It's little strange but I've always had amazing luck when it comes to winning competitions. My winning streak began age 6 when I won a Crayola colouring competition for my drawing of Oranmore Castle. Then came Goldfish at the fair (though for some reason I opted for the plastic crown and necklace set instead...!), magazines, days out etc etc. This year has been particularly lucky I've won tickets to the Liberty exhibition at The Fashion and Textile Museum, a beautiful handmade ring from Miranda Hope and finally I've just won an amazing selection of items from Eat.Me.Do. They are a fab Australian company specialising in all things sweet and tasty - think jelly baby earrings, sweet packet purses and cheez-it rings! I've followed them on instagram for a while so I was delighted to win. The package included this very sweet Afternoon Delight dress, it's emblazoned with teddy bears, cakes, jam mallows (my favourite and a staple in every Irish child's diet, although I wasn't really allowed them) and, to stop it being completely cutesy, ants! It's completely different to anything I'd usually wear as I tend to opt for long flowing dresses in 70s shapes but I love this dress so much I've worn it twice! It's cut really well and I love the illustration style, I hadn't realised but my friend Isa worked on the illustration for this collection. I love her work so I was very happy when she told me, it reminded me a lot of her things and I was glad it was hers and not just someone ripping her off!
Teddy bear's picnic's are close to my heart, my granny was a bear lover and started a picnic for the children of Worcester when my granddad was mayor. Yesterday would have been her 83rd birthday. My granny was one of my favourite people so I always like to spend a little time thinking about her on the 10th December as I think birthdays are better to remember than other anniversaries. I'm sure she would of liked this dress enormously - anything with bears on was good in her book.
The package also contained a cropped t-shirt and some socks. Here's the t-shirt (just to prove that I do actually go out and about dressed like this), I wore it with some sparkly hot pants I got in the Topshop sale a million years ago. They were very heavily reduced and I leapt on them. They've formed the basis for many outfits over the years but I feel this t-shirt is their perfect match.
Christmas is coming and I'm jolly excited! I love making mince pies, decorating the tree and wearing glitter, I'll be back next week with a VERY festive post.
In other news a Christmas cocktail recipe I put together will be featured in The Guardian's Cook magazine tomorrow (Saturday), hooray!
Afternoon Delight dress - Eat.Me.Do
1950s velvet turban hat - Vintage shop
Bavarian folk dancing clogs - Car boot sale
Pink tights - New Look