Thursday, May 27, 2010

what I'll wear to your dinner party

Women such as me wander around the Avoca shop imagining themselves on a rustic wooden swing in a flowery bower, the sun shining on their hair, with clean chickens ambling about their feet. I'm sure I've met you there. It would have been a while back: I'm wary of shopping there lately lest my basketful of lifestyle should turn, as usual, into mere coat-hooks on the way home.

But today I came across their new website, and the ancient call of polka dots, enamelware, ditsy florals and layered lacy skirts sounded again.

[images: www.avoca.ie]

When next I'm at a dinner party at your place, I'll be wearing this pink dress with a green corsage. If you don't mind the informality, I'll have my picnic rug and slippers with me and I'll sit out in your candlelit Victorian walled garden after the meal, talking about me, or, if I must, you.

There's still an important soap giveaway on the go here.

42 comments:

  1. And very welcome you would be too Mise at any dinner party I would give! Love Avoca clothes... x

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  2. Hahahaha, Mise, you chic little thing, you. You'd be WAY OVERDRESSED at my dinner party! But, come anyway, you'd be the life of the party with that brilliant wit of yours!

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  3. i too am a dirty big avoca fan...but it's not the ditsy florals and what not airy and fairy that draws me in...

    the comic book canvases on the way upstairs are great eye candy for me...

    but nay...its my belly that draws me in...

    thick fat hand cut chips fried in duck fat...now your suckin diesel...

    ah id nearly think about the price of a flight...

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  4. Ooo, very pretty things! Love the dress and the slippers! Darling, you are welcome at my home for dinner any time. I can't promise the walled-garden, but the food will be delicious. :)

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  5. oh treasure, now wouldn't you look a treat! how i wish you could come for dinner, pretty frock or not! jxx

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  6. Well I am quite happy for you to come and talk about me, erm, I mean you at my dinner party. And you'll need your picnic blanket for it is glorious weather the evenings are long so we shall sit out under the big oak and sup champagne as the children make daisy chains and giggle while blowing the wishfull dandilions.
    Lots of little candles will be strewn here and there as the dusk takes its place ...
    Unfortunately though, you will have to settle for a little French farmhouse and not a Victorian mansion. If that will suffice, the date is September 25th..;

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  7. Mise you are so fun...I just wuv you...

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  8. And remember to bring John Banville with you.

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  9. You have picked out the perfect outfit. See you tomorrow evening.

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  10. Ha! 'talking about me, or, if I must, you.' Brilliant. I love that.
    And I love that custardbydesign used the expression 'suckin diesel'. I say it most days but never saw it written down.
    Avoca. I do love it alright. I love that they stock Rice products and I applaud their love and dedication to the brilliant Irish weaving industry. I also love that its a family run company.
    Alot of love in this comment. It's clearly nearly the weekend...

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  11. Clean chickens.

    You always crack me up.

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  12. Thanks for the site recommendation! Oh how I love shopping at new sites like this one!! Great find with the dress, that baby is going to look gorgeous on you!

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  13. exactly my thoughts..... clean chickens!
    i love animals that dont smell
    ~laura

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  14. I'm like Richy, it's the food in Avoca that draws me in! Mmmm, scones with cream and jam. Oh! And their rocky road is delicious!

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  15. I'm glad your elegance will not get in the way of your desire for comfort. Fortunately the slippers will match your corsage perfectly. I must have a look at their polka dot range.

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  16. Ah, Avoca-love. How DO they do it? Am off there for breakfast on saturday with my girlfriends (really) so will let you now what I shall be wearing after I've had a mooch around.

    And btw if you are free on the 26th of next month then do come along and show off your outfit at our annual Summer Solstice Party (can we still call it that even if it's rather later then usual this year?) There may not be a walled garden, but there will be astonishing food, a garden bonfire, and marvelous company...I promise. T'would be mahvelous to see you, dahling. :-D

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  17. Did the chickens win the soap then?

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  18. I do mind the informality actually,

    Slippers are a faux pas too far ,
    barefoot would be more preferable ,your tootsies will love it here anyway, we have only chamomile and rose petals under foot ,
    see you saturday doll face, , mwah mwah

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  19. Well, at least we wouldn't run out of conversation, right? Or if we did, we could always rely on that famous line "Okay, enough about me.....how about you - what do you think of me?".

    If you were to grace our humble home with your Avoca-draped presence, I would ensure that there would not be a cupcake cloche unturned, nor a crochet doilie spared. Meredy xo.

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  20. I think it would be a most interesting evening if you came by and talked about yourself...you're such a funny girl!

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  21. Well dear Mise
    You'd be the shining light at my dinner party dressed in your avoca attire.. think you'll need the wrap we're headed for our first cyclone on sunday... better make it an inside affair!!! The pink is so you by the way.. I have visions of you on that swing, flowers in your hair and being blown away in the cyclone.. dorothy style!!! xxx Julie

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  22. Fly on over here wearing all of these lovely things and I will happily listen to you talk about your beautiful self all day and night. I might even make dinner for you! Let me know when you will be arriving!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  23. Dear Mise,
    My daughter says that I must receive EVERY catalogue ever printed but, I fear that she is wrong. I have never heard of Avoca !!!! Well, I have now and will be off to their website before you can say 'Bonne Maman' !!
    Now, lay down on the nearest chaise longue and tell me all about yourself ......
    XXXX

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  24. May I also suggest considering the pink corsage for some subtle monochromatic texture action. I'd much rather you talk about you than me, Mise, any day. Now please excuse me while I bathe your chickens.

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  25. Oh, wow. Well aren't these just lovely! I just checked out their website and bookmarked them! Cool stuff! Love the alpacas :) -jami

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  26. We have no lovely Victorian gardens in my low-rent inner city neighborhood, but you're welcome to perch on my fire escape and gaze wistfully at the drug dealers down the block.

    I'll be the one dressed in a burlap sack and eating the corsages.

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  27. I love Avoca too... always make a visit when I'm in Dublin. This is post is so cute btw!

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  28. You're not coming to dinner at our house. You'd make me look like an old frumpy ragbag.

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  29. We have a little boutique here which stocks Avoca. I often visit and stroke the garments longingly. I did buy a sweet little 1940s short sleeved cardy from there, which I love dearly, but it never seems to look right on me, to my dismay.

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  30. Hi Mise. I have just stumbled across your blog and love it. The dress is gorgeous - have also done a little bit of window shopping on the site you mentioned. We don't have dinner parties, but the kettle is on for anybody who drops by.

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  31. You & that pink dress need each - IMMEDIATELY! And you can wear anything you like to dinner @ The Hedge, after all MOTH does!!
    Millie ^_^

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  32. I love that pink dress, but you can't wear it to my dinner party as I'll be wearing it. I have hopes that it will make me look like I have a tiny bit of a chest. So hands off the dress, Mise.
    On that note, have a lovely weekend.

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  33. At least you will be dressed appropriatley. Slippers are fine, and be sure to bring the picnic blanket. We usually dress formally for everything, but do go around barefooted and sit on the floor alot.

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  34. I'll be wearing slippers, too. And I'll listen to you talk about yourself any time. I'm here reading after all, aren't I? ;)

    xooxox,
    -maria

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  35. New to this site...thanks for the intro!

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  36. I'm with Becky! You'll be far too overdressed for any sort of dinner party I host. But, sure, make yourself comfortable on the floor.

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  37. Seriously Mise, you're welcome to dinner at my place anytime. But it is quite a long way to come so you may even need a change or two of clothes. A perfect excuse to go back to Avoca again.
    P.S By being so slow to read this post, I get to giggle at all the great comments. Did the chickens win the soap giveaway! Love it. xx

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  38. AAh! I go away for a few days, and now you're coming to dinner! Not a child in the house washed, and no soap to do it with..
    Tell me, would you mind a takeaway?

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  39. Speccy, a takeaway would be divine, but only if accompanied by a few bottles of Buckfast and Diana Ross' greatest hits. Is that too much to ask?

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  40. Of course you are invited. Oh I am sold on the Georgie knit from Avoca!!!!

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