This has been a very exciting week. Though I can’t divulge all the details just yet, I’ve been invited to embark on an amazing collaboration with an even more amazing designer and, naturally, have gone absolutely mental in preparation.

Without giving too much away, I can let you know that I’ve been burning my eyes out researching dresses. And thus trying not to buy dresses. It all started when I found Vashi’s iconic wedding dress infographic (I’ve included a small clip from it below but encourage you to peruse the full thing – it’s fascinating!). Wedding dresses are most women’s most extravagant sartorial purchase of their life which makes them an excellent source of design inspiration. Elizabeth Taylor’s many wedding dresses, alone!

Of course, I also went down the ‘cutesy structured dress’ route I so often fall prey to. You can shop those babies below.

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Blue jacquare dress from Opening Ceremony
Black strappy backless dress from Romwe
Pencil cage dress from Mary Katrantzou
Pink crepe dress from Valentino
White wrap dress from Goodnight Macaroon

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the shortcut
Well, my lovelies, I believe it is time for a fabulous giveaway. This month, the ladies at The Shortcut are offering one lucky reader the chance to rent three dresses from their latest stock! Their service is fabulous for women who love to wear a different dress for special occasions, parties, and weekends but do NOT love spending an arm and a leg on each one. The styles they feature always keep up with current trends and they love to hear back from their customers to make sure their dresses are exactly what you love!

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bodycon dress
The thing about body con (aka body conscious) dresses is…you have to be body con (aka body confident) to wear them. With barely a molecule between skin and dress, I don’t think I could dare to wear one to a dinner party (because hey, I like to eat – food babies happen).

On the flip side, because I have recently been on a balls-to-the-wall health and fitness kick, I would almost opt to wear a body con dress every day.

I know I will a) never have the body of Miranda Kerr and b) always have a curvy bum and hips, but when I see my strength and endurance on an upward trajectory it makes me want to celebrate my efforts. Life is too short to not get a little body con.

Shop the Look: handmade dress (similar here) and neon green heels (Nelly.com – I am sincerely obsessed with them).
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motel rocks
Stepping into the Motel Rocks showroom felt a little bit like the movie Clueless. And a Christmas party.

Both the brand and the women who work at the brand come in a fantastic package: they’re playful, flirty, and trend-aware. With price points that we can all afford, their Autumn/Winter collection has a lot of glitter, and a lot of print. Designed in-house, two standout prints were a Tetris-looking floral print and a smokey paint-splattered print. I think one of the best things about Motel Rocks is that if you like a print but feel that the garment itself isn’t your style, all of their prints come in a range of styles: jeans, crop tops, dresses, hot pants, jackets, and more.

On top of that, Motel is expanding into very exciting shoe territory later this year…but my lips are sealed for now!
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“Run and tell all of the angels,
This could take all night,
Think I need a devil to help me get things right”
– “Learn to Fly“, Foo Fighters

It is simply not warm anymore, hombres. I am obviously trying to hold onto my dresses as long as I possibly can – time to call in the cardigans, sweaters, and other warm friends!

A-line polka-dot dress (with a bow on the front) is handmade, lavender-coloured long cardigan from the archives, hair is in strange stage between brunette and blonde, and dusty pink ruffled platforms from eBay.
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