Monday, 25 July 2011

THAT Dress and THAT Location....

A few weeks ago I posted up about a 30's inspired belt I was crafting together to go with a 30's royal blue dinner dress for a very special event I was asked to attend for work.

Now I very rarely get to go to such events, so when I was invited by the Boss to tag along, I couldn't wait to go dress shopping. I realised after rummaging through my wardrobe that I actually had no evening dresses, apart from the obligatory big ball gowns, which wouldn't be very suitable for a sit down dinner and awards ceremony so I decided it was time to invest in something a little more appropriate, that I could drag out for future events (should I be lucky enough to be invited again!).

That is when I found the dress. Sadly it needs a little TLC, but my Mum has promised she will do the best she can, which is better than anything I can currently muster, stupid hands. It looks as if there used to be some sort of decoration on the front, a bit of 'bling' perhaps? And in order to bring it back to its former glory, I was in charge of creating the gold belt et accessories. And boy was I chuffed when I finally got to put it all altogether :) I even managed to reuse the shoes I wore to my sisters wedding last year which was great!

So enough waffle, on to the evening. To my delight, we were picked up by Limo and driven up to London to Park Lane Hotel. Little did I know, but this was a 1930's Art Deco palace, and we were seated in the old Ballroom!!!! How perfect??? I didn't even know where we were going, so you can imagine what I was like when I stepped out of the Limo and my jaw dropped to the pavement....heaven!!!

Sadly as I didn't get home until 3.30am, the Mister was fast asleep so I have no proper photo's of THE DRESS, but I promise as soon as Mum has finished doing the last little repairs, and once the mammoth move has been  completed, I will slip everything back on again so I can show it off to you all :) So yes, this post is mostly pictures of pretty Art Deco design, but I really wanted to show you what it was like! And how it felt to be in an Art Deco dress, surrounded by Art Deco interiors....if only everyone else was dressed in period too!! 

The closest I could get to showing you what the dress was like was by pinching this photo from the Trade Finance website, when our group went up to collect our award (I wont go into detail about the actual awards ceremony as I make I point to keep pleasure and business as separate as possible!) but if you want more pictures of the night, you can find them HERE. I'm pretty hard to miss, as I seem to be the only woman wearing a bright blue dress.

Much Love from Brighton,



  1. You look lovely in your dress such a lovely Royal Blue a colour that you carry of very well, you look very Chic.

  2. Wow what a wonderful venue and you look stunning in that dress you suit your surroundings perfectly!!

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  3. It looks like a gorgeous dress, and what a fab location too!

  4. Gasp! Beautiful building - what a treat! I can't say Park Lane is really my neck of the woods so I never realised this gem existed either.

    And your dress seems lovely - looking forward to seeing more pictures of it when your mum's fixed it up (hurrah for mums!)


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