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.)
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 😉