On Saturday I attended the races at Rosehill Gardens with family (including my sisters in law from The Polished Edge!). I'd been looking forward to this event for many weeks; it is always one of the highlights of the year and I just love the opportunity to dress up in an outfit that I wouldn't normally have the chance to wear to many other events. (Oh and of course the free champagne wasn't too bad either)... The last time I attend was two years ago, I posted about it here and wore my vintage dress from the 1940s. This time I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to completely cover myself in as many flowers as possible! I've wanted to wear my first ever Bernie Dexter dress for quite sometime but I'd been saving it for this special occassion.
I know there are many bloggers who own this dress, (just look in the modcloth style gallery) so I felt like I'd joined the club when it became mine too. I think it's lovely to have such a beautiful dress which reminds me of all my friends from around the world. I feel so warm and happy, like I'm part of a fabulous community, when I wear this dress. To be honest there are a few aspects of this dress I'd change if I could in terms of the design. I believe it runs large, especially at the top so if I'd had more time, patience or money I probably would have had it adjusted to make it as fitted as I usually my dresses. It was also longer than I usually wear my dresses (it sat just below my knee) so I decided to have it hemmed. Obviously I had to be careful when choosing a new length because I didn't want to detract from the lovely pattern. I made it a little shorter than originally desired so I could wear a skirt underneath to make it appear as though the dress has netting. From the moment I saw this dress I had the idea that I wanted to add netting (especially pink!). In the absence of a sewing machine, or much free time, I decided that the most simplistic method would be to wear a skirt underneath and have the dress hemmed just short enough for the skirt to peek out. I'm happy with the way it turned out.
Isn't the peter pan collar on this dress just so adorable? My accessories just came together once I had the dress as the basis. These shoes, which complement my dress and also feature floral detailing were a must, and the pink belt seemed like an obvious choice. I also had the chance to try out a flower crown for the first time. As you probably know, I adore flower crowns; I've admire the flower crowns on so many blogs in recent times. Where I live flower crowns have just started to hit the shops, so they are now very easily accessible and I hope to add more to my collection. I wasn't sure exactly which styles of flower crowns would suit me the best (since I always tie up my hair) but I believe this one achieves a balance. I also felt quite revolutionary yesterday; I have a different hairstyle for once (notice the low bun instead of the high bun!?) I've totally always been one to embrace change!
I don't expect to find this week easy. It's my first week without full time work in a number of months and I already miss it so much. My workplace threw me a leaving party on Friday morning. I received a beautiful card, flowers and little cupcakes. So many people were sad to watch me leave and despite the irony of the situation, I actually felt very valued and supported. I wish there would have been another outcome to this situation. I miss it there so much and tomorrow morning is going to hurt. If I must see the positives, I have a job interview on Monday morning. Objectively it's so positive to have a potential opportunity so soon and also to be forced to get back out there instead of feeling sorry for myself. However, this whole situation hit me hard and I'm finding it almost impossible to move on. Right I'm not sure if there is any way to fill this void in my life.
Thank you for your continued support. Wishing you a wonderful week.
'Scene and Believed Dress' by Bernie Dexter via Modcloth
Ruche 'Fascination Embellishment Heels'
Modcloth 'Atmospheric Ambience Skirt' (worn underneath)
Lovisa Flower Crown
Linking to: What I Wore Wednesday