Katlady, I got the dress at a local store, BonTon. It's that time of year they are trying to get rid of the winter clothes, I mean it is January! They have dresses and a lot of their clothes on sale at 70%. My new suitcase came in the mail today - it's a Delsey, bright red, and one of those light weight ones. I checked it, and it's around 8 pounds - so I can pack 42 pounds of clothes and other important items! I have a month to go and am getting very excited!