What I wore: the office Christmas party

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 92 Comments

If I were a “real” fashion blogger I’d be putting up lots of outfit posts, you know, like every other day. But trust me, if I did that you’d be seeing me in a house dress and thongs EVERY OTHER DAY. And that could get very boring, very fast.

The Model and Me posts are something else again. These posts are designed to encourage you to try on a dress or an outfit you wouldn’t normally have picked up off the rack.

So, when I get the opportunity to glam it up a little – or a lot – I’ll drive my family mad by making them take photos of me in all my finery. They usually roll their eyes but are getting used to my requests that usually come minutes as we have to step out the door. In which case the eye roll is usually accompanied by a disgruntled mumbling.

Last Friday night it was my husband’s MASSIVE office Christmas party.

No photocopier in sight. Just 1500 people in a room that could fit two Olympic swimming pools and a circus theme that reduced grown men to taking close-up photos of an extremely flexible young lady doing things in a Swarovski-encrusted leotard. As you do … when the wine is plentiful and the DJ goes by the name Sparkles.

Anyways, enough about the party and on to the outfit.

I chose this Sacha Drake dress and played around with the halter top ties to strap “the girls” in a little more securely. Seriously, this dress is all kinds of wonderful. It’s stretchy (so I had no problems accommodating the Moreton Bay Bugs AND the duck confit from the lazy Susan buffet in the centre of our table), it creates a magic shape and those tiered layers? They sit over two other layers, working in unison to hide the bits I like to hide.

Sacha Drake Rosalie dress

Sacha Drake Rosalie dress $369 | Samantha Wills Greta Garbo earrings $165 | Mezi bracelet | Mogil clutch | spray tan: Lime Health and Beauty | hair: suite three hair | shellac nails (iced coral layered over cream puff): suite three beauty

I wanted to get you a close up of the earrings because they are just so AMAZING. And really not too heavy to wear.  So I attempted this “selfie” in the car on the way to BrisVegas. Shame my son takes his role as the family photo-bomber apprentice so earnestly.

My son ... the earring photo bomber

My son … the earring photo bomber

So, while waiting for the cab to arrive when we got to Brisbane, I got my daughter to snap this one:

Those Samantha Wills earrings ... and my fave red lipstick: Napoleon Perdis Lady in Red lipgloss

Those Samantha Wills earrings … and my fave red lipstick: Napoleon Perdis Lady in Red lipgloss

… then many rounds of festive cheer later, the earrings feature again. I was standing in line at the tattoo tent (I did mention it was a circus theme, didn’t I?) and thought to myself, what would Eden do when faced with a choice between a frangipani, dolphin or SpongeBob SquarePants tattoo? So, I Tweeted her (as you do) for advice. Before she could Tweet back, I spotted this:

I'm so tough right now ...

I’m temporarily so tough right now …

And I knew she’d approve.

The only disappointing thing is that the tattoo tent lady told me I’d get two weeks out of it – now it’s just a black smudgy mess that if I scrub off will also remove the tan.

Damn it. I so thought this was the perfect addition to my recycling this outfit on Friday week for the red carpet walk at the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Kuala Lumpur. Eden, maybe I need one for reals?

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  1. I am rather obsessed with the red statement dress right now. I had to find one for my work Christmas party as the theme was red and white and when I tried one on I was in love! They make such a statement, I now have 2 and they never fail to get compliments!

    I actually think now my hair is more blonde they suit me more!

    Love this dress on you!

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  2. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD.

    THAT DRESSSSSSSSSSS.

    Wow – knockout, lady. Knockout. You are so so so beautiful. Love your photobombing son, your earrings, your EVERYTHING. And well picked on the tatt … my god you got it goin’ on. If you ever decide to get one for reals, I’m your man for moral support. Heck, I’ll even get one just while I’m waiting while you get one! I LOVE YOU.

    XXXXXXXXX

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  3. You look amazing. Seriously. All of you – face, hair, body… Amazing. That dress does give a beautiful shape. And I’m going to comment on your boobs – they look fantastic. I love it Nikki!!

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        1. I sure did – a really great launch and so far the price points are more affordable than zara. More casual pieces than work-appropriate pieces for the ladies but still some more tough competition for our local retailers!

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  4. Superb Nikki – those Sacha Drake dresses are incredible.

    By the way congrats on the Sunday Mail article – when I saw they had a blogging piece I thought Nikki had better be in this & there you were.

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  5. Hi Nikki
    Do you have any idea if Sacha Drake dresses are stocked over here in WA? I would love to try some of them on!! You absolutely rock them so fingers crossed I can too 😛
    M

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      See, if I was any kind of fashion blogger there would have been a photo of the shoes. They’re three years old – Sachi silver platform peep-toe sling backs – I’ll get them photographed when I wear this again for the awards in KL.

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  6. The dress and earrings are stunning and suit you so well 🙂 Enjoyed the played down description about the office party – just enough to make me chuckle and imagine!

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  7. Ooh, I do love an adaptable outfit, and I’m a big SW fan too.

    You look gorgeous. Your apprentice photobomber is also a bit cute. I have one of those too!

    And the blue pots – I have the exact same ones in that shape, plus every other variant they had, in my garden in an attempt to create a theme!

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  8. Love, love, love that dress Nikki, you look stunning!!

    I REALLY want to buy it but as I’m on my weight loss mission after my last baby I don’t want to buy the wrong size!!

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      It’s stretchy, so it’s one of the few things I’d suggest it’s safe enough to buy at the size you’re aiming for … and it will still look good. Sacha also makes this in a strapless style in different colours – called the Madison. It’s a cut she does most seasons so you’d be able to wait too.

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  9. Lovely outfit! And so much more stylish than the costume I was wearing on the same night…

    You should do a series – the Real House Dresses of Suburban Australia. Representing Perth, today I’m sporting a cotton Sportscraft circa 2009 house frock. Will be changing soon to go out, it comes back on later when we get home!

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  10. Nikki, looking great!! What a fantastic colour and love this time of year with the opportunity to dress up for work Christmas parties. I would love to see what your readers wore to thiers… I’m sure you’ll inspire a few outfits from this effort 😉

    x

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      I blogged about that lippy earlier in the year – it’s not on the Napoleon Perdis website any more but do check in store – hope you can find one. I’ll be devastated when it runs out!

  11. LOVE the dress, Nikki. You look absolutely stunning in that colour. Now, regarding your tattoo – no need to scrub the leftover bits, just get some sticky tape onto it – works a charm. Wouldn’t imagine it would remove your tan as well, but I make no guarantees.

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  12. you look amazing Nikki – as always.

    I showed my partner that dress… and told him that if money was no object I’d go and buy that dress… until he saw the price tag he was all I’ll get it for you hunny… oh well – a girl can dream hey?

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      Yes, a girl has to dream … and you’ll be seeing me a lot in this dress. It’s a classic style and I’m not afraid to wear something more than once. In fact, I wouldn’t have bought it except that I knew I had the Nuffnang Asian Blogging Awards coming up as well and could wear it there.

      1. In the very unlikely event that it will turn up on sale… I will be watching that dress like a hawk. Its not very often that I see something and think OMG I have to have it… If its meant to be, it will end up in my wardrobe….

        Now that I have the link for their website I have been lusting after a few other “frocks”… sigh…

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  13. You looked lovely. I particularly like your understated makeup with that bright red lipstick. You rock that! Your hair looked super gorgeous too.

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  14. What a surprise to see you there Nikki! Your dress looks so awesome in real life. Hope you recovered from the meat coma. I’m still dreaming about the Waygu!

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