Friday 13 December 2013

Friday Frocks #143 - Baby blue eyes.

I love Christmas, I really do. I love decorating the house, I love buying presents, I love finding excuses to make calorific baked goods. But I think, honestly, if you put a gun to my head (please don't), what I love most about this time of year is all the excuses there are to dress up.

Weirdly, I find it harder to pull off an 'undone' look than a 'done' one. It's probably my reluctance to wear jeans and my hair's inability to be worn naturally without being enormous and frizzy that means I can never pull off the casual look, so if there's an excuse to look glamorous, I'm much more at home with a structured dress and a more formal hairdo.

Pretty much since we were old enough to celebrate it, New Year's has been spent at one of my friends' houses, drinking wine and - in later years - eating excessive amounts of cheese. I usually make a bit of an effort, but it's never a hugely formal affair, so my work Christmas do is probably the most dressed up I get all season. And I bloomin' love it.

This year, we held the party at one of our holiday parks and I brought my sister along to celebrate. It was an amazing night with fireworks, awesome entertainment, a dance off and, er, a free bar. The party was still going when I crawled to bed at 2am, and I still felt wobbly come Monday. Pretty much everyone there had a go at using my camera at some point, which means lots of random photos - many of which did NOT make it onto Facebook!

I wore the blue sparkly dress that I bought for my 30th last year, which my Mum had customised by adding straps. It fits a lot better than it did then - but I'm still happy that I have the straps - strapless dresses are never wise when you dance like I do. I wore it with a little tuxedo jacket that I've had for years and black tights, and if I'm honest, I felt totally cute. Hooray! I'm glad I wore it, actually - the dress has a lovely spinny skirt (although it's not advisable to spin a lot with a dress this short) and the cut of it meant that I could nom away on the buffet and not worry about showing my belly. Earlier in the year, I did seriously consider buying myself a bodycon dress but after eating all the things in America, I decided I was in denial and stuck to a skater style. It's still a goal for next year though, and the nice thing is that even if I still feel a little insecure about it, I can just pop on some amazing silhouette smoothing shapewear and no one will know that I have a bit of a tummy. :)

In addition to wearing a pretty banging outfit, I also achieved the perfect glamorous side ponytail through trial and error, so if I remember at some point, I'll pop a tutorial up. It was so easy! AND my smoky eyes didn't smudge everywhere. Everything's coming up Sarah!

Dress - Topshop via eBay
Bracelet - Swarovski
Rings - Topshop
Earrings - Accessorize
Jacket - H&M (not recently)
Necklace - New Look (recently!)


  1. n'aw you look amazing, and I'm glad you had a great time. I wish I could say I put as much thought into my outfit for Fri night, I didn't. I grabbed a dress from the wardrobe at 1800 on Fri night and was out of the door again at 1900. It was all v tame at our end as well, most disappointing.

  2. Ah I'm with you - I'm much better at getting all fancy. Hence why I'm usually the one over dressed! You look so pretty Sarah!

  3. You look amazing here, I love that sparkly dress!

    Maria xxx

  4. Wow you look so nice! Love the dress! Have to agree it is much better to get dressed up than dress down, I can never manage to find the middle ground between "super glam" and "hobo" x


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