Parties & Things

I live in dread. In dread of being invited to a party. But much, much worse than an 

expensive envelope containing a thick card invitation plopping onto the doorstep, is the 

absence of an invitation. I believe this phenomenon is now known as FOMO (fear of 

missing out). But I suffer from both FOMO and DBITIWBVHIIWN (dreading being 

invited though I would be very hurt if I was not). So, time to grow up and face the fact 

that more often than not, I have a lovely time at a party(mostly).

The question, of course, is what to wear to a wedding, a birthday bash, a Garden Party at 

Buckingham Palace, an opening, a closing, a launch, a lunch, a preview, a wake, a 

christening, a graduation, a premiere and on and on it goes.......

So, a little planning goes a long way and here I share my journey to one of the best 

parties I have been to, for a very long time. Coinciding with the delivery of a perfect pink 

dress and with the help of my erstwhile assistant, Violet Dent, we set about deciding what 

on earth to wear.

Pink Brocade Louisa Dress

Louisa was definitely a contender, though my unsightly arms needed to be

encased in fabric, so......

Lexirose Dress in Pink Brocade

I tried Lexirose. It ticked all the boxes. Demure but not frumpy. Long, but not too long.  

Arms hidden, neck disguised, tummy swathed and hopefully invisible. Just enough 

detail. Frankly I thought it was wonderful. Violet agreed (sort of).



What to do with unruly hair. Tie it up in a giant ribbon?

Brushed Cream Beret With Pale Pink Velvet Bow

Hide it in a hat? Maybe this one?


Brushed Coral Beret With Coral Tulle Bow

This one? Too much?

Or perhaps

A scrunchy? Then what if it is chilly??? I thought this

Darling green Freya sweater, with

Green Converse All Stars


Yellow Grace Cardigan

This divine yellow cardigan with these?

Bright Yellow Converse All Stars

As it was, I wore my old blue Converse, in which I am always comfortable.

Navy Grace Cardigan

Of course any of these cardigans would suite the purpose of keeping warm

and looking charming.

Pale pink Lily Cardigan

Dusty Pink Lily Cardigan

Sometimes two is better than one.

..... and always a cashmere cardigan casually thrown about the shoulders.

It was very warm so I had no need for knitwear but better safe than  cold.

The party was a huge success and I found some things to talk about, I saw

old friends, and laughed a lot. The hostess was beautiful and happy so

all in all I was glad to receive the heavy white envelope and grateful that I

still have some friends who are lovely enough to coax me out of my 

tiny solitary, anti social life.

It helps to have a lovely frock to wear though.

Yes, they were both for me. 

Until next time...

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