On Frocktober 23 I wore my favourite dress. It’s a Vanity Project dress by LIMB in the UK that I bought for my 40th birthday. Every single one of their dresses is amazing and it took me a long time and a complicated process of elimination to choose exactly which dress I wanted. Thankfully I had input from my trusted fashion advisor, Jamie, who helped me to make the final decision. Their dresses aren’t cheap (unlike the rest of my wardrobe) so I had to have a big ebay garage sale of a bunch of dresses and shoes to get enough money to buy this one. But it was totally worth it!
I also had the hairpiece made by Soda Sweethearts who I would totally recommend if you need a custom hairpiece. I wanted one with a bird in it, and colours to complement the dress and that’s exactly what I got.
This outfit was perfect for our joint 40th party (along with seamed stockings and two different pairs of red shoes – high wedges to start with, then my trusty MaryJanes when I’d had enough of silly grown up walking).
So indeed, it was the perfect outfit for a party. But I feared it was perhaps a little bit much for the office yesterday. As it turned out, I learned that dressing up in something a bit over the top is the perfect way to have a great day at work. All day long people smiled at me and commented on my dress or my hair flower and I had lots of opportunities to give Frocktober a plug. The only slightly dicey moment was when I sat next to someone with a bird phobia in an afternoon meeting, but we got through that.
Today I’m sending a big thank-you-style shout out to my ace cousin Annelise and my fabulous Frocktober buddy Julianne for their donations. Two women who know colour better than anyone I know.
To finish I might share one more photo from the party, where I have just unwrapped my ridiculously amazing birthday present from my friends.
Can you see the incredulous happy in my eyes? Ironically, the picture features me wearing one of the frocks I sold off to get enough money to buy the party frock. Here’s the original pic of me wearing that diner dress: