of the same image. Or maybe that was her bra. Is this seriously from the fifties? Below the picture of I Prefer Girls was another cover. This one was called Warped Women, and it showed another woman in a red dress.
She was holding a whip and leaning threateningly over another woman who was crouched on the floor. Her left boob was basically hanging out of it. Image after image, with more of the same. The images got sexier the farther she went. Plus, they had censors in the fifties.
For your senior project. She pulled down the neckline of her T-shirt, stuck out her chest, lifted one knee onto a cushion and tilted her head forward, imitating the woman on the cover of the last book on the page, Dormitory Women. Seriously, this had to be a form of genuine torture. But Abby did her best to keep acting nonchalant as she held up the computer screen to compare.
Not to mention that Linh was wearing a tank top and cutoffs, and the Dormitory Women model was in a tight white blouse and severely belted skirt. The book was called Woman Doctor, and the cover showed a woman, a psychiatrist apparently, sitting in a chair taking notes on a pad while a younger woman with curly blond hair lay on a couch behind her.
The whole design seemed to be some bizarre male fantasy, because the patient seemed to have gone to her therapy appointment wearing an old-fashioned slip and nothing else. This is not a natural position. Abby laughed, too, lifting her head from the cushion. Abby sat up, trying not to let her disappointment show, and tugged the hem of her dress back down. Plus, those covers are pretty hot.
While the results loaded, Abby drummed her fingers on the edge of her laptop and tried to think of a good excuse for her to move to the other couch, too.
This says the books basically always ended with someone either turning straight or dying. I just want to read the sex scenes. The article had a list of books at the bottom, with more of those ridiculous covers.
A Love So Strange. See if you can find that Warped Women one. What kind of names are these? Her book came out in Is there a lesbian vampire subtext? Wow, check it out, this cover is cheese-tastic, too. It showed two women sitting on a bed together, one with short brown hair and one with long blond waves. A daring novel of the third sex.
Turn to the beginning, I want to read about the strange love these two ladies get up to. From now on, she was keeping it wrapped up in cellophane. Why would you wrap your heart in it? Come on, find the sexy parts. After a minute, she frowned at the screen. What kind of porn is this? These covers are false advertising. And would that even work? Wrapping your heart in armor?
Maybe you could keep yourself whole just by concentrating hard enough. Before she could find anything, her class-reminder chime popped onto the screen. She snatched the computer from Linh and shoved it into her backpack. Sloane in three minutes. You could get in real trouble. She tried, desperately, to come up with an idea. Maybe she really could write fanfic. Maybe she could pull out some of the chapters, change the names and rework them into something Ms.
Sloane would find acceptable. She raced across the hall and down the stairs to the third floor, her platform Mary Janes thundering on the tiles.
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Sloane ran one of those plagiarism searches. Sloane stepped through her classroom door. Abby came to an abrupt halt. Did you go for a run during your free period? Sloane peered down at her Mary Janes. The effect made their simple, matching cream-colored wedding dresses look that much more practical-lesbian-chic. The two of them probably shared a whole closet full of affordable, top-quality, carefully coordinated running shoes. Sloane held the door open.
I was surprised you signed up for the last advising slot. Last year during our workshops you always tried to be ahead of the game. This classroom was her favorite place in the whole school. It was narrow and cozy, with a long, oval-shaped table where everyone sat for their discussions. Abby used to relax the second she entered this room, but today it was having the opposite effect.
When you were deep in postbreakup withdrawal, were you really supposed to work ahead in every single class? Sloane smiled and sat at the head of the long table, gesturing for Abby to sit beside her. Sloane held out her hand. Abby stared at the outstretched brown palm. Botanical Lace Wedding Gown with Glitter Tulle A true mix of styles, this botanical lace wedding gown with glitter tulle from Essense of Australia is a dreamy design! The V-neckline of this gown features an organic lace trim, playing into the overall botanical-inspired style.
Side V-cutouts adorn either side of the bodice, matching the deep V-back perfectly. From the waist, the A-line skirt of the gown extends effortlessly to the ground, adorned with vine-inspired botanical details. Glitter tulle through the bodice and skirt gives this style a sense of glamour, while the modest train keeps it simple. The back of this botanical lace wedding gown with glitter tulle zips up beneath crystal buttons. Long-Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress with Open Back A gown that will make a sweet bridal statement at any wedding day, prepare to fall in love with this long-sleeved lace wedding dress with open back from Essense of Australia.
The V-neckline of this gown extends into a slim plunge, highlighted with peek-a-boo detailing. From the neckline, the rich lace of this style continues into lace sleeves that provide significant coverage of the arm.
A lace cuff at the wrist finishes off the design perfectly. The back of this lace gown is completely open, while illusion tulle gives the effect of floating buttons. Luxe beadwork and sequins are placed throughout the gown, allowing this style to shimmer beautifully.
The back of this long-sleeved lace wedding dress with open back zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Strapless Fit and Flare with Plunging Neckline A traditional style with a flirty update, this strapless fit-and-flare gown with plunging neckline from Essense of Australia is perfect for the bride trying to add a little sexiness to her classic bridal style. A sweetheart neckline adorns the bodice of this gown, highlighted with a slim plunge.
Organic lace trims the neckline, while scrolling lace is used throughout the bodice, mixed with small florals to give the gown an artful look. Just below the hips, the skirt of this fit-and-flare gown extends to the ground, highlighted with floral appliques and a horsehair trim.
The back of this strapless fit-and-flare gown with plunging neckline has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Traditional Wedding Dress with Beading A classic gown with hints of glamour, this traditional wedding dress with beading from Essense of Australia has ballroom wedding written all over it! The bodice of this gown is designed with sheer lace, adding an element of sexiness—while the beaded trim along the neckline and straps brings the glamour!
A plunging V-neckline highlights the front of the gown and coordinates perfectly with the deep V-back. The back of this traditional wedding dress with beading zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons.
Strapless Fit and Flare Wedding Gown with All Over Shimmer A sparkling style, this strapless fit-and-flare gown with all-over shimmer from Essense of Australia will ensure all eyes will be on you on your wedding day.
Designed in a traditional fit-and-flare silhouette with a sweetheart neckline, this gown features soft lace layered with beading throughout, creating an enviable shimmer. Negative space in the soft skirt allows the lace appliques to truly pop, while the visible seaming plays up your shape. The back of this strapless fit-and-flare gown with all-over shimmer has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons and is available in plus sizes.
Soft Organza A-Line with Sparkle A dreamy, floral-inspired design, this Essense of Australia soft organza A-line gown with sparkle will have you floating down the aisle!
The lace bodice of this gown features a sweetheart neckline that not only plays up the romance of the gown, but also highlights your face beautifully. The back of this soft organza A-line gown with sparkle has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons, and is available in plus sizes.
Ballgown Wedding Dress with Glitter Tulle Turn heads all night long in this ballgown wedding dress with glitter tulle from Essense of Australia! A sheer bodice with a plunging V-neckline and V-sides adds a hint of sexiness to this otherwise romantic and feminine style. The lace from the bodice extends ever-so-slightly onto the skirt, which pairs beautifully with the glitter tulle for a dreamy shimmering look.
A low V-back complements the tiered skirt and horsehair trim of the skirt perfectly, and is finished with a short train. The back of this ballgown wedding dress with glitter tulle zips up beneath crystal buttons. Traditional Wedding Gown with Shaped Train Classic brides, look no further than this traditional wedding gown with shaped train from Essense of Australia! A slight V-neckline highlights the bodice of this gown, extending easily into sheer lace straps.
Linear lace is placed throughout the gown, helping to elongate your figure—and is embellished with beading to create an overall subtle shimmer. The back of this traditional wedding gown with shaped train zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons, and is available in plus sizes. Rich lace adorns the bodice of this gown, extending from the sweetheart neckline down through the hips. Just below the hips, the skirt extends into an A-line silhouette, and the lace spaces out into rich appliques that carry through to the traditional hem lace.
Subtle sparkle adorns the bodice to give the style an overall shimmer, while a cage train completes the traditional styling effortlessly.
The back of this sparkling A-line lace wedding gown has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons and is available in plus sizes. Fit and Flare Wedding Gown with Sequin Bodice A style that can bring glamour to any wedding day, make a serious style statement in this fit-and-flare wedding gown with sequin bodice from Essense of Australia.
A sheer bodice—complete with plunging V-neckline— highlights the front of the style, and is embellished with sequin-encrusted French lace which creates an enviable sparkle. The rich lace and sequin bodice is fitted through the hips, where a tulle skirt extends to the ground and lace details create a finished look.
The back of this fit-and-flare wedding gown with sequin bodice zips up beneath crystal buttons. Casual Wedding Dress with Crepe Chiffon Skirt Make your style statement at the beach and beyond in this casual wedding dress with crepe chiffon skirt from Essense of Australia.
A cotton-style lace designed in unique floral patterns give the V-neckline bodice of this gown an organic, botanical feeling, that is only highlighted with a leaf design along the edging. A low V-back highlights the back of the gown, while the soft skirt finishes in a light train. The back of this casual wedding dress with crepe chiffon skirt zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons.
An elegant, structured style, this Dove satin gown features a sophisticated off-the-shoulder neckline and a slight V-neckline. Visible, double seaming extends through the body, showing off your curves effortlessly. A detachable fabric belt highlights the waist, while slight pleats in the skirt create a sense of formality and structure. The back of this formal A-line wedding gown with off-the-shoulder neckline zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons and is available in plus sizes. Modern Ballgown Wedding Dress with Illusion Lace A modern-meets-classic design, this ballgown wedding dress with illusion lace from Essense of Australia is completely elegant!
Rich lace is placed throughout the bodice of this gown, finishing with an organic trim and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. The back of this modern ballgown wedding dress with illusion lace zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. This garden-inspired, strapless A-line wedding gown from Essense of Australia was designed for you! Matte botanical lace adorns the bodice of this gown, with an organic lace trim highlighting the sweetheart neckline.
From the bodice, the matte lace extends slightly onto the tulle skirt, creating unique, linear patterns in a mix of petals, vines and leaves. The back of this garden-inspired, strapless A-line wedding gown zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons and is available in plus sizes. Sheer details, highlighted with French lace and tulle cutouts, draw the eye to the bodice of this wedding gown.
A V-neckline adds even more sexiness to this style and is accentuated with illusion double straps on either side. Pearl beading and sequins adorn the bodice and side cutouts that extend down through the hips. The sheer bodice continues to the back of the gown and highlights the beaded, strappy back. The back of this elegant, sheer wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Layered Lace Wedding Dress with Asymmetrical Neckline A romantic lace design, this Essense of Australia layered lace wedding dress with an asymmetrical neckline brings all the romance to any wedding day.
A plunging V-neckline is the focal point of the bodice, and is highlighted with organic, botanical lace details that extend into its unique, asymmetrical neckline.
The back of this gown is open, highlighted on either side with sheer, floral lace details. Soft sparkle adorns the skirt and continues into a long train, complete with a floral hem.
The back of this layered lace wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Pearl Mikado brings a traditional vibe to this gown, while the sheer, layered lace bodice feels completely new and fresh. Adorned with pearls and bugle beads, the lace from the bodice extends slightly onto the full skirt, balancing out the deep sweetheart neckline perfectly. The sheer bodice continues through the back of the gown, and the style is completed with a slight train.
The back of this modern ballgown zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons that run the length of the skirt. Boho Wedding Dress with Halter Neckline An unexpected, bohemian-inspired style, this boho wedding dress with halter neckline radiates romance. Botanical lace adorns the bodice of this gown, creating a keyhole design around the neckline. The lace from the bodice extends, in smaller patterns, down the side of the skirt which helps elongate the body.
The lace pattern is repeated around the front of the skirt, highlighting the unfinished hem. The back of this wedding dress is entirely open and is perfectly complemented with the light-as-air tulle skirt, creating an overall soft feeling.
The back of this boho wedding dress with halter neckline zips up. A picture-perfect sweetheart neckline adorns the flattering lace bodice of this gown, accented on either side by sweet off-the-shoulder straps.
The intricate lace from the bodice continues slightly onto the skirt before turning into lace appliques that enhance the sequin tulle layer of the romantic, ballgown skirt.
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The back of this lace ballgown wedding dress has the option to lace up or zip up beneath crystal buttons. A sweetheart neckline adorns the lace bodice of this gown, accented on either side by drapey, lace off-the-shoulder straps.
The heavy lace from the bodice continues slightly onto the skirt before turning into lace appliques that enhance the sequin tulle layer of the full, ballgown skirt. Vintage Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Gown Taking inspiration from romantic styles of the past, this vintage, off-the-shoulder gown from Essense of Australia has everything you need to make a style statement on your wedding day.
A combination V-neckline and sweetheart neckline set the stage for romance on the bodice of this gown, extending into scalloped-lace, off-the-shoulder sleeves that add just the right amount of modernity to the vintage-inspired design. The lace from the bodice of this gown is layered over latticework, and extends down through the hips onto the skirt and is complemented with a heavier lace around the hem for a formal feeling.
A soft twinkle accentuates this romantic style, while the back of this vintage, off-the-shoulder gown has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Plus-Size Vintage Wedding Gown Inspired by romantic trends of times gone by, this plus-size vintage wedding gown from Essense of Australia has everything you need to make a style statement on your wedding day.
Designed in a curve-hugging, fit-and-flare silhouette, this classic lace and tulle gown provides a floating effect as you walk down the aisle.
A mixed V-neckline and sweetheart neckline trails into the bodice of this gown, extending into scalloped-lace, off-the-shoulder sleeves that add the perfect modern touch to this vintage-inspired dress. The lace on the bodice is layered over intricate latticework, and extends down through the hips onto the skirt, complete with heavy lace around the hem to provide a beautiful formal finish.
A subtle sparkle highlights this romantic style, while the back of this plus-size, off-the-shoulder gown has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons. A high neckline with an organic-lace finish perfectly complements the plunging V-neckline of this bodice. Layers of cotton-style lace and French lace come together to create a soft, unique look that continues through the bodice and onto the skirt.
Sheer cutouts adorn the sides of the gown, and extend into an open back. Bugle beadwork is placed throughout the gown to help create dimension. Large, lace motifs adorn the back of the skirt, which extends into a long, frothy train. The back of this layered lace wedding dress zips up beneath pearl buttons. Plus Size A-Line Wedding Dress Ideal for the classic and sophisticated bride, this formal-feeling A-line plus-size wedding dress from Essense of Australia is the epitome of romance.
Designed with a modern and figure-flattering shape, the bodice of this plus-size wedding gown features a delicate sweetheart neckline, accentuated on each side by draping, off-the-shoulder sleeves. The elements of lace complementing the bodice helps shape your curves, and the lace pattern extends down onto the skirt, finishing off at the hem.
The back of this formal, A-line plus-size wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Designed in a modern, A-line silhouette, the bodice of this gown features a sweetheart neckline, highlighted on each side by drapey, off-the-shoulder sleeves. The placed lace of the bodice helps shape the body, and the lace design extends down onto the skirt, finishing off at the hem. The back of this formal, A-line wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons.
Blush Wedding Dress with Rich Lace This Essense of Australia blush wedding dress with rich lace brings an unbelievable amount of romance to any wedding day. Designed in a slim, fit-and-flare silhouette, this wedding dress is flattering on all bodies.
A sweetheart neckline — complete with peek-a-boo detailing — frames the face beautifully, while off-the-shoulder straps drape on the arms, only adding to the romance of the design. The latticework and lace patterns heavily adorn the bodice of this gown, and extend through the skirt, finishing in a scalloped-lace hem. The backside of the bodice is sheer, adding a flirty element to this otherwise classic style.
Soft sparkle adorns the skirt, which extends into a breathtaking train. The back of this blush wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons. Boho Wedding Dress with Linear Detail A standout style, turn heads in this boho wedding dress with linear detail from Essense of Australia. Bold lace adorns the bodice of this gown, enhancing the plunging V-neckline and linear-detailed trim.
A true empire waist — complete with bugle and pearl beadwork— accentuates your figure, before extending into a soft, A-line skirt.
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Linear lace detailing runs the length of the skirt, and is accentuated on either side with lace appliques, which bring an element of romance. A modern, keyhole design is the focal point of the back of this gown, and is constructed out of sheer lace. The back of this boho wedding dress with linear detail zips up beneath pearl buttons. Off-the-Shoulder Beaded Wedding Dress A shimmering style, fall in love with this off-the-shoulder beaded wedding dress from Essense of Australia!
A sweetheart neckline sets the stage for romance on this classic wedding gown, while lace, off-the-shoulder sleeves add a touch of modern style. A very sparkly style, silver beading throughout the bodice pairs with a sequin layer in the skirt to create an enviable shine.
The tulle skirt of this fit-and-flare silhouette extends into a breathtaking train that has a frothy feeling. The back of this off-the-shoulder, beaded wedding dress has the option to lace up or zip up beneath fabric-covered buttons.
Sheer Beaded Beach Wedding Dress Bring the glamour to your destination wedding in this sheer, beaded beach wedding dress from Essense of Australia!
The sheer bodice of this relaxed wedding dress features a plunging, V-neckline and coordinating plunging side cutouts that add to the sexiness of the design. Floral beading throughout the bodice adds a feminine touch, and extends slightly onto the French tulle skirt. A coordinating V-back is the focal point of the back of the gown, and is balanced out with a breathtaking train.
The back of this sheer, beaded beach wedding dress zips up beneath crystal buttons. Wedding Dress with Lace Sleeves and V-Neck A gown that brings all the romance to any wedding day, this wedding dress with lace sleeves and V-neckline from Essense of Australia is simply breathtaking!
Soft, cotton lace covers the bodice of this gown, giving a modern update with its unique, floral lace pattern. A deep V-neckline is the focal point of the bodice, extending easily into an off-the-shoulder neckline that has an organic lace edge. This romantic lace detailing carries down the arms, providing a good amount of coverage to the entire arm.
From the waist down, the fitted skirt of this dress shows off your curves effortlessly before flaring out at the knees. The back of the gown is open and is highlighted with sheer, illusion-lace details and organic lace detailing throughout the skirt and train.
The back of this wedding dress with lace sleeves and V-neckline zips up beneath crystal buttons. A slight sweetheart neckline, complete with scalloped edge, frames the face effortlessly, while the lace continues down the fitted bodice and flared skirt.
Subtle sparkle throughout the gown creates an undeniable shimmer and gives this gown a hint of glamour. Patterned lacework is placed throughout the skirt and train, and the hem is finished with elegant scalloped lace.