Here we are in Melbourne, Victoria. Today the big city, tomorrow Apollo Bay and ready for The Great Ocean Road Half Marathon on Sunday.
What to do while in Melbourne? Silly question! Shopping!!!
Melbourne is a vibrant busy city, full of quirky shops, arcades that wander secretly from block to block, buskers, trams, old buildings full of charm and new architecture that showcases just how creative our wide beautiful Australia is. We’re here for a turn of the big city; from farm to metropolis in the blink of a plane ride.
Louise brought a case in a case and has hit the shops running AND with the glint of a pure shopaholic’s determination. That case in a case will morph into two full cases for her trip home! Go Louie!!!
I have a mission too. To hunt again for that perfect Mother of the Bride dress. That dress that on my Baby Girl’s big day will be just right.
The right style.
The right colour.
The right fit.
Not too glam, but glam enough.
Not to old looking but appropriate for the auspicious occasion of my firstborn’s wedding.
It can’t be black and it can’t be the colour of the Bride’s Maid’s Dress.
What a list!
The dress hunt is similar to a real hunt or perhaps a big game fishing expedition… I carefully walk into a glamour gown store. I avoid eye contact with the overzealous sales assistants trying to make a sale. Just looking, I say casually. I stalk around the racks and displays, carefully creeping up on something only to find on further inspection that (like an undersized fish) it needs to be tossed back! Wrong colour, too short, too young… Oh lovely dress, where are you!
Three dresses later and I’ve found it! (Yes, anyone want to buy a not-quite right MoB dress? I have two for sale, going cheap!)
It was as if a choir of angels sang. The lights went dim and there it was illuminated, leading me towards it. I put it on and the dress said to me: I’m the one! A tear came to my eye.
My search is over!
It doesn’t even need a bit of altering. Confident is how I feel in it (and feminine). Confident that it fits all the criteria; but feminine and just a little pretty (IF an old girl in her early 50s is still allowed to feel pretty? Yes, I think that’s ok for a MoB). Just for good measure I asked a couple of perfect strangers to give me an honest opinion and they thought it was perfect for me. Do you know those ladies? Asks Pauly. No, I said, we seasoned dress hunters know we need the opinion of someone completely unbiased.
After months of searching I now have THE dress. The hunt is over. My credit card can now rest.
What to do now? Kick back, relax and enjoy Melbourne for there are only two sleeps until team Huey, Dewey and Louie get to run one of the most iconic events in all of this beautiful country: The Great Ocean Road Half Marathon. So excited!
Happy running 🙂