She may very well pass for forty-three in the dusk with a light behind her
So here I am in Hotel Algernon, waiting for the off. (The dates and times on the pictures taken on Algernon's camera are slightly out: it was the 17th of November and it was 8.59 am.)
So, from top down, we start with the magnificent hat made for me by Sara from Hatrageous. (Yes, Sara, I know I'm wearing it too far back on my head in this picture. I put that right for the ceremony, honest...)
The Hatrageous website is no longer with us, unfortunately (problems with the ISP). Anyone wanting contact details for Sara is welcome to email me on Lady Bracknell's hotmail address which you can find by clicking on the appropriate "contact me" link.
I highly recommend Sara's services. She really knows what she's talking about when it comes to the right style of hat for each customer. If you don't think you suit hats, she'll prove you wrong. (I almost said, "She'll make you eat your hat", but I restrained my wilder impulses.) As you can see, if you give Sara a swatch of outfit fabric, she will colour match it perfectly. And all for considerably less than you would be charged for an off-the-peg hat in your local department store. Worth every penny.
The specs are from ProDesign and were glazed for me by Mark Blankstone.
Earrings by Swarovski.
Violet Swarovski heart pendant from Whitewolf Jewellery.
Silk scarf (available in several different colours) from this eBay seller.
Purple stick from - who else? - Clear Canes.
The wonderful faux suede jacket is the Modigliani from Razzberry Bazaar. I can't praise the ladies at this shop enough. They were extremely tolerant of my feverish panicking, and always an absolute delight to talk to. They assured me that the fabric the jacket was made from would be ideal for a long day's celebrating, and they weren't wrong: I wore it for more than twelve hours and it emerged from the ordeal completely unscathed.
The handbag - which you can see in this photo - is from Gregory's Leather Ltd.
Finally, the frock (now discontinued) is from Sixteen47.
If all those links work, no-one will be more surprised than me...