Because Sometimes I Still Want To Be A Princess

An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Pink high heels, unusual silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

When I was a little girl I remember having an overwhelming feeling that I didn’t really belong in my family. Not that I didn’t love them, or them me but I always felt a bit different from my brother and cousins. Their games were foreign to me, I couldn’t understand their jokes and I was always kind of the ‘weird’ one.

Of course, I understand now that my brain is simply wired somewhat unusually – and I must say rather awesomely. For it is this deliciously demented brain of mine that allows me to not only think outside the box: for me there is no box! And it allows me to create, for which I will be forever grateful.

An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced ChicΒ 
An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

A Little Girl’s Imagination

However this didn’t help our little heroine. Nope, so convinced was she that she was living the ‘wrong’ life, her imagination led her to believe that she was really a princess. After her parents, the king and queen of a land named Shalagar, had been turned to stone by a very wicked witch, she was taken in by a loving family and raised as their own.

For years she dreamed of royal galas, pretty dresses and fancy ballrooms. When the weight of the real world became too much, she would simply close her eyes, climb onto the back of her faithful pet unicorn (as you do) and gallop off into the sunset to go adventuring.

As she soared above the clouds on her unicorn (her unicorn had wings ok, she was a little girl, give her a break), she would look down at the world below and dream of being swept away to a castle in the sky where she would weave the clouds into candy floss, paint the sky with rainbows and drink nectar from the clouds.

Told you she had one heck of an imagination!

Who would have thought that weird little girl would grow up and be lucky enough to attend some pretty nifty functions. Take this one for instance: the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers annual charity banquet, which is held at Mansion House. It’s everything that little girl could have possible wanted, and I love attending. Because hey, sometimes I still want to be a princess!

I have been invited toΒ this somewhat fancy do for quite a few years now, and it always manages to take my breath away. And I always, always, always feel like a princess.

Catch the vlog below to get an inside cheeky peek of the evening.
(Keep an eye out for the battling trumpeters, they do something different every year and this year was a blast!)


An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Pink high heels, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

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An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
An outfit to make any woman special, because sometimes we all want to be a princess | Black wrap jacket with puff sleeves, patterned evening dress with sparkles, silver clutch bag | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Lucky Lady

I do realise that I am incredibly lucky in as much as I do get to play ‘dress up’ from time-to-time. But fancy dresses, and fancy functions or not – we all deserve to feel like princesses occasionally.

And whether that’s dressing up in a beautiful dress, or having a day of ‘me’ time, I would encourage every woman to participate in activities that make her feel special.

And in this world of comfy clothes and easy dressing, it makes a change to throw on the old glad rags. Not that there’s anything wrong with comfy clothes I hasten to add.

In fact, I’m not sure I could cope with being an actual, real live princess – I love my comfort too much.

But I tell you what, that little girl inside me with the overactive imagination – she’s got one big, fat smile on her face!

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And just in case you believe for a nano second that I take all this pomp and ceremony too seriously, here’s what happened at the end of this shoot:

Cheerio.

22 Comments

  1. January 23, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    You nutter! I love that last shot, bloody brilliant.
    All jokes aside, really really love this whole outfit from top to toe Michelle. And yes you are a lucky duck πŸ˜‰
    xxx

    • January 26, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      It was a lovely evening, but you can’t take these things too seriously. You know me, I can’t keep serious for long πŸ™‚
      xx

  2. Charli
    January 23, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    As someone who spent a great deal of time inside her own head (or inside a book) as a child as well, I have fond memories of my stories, too. Heck, I still tell myself a story most nights to fall asleep! πŸ™‚ I, too, love that last shot and the whole outfit!

    • January 26, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      There’s nothing wrong with being inside your own head, it’s kind of nice in there sometimes. I think we both have very active imaginations because I also still tell myself the odd bedtime story.
      Michelle xx

  3. Andrew
    January 24, 2017 / 1:09 am

    You look beautiful – as always!

    Shame that fizz stayed corked πŸ™

  4. January 25, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Good for you (I still live in my head at times). Love what you are wearing, princess you

    • January 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      It’s nice to spend some time inside your own head from time-to-time. Thank you lovely lady πŸ™‚
      xx

  5. January 25, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    LOL I love this!!! That last photo is bloody brilliant too!
    What a posh do – it is fabulous to be able to put on the glad rags every now again, isn’t it? And it certainly looks like you had a great evening.
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • January 26, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      It was a wonderful evening Suzy! Don’t think I could do it all the time though – I love my PJ’s too much πŸ™‚
      Michelle xx

  6. January 27, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    How fun! It is very important to feel like a princess, whether you’re in PJs or a party frock. I love the last shot with the Gregg’s the Baker coffee cup, πŸ˜€ xx

    • January 31, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Absolutely Lisa! It’s nice to put on a pretty dress, but it’s important to feel special every day. I love that last shot, I couldn’t resist including it.
      xx

  7. Marianne
    January 28, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Hope you both have recovered from your tumble, thank you for the insight at such a posh do!

    • January 31, 2017 / 9:55 am

      We’re both fine now thank you Marianne. It was one heck of a tumble though!
      Michelle xx

  8. February 1, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    If only we could be princesses all the time, dressing up in beautiful long dresses! I can’t remember the last time I even wore a long dress, and have to make do with my nightie!! Lol. Pretty dress and fabulous shoes. Love your parting shot too. x Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • February 2, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Hey, I’m usually to be found in PJ’s πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked the last shot: I have to admit, that’s more me.
      Michelle xx

  9. Lee
    February 3, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Feeling like a princess, although not acting like a princess and at someone else’s expense! How fabulous! You must be so proud of yourself! Seems you had more ‘fizz’ than you could manage, slurring your way through your ‘bl-vlog’.

    • February 4, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Hi Lee

      You really seem to have an issue with me having fun – what a shame.

      As far as enjoying myself at someone else’s expense: although invited by a family member, Andrew and I payed quite a handsome sum for the tickets (the proceeds of which goes to charity).

      Slurring my way through the Vlog??? Hmmm, I’m not sure which vlog you were watching, but the fact is (and not that I need to justify myself to you or any other person on the face of this planet) I didn’t drink enough that evening to make a gnat tipsy. Not that it matters. In general, the people who attend functions such as this are doing so with the intention of having a great time whilst doing their bit for good causes – with or without the consumption of alcohol.

      Of course there are always attendees who are either too rigidly set in their ways, or too overawed by their surroundings to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of them seem to feel it their ‘duty’ to look down in judgement on those of us who choose enjoyment and inclusion over antipathy. Luckily, these people are few and far between and our table this year was filled with fun-lovers!

      It’s a shame that you took a dislike to this post. But that’s the great thing about vlogging and blogging, if you don’t like what you see simply stop watching/reading.

  10. Andrew
    February 6, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    WARNING WARNING – fun sucker in the room! Hey Lee – chill man!!

  11. October 27, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Hey Michelle
    Perfect round up to a fairy princesses day at the ball! You look gorgeous!

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