by Sharon Archer
Reading: 'getting even with fran' by Christine Stinson
Watching: Outback 8
Listening: birds singing outside
Making me smile: This excuse to look back at pics of previous cocktail parties!
Fancy dress! Do you love it or loathe it? Does an invitation to a fancy dress event fill you with anticipation or send shivers of dread from your head to your toes?! Do you worry you’ll be the only person who dresses up... or maybe the only person who doesn’t?
Or are you like me... it all depends on the occasion?
We recently had our Romance Writers of Australia conference at Coogee Beach in Sydney. Magic place with all those crashing waves producing negative ions to stir our creativity!
Anyway, Harlequin Mills and Boon sponsor a themed cocktail party every year and it rocks! Dressing up for the event is fun. Because lots of people have a go, you feel right at home whatever you wear – normal clothes to a dress-up token to a full extravaganza! This year’s theme was Fantasy Island – which meant anything goes!
Since it was a romance writers’ party, I decided to go as the quintessential romance writer, Barbara Cartland. A trip around the op shops netted pink chiffon by the metre. A few pink feather boas, some blue eye shadow and I was almost set. Alas my “pug” wasn’t a success. The best “dog” I could find (remembering that luggage space was a problem) was Dalmation pyjama bag. It was very flat so packed brilliantly but it was very... well... spotted!
The LoveCats got together at the cocktail party for this photo opportunity. Anna couldn’t make it to the conference this year – we want you there next year, Anna!
So how do you feel about fancy dress... is it fun or is it a chore? What are your tips for success? Do you sew yourself? Raid the op shops? Hire something gorgeous? Outrageous?!