It’s Wednesday again and I’m delighted to share this story of my very own amazing Little Black Dress.
I’ve made Wednesdays a day for sharing some amazing moments and you’re welcome to join in #wakeupandbeamazingwednesday. Sometimes I do a Wordless Wednesday post but today is not one of those days!
It’s not always big things that take my fancy, it can be simple things like a delightful little black dress that has stood the test of time. The way I see it, looking for the amazing in a day is always a positive way to see the world.
The story of my Little Black Dress
To start with I am not one for wearing black – usually I am the one wearing a riot of colour when others are wearing black. But when I was planning my big birthday bash for my 50th birthday in December 2010, I decided to go rogue and buy something I wouldn’t normally wear – both in style and colour.
I think I wanted to look elegant and different to normal everyday Debbie, turning 50 was a big thing! I started my blog in 2012 so didn’t get around to posting about my 50th celebrations from 2010.
A short summary of turning 50
My 50th birthday was a year of fun and celebrations – I eeked it for all it was worth with a big party, a trip with family to Tangalooma Island where my youngest daughter worked (and my middle daughter surprised me coming from England for the trip and staying for Christmas) and the the following year I went on my European adventure including a Barge and Bike trip with my husband and my parents cycling from Paris to Bruge. Yes over a year of celebrating saw me launch into my 50s in style!
Back to the party – my friend Ros was turning 60 a few days before my 50th birthday, so we decided to join forces and have a 110th party in a local cafe. It was a fun night of celebrations with trivia (about us of course), speeches, photos, kind words and lovely food.
My eldest daughter had surprised me arriving from England just days before the party, everyone else knew (surprise!), and stayed with us for a few weeks. There were more surprises in store for me with the arrival of my middle daughter, just days later, also from the UK. I had all three girls with me on our island adventure, plus my parents and siblings and I couldn’t have been happier.
1. LBD in 2010
I bought my LBD in Albury a few weeks before the party and was a bit nervous about wearing something so fitting and so ‘not me’ but I was turning 50 and bold enough to do it.
So the first time I wore this dress was in December 2010. I wore it with a sparkly choker and bangles I’d bought in India, to remind me that I was a traveller, chunky black wedges and a sheer black wrap around my shoulders. Here I am posing at our event, which was held at Nest Cinema Cafe in Tumbarumba, at the end of the night and I’m still smiling!
2. LBD in 2011
The second time I wore the LBD was November 2011 when I was President of our local Tumbarumba Rotary Club and we were celebrating our 50th year of service. It was a wonderful night with many of the past members returning to town to help celebrate. What was once an all male club had admitted women in 2000 and we haven’t looked back since! I was so happy and proud to be the President at such an auspicious time and decided my LBD was the best outfit choice.
3. LBD in 2022
So we come to the third outing for my LBD. When we planned our Rotary Club’s 60th celebrations for 2021 Covid was raging and we ended up postponing it until November 2022. Cue my LBD – I had been on a health kick and wondered if I could resurrect the LBD for another outing 11 years since the previous one. And I did it!! No-one noticed I was wearing the same dress I’d worn back in 2011 🙂
The dress hasn’t dated, in my opinion, and this time I wore it with a sparkly jacket which cost me $10 at the local Vinnies charity store. The theme of the night was ‘sparkle’ and so I was set! I really enjoyed the night and felt ‘special’ and judging by my smile in the photo below, I was very happy!
The photos all show me wearing my sparkly choker but the only real change in each wear was my shoes. I’ve worn it with chunky black wedges in 2010, with strappy black sandals in 2011 and black velvet wedges in 2022. I rarely wear heels these days!
I had it taken up a few centimetres just before the latest wearing, my friend Cathy measured and hemmed it by hand as we enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat listening to a torrential downpour outside.
Otherwise not much has changed – the dress fit me perfectly and I felt good in it on each occasion. It’s still outside my comfort zone but I’m now a bold 61 year old so I can do anything!
So that’s the story of my LBD, over 12 years and still going strong! It’s a pretty amazing little dress isn’t it?
Who knows when I’ll bring it out for another wear?? Maybe when I’m turning 70 I’ll give it another go!!
Do you have a dress or outfit that tells a story too? Let me know.
I’m also joining Denyse for her Wednesday’s Words & Pics linkup – come and join in – there are some amazing posts linking up again this week!
Have a great day – and don’t forget, you’re amazing!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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