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Finally! Drawing Dressember to a close January 14, 2011

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Dressember Day 31
Day 31
Dressember Day 31
Close up!


Well, it took me bloody long enough, didn’t it! These are the long-awaited photos from New Years Eve, and they are the last dress worn on the Dressember challenge. In total I wore a dress on each and every one of the 31 days, and I only repeated one dress. Pretty good stats.

I have also managed to raise £100 for Depression Alliance, which I think is a pretty good sum. I am leaving the page until February though, so if you want to give a donation then feel free! My target was £150, so let’s see if we can get there.

Anyway, it was a cold month, full of windy skirts and trembling knees – but all for a very good cause. I was certainly ready for the jeans when the time came though!

Dressember Days 28, 29 & 30 January 6, 2011

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In my defence, I am currently ill. I have been ever since I arrived home on Sunday, and the urge to write blog posts has somewhat disappeared. However, I know I need to finish my Dressember writing, and until I post these images I am not even close!

I double up outfits on days 28 and 29, simply changing the jumper. I was down in Devon, and my stock of dresses had pretty much run out. As a result, you get a very bad photo of me, and can use you imagination of the 29th!

The 30th was my travelling outfit, as I was doing the long and tiring journey from Plymouth up to the lakes.I was good and still wore a dress, but I made it train appropriate with many layers, cozy jumpers and sensible boots. Without these boots I doubt I could have survived Dressember, especially during all that snow. Anyway, this is the best photo, so just ignore the other one…

Dressember Day 30 What I Wore

Day 30

Dressember Day 28 & 29 What I Wore

Day 28 (& 29 too!)

Dressember Days 25, 26 and 27! A catch up! December 27, 2010

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Around Christmas all I want to do is avoid the internet. Despite my dependence on the net year round, Christmas is a time to be with family, and for me that means technologically isolating myself in a sea of wrapping paper, card games and grossly large meals. However, it seemed worth popping online to show you my three missing days of Dressembering!

Dressember Day 25 What I Wore Long Sequined Maxi Dress

Day 25

Christmas day I felt like dressing up, and so out came a dress that I was gifted by the ever lovely Roisin. It fits beautifully (and makes my boobs look humongous, a rare feat indeed!), and I kept the rest of the outfit simple with tights to keep my legs warm. As I didn’t leave the house, I didn’t need any shoes!!

Dressember Day 26 What I Wore Long Black and White Lace Dress Vintage

Day 26

Day 26 was, it seems, a day for posing. Then again, I have seemed to have spent most of this Christmas relatively trollied (my parents poured me Sloe gin in wine glasses, for god’s sake!), and so the acting silly may have something to do with that! I love this dress though, although not as much when I put a jumper under it, which was what I did when I braved the OUTSIDE WORLD for an hour or so. In order to avoid more unsatisfactory outfits, I shall simply have to stay indoors for the rest of winter!

Dressember Day 27 What I Wore Seasonal Vintage Dress
Day 27

And finally, today, when we travelled up to the salubrious parish of Weston-Super-Mare to take the grandmother out for her mini-christmas. She insisted on staying up there rather than coming round for Christmas, so we had to make up for it somehow. After tottering around the icy pavements in my least sensible shoes (well, we were only walking about 10 metres!), I filled up on vast amounts fo food, and now am resigned to the sofa in disgrace over my greed. The perfect end to a Christmassy day! As for the outfit, I was cheery, sparkly, and downright seasonal!

Dressember Days 22 and 24 December 24, 2010

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Yes, you get a photo for the day I worked from home, but not from yesterday! The reason, or the excuse, is that I got straight in yesterday evening and proceeded to work my way manically through a gargantuan (isn’t that a nice word?! I should endeavour to use it more!) to do list the size of my right forearm. Not my left. Packed, tidied and generally exhausted, I fell into my fresh (clean!) sheets and slept like a baby until my 6AM alarm this morning.

Dressember Day 22

Day 22

Dressember Day 24 What I Wore

Day 24

 Day 22 was boring (pretty much just lounging around under fleeces, if I am brutally honest), but today was a day of travelling. You will all be glad to know that I made it down to Devon not only in one piece, but I actually arrived early. Thank you oh wonderful railway companies (and it isn’t often you will hear me say that!), you really did me proud as part of me had become resigned to the option of spending Christmas cold and alone!

Now, however, I am sat in front of a hot blazing winter fire, sipping the most spectacular Sloe Gin I have ever made. Cheers to that!

Sloe gin in front of the fire

Sloe gin in front of the fire

Dressember Days 20 & 21 December 22, 2010

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I can’t work out what happened to my Dressember Day 19 outfit. I had a lovely day going to see Tron: Legacy and then enjoying my solstice dinner, so that seems a pretty good excuse for forgetting to take a photo of the dress I wore. I did wear one though, honest guv! And, just to prove how cold it is, my hair actually froze on the way home, and it was still -11 when I arrived at work on the Monday morning!

Frosty Hair

Frosty Hair!

Anyway, Day 20 of Dressember was a rather boring day, I was dressed for warmth and that was all that mattered for me. After all, we still have the snow, so  wore a slip and a jumper under my jumper dress, and gave it a bit more structure with the waistcoat. I think it worked!

Dressember Day 20 What I Wore

Day 20, Nice and Warm!

Day 21 of Dressember was much more fun. I wanted to be all Christmassy, so I painted my nails sparkly red, put on my Dorothy Shoes, and wore a lovely velvet dress. I pranced and preened around the office all day, so I must have been in a good mood. The evening  was spent in the pub, but unfortunately I realised I had locked myself out of my house, and I had to spend the night at Lysy’s before the letting agents opened in the morning. Not my brightest moment! Consequently I am working from home today, but I am still wearing a dress, and will photograph it later!

red dorothy shoes

Buying my "No Place Like Home" shoes!

Dressember Day 21 What I Wore

Day 21 Feeling Festive

I also painted my nail a sparkly seasonal blue, I am loving having long nails finally!

Sparkly Blue Nail Polish

Sparkly Blue Nail Polish

Dressember Days 17 & 18 December 18, 2010

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Dressember Day 17 What I Wore

Day 17

I wear pretty much no makeup nowadays, but hey. Anyway, my Warehouse black dress and tasteless gold embellished mohair jumper were the choice of the day, taking me from work through to the pub in the evening. I was saying goodbye to Row, who is moving back to Oz on Monday after over 3 years in the UK. She’s a wonderful girl, not to mention easily fitter than pretty much everyone else I know (She completely Iron Man, for chrissakes!). hopefully if I travel next year I will be able to stop in and see her.

I also had a great time, as the conversation in the pub neatly managed to cover politics, feminism, organised religious, paganism, culture, particle physics, nanotechnology and space. Pretty awesome, eh, not to mention testing for the ol’ brain matter!

Dressember Day 18 What I Wore

Day 18

Today we were accosted by snow, and in fact it kept snowing all day until late afternoon! The priority was warmth, which meant that the boots were out again! I was toasty all day, and had a wonderful time treating myself to a delicious fish & chip meal and mulled wine in the pub. I also did my bit for the world, feeding the ducks on the canal. The greedy beggars ate an entire loaf of bread, and would have had more if I had the dough (see what I did there?!)!

Snow photos to follow tomorrow!

Dressember: Day 16 December 18, 2010

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Day 16 was a boring dress day, but then in the evening was our Christmas Do at work. We we heading to Warwick Castle, and the obligatory survey of the office girlies revealed that I had the perfect opportunity to dress up – and so I went for it!

The outfit was a long Grecian vintage dress, with Cleopatra hair, and I felt pretty all evening. The evening too was awesome, everyone at work being on top form. For us, that means being exceptionally dirty minded, and at the same time being very witty – I am sure our cynicism and taunting must have been wildly annoying for the castle staff! Even better, of course, was watching everyone be utterly hungover in work the next day – hilarious! Our hangovers must have funded McDonald’s for months to come, I have never seen such a large order!

Dressember Day 16 What I Wore Grecian Vintage Dress

Day 16

Dressember Day 16 What I Wore Grecian Vintage Dress & Leopard Print Slip

See the leopard print slip..

I added a leopard print slip under the thin fabric, and was really pleased with how it worked. Flirty, yet subtle at the same time. Yay!

Dressember Day 15: Feeling Sexier! December 15, 2010

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Dressember Day 14: Feeling Sexier!

Day 14

OK,  so my promise to look great yesterday didn’t so much pan out. I have obviously been in a bit of a hormonal mood the past few days, coupled with complete exhaustion! All of which meant that yesterday morning I turned the alarm off in my sleep, waking up at 5 minutes past 9. I start work at 9, so ensued a mad few minutes of throwing on whatever dress was nearby and zooming into work!

Today, however, was much better. Despite the fact that I left the house about half 6 and got back at 7 tonight, I set enough alarms to drag me out of bed. I then put makeup on, dressed smartly, and enjoyed 9 hours in the car travelling down to Cornwall and back. The meeting went well, but I don’t have time to cook up the sort of culinary wonder I made yesterday (Pasta in a white wine and salmon sauce, for those of you who care!) – instead, I will eat a boost bar and hopefully enjoy things at the lovely Sew Make Believe Christmas party tonight!

Anyway, onto the outfit. I felt to Christmassy all day. Wearing purple was enough, but the sparkles in the tights and the pretty heels made the look complete. I was really happy with it! Oh, and in honour of jumping for december, the best photo I could get – just headless!

Jumping For Dressember

Jumping For Dressember!

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Dressember Days 12 & 13 December 13, 2010

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Dressember Day 12

Day 12

Dressember Day 13 What I Wore

Day 13

OK, I’m really not taking good pictures at the moment. I look tired, and ill, and pasty. In the Day 13 photo, I even look pudgy! No fair!

So, my promise to you guys is to look good tomorrow. I will get up early, I will do my hair, I will choose a very pretty dress. I will wear makeup! In essence, I will do my very best to look pretty rather than rough!

Dressember: Day 10 December 11, 2010

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Mixing patterns was the name of the game today. Bold candy cane stripes, cute jester style checks, and floral patterned tights. It could have looked really bad, I’ll be honest, but as it happened I felt great all day. Oh, and festive of course! And, as you can tell from the posing, more than a little bit silly!

Dressember Day 10, What I Wore

Day 10

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