I've been wading through the backlog of my holiday photos. I know Christmas is probably a distant memory for most people by now but I hope you don't mind if I share some random headless family shots from my Christmas with you. It was probably one of the most fun Christmases I've had as almost all the extended family turned up. It was baking hot and we had a pool at our disposal as well as a fabulous outside cocktail bar on the verandah.
Me in my Christmas dress from Cue accessorised with a caipirinha. I bought this in the sales in Perth which, lucky for me, started early this year. I loved the embroidered flowers on this creamy cotton mix dress, so very Louis Vuitton SS 2012. It made the perfect Christmas Day dress as the empire line cut and voluminous cut of the skirt meant I'd suffer no discomfort after second helpings of Christmas lunch!
Lil' Sis in Collette Dinnigan neon orange embroidered dress accessorised with matching nail polish. Cunningly also going for an empire line cut with voluminous skirt to allow for second helpings of Christmas lunch. Despite improving over the years Western Australia remains a very dressed down place and footwear is usually optional. I've been to pubs not too long ago where there are signs saying "Minimum Dress Standard: Footwear"
I however thought I'd raise the tone by wearing sparkly footwear in the form of a pair of very old beaded leather flip flops from Zara. They were a bit dark for this dress and I'd have preferred some glitzy high heels but they would have been OTT for a post pool party. These were the only evening-ish flip flops I'd manage to pack as my summer staple day to evening holiday shoe, a pair of gem encrusted tan leather sandals (also from Zara) died last summer.
Those are my sister's pet Labradors Busta and Honey in the background. The pooches approve I think.
Lil' Bro No. 1. Architect and interior designer extraordinaire. Can you tell by the tee and matching cushion? Accessorised with i-Phone to which he seems permanently attached. Usually armed with a top of the range Canon SLR with a very powerful portrait lens. Also the man behind some of these photos.
Let the margarita drinking competition begin!
Lil' Bro No. 2. Margarita and caipirinha mixer extraordinaire.
Also doubles as oyster shucker extraordinaire. These were the preparations for the oyster eating competition.
Lemon wedges and tabasco sauce at the ready. Mr. V. tucks in! The other man behind some of these photos.
Christmas lunch and not a turkey or brussel sprout in sight. In my family it is all about the food! Our traditional fayre consists of roast pork, rolled roast duck, cold roast ham, king prawns, chicken pie and mixed salads.
My favourite - dessert! Everyone was asked to bring a plate. There was cheesecake, chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, fruit cake, lemon tart, a cheese platter and fresh fruit. Thank the lord for loose fitting dresses!
Traditional Christmas pineapple tarts which Mr V. and I slaved over on Christmas Eve cutting little pastry circles, spoon filling them with jam and topping them off with our hand cut decorations. Jam and shortcrust pastry courtesy of my master chef mother.
Lil' Bro No. 2. teaching Mum how to make caipirinhas. Go Mum! Mum in burgundy dress by Topshop.
Pooch No. 1. Gus the Australian sheepdog.
Pooch No. 2. Busta the Labrador accessorised with Christmas antlers.
Christmas present opening is usually carnage - when it comes to distributing presents amongst thirty odd relatives the process quickly degenerates into chaos!
Mr V. and I at the end of the night, well oiled!
This week I'm linking up to Visible Monday over at Not Yet Dead Style.