Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dressember & Christmas party dresses

It's almost December, which is a scary thought as I still have so much to do in terms of preparing for Christmas. I tend to be a last-minute present buyer, but I do intend to start buying presents this week. I'm really excited about some beautiful shoes I'm planning to get for my sister, but I won't say too much yet in case she happens to see this!

I am looking forward to starting Dressember next month, though - I think I've decided to do it, although I'm confused about how it all works as I'm a bit facebook-illiterate! Hopefully I'll work it out. In preparation for Dressember, I did a quick dress count today, and the results were surprising. I have about 128 dresses, but I really expected that I'd have less than 100! (That's not including the ones which need altering or repairing, and a few that I'm planning to sell). I'm pretty sure that one of the reasons I didn't participate in Dressember last year was because I didn't think I'd have enough dresses, so I really don't want to think about how many of those I've bought this year!

As well as being a last-minute buyer of presents, I also tend to leave my Christmas party dress shopping until the last minute. This year I got in early and bought a dress (the one of the far left in the picture below) which is black - not too festive, but I think it'll be cute with coloured shoes. I was planning to wear this to my work Christmas party, and I thought I had my outfit all sorted. Then I realised last week that I'll actually have about 6 Christmas functions to attend. So now I'm on a mission to plan all of my party outfits, hopefully without having to buy all new dresses!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

#119, 120 & 121 - Week 36

I'm thinking of participating in Dressember this year. I wear dresses every day anyway, so I don't think it'd be too much of a challenge for me!

I have to thank a fellow shoe challenge participant, Courtney, for introducing me to White House Black Market. I had never heard of the store before, but I fell in love with their dresses after seeing Courtney wearing one in her blog. I went to the site and ordered a couple of dresses, but unfortunately I got the sizing totally wrong and ended up having to take them to my tailor and get them altered. Anyway, the tailor actually loved this dress, and I told her about the website, so she might actually end up getting one herself :)

These shoes are from Moschino Cheap & Chic, and I must say that upon putting them on this time, I realised that I don't like them as much as I thought I did. The crossover strap makes them a bit uncomfortable, and the heel stops are quite soft and are likely to need replacing soon.

This dress is from Jigsaw, another local brand I love. It's a simple shirt dress, but I love it because it's so comfortable, and it's a great retro style - it reminds me of the dresses Emma Stone wore in 'The Help' :) My cat seems to have appeared in this photo somehow...

These shoes from Poetic Licence are the kind of shoes that get comments from strangers because they're just so bright and noticeable :)

This is another dress from Jigsaw that I wore for a weekend in the country. How cute is this little pony? I think he wanted some food though, and unfortunately for him I didn't have any!

Simple ballet flats from Asos, but I liked the mint green colour.

#116, 117 & 118 - Week 35, part 2

I am a horrible blogger. But rather than focusing on that, I'll just post some pictures :) I'm still going with the shoe challenge (probably because I keep buying new shoes). It's been a lot of fun, and it's actually caused me to think a bit more about what I want my shoe collection to look like - I've sold a few pairs of shoes on ebay lately, and have a few more I'm thinking of selling - but in some ways I'm looking forward to finishing it so that I can have a bit more freedom with my dressing again instead of trying to find outfits to match shoes that I still need to wear!

This is an example of a dress I love that needs to be at least 2 inches longer. I'm about average height, but lately I just can't buy a dress that's an appropriate length for me! This one is from one of my favourite stores, Review. As much as I love the store, I kind of wish their designers would realise that at their price point (usually $279 for dresses), most of their customers are working women in their mid 20s to early 30s who don't have many opportunities to wear tiny little dresses!

I just bought these shoes from China on ebay, but how cute are the little hearts? :)

I bought this dress in a random boutique a few years ago, and I really like how it looks, although the quality isn't great - I'm constantly having to repair the buttons. The tulle underskirt cost about 10 times as much as the dress, and is from Wheels & Dollbaby. I wish I got to wear it more often, as it's kind of amazing.

Cute pink ballet flats from Wittner...

Pussybow blouse from Alannah Hill and lace skirt from Review.

These shoes don't look nearly as cute here as they are in reality! They're from Poetic Licence. I have so many great Poetic Licence shoes, and I generally find them a lot more wearable than Irregular Choice.