I love traditions. We all have them- from the mundane to the downright ridiculous. I mean every family has a slight variation on the way they celebrate Christmas and when I was growing up we had a Sunday bacon-and-egg breakfast tradition. Though I think my favourite tradition so far is one that I started with my best friend on my 23rd birthday.
Two years ago I was sent to accompany two students to the same international ballet competition in Switzerland that I’ve just returned from. As a birthday present, I got to fly home via London, where my best friend Claudia was living and dancing with the Royal Ballet Company.
As London is one of my favourite places, and Claudia is definitely one of my favourite people, I was absolutely thrilled. It was early February, about a week before my birthday, and Claud was stressing as to what she could buy to send me back to Australia with. You see, we’re really like chalk and cheese, so choosing something for the other person is a rather daunting task.
After much deliberation, we decided that instead of a present, we should do something really lovely together and make a wonderful memory in the process. We decided to go out to dinner. Not just any old restaurant, but somewhere really special, somewhere that we would normally consider completely out of budget.
I still remember every minute of that dinner like it was yesterday. Since then, we have had five more dinners. I shout Claud on her birthday, and she shouts me on mine. We pick the nicest restaurants we can find and spend the evening dressing up, catching up and living it up.
Our latest sojourn happened last weekend, in celebration of my 25th birthday. We went to a beautiful French restaurant and ate enough food to feed a family.
I had been looking forward to the dinner all week because I knew it was going to be special, and what’s a girl to do on a special occasion but buy an appropriate outfit.
I’m somewhat obsessed with Zimmermann’s current range. It’s full of floaty florals in watercolours with delicate little lacy features- right up my alley. Surprisingly, I by-passed all of these dreamy options and chose something more dramatic. I love the bold colours of this skirt and the yellow and rose gold thread that really brings the flowers to life. It reminds me of the fanciful ceilings of old European theatres, and of course I had to have it.
I decided to dress it up with gilded accessories for this dinner, but I think the best thing about this skirt is that I can already imagine at least five other outfits that It can feature in. Keep an eye out for its next appearance!