Monday, 1 July 2013

Polka Spots and Love Hearts

Morning folks,

I was going to ask how your day was going, and wish you a great day, but then I remembered it's Monday and how everybody universally detests Mondays, so I thought I'd keep my mouth shut...

How about an outfit post, instead?




Another polka dot dress, I hear you say? Yes, you would be right! I purchased this little beauty from Rachel's sale blog at the end of last week, expecting a lovely dress, but I didn't think for a moment it would be so perfect. Granted it's a little big in places, so I've cinched it in at the back, but it's the perfect shape and style. It's fitted perfectly on top, with comfortable sleeves (sleeves!), nips in at the waist, and flares out at the hip; a mix of a tea dress and shirt dress. I feel so comfortable and feminine in this dress! It reminds me a little of a dress my Mum had when I was growing up, and also of Liv Tyler in Armageddon. I actually can't believe this is a Tesco dress! I'm so in love with it!

I wore it bare-legged around the house on Saturday as it was so muggy. Ordinarily, I would wear something like this with black or coloured opaque tights, but I can't cover my feet with socks, shoes, or tights until my toes have healed. Although, I'm positive this dress will make another appearance, restyled with tights, at a later date!


I kept the accessories simple, and went for a classic black and red theme. I picked out a few simple red pieces; my Cath Kidston rose bracelet; a pair of red lips earrings from Camden; a heart-petalled flower ring from Evans; and added in some pink in the form of my new Flower cameo brooch.


I was browsing on Etsy last weekend for accessories, in particular for cameo brooches, when I came across this little brooch from a UK company called The Devious Owl & Pussy Cat. I thought it was adorable so I snapped it up before I had time to change my impulsive mind. It was just £2.00, and shipping was £1.90, so it was a bargain. It does look quite cheap, and the glue is visible on the back where the pin has been glued to the cameo... but, that can't be seen when it's pinned to clothes, and overall I love it. It's so kitsch and tacky, but oh so cute!



I was playing around with my new Zatchels barrel bag with this outfit, which finally arrived on Thursday, thirty-six hours short of a 10 week wait! I'm not going to talk about this bag today, as I plan to do a separate feature and review of it this week, but I like how it looks with this dress. I think I'll be using this bag with the dress a lot!

Outfit Details

Dress-Rachel's Blog Sale (Tesco) // Bag-Zatchels // Bracelet-Cath Kidston // Ring-Evans // 
Earrings-Berty and Gerty // Brooch-The Devious Owl & Pussycat via Etsy //

I really am so pleased with this dress, and more so because I got it for just a few pounds! I know it's going to become one in my regular rotation. Thanks, Rachel!

Have you ever bought something from a blog sale, or an auction site such as eBay, which turned out to be one of your best ever purchases?

12 comments:

  1. I like the look of the bag, although I've heard so many bad things about the length of time their sale things have taken, I've been put off totally, if I'm honest.

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    1. The bag is really beautiful, so well made, and great quality, so it was worth it in the end... even if it did take 10 weeks to get here. I can't fault it. I think they just hadn't anticipated how well the flash sale would go, and I guess a small team would be overwhelmed with thousands and thousands of orders... The waiting time was a bit ridiculous, but I am impressed with the quality of their bags.

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  2. I love it on you it looks fab! I'm so happy it has a nice new home :) xx

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    1. Aw thanks, Rachel! I fell in love with it the moment I tried it on; it's perfect! :) xx

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  3. Who doesn't love polka dot? Always looks great and I love that dress.

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    1. Everyone needs some polka dots in their life! Thank you! :)

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  4. Oh I LOVE this dress on you, what an awesome buy! And that bag... literally beyond jealous, Louise! Can't wait to see the review xxx

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    1. Aw thanks Hannah. I love it, too! The bag is amazing; you should check out their pop up shop in Bicester Village as there are good discounts on their bags there! xx

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  5. The dress and satchel are lovely. 10 weeks seems a bit excessive! It looks like it was worth the wait though, it looks amazing. I think the bright red goes really well with the black dress.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! It was a ridiculous amount of time to wait, but the quality is amazing, so it was worth it in the end. I agree, I love a black and red combo!

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  6. Wow - you look fab in that dress, I love the satchel too. Also very cute brooch:)

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    1. Aw, thanks Trees! I love it all, too :)

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