Last Saturday friends of ours invited us round to dinner, along with another mutual friend. I'd planned what to wear a couple of weeks ago (crikey, I'm never usually this sartorially organised) but it turns out the best laid plans go awry when hormones kick in and I was feeling very hormonal at the weekend. I got ready wearing my planned outfit (printed trousers and fancy top), took one look in the mirror and thought:
'Who is this snaffling, snarling hyena in front of me! Where is the elegant gazelle, I thought was going to stare back at me?' Clearly it had galloped off into the African sunset, never to be seen again!
Several brutally tossed aside outfits later, having frenetically ransacked my wardrobe, I decided, to hell with it. I might as well go tribal! As soon as I slipped on this maxi dress, the jungle drums quietened down and I felt less jagged.
In the past, I probably would've fallen back on wearing comfy jeans and a loose flowing top with the mood I was in but I don't want to settle for second best these days. I still wanted to look and more importantly, feel good. It will be Autumn in a few weeks time and the chances of wearing a summer maxi dress are slowly dwindling, so I pushed the boat out.
Plus, the African inspired, abstract print and the blues and turquoises lifted my mood. They are the colours I gravitate towards when I need a lift. TallBrownFox could let our friends know it was safe to leave the sharp cutting implements on the table!
The material has a slight stretchy quality to it, so it's comfortable to wear, especially as Saturday evening was more than warm. The dress is Savoir, a brand I'm not very familiar with to be honest, but I'll certainly be investigating them further, as the fit is so good on me. It's a petite and the length is spot on. I'm always slightly amused when I see women having to hold up the skirts of their maxi dresses because the hem is dragging on the floor.
The V neck is very flattering, elongating my torso - always a bonus as not only am I a petite but a short-waisted petite. And unlike many V necks, it doesn't sit so low that it ends up on my navel. Believe me, this has happened!
The twist detail under the V, allows the material to hang softly, rather than cling. Cling would've raised, not lowered the jagged levels. I even began to feel rather sleek and 3 inches taller!
As parts of the pattern give the impression of being animal print, I had to bring out my snakeskin clutch. It's the ideal size.
Not so small that you can only squeeze a mobile in using a shoehorn. What is it with clutches the size of miniature playing cards?
But not so big that it swamps me. What is it with clutches the size of pillow cases?
I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this clutch and it's fast becoming my go to 'going out' bag. It has a wristlet which I like for practical purposes and the slight translucent sheen appeals to the magpie in me.
A matching statement necklace and bracelet set to tie in with the yellows and the blues of the dress finished the look. I bought them earlier in the year from Red Herring when they were in a half price sale without thinking they would go with this dress.
I know many people say that when you have a V neck, you should wear a necklace that fits the V but I'm not inclined to agree. I don't always feel the need to match length and space with my accessories. Besides, the dress is bold, the necklace and bracelets are bold. Heck, by now I was feeling bold.
I was going to boldly go where no woman has gone before. All the way to dinner!
Annoyingly, I've had a minor flare up of the dreaded plantar fasciitis again around my left heel. I've not had one for a couple of years now. Grrrrrrr. It meant discarding my favoured black wedge sandals I wore with my black and white floral maxi dress back in June. Double Grrrrrrrr.
BUT, the silver lining was that I could wear these cute and very plantar fasciitis sufferer friendly, mock croc, low heeled, block leather sandals. Phew, that's a bit of a mouthful to say!
Savoir Petite Maxi Dress: thrifted
Red Herring Matching Necklace and Bracelets in the sale
Mock Croc Block Heel Sandals from TKMaxx
Simply Vera Wang Snakeskin Wristlet; preloved from e-bay
By the time we took a few snaps, I perked up to my old self. I'm even smiling! We had a wonderful evening with our friends. We sat outside in their wee garden, sipping Prosecco as the sun set. We were even joined, albeit briefly, by the neighbourhood squirrel. It scampered along their garden fence, clearly drawn by the amazing aromas emanating from their kitchen.
And there was another silver lining. Our friends cooked a wonderful meal for us all that was North African inspired. My tribal print inspired maxi dress couldn't have been a better choice in the end; and room enough for an expanding tum as we feasted!
We had Moroccan style lamb meatballs cooked in a tagine with cous cous, a figs, sweet potato and feta cheese salad and a lebanese cucumber and radish salad.
Have I made you hungry now? Do you like African cuisine? And how do you cope when the jungle drums are pounding?
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