Who knew how much fashion-styling-fun could be had at an old disused fountain, in the park where I spent many a day throughout my childhood. Did anyone spot the little bird who just happened coincidentally to fly and land into my shot, in the picture above? So cute!
Here is the second look using the maxi dress from the £50 Challenge accessorised with my Perfect Court Shoes and ever-faithful classic Chanel handbag. I believe lengths and proportion are so important in styling an outfit. A cropped jacket with a maxi length, somehow just works, especially with the colour blocking of the empire line dress. I am especially fond of these Pura Lopezshoes, I love the simple detail at the front of what would otherwise be quite a basic court shoe.
ASOS White Label Maxi Dress ~ Reiss Cropped Jacket (old) ~ Pura Lopez Shoes via Spartoo ~ Chanel handbag
This year, my main birthday gift is a trip to Paris booked for September. So as I am not expecting the usual array of gifts to open, I decided to treat myself... I never really need much of an excuse anyway! My tradition usually is to buy myself a party dress of some description. Usually vintage and decorative, to wear throughout the day more so than to attend any party - here was last year's. This year however, I didn't seem to get myself organised at all, choosing and finding vintage dresses can be quite time-consuming. So instead, this year I went good old-fashioned shopping in a real life shopping centre, which I so rarely do these days. I also had a day trip to The English Lakes District, (which I will share with you another time), so managed to pick up a few bits there too. These are what I bought and the cream lace dress is probably what I will end up wearing later on today...
Jaeger Breton top ~ Jaeger handbag ~ Chanel No19 Poudre Perfume ~ Chanel Nail Enamel in Rose Insolent ~ Polka dresses (the same dress in two colourways - black with beige polka & beige with black polka, some obscure name I have never heard of or can remember from Fenwick department store) ~ Top Shop cream lace dress ~ Top Shop patent tassel flats ~ Trinkets from Lake District: Storage box; Clover Honey; Rose Teaspoons & Mini Whisk; Heart peg fridge magnet
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!
ASOS White Label maxi dress ~ Top Shop patent tassel flats