What do you do in preparation for a special occasion?
I was invited to a special birthday lunch for a very special friend. My friend of 50 years. You met her here, remember?
Before I could even think about what to wear, I needed to get a bit of grooming sorted out. Fringe was trimmed and nails were gelled a couple of days before the big event.
Then I was busy thinking about the old proverbial, the what-to-wear dilemma.
Here's what I came up with.
The starting point just has to be a flowery dress when invited to a special birthday lunch in August.
Here my East silk number, which has become a default special meal dress in recent years.
Add a glass bead necklace.
Bracelet (Wink) and earrings (Claudia Bradby).
Grey Adesso shoes and pink Tula bag - see not matchy matchy today!
And then The Pout was good-to-go.
But she needed a cardi for British Summer 2017.
I usually pick out the pink flowers when choosing a cardi for this dress, so I've been wearing a little sludgy pink number for years. This time I tried it with my recently purchased cropped cardi. I liked its shape with the dress but, truth be told, as I look at these pics I think I over-egged the grey a bit.
Agreed? Do you sometimes tilt too far in the direction of colour safety?
However, as I'd worn the very same dress for my friend's hubby's special birthday four years ago but with the sludgy pink, I think I may just have got away with a repeat wearing with my cunning cardi switch ... 😏!
Now let's take this little outfit La Fregate Restaurant
And I have to apologise as from hereonin the sun sort of takes over in these pics.
I love a good encaustic-tiled hallway.
And a comfy chair.
And I love my dear friend who was celebrating a special birthday. In a very sunny conservatory restaurant but you can still see her looking as gorgeous as she has always has done since the very first day I met her.
And you may have spotted her shoes in the pic.
Well, I did too. I just loved them. A bargain in a recent posh shoe shop sale. Aren't they gorgeous?!
My friend had paid great attention to nail colour, choosing a light grey/silver to go perfectly with those beautiful shoes. I love that attention to detail.
The Birthday Girl.
And a birthday girl just has to have a lacy birthday cake. mmnnn.
This lovely lady was the reason I recently posted some retro pics here, which I found when I was hunting down a photo to make up her special Moonpig card. I used this photo of my friend who was looking gorgeous all those years ago too.
Cheers, special friend!
A la perchoine.
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