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As some of you may have been aware (I think the constant deluge of Tweets and Instagrammed photos of cocktails gave you a clue,)  I found myself on a cruise two weeks ago.


My article for Cruise International magazine has been submitted so you will be able to read all about my amazing trip in the August edition.  Which, no doubt, I will endlessly pimp.


In the meantime, I thought I might write a few blog posts about special events and moments that myself and Kate experienced.

Before we went on the cruise, we were informed that we would be attending a gala dinner. If you’re anything like me, the words ‘black tie event’ normally strike fear into my heart because my wardrobe isn’t really designed for cocktail parties or fancy dinners. More office wear and chilling in the garden scruffy shorts.  I had no idea what to wear. I figured that a long frock would be the best option but didn’t know where to start looking for one. I needed the perfect cocktail dress.

Of course, I have the added bonus of being a very curvy woman and so it was important that I found a dress that I not only liked but one that flattered my figure.

Debenhams very kindly stepped in and provided myself and Kate with a dress of our choice.


Absolute lifesavers.


debenhams dress


I went to my local store the week before we sailed and had a good look around the shop. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a massive selection of long dresses in my size (Iwent to a Kent store rather than a London store,) but, in hindsight, it helped because it focused me and I actually ended up buying the first dress that I had originally looked at!


I hadn’t intended to buy a black dress – I love bright colours, but this dress fitted so beautifully that I couldn’t help but buy it. It was sleeveless, had beautiful gathering around the bust area, a band around the empire line, a straight skirt with a split all the way up to mid thigh!


It was sophisticated yet sexy. The perfect combination.  (Just like me!)


Thanks again Debenhams!




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