What is your best outfit? Not only the one that is your favourite, but your best, probably cost a bit too much, or has sentimental value and you won’t let go of? You know the one that that you probably haven’t worn in ages since no event really warrants an outfit that special…
Ok maybe you don’t have one – I do… I have a “yellow dress”. Ok a yellow ball gown. It not only was the MOST expensive piece of clothing I ever purchased – and probably the only designer thing I own…but I love the way it makes me feel so regal. Seriously, 6 ring hoop and not one but two crinolines underneath – Why wouldn’t it? Sadly, it has sat for almost 4 years under a bed. Collecting dust. Why? Well, call me a conformist but ball gowns are not exactly normal attire round here, even for a wedding. Nothing like upstaging the bride…
Perhaps it is covid boredom to blame for the spontaneous and intense desire to wear the dress again but I pulled it out of hiding the other day… The next thing I know my scissors came out and went snip snip to designer gown. Nothing ventured …
I decided to turn my renaissance ball gown into a retro swing dress- yup. – I mean, seriously, people would and do cringe at the thought of cutting up clothes – let alone a designer original. What was it doing but collecting dust? Was it really worth ANYTHING under a bed – maybe but it’s purpose was lost – the purpose is to wear. I think of all the Van Gogh paintings used as patches on roofs, only to be seen after death. Am I going to leave my best clothes collecting dust or wear them because I love them?
I cut off nearly 2 feet of fabric from around the base – I figured the worst that would have happened is that I ruin the dress and never wear it again….which it what would have happened anyway if I leave it under the bed for ages waiting for some event that calls for a ball gown. Sometimes we just need to be bold and take that leap of faith. This is the super cute belle inspired swing dress results. I am so excited now I can wear my best gown whenever I want- and I will.
To go along with this lovely yellow dress today is frothy Earl grey latte. What book loving princess wouldn’t need a good latte every now and then. Even better when you make it yourself – hoop skirts do not fit through Starbucks doorways – trust me, I know from experience. Starbucks take note!
Earl Grey Latte aka London Fog.
- 1 cup (8 oz.) strongly-brewed quality earl grey tea, I buy here
- 1/2 cup (4 oz.) steamed milk* (2% or skim works best for frothing)
- 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar**, or more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, I prefer this homemade recipe.
Brew earl grey tea, and steep for 3 minutes (or according to tea instructions). Remove tea bag and strain. Stir in remaining ingredients until combined. Serve warm.
*If you — like me — do not have a milk steamer, you can just heat the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it is simmering but not boiling. (Very important – do not let the milk boil!) you then then froth the milk with milk frother or whisk. Frothing is optional.