Fashion Friday: The Floral Blouse

I love anything floral. Perhaps it’s the old lady in me? I’ve seen so many beautiful floral blouses around that catch my eye. Big LOVE.

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- ASOS Warehouse Trailing Floral Print Blouse in multi ($81.54) -

– ASOS Warehouse Trailing Floral Print Blouse in multi ($81.54) –

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- Big W Avella Burnout tee with floral print $14.98 -

– Big W Avella Burnout tee with floral print $14.98 –

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Do you love a floral blouse? Yay or Nay?

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{Holiday Series} Love: Kiss of Coral

I have carried an obsession for anything in coral for quite some time. It’s like I’m drawn to this colour in shops and have to stop myself from buying EVERYTHING I see in this shade. I am aware that not all these coral colours are exactly the same, but I don’t think this matters – they are definitely all from the same family – you know, like aunties and cousins and sisters. I think this outfit is a bit dressy and would be perfect for a special party or perhaps even an Autumn work day if you are out to impress a little.

– Cute Outfit –

1. Forever New Samantha Bow Pocket Cardigan in Coral (49.99)

2. OPI Nail Polish in Conga Line Coral (rrp 19.95)

3. Forever New India Turtle Neck Swing Dress in Black  (89.99)

4. Bracelet in Red Coral from Etsy Shop LanaChayka (31.98)

5. Sportsgirl Box Lock Sling Bag in Coral (29.95)

6. Diana Ferrari Estele Shoes in Black (119.95)

What colour or colours are you naturally drawn towards?

Alison

{Holiday Series} Sew: Simplicity 3803 Maxi Dress

I actually started making this dress in the summer of 2010, believe it or not. Then I fell pregnant and it sat in my sewing ‘storage’ until this summer, when I finished it off. It was a simple pattern, with a flattering v-shaped neckline. As it is an a-line style, I think it’s quite flattering as it covers all the lower bits that sometimes are best kept hidden (aka thighs, hips and tummy).

– much-loved, ripped pattern –

I wore it out to dinner with two of my gorgeous girlfriends (Shan and Brooke) and it wasn’t until later in the evening that they commented on it, and were very surprised to hear that I had made it myself. Later that same evening as we were walking back to the car, a stranger commented on how beautiful it was…needless to say, I was chuffed!

– What a beautiful sunny day! –

The bodice and the skirt are lined – I just used the same fabric to line it as it was quite reasonably priced fabric to start with. I purchased the fabric from Spotlight (great stuff, bad service!)

– What shoes to pair it with? –

There’s a couple of things I would change if I ever made another one. Firstly, I would get a longer zip (not sure why it’s so short – maybe I picked up the wrong one) and I think I gathered it too roughly around the sides, therefore adding bulk to my hips (none of us need that!!)

– The back –

What things have you made that people have commented on? OR you’re welcome to just leave a random comment – I’d LOVE that!

Alison

Love: Nevada Duffy

I have a very clever cousin, Nevada, who is a Fashion Designer here in Melbourne. Nevada has a website and a store in Fitzroy – 165 Gore St, (corner of Gore and Webb). Her studio shop is open Thursday to Saturday 11-5.

I wanted to share some of her more recent collection from the Autumn/Winter 2012 range. I have simple taken some screen grabs from her website. You can buy many of these pieces from her online store.

Clan Skirt

Totem Pants

Edith Blouse

I love to support my family and I also love supporting local, Australian designers.

What do you think? Do you support any local designers? Do you love the idea of owning something that will be one of few out there in the world?

Love: The Ankle Boot – Tan or Black?

Loving these styles right now – they’re popping up all over. Can be paired with skinny leg jeans or pants, under straight leg pants, or with tights and a skirt – too cute!

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– Hush Puppies Belinda Ankle Boot in Black Leather ($169.95) –

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– Jo Mercer Grace Ankle Boot in Natural ($169.95) –

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– Betts Texan Ankle Boots in Black ($89.99) –

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– Glassons Double Zip Up Boots in Taupe ($48.59) –

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– Novo Vespa Ankle Boots in Cognac ($79.95) –

 So what’s your preference when it comes to an ankle boot – black or tan? Leather or Suede? Heel or no heel? SO many options!!

Alison

Love: Dress as a Skirt

As I’ve told you before, I love op shops. When I’m in the mood (and I have my trusty dad to look after Evie so I can concentrate) I love nothing more than flicking through the old patterns and clothes and books in op shops. I recently found a dress in a local op shop that I immediately knew would never work on me as a dress – I simply don’t have the upper body for a strapless, ruched dress. But I also immediately loved the fabric.

– The dress it is supposed to be –

So…I got it home, washed it, and tried it on as a skirt…and guess what???

– Could be worn like this on a warmer Spring day –

– Can be worn like this on a cooler day –

I actually wore it work a couple of weeks ago, with tights and boots and lots of layers on top and I was given many compliments – lovely! It is also great for a growing belly – whether you become preggers (?) or eat too much that day!

What do you think of turning a dress into a skirt? is it acceptable fashionable behaviour?

Alison

Love: Black 1950s Cocktail Dress

A while ago I was really inspired by many Pinterest pins on the black 1950s cocktail dress – so elegant, so stylish and so perfect in every way. These are merely for looking at, rather than actually buying. They NEVER go out of fashion.

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And my favourite…

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Do you agree? Are they a timeless piece? Do you own one? Would you like to?

Alison