Over two years ago I bought a beautifully made, beautifully fitted, beautifully cut, B-E-A-U-T-IFUL dress from a lovely little boutique in Naas called Emporium Kalu. It was a spur-of-the-moment purchase after passing a SALE sign on the window. Obviously not being able to pass it, we stepped in to the pristine shop where the shop assistants were so dressed up and stunningly made-up,  it was embarrassing to go into with anything less than a 4 inch heel. After looking through the few clothes that were left, I found a perfect dress – it was gold brocade, had cute black straps and a little black bank around the waist that gave it a vintage-y feel. Having a ball coming up the following month, I had the perfect excuse to leave the shop a lot happier, bag-clad and 150 euro poorer (It was D&G though). What I didn’t know when I left the shop, was that it was to be one of my best buys EVER. It is, apart from my dirty old black pumps, the most worn item in my wardrobe. It has been worn by 4 and a half people, a number of times (the half being Anna, 7,  trying it on with heels and a pink purse around the house, not forgetting the princess crown of course). Unfortunately we only have photographic evidence of it being worn on 4 different occasions but believe me it has been worn a lot more (and will be).

Cinderella WILL go to the ball - Office shoes, vintage clutch, black nails

Cinderella goes to the ball AGAIN - Zara blazer, charity shop bag, gladiator heels from Pennys, hot pink nails

Grace takes a different approach for her 18th - Cons (for running amuck in)

Rebecca nicks it for a wedding - fascinator, Zhandra Rhode shoes, vintage bag

Oh and HELLO. Brocade huge for A/W 2010 as declared so by Balmain, Antonio Berardi, Diane von Furstenberg and Dries Van Noten. This dress just goes on and on and on and on. Anybody else wanna borrow it?

Lorna

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