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
M&S‘ brand new ‘Start With‘ campaign is a thing of genius; instead of letting their chosen style influencers pick out their favourite items from their new collection, they have sent each influencer a secret box with a secret item to ‘start with’ as they style three different looks.
Phase One has just launched with some vlogging beauties (check those familiar faces, above!) but I am pleased to report I have been given the green light to preview you on Phase Two – featuring me!
If Percy Pigs and a monogrammed candle weren’t enough, my ‘Start With’ box also contained their new super chic high-necked striped shift dress with side slits; an intimidating (long dresses on five-foot-tall women can be a nightmare!) but beautiful and modern piece to style.
For Outfit One, I thought I’d go completely out of my high-heeled, mini-dressed comfort zone and pair the dress with a pair of Sam Edelman Rosie lace-up flats.
See the rest of my looks, below!
I try to be flippant about everything Valentine’s related, but the forces of evil (slash good) have tried their best to pull me over to the pink and red side.
Last year? I won a competition that gave me free cocktails and a movie theatre to myself for the evening.
This year? After agreeing we wouldn’t do anything to celebrate (we were planning to be pooped from Fashion Week, after all), The Manfriend took me to see my favourite musical of all time – Wicked.
The cherry on top? Upon returning home, I was welcomed by a gargantuan package of Valentine’s goodies from M&S. Gorgeously crisp – and fragrant – roses, candles, bath salts, chocolates, a marble heart platter, grooming goodies for The Manfriend, a stunning bra (also for The Manfriend?), and a gift card to provide us with a bona fide feast…and then some.
I think I might be giving in, V-Day.
As I have been working with M&S quite a bit this year, I have become something of an unofficial spokesperson for everything they sell (from gluten-free Percy Pigs to flowers, I kid you not). When I came home to receive a little Merry Christmas/thank you package from the M&S Team this week, the deal was pretty much sealed: I am an M&S superfan.
After committing to share the contents with my nearest and dearest for a cosy night in, I wiggled into my new pyjamas and popped Elf in (because what else do you watch in the month of December?) before the couches were overtaken by food, drink, and Christmas cheer. Supplementing Crunchy Mint Choc Twigs (I truly hope these are only available for Christmas – I fell in love and my waistline is scared) with some more M&S nibbles, we did mini-facials with Formula’s Advanced Illumin-ATP Radiance Day Cream (it’s a lot like Clarins’ infamous flash balm – but better – and half the price) and painted ourselves silly with an Eyeshadow Palette and lipstick from Lola until Buddy The Elf saved Christmas.
Thank you for the love, M&S!
Shapewear, sculptwear, and ‘problem-solving’ lingerie are all notoriously unpretty. Though the majority of pieces are not designed to be seen (ahem, cop out), the likelihood that they will be – all hoisted and nipped into Victoria’s Secret Fashion show perfection – is huge.
I found my new favourite piece of problem-solving lingerie in the treasure trove of the M&S website. Having a pretty large chest for my frame, I find any off the shoulder dress or top hard to wear. Since there is no pretty way to say it…strapless bras have a knack of slipping to my waist. Not a good look.
With this gorgeous piece, you get shapewear that supports a strapless bra (detachable straps) and stops it from shifting. Available up to a DD cup, the garment fastens at the gusset, is underwired, trimmed with lace, and creates a sleek silhouette all the way down to the invisible panty line.
I can comfortably bare shoulders for the first time since puberty. Can I get a “hell yes!”?
Halter neck top from Versace
Lace dress from Lydia Bright
Ditsy print slip dress from River Island
Augusta Tie Front Dress from PJK Patterson J. Kincaid