The Dapper Party

The Dapper Party was last weekend, and it was a lot of fun. Organized by Jaz, a fellow ALT, it originated from a FaceBook post she made where she mused, Wouldn't it be cool if we could dress up really fancy? Um, yeah it would! A few weeks later, I received this invite:
dapper party
Who could say no to an invite where you're tagged as an old lady with a bitchin' hat and lap dog?
As invites go, it was pretty sweet. And the Dapper Party was a lot of fun. The food was good too; they had mojitos to die for. Delicious. The food (which was bistro-esque in theme) was small in portion size, which was a little sad because I could have really tucked into the salad (with veggies like green lettuce and beets! Not a cabbage in sight!) and the creamy pesto spaghetti. Ooh, I'm making myself hungry just thinking about it. Before the party, I had messaged Jaz and said, "So how dapper should I be?" "Go as dapper as possible! I will!" she replied. "But that means I'm going to be super duper dapper, you know?" "Good!" And I did, folks. I went super duper dapper. I wore a sari and decked out in jewelry. I don't mess around when people invite me to be dapper. I'm not used to wearing a sari, and it was a special brand of torture to try and walk from train station to train station in it. How do Indian women do this every day? I have to say, there's nothing like trousers for ease of movement. But I looked awesome, so for a few hours of torture I was willing. Jaz and some other ALTs brought fancy cameras, so we had a faux photo shoot outside the venue. There was a nice little pond area, and we all clambered onto the bank and posed and laughed. Jaz or whoever else was taking photos would yell out directions--"You're walking in a dark alley and you see a strange man!" "You've just discovered how delicious mochi is!" "You're trying to find the correct train platform!" -- and we'd make poses to match. It was all good. We took pictures, we had good food, I got to nosh and verbally nosh with some great people. At the end, I changed from the sari to a dress (which apparently was also dapper enough, and then someone called me fashionable. Me? Fashionable? I was flattered because it's so untrue, I don't keep up with fashion at all!) so that it would be easier to walk around. We went to another place for coffee, wine, and gyozaWe talked there for a while. Then we went to a revolving sushi place well people began to get hungry again. I got home late, changed, and collapsed in bed. All in all, a very good Saturday. (By the way, I've uploaded pictures of the Dapper Party to my Personal Gallery, so you can see me being "fashionable" there!)

Article by Himani

Himani enjoys a diverse life of trying to survive the educational world (now in Japan!) while still having time to participate in her hobbies like writing, reading, cooking, and photography. Prone to sarcasm and impatience, she's still trying to rise above the little things.

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