Fashion, Fairs and Fantasies…

Every November one of my dearest friends organises a charity craft fair and fashion show where everything sold is fair-trade. Each year Denise manages to exceed the previous year’s ‘takings’ which is no mean feat considering that here in the UK there are many bigger charities vying for people’s money at this time of year! But to all of us who know her, that is no big surprise. She has this ability to, shall we say, persuade people (and I mean that in the nicest way) into getting involved.Fashion Show Denise

And so it was that I found myself agreeing to model in the fashion show again. Well it’s such a good cause and as I’ve done it for several years now you’d think I’d be used to it. But I’m not really one for the limelight, much preferring to work behind the scenes, but Denise being Denise there I was stepping onto the boards again. What is even scarier than looking down at dozens of pairs of eyes directed on you is the fact that each year I seem to be slipping into ever larger sizes. I have this little fantasy that the mirrors are those distorted kinds that make you look bigger than you actually are, but sadly my self-deception was short-lived. This year I treated myself to one of the tunic dresses I modelled as it felt extremely comfortable and I thought it hid a multitude of sins. Alas, I bought it before I saw this photo, and they say the camera never lies! Tricia Fashion Show (2)AJ said it wasn’t the most flattering thing he’d ever seen me in, and perhaps I could wear it a couple of times and then donate it to a charity shop. He would have laughed on the other side of his face if he knew how much I’d paid for it!

On a happier note, I managed to get some Christmas shopping done. Fashion Show 13There were amazing things on offer – handicrafts, jewellery, food, bags, cards, notebooks- all so very refreshing from the mass-produced goods to be found in the stores and the proceeds going toward such good causes. It’s a happier shopping experience than fighting around the crowded shops. One of the stalls really caught my attention (and everyone else’s).

Fashion Show 14

This wonderful lady was selling absolutely stunning hand-made jewellery from Uganda for the Fingertips charity and shoppers were gravitating toward her special blend of energy and the gorgeous products all day.

I wish I could have taken more photographs, but the day tends to go by in a whirl of activity. But then there’s always next year … no doubt I’ll get ‘persuaded’ again.

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13 responses to “Fashion, Fairs and Fantasies…

  1. What a great way to get in the Christmas shopping spirit. I agree shopping at bazaar’s is an experience. For one thing everyone is so friendly that a lot of socializing takes place. You look good in that dress, I’d keep it.

    We’re headed out in a bit to start our shopping. It feels like Saturday so I’m getting an extra day this week. 🙂 I want to get a tree (smaller than the one I had) and some new decorations so am looking forward to making the house festive. Can’t believe its only 26 more days before Christmas.

    • I agree, everyone seems much friendlier at these fairs. People tend to chat about the products, admiring them and wanting to know how they were made, etc,

      Hope the shopping trip was successful and you now have a lovely new tree!

  2. I did not know you were an active attractive model. My single daughter went to modeling school and work a while as one. She practiced in front of me and that made me nervous–after all, I am her father.

    Good for you. I did like your photos.

    • Thank you! Just what this reluctant ‘model’ needed to hear 🙂 and glad you liked the photos.

      I’d imagine that model school training will stay with your daughter even though she no longer works as a model. And how lovely that she felt able to practise in front of you – even though you were more nervous than she was!

  3. It gives gifting a new meaning when you can help a charity while holiday shopping. 🙂 And Tricia? You look great!

    • Aww, thanks Laurie! Yes, it’s sometimes extra nice to choose gifts that help a charity in the process, and it never ceases to amaze me how much work goes into these crafts. There is so much talent out there.

  4. What a lady of many talents! Author, yoga guru, model. I never knew…. Actually, I am in awe and think you are wonderful getting up on the catwalk – you look good, a natural. Now, if it were me, I’d trip over my own feet and make a right fool of myself. What a lovely way to raise money as well as finding such lovely Christmas gifts, far better than fighting the crowds in the stores. So, well done you. Lovely photos too. 🙂

    • Thanks bunches, Kit. I’m blushing here. Have to admit that I spent most of the time on that stage trying to avoid stepping on the balloons!

      I really love buying gifts from these craft fairs – can’t abide the store crowds, especially at this time of year. And most people seem so miserable in the process.

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    Very nice photos. I thought you looked great. A friend of mine used to model clothes for a charity event like this every year. And every year she had the same qualms as you. I think it comes from the fact you’re not normally on parade for gawkers. It looks like you did a nice job of it!! 😛

    • Thanks, Valerie. Yes, I think that’s part of the problem. One of the girls used to be a professional catwalk model and she gives us loads of tips, but her natural flair and training wins out no matter how hard the rest of us try!

  6. I actually like the dress on you. It looks nice. I love fair trade items. Well done for your friend!

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