It's show time!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Easter weekend is generally when we kick off the season with our first exhibition of the year, and this year is no different. On Good Friday Polly and I worked late, stripping the gallery and rehanging with brand new works commissioned for the show. You can see the entire collection online.




Another thing that doesn't change from one year to the next, is the last minute flurry as I try to find the perfect outfit for the occasion. The sunshine belies the very cold temperature thanks to a chilly north wind which just added to my stress. 





"Give us a twirl" demanded Polly, but the camera couldn't quite keep up with my moves. I wanted to include it anyway as it shows the mood and movement despite the lack of my camera's technical abilities.






The dress has been showcased on a previous opening night, but not with these boots. The kitten heel sock boots are from Primark and I seem to recall that they were only about £15. I added an extra petticoat to counter the static that had built up during my wardrobe malfunction. 





And what one was that, you may ask? With only five minutes to spare, I decided that my frock did indeed need an iron despite it's crinkled effect and so I attempted to iron the skirt part whilst I was still wearing it! Please don't try this at home!!!! The result was that I could barely remove the wrinkles and also it just created a whole load of static. A lightweight net underskirt did at least douse things down.




For those of who haven't succumbed to the charms of the sock boot already, may I just tell you that the combination of kitten heel and soft fabric plus gentle grip around the ankle all go to make for an incredibly comfortable boot. At the last count I seem to have four pairs, but I don't think that's the end of it by any means.




For once I'm not sporting any charity shop jewellery - the pendant is by Vivienne Westwood, the citrine solitaire is c/o Gemporia and the other citrine ring was a purchase in an airport terminal somewhere. 




The evening was a runaway success, so much so that we had no time to capture the support team as they and I were working right up to the last minute. My thank-you shot of the group may be missing but my thanks still go to Polly, Hannah and Connor for making everything run smoothly. While the youngsters went off to party I stayed late and packed up paintings ready for despatch first thing in the morning. And that I'd say, was pretty much as it should be.


On Friday I leave the island to travel north to Harrogate for my annual buying trip. Please do drop in again on Sunday though, as I plan to post my outfit of the day that I'll be wearing. In the meantime, have a great week and I'll catch up with you again on Sunday!

Anna x

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10 comments

  1. Such a fantastic dress! I recognized Westwood's "holy hand grenade" immediately. I looked at a pair of floral boots like that, but ultimately put them back. Sigh. Regrets, I've had a few.

    Congrats on the season opening!!

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    1. Regrets? Yes, you and me both Sheila! I think the only good thing about having missed something and having regrets certainly helps me be more sure next time round.

      Am heading over to catch up you soon!
      Anna x

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  2. such a lovely dress, it looks fabulous despite all the static!, so elegant!, and I love your pendant!
    And those booties are fantastic!
    besos

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    1. Aw, you're terribly kind with all your compliments Monica, thank you! The boots do jazz up the plain dress and really lift my spirits too.

      Anna x

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  3. LOVE the booties! They are a wonderful surprise at the end of the dark dress.

    So happy to hear your first show went so well. Gives you a burst of energy for the rest of the season.

    Suzanne

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    1. I felt the dress just needed a lift and thank you for saying that this worked, Suzanne.

      It's great to have the first show under our belts, especially as it went so well.

      Anna x

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  4. What a fabulous collection! Especially the ones of Nicola! What a colours. Anything that says,, Vivienne Westwood,, is good in my book!

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    1. I'm so pleased to see that you viewed the exhibition Nancy. Nicola's work is beautiful isn't it? She's already sold the one called Blue Sky which was my favourite.
      This is my second pendant like this - I lost one in a changing room and was so upset as my husband had bought it for me. Luckily I found another on eBay and now I treasure it all the more.

      Have a lovely week!
      Anna x

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  5. Oh my how I love the bright sparkle of those floral boots with this comfy but wonderfully pretty frock!
    There is a wonderful contradiction of the dark green color in such a floaty, ruffled dress. This is the kind of unexpected delight that I find irresistible! You look so pretty Anna!

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  6. Thank you Jude. The frills of the dress act as a perfect foil for the almost sombre colour I think. And yes, the boots lift the whole look into a different realm - oh how I love my sock boots!

    Anna x

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