Thursday, April 07, 2011

Agony and the Ecstasy (of dress shopping)

For the want of a dress my mind was lost ...

I think I made passing mention on this darling little site about how one of my very favourite people in the world is getting married. My adorable sister Charlotte.
It's in June. In June she will be turning 23 and she will becoming a wife. I'm so excited for her!
Her fiancé, G, is really rather lovely. He fits into our crazy family.

I'm also excited for me. Because I get to be a bridesmaid!
It's all very small and casual (much like Charlotte herself) but my sister Jayne, Charlotte's friend Kelly, and I all get to stand up there with her.
This means I get to buy a dress! During my shopping ban! A pretty pretty dress.

But! It turns out, I am very good at finding dresses for other people. For myself? I only find the unattainable.

Charlotte has asked that we dress like macarons. Well, not really.
She means in dresses the colour of macarons; turquoise, mint, lavender, blush, lemon, apricot. Lovely,

She told us this late last night. This morning I was exchanging emails with Jayne and within an hour? she had her dress.

A dress for Jayne

I asked Twitter for help and shortly thereafter had found a dress that would be perfect for me. Only? it is kind of expensive*, and WORST OF ALL - they don't ship to New Zealand**.

Dreaming of a J.Crew dress

It's tough being at the bottom of the world.

I've searched and searched and searched online but I can't find anything that I love even half as much. I can't find anything that I love even a little bit and that would suit.
It is making me doubt my newly won title of Queen of Internet Shopping***.

Here is where I have searched:
asos / topshop / j.crew / zara / outnet / anthropologie / ruby / superette / urban outfitters / barneys / nordstrom / shopbop / h&m / next / peacocks / dorothy perkins / new look / portmans / glassons / net-a-porter / forever 21 / macy's / bluefly / revolve / nastygal / selfridges / miss selfridges / max

I think I might have to go in to an ACTUAL store.

Here is what I am looking for:
sleeveless but not strapless or one-sleeved
chiffon or silk or some other floaty material
mid-thigh to knee length
mint green or lavender/lilac purple

It can't be that hard? can it? really?

Dang it Macy's. You don't even ship to Canada let alone NZ

Damn it, Macy's! You don't even ship to CANADA. They're ATTACHED to you.

At least I enjoy looking at pretty dresses online. There is always that. And I enjoy whining about the terrible terrible hardship of shopping.

EDIT: I found a dress!

Found a dress! Approved by the bride & everything

Approved by the bride and everything.

* this isn't that much of a deal. I adore the dress in and of itself and I can see myself wearing it to work with a blazer.
** they do ship to Canada though. We have a cousin who lives there ... a possibility. But for the price?
*** bestowed upon me by a very thankful Jayne.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Life Tourist

One of the things I like most about taking a photo every damn day is looking back at this day in years past.

Craig at the Royal Opera
Craig and I had dinner in Paris. As you do.

Saturday: Almost forgot! Tiki. Macro.
I almost forgot to take a photo and ended up with this shot of our Hawaiian Tiki.

Synday: Starwars Potato Heads on the set of Tetris Cops
I was filming Tetris Cops and the location was home to Star Wars Potato Heads.

Daylight savings
Daylight Savings changed again and the light workday morning was unnerving.

Some years are more exciting than others ...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

365 in 2011

Oh Darling 365

Sunday: Eastbourne for Auditions
It was pouring with rain in the morning but by the time I made it around to Eastbourne for the Oleanna auditions it was bright bright sunshine. Crazy Wellington Autumn.

Monday: Going for a Run
I got home from work and I was unusually full of energy, so I went for a run. Madness!

Tuesday: I love this Workshop Denim Ad
I love this ad for Workshop Denim. Navy blue glitter & piercing eyes.

Wednesday: I got the part!
I got the part I auditioned for. I was thrilled.

Thursday: Winter's Sweatshirt
The last day of March. I found a sweatshirt to see me through winter.

Friday: quite a few lines
I printed a copy of the Oleanna script and highlighted my lines. There are quite a few.

Saturday: Reading Fashion Magazines
I spent a couple of hours reading the Fashion magazines that have been piling up for months. Autumn inspiration.


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