lace dress
I am a big fan of “Dress Moments“. You know the ones – birthday parties, graduations, holidays, weddings…even brunches with the girl gang; any excuse to throw on something femme and I’m there.

There’s just something celebratory about the whole thing. The finding of a dress you didn’t know you were looking for (or didn’t imagine you’d look good in – that’s even better!), the purchase, the try-on, the tag rip, the dress’ first outing (this one received a surprising number of rave reviews from complete strangers)…for me, it’s an addictive celebration of the female body. Unlike a good pair of jeans or a blazer, dresses are ours. And designed for the female form. Sartorially, it doesn’t get much better.

Of course, it doesn’t stop at one dress. If you’d like to see a few of my beautiful blogger friends also getting frocky, click here and get dress-spired! It’s time to celebrate you, too.

What I Wore:
White Lace Shift Dress from M&S Collection
Gold heels from Heavenly Soles

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lace dress

wisteria hysteria
I have spent a lot of time in and around Straub Park since arriving in St Pete. Lining the waterfront of the Vinoy Basin, it has proven to be as perfect for morning runs as it has for sun-drenched strolls along Beach Drive.

To compensate for the calorific intake of Easter lunch (which was so spectacular its inevitable blog is just around the corner), I decided to take a few laps in an outfit a little more ‘wysteria hysteria’-friendly than my typical activewear…

What I Wore:
Black vintage dress (similar here)
Gold heels from Heavenly Soles

wisteria hysteria
wisteria hysteria

legally blonde
This is one of “those” dresses. The ones that sit in our closet and stare us down when we don’t feel confident enough to wear them (yay, womanhood). Which is always.

It’s bright. It’s tight (with beautiful draping at the top). And confident as I am, all of that paired with curves and blonde made me feel a little more Elle Woods than my own ridiculous standards of professional decorum would allow.

But I packed it for Florida. I packed it because I gave up negative thoughts and almost doing things. I packed it because pink is my secret power colour.

After all, what is the point in doing hundreds of squats a week if I’m not going to take the results out in a hot pink dress?

Grab your own versions of “those” dresses and get them out this weekend. You won’t regret it.

What I Wore:
Hot pink Ralph Lauren dress (similar here)
Gold flip-flops from Badgley Mischka

legally blonde
legally blonde
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Since first trialling Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Los Angeles, I have had no reason to look elsewhere for long-lasting lip colour. Homegirl hit a home run with her 28 matte shades (all infused with Vitamin E) and I search for a new favourite every time I’m back in the U.S.

Naturally, Florida’s low-key beauty aesthetic sent me straight for Lolita II – Kat’s brighter version of the chestnut rose original. All in all, it is the perfect SuperNude. And worth an outfit post of its very own.

What I Wore:
White button up short sleeved top from Helmut Lang
Purple plaid skirt (similar here)
Nude bow flats
Lolita II (duh)

lolita ii
lolita ii

red dress womens day
After coming out on International Women’s Day, I was more than ready to don some occasion-supporting red and celebrate all things superwomen with my favourite OG Mumboss in the universe.

As Vicki was co-hosting her annual Passion into Pounds event (which, backed by The British Library, inspires women’s entrepreneurial potential) with the equally go-getting Jessica Huie MBE, I decided to go all out in a full-length red wrap dress complimented by a blow-dry from our mutually-loved hairdressing team of dreams; Jason Collier‘s at The Rosewood.

Vicki has not only been a sister and friend to me since we met but an absolute rock to everyone around her – a rare combination of intelligence, beauty, love, determination, and kindness.

As days off go, it will be a challenge to beat the all-encompassing happiness of International Women’s Day.

What I Wore:
Joanna Hope Necklace Dress (sans necklace) from JD Williams

red dress womens day