Well, one that I can afford anyway. Since looking for the Italy Outfit (as it shall from here on be called) became duller than a dull thing and was clearly taking over my internet surfing life, I had (hell knows how) neglected to remember that I had a black tie 40th. Next weekend.
Now to be fair, the reason I wasn't panicking was that I do have a back up. Well, one of my closest friends has my back up dress and has in fact had it for about five years. There clearly is a sensible brain cell rattling around my head somewhere as, what would normally happen is, I would have asked for return of said dress next Friday say, to wear on Saturday night. In my head this dress still looks great. Black satin strapless, very fitted, just below the knee, little fishtail at the back. You can guarantee that in reality, as I've had 3 children since I last wore it (I bought it for my hen do - this story just gets worse, doesn't it?) the chances of it fitting me properly would be lower than zero. And it's probably actually quite nasty.
So, partly as a distraction and partly as that sensible brain cell has a loud voice saying go and find something or you'll be going in your pants, I've been having a look for a dress that would suffice for a black tie dress code and one that would also just be a handy LBD. Or just an LBD as I actually don't have one. Shock. Horror. But, as I may have mentioned one or a million times, I'm not really a dress person (no shit sherlock).
And what do you know. I think I've come up trumps. I haven't had to resort to feeding the kids beans for the rest of the month (ok so maybe cheesy beans and I can stretch to a sausage or two - Annabel Karmel, back in your box) and - oh and this is the most wonderful bit - it covers my knees. YEEE HAAAAAAA. Well, it covers my knees when I stand still. I'm slightly scared that when I walk it might ride up and flash double doughy knees at the world but I can either a) waddle or b) just not walk anywhere. Works for me.
If that wasn't enough, it gets better. The ruching of it means that it's so flattering, it gives me curves. I actually don't look like an ironing board with two fried eggs glued on a third of the way down. And lastly - oh bum, I think this really might be age evident - it's comfy. I don't have to breathe in permanently (another reason why ruching should be sainted).
I don't have a pic of me in it but here it is - The Taka Darwin Dress from All Saints
I have shoes (Zara - black suede either shoes or ankle strap sandals) and a bag (Coast bullet bag) (Husband - are you reading?!) but could probably do with (Husband - stop reading now) some new mega Pat Butcher stylee earrings. I am chuffed.
I'm also thinking if there's any way I can maybe wear shoehorn it into the Italy Outfit hole. Am thinking I'm going to struggle for a day ceremony in Italy in the blistering August heat. Perfect for the night do though. So I "may" be partly there. I'm leaving this subject now. As am too hungover.
Which leads me neatly onto the last couple of days which have been totally manic here. Last night, had my launch party of my Wardrobe Consultation & Personal Shopping business, along with a Taylor Stephens clothes party. Fantastic night (tomorrow will do complete blog on party and all the wonderful clothes - have loads to report) and a huge public thank you to all my friends who came and made it such a successful evening. I also have a great new logo and so shall be remodelling the blog in the next few weeks and putting on a page all about the business for anyone who may be interested. In the meantime if you would like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
So a quick round up of what I've been wearing in - wait for it - the sunshine. Oh lord, how much better does life seem when it's not raining?
Wed - great meeting with a wonderful lady who sells the most beautiful jewellery. Have some on the way and can't wait to blog about it! Plus a successful haul in Majestic Wine of supplies for Thursday night.
Blush silky jersey t-shirt - H&M
White straight leg jeans turned up - Zara
Brocade jacket - Wallis
Statement stone and gold necklace - Anthropologie
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry
Brown leather cuff - Hultquist
Tan multistrap wedges - Clarks
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Vanilla Roxanne - Mulberry
And yesterday I didn't even have time to take a photograph of my day outfit. Can you believe it?! Last night, RR1 was in bed and so the lovely Mrs. L was nominated as Photographer. This was taken exceptionally late hence I am a little worse for wear. But you get the gist. (I also couldn't get her to take 80 photos like RR1 does. So it was these or nothing)
Beige longline vest - Primark
White loose knit top - Cos
Black leather corsage necklace - Sportsmax
Black/navy/beige leopard print trousers - Whistles
Black suede sandals - Zara
Black blazer - newly purchased last night! More on that tomorrow.
So it's goodbye from me today but see you definitely tomorrow. Out again tonight - and wearing a new purchase from last night. Beyond bargainous. I can't wait to tell you all about it.
Oh and did I mention we have chicks? Three week old chicks. In the kitchen. Hmmmm. And people wonder why I drink.