Stunning and so festive.
I had you going for a minute there didn't I? I profess to making no effort outside our house except for the obligatory wreath on the front door and a few lights in the window. This is a picture I took last week when I passed by the Christmas house. The Christmas house is sited at the other end of the village and each year, it sets up this extravaganza for all to enjoy. Some may find it an eyesore and though I tend to like my decorations a little more monochromatic and subdued, I like to stop past this house and take in the spectacle. The people who do this put an honesty box outside so they can collect for the MacMillan Cancer Trust. Last year, when we went, the honesty box wasn't there. It had been emptied of the donations and there was a note to tell us of such. I have to admit, I was quite saddened to know that there were people out there who could carry out such a mean spirited act. The honesty box is back this year - I hope that there is no repeat incident.
Now that we are officially in December, I think it's time to think about the sequins and sparkles which many people will gladly be adorning for their Christmas parties or for Christmas day. I think this is the week when I turn in to Susie Sparkle and see what I have in my wardrobe. I confess to being a little frugal around the old evening dressing up mullarkey. I hate to buy a dress or an outfit for one off occasion and know that it is unlikely to see the light of day again after the event. If I splash out on a dress these days, it needs to have longevity.
Last year, I bought a dress for a friends 40th birthday do. I figured it was time for a new evening going out dress after a three year drought and I'd just gone to a party where I was in jeans and all the girls were in little sparkly dresses. Time to up the game. I settled on this one after trying on many, returning many and cursing many. It has sequins - I'm not normally drawn to sequin dresses but these were a little more unusual as they're rectangular and I liked the bronze tones. I can't actually remember how much the dress was but whatever it was, I thought it was worth it as it's a dress I can drag out from year to year for any number of occasions ... and it's comfortable.
Monsoon Bronze Sequin Dress (old)
Sequins feel a bit funny when you sit down though.
Cold or warm? With or without?
Have you got your party dress sorted? Are you a Susie Sparkle or a Prudence Prude? I guess I'm a bit of a both looking at my dress. A Sue Prue.