Firstly let me tell you that a little compliment goes a long long way.
The lovely Sonia of Sonia Styling fame wrote a fabulous post called compliment me – Sonia is the loveliest. Not only is she visually drop dread gorgeous, she also oozes happiness which I think is totally infectious.
A couple of days ago I received one of those totally out of the blue compliments, the type you were not expecting that give you an instant no medication high!
You see, I was feeling a little tired – I’m still having problems with my bloody teeth, my temporary crown keeps falling off and its driving me crazy, both in the pain and frustration stakes.
So I wasn’t firing on all of my normal cylinders. I was a tad ‘foggy’.
Do you ever have a day when you are quite literally watching yourself go through the motions?
If so, this was me on Tuesday.
Also, if I’m honest I do think it had something to do with writing about my girl and her early struggles, in this post . Because I’m quite a private person, I was nervous about telling my story at the same time as feeling an overwhelming need to share. The support I have received has been nothing short of wonderful.
So I guess its ok to feel drained when you have opened your heart?
Anyway on Tuesday, I was helping a lovely Mum find the right boots for her daughter (who must have been about 8-ish) – I can’t even remember why but I mentioned my girl.
The lovely Mum asked how old my daughter was, I said 21 – her reply: ‘No way you can’t be old enough to have a 21-year-old daughter’ made my day!
BAM – I instantly smiled and felt a million dollars.
My shoulders relaxed, I straightened my back and floated around the shop with a big smile on my face for the rest of the day
To say I was delighted was an understatement. Her one kind comment changed my whole day and gave the a burst of unexpected energy I needed.
Giving compliments comes super-easy to me. It gives me pleasure.
Set yourself the challenge to make someone’s day, it doesn’t matter who it is whether you know them or not. If you think their shoes are amazing, tell them. If you love their hair say it. Because just a few kind words can move mountains for both the giver and the receiver.
Enough of the digressing…
Let me fill you in on this cute little dress, it’s one of my latest purchases that is as comfy as it is forgiving.
I must apologise for the pic’s, they were taken when I arrived homes from work. Don’t look too close – my make-up was applied 12 hours before at 7am!
The magical powers of this frock most definitely lie in the ruching, which in turn is complimented by the pattern. Together this combination hides a multitude of sins!
Because there is no denying I have a bottom, a tummy, big thighs and a bust.
So finding a dress that compliments all of those areas is not easy.
I wouldn’t normally go for a dress so ‘figure hugging’.
Without the clever fabric placement and pattern I would not have even tried it on.
Here’s why this dress will stay in my
vast ever growing collection for the foreseeable future:
- Posh event: Wedding/Races add tanned legs or flesh coloured tights with a heel for total elegance.
- Corporate function or meeting. Think vivacious Donna from Suits (I have a serious girl crush) – if you are late to the Suits party you NEED to watch.
- Sleeves offer total flexibility. They make the dress appropriate for business and cover up the dreaded upper arm.
- Shift dresses don’t date – that’s why I love them so!
- Requires minimal accessories: Add earrings plus some arm candy for maximum effect.
I adore dresses. It’s the instant outfit that gets me every single time…
Do you embrace the dress? Are you good at giving and receiving compliments?
My blog posting schedule is all over the place at the moment, I should have been over at Kimbalikes Place yesterday and its Redcliffe Style link up today, so to keep my stress levels at a minimum I’m kill two birds with one stone!