Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cocktail Dresses for Cruising

If I tell a mum at school that I write a blog, usually the reaction is a polite but blank smile.

Trying to explain to non-bloggers (or non-blog readers) what the point of a blog is, is nearly impossible.
Mostly because in my case there is no actual point. I don't review products, I don't have a sponsor, I don't make any money and usually I don't have anything profound to share.
I just like to write.
And over-share.
And off-load.

I can't explain why I like it, why this has become my hobby. It is no more significant than if I spent my time knitting or perfecting the art of cake pop making (NOT gonna happen). Yes, its probably a bit of time wasting nonsense and yet, so is just about anything we do outside the confines of our working hours.

In 2 weeks I'm heading off to a blogging conference, this year aboard the awesome Carnival Spirit Cruise Ship. I've been to the last two Digital Parents Conferences and loved meeting other bloggers. They get me, (or if they didn't, they did a great job pretending to understand me!)

I have a room-mate matched up, I have my plane tickets booked. Hubby and kids are well warned and prepared. In the wee small hours I briefly considered booking in for spray tan and some botox but I decided that a weekend cruise probably didn't warrant that degree of vanity.

So yesterday I tweeted one of the organisers to get an idea of the plans for the first evening - how we would all find each other aboard this enormous ship.
She wrote back with details and asked if I had my Cocktail dress ready.

I chuckled, then realised she was serious. A cocktail dress! Not an item that is essential in the wardrobe of a night shift nurse with 4 kids in hometown Wangarattta. I can't say there are a great number of Cocktail dress worthy events on my calendar.

I'm not even sure I know what makes a dress a 'Cocktail dress'. Are there Cocktail dress rules?
I am worried now that I will commit a Cocktail Dress faux pas, and of course be completely unaware.

Fortunately, I turned to the endless wisdom of google, which gave me not only the definition of a cocktail dress ( including the variations of hemline length and acceptable standard of dress by accompanying males) , but google also offered examples.

Now I know what I'm looking for, I'm off to shop... where do you think I will find one of these ?

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  1. From my experience in these gigs, the dress code is very liberal. I would say knee length dress would be appropriate! Enjoy the cruise I am super jealous!

  2. HAha I dare you to turn up in one of these! ;-)

  3. Love these dresses, I'll be on the lookout for you! ;)

  4. lol I dare you to wear one just like that. Enjoy the cruise, sounds like lots of fun!

  5. BAHAHA please take pics!! Wish I was going. Have fun! :)
    Visiting from #IBOT

  6. HA HA - go with the orange number! I would LOVE to go to DP, a cruise is my dream holiday. I also get blank looks when I try to tell non bloggers what a blog is - I'm like DIR get with the program people! xx

  7. Looks like a simple shower curtain is in order! LOL! So envious! I had planned to do the cruise as it was so well-priced BUT...still breastfeeding and a million other things in the way including bills. Have a great time wearing whatever it is you find!

  8. I have not worn a dress like this since my wedding eight years ago, but my friend's wedding was formal attire so I had no choice. I am so glad I went with this dress.

  9. Oh damn, my dress is the same as the third one! Jokes. See you there!

  10. Perhaps they would be better for Carnivale in Rio? I'm heading to DP too! Getting excited!

  11. Oh dammit! If you wear something like them ones Lisa, I'm going to miss it!!

    I'm going to miss seeing you again when DP is on. Take heaps of pics and Instagram them!!

    MC #teamIBOT

  12. Ha ha ha!! Oh I wish I was going to see you in one of those!!!! :)

  13. How awesome that you're on board the Carnival Cruise ship for the DP Conference this year. I've never been before but sounds like it would be an amazing experience. I know what you mean about non bloggers not 'getting' me. It gets discouraging and lonely sometimes if it were not for the love community of mummy bloggers I've found!


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