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Currently Reading #1 — Reading As Party Prep

Some girls might fake tan the night before a big night out.

Not me. I have spent last week either curled up in bed after a long day at work or surrounded by bubbles and delicious scents in the bath reading a very appropriate book in the lead up to last weekend.

It was one of my best friends’ 21st birthdays last Friday, and on Saturday evening she had a party in a function room upstairs in one of the pubs in our home town. And of course, she couldn’t have just a regular party where all the girls wear normal pretty dresses and the boys dress semi-smart but look kinda just how they always look. No, she had to be extra and host a themed party. And the theme she chose was Gatsby. (That’s not a complaint in the slightest – it was SO much fun and great to see everyone really getting into it!)

When she first started planning in months and months ago, I thought it would be so easy to get a dress and a couple of accessories and I would be good to go. Turns out getting a 1920s style dress in a high street store is not such an easy task, but I managed to find a really pretty coral fringe dress on Asos that did the trick. I wanted a dress that mostly fit the theme, but wasn’t so outrageous that I was only going to wear it the once and then it would be shoved to the back of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. My mum did say when it arrived in the post that she doesn’t know if many ladies in the roaring 20s wore short, strapless dresses and shoes like these, but oh well.

Anyway, it was such a successful night and I felt quite pretty in my tassel get-up. My accessories never arrived in time which was so annoying (I mean, I had months to order them and waited till a few days before…) so I had to make do with some pearls wrapped round the top of my head, and old pearl bracelets I used to wear. Some people went really all out and had the most incredible outfits. Mind you, several vodkas in and I couldn’t care less what I looked like. And have you tried pink gin before? Delicious, but beware. Lethal. Tastes like juice. Slides across the taste buds with far too much ease to be legal. Results in extreme intoxication. (It’s all worth it though.)

I then finished off my weekend by doing the Crohns & Colitis UK sponsored 10k walk in Edinburgh on Sunday morning EXTREMELY HUNGOVER. I would not recommend doing this in the sweltering heat up and down those Edinburgh city centre hills after leaving the house at 7:30am to make the long journey to the capital, after rolling into the house at 3am with sore legs and feet before the walk even starts from wearing the night before. We did manage to raise around £600 for a cause which is very dear to my heart though! So it was all worth it in the end.

Hope you all had a good weekend too!

(“Currently Reading” is a new feature on The Writing Finch where I ramble about a more personal topic sort of related to a book that I am reading at the moment, or that explains why I am reading the book, etc, but it isn’t a book review per se.)

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  • Reply Blonderia Blog

    That dress is gorgeous! It's definitely your colour.

    July 2, 2018 at 12:59 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    Thank you so much! I hope I get the chance to wear it again.

    July 3, 2018 at 6:32 PM
  • Reply Kaylyn Fairchild

    Gorgeous dress! You look beautiful. And I absolutely LOVE The Great Gatsby!

    July 10, 2018 at 2:29 AM
  • Reply Holly M

    Thank you, that is so kind! What an amazing era for fashion.

    July 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM
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