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Top 3 dress trends for spring/summer 2017 and how to wear them

The sun is out – hip hip hooray! For me this means the start of the spring/summer season and that means a slight shift in my wardrobe. It’s no longer the weather for woolly jumpers and thick jeans – which can only mean one thing; dresses are back! Today I’m sharing my picks of the spring/summer collections on the high street and tackling some of the more difficult styles to wear. Plus, there’s a giveaway to win TWO go-with-everything Kissbobo invisible bras – read on to enter the competition today!

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If you’re going to any kind of event this year, you’ll probably want to invest in a new dress. I’m not necessarily giving you permission to buy a new outfit for every occasion but do think that one fabulous new dress could see you through all the hen parties, work events, weddings, christenings, days at the races and dinner parties you’ve got planned this season. But which one dress will cover all eventualities? And what kind of underwear will you need to wear with these off-the-shoulder styles styles? Here’s my top 3 dresses for S/S17 and how to wear them… 

The cold shoulder midi

This classy cold shoulder dress is the perfect spring/summer outfit for special occasions. It’s just landed on the New Look website and already I’m a fan. With a floaty floral fabric it’ll keep you cool in the warm weather. And when there’s a breeze in the air it’s long enough to cover your knees, and the sleeves will give your arms a little protection from the cold. It can be dressed up with heels or kept casual with a pair of trainers so it’s a wear-all-weekend piece. LOVE the yolk yellow colour! It’s got a slinky low back and thin shoulder straps so finding the right underwear might prove tricky; the Kissbobo invisible bra would do the job perfectly. It’s an adhesive gel bra so there’s no straps to worry about – no chance of your underwear peeking out from below your pretty dress in any of those wedding photos!

Two prizes to be won in my giveaway – enter competition below…

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50s Summer Party Dresses

Does a stack of wedding and party invites leave you with a ‘what to wear’ headache this summer? Why not look to the era of gin cocktails and elegant summer soirees for your party vibe this year? The 50’s is providing us with some serious party wear inspiration right now and what’s more there is a 50’s look for every occasion. From the infamous wiggle dress to flattering circle shapes and cotton summer dresses Mela Mela have you covered. Swoon over some of our favourite 50’s pieces now in store to get your summer party look nailed.1950s-vintage-dress-cotton-striped-orange-yellow-black-gold-detail-front2_1Sunshine Prints

50’s designers weren’t afraid of some seriously bold prints and this sunshine coloured dress is no exception. The striped cotton design with classic flared skirt reminds us of holiday sunsets. We think it is just crying out for some Hollywood sized sunglasses and a glass of Pimms!1950s-vintage-dress-cotton-blue-green-abstract-design-frontClub Tropicana

Hot summer nights call for acid brights and wild prints. The 50’s love for the colourful and for exotic Hawaiian inspired prints has left us with some amazing items. This strapless cotton dress combines an abstract pattern with a tropical colour palette for a fun and fresh finish. Perfect for cocktails and dancing at a summer beach party.1950s-vintage-dress-california-cottons-blue-pink-floral-nylon-frontFlower Power

A garden party is just the thing for a fabulous floral. The 50’s showcases everything from delicate pastel floral designs to bold graphic designs. We love this delicate pink and blue example with its gorgeous velvet waist belt. The scooped neck gives it real impact combined with the classic 50’s circle shape. Pair with sandals for an easy, breezy finish.

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It’s awards season – how do the celebrities get it so right? (or wrong!)

I was watching the Bafta’s last weekend when I started thinking about celebrity dresses and how much effort goes into creating the perfect red carpet look. I’m certain that no celebrities will want to appear in the ‘worst dressed’ column in the newspapers on the day after a big awards ceremony and I know that hours of work goes into creating an on trend look – just think about all the styling, the dress-fittings, tanning, hair and make-up, not to mention the weeks of preparation in the gym, skin treatments and beauty procedures. All this effort from teams of people in order to make sure the celebrity looks good when they head to the Oscars. Whether they win or not is another matter!

awards dresses and celebrity style keira knightley salma hayek

Unfortunately I don’t have a team of personal stylists to help me look good but with all the weddings I’m going to this year I’d like to try to look my best – especially because I might end up being immortalised in a photograph! I also know that we’re heading into prom-season and lots of you will be searching for ‘the’ dress to wear to your high school, college or university prom a little later on in the year. If only there was a way to make use of all the hours of celebrity styling that goes into a red carpet look so that you can guarantee that you’ll look as fabulous as Salma Hayek or Keira Knightley (above).

duchess of cambridge design from victorias dress

I’ve found the solution in the form of custom-dress designer Victoria’s Dress. They hand make stunning prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and special occasion outfits but, even better than that, they can recreate celebrity red carpet dresses for a fraction of the cost of the designer version. It’s amazing how quickly they can turn red carpet dresses into a celebrity-inspired design for people like you and me. So now we can all look as great as the Duchess of Cambridge in her elegant chiffon dress for only £89 – don’t tell Kate! I’d love to wear something like this for any of the special events that I’m due to attend this year – although it would probably help if I had Catherine’s figure too! These celebrity dresses above are just a few of the designs that Victoria is reproducing so check out the celebrity range here!

cocktail outfits from victorias dress

I’m sure that my little sister will be able to find a gorgeous dress design for her college prom from this website and the fact that it is hand-made and custom-fitted will ensure that she looks as amazing as all the celebrities when she walks up her own red carpet! And there’s not only long dresses on the Victoria’s Dress website – there are shorter cocktail dresses and trendy gowns too, so I’m planning to find something suitable for the weddings that I’m attending this year. Obviously, I don’t want to look like a bridesmaid so I probably won’t go for a long dress and definitely nothing in the colour theme of the wedding (!) but I want to look my best and if my budget can stretch to it I’ll be choosing one of these glamourous cocktail dresses above – isn’t the blue one just stunning?! Visit Victoria’s Dress for yourself and check out the stunning range, and if you think any others would be right for me, please send me your suggestions!


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My party season prep – choosing a party dress

I know I’ve mentioned it earlier this week but I really do mean it – now that Halloween is out of the way, it means that the party season is just around the corner and I can start getting excited about Christmas! Up til now I’ve been so busy sorting out my haunted house and spooky costumes to even think about what I’m going to wear for the festivities, so my attention has firmly turned on Christmas.

What I do know though, is that I want to spend a little extra this year and get something really special that will make me the belle of the ball. So, I’m going to ditch the high street and pick up some designer delights instead. I don’t normally do this but if a girl can’t treat herself at Christmas, when can she!? Of course, I still want to get a thrifty bargain and find things cheaper than full-price so I’ve been having a look online in search of the perfect party outfit and I stumbled across Psyche. I really like it because it stocks ranges from some of my favourite designers. Here are some of my best finds:

Ted Baker Lace and Velvet Dress

It is very rare to find a dress that nails multiple trends, but this Ted Baker Lace and Velvet dress does exactly that. Midi length – check. Lace sleeves – check. Velvet – check. This figure-hugging dress oozes sophistication and elegance. The lace detailing across the top and sleeves gives just a subtle hint of skin, making it understatedly sexy. I would team this dress with a pair of killer black heels and a slick of red MAC lipstick to really vamp it up. Velvet isn’t the most flattering though, so I may have to invest in some of Gok Wan’s control pants depending on how many mince pies I have!

my favourite party outfits from psyche online clothing store 

The Pretty Dress Company Red Lace Dress

Christmas is the most acceptable time of year for you to wear red. This doesn’t mean you have to go for a tacky Mrs Claus outfit, though. Why not go for this red lace dress from The Pretty Dress Company, and exude glamour come Christmas day? The square neckline will provide just enough cleavage, while the lace panelling provides a sexy touch that creates an enviable hourglass shape in the process. I’ve fallen in love with this dress and at under £100, who can resist!? 

French Connection all-in-one Jumpsuit

I know that everyone will be going for dresses this year, so I am thinking about choosing something a little bit different. I am really tempted by this French Connection Jumpsuit. The cut is just perfect, with the V-neck showing off just enough bust and the high waistband emphasising my curves. It’s a bit plain though, so I will jazz it up with some killer accessories. I’m thinking a sparkly belt and statement necklace. 

Decisions, decisions..!


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Tutus in fashion ?

I ‘ve been having a look around on the internet for some tutu-based inspiration from fashion designers that I admire and some of these are absolutely beautiful – but then again, some are absolutely crazy and even I would never wear them out in public! Let me know what you think of these designer gowns and what inspiration you think I can draw from these images!

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