Sunday, 24 July 2011

£50 Challenge

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I was asked, along with several other bloggers, to take part in a £50 challenge to find the best bargain. The challenge was set by So Feminine but I also set myself a challenge of trying to find just one item for exactly the £50 budget. Obviously spending £50 is not hard but finding something I liked for the exact value was a little more difficult. Pushed for time to actually go shopping in real life shops, I scoured the internet and found those high street on-line shops more than useful with their pricing search tools.

I eventually found this maxi dress at ASOS White Label reduced from £100 to £50. Despite having far too many trends in one item for my liking - colour blocking, maxi length, volume, exposed zip, empire line - there was still something about the sleek and simple style that really caught my eye. On this occasion, I chose to wear it simply with patent flats and a ballerina bun for a daytime look, I also have another dressier version to show you at some point too.

There were a couple of set-backs to receiving the dress, it was definitely made for a 6'5" model type, so I had to pay extra to have a lot of inches cut from the length by a dress-maker. And the very next day after I ordered it, it had been reduced again to £40 - don't you hate it when that happens!! Nonetheless, I am very happy with my purchase, I still think I scored a great bargain and I was grateful to have been asked to take part in the challenge, it was a lot of fun!
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ASOS White Label maxi dress ~ Top Shop patent tassel flats
(all pictures by dad)

39 comments:

Catherine said...

It suits you so well! It may combine a lot of trends, but for some reason it doesn't look too trendy at all. It looks very classic and gorgeous on you!

Rachel said...

That dress is so, so beautiful!

Tere said...

amazing dress, i really love this combination!
have a great day!

xx

Mici Milovaného said...

wow, that derss is so cute, you look amazing!

Megan said...

the dress is gorgeous! it really suits you - I might even have a look if its still on ASOS.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Such a pretty find. Looks divine on you. Am adoring the charming ballerinas. Have a fab Sunday;-)

Angela Andaluz said...

Omg. I love the dress! :)

Bonnie said...

I love that dress and you've styled the whole look beautifully.

Hannah said...

The dress is gorgeous! A shame about the length and further reductions though. Things like maxi skirts/dresses and palazzo pants are always far too long on my little short self even if in reality I'm not actually short

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I love the black and blue combination...pretty much the only "black and colour" combination I can tolerate ;-) Looks great on you xo

Porcelain complexion said...

That dress is stunning on you and what a great buy.
You would look sophistocated in a paper bag xo

La Hibou team said...

I really like the pictures on your blog, very beautiful !

Nikki said...

I really love this dress! the bright blue is so beautiful :) I saw jazebelles version of this challenge and I can't wait to see more ^^

Loves, Nikki

Blog: The Ginger Diaries

Alice said...

Absolutely gorgeous. That shade of blue suits you so well!

Alice xx

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

That is a gorgeous dress! And I love the the color. I know what you mean about too many trends in one item but it looks lovely!

Raffles Bizarre said...

You look gorgeous, the blue is such an amazing colour!

Vicki said...

LOVE this dress Paula!! love the colour blocking and exposed zip!! FAB!! :) xo

Tea For Two said...

It's a gorgeous maxi - what a vibrant colour. And with the ballet pumps and the updo it looks so sophisticated.

I'm so jealous of all the bloggers who got to take part in this challenge.

Sirens and Bells said...

Gorgeous dress, such a wonderful shade of blue! xx
Sirens and Bells

Clairejustine said...

Great dress,i love the colour :)

Sher said...

I adore the empire line, it looks so cute on you:)

xx

Maria said...

That dress looks lovely on you, that pop of blue is just divine!

Maria xxx

Michelle Lee said...

Beautiful outfit :)

Little Ghost said...

I actually think that the colour blocking/maxi mix works extraordinarily well here, the dress is so beautiful on you, especially with your colouring, and they way you style the outfit renders it quite unique and refreshing. So incredibly elegant - and I adore the flats, I hadn't even seen these before!

Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage said...

I love the dress and LOVE the photos. They feel so romantic and make it a pleasure to look at... great effect :)

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Stradivarius said...

I love your dress, it's gorgeous!. It suits you so well!. I adore the black and blue combination!.

And I like very much your ballerina bun!. It´s very pretty and elegant!.

faye (All These Pretty Things) said...

That dress is adorable it suits you perfectly!

Pearl Westwood said...

I think due to its clean lines the trends aren't in your face at all. Florrie and I were just laughing at how every one of us that did the challenge did it totally differently, guess that's what you get with us creative types! x

jill said...

Oh how funny - I stopped by cause I haven't been here in a while (or on most people's blogs) and you've done the same £50 challenge! Mine was so lame - if you want to see it:

http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2011/07/ties-that-bind.html

Yours is so much better. I love how you did your hair, too: you really made an effort. I know what you mean about it ticking so many trend boxes but let's face it: when a look works, it works. Especially on you.

Kate said...

Such a beautiful dress - I do hate it though when they are made for super tall people! x

Lizzy Martin said...

That blue is stunning and it really suits you! I love he detail of the exposed zip at the back!
xx
http://homemadefashionista.blogspot.com/

WeShop said...

The dress is gorgeous colours and the shoes are lovely. xx

Roz said...

The full length looks great on you and that electric blue is one of my favorite shades.

Lemlina said...

Such a beautiful blue! And I love your hair like that, I can never manage a good 'up do'! x

Mat said...

oh interesting choice, it reminds me of a kimono from behind actually.

little henry lee said...

it looks so lovely with your hair like that! i always seem to wear my hair out but maybe i'll try wearing it in a bun now!

Josephine said...

i adore this, blue looks great on you! love your blog!

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F. said...

Hi, I am Brazilian. I'm in love with your routine vintage and your style. You are very beautiful. Congratulations.

nina-im-wunderland said...

you look unbelieveably good in this outfit. for me you are the winner of this contest.