Saturday, November 19, 2005

Personal shopper

This is the ballgown I found rather serendipitously yesterday (after I had given up, don't you know!):


Technically, it's called a "prom dress" and is actually cocktail-length (i.e. between knees and ankles). I'm a bit too short for a full-length gown...probably end up tripping about all over the place without wine...

Anyway, this dress is ivory satin with a black lace overlay, and some crinoline underneath for volume. It's very 50s.












I'll be wearing a pair of black satin pointy-toed kitten heels with velvet trim that I bought in the US last year:

















This is my evening bag. The ribbon handle is a rich shade of peacock teal. The flower is mother of pearl and its stalky bit is marcasite. It's the colour of that ribbon that would cause me to get a peacock mask - if we have to supply our own masks, that is. I nearly bought a little peacock feather do-dah for my hair but decided against it after I remembered we'd be wearing masks. (I like teal/aquamarine and I like peacocks...)


















And the real fur stole for my shoulders, which, believe it or not, cost less than the fake or feathered ones. And because it's real, doesn't matter that it's brown.















So all I am stuck on now is jewellery. My mother tells me to accessorise with pearls. The older women I've asked agree.
I don't like pearls and rarely wear my studs and bracelet (have no necklace).

The younger women I've asked recommend black jewellery, like this:



Too much black and too busy (consider the dress lace)...

I'd prefer a choker if anything. And the more I look at this, the more reasonable pearls seem.

So here I am, happy but stuck...

22 comments:

Rox said...

Hey that is a really pretty dress! And I like the shoes also. I agree however that the necklace would be too much. It would take away from the dress. I think ornate jewellery should only be worn with the simplest of dresses. Otherwise you'd look christmas-tree-y as my gran used to say. A chocker might work or perhaps a pendant on a slim chain. What is the occasion btw?

Olivia said...

I don't like ornate jewellery anyway.

I will look for a choker, but I was eyeing up some pendants on slim chains.

It's the masquerade ball at the Arts Club.

MattJ said...

From the male perspective: I think you're right that the black is too busy, specially as the dress is patterned. Perls are too old for you. I think you're right, possibly a choker or as rox suggests, a simple pendant, or a slim necklace. Silver I think, maybe with clear stones.

Gorgeous Dress by the way, you'll be looking 'Sa Bomb!' lol!.

*switches off the 22.3% Gay part of his brain and thinks about pie for a bit*

merserene said...

Agree, very pretty dress! And I adore kittne heels.

Pearls are the new chic; they're timeless whether you're 15 or 50. With your lacy dress and stole, you don't even need a necklace really; a nice pair of non-black earrings would do the trick.

Have fun at the ball and please show us pictures if you take any. :)

Anonymous said...

ooooohhhhhhhhh!!!! Mascarade ball!!! How exciting!!!! I love the dress and everything that you are wearing with it. I agree with the necklace, like mercerene said, you don't really need one. especially with the fur, most of your neck seemed to be covered.

So make sure you meet lots of people.....and exchange numbers with lots of people.

vanessa

Anonymous said...

Pearls are definitely older lady. Go with something silver and sparkly - perhaps a choker or a simple pendant. Smile your winning smile and away you go!

Olivia said...

Matt - *blank astonishment at the Welshman giving fashion advice*
Thanks.

Merserene - I love kitten heels too. I'm too petite really for anything higher.

Vanessa - I'll take the wrap off, though. And missie, you francophone - it's "masquerade". Also, split Merserene's name and it will make sense ;)

Anonanon - *tut* Trust you....
Choker it is, specially for my little neck.
*attempts a rusty winning smile*

Anonymous said...

bought something blue and fast at the weekend...

MattJ said...

A racing Parrot?

Anonymous said...

they don't make parrots in nurburgring blue do they??

Jia Li said...

Oh dear! I have been gone soo long...where are u going?

Olivia said...

Anonanon - Nope, parrots only come in Norwegian blue.
Now what???

merserene said...

*very confused with why Norwegian blue parrots suddenly came into the discussion*

Olivia said...

Mers - it refers to a Monty Python sketch. Do try to keep up my dear ;)

Hey everyone - I will have a busy Tuesday. Sorry for the long lapse in blogging.

Anonymous said...

thanks liv for the correction. It was late when I typed that comment.
So when is this event? tuesday night?

V.

Rebecca said...

Love the purse! Where did you swipe that beauty? Perfect!

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James said...

Someone on the internet quoting Douglas Adams - now I've seen everything!

MattJ said...

Ok, I'm juts going to ramble on about how pretty your dress is and agree with your choker choice, mainly because then you are only one away from 20 replies to this post! lol!

So when is this shindig? or is it a hootnanny? or possibly a soiree?

Olivia said...

James - you realise I delete my spam, and if I do this one, your comment will look very funny. So I won't.

Matt - I make my own 20th comment then :)


I was looking at jewellery this morning. To little avail but I am making a list, see I have the time, as the ball is on 14 Dec.
I do have an event on Thursday - a Cole Porter musical evening with a 3 course dinner and wine.

James said...

Ah, but how is my comment any more spammy than his (I was going to say his/hers, but as it's someone quoting Douglas Adams it is clearly a man)?

So you're going to a Cole Porter evening. Interestingly, I'm going to see a bluegrass band called the Cole Porters. I'd like to say '... the very same night', but really, I have no idea.

James, you're knackered. Go to bed.

Olivia said...

James, the Douglas Adams quote is spam.

Enjoy the Cole Porters. I'm sure you'll blog about them before/after you go.