The MAD Blog Awards – what to wear?

‘I’ve thought of nothing but the dress since the day I found out I was a finalist… ‘ said 90% of MAD Blog Award finalists. Not this one.

Because this one doesn’t care about dresses or shoes or bags or hair or make-up or jewellery.

So should I just go in my jeans and hoodie? I could get new ones!

Well today is the day. The MAD Blog Awards finals, in which I fully expect to be smiling graciously as I once more don’t win the award for best schooldays blog, but still expect to have a fantastic evening. And I will be doing it all whilst wearing A DRESS. A new one.

Having been a finalist once already, I’ve got this appearance thing down to a fine art. I’ve given it even less thought than I gave it last year. Last year I ordered a half price dress in the Next sale, less because I liked it and more because it was in my size and it was half price. About two seconds after I’d ordered it I even forgot what it looked like. So it was a pleasant surprise when it arrived.

What shoes to wear? Well, I wasn’t going to be wasting money on any, that’s for sure. Because in my book any shoe which isn’t made by Dr Marten, Mr Converse or Mr Croc (flip flops only, not the proper frumpy ones) isn’t worth spending money on.

I know. Sometimes I wonder if I really am a woman at all.

So I dug out the shoes I’d bought (yes, wasted actual money on) for my friend’s wedding the previous year and worn for a whole hour and a half before ditching them for my flip flops. Yes, they look nice. But they sure are uncomfortable. Because they’ve got an elasticated ankle strap which is too big, so they keep slipping off. But they went OK with my dress.

What bag to carry? Well, I thought about clutches and evening bags, but, again, a waste of money in my book. Then my colleagues bought me a well-timed small Cath Kidston handbag for my 40th, so that sorted that one. It was just big enough to carry my flip flops for when I got really fed up of my shoes ie when I had to stand up.

So this year I’ve ordered another half price dress from Next. It’s a different colour and a different shape, but it’s the same length (perfect for showing all the bruises I’ve got from carrying my ‘portable’ bike). It shows my shoulders because I’ve decided they’re my best feature (boobs are non-existent, legs are a bit big and muscular, chest is bony, back is spotty… ). And I’m wearing it with those same damn shoes and carrying that same Cath Kidston bag (which is TOTALLY the wrong colour), which will be carrying my flip flops for when the music starts.

My roots have been done, so all I will need to do is paint my nails blue and shave my legs and I’m ready to party. No hairstyling, no fake tan, no make-up and no jewellery. Because who needs all that stuff when they’re going to have fun?

Me last year - actually I think I prefer this dress to my new one!

Me last year – actually I think I prefer this dress to my new one!

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. You looked gorgeous last year and I bet you will this year. I can’t wait to see it, and the very best of luck in the Mads tonight. I’m so excited for you 🙂 cx

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    • Thanks very much, that’s such a lovely thing to say! x

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    • Thank you! I’m sure I will! x

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  2. Best of luck and hope you have a great night.

    Thanks for the heads up on the dancing shoes idea

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    • Thanks very much! Dancing shoes are an essential!

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  3. I think I’m the same kind of dresser as you 🙂 Takes me 15 mins to get ready to go out which is usually jeans, top & Converse! Good luck for tonight!

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    • Glad it’s not me who dresses like that, sometimes I feel like I’m the only one! Thanks very much 🙂

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  4. You’r absolutely fab without any of the fuss!! Love the confidence and agree absolutely that once you’re there having an amazing time – who really gives a stuff!
    Sure you had a fab night 🙂 xx

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    • Thank you, Emily, that’s such a lovely thing to say. Really appreciate it. x

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  5. You’r absolutely fab without any of the fuss!! Love the confidence and agree absolutely that once you’re there having an amazing time – who really gives a stuff!
    Sure you had a fab night 🙂 xx

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    • Thanks very much, I had a great time. x

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