Winter brings cold bitter mornings, long dark nights, expensive family holidays and lots of organisational stress. It’s no surprise I constantly hear people moaning that summer has come to an end. But with every seasonal change comes an element of enthrallment, and summer ending means only one inevitably exciting thing; PARTY SEASON.
The season where we wake up in the morning with a pair of feathered wings to help us hoard all our glittering garments like magpies, and we stress and stress over how to make that impact at the staff Christmas party and of course, we have to find the perfect outfit to complement our bottle of fizz on New Year’s Eve. It is without a doubt the busiest time of the year and with all that chaos, comes some serious indulgence. I’m not referring to scoffing all the different shaped shortbreads in Granny’s variety biscuit box, but more the type of indulgence that creates a vast vacuum of space in your wallet. Party season is the season to be ‘merry and bright’ – so, tipsy and covered head to toe in sequins? It usually means that there will be a lot of special events where you’ll need a bit of pocket money for all your next day deliveries.
It’s a severely strenuous task to try and find that one special Christmas Party Dress – making the decision whether to be ‘reserved and elegant’ or ‘revealing and sexy’ is hard enough, particularly when you’re dying to show everyone you work with how good you can look when you actually put some effort in. I am constantly torn on advising whether you should remain professional looking or whether you should embrace your true party-identity at staff Christmas dos, and I believe finding a middle ground is difficult when it comes to fashion.
Finding a dress with the right amount of fabric covering all the right areas and enhancing your best assets whilst hiding your worst, is more stressful than trying to arrange who stands where on the annual Christmas family photo. That is, until now. Whilst searching what felt like the universe for a source of inspiration, I stumbled upon La Vida Boutique; a quirky family run business located in Horsham, West Sussex and available online at http://lavidaboutique.co.uk/ .
La Vida is an endearing company whose ethos is centred around making every woman of any age feel unique in their products. The business has been supplying affordable designer dresses and accessories for 15 years from what began as a mother-daughter venture to bring charm and relaxation to the usually stressful process of shopping for that special occasion. Housing luxury and high street labels such as AX Paris, Lavish Alice and Me for Thee, the company strives to tailor their products to your individual needs. Managing Director and Buyer, Donna Camera envisions an eccentric and personable shopping environment and so offers personal styling and party bookings, for a more intimate experience. Stocking limited quantities in store and online also means the likelihood of another woman turning up in the same outfit as you is diminished, which is always a bonus!
So this year when you are ferociously typing keywords into your web browser to find a ‘unique’ ‘Christmas party dress’, remember La Vida translates from Spanish as ‘life’, offering not only desirable fashions but the inimitable philosophy that life should be embraced in uniqueness.