Outfit: the naming day dress

Well hello there, long time no post! If there’s one thing having a baby has taught me, it’s that I invested a LOT of time into this blog back when I, er, could. Well, actually, it’s taught me a lot more important stuff than that, obviously, like stretch marks can appear long after all the stretching is well and truly over… And you will come to tolerate everything in your life being slightly damp from baby dribble… And even though there’s at least 10 different Amazon delivery drivers in this area, you have seen each of them multiple times. Often in the same week. Babies need a LOT of stuff.

But it’s also taught me that I need this blog, because I need somewhere to still be my old self and care about frivolous things like photographing a pretty dress, just because I want to remember it and how it made me feel. Because this, my friends, is a very pretty dress. And it had a very important job to do as it clothed me for Sadie’s naming day. When I mentioned her naming day on Instagram a couple of people asked me what it was… which is probably fair enough, I’d never heard of it either. It’s basically a christening – without the god part. B and I aren’t religious and I didn’t want to be a hypocrite just for the sake of ceremony.

It took me a very long time to find this dress for one impossible-to-ignore reason: I had to be able to nurse Sadie in it. She’s only 5 months old so she’s still being breastfed exclusively. It took me ages to find something that all wasn’t a) a velvet Christmas-party type dress and b) had sleeves and would be warm enough for early January. Finally, I stumbled across this one on ASOS and even though it’s not really my usual style and it’s probably more 70s-inspired than anything, I couldn’t resist it.

It turned up and it was the perfect length and the sleeves actually fit for once – thanks to the fact they make it in Petite too. ASOS, I love you. There was one big problem though – the plunge was SO DEEP that on my new giant chest (yeah maybe I should be grateful but you try finding a supportive nursing bra in a 30GG), the top gaped wide open and Sadie’s lunch was fully on display, to put it bluntly. Step up my local tailor who saved the day with a simple hidden snap closure that pulled the plunge in for the bargain price of £3! I don’t know if you’d have even guessed?

The other bargain of this outfit is the beautiful hair piece. Of course I didn’t just find one that matches this dress perfectly off the shelf. No, this was the genius – again – work of Holly at Alternate Normality, who’s made me so many things over the years, not least my wedding hair flowers! She has a custom service and all I did was send her a photo of this dress and roughly what I wanted (always a big ol’ flower) and she created this stunner for a steal. If you’re in the UK and you need something specific please, please speak to her because you won’t regret it. (Disclaimer: not sponsored, just love her work.)

Hair flower: Alternate Normality (bespoke service)
Dress: ASOS Petite (standard / maternity)
Shoes: ASOS (old)

Obviously, I didn’t dress my baby in a bear suit and stand in a random gravel path on her naming day, these photos were taken afterwards as I didn’t get many of the dress. But, just to show the outfit in action, here’s one I made earlier.

Sadie is wearing her auntie’s christening dress, and yes she definitely out-prettied me 😉


  1. January 12, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    It’s so good to see a post from you! And a post with you looking particularly fabulous, I might add. I have not seen you in this style before, but it’s just lovely on you. I have bought quite a few things from Alternate Normality on your recommendation, a good find.

    Well we both took somewhat of a blogging break, for albeit very different reasons, but like you I think I need my outlet. I do hope you keep posting, but don’t pressure yourself to do so more regularly than is manageable with a baby in tow!!


    • CiCi Marie
      January 13, 2019 / 7:24 am

      Wearing a dress like this did make me think of you! With the great sleeves in particular – it’s rare I get to experience great sleeves!

      I was glad to see you back too! I did try to leave a comment but Blogger seemed to be back to its old tricks and I’m not sure if it posted. Maybe it’s because I try to do it through Bloglovin… hmm… anyways, hope to be seeing more from you with your newfound freedom 😀 xx

    • CiCi Marie
      January 13, 2019 / 7:22 am

      Thank you <3

  2. January 13, 2019 / 4:25 am

    Oh, wow! That dress is AMAZING! I am so in love with the pattern, and it looks stunning on you!

    And, I’m glad I’m not the only mama who needs to blog. I think it’s very important to retain a sense of self even post babies. My “thing” has always been blogging, and I always stop to evaluate whether content creation is still a good thing in my life after each child… and realize that I need it. It’s time to be myself, and to retain my sense of everything that is very ME apart from motherhood. Motherhood is so wonderful but so demanding, so it’s just… you know, good to have time to be ourselves. I’m glad you continue to post! And, Sadie is just the cutest!

    • CiCi Marie
      January 13, 2019 / 7:21 am

      I know, right? What a find from a modern shop!

      I thought you might feel similarly – and you’re doing fab with keeping your posts up and your outfits still looking incredible with three littles! I hope we both continue to blog in our little corners of the internet 🙂 xx

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