It's very strange to think of myself as someone who is about to get married. Even though planning and prep has taken over my life for nearly the past year and I bring it up every 5 seconds here, it hasn't really dawned on me that at the end of it I'm going to be going through my own wedding day. That might sound nuts, but honestly it all feels pretty surreal still. My now married bridesmaid said that same feeling never really left her even on the day, so at least I'm not alone! But it is happening, we're just over two months away now and this weekend is my hen do! We don't really call these 'bachelorettes' in the UK, but equally we don't have an equivalent word to 'bachelorette' to identify the bride of the group, so it's good for a blog post!
This outfit is one that would look oh-so-appropriate at a bachelorette party and that's originally how I saw this dress, as the colours lend themselves so well to evening wear. The beautiful embroidery and the shape and neckline of this dress were something I couldn't pass up. I also really like that it can be worn as a sun dress (it's a light fabric) too. Anyway, the fit of this dress is a dream and my hat is off to Voodoo Vixen because this is down to two features: 1) elasticated shirring in the back and 2) adjustable straps. Hallelujah! Adjustable straps, the gift from the clothing gods I will always be overjoyed to see! Seriously, repro designers, more of these. It's so great for helping those of us who aren't average sized wear niche fashions without expensive tailor trips. Oh and stay tuned as I have a discount code for those awesome adjustable Voodoo Vixen dresses!
So yes, I'm quite a fan of this dress. Will I get to wear it for my hen celebrations though? Well, as it turns out, not for our big night out as I will instead be dressing like a middle-classed Edwardian. Which isn't because I'm trying to go out of my way to subvert the more traditional hen apparel (even though that does sound like something I'd do for the lols), but because we are going to Secret Cinema as bohemians for their Moulin Rouge themed event! I can't wait!! My costume is definitely a lot more Mary Poppins than can-can dancer, but hey, I'm totally ok with that. Strange fact about me: as a teen I was obsessed with this film to the extent I watched it virtually daily for a considerable period of time. This is stranger once you know I'm really not that into films and I'm not one for love stories usually. There was something about that world and the use of music that really spoke to me, clearly - and I absolutely can't wait to be in it! And if there's a time for love stories in your life it has to be as you're getting married, right?!
Hair flower: Alternate Normality (out of stock but may come back in!)
Dress: 'Scarlett' c/o Voodoo Vixen
Shrug: Monsoon (old)
Clutch: Chi Chi London (no longer available)
Shoes: ASOS (old)
So, that discount code! Use CICI20 before the end of April to get 20% off your orders on voodoovixen.co.uk :) I know they're expecting some more stock of the new summer range to come in over the month, so keep that code to hand...
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