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This past spring, my husband and I had the privilege of attending a fundraiser dinner for our church. Several times each year, the debt reduction committee finds a host or group of hosts for a particular themed meal. Thanks to the extreme generosity of an Anchorage restaurant, they were able to have a large scale event with a Downton Abbey theme. Tickets sold out fast and this fan was tickled to have bought one in time.
Finding a Modern Mermaid Dress
Selecting the dress took a while. I looked at a few of my favorite sites (eShakti where dresses can be made custom for you) and Monroe and Main (which I’ve reviewed several times in the past 2 years and love the breadth of selection.) After narrowing it down, I shared these photo collages on Facebook to get help with picking the actual one I’d wear.
I ended up going with a pair of black shoes I had on hand, though, as ordering online made me nervous for footwear with a tight deadline. (All of the shoes below were on Zappos at the time.)
I couldn’t have been happier with the final choice… a mermaid dress in lavender.
Dressing for Downtown Abbey Party with a Mermaid Dress
So many people complimented me on my choice and told me I looked wonderful.
The Mermaid dress has a style that really emphasizes the curves of my figure.
I elected to keep my jewelry simple. I inherited a lovely cameo earring (screw on) and necklace set from my paternal grandmother several years ago. This is a set my father bought for her when he traveled to Europe as one of the instructing officers for the summer voyage with cadets.
As you can see, makeup was kept at a minimum. I used the NYC palette of eye shadow for brown eyes as shown in my post, Wearing Some Green for St. Patrick’s Day. My hair was also done in a similar fashion.
Having my husband in a tux at my side certainly didn’t hurt! Everyone was offered the opportunity to have portraits taken, one serious as if living during the 1920s and one with a smile like you’d expect today.
With the final season airing now, I am tempted to have my own sit-down dinner party where we get dressed up. Although, I’m like others at church with fingers crossed that they’ll do another round of Downton Abbey for the fundraiser as it was SO much fun.
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Nicole Mölders is married, has one cat, no kids. She is a fashion, and science enthusiast from Fairbanks, Alaska and the blogger of High Latitude Style – an Alaska fashion blog with science bits for the stylish 40+ woman.
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