1. My gala was in 3 weeks
2. I'm 5'10" and size 8's can run a bit short with heels.
First off, the dress arrived in record time! I literally paid for in on a Monday and received it the next Monday. INSANITY! I was so excited.
Secondly, the dress fit like a glove! These dresses run true-to-size, but they give you a little extra length in case you're tall (like me). I'm 5'10" and wearing 4" heels wearing a size 8 and the dress is about 1.5" off the ground in the front. If you like your hem brushing the ground, you might consider this a bit short, but I typically have my hems altered here regardless so I'm not tripping when I'm walking. Besides, I bet you didn't notice that in the picture until I mentioned it, did you? AND I'm wearing gold heels ;-)
Lastly, the quality was above and beyond what I had expected. Some of the dresses on the site looked a little cheap (especially sequined dresses that come in bright colors like gold or red). But this dress seriously looks like a $1000-$2000 red carpet dress. The craftsmanship is amazing from the fabric to the built in bra.
My ONLY complaint (which is not really a complaint) is that I was hoping to get some sexy leg action in with the slit. Not so much. You have to pull some serious Angelina Jolie moves to show any skin with the slit. But since it came so soon, I might have time to run it to my tailor to make it a bit more risque!