Birthday Party in Vintage Poppies

Birthday Party in Vintage Poppies
So Saturday 29th September was my 40th birthday party… two whole months after the birthday itself, and finally here are the pictures to prove it! (Everyone was on holiday at different times around my birthday and August/September, so I picked a date when most people could make it.) 

Birthday Party in Vintage Poppies
Not up to our usual quality of outfit post photography I’m afraid – but considering the state of both photographer and model by this point (this being right at the end of the evening – the room was almost cleared away), it isn’t actually that bad πŸ˜‰

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Mr and Mrs Summers (aka photographer and model)

Catherine's 40th Party
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With my lovely sister (and BFF) Vickie

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I’d had a few drinks by this point…

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Matthew can’t believe I’ve really included a picture of him πŸ˜‰

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This is my gang – my closest friends! All very sober, of course.

Would you believe it – the last remaining few who stayed and danced till the better end were all us oldies in our 40s (see above)…! It was a great night – a small function room in a country pub with a DJ playing my favourite cheesy disco tracks all evening. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

And just to show you my dress DIY: this was a vintage C&A (remember them?) dress I bought off eBay earlier this year. Stupidly I didn’t take the dress up until THE AFTERNOON OF THE PARTY. Yes, you read that right, that afternoon… why do I do it to myself?! I’d had about five months to do it and just kept putting it off and putting it off… as you can imagine I was having a slight panic. It worked out fine thankfully, and as I’d originally been debating whether to keep it as a maxi I’m now so glad I did shorten it.

Birthday Party in Vintage Poppies

Hope you liked the dress and thanks for bearing with me while I showed my party pics – any excuse to embarrass my friends is a good one!

Catherine x

Dress: Vintage C&A from eBay, Clutch: Next, Shoes: ASOS, Monogram necklace: Max & Chloe, Bracelets: ASOS / H&M / Debenhams, Rings: Betty Jackson.Black at Debenhams / ASOS / Boots

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  1. 13 October 2012 / 12:24 pm

    BEAUTIFUL DRESS!!ahhh please may i steal it? heehee! that is vintage gold right there, it looks great long and shorter! Your birthday looks fabulous and your smile is just the prettiest smile around my friend! xxx

  2. 12 October 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Lovely dress. Suits you so well. I have to admit that I would have hesitated as well to make it shorter or not. It looks very nice full length, but you will get more wear out of it now.
    Thank you for showing us those funny pictures. Had a good laugh. And eh.. CHEERS.

  3. 12 October 2012 / 1:14 pm

    You really transitioned this dress into something beautiful! I found you at The Pleated Poppy link up. I am loving your style and I have found a lot of inspiration in your blog! I'm very happy to be your newest follower and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!


  4. 12 October 2012 / 8:51 am

    Looks like you had a FAb time. Love the dress. Prefer it the length you shortened it too. And yes I do remember C&A!!! P.S You and your sister really look alike!! x

  5. 11 October 2012 / 12:15 am

    looks like a fun party and happy 4-0!
    love the dress shortened
    wish i had a slice of that cake right about now

  6. 10 October 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Happy {albeit belated} 40th!!! You look lovely.

  7. 10 October 2012 / 7:41 am

    The dress is better short, you look lovely. Looks like a great party! xx

  8. 10 October 2012 / 3:34 am

    Your dress looks wonderful, you look happy and beautiful and it sounds like a fun night.

  9. 9 October 2012 / 7:56 pm

    Oh, all the lovely smiling people, and beautiful you in that special dress! The shortening is perfect – I'm also entirely prone to last-minute, day-of-event serious alterations (just recently my yellow boots, and my burgundy bolero!) – why do we do this to ourselves? Fabulous when it turns out, though! So glad to hear of your celebration, thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. 9 October 2012 / 5:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Catherine! You looked so happy in these pictures =D I'm sure you had a blast from the way you described the party! =D
    You did a great job with DIY! I suck at it! You make that dress look so good after trimming those few inches away.

  11. 9 October 2012 / 4:27 pm

    You are so beautiful, your full on smile is gorgeous. Taking up the dress was a great idea and really made it more beautiful. You and your husband are both great looking people. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  12. 9 October 2012 / 4:16 pm

    how fun! you look absolutely amazing, too. i love the dress…i think shortening it was a great idea (although it did look great as a maxi, as well).

  13. 9 October 2012 / 3:20 pm

    You look gorgeous in the shortened dress! Good thing that you didn't keep the length, clearly seen on the "before" picture. I love the way you've styled your hair, and of course all your lovely jewellery!

    The party must have been lots of fun, with friends looking like this when they're sober…! A delayed congratulations!

  14. 9 October 2012 / 3:12 pm

    You look gorgeous! I think you took the dress up up to a perfect length.

  15. 9 October 2012 / 1:46 pm

    I love these pics – espesh the one of you and your sis. You look gorgeous, and I LOVE your hair all loose and wavy – SOOOOO pretty.

  16. 9 October 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Aw great pictures!!! I love your dress and love its bold poppy print, great idea to shorten it. I remember when Taunton had a C&A , a long time ago now. πŸ™‚

    Take care,

    Daniella xox

  17. 9 October 2012 / 12:37 pm

    You look glorious in that ( after) dress, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The whole party looks like a lot of fun, and you are all such a handsome bunch.

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