Let’s start with a confession.
The last thing I needed in my wardrobe was yet another LBD.
Yep. I’m big enough to admit this – even to myself!
Beauties, I truly have enough frocks to kit out a small (ladies) army.
But when has that snippet of information ever stopped me?
So when it came to what I would wear to the shine party at ProBlogger, I just couldn’t resist adding
yet another just one more frock to my collection.
I justified this purchase to Jonny like this:
B: “I’ve seen a lovely dress that I think I should get for the Saturday night Shine event at ProBlogger”
J: “Can’t you wear one of the hundred you already have? A black dress is a black dress”
B: “Well I’ve seen one that I know you’ll love – it has a fabulous sleeve detail”
J: “I’m sure you already have one that I love with fabulous sleeve detail”
B: “Not like this one I don’t. You’ll love it. It’s a shift dress with really long 70’s bell sleeves, it’s so me and so on trend”
J: “So where does the ‘shine’ bit come into it?”
B: “It doesn’t. You know I’m already hyperventilating at the thought of being in a room with 700 bloggers, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable being too shiny. Instead, I thought I’d add some shine in my accessories. The shine brief was left open to interpretation anyway. Also, guess what? Cue have got 20% off dresses tomorrow”
B: “Yep. Just one day only – I’ll get it, if you don’t like it, I can always take it back”
DEAL SEALED 😉
A this point, I left out a minor detail.
The shoes and accessories.
So minor, Jonny didn’t need to know that I still had to buy those too!
Now I know I’ve mentioned this before, but working for CR does have the advantages of a generous staff discount.
Said discount extends itself to Witchery, Mimco, Trenery and David Jones. Which means I very rarely have to pay full price for my clobber.
This is a huge benefit of working retail hours. Without this perk, you wouldn’t see my ass for dust.
Keeping the discount structure at the forefront of my mind, means I shop strategically.
I also use it to my advantage when it comes to Jonny.
Buy something for Jonny at the same time as treating myself.
BAM – thank goodness he loves his clothes too!
Bell Sleeve Dress $199.00 Cue | Shoes: Witchery (new season) sold out online | Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One | Pouch (above pic) Mimco.
So to complete my mission, I hot-tailed my ass to Brisbane for a spot of retail therapy with Beckie.
She never questions the NEED.
She totally understands the WANT.
She is her mothers daughter after all 😉
My clothes and how I look its super important to me.
If this puts me in the ‘vain’ category – so be it. That suits me just fine.
How I look, is my armour, clothes give me confidence.
If I’m wearing something I love and feel good in, it gives me confidence to just enjoy myself, without over thinking my outfit.
If I’m not comfortable, I find it really difficult to relax and have fun.
Instead, I look like an anxious woman with ants in her pants – which is frankly not a good look for anyone!
So as it was my first year attending ProBlogger, my outfits were high on the importance level.
As I mentioned in this post, I always look for a point of difference when I am buying a dress.
My style personality is classic with a twist.
I would love to take the credit and say I found this Cue dress all by myself…but I didn’t.
My lovely friend Edwina found it for me – don’t you just love having friends that know your style as well as you do?
She also told my about the Cue discount.
I know. I’m one lucky girl.
One last thing…my legs.
I justified the shorter dress length by offsetting it with flesh tone stockings from Spanx – at least one pair of these hard-working babies should be a staple piece in every girls knicker drawer.
Nothing gifted just loved!