Having Scottish blood myself, I’ve always wanted to celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland and that’s where I was lucky enough to welcome in 2015.
As soon as I was invited to spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland, I was on the hunt for the perfect party dress. However, I really struggled to find anything on the high street that felt special enough and high quality without being overpriced. Instead, I waited until I went home to Somerset for Christmas and hit the independent shops in Frome.
There is a fantastic choice of vintage shops on Catherine Hill but when you’re looking for something specific it’s hard to find it at short notice and in your size. Luckily at the top of the hill there is a glamourous haven of vintage style party frocks. Deadly is the Female specialises in 40s and 50s Hollywood style dresses and houses a variety of timeless, classic pieces that will never go out of fashion. Claudia and her two dogs Gomez and T-Rex make you feel very welcome, creating a far more enjoyable, personal and stress-free shopping experience than on the high street.
I fell in love with this stunning Ava swing dress, which my sister had spotted in the window last time we were in Frome. When I tried it on I felt like I’d stepped out of Mad Men with it’s classic late 50’s shape. Made from stretch taffeta in jewel tone turquoise, the dress is not only comfortable but flattering and a real showstopper. I paired the dress with berry pink velvet platform heels from ASOS, which are surprisingly comfortable, so comfortable in fact that I was able to negotiate Scottish dancing in them!
The nail varnish ‘Jamaica me crazy’ by Essie also happens to perfectly match the pink hue of the shoes, whilst my jewelled Accessorize earrings, given to me by secret santa at work, combined the colours of my dress and heels – I’ve never been so colour coordinated! It was refreshing to wear such vibrant colour and steer away from the dependable but predictable LBD.
It was a wonderful tartan-clad Downton Abbey-esque evening in Ayrshire and a fantastic way to start the New Year with fireworks, dancing and good friends – bring on 2015!