Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tin Lady

Yesterday evening I went to a Christmas party for the company who books our corporate travel for work. They always organise a themed party - last year was The Great Gatsby which was lots of fun, but this year the theme was The Wizard of Oz! 

I had a feeling that most people would dress either as Dorothy or the Wicked Witch of the West, so I went through my wardrobe to see what I had that was on theme. 

Social pointed shoes from ASOS

I decided these shiny silver shoes would do the trick for dress as the Tin Man or in my case, Tin Lady. 

I had also ordered some grey fabric to make a shift dress, and a sparkly red brooch for the Tin Mans heart, but unfortunately they never arrived in time... 

I know I shouldn't have counted on the delivery taking the same about of time as normal (1 week)  but you know... I sort of forgot about Thanksgiving and how the US mail goes on holidays too! 

Speaking of Thanksgiving - the restaurant at work served up a menu with all the traditional Thanksgiving foods, as well as Pumpkin pie and candied yams. 
The yams were... interesting. Are they supposed to be really sweet? It was certainly a confusing taste for me - marshmallows and sweet potato - good on their own, but together I could only manage one bite. 

Please tell me! Are they actually really good when made by your mum and not by some grumpy chef in an industrial kitchen?

Ok back on track... 

Being a lover of craft and brooch-less, I decided to make myself one from fimo and painted it with some cheap-o clear nail polish so it would be shiny

I paired it with a grey marle t-shirt and a mini skirt which I made myself awhile ago. This is the pattern I used for this skirt. 

This shirt and one other top are the only grey I own so I guess the outfit turned out ok!

And I also painted my nails to match with a sweet little heart as well

Me, Dorothy Gale and some fairy floss
In the end, I was right about there being multiple Dorothy's and Witches. All were in really excellent costumes and quite close to the movie originals. One of the Dorothy's had even made her own dress as well! 

It was a pretty fun night all in all. Do you have any upcoming parties that include a theme or that your currently sourcing an outfit for?

Take care my pretties! (and your little dogs too!!!!)
Cat xo


  1. "I'll get you, my pretty....." Hello, dear Catherine! Who needs all those boring Dorothy Gales, Glindas and Gulches? You came up with the grooviest Wizard of Oz costume in more than 70 years! You looked positively smashing as the Tin Lady. I admire your creativity and attention to detail including the nail art. I'm sure you were a sensation at the theme party and that your Tin Lady will remain a hot topic around the water cooler throughout the holiday season.

    I don't like yams that are too sweet. Yuck! Mum's cooking is always the best.

    Good night, dear Cat, and have a wonderful Thursday!

    1. thanks Shady! I'm glad I went for something different

  2. Ooh fab outfit, it's a shame the fabric you ordered never arrived in time!

    1. Thanks Sarah! and would you believe it still hasn't arrived! grrrr

  3. You look fantastic, those shoes are amazing! What a shame about the fabric, isn't it always the way when you need something quickly?
    I've only had yams as a savoury thing but I roast carrots in honey and mustard with sesame seeds which are sweet but gorgeous x

    1. thanks Vix! Oh yum - honeyed carrots I can handle, maybe because honey is different to sugar once cooked and some mustard and salt to balance!

  4. Love the outfit you ended up with -- the brooch is so cute. I love yams that are mixed with cinnamon, some brown sugar, and a splash of orange juice, then baked with marshmallows on top! It might sound weird, but the combination is good (especially when homemade). :)

    1. Thanks! the recipe sounds good, and i hope i get to try it homemade one day :)

  5. Ooo, you did well! Can't rely on the postal service at the best of times!
    I love fimo, it's so much fun. I used to make a lot of jewellery with it! Still have some lying about. I loathe yams, however! Neither G nor I like sweet root vegetables.
    No themed parties going on around here that I know of! Maybe I need to jack up my own! The Wizard of Oz is such a good theme!!! I think I would need to be the Wicked Witch........XXX

    1. Yay! how awesome is fimo! i have packets all strewn through the craft draws! You should totatlly organise your own themed party! i love parties with a theme. Im thinking bollywood for my 30th!

  6. What a great idea to go with the tin man- definitely more unique! I love your outfit :)


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