Saturday, 16 March 2013

Dressed Up To The Nine(lives)s

Morning guys,

Last week, the lovely Rachel of A Dress is For Life and I were chatting on Twitter, and we realised we both own the same cat print dress from AX Paris. This isn't really surprising as she and I both share a similar style; she has an even better dress collection than I do! 

Rachel invited me to join her for a little blog post duet, and I was more than happy to oblige. We've both dressed an outfit around our cat print dresses and created separate blog posts to show you how we've styled our frocks. A little post we're calling 'Dressed Up to the Nine(lives)s.' One dress, two different looks, and twice as much cattitude!

Read on to see how I wore the dress this week...

(Sorry about the quality of the outfit photos; the timer on my camera is awful!)

I had a few outfit ideas to mind before I dressed for this challenge, but when I opened my wardrobe doors I had the urge to style the dress with shades of purple, so that's what I did.

I wore it with a pair of opaque berry tights, and my purple round neck Matalan cardigan. I bought this cardigan back in the early Autumn, along with three others in different colours, and they're some of the best cardigans I've ever owned. They're super soft and warm, have beautiful mother of pearl buttons on them, and came in the most striking colours. I haven't worn this purple one much, yet, but I like how well it goes with the coral dress, and will have to try this colour combination again.

My accessories were simple, and a little bit dull. I felt I was lacking the right pieces for the look I wanted to create. I just added a chunky purple beaded necklace, which I think my mother gave me at some point; added two enamel bangles to my wrist, and pinned the purple and pink brooch on to the cardigan. These three pieces were acquired during two separate visits to Camden.

I would have liked to have added a belt to break up the colour of the dress a little, but I don't own one in a suitable colour. I'll have to make it my mission to add a couple of belts in purples, corals, and pinks in to my collection.

If the outfit wasn't colourful enough, I painted my nails mint green because I think the colour goes perfectly with coral. I used a Barry M nail paint in Mint Green, and have three coats on my nails here.

Outfit Details

Dress- AX Paris // Cardigan- Matalan // Tights- Evans // Necklace- a gift from my Mum // 
Brooch- Camden Lock Market // Bangles- Camden Lock Market // 
Nail Polish- Barry M Mint Green //

I can't express just how much I adore this dress, and what a great buy it was. I've so many other outfit ideas planned for it in my head! The dress is still on sale for just £7.99 over on the AX Paris website, and if you sign up as a new customer, you'll get 20% off your first order, so take advantage of it! I bought the dress for just £6.39 this way!

 Make sure you pop on over to Rachel's blog, A Dress is For Life, to see how she's styled her dress. I'm personally looking forward to seeing how she's dressed it, as she has fantastic style. If you love dresses and amazing shoes, you'll love her blog, so give her a follow while you're there, as well!

I've featured this dress in an OOTD post once before, which you can see here if you'd like to see a third way to wear it.

Thanks for reading,


  1. wow how adorable is this dress ! i cant even remeber seeing this out at all , its so bright and i love animal print x

    1. It's so cute, isn't it? I think it was always right at the very end of the listings, so a bit hidden away. x

  2. I love the combination of the dress and the cardigan. The colours look fab together. I'm now heading over to the AX Paris site for a look myself.

    1. Thanks Vicky! I hope you managed to buy one for yourself :) xx

  3. Aww love your post :) I love this with purple ! I need to try that combo next xx

    1. Aww thanks Rachel. I really liked how the two colours worked so well together, even though it was quite loud. I think you'd look amazing in these colours together, and I also loved how you styled this one up xx

  4. It's gorgeous and the purple is a lovely contrast. x x

    1. Thank you. I was surprised by how well the two colours worked together xx

  5. I love these colours together! xxx

    1. Thanks Hannah! I do, too :) xx

  6. great style :D


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