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What I Wore: Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress

18 May 2018

Grana Silk Slip Dress

Went out to dinner the other night and wore this lil number!

A Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress – You can’t go wrong with a classic silk dress in black.

Jut add some simple heels, simple accessories and hey presto, I can look half decent after rushing around all day!!

If you already own a Grana silk slip dress or a Grana silk v-neck camisole, you’ll love to know that this new dress features a slim fit design with a hidden zip at the waist.

It’s very fitted and flattering, hugs my waist perfectly and such a great fit for me.

Yes the neckline is extra low, which might turn some people off. But it seems to have a good firm fit across my chest, so there’s no sliding around and no need for double sided tape.

I’m wearing a size XXS and I’m a standard AUD 6 or UK 6.

If I wanted a slightly more relaxed look at the top, I would be happy to go up to a size XS.

The skirt of the dress has a more relaxed A-line style, so it’s very easy to move, walk around and sit in.

However, if you’re prone to over-eating during dinner time, um, then you probably DON’T want to get this dress, as the silk will skim nicely over your food baby and make you look 4 months pregnant haha! Or you could invest in some Spanx?

The quality is amazing. It definitely matches some of the silk dress sold by high end labels for 5 times the price. And it is fully lined with a double layer of silk.

Grana Silk Slip Dress

In terms of versatility, you could easily wear a white shirt (with a knot at the front) with this dress. Or layer with a t-shirt and knitted sweater for the colder months.

It’s too fitted for you to wear a white t-shirt underneath. But you could buy a sheer shirt with embroidery to wear over the top.

I love this simple, classic and elegant style!

If you’re a new customer, and you want to buy a full-priced item, please feel free to use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

xxx


Crushing: Pastel Floral Dresses

13 April 2018

I am TOTALLY crushing on pretty, floral dresses at the moment.

I’m currently experimenting with 1) floral/pastel colours and 2) trying to wear summer dresses in cooler weather. I’ll share what I come up with soon!

I went on a floral bender, adding tonnes of styles into my wishlist (kind of like making a mood board) and these are my top nine favourites from Shopbop’s 25% off Sale (ends 15 April 2018)…

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Lavendar: Ulla Johnson Penninah Dress

Pink: Rachel Zoe Jillian Dress

Yellow: Marissa Webb Kaya Silk Print Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Pink: Nicholas Lilac Floral Frill Mini Dress

Blue: Alice + Olivia Halsey Dress

Nude: Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Yellow: Self Portrait Pleated Asymmetric Floral Dress

Green: Giambattista Valli Print Sheer Mini Dress with Ruffle Hem

Pale Purple: Young Fabulous & Broke Costa Maxi Dress

Yes some are ridiculously expensive (!), but hope you find some inspiration to switch things up a bit for the new season!

xxx


Review: Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress

11 April 2018

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

Hi everyone!

I’m off to a wedding later this year and I’ve already sorted out what I’m going to wear – this Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress :)

I am a big fan of Self Portrait dresses and every time they release a new season collection, I’m scrolling, drooling, sighing (because they are so expensive!) and wondering how many months I will have to save until I can nab something.

For years I’ve had my eye on the original Azaelea dress (Self Portrait’s most popular dress design!), and when the dress came out in Burgundy (this one), it became very high on my MUST SAVE FOR list. Unfortunately my size had sold out and I can’t seem to find it anymore.

So a couple of months ago, during a Shopbop Sale, I picked out this gorgeous 3D Azaelea Dress in Tomato colour – yippee!

It’s a lot brighter than the burgundy. It is VERY RED! And stunning!

It’s a newer version of the Azaelea style, as this dress has a slightly different “3D” flower lace pattern.

My other option was this new Azaelea Sweetheart Dress (in Navy), but I preferred the red flowers.

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

In terms of fit. I usually am a US Size 0 for dresses.

So I ordered a Size 0, it arrived… and it didn’t quite fit me.

It fit perfectly around my waist, but I just couldn’t do up that last 5cms of the zip (the part around my middle abdomen, so it had nothing to do with my boobs being too big haha!). No amount of sucking in could make my ribcage smaller! Obviously I had the size wrong.

So I had to return the dress and get a Size 2 – which fit me great, but it’s still a tiny bit snug around my lower abdomen. There is no stretch whatsoever. And the straps are not adjustable. So if you’re a slightly bigger AUS 6, or if you have big boobs, then you should go up to US 4, just to give yourself some breathing room.

What surprises me most about this dress, is its weight. The quality is top notch. The craftsmanship, the stitching, the lining, the zip, the panels. The fabric and lace are just beeeeautiful.

The shape is classic and feminine, with it’s 1950s hourglass silhouette, full floral skirt and nipped in waist. The style will last for years to come.

In terms of longevity, I actually have another Self Portrait dress, which I bought in 2016 and which I have dry cleaned twice, and it still looks brand new.

I also love it because I can wear it as a cocktail dress, but at the same time I’d be happy to wear it with white sneakers and a denim jacket.

I’m so in love with this dress and I can’t wait to wear it to the wedding!

When I bought my Lover dress a few years ago, it cemented my decision for investing in WOW dresses.

Yes they are a bit expensive to start, but I have worn them again and again. And every time I wear one, I feel BLOODY AMAZING in it – it’s totally worth it.

Shopbop Event Sale

For 4 days, Shopbop are having an “Event of the Season” sale – You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500. Simply use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

 

I wanted to share a whole heap of new season WOW dresses that I added to my wishlist. But I picked something crazy like 24 dresses, so I have to edit it down a bit and I’ll share my list real soon!

Happy shopping!

xxx


What I Wore: Majorelle Spotty Dress

23 March 2018

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Hello hello!

I’m loving these warm evenings! How good is it to stay out the whole day and night and not bother with a jacket?

My husband and I managed to sneak out for a brunch date the other day, to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary – way hey!

Hilariously… he cycled over from work to meet me at a cafe, so he was wearing fluro yellow and lycra tights, while I was wearing this! Omg we looked so funny! Typical old married couple, who don’t give a damn, right? Haha!

(Sweetly, he did ask me for permission first. In case I didn’t want to be caught being seen with someone wearing lycra.)

Spotty Majorelle Dress

I wore this Viola Dress by fabulous dress brand Majorelle. I just love the little spots and ruffle! (It’s on sale too, and possibly the same price you’d pay if you bought something from Myer or David Jones?)

I’m wearing the size XS and it fits me perfectly. The front is a little lower than I’m used to. But it doesn’t look too bad haha.

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.


What I Wore: Tularosa Lily Dress (with Friends + Family Discount)

19 March 2018

Tularosa Lily Dress

Hello everyone! This is me heading out on a dinner date for my husband’s birthday.

We decided to stick to small birthday presents this year… because we just paid for airfares (seat price x 5!) for our overseas family holiday and let me tell you, I felt sick in my stomach as I clicked the “Process Payment” at the 5 figure total – akkk! Oh well, big family holidays only happens once a year.

So… it’s instant noodles, BYO coffee, and SALE ONLY clothing purchases for while now haha.

Tularosa Lily Dress

Speaking of sales: Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

It’s probably the best and safest kind of discount sale – browse, add items to cart, share with your friends, get the code, then revise what’s in your cart, before you actually buy!

There’s a nice time delay. So no impulse buying here :)

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.

Tularosa Lily Dress

As for me, I’m wearing a Tularosa Lily Dress.

I was pretty lucky to get this dress, as it’s just so simple, so gorgeous… and it sold out very quickly. But I think they will restock it soon, just click on “Can’t Find Your Size?” and they will email you when it comes back in stock.

I’m wearing Size XS (I’m usually Size AU 6), and it fits me perfectly. Even the length is perfect for me – yay!

I love that it’s mid-legth. I would absolutely buy this dress in different colours and patterns, if they offered it.

I also picked up this Marjorelle Viola Dress, which is on sale, so there would be another 20% off it with the code.

Also on my wishlist:

This Majorelle Berkshire Dress – ok this was a bit crazy expensive because it’s silk.

Privacy Please Hibiscus Midi – Lovely pale blue dress with front tie.

Privacy Please Clinton Midi – Very cute, pale yellow stripe dress.

Privacy Please Wilmar Dress – Cute red spotty dress

Tularosa Chrissy Dress – Cute, short, ruffle white dress.

Privacy Please Lomax Dress – I’ve had my eye on this dress for ages! Another flattering midi dress.

Hope you find something you like. It’s a great sale to pick up a new dress.

Happy shopping or browsing!

xxx


What I Wore: Gold Silk Slip Dress + Leather Details

20 January 2018

Grana Gold Dress

This evening I went out to dinner with some friends and enjoyed a 7 course Omasake Menu (chef’s selection) at the extremely difficult-to-book-a-seat, Marumo Japanese Restaurant.

It was such a treat. I loved it!

I wore my new Grana Silk Slip Dress (in gold!) which I bought at their End of Year / No Markup sale (which is still on here) for $48. There were some complaints on Instagram about Grana’s slow delivery during that busy period, but my parcel arrived in 7 days, which was totally fine for me. I don’t think I received special treatment from the PR department, because I purchased and ordered from my personal account?

Anyway, I crossed my fingers and hoped that the gold wasn’t too gold… and omg I love the colour! It’s more of a muted bronze/sandy beige with a soft silk shine, rather than a ‘typical metallic gold shine’. I’ll share more pics soon.

I’m wearing the XXS (I’m usually AUS Size 6) and I also have the slip dress in red.

I took my 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch Bag out for a spin… and was quite pleased that it managed to fit my compact camera, along with all my other handbagy stuff.

I also kept my look clean and simple, by wearing my Tibi Kitten Heels (this style is sold out, but there are similar ones here, for a third of the price).

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

xxx


Shopbop Boxing Day Picks: My Dress Wishlist

27 December 2017

Hi everyone!

Today I’m collborating with Shopbop to share some of my Boxing Day Sale picks.

It is a 3-day Sale on Sale : Simply use the code ‘JOY25′ to enjoy 25% Off All Sale Products!

Ends around Friday, 29th Dec 4pm (Perth time, UTC/GMT + 8)

Shopbop Boxing Day

For me, I’m still in holiday mode, enjoying the slow-paced routine that comes with this time of year.

I was going to give the Boxing Day sales a miss this year, but then I spotted the discounted price of a coffee machine and milk frother (which I have been eyeing since Mothers Day) and decided to head up into the stores after all!

I’m a real slow shopper. I make a mental list of things I want and stalk them for months, and sometimes I realise that I don’t want one thing anymore (which is a good thing!). And when I’m sure I still want something after a few months, I’ll wait for the price to drop during the sales hehe.

These are some items I had stalked for ages… and have since bought. I wore them to a Christmas lunch and didn’t spill anything on the white shirt!

Shopbop Boxing Day

I’m wearing Stylekeeper Off Shoulder Ruffle Top – on sale from approx AUD $150 to $45. I bought this a few weeks ago at a previous sale, but for Boxing Day, there’s an additional 25% off.

Stuart Weitzman Daisy 90mm Pumps again I got these a while ago, on a sale, but with the discount, they are $243, from $464.

My handbag is 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Micro Cross Body Bag in Fawn colour, but unfortunately it’s out of stock.

Jeans are by GRLFRND Denim.

Lover Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Ahh, I know I already have a Lover Dress! But it’s so beautiful that I want another one :)

In particular, I’m looking for a Lover dress either in navy or black, with a lace design with a “tight” pattern.

I have been eyeing THIS Lover Oasis Dress for aaaages. I am so in love with it! It’s on sale for 55% off (or something crazy like that), but unfortunately it’s not in my size – ugh!

Zimmermann Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Again I already have a silk Zimmerman dress. It is short and black. I love it, but it looks very summery and casual.

I have been thinking of getting a more formal Zimmermann silk dress, in a classic and simple style… very much like this Zimmermann Bow Bodice Dress.

This one is available in my size. But I was actually looking for a deep red or maroon colour!

Self-Portrait Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Another dress on my wishlist is this Self Portrait Floral Mini Dress.

Yes I have a Self Portrait dress and a top, so I know I’m onto a good thing here.

I’ve been looking for a long sleeve dress to wear in winter. And I like the fact that it is a short mini length, so it won’t overwhelm my short-ness.

Also on the wishlist is this Self Portrait Azaelea Dress, but it’s not on sale :)

Tibia Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

I’ve been completely smitten by Tibi’s latest collection, full of voluminous shapes and dramatic forms, but still elegant and simple designs.

I have two very lovely Tibi camisoles, but none of their iconic cotton pieces.

So I was considering to buy this Tibi Midi Dress, but my size sold out pretty quickly. Probably a good thing!

Enjoy the holidays!

Hope you manage to find something you love!

xxx


What I Wore: Tularosa Mel Dress X Cyber Monday Sales

27 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

We had a stunning weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the glorious sunny weather. We had lots of outings with our kids, a swim with the cousins, dinner with my parents, birthday celebrations and my husband and I even went on a double date too (cheap and cheerful Vietnamese dinner – the beeeest!).

Today I’m sharing an outfit that I was was planning to wear to a fashion event.

Usually I’m not so organised. But as it turned out, I didn’t feel 100% on the day and didn’t end up going. So I’m going to keep this dress for the New Year or Chinese New Year.

It’s the Mel Dress by Tularosa, with a cowl neck, a fitted waist and pleated skirt.

I love the warm, mustard yellow colour of this dress. It looks a bit like a warm gold.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

I probably could have paired the dress with some minimal, strappy, heeled sandals. But I decided to go a bit fierce with my shoes and try something a bit more unusual with these Aquazzura Belgravia Lace up pumps.

The exact style (with studs) is not on sale anymore, but the Belgravia Suede Lace Up Pumps (plain black) is currently selling at FWRD and is currently 56% off at their Cyber Monday sale.

Do check the rest of the FWRD Cyber Monday Sale, there are heaps of designer items that are up to 70% off.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

And Revolve are also having their Cyber Monday Sale, which involves 20% off Final Sale Items, making some items around 75% off. Such  great time to grab a bargain!

Have a lovely week!


What I Wore: Tularosa Dress (with Revolve and FWRD Black Friday Sale Picks)

24 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

Happy Friday!

Wow did your email inbox EXPLODE from all the Black Friday Sales messages this morning?!?

I had been quite unprepared for the avalanche of sales, but I’m soooo glad because it’s such a great time to save on things I was planning to buy anyway, such as homewares, Christmas presents and stuff I’ve had my eye on for the loooongest time.

I’m so excited to share that both Revolve and FWRD are having their Black Friday Sales, with up to 65% Off + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

A lot of the items I have featured on my site are currently on sale, including this Tularosa Marty Dress, which is 40% off. I’ve had it for about 5 months and it’s still one of my favourite weekend dresses.

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

I always feel that Revolve is best for buying dresses, tops and denim. Their items are usually a bit higher in price than high-street brands, but their quality is usually much better and their styles are a little more unique too.

Here are some of my picks!

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

These dresses are all on sale, priced under AU$50.

One is $40 and still so many sizes from XS through to L. So good!

See them here – Dresses on Sale. They really do have such a droll worthy selection.

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

And these tops are under AU$60!

See all Off-Shoulder Tops on sale here.

 

FWRD has always been one of my favourite online stores for discounted designer items. I’ve been shopping here for years. I’m completely thrilled to be working with them!

They are also having an Up to 65% Off Sale + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

I feel that FWRD is best for designer bag, shoes and accessories, so here are my picks.

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

Yep there are high-end designer brands such as Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, YSL, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, all with major discounts.

All these pictured here are on 30% – 50% off sale, making them approximately from AU$270 – AU$1800.

Eeek I’m so tempted by that PS1 Mini Cross Body in Red (bottom left)!

See all Designer Bags on sale at FWRD.

 

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

And for shoes and accessories, you can find Isabel Marant, Sophia Webster, K Jacques, Aquazzura, Acne Studios and more.

Shop Designer Accessories or shop Designer Shoes here.

Happy shopping!

xxx


Red Ruffle Dress + Click Frenzy

13 November 2017

Brought to you by Revolve

Heads up everyone! Revolve are having their Click Frenzy Sale right now, meaning there’s Up to 60% Off all sale items.

They also have free shipping to Australia (over $100) and free returns from Australia… so they are making it pretty darn easy to get into the whole clicking spirit.

I guess it’s a perfect time to pick out a few outfits for the festive season!

I made a little edit of “Dresses on Sale That You Have To Check Out” below, so do scroll down for some inspo, or just make a mad dash over to the Dress Sale section yourself for a head start.

However, first of all I just wanted to share this Lovers + Friends Gigi Wrap Dress

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

Ahh I’m totally in love with it.

The rich, deep red colour is so lush and unique, that it has pretty much sky rocketed to be one of my favourite dresses.

I look like the dancing emoji lady in this dress. I instantly feel all swirly and flamboyant as I walk around in it.

They say style and confidence should come from within. But hey, sometimes you need a winning dress that fits, flatters and falls so nicely on you that you feel comfortable, confident and makes you feel like dancing!

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

So I have a few wrap dresses, but this one is much more silky and ruffly than I’m used to.

It has a semi-open back and semi-halter shoe string shoulders. It’s a bit tricky to wear, as you have to thread your arms through a few shoestrings, in the right order haha.

The midi length makes it very wearable. The silky fabric makes it look gorgeous and luxe.

My only problem with it is… it’s too sexy/revealing. The wrap skirt doesn’t actually close up, so if a wind blows, or if I walk too fast, my skirt will lift up. I’d feel more comfortable with a button or stitch to preserve my modesty. It’s something I can easily do myself, so no biggie.

It also comes in black. I’m wearing Size XS.

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

Unfortunately this dress isn’t on sale. However these dresses are under AU$100… and I am pretty tempted to nab a bargain.

Privacy Please Inwood Dress – I have this dress in a slightly different style. It’s perfect for easy and effortless summer errands.

JOA Floral Wrap Dress – Lovely pink floral wrap dress. Lady like and perfect for an outdoor garden party.

Privacy Please Pink Delta Dress – I have two wrap dresses in this style. Love wearing them. This pink is very cute.

Lovers + Friends Off Shoulder Cotton Dress – This pale blue dress with little pink dots is really cute too.

Tularosa Smocked Dress – Simple, white, beachy dress with tiny cut-outs. Very cute. I’ve had my eye on this one for ages.

Hope you find something you like!

Happy shopping!

xxx


What I Wore: Grab and Go Red Dress

25 October 2017

Lovers & Friends Dress

I’ve been trying to wear more bright and vibrant colours in my everyday going-out outfits.

If you scroll through my “Fashion & Shopping” section, you’ll see that I tend to wear the same old black, white, denim, grey pieces, sometimes blush. And it has only been in the last month or so that I’ve been experimenting with wearing some red styles.

I picked out this Lovers + Friends Etra Dress because I was looking for something that could be worn to both day and night events (courtesy of Revolve).

The fabric is a floaty, silky texture, without the delicate and high-maintenence nature of silk.

It is really a lovely, effortless dress, that HIDES EVERYTHING, but still looks bold and feminine.

I like it because it’s now one of my “grab and go” dresses. It is easy, no fuss, hangs in my wardrobe, all ready to go when I’m stuck for something nice to wear RIGHT NOW. I’m wearing Size XS.

Lovers + Friends have quite a few dresses made from this material.

Some are not as “grab and go” though, but are equally bold and pretty!

Red Dresses from Revolve

Left to Right:

Gigi Wrap Dress – I’ve ordered this one! It’s so pretty!

Haven Dress – One shoulder + nice ruffles.

Flynn Mini Dress – Long sleeve, wrap style + nice ruffles.

Sur Mini Dress – not pictured. This one is deep green, but same fabric.

Red Dresses from The Iconic

On the same note, I found some other easy-to-wear red dresses on The Iconic, which I’m also quite obsessed about. I haven’t bought them though, I just have them in my wishlist / shopping cart haha.

MNG Vivian Dress – also red with a floral print. Love the simple/ vintage style of this dress! This one is my favourite.

Atmos + Here Bambi Swing Dress – also red with a small floral print.

MLM Noah Dress – floral print with a little lace detail. MLM do gorgeous dresses!

Happy shopping!

xxx


What I Wore: The Easy, Breezy, Starry Dress

20 September 2017

Brought to you by Revolve

Lovers + Friends X Revolve Dress

Hellooo everyone!

I’m so happy that the sunshine is finally here! Time to crack out the summery dresses and straw hats!

I’m wearing a lovely star print Basil Midi Dress by one of my favourite brands Lovers + Friends.

It is SUCH a relaxed and easy-to-wear dress.

Perfect neckline, perfect midi length. Cute little ruffle at the bottom. Relaxed fit, so it’s not tight.

Lovely bright and happy colour with a cute star print. The red is not too bright, it’s an easy-to-look-at deep red.

It has adjustable straps. It’s lined. Good quality fabric that falls nicely. Excellent stitching. Not staticky. Not clingy. It’s not overly delicate.

When I took it out of the box, it had a few ugly, fold creases in it, but I gave it a good iron on low/medium heat and it withstood the heat very well. So I’d say it was easy to iron, and the finished look was perfect.

Wearing it in the car, sitting down on it, the dress didn’t crease very much either.

It’s so good!

Ok, if I had to find one fault, maybe I would wish the quality of the fabric to be silkier and softer? Or heavier somehow. It feels very lightweight even with the rayon lining (which will be lovely for summer). As it is, it is 100% polyester and feels like a thick, slippery satin. But it’s actually fine. I like a hardy, easy-to-wear fabric.

These were a few other silky-satiny Lovers + Friends dresses I had my eyes on : Haven Dress (sexy and a bit different), Etra Dress (love the layers on this one), Ivy Dress (so pretty, but looks like pyjamas maybe?).

Lovers + Friends X Revolve Dress

Anyway, I’m excited to let you know that Revolve are having 20% off their entires site today, dedicated to VOGUE Online Shopping Night Australia!

Simply use the code “REVOLVE4AU” at the check out.

It only lasts 12 hours, so be quick!

Enjoy!


What I Wore: Majorelle Portia Dress

31 August 2017

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Hi everyone!

Spring in Australia is literally one day away and I just had to dress up for the occasion!

The amazing team at Revolve have sent me some gorgeous Spring + Summer dresses and I’ll be featuring them over the next few weeks.

The whole “minimal trend” is starting to make way for “over the top styling” with patterns, florals, lace, mixed textures, ruffles, volume and more.

I picked out this Majorelle Portia Dress because I love a good wrap dress!

It’s not too “over the top”, but it’s just perfect for me. I know it’s the kind of dress I’ll wear a lot.

It’s a very flirty style – deep V neck (not wide though), short mini skirt, ruffled details, big bow. Makes me look 5-10 years younger I reckon haha.

The sleeves are longer than usual, which is a nice thing. It keeps it balanced and slightly modest (ok maybe not).

I think you have to have boobs for this dress, or at least wear a kick ass push up bra (I wear this one!), and be happy to show a bit of cleavage.

I like that the V is narrow. I dislike wearing wide V necks, because I hate wearing double-sided tape.

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Since it’s a wrap dress, I did have some concerns about the dress unwrapping and “popping open”, as there are no buttons or zips to keep it together. It’s like wearing a robe?

The only way you are stopping the world from seeing your girls, is with your ability to tie a knot.

I never did any girl guides courses, so I made two shoelace knots, and a bow at the end. Looks a bit wonky but it did the job!

* Sometimes I like to use a hidden safety pin JUST TO BE SURE, but I didn’t have to in this case, because the length of belt is wide, so you can feel it firm in place against your skin.

Anyway, I love that it’s a simple WOW dresses, that tucks in at all the right places and makes you feel like a million bucks.

I’m wearing a Size XS and I’m usually a size AU6. When it was first released, the dress was completely sold out, then restocked. It’s now on Pre-Order, so more are coming soon.

Remember, Revolve have free returns for Australian customers!

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Wearing the Majorelle Portia Dress , ​Rosalia by Meli Melo, Aquazzura Sexy Thing Heels, and vintage scarf (from my mum!).

Can’t wait for that Spring weather!

xxx


What I Wore: Floral Dress + Faux Fur

13 July 2017

Majorelle Dress

Last winter I shared a few tips on how I wear Summer dresses in Winter (my hair was so short back then!).

And those tips still ring true for me: Add a big furry coat and some long boots.

You can’t go wrong with that formula!

A few weeks ago, back in June in fact, I went out with some girlfriends to catch up over Mediterranean tapas, drinks, and to celebrate an early birthday.

I put on my fancy, floral dress – a little worried that we might get a table outside the restaurant and that I would certainly freeze to death. But thankfully they had the heaters cranked up and the collective body heat of the guests (and food?) made the place super nice and cozy.

I’d like to say that we went out dancing after, but in reality, we became a bunch of grandmas and each headed home (at 11pm!) to crash into bed haha.

Majorelle Dress

Wearing: Summery dress by Majorelle, Faux Fur Coat by Korean brand Sarah (similar from The Iconic), Over the Knee boots from ASOS and a Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag.


What I Wore: Runnings Errands in a Dress

22 June 2017

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

With the sunny weather still in full swing, I’ve been trying to get as much use of my dresses (and my tan) as I can.

This beauty is from Elone, an Australian online store with a very drool-worthy collection of dresses and clothes. (It’s currently 30% off at the moment in the sale section!)

I’m preparing for our big road trip and I’m slowly working through FOUR PAGES of “To Do” and “To Buy” lists:

Buy audibooks. Buy a battery pack for our devices. Buy microfiber towels. Buy thermal underwear. Buy my 8yo some spare walking shoes. Upgrade my wireless modem. Pack a washing up tub. Pack a soft esky. Pack a compass. Email all my kid’s teachers…

Omg my list goes on and on. So I’ve been running around town doing this and organising that – in a dress!

Truth be told, I did start the day with a fluffy cardigan, and I did meet up with a girlfriend who passed me some camping stuff, and we bought takeaway coffee from a fancy cafe… so I didn’t really dress up for the guys at the camping store haha!

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

Wearing: Steele Dress from Elone, Converse sneakers, Straw hat from Sportsgirl.


What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

17 June 2017

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

Last week, the sun was out just enough for me to get some vitamin D in this super lovely, off-shoulder dress.

My girlfriend and I sat in the sun for 55 minutes, under the shade of the trees, ate salmon and salad and marvelled at how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful and peaceful city.

Then we both rushed home to do chores before the kids came home from school haha!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

I love a good off-white summery dress!

The off-white gives the dress a very natural and relaxed feel. Not to mention that I feel much more relaxed about trying not to spill anything onto it.

I love that the midi length gives the dress a lady-like and classy feel.

It has a great quality to it – lovely fabric, lined with cotton, excellent stitching, beautiful drape, perfect cut and style. The fabric has a great weight to it and the elastic is soft and comfortable.

I’m thinking that this one will last me years!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

It is called the Marty Midi Dress by Tularosa. I’m wearing the Size XS and the colour is more of a cream, than shown here in my photo.

It’s definitely one that I’ll be wearing to a nice garden party or dinner on a tropical night while in Thailand!

Also wearing, Sportsgirl Straw Hat, Celine Sunglasses, Fabienne Envelope Clutch by Clare V., and Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals by Schutz.

Have a lovely weekend!

xxx


What I Wore: Tularosa Berkley Dress

24 May 2017

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I swooned over this vintage-inspired Berkley Dress by Tularosa for ages!

I first saw it worn by the gorgeous Negin Mirsalehi (last year) but it was sold out. I thought it was not to be. But I recently spotted it back in stock and I grabbed it while it was available (courtesy of Revolve)!

While I might not be a bronze Persian beauty like Negin, I love that I can make this dress my own.

I love it’s delicate, yet natural feel. I love the soft, gathered fabric, the fluted sleeves, the panels of embroidery and the overall nod to boho, French countryside. It is just adorable!

 

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I’m wearing the XS and it has a strangely small head hole.

At first I thought it was a mistake, but I read a few reviews and a few people mentioned it too. I have to cover my head with a thin scarf and then gently give it a firm tug to get it over my head. Then I have to rearrange my hair and double-check my makeup after that too! It was very weird.

It fits perfectly every where else though!

I’m thinking I could wear it over-the-knee boots for the cooler evenings, or hey, just wear it with jeans and sneakers :)


What I Wore: Spotty White Dress

15 May 2017

Shen Spot Dress

A few weeks ago, I featured a pretty, floaty off-shoulder dress.

This week I want to show off a more affordable option and picked out this Spotted Off-Shoulder Dress, courtesy of Shein.

It is a super pretty dress, that is comfortable and fits really well. It is lined throughout (not in the sleeves though) so it isn’t see-through. I received a lot of compliments when I wore it out the other day.

Best thing about it: I didn’t have to iron it and it doesn’t crease easily. I love that! I just pulled it out of the bag, aired it a bit, threw it on and it looked fantastic!

Not so great thing about it: The fabric looks a bit cheap. But the whole garment has a good weight to it, the stitching is good, and the fabric feels nice and soft… so it doesn’t FEEL cheap.

There might also be too much fabric at the waist, because it bunches up and makes my hips and bum look a bit bigger than they are haha. Maybe it would look better if I was taller? Because it doesn’t look that bad on other customer reviews on the site. Or maybe I’m just imagining it because it’s such a flowy and ruffly dress?

I’m wearing the XS and I’m usually a Size AU/UK 6.

Overall, it’s a lovely spring or summer dress to wear to a special occasion.

Check out more Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein. They have lots of cool and affordable styles!

 

Shen Spot Dress

I have to be honest, Shein is potentially quite hit and miss, because their product photos tend to look much better than the actual product. They do have sone good stuff. But you have to look REALLY carefully at customer reviews, customer photos, product photos, product measurements and fabric details. Then google the item for more customer images or blogger reviews.

Shipping also takes some time too. And I’ve read that that returns can be a bit of a headache.

Personally I’ve never had any bad experiences, in fact, I’ve only had excellent shopping experiences and customer service when I’ve bought from them in the past.

I also wore: Meli Melo Rosalia Bag and Tony Bianco Heels.


What I Wore: Lace Up Dress and Shoes

28 March 2017

Zara and Aquazzura

While I was out sightseeing in London, there were so many instances where I found myself stuck indoors waiting for the rain and weather to clear up.

That’s right! I was forced into a Zara store and compelled to buy something! Haha!

This dress was in impulse buy. I saw it, I tried it on, I loved it and I bought it.

I don’t usually buy black dresses. When I do, the black dress would have to be pretty special for me to consider it.

So yes, I thought this was pretty special.

Zara and Aquazzura

It’s called the Bow Sleeve Dress.

I consider it to be a fantastic winter dress – as it has long sleeves.

It’s made from thick, warm, ribbed jersey fabric. It’s stretchy, comfortable, hugging, flattering, hides any bumps and lumps.

The eyelets and lace-up details make it pretty standout, edgy and sexy. But not too much.

Zara and Aquazzura

I wore the dress with my lovely Aquazzura Lace Up Heels (which I got on sale!) and there are a few other similar Aquazzura pairs on sale too.

I also wore some new earrings from Kookai too.


What I Wore: Woven Slip Dress

12 January 2017

Hello Parry Checked Dress

Hello hello, I have one more summer look to share before I head off to the UK :)

I have fallen crazy in love with this Ellie Woven Slip Dress from Hello Parry. It’s a slightly different take on the usual slip dress and I think it’s a great summer dress that’s not floral!

Slip dresses are not for everyone, as they can be quite low at the chest, low at the back, the material can be quite flimsy, thin and see through, they can be a bit shapeless and they can look like pyjamas!

Hello Parry Checked Dress

This dress is still a bit shapeless… but it’s fitted at the top, so it’s quite flattering.

It has a high neck and high back (I simply wear a strapless bra), and it also has adjustable shoulder straps so you can change the height of the neckline. I’m wearing it quite high in this photo, but worn low also looks great.

The material is lined with an oh-so-soft cottony material (it feels super lovely on my skin), it’s thick and not see-through. The houndstooth print is handwoven, not printed, so it has a kind of rustic and natural look to it.

I love its effortless shape and cute raw-edge details – it’s very summery. It comes in a blue or black too.

Hello Parry Checked Dress

I wore this to a birthday BBQ in the park, but I didn’t get to stay long, because I had to rush to the shops and then go home to pack.

I got heaps of compliments on the dress, I think because it looks very unique.

One stranger, a well dress lady in her 50s, asked if she could touch it, to feel the fabric, but she was feeling my thigh (omg!) and she asked if she could buy it off me? For her daughter. Er like right now? What did she think I was going to do? Just buy it yourself from the online store maybe?? Haha it was so strange. I wrote the URL on her phone.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a more standard silky slip dresses, Hello Parry have some nice ones, like this Nellie Hoop Dress and Omalia Silky Dress.

Also wearing Clare V Handbag, K Jacques Sandals, Sportsgirl hat, Ray-Ban Aviators.

Happy shopping!


The Vyshyvanka Dress: Vita Kin and March 11

10 December 2016

Ukrainian designs, patterns and traditional embroidery techniques are HUGE at the moment.

Last year, Ukranian designer Vita Kin became an global sensation as she began to introduce a fresh, modern take on the Vyshyvanka – the traditional Ukranian national costume.

She mixes bright bold colours with a seventies Bohemian feel, uses luxurious fabrics and threads, and she is dedicated to meticulous couture craftsmanship. Her dresses, blouses and skirts can be bought from Matches Fashion, for quite a price!

They are certainly unique, bold and beautiful. Check it out.

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

Vyshyvanka Dresses by Vita Kin

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

March 11 is a New York brand which also specialises in creating modern day Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses.

They embrace the spirit of travel experiences, discoveries and memories, drawing inspiration from the lively scenes, sunsets and colours from Mykonos, to Maldives, to Florida. I love that idea!

March 11 clothing can be bought from Net-A-Porter.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

I love these last two, because they have a slightly more modern style.

Honestly, I’m a little wary about modern interpretations on traditional costumes.

As I said, the designs and patterns are bright, bold and very eye catching. I’ve never seen Ukrainian traditional costumes before, so my eyes are immediately drawn to them and I can’t stop staring at the lovely embroidery.

Yet I can’t stop thinking about the history behind them… and how much I DON’T know about the country and culture.

Apparently the origins of vyshyvanka embroidery is centred around spiritual safety. The embroidery was believed to act like a protective charm to that particular area of the body (chest, neck, arms) to ward away evil spirits and bad luck.

Designs, patterns, colours and pictures were all specific to regions and villages too.

Like tartan! Very interesting!

Anyway, my ethnicity is Chinese and when I see old, traditional Chinese costumes… I feel a warm nostalgia mixed with a pang of  awkward, old-fashioned dowdiness.

Yet when I see the Chinese traditional designs being translated into modern fashion and worn around the globe, how do I feel?

Is it an unseemly rip off? Is it poor taste? Is it tacky?

I’m not sure how other people see it, but for me… I feel a bit of pride, knowing that other people from around the world have embraced another culture and (hopefully) made an effort to know a little bit about my cultural heritage.

The world could do a bit more of embracing other cultures.

Global fashion trends move so quickly, especially through social media, that an image can be seen all over the world in an instant. And sometimes a style, or design, or item can lose its original meaning and get lost in the digital translation.

I both love and hate the speed of fashion trends… but at this moment I’m googling Ukrainian Culture, educating myself and discovering a bit about Slavic History… and I feel that little bit connected to a world that I’ve never known.

So if that’s one upshot of modern global fashion design, then I’m all for it :)


Grana Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress – My Review

30 September 2016

Hey everyone! Remember a few weeks ago I reviewed some Grana silk tops, where I didn’t like one top (I returned it), and I fell in looooove with the other?

Well Grana got in touch with me and sent me a few items on my wishlist (wayhey!).

So I guess you can say I’m being sponsored, but I’m not actually getting paid to say a particular thing. I’m still just sharing my own opinion as usual, about the items that I chose, I just didn’t pay for those items myself.

Also, Grana offered all my readers a 10% discount code; you can be an existing customer or a new customer to use the code, scroll down to the end of this post to grab it.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

As I mentioned in my previous post, I absolutely loved the Silk Racerback Top that I bought.

It is made of a 100% Silk Crepe de Chine – which is beautiful, soft, slightly velvety, delicate, looked luxurious and had a lovely drape to it. It was also extremely affordable for silk too.

This time, I picked out this Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress in a Mulberry colour, in the same kind of silk fabric.

I chose the Size XS, and I’m usually a Size AUS/US 6.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

My first worry about big, shapeless, flowy dresses is always: does this dress make me look fat???

Haha. Well don’t know about that, but it does fit me very well on top and it hides my waist, tummy, bottom and most of my thighs under that flowy skirt.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

OK actually my real concern for shapeless dresses is: how does it fit at my chest and under my arms?

Usually when I try on spaghetti strap dresses, the shoulder straps are always soooo long that the dress sits awkwardly low on my chest and I show too much cleavage. Or my bra peeks out at places. Not with this dress!

The fitting is just right for my petite frame.

And because it fit so well on top, I felt really confident to move around in it. I didn’t have to worry or fuss around in the dress – is my skirt riding up? Is it clinging to my butt? Did I eat too much, is my tummy sticking out? And other silly dress worries.

I just felt really relaxed and comfortable in it.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

Again, the area under my arms fits me just right and you can’t see my strapless bra.

mirrorGrana Silk Racerback Dress_445

The back of the dress is a racerback style – it’s exactly the same style as my Tibi racerback top.

I like the back. It’s a bit different, and it shows off my shoulder blades?

OK, if I had to mention some negatives about this dress:

1) It’s SILK and such a pain in the ass to iron haha!! I have an iron with a “Silk” setting, but it doesn’t work very well. So I have to set my iron to ULTRA HIGH WITH STEAM setting and wave it over my garment bit by bit. It’s a bit dangerous (I could drop the iron on my garment and ruin it), plus it takes ages to get rid of the creases this way.

2) It’s a teeny-tiny bit long for what I like. I like my dresses to be short-ish, so that I show off a bit more leg. But that’s just my personal preference. Hmm, actually looking at the photo, the length is ok. It looks fine and classy.

3) It’s silk! And I have to dry clean it. So I’m a bit precious whenever I wear it.

4) It comes in 6 colours (Black, White, Navy, Grey, Olive and Mulberry) which is a good thing. But I would LOVE to have this dress in a Rose/Blush colour, and it’s not an option, booo.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

Other positive things to point out about the dress…

The dress is actually double lined (two layers of silk) so the fabric hangs and drapes really nicely.

I decided to live a little and choose a vibrant colour, instead of a neutral colour, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s such a versatile style. You can wear it with heels, flats, sandals and sneakers. I actually wore it to a fashion show as a TOP, asymmetrically tucked into white pants, like this!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - Grana Silk Dress

This is me, with my lovely fashion friends, Grace and Sandy. Photo taken by the lovely Josh from inlovewithdotdotdot.

So there you have it; I think that’s about all I want to share about the dress.

My Conclusion: I love it and I can’t wait to wear it for summer!!

Here’s the link to it if you want to take a look – Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress

Aaaand, Grana sent me another dress to review, so that’s coming up soon.

10% Off Discount Code

Get 10% off your total order by using the code “KARENxGRANA” at the checkout. Valid until 1 November 2016.

Enjoy!

xxx


Blush Dresses for a Summer Wedding

27 September 2016

I have a Garden Wedding to attend later this year (in summer) and I’m hunting for a blush / peach / pinky dress.

I totally love the drape and wrap style of these dresses. Feminine and sexy, I like how these are a bit different to the off-shoulder, body con dresses that everyone seems to be wearing to weddings these days.

But are they too casual wear to a wedding? A bit of bling, a pair of killer heels and a cool clutch — should work right?

Blush Dresses from Revolve

Niro Dress by MLM Label – I love this style! It looks so flattering, classy and versatile.

Wild and Free Romper by Blue Life – Ok this is actually a romper and looks a little casual for a wedding. But that colour is dreamy.

Love Happy Dress by Lovers and Friends – This dress is a little more elegant, even though the V neck is pretty deep. Again I love the drape.

Just a little heads up!

Revolve Clothing are offering Free 3 Day Express Shipping to Australia and to celebrate, they are giving away a 20% Off discount code.

To get the code, head over to this page, share with a friend, and you and your friend will receive the code in your inbox. Offer ends 3rd Oct, 11:59pm.

Enjoy!

xxx


Obsessed with Blue Lace Dresses!

24 September 2016

You know that thing that happens when you buy a car – you choose a colour thinking that no one else has that colour… then for the next 3 years, all you seem to see on the road is everybody driving THE SAME CAR MODEL IN THE SAME COLOUR AS YOU?!

Anyway a similar thing is happening to me.

Ever since buying that blue Lover dress that I wrote about here, all I can see are OTHER GORGEOUS BLUE LACE DRESSES!

So here’s number one on my wish list right now:

Obsessed with Blue Laces Dresses

Left: Self Portrait Strappy Lace Dress. Oh my this dress is exquisite! And unique! And beautiful! I am completely smitten! Love the lines, the silhouette, the sheer panels, the contrasting stripes, the flare skirt, the lace – all of it.

Right: Next is the Self Portrait Azalea Dress, in Navy. This is a popular style, re-done by quite a few other brands, but I’ve never seen it in this kind of dark blue before. I love the style of the bodice, skirt and the lace is just lovely.

Obsessed with Blue Laces Dresses

Left: Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress. Yes I’ve been considering this dress for a while now. Love the classic design, the flattering shape, the elegant high neck and the 3/4 sheer lace sleeves.

And lastly, this Lovers + Friends Bellini Dress, which is a little more affordable than the others. I really like the contrast between the flower lace and the geometric lace. Again I’m loving that sweetheart V neckline.

Hmm I might have to sell my Lover dress in order to afford these dresses… so they might have to sit in my wish list for a little while longer! Oh well!


Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

8 September 2016

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

A few readers have asked me to suggest some affordable options for dresses… so here’s my recommendation!

Try some of these Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein.

I’ve bought a few things from Shein before, and honestly it’s been hit and miss. You have to really look at the photos and read the description carefully.

Thankfully these two dresses were great!

This dress is the Shirred Off Shoulder Floral Dress in Burgundy.

The top half of the dress is shirred, including the bust area, which I thought would be awful, but it doesn’t look that bad. It’s stretchy and comfy, wraps and sits nicely against your bra to show off your boobs.

The floral pattern also disguises the shirred-bit and it all looks fine.

The shirring stops just above the waist, so it gives the dress a “baby doll” or “empire cut” look. Which is nice because it hides the waist and tummy (hello hamburgers for lunch!) yet it still looks fitted and slimming, and you don’t have to worry about sucking in your tummy all day haha.

The double split panel in front was quite nice too, it makes the dress look extra summery.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

It’s a really comfortable dress to wear! It’s a very casual, simple, throw on and walk to the beach kind of dress… or put on nice heels and wear to a summer backyard party.

This is the Size S and it fit me perfectly (I’m usually a size AUS/UK 6) – even in the length.

The fabric is a soft, printed kind of cotton. It handled a hot iron very well and didn’t crease easily after that.

Does it look cheap and nasty? Nope, it’s a summer dress, which looks casual, fun, high-street and affordable.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

For the second dress, I picked out this Black Off Shoulder Tie Cuff Dress.

It’s VERY good value for AUS $20.

The fabric is a soft-to-touch rayon that looks like a kind of textured cheese-cloth. It’s light, floaty and a tiny bit see-through. It feels robust and strong and like I could wear it all day. It’s very comfortable.

Having said that, I haven’t washed it yet. But I did iron it and the fold creases came out easily.

I like the bow on the sleeves and the mini length. It is completely shapeless, so the focus is on your shoulders and legs.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

I’m wearing the XS and the width of the shoulders were good – not too squeezey and not difficult to move in.

Again it’s a summer dress, so it’s good as a casual wear. Although I wore it with skinny jeans and tall boots one day and it looked great too.

Does it look cheap and nasty? I think because it’s black, it has a polished look to it. It looks casual and affordable, and definitely not nasty!

I guess if you’ve never tried an off shoulder dress, this is a good, safe dress to start.

And if you like it, you could look for a high quality replacement for the rest of spring / summer, as this off-shoulder trend will stick around until the start of next winter!

Happy shopping!!

xxx


What I Didn’t Wear: Forever New Rust Dress

31 August 2016

Last week, I was having SUCH a bad day with my kids (just one kid)… that I stormed out the door the moment my husband returned from work.

I headed to the local shops, to pick up my dry cleaning, buy some makeup remover, buy some baking paper… then I went into a Forever New and spotted this dress!

Forever New Rust Dress

I tried it on, I thought it looked great, and with not much consideration, I bought it – YES IMPULSE SHOPPING!

It stayed in the bag for a few days, then when I was preparing to go out to dinner with some girlfriends, I tried it on and took these photos.

I realised that — I DIDN’T LOVE IT.

It was really low cut and cleavagey – I don’t mind showing a bit a cleavage now and then, but this looked a bit.. um, trashy?

I felt that the skirt shape made my hips and thighs look HUGE! And the shape of the top made my arms look really chunky.

And the material was staticky too. As I walked around those few minutes, the skirt lining stuck to my legs and rode up my thighs in an unpleasant way and I kept having to reach in between my legs to unstick them. Very unclassy, haha!

Forever New Rust Dress

I must admit that these photos do make the dress look quite flattering.

But in the end, it’s not really about how I look in the dress, it’s how I feel in the dress. It completely changed my posture and the way I moved.

I didn’t love it, I didn’t love how it made me feel… so I returned it.

(And while I was back in the shop, I swapped it for another – cheaper – dress! Will share pics of it soon!)


What I Wore: Tassel Red Dress

12 August 2016

Tassel Red Dress

Oh how I love a bargain! And I love to share!

I bought this Copper Red Dress from Cotton On the other day! It’s so cute!

I’m wearing the XS and it also comes in a black version.

I love that it’s not too bulky, not too scrunchy; it drapes nicely, the waist sits at the right spot on me, the neckline is not too low, the skirt is not too short… it looks great.

It was $39.95, now $20 (Still on sale! Lots of XS/S/M sizes in stock!). I didn’t see the dresses in-store, so they must only be online?

I wore it out last night, with a fur vest and knee high boots to keep me warm. Such great buy hehe.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Tassel Red Dress

Also wearing Schutz Cadey Lee heels, Gold Tassel Earrings (similar here) from Shopbop.


Floral Dress by Privacy Please

8 August 2016

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

Hi everyone!

Last week I headed out to a morning fashion event, wearing this gorgeous floral dress by Privacy Please courtesy of Revolve.

It’s called the Delta Dress in a print called Gramont (lots of sizes available online).

You can get the same print in a different style called the Lehunt Dress (midi skirt with a high neck)

Or the same print in a maxi kimono style called the Plaza Dress.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

It is such a pretty, flirty, flattering, spring dress! I felt very feminine and girly, but still modern and elegant.

It’s a simple, wrap style, with a long tie. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, easy to move in and the fabric is light and soft.

I saw a photo of a girl wearing this dress in a casual way – with beach hair, straw hat and sandals – which I will try one day!

But for my fashion event, I decided to bling it up with gold stud heels by Diavolina, a Blush clutch bag by Tory Burch and a white blazer by Bardot (old).  I guess this would be a nice wedding guest outfit too.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

I actually picked out this dress a few weeks ago, and at that time, the only available size was Size S. I’m usually a size 6/ XS, but I added it to my cart anyway haha.

Because it was a wrap dress, I was able to wrap the dress a little tighter around my was it, and the dress fit me perfectly everywhere – except the sleeves.

Too Big Sleeves

This is how the Size S looked on me… the sleeves drooped halfway down my arm.

So I took it to my seamstress and she fixed it up for me for an amazing price.

I was super-duper happy with the result.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

As for spring dresses, I have a few events, parties and celebrations coming up so I have my eye on a few more floral dresses, especially the Privacy Please dresses because they are so pretty and affordable.

Can’t wait to share!

Have an amazing week!


How To Look Stylish Wearing a Summer Dress in Winter

29 July 2016

In collaboration with Shopbop, I’m sharing a few tips and ideas on how to extend the wear of your favourite summer dresses.

Yep, being in Australia, it’s currently WINTER and the online shops are bursting with new season SUMMER wear – on sale too!

So if you’ve nabbed a few summer threads – or heck, if you’re just bored of your winter clothes – with a little bit of creativity, you can wear your summer pieces in winter.

I picked out two summer dresses:

– This beeeeautiful Equipment Neck Tie Dress because it has a simple, timeless and versatile style.

– And this Tularosa Tunic Dress, because it pretty much screams on-trend, beachy summer style.

Here we go!

1) Wear with pants or tights.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Wearing a dress with pant’s isn’t as awful as it sounds. The dress basically becomes a tunic. And there’s a hint of rebellion in the outfit, as if I’m breaking ALL THE RULES.

I chose to wear it with slim black jeans. Not very adventurous, I know. They could have been tights.

But I could have easily worn regular trousers, wide leg pants, culottes, slim blue jeans or flared jeans.

Plus because the dress is black, I can wear it with all kinds of coloured pants (white! red! blue! floral!) to really extend the use of the dress.

 

2) Wear an oversized jumper.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Apologies for the simplistic advice, but this one is a goodie because it’s hard to get wrong.

You wear the dress as a skirt.

I like this because some of my dresses have LOVELY patterns/texture/lace, so it makes me feel like I have a new skirt.

Again, a great way to get more mileage from your wardrobe.

Oversized, chunky jumpers are very popular right now, super easy to wear with a dress.

In this case, I styled my dress with an oversized, light weight, simple, bamboo sweater from BambooBody.

 

3) Wear a top underneath

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Wearing a top under a dress sounds like awful fashion advice for 8 year olds!

But I was shocked when I experimented by wearing a short sleeve top, a turtleneck, a button-down shirt, a lace top underneath my black dress… they all looked really cool. It felt great to wear too.

In this case, I wore a white top with my dress, but I could have happily worn a grey top or black/white striped top – of which I have many in my wardrobe.

By the way, I bought this boat neck white top from Cotton On for $10(on sale from $15) which could go so well with many of my other dresses.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Whoa… so… after experimenting with the Equipment Tie Neck Dress, I’m so in love with it. I don’t think I’ve ever owned such a PLAIN, shapeless shift dress before.

It’s awesome because I can wear it with or without the neck tie, wear the tie as a belt, hitch it up to be a mini dress and even wear it as a top tucked into pants or into another skirt – soooo good.

 

4) Play with layers with textures, vests and cardigans.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Next dress!

As I mentioned earlier, this Tularosa Tunic Dress ticks all the boxes of being on-trend and beachy.

It has a slightly boho, slightly tribal look, with embroidery, pompoms, tassels, dots in a pinstripe pattern and it has long sleeves – so it’s a bit different. But the black and white colour ties it al together nicely.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

A faux fur coat, or a black leather jacket is a simple winter covering for any dress.

If you have a fur vest, you can layer it on top of a cardiganjacket, ponte blazer.

Similarly with a scarf, you can use an oversized one as a vest, on top of your coat.

Think about textures and pattern clashing too – denim, checked, floral, wool.

Layer, layer, layer!

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

 

5) Wear with knee-high boots or over-the-knee boots.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Lastly, you can never go wrong with a pair of kick-ass boots to WINTERISE your summer dresses.

Wear with thick socks that will keep your legs and toes warm when you go out at night during winter.

(Preferably choose socks with a pattern of cartoon pizzas/puppy dogs/lipsticks haha!)

These boots are from Betts, from a few seasons ago.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I haven’t put together style tips like this in AGES. It was so much fun!

I do miss my little studio (with the white background) which has been turned into a storage room at the moment. My grey wall is pretty cool though, except I get easily annoyed when editing my photos, if the wall lines and floor line are not perfectly horizontal.

I might do another post about the Equipment Tie Neck Dress because as I said, it’s so versatile and fun to play with.

In the meantime, do pop over to check out some new season summery dresses, or dresses on sale… like this Keepsake Strapless Black Dress and this Free People Off Shoulder Black Dress (both under $65) and both of which I am stalking :)

Thanks for reading and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

xxx


Lover Poppy Fitted Dress

18 April 2016

Lover Dress Poppy

I’m off to Bali for a girlfriend’s wedding soon, and I finally bought a dress to wear!

I splurged (kind of) on this Lover Poppy Fitted Dress in blue. Eeep it’s so pretty!

It wasn’t really a splurge, because it was on sale here, and I also received an extra 25% off (the sale is still on, just enter the code “EXTRA25″ at the checkout). So it was really just the price of a normal dress :)

There are other Lover dresses in a similar style in nude, black and white here at Revolve (with significant markdowns).

Can’t wait to wear it out!