My friends Kathryn and Steph had a fancy dress party on Friday, their joint 40th and 50th birthday celebration.
The theme? Anything/anyone beginning with the letter M.
Ever helpful, friends and family were keen to offer their thoughts.
Owen suggested dressing up as a man or the Minotaur.
Other ideas included Mata Hari, Miss Marple, Mr T, Mrs Thatcher, and a malteser.
Thanks for that, everyone.
Margot from The Good Life would have been easy - half my wardrobe qualifies.
Madonna would have been a safe bet.
But at the last minute I discovered other people were using both these ladies as inspiration, which left me with no choice but my old standby...
Curtise-with-an-e does Liza-with-a-z.
Yeah, yeah - I know I've done it before but needs must, and at least the costume was all in my wardrobe already. It helps to have a bowler hat and fishnets on standby!
If I look miserable, it's because I was in a right bloody rush to get ready and snap a couple of photos before I went out. And it was just as well I did since I don't have any pics of me at the do itself.
Well, just this group shot!
Heidi's Blonde Ambition-era Madonna was inspired, and a worthy fancy dress competition winner.
Clockwise, from top left;
Mona Lisa (Jane), a mermaid (Ruth), Magnum P.I. (Greg), Medusa (Jude), Marge Simpson (Tam), another Madonna (Alison) and Margot (Claire), and Miss Piggy (Sarah).
Marilyn Monroe and Freddie Mercury.
(Kath and Steph, the birthday couple.)
Medusa and Madonna, deep in conversation.
I loved the fact that everyone really went for it; Moses, Marcel Marceau, a second Medusa, and Mortitia were also in attendance.
Then the dry ice and the glow sticks came out...
and after dancing in heels till 2am, Ms Minnelli needed her bed!
Saturday was quiet; I wonder why?
But Sunday saw me up and out again, this time in Derbyshire with my mum and eldest sister Belinda.
A gorgeous well dressing in Rowsley, commemorating the First World War...
and more flowers at the pretty little church.
The date on this beautiful building is 1652.
And then out for dinner en famille.
You know, I could do with an early night or two, and some downtime - I'm knackered!
But I'm never too tired to join the divine decadence that is Visible Monday over at Patti's. I'll be the one in fishnets and shorts! Oh, and since I'm wearing a bowler hat, I'll pop over to Judith's for Hat Attack too.