The one failsafe in my calender is our annual Girl's Christmas Dinner. It's been consistently kept for over a decade and even though now there are babies, husbands and careers to negotiate with, we never miss it


When I lived in London this dinner marked a homecoming and now it means so much to us all I don't think we will ever stop the tradition. Every year I always have my eye out for something special to wear for the occasion. I was delighted when a new online Irish business asked me to pick my Christmas party dress from their newly launched site. I suppose with both Andrew and I being self-employed I know how much of a difference buying local and supporting new business is. It really is life changing and so important to keep in mind when shoping this Christmas. 


It's been a really full on year with lots of highs and lows as I am sure everyone will agree but one of the things I have enjoyed the most is developing more style on and discovering my own personal style. The more I embrace it, the more I realise how much I prefer doing things a little bit different 

I always love old-hollywood classic imagery and think there is something so timeless about pale skin and a red lip. It does feel a bit exposed initially -at least I did anyway. I'm used to putting on some bronzer usually but once I was out the door I loved it. have gorgeous bridesmaid, debs and red carpet options and I chose this off-the-shoulder dress bardot dress. I had wanted to buy something velvet this season as it's such a big trend and when I saw this I loved it straight away. I definitely think anything off the shoulder is much more flattering and the collar bone is an area most people are far more comfortable showing off. 


One thing I have to point out is that I think we have all had bad experiences with online shopping where something arrives and it's ill fitting (usually too small) and it's very disappointing. I'm also tall (5' 9") so I've had so many skirts more mini than I would like needing to be returned pronto. 


 Genuinely I was blown away by how beautifully my dress was wrapped in lots of pink tissue. I got a size eight because I wanted it to fit well around the shoulders but I was worried about the length but even though I'm quite tall (5' 9") it fitted perfectly and has lots of stretch so it clings in the right places and went to just below the knee. 


In terms of styling the dress I kept the jewellery to a minimum just adding a really simple gold fern clip to my hair also from That Dress and my engagement ring of course! 


I love tan as much as the next person but sometimes it's nice to embrace the skin you're in and be natural. I will do a post on the products I love and get the best results from but for the next few weeks I think I will embrace the pale. 

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In terms of a shoe I wanted something really simple but still flattering. I chose these black heels because I know they will go with everything and also as there is so much texture on the dress I wanted something matte and neutral. These are really comfortable on account of the thick heel and also the strap around the ankle. I am sometimes between sizes so often go a size up just to be sure but I got these in a size six and they were perfect and well sized. 


Have you got some Christmas night's out planned? Have you found that special dress for the occasion ? Let me know! 



I really hope you enjoyed this post and definitely check out and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.  From my experience they are definitely a cut above a lot of online offerings in terms of quality and even the layout of the site, yet still reasonable. 

To help you get sorted for Christmas offers new customers 10% off with the code THATDRESSWELCOME and they have free shipping in Ireland which is a lovely touch! 

Till next week 

lots of love, 


This post is sponsored by That although all words, styling and appreciation are my own entirely. For more information please see my disclaimer.