INTERSTATE BUSINESS TRIP (THURSDAY)
I am still in Melbourne and this is the fourth day of the business trip accompanying my boss. Other than having to be physically next to my boss the whole time to take notes, fill him in with his diary schedule and pass documents around meetings, I don’t think I do very much. He does most of the talking, the negotiations, and sales pitches. But despite feeling that I am not doing much I am already starting to feel exhausted. Having to wake up at 4am the first day to catch the first morning flight doesn’t help. I can’t really sleep well in an unfamiliar bed, and the working hours are long despite thinking that I don’t do very much. We usually start at 7.30am and we haven’t been finishing until about 9 or 9.30pm the last two days. So if you can see dark shadows under my eyes, it’s not smeared mascara. It’s lack of sleep.
Today we are scheduled for another long day. But instead of office meetings all day, I noticed in the diary that from about mid-afternoon our meetings take place in more casual settings: we are entertaining clients in bars and restaurants at the Crown Casino complex from mid-afternoon onwards. To dress appropriately for the afternoon and the evening, I need to be in a nice dress instead of business attire.
Because front zip dresses are so on trend right now, I am starting to collect more than a few pieces in my wardrobe. Which worries me, because unlike dresses with a back zip, my fashion crystal ball is telling me front zip dresses are just a passing fashion fad and pretty soon I will have wasted thousands of dollars on dresses I can’t wear beyond next season… yikes!!
So I thought I’d better take the opportunity to wear them as often as I can before their time comes. So today, with this afternoon/evening’s schedule in mind, I am wearing a lovely satin Front Zip Sleeveless Jacquard Dress. And yes, you guessed it, it’s a CUE dress again.
When I first bought the dress I wasn’t sure if I would like it. It was the only one left on the rack in that design and I thought it was one size too small: when I tried it on it fitted snugly and I thought the dress was a little too short. And there was also the front zip dilemma like I explained previously. But I fell in love with the cut and the blue floral motifs, so I bought it anyway.
Buying it initially with wearing it to the office in mind, it ended becoming one of my favourite go-to dresses, not for the office (I still think the hemline is a little too short for the office), but for going out on dates, a night out, or the weekends. I can’t explain why and how it ended becoming one of my favourite go-to dresses, but for all its flaws there was something quite lovely about it. Maybe it’s in the details: the blue floral motifs, little collar details, tiny little word ‘CUE’ embossed on the zipper tab. Maybe it is the breezy flared hem. Maybe it’s the flattering cut. Maybe it’s the flirty front zip (which usually starts fully zipped up at the start of the night and become progressively more and more unzipped as the situation requires and as night progresses…). Who knows. But whatever it is about this dress, I fell in love.
The last business trip last year ended well with me helping to persuade a client seal the deal, so there are high expectations this time around. Now that I am getting dressed and thinking about it I thought maybe I should have brought along and worn my ‘lucky dress’, one of my favourite dresses but incidentally the same dress I wore during the last business trip which ended well (well I didn’t bring the dress this time because of space and weight issues – blame it on the cheapskate boss who insists I travel on carry-on hand luggage only as he wouldn’t pay for checked luggage).
Finger’s crossed I can turn on the charm and help seal the deal again this time. Wish me luck!!
Occasion: Dinner/ Going out/ Bar (Entertaining business clients)
CUE Front Zip Sleeveless Jacquard Dress
OASIS black fitted blazer jacket