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Black and Red for the win in Retro Dressing!

January 11, 2019

A Beautiful Gift!

I have surprised myself this year by engaging with social media.

My daughter and her lovely wife visited us in Wollongong from Sydney over Easter and set me up with an instagram account and took the first steps to make this blog, although I didn’t get the blog happening until well into July.

It was after Easter that I was diagnosed with the breast cancer and as the rush of surgeries and Doctors visits ensued I delved into my Instagram as a way of managing the surge of feelings.

I was blown away by the incredible social media community of Instagram, where so many people were prepared and happy to give support and positive feedback to me, even though I was a complete stranger and often from halfway across the world or the country!

This was exactly what I needed at this time – support, encouragement and positive feedback for something I’ve always enjoyed, which is my style.

A Very Different Scenario …

This support was the universe delivering just what I needed, when I needed it and it was quite different from the life I’d led in a profession that took all it could from me and returned as little as possible.

And now that time is over and those people are well and truly left behind, which is such an incredible blessing!!

A Gift Heaven Sent!

I had only just come out of hospital from the mastectomy surgery when I heard from the lovely Eva from @evaladiesboutique in Northcote Street, Melbourne, and she insisted on gifting me this beautiful @retrospec’d dress.

Now I have never met Eva, although I plan to visit Melbourne and her shop, as soon as I can organise someone to take care of my fur babies…

So much kindness and generosity!!

And so appreciated!!

In Retrospect…

The dress is by Australian designer, Retrospec’d and the fabric is a gorgeous print and lovely weight.

It easily takes a full tulle petticoat or looks very pretty without a petticoat.

I’ve worn it here with a cute pair of two-tone, low heels that have an almond-shaped toe, which is pretty, flattering and comfortable.

Otherwise, I kept everything simple as the red and black colours have enough drama!

The Final Word!!

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the web and once again thank you to dear Eva from @evaladiesboutique, a very special soul indeed, for this beautiful dress!!

Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • tinakmeyer
    January 11, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Gorgeous dress and I love that you have kept it simple. Looks so elegant and cool.

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 11, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Thank you – such a vibrant dress doesn’t need too much does it, Tina?? Have a great weekend!! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

      • tinakmeyer
        January 12, 2019 at 9:06 am

        You too my beautiful friend

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Tina!! Such a beautiful dress doesn’t need too much extra adornment!! Have a great weekend and I appreciate your comment! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Jennie
    January 11, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Such a beautiful dress and so perfect on you, Donna! I really enjoyed reading more about how you began with social media and blogging. It’s always fun to learn more about the back story. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment, Jennie, these lovely relationships are what I love about social media! Im fortunate to have encountered so many delightful people! I hope your new year is going well so far … Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Nika- Being Real... Confused
    January 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    A bright, stunning dress that is made even more beautiful by the gorgeous woman wearing it!

    I just love the colors that go so wonderfully with your amazing hair, and lovely skin tone. β™₯️

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Aww!! Thank you so much, Nika!! You’re very kind and generous and I appreciate it!! πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸŒΊ

  • Jonathan Caswell
    January 15, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    May I reblog your vert fashionable posts?

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 15, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Yes you may reblog – and that’s very flattering!! I’m glad you liked my post! πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸŒΊπŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ

  • Jonathan Caswell
    January 15, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A MARVELOUS GIFT FOR HER AND US!

    • donnadoesdresses
      January 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment and support!! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™ donnadoesdresses.com

      • Jonathan Caswell
        January 15, 2019 at 10:55 pm

        :)( I like fashionable ideas….am learning about styles and fabric in a way most males, I’ve heard, do not. Thank you—a number of my readers are indeed fashionable women!

        • donnadoesdresses
          January 15, 2019 at 10:58 pm

          We can always learn more, that’s for sure!! I’m so glad you appreciate my posts as I’m not always so sure about it!! Enjoy the rest of your week!! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:09 pm

            I will—and you also! Do you have recipes for diabetics? the two I’ve seen sound so luscious!

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:15 pm

            Actually I work hard to keep down the amount of sugar in my diet and the fact that only wholemeal ingredients is used also helps with blood sugar levels. My cakes probably have half the sugar and instead of icing/topping you can use some butter … I do have some good recipes for things like vegetable and cheese tart, curry pie and green curry chicken stir fry but I forget to take pics to be able to write the article. I’m learning a new camera and my son and his girlfriend bought me some studio lights because they want me to vlog so that might happen and then I can take people through step by step…Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:17 pm

            I need to scan read more fully. Thank you for thinking of we sugar-challenged readers!

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:19 pm

            No worries – getting very hot here today in Australia so I’m looking forward to a beautiful day!! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm

            AN AUSSIE, you are? How marvelous! I’m a plain old Yank on the east coast of the U.S.A.—specifically, from the State of Massachusetts. πŸ™‚

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:25 pm

            Very cool state!! Gets pretty cold there doesn’t it? Salem is up there too isn’t it? Do you have that real yankee drawl?

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm

            ‘Fraid so—and I grew up in Central New York state! πŸ˜€

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm

            Isn’t that from where your venerated leader hails?

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:55 pm

            Which leader is that? Mr. Trump does have a dwelling in New York city…and several other places! I grew up upstate of that urban environment.

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:55 pm

            Your President

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 15, 2019 at 11:57 pm

            President Trump…yup! What do you think of him?

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:58 pm

            Not fussed – we have our own problems with our useless government but there’s an election in May and hopefully they’ll be thrown out… the times they are a changin

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 16, 2019 at 12:08 am

            I hear you! QUESTION: May I feature one or two of your fashionable photos—like the cream suit—in my Rotating Header Image file? It/they would appear randomly at the top of my blog page—you can see other people and scenes there, too! Please?

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 16, 2019 at 12:10 am

            Ooh!! That’s nice that you want to do that!! Are you on Instagram? I enjoy posting on there too and get to talk to people on an almost daily basis, it’s a great platform… Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 16, 2019 at 12:14 am

            I have yet to get on INSTAGRAM. My first attempt was a bust. I get confused after a while…SO Many social platforms out there! My posts do appear on Bloglovin’, TWITTER, LinkedIn, GOOGLE PLUS, and used to be on FACEBOOK—which no longer accepts WRDPRESS, apparently!

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 16, 2019 at 12:18 am

            WordPress can be very annoying – I’m not on the others… anyway it’s been fun chatting, we seem to have solved the problems of the world!! You can always email me if you have anything further to advise on donnadoesdresses@gmail.com and in the meantime take care and God bless! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

          • Jonathan Caswell
            January 16, 2019 at 12:20 am

            God Bless You, Donna–REAL GOOD! πŸ™‚

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 16, 2019 at 12:23 am

            Thank you!!πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸŒΊπŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm

            Oh no, he’s New York City isn’t he

          • donnadoesdresses
            January 15, 2019 at 11:51 pm

            It’s an interesting accent, a real twang!!

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