A Cocktail Party Dress | The What I See Project Launch

Pale blue dress over black skinnies
A week ago today I was lucky enough to attend the swanky (love that word!) launch of the What I See Project in London which you may have read about in my September 5th post. See the end of this post for more details about the project – and there’s another chance to see my video contribution (I’m talking and everything 😉

So of course the usual fret over what to wear started long before, but as there was a drinks reception first I decided to read the invitation as “cocktail party” (and why not). Basically, I just like to find any excuse to wear a dress and a statement necklace, and I knew I wanted to wear my beautiful Reiss dress I bought earlier this year and over-the-top Asos necklace (sold out sadly, but I’ve chosen some fab alternatives below). Rather than tights, I went with black skinnies instead to tone down the party dress feel to it – plus I like having that gap of skin at the feet and ankles – and my bright blue pointed heels.

I love any excuse to dress up, and I was not going to turn down an invite to a launch party in the Science Museum, of all places…!

Statement necklace
Blue pointed heels & black skinnies
French Connection clutch bag & black manicure
Statement necklace, pale blue dress & red hair
The launch party was held at the Science Museum in London in the flight gallery (see below) – what an amazing venue! Just to briefly explain the project if you missed my original post: The question “What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror” has been asked to hundreds of women from all over the world. It’s a global online platform that recognises and amplifies women’s voices, and through their unique answers to the question, women everywhere are empowered by relating to each other’s stories.

It was a fabulous evening (free champagne!) and it included a film plus a Q&A with some of the project’s ambassadors. If you’d like to read more about the project, go to http://whatiseeproject.com, and if you’d like to find what was my answer to the question, click here to check out my contribution – or watch the embedded video below!

What I See Project Launch


Thank you to the What I See Project team (especially Jaclyn!) for asking me to take part and inviting me to the launch, what a great evening it was. As was mentioned on the night this is only the start of what is set to be a truly fabulous and hugely inspirational project…!
Catherine x
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Dress: Reiss, Jeans: c/o Wallis, Heels: Debenhams, Clutch: c/o French Connection  Necklace: Asos, Cocktail ring: Unknown, Spiked bracelet: New Look, Nails: Models Own Red ‘n’ Black


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  1. 11 October 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Beautiful outfit! That sounds like a wonderful project – how fun to be a part of it! Would love for you to stop by and link up to What I'm Loving Fridays. Each week there is a new and fun giveaway!


  2. 9 October 2013 / 9:34 am

    You look beautiful Catherine! I love that you styled this gorgeous dress with the black skinny jeans for an unexpected twist, perfect! 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

    • 10 October 2013 / 10:43 am

      Daniella you're a sweetheart as always, thank you xx

  3. 8 October 2013 / 9:27 pm

    I can see why you wanted to wear that dress – it's fabulous! And perfect pairing with the skinnies, what a great look! Very clean, simple and statement making from head to toe. Love it!
    xo ~kim (and chloe)

  4. 8 October 2013 / 5:54 pm

    You looked ever so lovely. I like that dress a lot as you might remember. As far as I am concerned you could have worn it just as a dress as well. You are right that the black skinnies tone it down. Still looking razor-sharp though. Nice necklace.
    I think this is one of the few times I have seen you in only three colours. You do have different dressing styles. All the better. More for us to discover.

    • 10 October 2013 / 10:42 am

      Hehe I do "tone it down" every now and then, Greetje…!

  5. 8 October 2013 / 4:12 pm

    That is a beautiful dress, I have been eyeing up something similar but I'll have no where nice to wear it to 🙁 xxx

  6. 8 October 2013 / 4:10 pm

    You look absolutely incredible. That bright necklace pairs with the white of the dress perfectly, and I love your hair style!

    <3 Daryl | Unlost

    • 10 October 2013 / 10:42 am

      What a lovely compliment! Thank you Daryl! x

  7. 8 October 2013 / 3:36 pm

    gorgeous dress and necklace, Catherine! And the skinnies are a wonderful addition. xo

  8. 8 October 2013 / 2:52 pm

    OMG I love that necklace, great alternatives resented. Thank you. I have to say your posts and your outfits always make me smile.

    • 10 October 2013 / 10:41 am

      That's lovely to know – thanks Linda!

  9. 8 October 2013 / 2:51 pm

    I adore the concept of wearing skinnies with a short dress, this is a great look, and could take you into many events! Looking fab!

    • 10 October 2013 / 10:40 am

      Thanks Nicolene – these jeans are perfect because they've got not waistband or buttons (the zip's on the side), so there's no lumps or bulging under the dress at the front :))

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