Talking dresses and fashion from #ausblogcon2011 March 21, 2011 By Karen Andrews 26 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading! I admitted when I wrote the post about packing for the conference last week that I was doing so in quite a frantic and unorganised manner. I packed several dresses in order to have some choices – in case of emergency bloating – and after some last minute indecision (what if it was too dressy for day wear?) I ended up wearing the one I especially had in mind. You can see it above, draped over an obliging rocking chair. It is an Alannah Hill. Expensive? Oh, no. I can’t remember off hand, but I think I paid twenty-five dollars. That’s right – that’s what makes shopping in Melbourne so fantastic. Those of you who’ve been here for a while know I love op-shopping. LOVE IT. I blog my favourite finds occasionally in my Thrifty Thursday category you’re welcome to go explore if interested. I’d neglected to add the above dress before now because, well, I wasn’t sure if I’d done the right thing buying it or not. I mostly wear black or grey. I don’t normally ‘do’ pink. I’d not even worn it before Saturday, even though it’s been in the cupboard for ages. I worried I was too pale to carry it off (even if Alannah herself is pale!) I worried about my breasts, because even in the short time I had worn it about the house, they had an annoying habit of trying to escape out of the top, which might also have something to do with the fact it is, as they say, a tight fit. In the end I was very happy with the choice. All day people were commenting; on the fit and the cut. That was lovely, thank you. It shall now go into regular rotation. Now, shoes. Catherine gave me a lovely compliment when she said, ‘@MiscMum has hottest shoes so far #AusBlogCon2011′. Coming from a gorgeous woman who knows how to do bling and pizazz, that sure was a compliment! And here they are: From Betts (this season) But if I’m honest, I have to admit I’d ditched them by morning tea, after the content panel was over (like Oprah says, they were ‘show shoes’, not walking shoes). I was blistered and sore. I even walked up to stage in My Blog, My Story to do my bit barefoot. I figure, if k.d. lang can go on stage like that, I can Pop over to the ever-growing Flickr group if you’d like to see shots of shoes, tiaras, and more! Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Miscellaneous Mum. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « Perchance To DreamMy Blog, My Story – the words and the talk #ausblogcon2011 »Comments Devi says March 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm Those shoes are absolutely gorgeous. Good enough to carry up to the stage and place gently on the floor next to your feet. While I’m sad for you that you couldn’t simply wear such beauty all day long, it does comfort me to know it’s not just me who cannot wear amazing shoes for extended durations! Devi recently posted..Running Free! Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:35 am I used to be able to run around in high heels all day as part of my job in a former life. It is an aquired skill! Reply Nikki @ Styling You says March 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm Those shoes are too amazing! And so was the dress. Sorry I didn’t get more time to talk to you Karen. Thanks for being on the organising team. Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:36 am I’m sorry too Nikki – and it was a pleasure to be an organiser Reply Veronica says March 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm Your dress was gorgeous, I can’t remember if I told you that or not. Veronica recently posted..Not having fun Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:36 am Thank you V Reply Kellie @threelilprincesses.com says March 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm Wow, you have taste, Karen. I love, love the shoes! And having a wardrobe full of pink, I can see that dress fitting in perfectly!! LOL!! So envious of you all being at the AusBlogCon. Can’t wait to go next year so I can meet you!! Kellie @threelilprincesses.com recently posted..RECIPE- Veggie soup Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:37 am It will be lovely to meet you one day too Kellie x Reply SquiggleMum says March 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm I just loved meeting you. You looked amazing on Saturday It’s lucky you didn’t tell me you ditched the shoes mid morning… they might have jumped into my bag! SquiggleMum recently posted..Blemished Children Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:37 am I hid them under the table as I suspected as much, C Reply Megan at Writing Out Loud says March 22, 2011 at 6:59 am And you looked gorgeous! So wonderful to be on a panel with you and to hear part of your blog story. xx Megan at Writing Out Loud recently posted..Friends Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:38 am Our panel was excellent Megan, I’ve had good feedback. And thank you! Reply Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo says March 22, 2011 at 10:07 am don’t forget that crazy woman in the snuggie. Heh. You were beautiful, inside and out. Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo recently posted..What happens at a blog conference full of emotional and then very drunk women- stays at a blog conference full of very emotional and then very drunk women Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am As are you, Kel x Reply Naomi says March 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm I love that dress. I may have been wishing it was mine more than just a little bit! Also the shoes! Divine. I will have to get some thrifty op shopping advice from you too. Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am Well, the best advice is really Savers! Do you have a branch out where you are? I’m lucky I just 10 min away from one. Lucky, and dangerous Reply Beet says March 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm They were awesome shoes and a very pretty dress. You looked lovely in it, but you are lovely so would have looked beautiful in a potato sack Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:40 am Aw, *wuv* thank you x Reply Kelly B says March 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm You looked absolutely lovely Karen! And the shoes? AMAZING!!!!! I would have loved to have talked to you more!! x Kelly B recently posted..Aussie Bloggers Conference 2011 Reply Karen says March 23, 2011 at 9:40 am Same, Kelly, same! x Reply Ro says March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm Loved your dress, Karen, and those shoes were delish but you pretty easily outshone your fripperies Ro recently posted..Ausblogcon lightbulb moments and Real! Live! Adult! Human Beings! Reply Karen says March 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm ooh, ‘fripperies’ Good word! Reply corrie says March 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm karen you looked gorgeous, so ladylike! I love that dress and the price – amazing! I think the panel went so well too. I can’t believe how terrified I was up there and just wanted it to be over but enjoyed myself! corrie;) corrie recently posted..one cup cookies made better Reply river says March 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm I loved your dress and understand perfectly about ditching the shoes, gorgeous though they may be, I couldn’t have worn them more than 5 minutes. I’m a sneakers girl. river recently posted..coupla dayzbewdiful Reply Karen says March 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm Thank you River, and yes, I’m usually comfort girl too! – and by the way, I was the person you were mistakenly texting Reply Cornelia Bond says December 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm And having a wardrobe full of pink, I can see that dress fitting in perfectly!! I used to be able to run around in high heels all day as part of my job in a former life. Same, Kelly, same! 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