Please no one shout. My head hurts. A lot. Completely overindulged yesterday at lunch with a group of lovely marketing bods at Shoreditch House and am feeling exceptionally sorry for myself. Had a lovely day which unfortunately didn't include shopping as I may have got carried away at lunch, finishing on espresso martinis. And then thinking it was a good idea to carry on drinking at a bar round the corner. The lovely husband came to join us and managed to escort me home (thank the lord otherwise I'm not sure I would have made it on my own).
It did seem like a good idea at the time and was probably what I needed to blow some of the cobwebs away. Will hopefully be able to go up to London next week and meet him for a couple of hours for lunch and a mooch round Selfridges.
In the meantime, we've confirmed the date for the funeral which is 29th December. Now I know people have said not to buy a new dress but I really think (probably v incorrectly..) that I would wear a dress again and with an email earlier from All Saints about their sale starting today, it would have been rude not to have a look at what black dresses they have on offer.
Plus, we still have New Year to think of and I've decided to have a party for my birthday in January (although have to have the party in Feb) and so what better excuse was there earlier today to lie in bed feeling sorry for myself and doing a little bit of virtual shopping. I don't think you can ever have too many black dresses and finding the perfect ones are much harder than it should be.
Of course I *could* have wrapped some presents. Yeah, that didn't really happen. Also slightly concerned about putting them under the tree seeing as the dog seems to think anything on or near the tree is a snack. Not entirely sure how well presents will fare...?
Onwards though with some of the gems I've found at All Saints and elsewhere.
Ame Dress from All Saints was £148 now £103
Another wrap over style - there's a theme here... and I know I know I wasn't going to do navy and black. But... I think because this is obviously navy and black together as opposed to a navy dress and a black coat, it works? Clear as mud?
Roder Dress was £138 now £96
More overlap at JCrew and they have 30% off lots of most items with the code OURTREAT.
Overlapped long sleeve shift dress £148 pre discount
SImilar but in all black at M&S. This is the ideal LBD to wear to work, at the weekend with a chunky knit and biker boots or out in the evening with heels.
Front Pleat Drape Shift Dress from M&S £39.50 available in three lengths
Round neck swing & flare dress from M&S £19.50
Flared hem now with a drop waist shift dress at Banana Republic £75
Round neck again and this one I fear may need a good pair of sucky in big pants (clearly not the official name) to go with it. But it's an absolutely stunning shape at the top, the fabric feels a lot more expansive than the price belies.
Gathered neck shift dress from Autograph £65
Midi at Atterley Road - Claudia Midi Dress £65
V neck now at All Saints and unfortunately not in the sale this time.
Tame Dress from All Saints £118
Faux wrap in a super versatile dress from Banana Republic. Great price for a classic LBD.
Faux-wrap Dress £69.50 available in regular and tall.
The original at DVF. A v neck back as well so slightly different from the BR one (although I'm not going to lie.. I think I may prefer the immensely cheaper version).
Bentley Short Dress from DVF £242
Proper wrap at LK Bennett where some of their sale has started.
Callie Wrap Dress was £325 now £225
V neck again in the form of a shirt dress. This wouldn't work for me as a loose fabric belted like this does me no favours whatsoever. But it's a gorgeous dress if you have more shape than me.
Crepe Shirtdress from Banana Republic £65 in regular, petite and tall.
Polo neck now - this isn't going to work for everyone but I love this style. Yes it's veering towards the more casual but I think with a smart coat this would definitely work for a funeral or work (sorry to lump them together..) I'm not thinking it's doing Twiggy any favours if I'm honest.
Turtle Neck Swing Shift Dress was £45 now £31.50 also available in petite
High necked again at M&S.
3/4 sleeve frilled cuff bodycon dress £29.50